Birmingham Mecca Meet

I went to Birmingham on Saturday 8 December with some of the friends that I have made on the FME forums that I am a member of. This particular Meeting is held every six months, the last one we attended was in June this year.

Stef, my chauffeur, and carer for the day, called for me at 8am, and we made our way to Long Eaton to pick up two more friends, Mark and Jon. We left there just after 9am, and we arrived at the home of where the Meeting was taking place at Birmingham, just a little before 10am… perfect timing. Paul, the host, met us, and we then made our way into the basement… where the ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of fruit machines from the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s were waiting.

The day didn’t drag… to be honest, it wasn’t long enough! Before we knew it, the time was 5pm, and we had to wind up. I went with £20 in 10p pieces, and I left with over £40 in £1 coins and change – I doubled my money!

On the way back we called at a pub that we went to in the summer, and we stood outside in the smoking shelter. It certainly wasn’t like it was in the summer though… it was bitterly cold. We all had a drink (I had pop because I don’t drink alcohol) and definitely had at a couple of cigarettes before we set off back home towards Long Eaton first, to drop my friends Mark and Jon off, and then Stef brought me back home to my flag – safe and sound… and a very happy choppy!

© Daryl Lees 2012

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My name is Daryl and I was born in October 1965. I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease in June 2011, and I was put on medication, which I believe is helping keep the worst of the condition at bay. In November 2012 I was also diagnosed with the first stages of Parkinson's Disease and I am now two lots of medication for this illness as well. I live in a secure bungalow in an elderly complex in my hometown of Sutton-in-Ashfield and I have support from the social services and a support worker who visits six hours per week to help me live my life as independently as possible. Visit me on my Facebook page... I love life now, and the people in it - so show your support for me and the organisations that support dementia and Parkinson's disease - let's make this small world of ours a much more pleasant place to live in by caring for those that need that little bit more help in life! My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daryl.lees Alzheimer's Society: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ Parkinson's: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/

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