The picture above gives a glimpse of Maureen’s functional capacity. It was taken on Monday after she had been trying to put a sheet on the line for some time. When I went out to straighten it I found it was being held by a dozen pegs.
There are three people who have any idea of how Maureen really is. Apart from me only Chloe and Gail see her in action: witnessing confusion and dwindling functional capacity. Maureen can still talk a good game and will do her best to convince anyone that she is functioning well: nothing could be further from the truth.
She was in good form when the G P checked her out today. There is no sign of infection so we are either dealing with a dip or progression of her dementia. His advice to ‘stay happy and remain active’ would have been forgotten as soon as the doors closed on our car.
I was pleased to see a display at our Medical Centre, this morning, encouraging carers to make themselves known to their G P. Our usual G P is back on duty tomorrow and I intend to seek an appointment to chat to him about my caring role. I will also make the point that only three of us are really aware of the level of Maureen’s confusion and dwindling functional capacity.