We humans are so incredibly expert at communication that we often forget about its importance, a little like breathing – which in a similar vein, is only an issue when you can’t.
Slow down, be mindful, respect your elders, respect your knees & don’t mess too much with your hair!
Originally posted on Which me am I today?:
Yesterday – Day 3 of Dementia Awareness week – found me in Doncaster for the above event. Michele Clarke, Strategy and Delivery Manager for NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group had contacted me a while ago to see if I would talk about my experience of young onset…
Anyway, back to being blocked.
So long as you are still able to participate, join-in with the conversation, your perception of self is just as valid as that of the doctor or nurse.
How to change the system?
This I imagine is worldview mixed with upbringing, culture and something else; in cookery, this would be the Umami.
I try my best to ensure the continuity of care, of relationships, particularly on my ward, which is critical as so many of the patients themselves are lost – being lost within a system which is itself lost, must be terrifying.
When we are apart, although we exist in different spaces, so long as we have a spiritual connection, we are together – I think of the distance in time and geography that separates me from my family and friends;