Dementia: Having ‘A Once Over’

Image result for Having A Check Up Elderly Woman pictureMaureen will complete the final part of her ‘once over’ this morning when she has her blood and water tested.   Her GP checked her out yesterday finding her blood pressure was slightly elevated.  He also organised a Practice Nurse to swab her troublesome mouth to establish the nature of her infection.  She has now been advised to have monthly check ups on her physical health.

Within a week we will have an idea if an infection is behind the recent changes in her presentation.  It could be a temporary dip or further deterioration in her condition.  Once again I have nothing but praise for the way Clee Medical Centre supported us both yesterday.

We woke early this morning and Maureen decided to get out of bed at 4 am, to make sure she wasn’t late for her blood test.  It ‘s difficult for her to grasp that it is a fasting test at 8.15 am as she wants her Tea Boy on duty but I have managed to persuade her that I have not withdrawn my labour and am merely following Doctors Orders.

At 6 am Maureen was livid as ‘thieves have stolen most of her clothes’.  As this is ‘my house’ it seems I’m complicit in the felony and am under attack for my part in the crime.  My efforts at calming her down failed, so all I left her to rant.  I hope she manages to sleep off her diatribe and we make it to the doctors on time.  It looks like it’s going to be one of those mornings and this afternoon might really put the cat amongst the pigeons.

At 1 pm Maureen’s Advocate will be here for the first time.  She will represent Maureen at the forthcoming Best Interest Meeting where her future care and accommodation will be under the spotlight.  It will be interesting to see if Maureen wants to stay in a place where thieves have open access to her belongings.  I sincerely hope that she is not distressed even further by confusion about who her allies are in the forthcoming deliberations about her welfare!

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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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