Dementia: ‘A Sprinkle of Gratitude’

I have decided to use the title of a blog I follow as a way of saying something about my trip to Coventry yesterday.  Jennifer often begins her posts with: ‘I’m very grateful for…’  This brief post will take on a similar format:

I am very grateful that we now have a social worker who has made it possible for me to have away days to visit family.

I am very gratfeul that our Care Agency sends supportive carers to sit with Maureen.

I am very grateful that Maureen allows carers to sit with her for 14 hours.

I am very grateful that National Express provide reliable transport for my journey.

I am very grateful that my daughter Lisa transported me around Coventry.

I am very grateful that my sisters make sure my mum is well cared for.

I am very grateful that my mum’s carers look after her welfare.

I am very grateful that my brother’s carers look after his welfare.

I am very grateful that Maureen and I have decided that we will seek to avoid Residential Care for as long as we are able.

Finally, I am grateful that our social worker will be ringing me back after noon to arrange some additional carer sits over the next few days to help me cope with Maureen’s challenging presentation.

I’m very tired after a long day yesterday, and will write a reflective piece on my visit to Coventry tomorrow.

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About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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4 Responses to Dementia: ‘A Sprinkle of Gratitude’

  1. jennifertucker44 says:

    Thank you so much for using my title in your blog post today. I am so thrilled that you found so many things to be grateful about. I hope that even though your journey is hard that writing some things to be grateful about made your day a little more joyous. Love and light to you and Maureen.

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  2. Remember Me says:

    Thank you for such an inspiring title to your blog: always look on the bright side!.

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  3. I have learned that even in the darkest of days there is always something to be grateful for and that is something to smile about! All the best to you and Maureen.

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    • Remember Me says:

      I have mentioned on my blog how helpful Buddhism has been to me. Ed ne of my friends from meditation classes and Yendrik my teacher have both said use it as an opportunity. Dementia can be a blessing with a real opportunity to give unconditional love. I could go on about turning adversity into opportunities etc etc …….

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