Tuesday 10th November 2020
I wake after a decent’ish nights sleep, I only woke a couple of times during the night which is good for me. I got out of bed just after 6am, My head still feels a little cotton woolly and as I pick up my iPad to check emails, then social media. My eyes are affected by the screen brightness, which I keep turning down…if I turn the brightness down anymore it will be difficult to see the text! I am now feeling nauseous from the screen brightness and the movement of text as I scroll (I have only been on 10 minutes)
Time to put the iPad down before it makes me feel any worse!
This morning I realised something
Over the past 21 months my dementia journey as been full of ups and downs
People have given me such wonderful comments on my crafts that I produce, which is so wonderful and a great big boost for my wellbeing
People also ask how I make all my crafty things, sometimes with a look of disbelief as I think some people expect because I have dementia, I can’t or shouldn’t be able to do what I do.
I have always been a crafty person, so I have had to adapted…find different ways to do things, make lots of notes and videos to assist when my sidekick alzheimers makes it a little tricky.
It is Not giving up! It’s about Trying and finding different ways!
I have amazed myself just recently. I signed up for a painting course with the lovely tutor Frances Isaacs, whom is very very good, and is so encouraging and supportive.
I began thinking about all the things I was actually doing now, especially the watercolours I have been producing
When you get a diagnosis, obviously takes time to sink in and you need time to process. You begin to think how important life is …the things we own…the people that truly care …the ones whom stick by your side through good times and bad …the ones who just support and encourage along the dementia journey. I began to be more positive about life. No one can tell you how long you have when you receive a terminal diagnosis. So it was time to make the most of what time I do have left.
One thing I have noticed is I take time to look at things…I mean really look at things, I love to sit and watch the sea, I mean really watch and listen to the sea…I look at the different colours, the shapes of the pebbles, different patterns, they even feel different.
I picked a twig up off some grass the other day and sat looking at this twig for ages, it inspired me to paint, so when I got home that is what I did. I painted exactly what I could see. All the different textures…colours…things like moss growing along the twig…just so much detail.
It is amazing what we can see if we just take the time to actually look.
When you look at a flower or a leaf, just look at the detail in that particular leaf or flower, you will be amazed.
So is this the reason I can now paint, take photos and create. Is it because I actually take time to look…actually look!
One thing is for sure dementia has made me stop…look and see things…wonderful things!
Then this morning I was notified I had won a photography competition.
Wow! Just Wow!
This was my winning photo
I also entered my Fly
Also my Bee
It was just so wonderful to be invited by the Women’s Institute today, to show off some of my card making skills to the on zoom.
The feedback I received was wonderful and I really enjoyed sharing my card making skills…I just love to share 😊
It was a lovely morning, doing something I love… crafting and sharing with others
By the afternoon I am shattered..
One thing is for sure, even though I’m tired now, I’ve had a really good day.