1. Expert Q&A: Living well as a carer - Thurs 29 August, 3-4pm

    As a carer for a person living with dementia, the needs of the person you care for will often come before your own. You may experience a range of difficult emotions and you may not have the time to do all the things you need to do. Caring can have a big impact on both your mental and physical health, as well as your overall wellbeing.

    Angelo, our Knowledge Officer (Wellbeing) is our expert on this topic. He will be here to answer your questions on Thursday 29 August between 3-4pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. Starter

    Starter Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    114
    Well yesterday was the day! I only told mum the date of her op the day before because I knew she would worry. She was fine when I told her. Come the day though, I had a phone call to say she wasn’t going. Two hours later, after tantrums and shouting, she agreed to go. She lives alone, so losing her vision is not an option. She then forgot where we were going and told the dr on the ward that she was there for a blood test. After flirting with the surgeon, she happily went to theatre. After care is going to be difficult with two lots of drops n7merous times a day - we were promised community nurses but now they can only do two visits a day. She was also promised sedation for the op but didn’t get it. The eye mask was off within the hour because she couldn’t remember what it was. God help us when the other eye is done!
     
  2. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    7,740
    Yorkshire
    hi @Starter
    sorry, had to smile:
    it's good the op is done - fingers crossed that the aftercare will go well and the final result will be worth all your efforts
     
  3. Starter

    Starter Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    114
    Thanks for your reply Shedrech. It was a really traumatic day. We tried to tell her that she couldn’t live alone if she went blind. Now she’s telling everyone that we are ‘putting her in a home’. It’s so wearing, but hopefully as you say the result will be worth it for her x
     
  4. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,128
    Kent
    It is very good the op has been done @Starter and I have personal experience of the difference it makes.

    I do hope your mother doesn`t jeopardise the aftercare however difficult it is for her to understand how important it is.
     
  5. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,881
    Female
    South coast
    Mum had a cataract removed at a time when she was in a care home. It made her very confused, but fortunately she was compliant with the aftercare and she got good sight back in that eye.
    I did decide, though, not to get the other eye done as she could see well enough (a long way down the vision chart) with the eye that had had the cataract removed and I didnt think it would improve her quality of life if she had the other one done.
     

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