Yesterday, OH and I went to the GP to have it confirmed that OH no longer has capacity, so that I can activate the POA which was completed 4 years ago when he did have capacity. Doctor administered the standard Memory Test and the conversation went like this:Some funny replies here! MaNaAk
GP How are you today?
OH As well as can be expected in the circumstances (This is his stock response when anyone asks him)
GP Can you tell me today's date?
OH - No.... but I know it is Sunday! (It was Thursday)
GP I am going to tell you a name and address and want you to repeat them after me and remember them. John Brown, 39 West Street, Kensington.
OH Never heard of him - should I remember him?
GP No I want you to repeat his name and address after me
OH I have no idea what his name and address is, in fact I cannot remember him at all.
GP (giving up) OK lets move on. (gives OH a sheet of paper with a circle on it.
GP I want you to draw a clock face in the circle, with the numbers and the hands pointing to the right time, which is 10.30
OH - (handing pencil and paper to me) Wife will do it for me, she does everything for me, because I can't remember anything.
GP - OK.
GP -Could you count backwards from 100 by 7s for me?
OH -NO! I couldn't even do that when I had all my marbles
GP - Can you tell me the name of the Prime Minister?
OH - No - It was some awful wummin but they done away with her.
GP (laughing) Can you repeat for me the name and address that I gave you at the beginning?
OH - Nae chance, I can't remember anything at all.
GP then confirmed that OH did, in her opinion, lack capacity and went through what happens next. OH asked Does that mean I have passed the test? GP replied that he had indeed, with flying colours, and finally said
It has been nice to meet you both. To which OH replied with his one and only Spanish phrase. Buenos dias et Muchas Gracias Senora