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Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group – the first session
29th March 2016
Today was the first session of my CST group which is due to happen twice weekly for the next 8 weeks. The day did not get off to a great start as I had trouble sleeping last night with it playing on my mind. Then, having no idea that the clocks had changed this weekend, I found on checking the laptop that I was going to be late. Already I am feeling that someone needs to keep a better eye on me than me. I phoned them and explained what had happened and that I would be late but was it still ok to come and upset the group. I was told yes so off I pedalled like a mad thing on my bike and arrived 30 minutes late, exhausted and anxious.
Only 6 out of the 10 expected had turned up to be co-ordinated by 4 facilitators which will usually be 2. The group leader explained what I had missed, twice making references to my being late which did not help my already anxious state. I’ll be on time Thursday even if it means camping out (oo er missus!!) in their car-park Wednesday night.
I had several things that I wanted to discuss but it was soon clear that the facilitators (not yet sure what to call them but playschool presenters kept coming to mind) were only there to run the group not to provide technical support. Thankfully the trusted Talking Point forum may help with my issues.
I am by quite a way the youngest but expected that. They had already discussed and named the group (Old Codgers) and decided on the group song, ‘singing in the rain’, but that changed as 1 of the women got upset as it was her deceased husbands favourite so it changed to ‘Jailhouse Rock’. This we will sing twice each 2 hour session. We basically did action games that required lots of movement, throwing, bowling, marching and some reading. I explained that over the weekend my reading ability had been zero but they were not very interested. We played throw the ball and answer a random question about your past which was a good icebreaker and one we will do each session so we will soon learn stuff about each other…. and ourselves! We played skittles and the tough part is getting down to stand them back up again but good for back exercise. We also had a kind of darts game using furry tennis balls on a velcro target. This was fun as a couple of people could not throw very well and balls were going all over the room. 2 cups of tea or coffee, biscuits and a wrestle with the electronic door to use the toilet just about completed the time. Not forgetting the 2 rounds of ‘jailhouse rock’.
This does sound rather negative but is not meant to be overly so. I enjoyed, am happy to continue but do feel that it is very much too early in my journey to be of much help but time will tell as it will with everything.
The biggest plus was that the group leader made a phone call to Dept of Work & Pensions for me to find out about PIP claim. After much messing which would of made me hang-up in disgust, she reported that there is a 16 week delay. Not great as I need this to get my bus pass to replace driving. My decision to stop driving has been nothing but a nightmare but I could not concentrate enough and do not want to kill anyone but as it is MY decision I am penalised for it??? some days I even refrain from going out on my bike as I would be a danger to myself and/or others so not being able to get around, CHEAPLY, on the buses does leave me feeling a bit trapped at times when I hear the other walking group members talking about where they may meet up to walk at the weekends. Sorry, I am rambling ha ha, back to the main story.
I will see what Thursday brings as the theme for that session is sound and as I keep hearing my phone vibrating when it is not even turned on, it could prove interesting.
Just before leaving 2 of the other male members asked me if I was going on Thursday as they are not interested in coming if I am not. If they turn up I will make sure they have a good time.
I rounded the day off by going to my neighbours bowls club open evening and actually having a go! It was more fun and more and a lot more exercise than I imagined and I will be going again to get some coaching before any decision on joining. We will see as I still need to be persuaded that I am actually ‘old enough’ to play bowls. LOL!
catch ya soon