No ‘care’ in the community…

I have had a story published in my local newspaper this week because I have had all my care stopped by the county council towards my Direct Payment to the social services…

They gave me just one week’s notice to get in place private care with my current care provider, but because I am now eesponsible for full payment for it, I’ve had to reduce it to just three hours per week now – you couldn’t make it up!

Here’s the link…

https://www.chad.co.uk/news/cost-of-kirkby-man-s-care-rises-after-nottinghamshire-county-council-cuts-support-1-9442151

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Send in the clowns…

I have been to the circus today with my Mam and her resident friends from her care home…

It was gentle, fun in places, and very entertaining for children and people with late dementia like my mother has… But it was very cold and a little long to sit there and try and keep her entertained through the intervals.

But she enjoyed it very much and that is all that matters, especially when you love your mum very much.

Generations of love…

This picture of my mum and my great-kid baby Ryan just melts my heart…

The love is genuine on both sides and the picture I’ve captured embodies that love with their embrace.

Dementia doesn’t and will never be a barrier for love and I believe this beautiful photo captures the essence of it perfectly…

My Mam and baby great-kid Ryan… love, right there!

Thought-provoking moment…

When you have learned and accepted fully that a man as evil as Hitler and his Nazi party and the atrocities that he committed (and what my parents and grandparents experienced first-hand with the German bombing and wartime rationing) during World War II.

Only to realise that some of your ‘own’ personal views share an uncanny similarity to his – yet there is no evil in you to even think of doing what he did.

It becomes frighteningly creepy… and realise how hatred and extremism can develop slowly, without ever realising it!

This government and the opposition really need to sort themselves out – before it ever becomes too late again to let you even think about what is making your mind be like it is!

Fun in the sun…

What an heatwave we’ve been having here in the UK!

With temperatures constantly over 23º C for the last four weeks and a few days with temperatures at 30+ºC the sunny, warm weather was welcome… but I think it has outlived it a bit now for my liking, as I’m starting to flag a bit!

Anyhow, my Mam and the great-kids have all been enjoying their fun in the sun, so here’s a few photos of the good times we’ve all been having…

Keep enjoying life!

Ryan on his ride…
Ryan happy with a mucky face lol
Me and my new haircut…
Mam with the flowers… she loved the colours of them
Josh eating his ice lolly turned his tongue ‘blue’!
Beth on her prom day leaving Greenwood School…

I thought I lived in a ‘democracy’…

On 23 June 2016, 52% of the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU (European Union) – I was one of them…

After that day, I thought we could branch out after 40 plus years of choking EU bureaucracy that has stifled the UK and bonded it ever closer to a European ‘superstate’ – something that the UK never wanted, and when given the chance, chose to leave the rest of the political EU to their games.

Today, the lily-livered Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa ‘the appeaser’ May, and her Cabinet at the PM country retreat house, Chequers, more or less rode over the democratic vote of the people on that day in June two years ago and surrendered our country to the EU, with the affront to say that we are ‘leaving’!

This won’t stand – they might have sold out to each other in that room they ‘battled’ it out together – but the rest of the nation is not going to sit idly by and see the government that was supposed to see the peoples’ will carried through, totally ignore it!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44747445

7th dementia anniversary…

It is 7 years ago this week that I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease at the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.

My life and outlook to it, changed in an instant that day… I was given heart monitoring and within three weeks put on medication that I now have to take for the rest of my life.

To make matters worse, if you’ve followed my Alzheimer’s story, you’ll be aware that I was actually caring for my mother and stepfather who both had the illness in the later stages… my stepfather has since died and my mother is in her care home getting the best help that she can.

I have had my ups and downs in the last seven years… the wobbles, the anger, the emotion – but I’ve got a care package in place now with the social services and have a support worker help me weekly and have everything in place for when the inevitable ‘oblivion’ happens, whenever that may be.