Yesterday I saw my Doctor. Following my final diagnosis, I need to start the process of retiring early. She was lovely, she was empathetic, she took time to listen to me, she wanted to know how I felt about the diagnosis. She emphasized the good point that I do not have dementia, I have Alzheimer’s Disease-no dementia. She gave me a final ‘sick note’ for work that says that I am off work indefinitely. I will need to take it into my work, hand back all of my keys and collect all of my personal things from my office. How do feel? I feel relieved. Work have already replaced me, rearranged my office and packed up my personal possessions, even though they have never contacted me to see how I am. So much for the caring organisation of the YMCA! Only my work friends have kept in contact.
Now I feel like there is so much I want to do to experience life now, rather than plod on. I feel excited about taking our boat out for the summer continually cruising around the canals. I think Mr Hsg is hesitant and I am not sure why, he says “if the weather is good..”, but as our friends have pointed out they went out for 3 months and they somehow managed to dodge the rain and came back with a tan. Maybe he thinks that we will both struggle physically, him with his knee replacement which he still has limited bend, and me with my Fibromyalgia, but we can take it at our own pace. Maybe it is just the way he is, being the man and making the decisions. Give it up Mr Hs you know us women let you have the reigns!! I know it will be good for us both.