Valentine’s Day 2021

On the 14th February 2021, it will be two years since my beloved wife and soulmate Julie died.  I was heartbroken. Two years have passed and not one day goes by without me thinking of her. Some good things, some funny, some sad. For the first twenty years we were an...

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I have found translating my notes made when Julie was going through the latter stages of her illness extremely emotional.  I thought it would show some of the issues faced by carers’.  That I now believe was wrong, in describing some of the problems day to...

27.3 Julie started to cook not having done so for months, even years. OK but it proved impossible – no potatoes, frying ham, ½ cabbage. Tried to say ok . Julie turned fridge upside down repositioned everything. Told her I had no issues with cooking. She upset but got over when it had gone out of her mind, quite soon 28.3 Had to cancel chiropodist. Julie got mad about me making appointment. She had been before but got really uptight this time. What to do – get on with it as it will be forgotten. It was important for someone to take over her nails, as I had been doing, but noticed nails needed to be shorter and chiropodist had all tools and sitting positions and support

2017 March. Madeira holiday. At airport could not allow me onto assistance bus as not room. Julie said OK, but not as she was distressed when I got on plane and would not speak for half the journey. One night again agitated going to bed and asked are you my husband. Poor bed activity and toilet accident. It is obvious that more than 2 small glasses of wine are affecting her actions. Leg pain and blood caused us to return home early by 2-3 days