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Brian’s blog – Monday 5th November

I have not posted recently as a result of me becoming unwell in October. Anyone who has read my blogs may remember this happened to me only a few weeks ago. It is very frustrating and a bit worrying that these two episodes have occurred within a few weeks. I can pinpoint when these episodes happened by checking back on my personal daily journal or on my I.Phone. My wife S is also very aware when I am not so well. Thankfully I have been well for a few days and feel quite strong mentally.

Last Friday 2nd November I was able to do a presentation at the Annual General Meeting of Alzheimer Scotland. I spoke to the Manager of my Alzheimer Resource Centre on the day of the conference, to get a full understanding of the presentation and what aids would be available. She gave me the opportunity to use Power Point or large overheads to use during my presentation. Unfortunately I have never used Power Point before. My method in the past has always been to know exactly what I wanted to say and then working without aids of any sort I would deliver my presentation. Luck was with me and I managed to do this without any problem.

On reflection, I think in the future that things like power point may have their advantages, especially, when I am talking at length, about facts and figures. I am seeing Maggie this week and I will ask her opinion on this subject. I have said on my blog before, I do believe that my Dementia does not necessarily stand in the way of me learning something new. Even old information which has been lost, can be re-learned.

Brian’s blog – Sunday 28th October

I have been asked to share a presentation at the Alzheimer Scotland A.G.M. next week. I stored some work in the phone’s Notes feature. I decided to read it over this afternoon. I could hardly believe my eyes when I found a completely empty folder. I showed S my wife and luckily she recalled Maggie talking about this work. Maggie had brought to my attention that all my work could be deleted with one touch of the wrong button. Gladly for me, Maggie had encouraged me to keep a record of the work on my computer. My wife remembered that I had done just that with Maggie’s assistance. I found a small AGM on the computer’s Desktop. One click of the mouse and my work was in front of me on the screen.

My daughter phoned this afternoon, she is going to drop bye tomorrow to restore my Facebook. Hopefully I will have some good news on tomorrows Blog.

Brian’s blog – Saturday 27th October

I switched on the phone this morning and apart from Facebook, which does not concern me too much, everything appears to be still where I left it yesterday.

My daughter J is away this weekend so I can’t seek her advice just now.

I have been looking at some of the other features on the phone and spent this afternoon using the Sat. Nav. and being amazed just how much information this feature actually has.

I am still doing this blog on the computer as I have forgotten how to send it as an attachment from my phone to Maggie’s phone.

I will just keep plodding along, doing the things that I can and being happy about the fact I have learned and retained a fair bit of knowledge in the past few weeks.

Brian’s blog – Friday 26th October

Things have been a bit slower today. My fingers are trying to press specific buttons but my brain is telling me different. I am afraid this is becoming a bit more frequent. But, by taking things very slowly on my phone or the computer I am getting where I want to be, gradually, and eventually.

My Facebook account has frozen completely, another problem is. Maggie took me through all the steps demonstrating me how to upload information onto my computer. I have no memory at all how to do this. Knowing Maggie, she has probably left written instructions but the problem is I have forgotten where I put them.

Such is life living with Dementia. I still see all these little problems as minor and hopefully I will again be able to retain new information as well as I have been doing since I became involved in Cobalt.

Brian’s blog – Thursday 25th October

I seem to have made a good recovery since last week-end. Things are nearly back to normal, “whatever that is”????    Until yesterday I was struggling with my phone, computer and anything concerning modern technology. Thankfully, Maggie came to visit me in the morning. My wife was very happy to welcome Maggie as my attempts to use the phone were

still causing me a great deal of frustration. Maggie took the phone back to basics. She then brought it completely up to date and was able to restore all my settings. Maggie then took things a stage further and searched for and found a very good Journal for me to use daily. After Maggie had gone I spent hours basically enjoying using the phone. I did some Family Research in the comfort of my sitting room, and following what Maggie had taught me in the morning, I was able to upload this onto the computer without leaving my comfy couch. A very good day all round.

Brian’s blog – Monday 22nd October

I have not posted since last Thursday. Unfortunately my Dementia has caused me to forget what actually happened to the last three or four days. This does not happen too often thankfully. I have checked my Daily Journal (no entries since Thursday 18th October). My phone and my computer tell the same story. This is quite frustrating and has a fairly weakening side to it. However, here I am to tell the tale. My iPhone is all mixed up. My wife tells me that I was attempting to use it constantly during the lost weekend. The good news for me is I am due to see Maggie on Wednesday. Hopefully she will be able to make some sense of the information stored in the phone. I am thankful that I am able to use the computer and the phone, so obviously most of my newly learned skills have been retained. This is very important to me as it is the opposite of what has been happening to me in the past. I see this as a positive experience. I am still fully committed to taking part in the Cobalt Project and look forward to sharing my experiences with you soon.

Brian’s blog – Thursday 18th October

J was in again today. She is so happy that I am again going through another stage of this new learning process. She is convinced that “Cobalt” is very positive for me. I asked J to get me fully connected to the Internet. I watched her doing this and decided that this is a step too far for me at this time. She also connected my Facebook account to the phone. J asked me if it is my intention to keep my Daily Journal in the phone. I think this is a good idea as my writing  has deteriorated a lot since I was diagnosed with Dementia. I intend to start this tomorrow. I have decided to keep the Journal in the Notes section of the phone.

Brian’s blog – Wednesday 17th October

I turned the phone on this morning with the fear that my calendar would be empty. I was relieved to find all the contents safely where I had put them yesterday. J dropped by in the afternoon and was pleased to hear there had been no more disasters overnight. For the next hour J demonstrated to me how to use the phone’s Reminder function. She left me with written instructions. During the evening I managed to do some work on a presentation which I have to give in two weeks. I was able to do about half of the presentation before the evening had ended. I intend to work on this over the next two weeks. I think I have taken a huge step forward today although I am still aware that there is so much to learn.

Brian’s blog – Tuesday 16th October

My daughter J came in today. I had to tell her that I had managed to delete all the information from my calendar. J suggested that we should start again from the beginning and enter a full up to date folder for appointments and events which would take me to 31st December. Although Maggie and J had already demonstrated to me how to use the phone’s Calendar function, I was somehow managing to press the wrong buttons. I was also still using Maggie’s written instructions. After one hour with Jennifer assisting me and regularly referring to Maggie’s written guide I was again becoming competent at this task. I worked during the afternoon and evening and was surprised to find, that I have successfully entered fifty contacts and their telephone numbers. Enough for today or I will end up doing something silly and end up deleting all my hard work. Hopefully, no more accidents with the delete button.

Brian’s blog – Monday 15th October

Today. My wife and I decided to apply to take part in a new project. It is called “Dementia Dogs” and initially it will take place quite near to our home. I seem to meet the criteria to be able to have a dog so today I went on to my computer and managed to download the application forms. This is the first time that I have been able to download information since I first become involved in “Cobalt”. I seemed to manage this task quite well. Once again, I have reason to be quite pleased at the way I am now moving forward most days, in the use of my computer and iPhone.