A lifelong friend and me

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Palerider, May 19, 2019.

  1. Palerider

    Palerider Registered User

    Aug 9, 2015
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    Oh you know what we all need something to cheer us up, recently I have become fixed on a song I used to hear back then. This song was originally by Peter, Paul and Mary, but I actually prefer the Seekers version. So to those of us at a certain age lets have a moment of a fab song, and if younger here is a song you missed: Puff the Magic Dragon:

     
  2. Palerider

    Palerider Registered User

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    Yes absolutely
     
  3. Palerider

    Palerider Registered User

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    I have to go to bed now as I have a long day tomorrow doing something that will impact on the wider public eventually. I am very lucky to have a mum that always supported my musicality as a child, so here in return although mum can't hear this (even if I play it to her) is a song I love dearly sang by a fabulous group of amazing singers, Underneath the Stars:

     
  4. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

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    That's beautiful.
     
  5. Jaded'n'faded

    Jaded'n'faded Registered User

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    Oh crikey - I know every word! How sad is that? Was it Ed Stuart who did Children's Favourites on the radio?
     
  6. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

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    Me too -every word!!

    I think it was Uncle Mac on Children’s Favourites and Stewpot on Junior Choice - I could well be wrong though!!
     
  7. Jaded'n'faded

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    Ah thanks @Izzy - it's definitely Stewpot I remember so must have been Junior Choice. I must have been very young as I recall an embarrassing faux pas on my part: I asked my mum how they knew which bands/artists to get in the studio, having heard Stewpot read out the request letters, thinking he was seeing them for the first time... Didn't occur to me they were playing records :rolleyes: Awwwwww! Sweet. :D

    I was born in the 50s. But only by a week!
     
  8. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

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    :):)

    I was born one year into the 50s!!
     
  9. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

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    I’m a little older, but remember every word as well. Fortunately nobody close enough to hear me this morning!
     
  10. Jaded'n'faded

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    OK @Spamar , you and @Palerider start, @Izzy can do the harmonies and I'll eat your clotted cream scone.... :p
     
  11. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

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    :D:D:D:D:D
     
  12. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

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    Izzy, that turned into a whole tray of scones, made by cousins wife for her granddau birthday! I just put clotted cream on one for the photo. All the rest acquired their cream later, about 2 mins before being devoured!
     
  13. Palerider

    Palerider Registered User

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    Am happy to harmonise after the scones ;)
     
  14. Palerider

    Palerider Registered User

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    Confirmed mum has a UTI. I was impressed by the trainee GP today, he has even sent a sample off for culture and sensitivity. Mum is on much needed antibiotics and already much less confused -thank God.
     
  15. Jaded'n'faded

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    That's good to hear :)
     
  16. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

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    That’s good news.
     
  17. Palerider

    Palerider Registered User

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    Yes I'm sad too, I also know every word. Looking forward to our meet up with everyone tomorrow, maybe if there is a karaoke machine we can see if Puff is in there.....volunteers welcome ...ahem
     
  18. Palerider

    Palerider Registered User

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    Today mum is much better after three days of antibiotics. On Sunday evening she was so bad that I wondered whether I would be able to continue being here with her. Such a sweet old lady can change very quickly into a whirlwind of anger and aggression. This time round there was a cause, a UTI, which is now seemingly resolved.

    Meeting the guys in Manchester was a big challenge for me as my anxiety is quite bad these days, I have become so anxious at leaving mum that each moment that passes I struggle when away from her -my mind is constantly wondering, unable to focus on conversation. Our meeting made me realise how bad this has become. I think I need to go back on citalopram, so that at least I feel less anxious and can exist effectively and also work without constant thoughts of worry. Alzheimer's is one problem to deal with, Alzheimer's and anxiety is quite something else, and if I am honest it becomes destructive and also isolating.

    So I have decided that I must get used to socialising again and doing something for me. Plans are a foot, small changes but at least changes :)
     
  19. Jaded'n'faded

    Jaded'n'faded Registered User

    Jan 23, 2019
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    Small changes are good :)

    I think we all found the meet up a bit nerve wracking. I'm also very isolated by dementia (and for other reasons) and I really don't do social things like that - scared me to death! But I am glad I went :)
     
  20. Palerider

    Palerider Registered User

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    Yes we survived :)
     

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