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One fleeting moment


Registered User
Feb 19, 2009
Torquay Devon

As I awake every morning, always grateful that I have, but it only takes a split second each day to realise this is not a bad dream, or something I have imagined, I HAVE DEMENTIA!! Straight away the pressure builds and seems to hide behind my eyes. It’s hard to explain the frustration I feel, because I am usually at my best first thing in the morning and deteriorate as the day goes on, and yes, the pressure, that awful pressure behind my eyes and inside my head is always with me.

I go about my business as best I can, and with the help of my Wonderful Angel “Elaine” I have breakfast, sometimes in silence, sometimes not, all depending what kind of night I have had. I need help showering as I once tried to clean my teeth with my razor (Not recommended) and put shaving foam in my mouth instead of mouthwash, also not recommended! But between us we get there and eventually I am showered and dressed, but the “pressure is still there and rising” I am sure the pressure I feel is the worry of having dementia.

The frustration runs through me at times like electrical jolts, so much so I sometimes feel I could just run and run and never stop running. I could scream at the heavens until I was hoarse and jump up and down until I collapsed. I sometimes wonder how i I don’t go over the edge completely, like when I sometimes stand there talking to a friend, only to realise I have already told him this and he is just being polite, Lewy Body’s dementia is so very different to Alzheimer’s, I wish some would understand this sometimes. I see people looking at me and thinking “is that him with dementia? He seems ok, he talks ok, he walks ok,? What is so very hard to understand that dementia comes in many stages and what they are thinking about is the late stages? I have just come off the phone where I was told the meeting I am booked in for in March is upstairs, I told them I can’t do stairs because of “Spatial awareness a” and they asked if I was in a Wheelchair!! UNREAL!!

And so the pressure builds!!

As the day heads towards evening I can also see the frustration in Elaine’s eyes, the sorrow behind them and the day’s events wearing her down, and yet, never a moan or a gripe, just a smile and a look of kindness. Every evening meal is the same ritual, I have to now wear a napkin whilst I eat, the knife and fork in the wrong hands and sometimes missing the plate completely, becoming more argumentative and restless. Nothing seems to be right sometimes, I like salt, I don’t like salt, I like pepper, I don’t like pepper, I haven’t enough, I have to much, and on it goes, and all the time regretting the last harsh sentence spoken to my wonderful angel Elaine.

AND STILL the pressure builds

There must come a point, some evening`s, not all, where I completely lose all sense of reality without realizing it. Elaine says it can happen gradually and sometimes quite quickly. I am not aware of this happening and after that anything can happen apparently and usually does.
And yet i am aware sometimes of it the day after, i have horrific flashbacks of the night before, i hang my head in shame at the bits i can remember, and the things i have done or said, which would never have happened in my "Former Life " as i call it now. And the realization that i am capable of doing the same thing all over again, but incapable of stopping myself from doing it??

The pressure is now at Boiling point at this stage !!

And then, I awake in the morning, and just for that wonderful, grace saving fleeting moment all is well, and I haven’t got dementia, until it all comes flooding back to me, and the “pressure “ Builds once again.

Norrms, Diagnosed with dementia 7 yrs ago aged just 50 and fighting it harder now than ever before xxxxxx .


Registered User
Mar 26, 2011
Near Southampton
I'm so sorry and so sad for you and others in your situation Norms.
That moment after wakening comes to many of us when facing troubled times in different situations but none so more than you. I can only imagine how you feel when full realisation returns.
You express your feelings so well but it must be so agonizing to experience those feelings.
You don't run from them, you come here and tell us about them and I, for one, am grateful to you for doing that.
It helps us to understand the frustrations and feelings of those we care for and without your clarity in expressing them, we would not be able to do that.
Bless you Norms, you are indeed a brave man. x


Registered User
Feb 9, 2015
Thanks Norms, it is good to know how you feel this helps us deal with our loved ones in the same boat. You are very brave keep writing.