Earlier this year, following a stroke, my Grandad was diagnosed with dementia. Since this, I’ve read a lot (maybe too much) information online about dementia and the symptoms. But, no amount of reading could prepare me for seeing him in hospital when I visited home (I study away at University). It was heartbreaking. Because it was as though he wasn’t there, if that makes sense. And he couldn’t recognise me. I’ve not been home since then but I am going home this week-end and I am scared to go and visit my Grandad because I know he’s gotten worse since. Selfishly, I don’t want to stress myself out even more or upset myself more as I, myself, am having fairly major surgery next week (which will be my first ever operation and my first time in hospital). This itself is scaring me as my only experiences in hospital have been visiting my Dad in hospital before he died and now visiting my Grandad.
Thanks for reading this/listening.