Monthly Archives: September 2015

Dementia: Admiral Nurses Should Be Available Throughout UK

There are lots of things that don’t add up as we travel on our journey with dementia.  I am focusing on Admiral Nurses today; following bidding farewell to Heather this morning.  Although Mel her replacement will be looking after me … Continue reading

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Dementia: Farewell Admiral Nurse

Today is a very sad day for me.  It is the last time I will see Heather, my Admiral Nurse.  She will  be emigrating to New Zealand in the next couple of weeks. I could write volumes about the exceptional … Continue reading

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Dementia: ‘The Best Laid Plans’

It had to abandon all my good intentions about how to spend the todayday: Action Man frustrated once again.  Maureen was quite adamant how she wanted to spend the day: packing to go home.  During the morning she emptied wardrobes, and … Continue reading

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Dementia: ‘What’s The Plan Action Man?’

Maureen has often posed the above question to me in the timewe have been together.  It’s her catch phrase for checking what fancy doing on any particular day.  She is one of the most  amenable people I have ever met, and generally goes … Continue reading

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Dementia: The Only Way Is DIY

Maureen woke at half past three this morning wondering if staff were on duty in this Care Home before dawn .  She wanted a cup of tea, because her mouth felt dry, and  was very pleased when I told her I … Continue reading

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Dementia: Remember Me

I often say to Maureen whenever you need something just call my name.: yell out ‘Paul’ at the top of your voice.   This song by Christie Hennessy puts my sentiments into context far better than ever I could:  Remember Me

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Dementia: Keep Calm and Stay Focused

It is very important that I keep calm and stay focused in the coming week. I am hoping that I will be able to make progress on most of  the following: Lasting Power of Attorney Presenting concerns to the local … Continue reading

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Dementia: Wonder Woman

There are times when I would happily label Maureen: ‘Wonder Woman’.  He ability to continue to thrive on adversity is refreshing.  When I see her in action it is easy to forget: stroke led to a 50% loss of peripheral … Continue reading

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Dementia: We Need A Holiday

We would both benefit from a Winter Sun holiday.   This would be another step towards normality, as we continue our journey with dementia. Christmas is always a tricky time when divorcees get together.  It is difficult for the extended … Continue reading

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Dementia: What Are We Going To Do Today?

I recall some sound advice I received from a Mental Health Nurse during one of my many periods of depression: ‘Never go to bed without some idea of how you are going to spend the next day.’    Whenever I … Continue reading

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