Further thoughts on the house move

Yesterday I spoke of the unexpected challenges – well they keep coming.

Firstly, on a positive note, the one thing that has made an enormous difference is the peace and quiet.  The absence of continuous sirens streaming passed the house; the lack of continual noise from traffic; the lack of crowds….all makes for a more relaxed, peaceful existence – wonderful.

Another challenge in the house, which I wasn’t expecting, is the challenge caused by simply ‘not being able to remember’……..It’s created a different ‘unsettledness’ that I’ve never experienced in previous moves.

The first real confusion arose from the fact that the very small kitchen has 2 doors – one leading to the hall, the other to the lounge. Seeing these 2 doors each time, just makes me feel anxious as it creates a decision as to which to go through that wasn’t there before. This may sound totally illogical to someone without dementia, but it’s very real. The solution I’ve decided upon is to have the doors removed – then I can clearly see where each leads. The nice builder man who’s helping me highlighted that this may cause a draught – my response?

“I’d rather put an extra layer  than be confused”

he was suitably amused😊

I think this just means it will take me longer to settle. I’ve met both my neighbours and they seem lovely. Everyone is so friendly and that will go such a long way to making me feel at home.

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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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