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Lovely Tea Towel

My wife saw this the other day and bought it for me. I am not sure, if it's a hint to tell me to do more washing up , or something else I hope that no one is offended by this, as it's just meant to be fun MY GET UP AND GO HAS WENT How do I know my youth is all spent? Well, my get up and go, has got up and went In spite of it all, I'm able to grin When I think of where my get up has been Old age is golden, so I've heard It said But sometimes I wonder, when I get out of bed, With my ear in s drawer and my teeth in a cup, My eyes on the table until I wake upAs sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself Is there anything else I should lay on the shelfBut I'm happy to say as I close the door My friends are the same, perhaps even more When I was young my slippers were redI could kick my heels over my head When I get older my slippers were blue But I could still dance, the whole night through Now I am old, my slippers are blackI walk to the store, and puff my way back The reason…

Walking with Comorbidities

With most illnesses these days we are encouraged to remain active, whether  that's by taking part  in sport or walking as and when we can.
Sometimes it's not easy, because with some illnesses you can't walk as far as you used to do.
These days I feel restricted due to various problems, but I still try to walk as far as I can.
When I was at school I used to walk to and from school everyday, unless the weather was really bad
I used to save my bus fare money  up, and use it for something else. This was because I enjoyed the walks there and back with school friends who lived nearby 
When I was in the Scouts I really enjoyed hiking around the country, or walking around mountains, because I loved the countryside, along with the peace at times 
While I was restricted by breathing problems at times, I kept pushing myself to keep up with others, and never give in or stopped, until I really had too. 
I suppose in those days,  it was not an option, because I did not want to feel lik…

Disabilities and respect

Over the years people with disabilities have not been given the respect and dignity they deserve, and in some cases, they have been very badly treated.
This seems to be the case everywhere we go these days, whether at work based places, or if it's in a voluntary basis, and I am not convinced that things have moved on far enough these days 
I know that many people struggle in the work place these days, and that his down to ignorance as far as management are concerned. But it also happens in the voluntary sector too.
Most if this is because quite a few illnesses are not visible. That is to say, a broken leg etc can be noticed by everyone, where other illnesses like dementia or illnesses where some people may be on the spectrum are not always recognised, or made allowances for. 

I have learnt quite a lot from my granddaughter who is on the spectrum, because she knows the difference between right and wrong, and usually does not need to be told something twice.
While she may have problems…

dementia and co-morbidities

Many people living with dementia also have other problems which make life unpredictable to say the least. On top of memory and planning problems, I also have Bronchiectasis and Emphysema, Osteoarthritis of my Hip, Leg and possibly Spine, along with balance and walking problem's This is much worse on uneven or sloping ground these days, and I have no idea how I am going to cope when I go on a train to my daughters in Farnborough in the future I also have a stoop which makes me feel shorter than I was, but it's difficult to stand up straight these days. Last year I enjoyed the freedom of walking around Barnard Castle where we have our static caravan, but now this is restricted because I now struggle to walk very far, without constant stops. I now also understand that my walks through the woods in Barnard castle, many well be a thing of the past, because I would not dare to attempt this on my own any more These days I wonder just what is going on because I seem to be dragging my…