Dementia: A Day Of Emotional Turmoil

Yesterday was a very tough day for Maureen.  The early morning proved very difficult for her as she struggled to cope with grief about her daughter.  I didn’t get chance to talk to Chloe before she moved on to her next call but I gather she didn’t have a easy ride here.  On my return from meeting Ed Maureen often looked stunned as she tried to find something to fill her time.  Prior to lunch she wandered around the garden looking lost.

The afternoon and evening didn’t go according to plan as a difficult day progressed.  Maureen was far from her normal self and seemed more unsettled as the day progressed.  She awoke from ‘resting her eyes’ shortly after 9 pm and I guided her towards turning in for the night.  Major upset followed as she prepared for bed with sobbing about ‘wanting to go home’.  Once again she was wondering where ‘the other girls were’ to keep her company in bed.  To reassure her I made it clear that I would be in the ‘boys dorm’ next door.

I’m hoping that rest will lead to positive changes in her presentation tomorrow.  It seems to me a quiet day will be in order with yours truly staying close at hand to provide support when needed.  What an unforgiving, and exhausting, condition dementia is with its relentless demands on this very tired couple.

It looks as though rest has been the cure as we’ve got off to a positive start today: hence this morning’s later posting.  Blogs are not the place to share too much information!


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: A Day Of Emotional Turmoil

  1. Hope you have continued with a restful, positive day.


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