·Noise causes untold problems to
people who have dementia, but recently I have noticed that it is starting to
effect me more each day.
Over the years I have noticed that the noise level has gone up
considerably in this life, and where most people seem to get on with life
ignoring this, it has become harder for me to cope.
I stopped going to a lot of meetings which were, not kept in
control by a strong chairperson, because it was becoming very difficult to
listen to the main topic while others chatted among themselves, as well as the
mobile phones which kept going off, because people would not switch them to
silent. The problem we struggle with is concentration, and while trying to keep
our concentration going on the main topic, it does not take much noise to break
this and we have to think where we were all over again.
I accept that life is very busy for most people these days, but
its no different to when I was working and mobile phones were not allowed in
meetings. It seems very strange that many people did not have these items till
the last twenty years, now it seems that many will not go anywhere without one
of these things firmly clamped to their ears, whether in the street, in a
meeting or travelling on a train, and you have to listen to their exploits from
that day or the night before, which to me is embarrassing but it means nothing
to that person them selves.
Yesterday I went with my wife to book a holiday, and found that
the noise in the Travel agents was so horrific that I removed my hearing aids,
as every one's voice was merging into one , just like one of my horrible
nightmares, and I had to leave all the decisions to my wife, who by this stage
in life is used to it.
But I often wonder why it is that people these days have to
speak to loud, and don't think of trying to speak quietly so they are not
disrupting other peoples conversations or in our case "our thoughts".
It seems we are all trying to out do each other.
The same thing happens when we go shopping and it seems that
each shop has loud music being pumped out of the doors, so by the time you get
into the shop you can not think. I know that at work we had regulations concerning
the noise from machines etc, yet there does not seem to be anything covering
working in shops when they have loud music.
Another thing which seems to get me wound up is when we go into
a supermarket, and someone keeps shouting over a tannoy system, and repeats
themselves three or four times by which time, I have forgotten what I am
looking for. These places are becoming a nightmare to me, and I am starting to
hate them, either because of the tannoy systems or the mad idiots with the
trolleys who go hurtling round the aisles as if they were racing.
Or is it the fact that through my Lewy Body Dementia, my brain
these days is now struggling to pick up sounds, and some sounds are much are
louder that others.
I wish my blog could write this out without all of the mistakes
and misspellings I keep finding, but at least I can still use spell check when
I remember to use it.
Dementia and Eyesight problems I noticed some time ago, that my eyesight was giving me
problems when trying to read and concentrate on things like my blog, but when I
got my eyes tested I was told there is nothing wrong.
I know that my brain fluctuates quite regularly during the
day, through my Lewy Body Dementia, and I go from being active to not being able
to work things out, so I am now wondering whether this has some effect on my
eyesight as well as this also fluctuates, and after a while it becomes annoying. I sometimes get blurred vision and other times I see double.
I had double vision problems many years ago and it was corrected, but that was
before the Lewy Body dementia started.
I confess that I am starting to wonder if the dementia is
behind this, especially as it’s intermittent and not there all of the time. I
try to keep myself active but when this starts it causes upset as I cannot do
the things I want to do, or cannot see properly to concentrate.
Brought out each year, so I can remember what I wrote about raising awareness
time to start our yearly campaign to raise awareness of dementia, and as I am
away on holiday at the time of this event, I am trying to, do everything I can
before we go away Dementia is
an illness that no one wants, and it’s something very few really understand,
because we don’t know what causes it.
Many of us
lose friends once we get the diagnosis, and that is very hard to accept, but
most of this is caused by pure ignorance of the illness
Many people refuse
to accept the diagnosis when it is given, and then refuse help.
have said that family members refuse to accept the diagnosis, and even try to
say that there is nothing visibly wrong with the person who has the illness.
This is something which can go on to cause more stress to the person with
that everyone with dementia is the same, yet we are all individuals, on
individual journeys, so no two people with any form of th…
I had never realised until recently just how much a chest infection changes a person with a neurological illness like dementia.
I had a bad one three weeks ago and realised that I was going up the wall, and was doing and saying things that hurt my wife, or at least I did after I did it.
I honestly do not know how this happens but it is hurtful to everyone around, at the time, as we do things which are totally out of character.
I have been diagnosed as having another yesterday, so that must be about the sixth one this year, and its getting me down.
I thought I was alright in the morning apart from being chesty, having a horrendous headache and coughing up loads of rubbish. We then we went out shopping where I went dizzy and ended up hanging on to the shop shelves for security
After a while my wife rang the doctors to get an appointment before they closed for the weekend.
But these people seem to have vastly different ideas, each time you see the doctor that is in the clinic when we …