Brian’s blog – Sunday 24th February

Hello again. I am getting used to using my new laptop, but there is so much to learn. Thankfully Dr.Maggie is going to continue to teach me how to use it. The thing is, I seem to be getting along fine and the gremlins take over. Before we set out on this process, Dr. Maggie taught me to be patient with any new technology she was teaching me and I think I have managed to do this. I am very rarely frustrated with mistakes I may make. I try to be logical in everything I now do, not just with new learning but also with things which may crop up daily as a result of my Dementia.

I think I wrote in a previous blog that I have been accepted onto The Committee of the Scottish Dementia Working Group. I attended my fourth meeting of the committee last week and I found it very humbling being a part of this group of men and women who also have Dementia. As a group we are assisted by a few Professionals who are co-opted on to the committee. Their knowledge and experience are very important during discussions and debates. Every single person I have met in my new role has made me feel so welcome and valued. I have been encouraged to give my opinion and to raise anything I may see as relevant. At the meeting there was no doom or gloom and I can recall cheerfulness and laughter during the meeting. Most of my fellow members have had a diagnosis of Dementia much longer than me. This fact has made me so much more confident in myself.

I very strongly feel that any fear or despondency I had previously has been put aside and replaced by a new me. There are so many good things happening in my life, I can face each day with a completely different outlook. My sleeping pattern has greatly improved and when I saw my GP she actually recommended that maybe it was time to start a very long process of reducing some of the medication I have been taking for such a long period.

I am starting to prepare a presentation for an event coming up. I will be talking of my experiences with Alzheimer Scotland. This will be the first time I will be using Power Point to assist me so I am starting to put it all together quite early.The great thing is, some of the SDWG Committee will also be making a Presentation. This will make me so much more confident, knowing I will have friends around me and supporting me.

I am going to keep this blog short but I will be back next week after yet another meeting. I will explain next time after I have been to the meeting.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog.


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