The lockdown has had an impact on my life.
I found it very hard the first week coming to terms with not being able to get out mixing with people, even though I was still getting out walking my dog Toby. I missed the people contact, family, hugs. I think it was more that my routine had to complete change. So what I decided to do was to write things down I needed to do, a things to do list which was giving me a bit of a routine back.
Then hubby suggested a hobby or an interest, we had lots of tree stumps and logs we had collected and I had always wanted a fairy house, so hubby suggested why don’t I make one. He would cut the log to size for me and I would do the rest. I have really enjoyed this new hobby using my imagination, also possibly going back to my childhood of loving the fairy tail stories as a little girl.
I have also met lots of new people by learning to use Zoom which is a video conferencing system. This wasn’t easy at first, I had a few stressful moments, tantrums even, but got there in the end. So there are positives that have come from the lockdown and not all negative.
I do worry about more long-term effects as I may forget how to do things if I am not doing them all the time. Also my words when talking disappear because I don’t have as much interaction with people which does worry me slightly. I can type better than I can explain or talk, but you have to hold on to everything positive.
- Gail Gregory is 55 years old and was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer's disease in February 2019. She writes a regular blog Too Young For Dementia? about her life and experiences. You can follow her on Twitter @GailGre59728262