Category Archives: A day in the life

Everyday experience of living with dementia.

Why I analyse my dementia…….

Most people go about their lives without analysing why they do things. They just live their lives from day to day and never think, ‘Why did that happen?’ or ‘Why did I do that?’. I’ve been asked recently, ‘Why do you analyse dementia, why don’t you just live your life? Well for a start, it’s very hard to ignore dementia And I suppose I’ve always questioned, analysed, been intuitive. Analysing helps me cope with this dementia of mine so helps me cope with my life.

My old self is still here, trapped inside me and on some days her presence is strong and she’s able to help me through. But on others she is faded and whilst desperately trying to help, her strength isn’t there and dementia wins the day, her grasp on me too weak.

Compare it to falling off a cliff and someone grabbing your hand to save you, preventing you from falling. As time goes by their grasp becomes weak and eventually you will fall. Just like eventually my old self will fade away and I’ll be left alone with dementia winning the day.

You night be wondering why I write my blog; why would I write things down when it would be better to forget them? Well writing my days, thoughts and ramblings down helps me to make sense of what’s happening, helps me understand and helps me to help my daughters understand. If I didn’t write everything down my daughters would know very little as I would forget to tell them and when I see them I’m always just happy to see them and forget anything bad.

It also helps me document all the wonderful things I’ve done, all the amazing opportunities that have come my way, that would be lost if I didn’t write my blog.

Many ask, ‘But how can you remember what’s happened’?……..well I usually type in real time. On my journey and then at the event. I’m sat there typing away the detail of the day. I can always remember if I enjoyed the day as our emotions never disappear but if I stop typing, the detail will fade and disappear in the blink of an eye.

Typing is also my escape from dementia. I’ve said many times how I can type as though dementia never entered my world as that part of my brain remain unaffected so so. It’s still only two finger typing, but I can still type words quicker than I can think and speak them. The words we think in our minds, transferred to my fingers, whereas they wouldn’t’t reach my mouth to speak them………..the brain is a wonderful blob that we still know very little about……….

So if thoughts suddenly appear in my mind, I can instantly type them. It might be the title of a future blog, or simply a sentence that springs to mind.

Some may think it’s a nuisance to be able to analyse what’s happening to me – ‘isn’t it a worry for you?’……..well it would be more of a worry if I couldn’t. It wouldn’t feel right for me.

I’ve always been quite a good judge of character …..but since dementia my intuition has been heightened.

Many others have said this too. I know instantly if I like someone or not; whether I should say yes or no to an event from the first email I receive from the tone and language used…..or maybe I just think I do. But so many others have said how their intuition has been heightened – maybe because our brains can only cope with small chunks, small detail at any one time, so we see the important things.

The brain is such a complex organ. I find it fascinating. Obviously I wish I was a bystander but dementia has given me a close up view of it’s intricacies ……..maybe over the years, my blog will help understand my dementia more fully as I deteriorate and help my daughters understand what’s going on in my head……..so that’s why I analyse my dementia……..😊

Does Brexit have a hand in my Pharmacy chaos…………?

Last week I picked up my monthly prescription of tablets in order to fill my pill box. It wasn’t until I got home that I realised they’d given me a different brand than usual so colours, shapes and packaging had all changed……..

From my frustrated tweet, which said how I really wan’t sure whether I’d put the right pills in the right boxes….. came so much conversation, Debate, concern and advice……I LOVE twitter for this very reason.

Many have asked why don’t you let the pharmacists fill a blister pack for you. Well this is the first time it’s happened since I changed Gps….my last Gp suggested I come off Donezepil because it was of no use……I asked him:

So if it was you and Donezepil was the only drug available, would you come off it…….?”

He didn’t respond so I changed Gps and now have a lovely one willing to listen, willing to learn, willing to exchange knowledge…….just how a Gp should be, but only since reading my book has she changed. She was always kind, but never listened as much as now – bonus😊

Anyway when I asked the previous pharmacy about packing them for me they said they couldn’t put Donezepil to be taken in the morning as the information they have says to take it at night…….But if I take it at night it makes me have weird dreams so I take it in the morning – no more weird dreams but it means chemists won’t help me, or the last one I encountered said it wasn’t possible. I now realise, from Twitter, that it might be possible for them to help me ……….

So now I have a different chemist I never thought to check whether what the last one said was true……..until Twitter put me right…….

The conversation on Twitter lasted right up until the following day with various people tweeting their thoughts. It also provided lots of discussion with people highlighting their issues.

One person said how the print was so tiny it was difficult to read. This could be solved by the key words being in large print e.g. 2 at night maybe? Yes, I realise the printing machine probably can’t do this but maybe it could be handwritten in a space? But then someone on Twitter said,

I find it useful to go into camera on my phone and zoom in to read small print”

What a good solution⭐️

Others said how a busy chemist is unlikely to have the time to put the effort into caring about shape or colour as they’re under so much pressure. Others have said how their local chemist was so helpful and had time to listen to their needs……Crikey, I’d never even thought of a post code lottery in chemists…….

One of my dear friends said on Twitter than he’s now succumbed to the chemist providing his tablets ready packed, but:

“I now have to trust them to get it right, so it means I am far less aware of what I am taking.”

So is that right too? I know that if I allowed the chemist to pack them for me and they arrived looking different, then I wouldn’t trust they hadn’t made a mistake. How would I know? After all there’s humans involved in the process and humans make mistakes. So I’d feel continually anxious when I looked at my pill box. I have also always taken a high dose Vitamin B supplement so that wouldn’t go in the blister pack, and would need to be remembered separately.

If I went on another clinical trial, those tablets wouldn’t go into the blister pack – another one to remember separately.

Others said how it’s the changing shape and colour that confuses. Here’s mine this month that changed colour

And the bottom ones changed shape….

Maybe those who request through their Gp could have a note on file to say use the same brand maybe?

Some said how the pharmacist has to tell you when the colour changes or they’re a different shape…..well mine might have told me but the minute I walk out I’ll have forgotten that he said it ……🙄

Some packs of tablets are see through and others you can’t see what tablet is in the blister

Why can’t they all be see through so you can see what’s in it? I suppose pharmacists must have a way of knowing🤔 but it would make it easier if there was consistency in packaging.

Also this time I was given a bottle of tablets instead of a pack

More confusion all in the same month……no wonder I didn’t know if I’d put the right tablets in the right slots!

Twitter, of course, provided lots of advice including this local link for me from an admiral nurse

https://communitypharmacyhumber.org/services-by-area/east-riding-of-yorkshire/el23-medicines-management-er/

Another more concerning Tweet was about Brexit 🤢…….their chemist told them that:

Brexit stockpiling has made it hard to get someone medication in store leading to capsules changing colour, other pills changing size as they try and get their hands on anything they can…….so this may be a small problem that’s about to get much larger……’

So the ever present Brexit is now going to compound the medication confusion as well as everything else🙈😳🤯🔫

For anyone who needs it, could a note go on their file to say, ‘needs consistency of medication appearance’ or ‘needs large print’ or whatever?

It felt like another case of we don’t know what we don’t know until kind people on Twitter Fill in the gaps……

We try to remain independent, to cope on our own. At every avenue I feel like there’s a battle that has to be fought……why? I know others have it so much worse but when a chink of your independence seems to be ebbing away you have a tendency to feel a tad sorry for yourself. I guess that’s how I’m feeling now……

My Monthly Trundle to see New Staff at Humber……..

I havn’t quite got back into a routine as my calendar is still quiet as the world wakes from Christmas. So it’s always a welcome when my monthly trip to Humber comes round to talk to new staff on their first day.

Some weeks I can fill my calendar many times over……take Dementia Awareness week in May….well I could have already filled that week 10 times over as it’s been full since last year.
Note to organisers – Dementia Awareness week should be 52 weeks of the year – why not have your own Dementia Awareness Week in your organisation so that it lasts all year and not just for a week……..just a thought🙄

Ooooo gone right off piste havn’t I…..😳……..anyway back to yesterday……..

After the lovely cold frosty snowy week just gone, the weather has changed it’s mind again and we’re back to milder weather. Yesterday was rainy and grey…..but the smiley face of Sarah turned up at my house at the arranged time.

We chatted happily and had a catch up on the way. There’s always one junction where I close my eyes as the village roads meet the main road into Hull……..and it can often take forever at rush hour to get out….but to our surprise I didn’t even have to close my eyes as a gap was waiting for us and we were both taken by surprise…..luck was really on our side……🙌

We arrived at Trust Headquarters and Sarah made me a cuppa while she then got all her bits together.

We trundled over to the lecture theatre, not knowing how many nervous first day faces will be waiting for us.

The Chief Exec, Michelle Moran, speaks first and then it’s our turn to follow her in……….

We went in and this month they were a very smiley friendly bunch. Some months they’re all so nervous  there’s just silence from start to finish – always very strange, but today I could tell they were a nice bunch.

Sarah went through her slides saying how good we were in this region but needed still to do so much more. There’s so many projects happening at the moment in Humber for lots of conditions as well as dementia which is always nice to hear.

Then it was my turn to finish off. I ask them at the beginning to:

Imagine yourselves being given a diagnosis of Young onset dementia. Your life falls apart, you feel worthless and of no use to anyone any more……”

And then go on to talk about the impact research had on my life post diagnosis.

They were a lovely bunch and were very generous in their applause. One person said how she’d heard me on the radio last year 😳 I then took the opportunity to ask for a piccie for my blog since they were so friendly and they were all up for it.

All finished, Sarah then surprised me by taking me a different way back via the café…….they’d only been baking cakes at the weekend to sell to raise money for my Skydive…..


And had put a collection jar and details of my fundraising page 🥰

How kind and lovely of them all and then 3 more of the team arrived so another opportunity to ask a random stranger if they’d mind taking a piccie 🥰

What a lovely start to a Monday. Smiley new starters in Humber Trust and a cake sale to raise money for my Skydive……I’m soooooo lucky…….

My next adventure…..

Some people asked me to repost this again after payday……so I’m simply doing just that. I realise that many of you have already donated, but here’s hoping there just a few more who can bring me to the amazing milestone of £2000…….

Last year….well I think it was last year – ha!, I raised money for my local hospice, Dove House, where my daughter is a nurse. For them I walked on fire😳…..it was amazing…..

So what next I asked myself…..and then an advert popped up for Young Dementia UK!
It’s there 20th Anniversary this year and they decided to celebrate their epic journey supporting people with Young Onset, on the 9th March….

So that is when I plan to do a SKYDIVE!!!!!!!! Soooooooo excited………

I did wonder if the skydive people would decline me due to having dementia but they simply gave me a form for my Gp to complete…..

So, by pure coincidence I was trundling to my Gp anyway for other stuff the following day so added that to my list🙄…..we sorted out the routine normal stuff and then I ended by saying:

Ooooo I’ve got one more favour to ask…..but no laughing……I need you to sign a form to say I can do a Skydive”…

There was a noticeable pause …..as she started to look through the paperwork….then a roll of the eyes, followed by the signature going in situe and then much laughing……

Perfect!!!

Once I got the confirmation of the venue and time of arrival, I sheepishly told Sarah, Gemma and Stuart as I have to rely on them getting me there……well it’s at Bridlington air field (did I really just type ‘airfield’😂) on March 9th, but wait for it……..arival time……07.30am🥴…..I apologised to them before I told them the time😂🤣.

So now I’m afraid I need to ask for your help as I need to raise £500🙈😳🙄

I need 500 lovely people to donate £1. Or you may feel able to ask colleagues at work, friends in a book group, or anther group of friends, if they too would also donate £1 and add it as a whole to my fundraising page, telling me it’s from you and your friends and where you’re from?

I’m assured that Virgin accept donations from all over the world!! So people should be able to pay on my page through different currency’s if anyone is willing😊

I know we’re in strange financial times at the moment but any donation, no matter how small would help me raise the money I need, to make a difference to the work being done by Young Dementia UK for people affected by dementia.

You can donate on the link below.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WendyMitchell7/1?utm_source=messenger&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=fundraiser&utm_term=socialshare&utm_content=fundriasingpage

THANKYOU☺️🙏

After Sterling, it was the turn of Durham……

I had an amazing time at Sterling, but all good things must come to an end otherwise they wouldn’t be special. And so it was on Thursday morning I awoke to a very different Stirling outside my window. It seemed to be feeling sad like me at leaving with no sunshine, just an eerie white glow of frosty silence

The taxi arrived to pick me up at 10 for the station. We chatted away and the driver admitted how he failed to look at the snow capped mountains anymore as they were normal and he’d seen them all his life. Strange how we rarely appreciate the beauty around us when it’s been there all our lives.

The train to Edinburgh was on time as was the train to my next overnight stop – Durham.
Once more we passed the amazing scenery of the east coast and the sun shone a welcoming light once more

I was in Durham for a Research Project I’m part of – The Co-Designing Dementia in Durham Advisory Board – but this wasn’t until Friday. They’re looking at how they can improve services in the Durham area.
Rowena, an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support worker in Durham, had seen I would be staying there and asked if she could meet me to discuss some work she’s doing with Social Work Students – it was the word ‘students’ that did it………..

The staff couldn’t have been more helpful at the hotel and gave me a map to walk the short way to the Cathedral and Castle – what they didn’t say is how steep a hill it was😂🤣😂……anyway managed to get a piccie…..first of the Cathedral and then the Castle next door……

Got back to the hotel and once I’d had a cuppa it was time to meet Rowena. In this area they have 4 support workers and 5 dementia advisors and now have 18 people in their office in Chester le street – in 3 years they’ve gone from 3 to 18 – she was very passionate and her eyes sparkled when she spoke about her work….She’d made contact with me because at a dementia friendly meeting Anne White (I’m sure that’s a Twitter friend 🤔) suggested I might like to talk to social work students doing a masters at Durham Uni ….and they’ve also got contacts in Sunderland Uni, and Northumbria Uni ……….her 3 young children are all dementia friends. She mentioned another playmate from social media, Gill Taylor who will also be helping her….👍

She worked with a couple where the husband living with dementia had trouble speaking, and the wife was getting very frustrated and annoyed with him. Rowena made him some cards with pictures on that he could show his wife – so when he wants a cuppa tea he shows her a piccie of a cuppa tea – result….and now the atmosphere in their house is far calmer and happier – simple yet effective solutions coming to the rescue again.

Anyway, just time for a selfie before she left with me promising to contact her when I’m back home in front of my calendar…some wonderful work appears to be happening in Durham….

Looking forward to the final meeting today before I can trundle home. I did get in a pickle with an usual shower door…it didn’t open out or in or slide….panicked cos I couldn’t get out and then banged the side of my head when it opened unexpectedly, so just warning my girls that I may have a black eye when you see me….. 🙄. I know perfectly well not to panic but I did🙈. ….

It’s been an amazing week but soooo looking forward to being home tonight………🏡

From medical appointment to new medication ……

I forget pain from one day to the next, which often comes in handy. It’s todays pain that’s uppermost in my mind. I’m sure that must be the same for others? How difficult it is then for a clinician to assess pain? To get the true picture and how much is guesswork? The other question of “when did it start” is always a good one to ask someone with dementia …..🙄

I realised and had this experience the other day. I had to go to a hospital appointment about my jaw. I’ve had pain down the side of my face radiating from my jaw for months – yes, I know, I should talk less – ha!
When he asked me about the pain, all I could think of was the pain now, at that moment in time. I couldn’t for sure remember whether the pain was worse or better that day than on others. But I’d been making notes for months. That’s how I knew, even though I couldn’t rely on my memory.

I take my notepad with me each time I go to an appointment. I can’t write very well but I can decipher my writing enough to read most of it. I write down word for word what I want to say, especially at the beginning, and then read it out so I don’t waffle and lose track of what I’m saying and why I’m there. My Gp is now used to this and will often write down the outcome on a separate page at the end of the appointment for me. That way, I’ve got something to tell my daughters if they’ve been working and havn’t been able to come with me.

So imagine what it must be like for those who don’t make notes? Who aren’t capable of remembering? Yes, we often go to appointments with family or friends who we rely on but how much of their knowledge is reality?
I can’t emphasise enough for writing stuff down like this as it happens. You never know when you might need it. It helps take away the stress of a medical appointment which is stressful enough already.

But then what happens when new medication is prescribed? Will this impact on a person with dementia differently and if so how?

Well I was prescribed tablets to take at night to reduce the nerve pain in my jaw. Easy you might say…….but I take all my other meds in a morning😳…..I live alone so how was I going to remember to take something new at night? That was where my new friend ‘Alexa’ came in useful. She tells me every evening at 8pm to take my new meds and even if I’m not in the same room or at home, the message still appears on my phone – result!

The Consultant I saw wisely allowed my Gp to decide which form of tablets to prescribe as she knows all the others I take and more importantly knows me. My major worry was that I was told they’d make me groggy in a morning😳🙈🤯……I’m groggy enough in a morning with dementia in tow without extra grog. So it was with great surprise that I awoke feeling fine the first morning. I’d even slept for 4 hours instead of the usual 2/3 – an added bonus!
But the following morning, either the tablets kicked in or dementia kicked me while I was down as I felt very disorientated and strange, a new strange, which makes me think it was the tablets.

So please think of this when new medication is prescribed for anyone with dementia. It may affect them in ways you’d never thought about and might explain a change in behaviour or routine. And remember to ask how long it will be before they take effect as mine will be a month or two, which I might forget……

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better start and my body will get used to having this tablet join the plethora of others in my routine at the mo……🙄

Rediscovering Children’s Books…….

Who said you have to be a child to read children’s books?…..

I’m finding it increasingly difficult to read, but I love reading. Strangely, I didn’t enjoy it as a child. I think I was too active to sit still for any length of time and read😂 I don’t remember ever being read to either so never had that wonderful experience.

However, later in life, books appeared at some point and I became an avid reader – probably trying to catch up with all I’d missed!

When the girls were young, a bedtime story was always a part of nighttime routine. They both adored books and a visit to the library was always followed by walking home with bags full of books…..car boot sales were always a haven for buying barely touched books too.

Anyway, this Christmas, Gemma surprised me with a gift that was a blast from the past, from her childhood. One of our favourite authors was always Janet and Allan Ahlberg and she surprised me with one of their books….

But you may be saying:

“But this is a children’s book, why on earth would you buy it for an adult?”

Well for a start, it’s beautifully written, I can read it in minutes and it doesn’t matter if I forget the storyline, the illustrations are to die for and are a read in themselves, it has secret envelopes with hidden messages and finally it’s a lovely story……

What’s not to like?

So now we’re revisiting books that I read to Gemma as a child and now, once more, we can read them together and see a whole new world of words opening up again.

There’s always a way …….😊 So never be afraid of thinking differently……

Not bored, just stagnating……

Before I start todays blog, I’d just like to say how overwhelmed I’ve been after my blog yesterday. The support and love that has come my way so far has been phenomenal- thank you sooooooo much.

And so to todays’s very different blog!

Now the world is finally getting back to normal after Christmas I thought I’d try and explain why I hate that empty period so much…….

Most people would love the chance to simply sit and do what they want, relax and take it easy…….but for me, any prolonged periods like this are scary…..I never get bored but I feel myself stagnating….

Sitting and simply doing nothing becomes the norm and is wonderful …but soooo bad at the same time. How can something be so wonderful yet have such a negative impact ? But it comes with a warning sign, that dementia is cruelly seeping in and taking over. It’s so cruel as it lures you into a false sense of enjoyment.

Yes, sitting quietly is certainly good for the brain when all else around you becomes too much, too confusing. But to allow it to become the norm allows dementia to take over, to win the day.I often see and hear of people with dementia not wanting to get up, to move, to do anything. They’re happy to just lie, just sit.  I totally understand that, as over the Christmas break I became that person.

A few days are fine, challenging but fine….2 weeks really isn’t…..

I love just lying or sitting with my eyes closed. The lack of visual stimulation calms the brain and relaxes it. It becomes comfortable, feels safe. I can relax so much that I probably appear to be  asleep but my eyeballs are wide awake behind my sleeping eyelids….so much so I’ve probably been practising mindfulness before it even existed……

I’m sure many of you have experienced that long holiday from work and how hard it is to return? You eventually get into the routine again. The holiday becomes a distant memory. Well for us or certainly for me, it’s long lasting if I don’t do something about it.

Even on normal days, when I’m at home, I always make myself go out into town on the village bus, but even that routine went over the holiday period as the village bus didn’t run for days.

I always make myself get up by 07.30 and get straight in the shower as that’s one of the most difficult tasks of the day out of the way. But that became harder as there was nothing to spur me on, so I’d lie there with my eyes closed not wanting the peace disturbed, but that really isn’t me as I’m a morning person and always have been. I had to make myself get up as normal – really not me. I know many people like a lie in but I’ve never been one.

i find ‘routine’ one of the best ways to stop me getting confused with time,  not feeling discombobulated unnecessarily….

I know I’m so lucky in that I get asked to do lots of events, lots of talks and long may it last and I do have to work at keeping people wanting me. But even for me, the post christmas period left me fighting for normality to return before dementia settled my brain into that relaxing false sense of security …..of doing nothing, that lack of social stimulation..

I hope that makes sense…..I’m not saying, sitting and enjoying a moment is wrong or as a means of alleviating the fog; what I’m saying is, the danger lies when that enjoyment of sitting becomes the norm and the periods of nothingness are prolonged.

I know I’ve waffled saying all this but it was hard for me to explain.

So don’t let me stagnate, don’t tell me to take it easy…..encourage me to move, encourage me to do…..or maybe its too late for some……I don’t want to become just a shadow……not yet…..

P.s. …I even forgot how to catch a train yesterday…it was my first for weeks and I stood on the platform with everyone else but surprisingly was the only one who stuck their hand out to stop it…..just like I do with the village bus…..🙄🙈🤣😂🤣

And for my next challenge……..A SKYDIVE!!!!

Last year….well I think it was last year – ha!, I raised money for my local hospice, Dove House, where my daughter is a nurse. For them I walked on fire😳…..it was amazing…..

So what next I asked myself…..and then an advert popped up for Young Dementia UK!
It’s there 20th Anniversary this year and they decided to celebrate their epic journey supporting people with Young Onset, on the 9th March….

So that is when I plan to do a SKYDIVE!!!!!!!! Soooooooo excited………

I did wonder if the skydive people would decline me due to having dementia but they simply gave me a form for my Gp to complete…..

So, by pure coincidence I was trundling to my Gp anyway for other stuff the following day so added that to my list🙄…..we sorted out the routine normal stuff and then I ended by saying:

Ooooo I’ve got one more favour to ask…..but no laughing……I need you to sign a form to say I can do a Skydive”…

There was a noticeable pause …..as she started to look through the paperwork….then a roll of the eyes, followed by the signature going in situe and then much laughing……

Perfect!!!

Once I got the confirmation of the venue and time of arrival, I sheepishly told Sarah, Gemma and Stuart as I have to rely on them getting me there……well it’s at Bridlington air field (did I really just type ‘airfield’😂) on March 9th, but wait for it……..arival time……07.30am🥴…..I apologised to them before I told them the time😂🤣.

So now I’m afraid I need to ask for your help as I need to raise £500🙈😳🙄

I need 500 lovely people to donate £1. Or you may feel able to ask colleagues at work, friends in a book group, or anther group of friends, if they too would also donate £1 and add it as a whole to my fundraising page, telling me it’s from you and your friends and where you’re from?

I’m assured that Virgin accept donations from all over the world!! So people should be able to pay on my page through different currency’s if anyone is willing😊

I know we’re in strange financial times at the moment but any donation, no matter how small would help me raise the money I need, to make a difference to the work being done by Young Dementia UK for people affected by dementia.

You can donate on the link below.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WendyMitchell7/1?utm_source=messenger&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=fundraiser&utm_term=socialshare&utm_content=fundriasingpage

THANKYOU☺️🙏

A Lovely Interview on Canada Radio……

I was convinced I still had to record this interview. I was even about to ask when it was going to happen. But then, all of  a sudden it appeared on Twitter……..

I’ve listened to it amazed at the lovely conversation I had with the presenter, Piya. She was so kind.

It was also interesting to hear the sentences and words I used. People listening to it might think me eloquent and fully coherent, but I know I’ve said those sentences and words a thousand times. They appear to be stored, waiting to be released when the interviewer feeds me key swords, as Piya did so beautifully.

At one point I say, “The one person that never let’s me down is me”……I’m very lucky and have been for many years, that I’m happy in myself and it’s been a godsend with dementia.

The programme isn’t just about dementia, it’s about memory in general and how much we can rely on it. A fascinating programme.

Anyway, hopefully this link will work for you from CBC radio. Not sure how long its available. The programme was called Out in the Open. If you scroll under the first picture, it says, ‘Listen to the full episode’ and I’m on at the beginning. And Piya gives a lovely comment right at the end, bringing the listener up to date with the blog I wrote about the interview afterwards.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen/if-memory-serves-1.4945241

or you can just listen to my bit with this link…

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen/if-memory-serves-1.4945241/it-s-the-dementia-it-s-not-me-how-this-woman-finds-resilience-in-the-face-of-memory-loss-1.4965179