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I am not sure since when, I did not see our granddaughter but I did read her dissertation, my grandson told me about it, I had to do a search and that was complicated, then I watched it after the actual event. So I put in Manchester university then I found the day that the masters were graduating, he had a distinction so that seem to affect order. So I watched the whole thing. Well more than once!
Its something to think carefully about if working full-time, and when I started mum was relatively OK, but as time went by it got harder. Your grandchildren have both done well to complete let alone get a distinctionYou certainly deserve it. Two grandchildren have just just achieved MAs and I know how hard they worked, one is in social work, she did take time off a bit in the final year and used savings. You certainly have a lot to be proud about.
Your subject sounds interesting, it seems to be the way the world is going. We watched the Summer of Rockets by Stephen Poliakoff, set in 1958 it featured the first pager been demonstrated at a hospital, what a long way the world has come from those days. I remember the year well, I was a young mother, it was hot and we had many thunderstorms. The Cold War was at its height. It seems crisis comes and goes, yet no one learns from history.
Yes, you need to be careful people may expect too much. I think many on here are hiding lights under bushels!
I really hope you get to your graduation. I watched my grandson on the internet.
I am glad to hear that. Technology used wisely with compassion can be great. My caring tole would be impossible without the iPad and ability to live on line. Age, health and isolation issues would hinder me.Its something to think carefully about if working full-time, and when I started mum was relatively OK, but as time went by it got harder. Your grandchildren have both done well to complete let alone get a distinction
I can imagine at the time in 1958 that you thought the pager was a great idea. Yes history does repeat itself unfortunately, whats that saying 'those who forget their past, are condemned to repeat it' -George Santayana. Here we are going backwards in terms of health and social care.
Technology is the way forward, and there is a big change coming in the next 20 years in the health service -which can only be a good thing, lets hope some of that technology is developed in dementia care.
I will go to my graduation, I just wish the circumstances were better, but I'm sure on the day I'll buck up and make the most of it
I quite agree with you Canary. Luckily mum manages to sleep through the night at the moment so I'm lucky. When it comes to family I can only offer up a phrase mum use to say 'there's none so queer as folk'.I too wish that family would help. Our children are supportive, but live too far away to be able to help. He has brothers who live nearby, but we dont see them for literally months. It seems to be the common story on here. At least no-one is questioning my decisions.
I too find it impossible to plan anything, which I find really frustrating as I am naturally a planner. Unfortunately, OHs sleeping patterns are becoming more and more erratic and there are so many things that suddenly become urgent and have to be sorted out immediately, that there is no time left for the planned stuff (sigh)
Thank you for such an open reply. I appreciated it. I chuckled at the last bit.The last few years have taught me many things, my strengths, my weaknesses and ability for short cuts. What to cling to and what to let go.
The fact I can plan but really have no control.
My 'calm' plans preparing for a routine therapeutic endoscopy next week including prepping for my husband's needs have met a hitch or two, sapping my low energy even more. Sometimes I wish that individual doctors would realise that one part affects another part.
And being a 24/7 carer affects all parts!
So just feeling worn by too many appointments for both, transport is complicated, offers of help are too conditional.
I think I need more sleep! Plus a computer that is not acting like a teenager.