In honour of World Alzheimer's Day – 21st September, I (Vicky) wanted to share some of a recent blog by Wendy Mitchell called a Huge Hug for the Arrival of September. Thank you to Wendy for agreeing to us using this.
In her blog, Wendy talks about how August is her least favourite month of the year, “when routine changes, my calendar goes quiet and I’m filled with dread of what dementia might do to me.”
There’s a lot mentioned, quite rightly, to raise awareness about hidden disabilities (i.e. those disabilities and impairments that aren’t obvious to others – for example Crohn’s Disease) but in our training we also talk about the hidden impacts of any disability or impairment and Wendy’s blog highlighted this again to me.
Whereas for many of us August brings something different in a positive way – it’s holiday season, the kids are off school, we can relax a little – this is not the same for everyone. It also reminded me of the many conversations I’ve had with Dave and other people with vision impairments about finding going on holiday hard – the change of environment meaning, usually, a loss of independence due to being in an unfamiliar place and therefore having to be more reliant on those around you.
Back to Wendy to explain why August is not her favourite month:
“It’s the disappearance of routine that is the hardest element. The lack of children walking to and from school to signal the time of day; the DJs on the radio going on holiday; my calendar lacking in its usual business. For me it’s a strange month as I come to love just sitting. I live upstairs during the day when I’m at home. Snuggly sat in my bed with my iPad and everything I need around me and the large window which looks out onto the tree tops offering a birds eye view of the world. But, as nice as that is, I can hear dementia laughing at me, rubbing its hands with glee at being given the opportunity to filter through the peace and settle down beside me………”
To read Wendy’s blog in full, go to https://whichmeamitoday.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/a-huge-hug-at-the-arrival-of-september/.
All of Wendy’s blogs can be accessed via her website ‘Which Me Am I Today’ - https://whichmeamitoday.wordpress.com/
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.