Cycling – left turn only!

Sarah and Gemma - pretend you haven't this...
Sarah and Gemma – pretend you haven’t seen this…

I had to give up my driving licence back in July. I hadn’t owned a car for a few years but I used to hire one whenever I needed to go anywhere. I loved driving. In my previous job I’d travel thousands of miles a year. Some people drive out of necessity, I loved it. To have to give up my licence was a very big deal.

I hadn’t driven for ages as I knew I just wasn’t safe. I can’t process signs and situations quick enough. I think I finally accepted I wouldn’t drive again when I was a passenger in the car with Sarah. I remember that feeling of total confusion even though we were driving through a place I’d driven a many times before.

So, if I’m not wander walking, a bicycle is now my favoured mode of transport. I have a bright pink bicycle with a basket at the front. So you can’t miss me and the bike is easy to find in a crowd! One thing I have learned though, is that I’m fine as long as I’m going left – I’m not a danger to society! However, whenever I have to turn right, I have to get off and walk – ha!

There’s an out of town shopping centre near me that’s perfect for me and my bike as it’s ‘left’ all the way there and all the way back – one big circle – perfect!. No right turns……..

I won’t tell you about the rose tree and 2 bags of compost that I balanced on my basket one day as my daughters would only worry……………ha!

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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