This morning I was talking to mom. I asked her if she 'got any phone calls yesterday'. I had to repeat several times with her saying I don't understand what you mean. She had me spell "phone" but either couldn't hear, or still didn't understand. She kept saying 'I don't get what you're asking me."
When we went through that for what seemed like five minutes, I finally asked her 'if she heard from anyone yesterday." She didn't miss a beat and told me who had called her.
I had a similar experience with her last week when she couldn't understand the word 'source' when I was trying to talk her through a TV remote crisis.
Is there something about recall and memory loss with random everyday words?