my own WWW – Wanderings With Wayne
19th March 2016
Bits and pieces and stuff!
I’ve had a fairly quiet few days from the dementia-land point of view as not much seems to have gone on that I can directly blame on the damaged mind. Most of my thoughts and feelings seem to be based around a general ‘down’ feeling which happens to us all.
I start a new twice weekly therapy group on the 29th and it is on Tuesdays and Thursdays so that will mean I am unable to continue my tai chi classes on the Thursday mornings for a while, but, when I explained about this to the sensei he told me about a Tuesday afternoon session he runs a few miles from my group base. If I feel up for it maybe I will cycle on the extra few miles and then hope I am still capable of getting all the way home. Getting lost will be the main problem as it is into unknown territory.
Friday was a good day in part and very frustrating in other parts. The early morning walk was great and took in some of the historic old town parts but was also quite chilly whenever we had to stop and wait for others to catch up. While on the walk I was asked by some others to join them for a long 4 hour walk on Sunday which I jumped at. It is a guided walk along riverside and coastline talking about the history and seeing old forts etc.
Friday afternoon was at the A.S. Dementia cafe and had a nice time and was rescued by one of the wonderful carers there that come with their charges. Some time back my GP referred me for a specialist appointment with EN&T department. At long last a letter turned up that I sort of understood was my appointment but I could not fathom out where or when it was. It had 4 pages of text, many boxes of codes, a password box saying ‘author paste’ which I took as meaning that whoever did the letter should have pasted the password in the box. Password for what I had no idea. It gave 2 hospitals but no date or time so I was lost as to when I should go or to where. I showed the letter to some of the carers and 1 suggested that I phone and find out. Not liking phones much as I cannot hear properly, they talk too fast and background sounds take my attention away, that was not on. I said that I would go back to GP and get it sorted. This wonderful young woman then asked if it would be ok for her to phone on my behalf. After about 10 minutes on phone and much head scratching I finally ended up with date, time and place as dictated by their appointment system. I would have sworn and hung up long before that!!!! Why they could not have just sent a 1 page letter with date, time, place on it as dictated by their appointment system …… who bloody knows? Oh what a wonderful world of technology we live in. The sooner someone pulls the plug the better!
This little madcap adventure with the wonderful world of hospital systems has left me a bit worried about my vision problems. After the GP dismissed and sent me to optician and the optician not finding anything, the good advice on TP is to go and see GP again and get another specialist referral. With all the headaches that brings it would seem easier to just stay in bed or go blind or wear a crash helmet and carry on bumping into things LOL! As I now have my new glasses and they have made no difference at all, I guess it is back to the GP and more head v brick wall time!
catch ya soon