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Hello, my name is Michael Delaney Sr.I started Baby Mountain Radio Productions as the home of a podcast that I wanted to start. I just didn’t have the name of the show. We were all sitting around the table one evening after dinner. We got to talking about me starting the podcast. We were talking, company names, instead of show names. Although Mama was losing some functionality, Mama who has dementia now is the one that come up with the name Baby Mountain Radio.

I wanted some way of telling my story of living with someone with dementia for about 2 years. I really thought about starting a radio station, ever since I saw the movie Pump Up the Volume with Christian Slater. In short, I thought that it would be so cool to talk to other people about anything that comes to mind, but I didn’t just want to talk all the time. I thought with a radio station I could at least play some music part of the time, so I wouldn’t have to talk all the time.

While researching how to start a radio station, it became apparent to me that it was way too expensive to even think about after all the royalties you had to pay. I mean, I needed about 6 licenses just to play the music for one, and then all the paperwork you had to keep up with in order to play the music. So I decided that a radio station was way too expensive. But while researching the radio station I came across a thing called podcasting.

So, you guessed it. I started researching podcasting. Come to find out podcasting is sort of like a radio station without all of the licenses and the royalties and all that. But with that said, without all the licenses I could no longer play the music, so I had to talk a lot. So I started researching what a podcast was and how to do it. The more I dug into podcasting, the more I thought this was my replacement to a radio station. I came across the name of Cliff Ravenscraft The Podcast Answer Man, so I started listening to his podcast because I thought maybe he’s teaching people what a podcast is and how to do it. Sure enough, that’s exactly what he was doing.

And the rest of the story is history. Baby Mountain Radio Productions is the home of my podcast called, Caregiving For Dementia. With Hopes of adding more podcasts soon.

 

 

Being Forgotten

 

 

Episode # 53

 

 

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In this episode of Care Giving for Dementia :

 

1st off, let me assure everyone that Mama is still with us, so that is not the reason why I haven’t put a podcast out in about 5 weeks. We’ve had some devastating changes in mom this past month, but for the most part she’s holding her own.

When your child, you don’t think that one day your parents will forget who you are. I don’t know about you but when we were kids. Every once in a while when we were talking to mom about something, she would end up calling the role, in other words, she name off a couple of us kids name instead of the one that she was actually talking to. I didn’t think anything about it, it was just something that happened every once in a while.

Looking back on it now, though I wonder if that wasn’t the 1st actual signs of Mama having dementia. I’ve said before the podcast of Mama knew something was wrong, long before any rest of us did, including her doctors.

This past month there’s been some devastating changes in mom. I called it devastating changes because there are now times that Mama forgets who I am. I think that may have a lot to do with the fact that Stephanie’s out of school for the summer.

Stephanie’s been doing a lot for mom throughout the summer, that has really given me a huge break. I didn’t have to run every time Mama needed something. Stephanie was been able to take care of a lot of that for me, once we got mom to let her do some things for her.

So I backed off throughout the summer, except for when Mama needed to be moved from place to place. Stephanie just doesn’t have the muscle to move mom from place to place, throughout the summer, there’s been times when Mama didn’t want me doing things for her, she’d rather have Stephanie do some things for her. We now have 3 weeks and Stephanie goes back to work, and I’m wondering how much of a hard time, I’m going to have getting back into being the full-time caregiver for Mama, when Stephanie goes back to work.

Even if I do have a hard time getting back into becoming the full-time caregiver it’ll be fine. When things need done. They just need done. If the one that your caregiving for doesn’t like it, then they just don’t like it. You have to do things to keep them healthy for as long as you can. No matter whether what.

We may have an interesting start to the school year. I’m sure it’ll take time for Mama to get used to me taking over again. But I’m sure that eventually she’ll get used to me again, she may or may not know who I am all the time. But she’ll get to the point where she realized that I’m the only one here in the house with her. She may not like it for a while, but she will eventually get used to me again. I’m sure.

 

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