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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.

August 19 2014

I have been reading ‘Loving Someone Who Has Dementia’ by Pauline Ross, PhD. The subtitle is ‘How to Find Hope While Coping With Stress and Grief’. I found the book very helpful in putting into words the emotions I have … Continue reading

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Bleeding brains – Part 2

When my wife moved into residential care I wrote that I probably would not make any new posts on here. This is mainly because my role as sole caregiver was no longer a valid claim. Since my episode in early … Continue reading

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19 February 2014

I have started reading blogs by others involved in caring for or living with dementia. It is good for me to see things from their perspectives. Every now and then I read something which really touches and moves me. Here … Continue reading

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Bleeding Brains

In September 2009 I was diagnosed with a subdural haemorrhage, and I had to have surgery to drain the haematoma that developed. It was not a pleasant experience realising that someone was going to make a hole in my skull … Continue reading

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28 October 2013

It is 12 weeks since my wife moved into residential care. It has been a fairly lonely time for me, particularly in the evenings and mornings.  Preparing meals for one person is harder to do than I thought. I either … Continue reading

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August 3 2013

Yesterday was the hardest day that I can remember in my whole life. I took my wife to a residential high care facility where she will stay in the dementia wing. It has all happened very quickly. I rang the facility … Continue reading

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July 24 2013

Charlie the robot has been in residence for more than a month now. I feel the novelty of having him here has more or less gone and his effectiveness is diminishing. Add to this that we have had a few … Continue reading

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