I’ve been MIA as I’ve been super busy at ‘The Workplace’ having worked 14 shifts in the last 17 days …Anyhoo when arriving at ‘The Workplace’ yesterday I was asked if I could escort ‘My Gentleman’ to a weekend hospital ophthalmology appointment – no problem (except please bear in mind we are not allowed money/ phone on our person on the premisses)
Off we set on the pre booked transport to Grantham Hospital
Now if I said ‘My Gentleman’ although living with Dementia could talk the hind leg off the donkey it would be an understatement – he chatted away ALL morning even if his reasoning was way off base at times LOL. The lady driving the ambulance was delightful, when we arrived at our destination the receptionist even though in mid crisis helped with our booking in, ‘My Gentleman’ had his appointment with all involved being very supportive, afterwards it was looming up to lunch time, and no sign of our return transport !! the receptionist rang round to find out what was being done to get us home – even offering ‘My Gentleman’ her own lunch as I had no money for food or drinks, ‘My Gentleman’ politely refused as he didn’t want to appear greedy, yet rummaging through my bag I found 2 very small flapjacks one of which he accepted due to the fact he had washing up before we left for our appointment as saw it as payment.
After 2 hours the very dear lady on reception while all the time joining in our conversation it turns out she was born in the same town as ‘My Gentleman’ gave a cheer when a designated taxi river arrived to take us home, the receptionist is a shining example of all that is good in the NHS
‘My Gentleman’ was telling me all about his love for
At the first set of traffic lights the said taxi driver accessed his smart phone and streamed some of ‘My Gentleman’s’ preferred music, at which point ‘My Gentleman’ clapped and by the end of our return journey had tears of joy poring down his face, that taxi driver will be forever in my gratitude
.To everyone who assisted me in the care of ‘My Gentleman’ yesterday and saw the man through his Dementia THANK YOU, your kindness will be forever appreciated, ‘My Gentleman was treated with respect, made to feel safe, secure and valued.
As we arrived home ‘My Gentleman’ clasped his hands around mine and said ” Please don’t let me forget today” – even though I said I would do my damnedest within 5 minuets of being back Dementia has begun to steal his memories of such a wonderful day – which made me cry