Its true that art is therapy. I have just struggled through a difficult week. My Aunty has dementia, last week she fell and broke her arm....that's not the end of the story though, she won't keep the pot on. Its just one week since her fall and already she's had six pots on. They know our names at A & E.
A friend of mine is a Sister in the A & E Department and she happened to be on duty when we returned (for the 3rd time) They decided to put the pot up over the elbow so that my Aunty wouldn't be able to take it off. Judith said as she was putting the pot on, "If she gets this off she'll be Houdini!"
Well Houdini she was. Seven hours later we were back at the hospital. Aunty Glad thought it was "an outing" My Sister, Uncle and I were quite distressed that her mental health had deteriorated to this point. Long story short, my Aunty was re-potted and sent home. The next morning I had a call from my Uncle to say she had taken it off again! This was the sixth time.
There has been much said on the news about Dementia recently, indeed it is a cruel disease. No-one can know the impact it has on the whole family until you are going through it.
I was ill myself on Monday and Tuesday (partly due to the weekend activities... I think I picked up a bug. Also sitting in casualty is mind numbing!) So I've not been to the hospital since Sunday... I've shed a few tears over all this, so this morning decided to do a journal page as a little therapy...
I drew the image myself, inspired by a few drawings I had seen on other blogs, namely Kate and Dyan (you can also link to both from my side bar)
You can find out how I did it here It's a Teesha Moore drawing lesson. While you are at it, check out Teesha's website, she has great collage sheets and stamps.
And while I'm updating my blog, here is my art calendar, which I'm happy to say has kept me sane. I have managed to keep up my entry for each day. As I said before, because the journal blocks are only 1 and a half inch square, it's easy to do.