Did I or did I not finish, that is the question……. ?

So to what could be the final day here recording. We did really well yesterday so Steve said we could well get it finished …😳….I can’t tell you how exhausted I felt last night. I could have walked for miles and not been so tired and whacked. Strange how reading out loud for 6 hours can take so much out of you. I think it’s the shear concentration of having to follow the lines, follow the words, emphasis the right words in the right place and all the time trying not to make a mistake……

Another night of sleep, wake, sleep, which wasn’t ideal, so at 6.30, I gave up and had my shower. It’s a strange darkness here – at home I have the one street lamp outside my house….here there’s a blaze of lights everywhere..

I’ve had a lovely time here, and experienced a dream to record my own book for the UK, but oh how I long for my village and the countryside again…..thankfully won’t be long, just today to get through…..

It looked a very clear sky, from the bit I could see, so I decided to venture out for the sunrise…however, when you’re surrounded by high rise it’s very hard to find it!

I thought I would be on my own but of course, everyone was going to work. They views were different but had a concrete beauty all of its own

I made my way to the water, and again, just beautiful sky…..

I seemed to go all around the blocks and couldn’t find the sunrise. I’d seen a peak out of my window, but then I was 8 floors up……This is the nearest I got….still a beauty all of its own…..

By the time I got back, it was the busy time for breakfast 🙄…..so I made myself some toast and took it back to my room instead of being in the hustle and bustle of the dining room….

I’d just taken my last bite when a loud shrill alarm went off 😳, but thankfully quickly went off – be still my booming heart…..🙈….luckily I heard someone in the corridor shout that it was a practice fire alarm……🙈

Steve came to meet me at the hotel again. Apparently yesterday was his first day as a permanent employee as he’d always freelanced before. So I was his first permanent assignment!

Once we got into the studio it was straight to work, with a piccie for Bloomsbury 🤣

It turned out to be a very emotional morning. I hadn’t been prepared for reading about Sylvia. In fact I’d forgotten all about it being in the book 🙈……it was a very moving piece and both of us were quiet at the end of that section……until the builders started up their drilling and banging again 🙄……….

Eventually I started making more and more mistakes, so I decided it was lunch and cuppa tea time. I went and got myself a cuppa tea and a bit of fresh air

…and sat typing this while Steve had his lunch….

Then it was time to start the final slog in the hope I’d finish today 🤞…..

The workmen continued to stop and start us, but all in all it went quite smoothly. Steve was confident we’d be finished mid afternoon …..of course, I didn’t have a clue where in the book we were or how much there was left. But just as 2 o’clock struck we reached the Eplilogue……a joyous story, which I’d totally forgotten was at the end 😍…it even brought a smile of disbelief to the face of Steve as well as I glanced through the window of my box…..it left me feeling on a high as it really was hard work.

As I read the acknowledgments, I knew that was the final piece………

Thankfully that left Steve on a high as well, mainly because we’d finished early I think 🤣……I managed to get one of the team to take a photo of us

And I was off, feeling as though I’d been there for days instead of less than 2 days……it was lovely to be out in the fresh air and the sky was lovely – what I could see of it as the sun descended..

One hitch at media city tram stop…….there’d obviously been an incident and no trams were leaving for Manchester….instead I had to walk round with everyone else, to the stop I’d accidentally got off on the first day – Broadway……at least it was familiar 🤣……..police were  in evidence everywhere, so something major had gone on, but nothing could take the smile off my face. I’d made my dream come true and finished recording my book in record time………💪🏻😇

As the early train pulled out of Manchester, the sun was starting to set…..and I was leaving the high rise behind…..

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. 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.

12 thoughts on “Did I or did I not finish, that is the question……. ?

  1. What a busy but rewarding two days. So glad you didn’t have to stay on. I definitely wouldn’t like media city – if I had been there I would have been dying to get home, like you. Hope you got home without incident and won’t have to pay too dearly for the excitement. Well done!

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  2. Good work, Wendy! I hope your book becomes available in the US. Your first book changed my life for the better. It made me much less fearful as I approach the age at which my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Major kudos to you!

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  3. Hello Wendy

    I read your posts every day even if I don’t always comment. Love your description of your trip to Media City this week. We have sometimes been a bit mean and called it Mediocrity as it’s so stark and modern. However the Lowry Theatre and the Imperial War Museum are superb.

    As I might have already said, we live in Leeds and are great travellers all over our beautiful county in order to go walking. Unfortunately a rather rapid onset of arthritis has meant that my walking is now somewhat limited but we are still out and about doing walks on the flat.

    I am aware of the village where you live as we have friends in Brandesburton and travel along the main road near you to visit them via Beverly.

    It would be nice to pop along and say ‘hello’ to you. If that idea is acceptable to you could you let me have your phone number so I can be in touch more easily to make a plan?

    Meanwhile, keeping walking and photographing.

    Regards Doreen

    Sent from my iPad



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