Last Wednesday saw me trundling to York for a visit to the dentist and my 6 monthly chat at Radio York with the lovely Jonathan Cowap.
Unlike Monday, when I forgot to order the early morning, pre bus, taxi, to get to my support group of Minds and Voices (😱it meant I missed the session as I missed my bus to York😔),
However, on Wednesday, I caught the first bus from the village and had an hours wait for the bus to York – but at least I caught it this time!
It was a very wet, misty murky morning.
I still have to go to York for a dentist as I can’t get an appointment in my local town, which is a real nuisance but not impossible at the mo. Hopefully one will come up trumps before I find travelling on the bus a chore, after all it’s doubly important for everyone to make a trip to the dentist, but triply important for someone with dementia. The once daily routine can easily get forgotten or not done properly.
Anyway, I arrived in York in plenty of time to walk the other side of town for my appointment, passing the lovely river as I ambled along.
And I could see all the famous daffodils starting to peak through. They would fill the banks of the city walls in a few weeks time and look stunning.
I got to the dentist with time to spare and sat chatting to the receptionist as she was asking me questions about dementia, which was nice. My dentist is brilliant and tries exceptionally hard to help me. It was the turn of the hygienist today and they have spent lots of time with me trying to find solutions and alternatives. That’s why I don’t mind continuing to see them as I might have to start all over again with a new dentist.
They didn’t have anyone after me today so spent extra time on me showing me how to use the new mini inbetweeny things that help when I think I’ve brushed my teeth long enough and clearly havn’t……
I know it’s expensive to visit the dentist, but well worth saving up if you can,as to have problems is even worse. I call these mini loo brushes, as that’s what they look like to me which amused the hygienist….
After that I made my way to Radio York and had a lovely chat with Jonathan Cowap. He invites me there every 6 months or so for a catch up. I told him about the ‘Christmas blip’. Giving myself a rest from everything nearly worked against me and just proved that not keeping my brain active shuts it down. It was very scary not being able to type an email and not being able to find the letters on the keyboard. Jonathan likened it to him having a fortnights holiday from work and then not remembering what all the buttons are for. It’s just like that, when you feel sluggish and havn’t built up speed on the treadmill. However, I had trouble working out where the letters were on the keyboard – what keys I had to press to make a word – scary. Definitely a case of use it or lose it.
That’s why I always try to persuade supporters of people with dementia not to automatically do things for their loved ones. Instead try to help them to find a different way to do it themselves. A simple example is tieing the shoelace of someone with dementia instead of buying slip on shoes for them to put on the,selves. For the kindest of reasons, you’re creating problems instead of helping.
We spoke of many things that I’ve forgotten now, but it’ll be nice to listen to the broadcast whenever they decide to play it…..
Always nice to catch up with Jonathan…….