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So Much For My "Me-Time" 
28th-May-2015 08:47 pm
Sorry I have been MIA .... but life is hectic. Mostly in the fact that I have been having a relapse and seem to be spending much of my time feeling sore and having some increased tiredness. Wednesdays are usually "me" time, as it gives me a chance to spend on the computer, catching up with my frieends on LJ and even doing some art work.

But, as I started this note, I have had a rough couple of weeks ... not as bad as in the past as I was able to go out on a trip with my friend from Church on Monday ... photos to follow.  Anyway, yesterday I ended up leaving work early and going to bed for (in theory) an hour ... but woke up to grab something to eat, and then fell asleep until this morning!  So nothing done, but it will have done me good.

Anyway there are a few points that I must share since I last wrote ...

  • Mum had a breast clinic check-up, and she is progressing well. They have extended her next appt to 6 months.

  • Shock, I cleaned the inside of my car ... first time in forever!

  • Dad's memory is not so great, and sadly he knows it, which has made it more stressful.

  • Jiffy has to go to the vets tomorrow ... he has a poorly ear, so I have promised him a visit to see his friends .... Yes, he loves going to the vets.

  • Yet another skill I have learned is that of homemade wine .... Dad has made red wine from kits for years as he has had one glass a day for years, since having a TIA back in 1990.

So a short summary, and apologies for the lack of contact.  Mum has lent me her laptop to use in an evening, so I shall have to download my art programme!!  I can't use dad's pc as I used to because when watching TV, mum needs help with who is on the screen etc.  So, this way I hope to get a bit of art done.

PS - Guess who the picture is of on the icon?
28th-May-2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
Sorry you are feeling unwell again. I'm sure the stress of being a carer can't help.

Can you get audio description on the TV? Many of the mainstream shows have that option. It's in the subtitles menu on Virgin Media and I think Sky do it too.
28th-May-2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
Mostly in the fact that I have been having a relapse and seem to be spending much of my time feeling sore and having some increased tiredness.

I am really sorry to hear that - but I think Kazzy has a point about the stress not helping.

I am so pleased, though, to hear that your Mum is doing well, but do sympathise with your Dad's problems, it must be so difficult when you realise just how bad your memory has become.
28th-May-2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the relapse. I hope you bounce back quickly. Is that you in the photo?
29th-May-2015 06:32 am (UTC)
Is that you in the photo?

That would be my guess as well.

29th-May-2015 06:36 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you at least got some sleep Deborah - that's the most important thing sometimes, but very sorry to hear about all the stresses in your life.

My sympathies for your father's situation - working at the dementia ward of a nursing home I defintely see a lot of pain, frustration, sadness in those moments when the folks are aware of what their lives have become/are becoming but can't do anything about it, can barely express it coherently if at all. That perhaps is the worst part of the process, the awareness of what' going on.
29th-May-2015 02:06 pm (UTC)
I am sorry that you have had a relapse. I hope that you recover quickly. I agree with the other commenters that stress is probably a big part of the problem.
30th-May-2015 02:00 am (UTC)
This would have been my guess as well, that's you in the icon.
*hugs you tight*
Yeah Parents *sigh* *hugs again* At last good news hearing about your mom.

You're still using Gimp, or (the program for art).
May there be more good times than bad/sad time in the future for us all.
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