Lordy, today was hard.
It was never going to be easy but …
I phoned the hospital and they said she’d normalised.
Which is good.
However, a visit to her house made us realise that diet is a real problem with this lady.
A receipt showed that on the night she was hospitalised she had been to the supermarket and bought a feast.
She had then gone home and consumed it.
Type 2 diabetes is not something you mess with.
No wonder her pulse was sky high.
I did delicately address this only to get the normal apologies and shame face.
It means nothing as she forgets such conversation quickly.
For a short while she was actually lucid enough to feel sad about her demise.
Usually it’s just denial. She wants to go back to who she really is.
She looked me in the eye and asked “David what can I do?”
It’ s hard.
She lapsed quickly, denying she’d been in for two nights, asking repeatedly for her purse which we have at home as it has £500 in it and looking, looking, looking for her keys.
The question of housing is upon us now. For the moment she is fairly safe where she is.
Strangely, for us things will get better as the dementia gets worse. All of this trying stuff will fade as she dwindles into herself forgetting Dad, forgetting me, forgetting.
Today was also Jo(16)’s registration day at college. She was a little short of the grades she needed but the college were great at easing her into alternatives.
I have an app for booking taxis and this afternoon, as we left college, it failed as my bank decided to run security checks on my recent transactions. This involved a call by me and a tense few moments remembering what certain items were from their dodgy abbreviated statement descriptions.
Picking Mum up was delayed as the consultant was busy, the pharmacy was busy, the nurses were faffing around and not booking Mum out in any great hurry.
Getting home to potato ash was a blessed relief.
Oh, yeah, I’m reading again. Biographies, auto and otherwise. I’m reading Prince Philip, the early years and Rob Brydon, funny fella from Wales and will be starting Alan Bennett soon. Any recommendations?
Hoping for a lull in activity tomorrow.
No doubt life will go on.