How nice it was to wake up to a beautiful sunny day. Even better was the knowledge that today, I would get on a train and 15 minutes later would be almost at my destination………Today I wasn’t going past the Humber Bridge as I was going to I Hull Uni.
I’d been contacted some months ago by Mark Gretton, a lecturer in nursing at the university, asking if I would speak to their dementia degree and Masters students as part of their‘Dementia in Health and Social Care Practice’ module. My session was to last an hour and I could decide on the content – perfect!
I’d done the same sort of thing for the same students at York University with the wonderful Helen Roberts, who has just retired and believes she will have time to ‘do as she pleases’ – I’ve already filled her in on that misconception about retiring, especially when you have an interest in dementia……😊
So I decided to include language, misconceptions, disabling and some frequently asked questions I’d put together.
As is typical at the moment……my journey, even though very short did not go smoothly!! I asked the bus driver to drop me off at the university entrance as I’d never been there before……he forgot😳 it’s only when we got to the end of the bus route that he realised so put me on another bus…..so a 10 min journey took 40 mins🙄 so instead of being nice and early so I could take photos, I was rushed and on time…..but Mark was waiting for me and we’d been in touch by txt. Another reason why I give myself so much time is that is allows for such eventualities!
The group were all waiting for me when we got there but Mark went and got me my much needed cuppa……The group was made up of all different specialties within healthcare including a physio, speech therapist and, community nurses. So all came with different ideas in their heads.
They were very quiet but hopefully from being riveted as opposed to bored. The hour flew past – I didn’t need to go through my frequently asked questions as they had ones of their own which was good. Someone asked me if I’d thought of the future and as always I answered:
I have no control over my future – the inevitable will happen at some point so because I have no control, I don’t dwell on the future, I simply enjoy each day as it comes. Me and my daughters have made all the emotional decisions that the future may throw at us so they don’t have to make them alone.
There seemed to be some light bulb moments going off around the room at various points so I feel like I achieved something.
Afterwards Mark and his colleague, whose name evades me, asked if I would be involved with the pre reg students in the autumn – obviously I heard the word ‘student’ and didn’t have to think twice before accepting.
A nice new relationship forged with my new home university……..
AND I managed to take a few photos before my bus came…..
Such a beautiful sunny day too……