June 14 2013

I have just now returned home after dropping my wife off for a weekend of respite care. This is is the first time we have had this offered to us by the people at Banksia Day Centre. It has all been a bit of a rush getting organised as we only received the offer on Tuesday of this week. My wife had a doctors appointment on Wednesday and he changed one of her medications. The doctor had to fill in an official medications chart, then I had to get her medications, as required by Banksia, put into a Webster pack  which was ready by this morning. Hopefully it will be an enjoyable experience for her. In the meantime, after I have done the laundry, I shall relax, play some soothing music, read a book, enjoy a nice piece of steak (medium rare) and a glass or two of red wine for my dinner tonight and hope that there are no phone calls from Banksia. Over and out, but I’ll be back next week.

PS There have now been 520 hits on this blog which was first published in June 2012. I hope whoever is reading it will get some feeling for what goes in this caring role. I also hope that those of you are not carers might be better prepared for the time when you too need to step into a role you are not trained for and have no idea of what is ahead for you.

About labtad

Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. Migrated to Australia in 1968 and now live in an outer South eastern suburb of Melbourne. Married since 1966 to my wife who was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. I am an imperfect follower of the Christian faith who believes that most things in life happen for a reason or purpose. The last 12 years, since my wife showed the first signs of having memory problems, have gradually taught me patience, compassion and some understanding of the situations that arise when a person Is living with dementia.
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2 Responses to June 14 2013

  1. Melita says:

    Hi Peter, What a milestone. We hope both you and Ann have a pleasant weekend and this leads to many opportunities to experience refreshment and invigoration in your life. M & A


  2. Sue says:

    Hi Peter

    I found your blog through the Alzheimer’s Australia forum. Read it in one go. What a journey. I posted an entry on the AA forum just after you. My husband was diagnosed in 2011 with vascular dementia. At present he is quite stable it’s mostly his higher executive function that’s effected by the dementia. Reading your blog your wife’s decline seams to be quite rapid. What an awful disease I am still struggling with the diagnosis. And what it means for my family and our future, It is good to read someone else’s journey makes me feel less alone. Hope you continue the blog cheers Sue


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