Strangers in the night

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Jacquetta, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. Jacquetta

    Jacquetta Registered User

    Jan 30, 2015
    12
    Desperate attempts to get a diagnosis from the GP finally happened as I knew it would , months worrying that we were all going round the twist except my mother were put in a place I didn't want it to be , but now it's fianlly been said ,Mam has dementia and it's out there. It's been a long time comming and the deterioration of a once brilliant mind has begun. There's only been the three of us , well I have a partner but as he is relatively recent( 4 years )he doesn't count in my Mam's short term memory so he's had it !! My Mam HAS HAD THIS CONDITION FOR YEARS, but as a brilliant mind does, covered it up by listening to conversations and using prompts and questions managed to fool the best of them. Mam is 88 . I am an only child as is my mother my Dad's brother has passed so there is a distinct lack of relatives , never mind my friend one of seven once said I was better off with out them , but I would like someone to talk to know and agin as it was always Mam who listened to my tales of heartache , and woe and good times, ... like I've lost my best mate. No more dancing to Frank Sinatra around the living room !
     
  2. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,014
    Toronto, Canada
    Jacquette, I'm very sorry about your pain. It is so very hard. My mother also was brilliant about covering up and even well after diagnosis she presented very well.

    In some ways, the beginnings are the hardest. There is so much adjustment for everyone. I haven't much to offer you but my understanding and the hope that you will achieve some balance.
     
  3. min88cat

    min88cat Registered User

    Apr 6, 2010
    581
    Wrong post apologies....
     
  4. Grey Lad

    Grey Lad Registered User

    Sep 12, 2014
    5,737
    North East Lincs

    How sad for you but T P has been a great place for me to get help and I am sure it will be the same for you. Keep posting: someone is always here to listen and to offer support.
     
  5. CollegeGirl

    CollegeGirl Registered User

    Jan 19, 2011
    9,535
    North East England
    Welcome - you know what? You might find that dancing round the living room to Frank Sinatra is one of the things you can both still enjoy :). Music and singing is one way I can sometimes find my old mam for a few minutes. Try it, you might be surprised!
     

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