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Nine weeks and one day. Dementia. Care homes. Social services and parents.

Oh thank goodness for Chris, some lovely supportive friends, Bach’s remedies, Titus (my cat who is great therapy), Molly (hamster), my fish, my potted garden, my counselling course and my writing… Staying positive, doing things I enjoy and using mindfulness have been key to getting through recent tough times.

Titus

This last nine weeks

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Sunday reflections on a tough seven weeks

Oh my word, it’s another rhyme! I am finding writing this way suitable for portraying recent events…

swans and signets in the local park lake

 

Care homes, hospitals, seven weeks of much despair,

Love, hope and strength abound as I pulled at my own hair

I’d given that habit up long ago, recent

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The worst day of my life, thus far, in my forty one years – mum and vascular dementia

Yep, it’s another rhyming ditty/poem thing… 🙂

my echium pininanna

 

Six weeks today, my mum fell down the stairs

I thought this time, supporting her, was more than I could bear

But she came out of ICU, trauma ward, and now can walk

Even though she is slow, needs a Zimmer frame,

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I hate dementia, schizophrenia and mental illness – just for today.

Britain’s Got Talent has finished now. It cheered me up and now I feel low again. I hate dementia and Schizophrenia right now (I’m allowing myself to, just for today) – they seem to have ruined everything for mum. My poor mum (and dad) So much yet to do about mums future care and I

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Three weeks and four days… Mum and being positive, a poem

OK here goes another ditty, poem, rhyme; whatever you want to call it. Don’t expect a great poem, just a little story about the

My plants May 2015

last three weeks and four days…

 

Three weeks, four days, it has passed so fast

Made me feel unreal at times, like I was wearing

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The subject of age – how much do we really think about the elderly and getting older? Empathy or ignorance? And what about us?

I am being forced, if you like, to think about age. Together with ‘death’, and ‘time’, it’s another topic I usually try to

Me at 41

avoid. They make me anxious, sad and far too thoughtful. But, my parents are ageing quickly, it seems, since losing certain things in their lives and being forced

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