Going with the flow…

An uneventful week in the life of Daryl… until the last couple of days!

The other night (well early hours of the morning actually) I was awoken in my bed with the emergency services standing over me – thinking some people had broken into the bungalow and I was going to be attacked, even with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, I flew out of bed in a semi-unconscious state!

It took them a couple of minutes to clam me down, and for me to gather my senses enough to work out with them what was happening. I have a security pendant on an elasticated bracelet that I wear around my wrist… I usually put this at the side of my bed when I’m going to sleep, but I must’ve fell asleep with it on. Whilst I was asleep, I must’ve caught the emergency red button and activated the care line that it is linked to… although they could hear on the other end of the care line was an occasional ‘huuh’ every few seconds. Thinking I was in trouble they sent the emergency responders out, and because I have a KeySafe fitted outside my door and the emergency services have the code – they let themselves in.

What actually happened was the noise the CareLine was actually hearing was the little electric fan that rotates every few seconds at the back of my iMac computer to help keep it cooler… they assumed (quite reasonably) that every time the fan rotated towards my CareLine respond box, they were thinking it was me gasping for breath!!

It’s nice to know that I am safe and that my emergency responders and program set-up is actually working and functional – and I do feel a right plonker because of it!!

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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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