For anyone who joined us over the Christmas and New Year period a very warm welcome to you, and thanks to all who took time out to post here during the days of Christmas and New Year. My own posts were a bit sporadic but this week heralds the return of my more regular Monday and Friday posts. And hoping to hear from some of you too as we embark on our new year.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm about as challenged as I could be, to remain cheerful as we start 2021.
After a cancelled Christmas and a probable heralding of another round of national restrictions, it seems hard to find much to be happy about. Now's the time when I guess we all have to dig deep and cling to any little thing that might keep us motivated.
The arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine is very welcome, so I'm trying to focus on that for some rays of hope that we might eventually start to emerge from the worst of this crisis at some point soon.
I had a crisis call from my sister a couple of days ago because she was worried that my brother-in-law (her husband), with mixed dementia, was refusing to get out of bed, felt weak and sleepy and she wasn't quite sure how concerned to be. When I checked with her she said that he'd got a normal temperature so was wondering what was the reason and whether to call 111 for advice.
In the event, he did get up while we were talking on the phone, having slept much of the day away. This isn't something I have encountered before myself in dementia care (usually quite the reverse), so was advising her to call 111 sooner rather than later. I'm still not clear whether this is a known facet with dementia sufferers. Do any of our dementia carers know of this or is it likely to be something else that's going on with him? At least we were pretty clear it wasn't covid19 related anyway.
I hope that all of you are doing your usual great job of remaining strong but please remember that we are all here for you if you need a shoulder, as we go forward into 2021.
Once again a Happy New Year to you all, and let's hope that, even if things feel bleak right now, we have happier times to look forward to! 🙏