I sent a letter to my brother - the one who responded to the first one in June. Just an update of Mum's situation, her new address and how we've dealt with the house. He phoned and left a message while I was at work. He has offered to help with the "top up" for … Continue reading Well, that’s a turn up for the books
It's been some time since Mum's Alzheimers accelerated. A fall in early December helped to highlight its progress. Now she is in a safe place where her medical needs are met and her safety is assured. The initial guilt I felt as we cleared her house of the debris accumulated over the year is passing. … Continue reading Alzheimers: coping
I suppose it's easy to overthink Mum's dementia. It's a brain disorder, an atrophy of abilities. In simpler terms it's been described as the long goodbye. Each sufferer experiences it differently. So each family has a different tale to tell. I've joined a forum called myalzteam.com which allows us to ask and answer questions, give … Continue reading Thoughts on Mum’s Alzheimer Dementia
It's strange. The build up to Mum's "internment" has been more dramatic than the actual event. To recall, she fell in December, banging her head and revealing to the doctors that her heart and diabetes are both in need of attention. Increasing a medication sorts her arrhythmia out (I think it's a beta blocker). Her … Continue reading The deed is done
I doubt it. Since the last time I wrote Mum's dementia has moved on a lot. We received a call in early December that she had had another fall. This time she was on the toilet and naked. Her Fall Alert Wristband kicked in and a duty operator called an ambulance and gave then access … Continue reading Happy New Year?
The view from my car is pleasant. With my back to the old graveyard, I have a view of the English countryside before me. My small thermos of "posh coffee" is open and steaming up the windscreen as I dunk another custard cream. It's deceiving really. Beyond the tree line and below the rolling hills … Continue reading Memorium Mori
Reading has always been a big part of my life. As a kid I'd hide in Middle Earth or Narnia, spending quality time with the folk there. It was a better place to be than the erratic ever shifting world on the other side of my book. As an adult it gave me the company … Continue reading Alan