The reasons why I still love working

I’m still working full time but it’s been a real struggle recently for a variety of reasons. However, last week I was training 3 new staff and they helped me remember why  I love working. They’re all young, full of enthusiasm, questions and wanting to learn. They’re all at the start at their working lives so have not been influenced by any negative happenings yet. There’s no greater joy than passing on knowledge to hungry young minds.

Admittedly, it was a very different experience for me this time but I knew it would be and planned the training with that in mind. I was shadowed by Michele – guru in waiting – and it turned out that I needed her there more than I expected.

She was so valuable to have in the room, to speak when I couldn’t remember the words, to demonstrate when my brain was giving up but most of all, to support me whilst in turn, learning from me.

I may leave the team soon, but no one is indispensable, There’ll be all the ‘old’ faces with all my knowledge and more in their heads and lots of young faces to bring a fresh perspective.

Billy: working hard
Billy: working hard

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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