So sorry to have been away so long!
What has been happening?
I have taken time out to help to nurse my mother who was being nursed at home having Frontotemporal dementia. When she died in June 2016 my brother and I arranged her funeral. I also lost my dear auntie to Alzheimer’s a month later. My husband who suffered 3 strokes at the ages of 60 and 61 is now 75 and requires continuous care at home. He is now doubly incontinent and has vascular dementia. My neighbour, who has lived in the house just next door to mine since 1981, is now 88 years old old and has ever worsening memory loss. She is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Even the cat seems to have some dementia. I am surrounded!
Dementia is actually a collection of diseases that cause a long term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember that is great enough to affect a person’s daily functioning. It is a terrible issue to live with and to deal with as a carer because , it appears that the loved one disappears over a period of time. For more information have a look at this link back to Wikipedia. See also my own post on dementia. For those in need of urgent information there is a lot of information available on the web generally but it does pay dividends to look at several websites . Here is a link to the Dementia Society of America and here is another link to the Alzheimer’s Society here in the UK.
Over the last 7 years, of necessity, I have become quite knowledgeable about caring for loved ones with dementia and I am thinking that maybe I will set up my own website with information for those with dementia and information about looking after the carer.
Back to what this blog is about!
Thank you all the lovely people who has sent me such kind messages. I have been overwhelmed by all the care. Thank you Thank you! I have also been going through some changes. I became 60 recently so a new decade! I have been amending my lifestyle to look after myself more and I have been dealing with some grief issues. I will say more about all these soon.
I have been finding life as a carer exhausting and have been meaning to come back here for some time but I never find the time so I am having to make my writing time a priority.
So I am now going to get back right back to it! See you very soon!