One step forward, two steps back...
byon 27-05-2012 at 07:05 PM (222 Views)
A couple of weeks ago my husband decided to take up playing bowls again - which is great as I think it will help boost his confidence and get him out and about more.
Unfortunately, due to financial strain, we'd had to knock the bowling on the head for quite a time - especially as it had meant him travelling the length and breadth of the country on a regular basis - not to mention all the socialising costs involved!
Money is still tight, and we'll never afford for him to play on the scale he did in the past, but at least he can get back into it on a smaller scale and have fun.
Hubby has been having some memory problems of late. He has had some tests and early onset dementia are the words being thrown about at the moment. His symptoms are nothing too alarming at the moment - I see him as a bit of an absent minded professor type
Anyway, as he has been out of work for nearly three years now, it has been a while since he has had to wear a tie. I thought it would be a bit like riding a bike - once learnt never forgotten - but I was wrong. Having watched him persevere for about five minutes I stepped in and did the tie up for him.
This happened again last week when he was due to set off for another game of bowls.
Today though - it was a break-through - getting himself ready for bowls he put on his tie and did it up perfectly, without giving it a second thought! Brilliant! Maybe the Aricept was somehow helping him think with more clarity after being on it for three weeks?
The inner jubilation was short-llved though. Ten minutes later he was on his way to the bus-stop for his game of bowls when I realised he had walked off without his bag (containing his bowls, bowling shoes and whites!)
A hasty text to him before he managed to get on the bus saved the day. He returned home for the vital items and set off again.
He has just got home, knocking on the door because he forgot his keys. He also managed to leave his bag in a fellow bowler's car, who kindly gave him a lift home - but that's ok, we can get them back.
I guess this is how it will be for a while now, moments of clarity offset by lapses of memoty - but at least we can laugh about it for now, and that helps
The main thing is that he had a fantastic day. It was wonderful to see him smiling and talking about his day and how he helped his team draw :-)