I intended this blog originally not only for myself but to encourage others who might be offered/need the counselling/therapy route. I am not going to pretend it has been an easy journey for me undertaking the work, and it is still on going, but thought it worthwhile to post back on TP about the ‘dementia specific’ issue central to the work.
I know, as many others have shared on TP over the years, I am not the only one to have had a difficult relationship with my mother pre-dementia
Gentle but tough session.
Disassociating is OK at times. One of my best coping strategies in the circumstances. :) Yah, boo sucks, I am getting something right in life! :rolleyes:
I appreciate so much advice given publicly and privately – took in my own ‘agenda’ today about my concerns – including the ‘short-termism’ of the work I had never realised in advance ..... Therapist muttered ‘Bloody NHS’ – no wonder we get along!:D
Little I would dare or care
Strange day ..... 11 years since dad passed and the ‘anniversary’ hits on the same day of the week this time .... why does that make it so much harder? :confused:
Memories flooding in of getting that phone call from mum is like it happened 5 minutes ago ..... having to explain to our young son (who now towers above me!!!) why he got ‘shunted’ to a neighbours so he didn’t see the police and ambulance etc ..... that we weren’t going to a Bonfire party that year because it was the
Hmm, well it appears the ‘Psychology Services’ postcode lottery is much as for dementia services or much else in life. Have been on some websites, yes, I know, I know I wasn’t supposed to but self-control is high on the agenda to be ‘worked on’ ...... :rolleyes:
Therapist told me, week one, after all the ‘information gathering’ she was offering me 12 sessions ... I took that as a confidence boost that lots of issues had been worked on before and this was just about getting me back
Gone 4am and sleepless (what’s new?) – been almost euphoric at times this week .... encouraged and motivated – support of special friends, real and virtual (you find out who they are when you mention ‘therapy’ and don’t run away screaming you’re a ‘psycho’!):rolleyes: .... have just dug out the details to leave a message at the ‘clinic’ that I won’t be attending tomorrow (today). Then filed it away again .... think it might be prudent to ring a taxi to get me there and sod the budget coz driving