Monday, 3 September 2012

Another intriguing snatch of conversation

As I've mentioned previously, I fall asleep nearly every night to the sound of S talking to, and laughing with, her 'friends'. I am quite happy about this and it doesn't bother me really. Occasionally, I can't help 'tuning in' to what S is saying, even though I'm trying to get to sleep.

Last night when I was just about off, I was suddenly aware of this conversation: 'So is it good or bad?' (laughter) 'I don't know' (a gale of laughter) 'I think I'll go half and half!' (even louder laughter) and then...'Brilliant!'

I've no idea what she was talking about. But what does it matter if she's so happy?


  1. I'm happy to have found your blog, and to read about it from another perspective. I live in the UK and am a month in to a new job working in a home providing care for people with dementia. I'm only 19 and finished college a few months ago. I was wondering if you could give me a little advice? The husband of a lady in the home who I'm fond of suggested I write a book after we talked about how I was finding it. I started a journal two days ago after I saw the lady fall down a big set of stairs, and I panicked because with no training I had no idea what to do. Luckily the other carers were right in the next room watching some other ladies have a lovely time dancing. I'd quite like to start a blog stemming from my journal, but I'm unsure of what I would actually be allowed to put in. In my journal I have not used names, places or any other personal information, and only refer to people by their first initial. I worry that I would appear to be demeaning the residents or mocking them, when this is not the case at all. Anyway I would be very grateful if you could offer me some advice on writing, as I think it would be insightful for others as well as an outlet for myself, as I am very caring by nature and I am already very fond of the residents. There are quite a few books by medical professionals regarding their working life, so I am unsure of the boundaries. In case I do hear back from you, thank you in advance. I hope you're both ok :) xx

    1. Many thanks for your comment, Racheyface. I don't know that I can really give you advice but I'll have a think about it and email you as that would probably be more appropriate than posting any thoughts here. But, if anyone else wants to pass on thoughts here, please feel free.

      I wish you all the best in a very difficult and demanding job, though I'm sure that you will find it very rewarding in some ways.

    2. I'd think racheyface that you need to talk to the supervisor and get permission. Some people think us bloggers are way off talking about our loved ones on here, that we are demeaning them; however, I do it to elevate my Mother's life past and present and honor her, and to help anyone I can about dementia or offer comfort and support. But if you don't use real names, I don't see what it could hurt.