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  1. A View From Inside the Memory Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Lad View Post
    I am nearly on the inside of the Memory Service now. My Police clearance is through and my references have been received. Induction begins on Monday morning when I will meet with my manager, Kelly, from Dementia Engagement. I am hoping my Job Description, and immediate targets, for my part-time voluntary role will be firmed up during our meeting.

    This thread will tell readers what it is like to be inside our Memory Service.
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  2. Shut down.

    A conflict with a friend brought home to me today that I have really shut down in some ways I hadn't actually noticed. This friend has depression. She tends to retreat, and this recent time she had a bad bout, I didn't try to get in there to support or encourage her to see a doctor or all the other things I've usually done. I know I was frustrated from other times when she didn't respond to a suggestion or advice, and my role became one of watching her suffer.But I never actually made a decision ...
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  3. Somethin' Stupid

    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Lad View Post
    Friday has always been Disco night from my days as a Youth Club leader back in the 80's. So in keeping with tradition, I am bopping around and singing, along to YouTube in the kitchen tonight, whist preparing our evening meal. Occasionally I put on a romantic song bop into the lounge and mime it to Maureen.

    Tonight I came across Ali Campbell and his daughter Kibibi singing 'Somethin' Stupid'. Fond memories of Ali, ex lead singer of UB 40, at the first concert Maureen and I went
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  4. Getting It Wrong Again

    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Lad View Post
    I did it again yesterday afternoon and could have 'bitten my tongue off'. On our way to a G P appointment I rambled on about needing some petrol in the car. Maureen mentioned that she couldn't pay as she didn't have any money. Instead of accepting her statement of fact and just LISTENING to what she said I responded and caused her further distress. Foolishly I went into detail about her recent diagnosis of vascular dementia and how I was now handling financial matters. All I needed to do was
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  5. Better than Warfarin

    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Lad View Post
    When Maureen saw the Cardiologist last week he raised concerns that she was not already taking warfarin. He asserted that the blood thinners she was on following stroke were not adequate to prevent further problems. He deliberated for a while and suggested that the constant rounds of blood tests and changing dose to achieve the desired outcome were something we could do without. With minimal persuasion he hand wrote a letter to our G P advising the consideration of prescribing a NOAC.
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