My first talk at Hull University

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!

Quick photo of amazing sculpture on the walk in with Mark...
Quick photo of amazing sculpture on the walk in with Mark…

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…..

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Such a beautiful sunny day too……

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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.

2 thoughts on “My first talk at Hull University

  1. Just wanted to say I love your blog. I work in adult social care so very much interested in dementia and I love reading your posts. You’re an inspiration, jo x

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