Hello everyone, on what's a grey old day again here on the south coast. How was the weekend? I didn't go out at all, but yesterday I really felt that there was a whiff of spring in the air, even though the day wasn't particularly nice. I love it on that first day when the realisation comes that winter's in retreat.
Sending a warm welcome to anyone who has decided to join us this week. Please join in, whether that's just by reading the posts or, better yet, posting yourself. Be assured we'll be very interested to hear whatever you have to say.
I'd like to ask some personal help again today, once again for the sister whose husband has mixed dementia. We had a long chatty call over the weekend and during the course of it she mentioned his confusion at the end of every afternoon, usually having had a reasonable day of cognition.
I don't know an awful lot about this but I'd say it was the phenomenon of 'sun downing', when the change in light, and possibly because of a disturbed circadian rhythm through his dementia, confusion and agitation starts.
To put it baldly, she says it's 'driving her mad.' Just when she's tired and reached the point when she needs to relax, her husband doesn't understand where he is and asks repeatedly all evening where he is and how he came to be there.
I've read some of the general advice online but I wonder if there is anyone out there who has dealt, or is dealing with sun downing and has any tips for her which might lessen its effects.
I'm sure I read somewhere that the level of lighting is really important, not too bright or dim. But I also read conflicting advice on whether to keep to the same routine as always, or to alter it to take the sun downing into account. All thoughts gratefully received.
Speaking of circadian rhythms has anyone else noticed, since our lockdowns, that dreams seem more frequent, vivid and often not very pleasant. I'm certainly remembering more of mine and quite often they aren't the most cheery things. It almost seems as if my brain's trying to recreate a life for itself outside of lockdown, and conjuring up all sorts of silliness. Last night I found myself beside a river, teaching Kasar my cat, and my son in his younger days, a geography lesson. And then I managed to lose both of them and woke up in quite a panic. 😃
Anyway, whether awake or dreaming, I hope you all have a pleasant week ahead. For those of you having their first vaccine doses, well done and I hope all goes well.
The second phase must be coming very soon now I think.
Take care all. 🌸