Following many years of scans and memory tests my husband was prescribed Donepezil this week. I describe the consultation as fraught because my husband was not really following the conversation and I was totally in denial. He had been diagnosed with MCI last year but I asked if Donepezil meant dementia. This was confirmed, but Alzheimer's was not mentioned but shrinkage of the hippocampus was, so I presume he does have Alzheimer's. I think my reaction affected how the consultant dealt with us. We are to see her again in 3 months so I will take a list of questions next time. What I am finding most difficult is dealing with someone else's illness. It felt awful talking about my husband with the doctor while he was sitting there. At the moment I am far from resigned to the situation and keep trying to think of ways to halt the decline. Hopefully, the medication will help. We have started an activity diary with a frontispiece setting out all the activities that can help. (Glass of red wine a day is favourite). My husband has shown great interest in this and has kept the diary up for three days (this is quite something as he dislikes writing). Seems very strange to be facing a dark future when everything seem so normal.