A quick post today – Almost Autum:
I know we are moving into the Autumn season but we are still enjoying some lovely warm sunny days, with a gentle warm breeze. If it wasn’t for the the month of October just around the corner, we could be forgiven for thinking we are still in the summer season.
I must admit, I do like the Autumn, with the beautiful colours of nature, wrapping up warm, taking long weekend walks, then home to a cosy fire, and heartwarming meals. The only thing I don’t look forward to is the nights drawing in, it’s darker earlier, and we tend to cram to much in before it goes dark don’t we? We tend to settle down for the night earlier, and don’t enjoy as much free time in the fresh air as we do in the summer. In the summer, time is not as important, as the days stretch into late evenings, dinner outside with a glass of wine watching the sun go down.
That leads me onto the pitfalls of Autumn and then winter, if you’re caring for an elderly relative like I am. It’s a time that I feel my dad doesn’t benefit from, as he likes to stay cosy inside, and that means longer indoors, and not getting the benefit of the lovely sunshine and fresh air. Although I still try and encourage him to come out with me, as long as he is wrapped up warm, but I can’t plan our times outdoors as much in the Autumn and Winter as the weather is so unpredictable. (I guess that could be said for the Summer months really, especially when you live in the UK as I do)
I’ve felt this year has gone by so quickly, maybe I’ve just had so much on lately that the days have passed by without me even noticing.
It’s lovely to see my dad still doing well, health wise! He is still a little frail, and has his good days and bad, but he is still keeping active, trying his best to eat well to keep his weight from falling, but this is still difficult as he does not have a great appetite. I encourage him to join me & my family as often as possible, and keep him involved in everything we do.
Dad has come to a bit of a free period now, with no hospital, clinic or GP appointments pending. He has had all of his follow up clinic appointments for the next few months from the following:
- Parkinsons Nurse
- Memory Clinic
- Occupational Therapy
The only follow up we are still waiting to hear from is the ‘Speech & Language Therapy Group’ which was cancelled in August. I really hope this is rearranged soon, as from all accounts this is a much needed therapy for Parkinson’s sufferers, and I tried my best to arrange this over so many months this year.
In the meantime I will make sure my dad has plenty of home grown speech therapy, by keeping him in an active role within our family, keeping him chatting about every day things, asking his advice a numerous subjects, just making sure he feels he is still a big part of the family, and a much respected head of the family.