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If you visualise this in terms of a set of scales, then the concept is easy to understand.To stay in peek condition and remain healthy, you need to have a balanced diet and exercise.
Try it for yourself, just think of something that you are concerned with, work and life, what you eat, how you exercise, your mental state, your health and time spent of your phone, what you are watching, getting out and your social life etc. The list goes on…This is the Concept of Balance, that I think is of major importance and should applied to all facets of our lives.
I don't have dementia, but did care for my mum. To be fair in the early stages she did have 'balance' and was very able at that, but as time went by she couldn't organise herself to achieve it so luckily she had me. I took her away to Malta in 2016 as she was desperate to have a holiday and that was great she enjoyed every bit of it. But for those of us who become carers it can be very difficult to achieve 'balance' in our lives. But each person and scenario is differentHi Palerider and thank you for taking the time to reply.
I don't know if you suffer from some form of dementia, or a carer of someone with it.
Believe me, I know what you mean by all consuming, but I have to strive for balance, but then I'm talking as someone with dementia, balance is all I have. If I lose that balance... then I'm lost!
If you are someone caring, then maybe you feel that the balance is out of your hands. I can not image the battle some carers have to go through daily trying to balance life!
Thank you for your words. For you to have insight into your condition is a very unusual thing. Most people with some form of dementia tend to be in denial and I think you would be the first to understand that denial probably makes it easier to get through each day. For them I suppose it is the only way they can get any sort of balance and peace into their lives.Hi Lawson and thank you for your reply!
I don't know how you cope, but I suppose it comes down to, you don't have a choice and this then means balance is not down to you. When I hear these heartbreaking words, it seems that the balance was the two of you, you balanced each other in life. Now, the change comes along that you can not control and you find yourself desperately trying to keep things normal when all the time it only gets worse.
I don't want to be a burdon to anyone and cause any personal lose. I want to be able to go when I'm ready, but trouble is this thing is creeping up on me and I just think it might get me without knowing and then we are all caught out! I think this is what happens to most of us. How do I deal with this, how do I prepare? There seem to be this moment where we reach a tipping point and balance goes for all. There is no balance for the suffer, only lose, uncertainty and fear, and then there is the carer, who feels they have to care for a loved one that gave balance and meaning to their life, yet is seemingly further away each day from the person they knew and loved.
I wish you well my friend.
Are you on pregabalin for epilepsy, nerve ending pain or anxiety. I'm asking as gabapentin does the same thing. Like someone else said, I hope you are weaning off with drs advice as even if you are not taking them for epilepsy, coming off them without advice can cause a seizure too. I understand what you say about cocktails of medication such as morphine especially as morphine can cause sleep nightmares. It sounds to me, you need a thorough review of medication with your GP , which can be done on the phone with you having written down all your problems before hand.Good Morning Wordy!
I’m sorry for the delay, not great few days, but fine now!
I’ve started a campaign to come off as much of the medication I’m on, especially the addictive stuff, that I can. I spent over six months coming off morphine and the difference is truly amazing!
It is now Gabapentin. I assumed, for some unknown reason, that this would be easier, but it is not. I’m now down to, 200, 100 and 200mg throughout the day and this is a big reduction, but now I’m stuck. The sights, sounds and feelings are constant. My tinnitus is also really bad and I think this just acts as a reminder. I know I have to drop the morning, or night dose to 100mg. It’s like standing on an edge and that feeling of I am going to fall.
Interesting you mention an alternative, I’m already on Pregabalin, which I intended to come off next.. Hate medication!
I like the idea of a rescue dog. Finn was a support dog for my epilepsy and I knew him from a pup. I was contacted about a boarder terrier that was going to be put down, because he had an undershot jaw, so didn’t really fit the breeders needs. I took him straight away, the training was fun, but he managed to know when I was about to have a seizure and he would look at me and tap me with his paw, until I stopped doing whatever I was doing. Later it became a bit, crazy, he would get me dozing off as a possible episode, but I wouldn’t have had him any other way!
Not sure about another dog, just yet.
Talking out load, not sure. Sometimes, when I become aware, I realise I am talking out load, mainly ranting about something, or other. Don’t like this!
I try and keep busy and keep my brain challenged! My blog keeps me doing something!
Thank you for taking the time to reply!
I wish you well, stay safe and be happy!