Yesterday morning and afternoon had been very challenging as I tried to deal with Maureen’s constantly changing presentation. As the evening progressed and none of my normal routines were having any real effect I sought advice from staff on the Konar Suite. I often find that the sound of a soothing voice gives me the impetus to change my approach. After my phone conversation, further music onYouTube had a positive effect for a while before Maureen handed me a Wild Card.
There were no stars in the sky at 2 am as I tried to distract Maureen’s, yet again, by responding positively to her request to get some fresh air. We didn’t stay out for long as there was a cool wind and we were both tired. However, it took a further half an hour of YouTube on our return before I was able to persuade Maureen to accompany me to sleep in the marital bed.
This morning I’m hoping that we will be able to establish if Maureen has a UTI. A recent purchase should help to preserve Maureen’s dignity as she seeks to provide the necessary sample. Once again Girl Monday/Friday hit the nail on the head on her last shift encouraging a focus on protecting Maureen’s dignity and independence. I’m so fortunate that I have sat next to Girl Monday/Friday (Nellie) for almost three years now: she is my immediate mentor when it comes to Maureen’s care.
We are out of the blocks with a meeting of the Multi-Disciplinary Team on Thursday morning with only Mental Health needing to confirm their availability. The Best Interest Meeting is still some time away and in the meantime, we need to ensure that our approach to Maureen’s care is appropriate and cohesive!