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Mini Mental Status Exam

I’d been circling the apartment in my grungy gray sweats collecting three days worth of laundry from the floors, chairs and bed when Ed came home.

“Kitty,” he’d said excitedly, “I’m just from Dr. Robert’s office back. You will never guess what he did.”

“What, Kitty?” I asked, walking into the kitchen and dropping down onto one of the little green wooden folding chairs. From the excitement in his voice I could tell this was going to be a good one.

“After doing a physical exam, he started asking me questions that were obviously designed to find out ‘eef’ I’m mentally competent,” he said, joining me at the table.

I burst into laughter because Ed was sharper than anyone I’d ever known. There was no need to test him to see ‘eef’ that was true.

“I had a lot of fun with him,” Ed continued. “First he asked me ‘eef’ I know who’s the President. I said, ‘Unfortunately, it’s Carter!’ Next he asked me to name going backwards the presidents. I answered perfectly, of course, except I decided all the democrats to leave out! Then he told me to remember three words: ‘boat, flag, and shoe.’ He said he’d ask me to repeat those words in the visit later.”

Ed started laughing.

“Only thing is, Dr. Roberts forgot to ask me those words again. Dr. Roberts should make an appointment to see himself.”

I laughed out loud and realized I’d just witnessed Ed’s playful side – something most people never got to see.