On the way home from Canberra last night, having been there to attend and present at the National Dementia Research Forum, I wondered if the toll these activities are taking on me is too great. I’ve also been feeling like stopping blogging, or making it a weekly digest, rather than a daily one. Thinking and functioning is definitely getting a bit harder, and the legs of that calm swan are paddling much faster. All I could think of all of today to write for my blog was ‘What the hell happened to my brain?’, which I had written following the ADI conference in London. When I packed for my trip, I forgot my medication, and a few other things I needed to take with me, and then at lunch time today, I lost the tablets I had taken off the Webster pack to be taken at midday!
This morning I mentioned to my dear husband I was going to give up speaking out and presenting, and for most of the day I have had absolutely nothing to say, it has been one big blank space. Also, we had a 5-year-old birthday party at 9am, and a few other visits and some shopping to do, so not a lot of time to blog as I didn’t get up at my usual time. My DH feels it would be a bad thing to stop all my activities, as has seen what happens when I do relax for a few days in a row. My dear friends Jacinta and Craig can also testify to this!! The focus required to keep the words coming out, and to type them into the PC is increasing. My spelling and grammar is much worse, and it is taking me a lot longer to make things legible, although having spellcheck is a major bonus.
Anyway, back to what I started to write about! Yesterday a delightful gentleman presented a paper about MCI (mild cognitive impairment) and his advice was if you are having trouble focusing on a task, or feel tired, then simply go and have a nap. So simple!! He admitted with a wry smile that he has started to do this about 5 years – he is now 80 years old!! I decided to take his advice, and viola, I have renewed some of my thinking and writing skills. So at about 3.30pm today, I went upstairs and had a Nana nap. Since getting up, I have now managed to complete this, add the daily recipe and have a quick chat in my global kitchen, and even send an email to friends in the UK. I think there are going to be days ahead when I have a Nana nap at 10am and again in the afternoon, but hey, if it helps, why the hell not!!