Dementia: A Marathon Of Compassion

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Yesterday turned into a marathon and it was almost 5 ‘o’ clock before we were able to hit the sack this morning.  Following an evening telephone conversation with a G P, I decided to take Maureen to Grimsby Hospital.  The waiting room was busy on arrival and packed during certain times during a long night.  At the end of our stint, I’m not sure how much had ‘cleared’ but I’m hoping that laxatives will return things to normal in the next few days.

I would award Grimsby Hospital top marks for being dementia friendly.  From the moment we arrived at reception until Maureen was discharged she was treated with dignity and respect.  She was never once challenged when she felt the need to explore her surroundings as she waited for examination, treatment or medication.   In fact, staff went out of their way to reassure me that her presentation never once caused them any concern.

Clee Medical Centre have also been extremely supportive in the last 24 hours: as always.  I have received almost instant responses to my telephone calls with advice that has always been person-centred.

We are not out of the woods just yet and Sleeping Beauty is catching up as I post.   It has been good to have 5 days of Respite as I don’t think I would have got anywhere near a personal best yesterday without it.   As a fun runner, I decided a half marathon was far enough.  Maureen went well during the ‘race’ as her compassion shone through.  Despite her discomfort; she consoled distressed children, chatted with anxious parents and entertained fellow patients with her repartee.

Dementia rather than personal choice is often calling the shots in our lives.  However, with the compassionate support that is always on offer in this area, we will always try to give it a run for its money!

N.B. I have decided to break my new regime and post today so I can copy the above to Grimsby Hospital PALS and staff at Clee Medical Centre.

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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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