My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2010. This is a blog about coming to terms with her absent mind.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


So today was going to be me and Lily and a day filled with fresh air, nature and the muted beep of my little camera.

I had my coat on as soon as Ma was out of the door, Lily dancing with excitement at the sight of her lead and my pockets filled with the essentials: bank card, camera, phone, glasses. We jumped in the car and... it refused to start. It did this in Cornwall on the day I was coming home but I managed to get it started in the end. No chance today. RAC came and got it going but said it needed repairing (some valve thing) so we took it to the Ford garage and then the nice man brought me home to wait for a hire car.

I'm not complaining about the service at all, everyone was extremely helpful and things were sorted as quickly as possible, but I really really wanted to spend some time outdoors. Oh well. There's always next week.


Ma came home in a garrulous mood which is fine so long as you don't try and decipher what she's saying, I find nodding and mhmm-ing is the best route with the odd comment when you can. She's definitely more hyped up after a day out which tends to lead to a more disturbed night and some of the more bizarre behaviours turning up. Tonight she was undressing anywhere and everywhere. However she did eat ALL of her takeaway tea from Pinfold - a full round of tuna sandwiches ('I hate tuna') a Blue Riband and a cup of tea. Sadly the orange was a step too far for slightly loose dentures.

I managed to keep her up and entertained until 6.30 and she is now in bed. I can hear her talking though so it could be a tricky night. On the otherhand she might be so tired she'll sleep through. You just cannot ever predict it.

Tomorrow we are off to Slattery's for a chocolate demonstration and afternoon tea with the Dementia CafĂ© crew. Can't wait.


Today's blip which isn't a panoramic shot using a wide-angle as promised due to very rubbish weather and a broken car. It is rather pretty though :)

1 comment:

  1. That's a shame about your day out. Hope you get the car fixed and have a great day the next time. Fingers crossed for a good nights sleep, for you and Ma. All the best Bee x