Dementia: There Is No Quick Fix

Maureen and I both face the prospect that there are no quick fixes for the conditions that are having an impact on our lives.  There has never been a quick fix for Maureen following stroke: she has suffered brain injury and then has to deal with ‘Prescribed Disengagement’ .  The first Consultant she saw at the Memory Clinic put it bluntly: ‘you will have to learn to cope with the new reality’.

There is no quick fix for the torn tendon in my shoulder.  Some suggest surgery is a simple solution.  Others encourage me to stay away from the operating table as there is no guarantee of success.

The solution for both of us is to take more control of our own destiny.  We have to hold to our belief that the body can heal itself even the brain.  It’s another one of those situations where there is no gain without pain.  The only sensible approach is for us to put in the hard work that is needed to allow the body to recover from trauma.

Maureen is already singing in bed this morning, currently: ‘Cockeyed Optimist’.  I’m off to the Leisure Centre shortly to resume my exercise regime.  On we go as they say: we will overcome!

P.S.  I’ve already meditated this morning: must convert Maureen soon!

About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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2 Responses to Dementia: There Is No Quick Fix

  1. Very aptly said…there are no quick fixes for our health. We need to adjust and make lifestyle changes for long term benefits.


  2. Remember Me says:

    We also need to know people who suggest good recipes. Thanks for you great Blog Vandana.


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