Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Week Too Busy

March 19, 2013. 

The day was pretty much wasted trying to get information out of people.  Little of use was learned.  The computer shut down completely and is surely on it’s last legs.  Fortunately someone had a good idea or there wouldn’t be any messages posted for a couple of weeks.  And, just because there is one here doesn’t mean any following will make it to publication.  One can hope.  There’s a nagging question as to whether the aide service will continue.  That time wasting got a little nasty and was with that agency.  The brighter side of things is simply things like there’s food in the place and the computer is working insofar as it might. 

March 20, 2013. 

They say it’s the first day of spring.  Never mind March 21 any more.  It’s been said as time passes the first day of spring is going to fall on March 19.  The 21st is just another bit of knowledge rather painfully learned by experience (probably taught in school, too, but it didn’t “take” then) that’s no longer a valid idea.  In the apartment underfoot it was a busy day as the homemaking assistant spent three hours doing things like sweeping the carpet and combing the hair.  She also went to the post office and the in house mailbox and got all the mail that arrived in the last seven days.  The world at hand feels a lot better.  She’s a good worker. 

March 23, 2013. 

A scooter re-charge is one of the most important things to do – scooter’s the substitute for walking.  Without it there’s no moving more than a few inches.  A re-charge requires hours of immobility as the scooter doesn’t move.  It was set up for the evening of the 21st, and it was guessed to be early enough for other stuff afterwards.  It wasn’t so.  The re-charge finished in the early hours of the 22nd, a day with a rare opportunity for bank business and a need to get ready for that.  Today was a rare “off day” for someone to get some high priced goods.  Scooter’s done for a couple of days, likewise the rest.  Days lost can’t be helped.  

March 25, 2013. 

Things are so bad that last night the door was left unlocked, although there was a conscious thought to lock it.  An alarm at 10:00 p.m. last night disturbed an unexpected drift into sleep.  The awakening brought to mind supper missed, the door, unwatered plants and seemingly a couple of little now forgotten things.  All were taken care of except the door somehow got forgotten.  The sleep must have been fairly essential as this entire day so far has been plagued by another round of a constantly dripping nose.  It’s just not possible to do much if every three minutes it’s necessary to stop for nose blowing activity.  It’s more nothing day.   

Some weeks get frittered away unavoidably.    


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A Little Older And Then Some

March 12, 2013. 

People are talking about spring.  The days and nights are getting more even.  It was a rather sudden realization that that time of year is near when someone mentioned it recently, and the difference in the morning light was noticed.  There was a winter; but,  somehow it wasn’t noticed much.  Of course, being nearly housebound didn’t help matters toward being aware of winter.  Sure, the heating system, which is noisy and blows hot air all over the place, ran more often, but that’s about all the inconvenience there was.  While it’s acknowledged that it’s a bad time of the year, winter has always been enjoyed.  It’s gone. 

March 13, 2013. 

The personal revolutionary event of the day was a trimming off of some hair to create some bangs.  In the apparent permanent absence of a simple clip as long used, there has been a return to a ponytail for hairstyle (the mainstay of school days), which leaves bare the face of a wrinkled up old woman.  The bangs cover a little of it.  And, of course, out in the big world the revolutionary event of the day was the election of a Roman Catholic Pope from the New World (Western Hemisphere).  That be even a bigger new event if he is the first of the Jesuit order to be elected.  What that means is yet to be seen.   

March 16, 2013. 

Well, two days are missing again.  Yesterday there were many people around.  There was the lady with lunch as usual and the food truck as expected.  There were two more people that made a “birthday visit” with gifts of flowers, candy, cake and odds and ends.  Only one was really expected, and the visiting was for a good two hours.  It was enough to wear out a person in better physical shape.  As for the day before, there was a medical appointment as well as the lunch visit.  Somewhere in there the scooter had to be recharged.  Today was spent trying to recover.  There’s stuff to do, but it seems beyond the endurance. 

March 17, 2013. 

It’s Irish day, and at this point it’s almost over like the birthdays.  There were always two of the birthdays to be remembered and two still are, but there is no celebration for one.  There is no Irish in the household, but the things of the birthdays usually have had Irish influence due to the anticipation of Irish day.  And, parts of the world now move on to Easter which is in two weeks.  Then for all practical purposes spring celebrations are finished.  The time is going too fast.  A few food items were hauled in this afternoon, and that was the extent of the day’s activities, apart from looking over things online. 

March 18, 2013. 

A “free day” of sorts.  “Free days” are days when no one is expected for whom there needs to be preparations or time to be ready, nor is there anything that needs to be done, such as get downstairs with the rent money because it’s due.  This is important as re-charging the scooter or a trip to the bathroom interferes with the activity to be carried out.  Days to “take it easy” were eliminated to a great extent during the recent medical todo that amounted to nothing, so they are highly valued now.  The lady with lunch has come and gone (and so has the lunch).  Computer stuff has been checked out.  The blogs may get done today…. 

Opportunities are by their nature rather unexpected.   

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A Seven Day Week!

March 5, 2013. 

Apparently the year 2013 is finally established.  The medical appointment that was set up for this afternoon by some meddling by others was cancelled as the nurse practitioner is sick.  It has been re-set for Friday.  Fortunately no regular event is expected on Friday.  Once again that was learned by accident.  The day is “free” and maybe a few important things (like the mess down the chest) can be studied a little better.  In a true surprise, email sent to the social security office was answered and perhaps the money is in a better order.  That isn’t all, but the government decision about paper checks is now supposedly covered. 

March 6, 2013. 

The new “aide” came.  She’s more than a homemaker aide, she’s a nurse’s aide.  That’s the one bright spot in current events underfoot.  Although there were attempts, there was no progress on medical care or housing.  The condition is definitely getting worse, but the little lady did make some things much better.  A thing that was dragging along unattended is now attended to and should stay in relatively better shape.  It snowed a measurable amount in the area.  What all will turn up (or not turn up), however. is yet to be determined.  It seems like most important things are functioning more or less as normal.   

March 7, 2013. 

There was nearly a good hour of sit and wait on the telephone for a social security agent.  And, why?  Well to find out the telephone number whereby to get a live person with Direct Express, the government program for sending one their money.  The explanation that was enclosed with the card just gave a number for automated services.  It was the second such call since the first one a couple of days ago didn’t give out clear enough instructions.  They might be clear enough for some people, just not everyone.  Two hours at ten cents a minute is twelve dollars, but it’s cheaper than seventy dollars for taxi fare. 

March 8, 2013.  

Well, it’s Friday night.  The “doctoring” person came, didn’t do anything of value, said there would be a new person next time around as a new person would be covering part of the area she had and left.  That was followed by one of the “little” accidents that happen too often, and the cleaning up took so long it was not possible time-wise to be checking out some other medical services.  The offices were closed already.  They won’t be open until Monday.  The emergency room is getting closer with each passing day.  The scooter is low on energy again, and the evening and part of the night will be into re-charging — right after eats. 

March 9, 2013. 

Daylight Saving Time is again at hand.  The house clocks were never changed to Standard Time as it’s too hard to change back.  It may be changing that only happens twice a year, but it certainly seems like it’s every time one turns around.  Comes a time in life when it’s hard to just get up, never mind an hour earlier.  The depressing part about it is that it’s not likely to stop happening (and stabilize) in this lifetime.  There is one solution to dealing with the business, and that’s to move somewhere that laws have been enacted to not change the clocks.  There are such places; they would be seriously considered if life were different. 

March 10, 2013. 

Gratitude is something everyone should try to keep in mind.  Even if things are not going well, if they are going at all, that’s something positive.  While the “speed” of progress may never get better even if a few “ifs” are in place, things might go more smoothly.  If things are going at all at least one is doing something toward an end.  In some cases it is, therefore, important to be careful about picking out objectives.  It’s also important to be extra alert to opportunities.  The moaning and groaning sometimes spattered all over these pages are more a matter of simply stating conditions rather than a string of complaints. 

March 11, 2013. 

It’s 12:30 a.m. in this wonderful new time.  A few surprising events are taking place, one is the temperature outside according to the desktop widget right now, which says 62 degrees.  That promises another sweltering summer.  Another is that some supplies are not present as they didn’t come yesterday evening.  Sadly, that included medication.  While the suggested medication might not work at all, at least if it were around it could be tried.  The medical situation is bad.  And, what, exactly, to do about it is a genuine unknown.  There is no wish to go to a hospital for a couple of reasons. 

Wonders do come along. 

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Still Hanging In Here

February 26 t0 28, 2013. 

The end of the month is being done in a post-date posting on March 2 as noting down the events, although sketchy already, may be important.   Wednesday morning (27th) a call about homemaker services revealed that the woman was also supposed to be present for an hour of personal care — arranged without the knowledge much less the authorization of the person getting it by the apartment building staff.  It wasn’t done.  The next day (28th), the date of the “doctor’s” appointment was changed, similarly without the knowledge of the person to be examined, learned the next morning (March 1) also by accident.  Astonishing….

March 2, 2013. 

Five days missing there, unavoidably.  It seems.  The doctor’s office is up in the air as no amount of calling yesterday (March 1) cleared personal care services with the doctor’s office.  At least the social security payments (not all money) is credited to the debit card established by the government and there’s a February check in hand and cash in the bank.  As usual, the computer is not working well.  At the moment that’s important as there may be need to find another medical office.  The food truck came yesterday, and there was a chance to get some rest today.  The most important thing is that scooter batteries were found online.     

March 3, 2013. 

There was a wonderful event this evening.  The scooter re-charger worked as it should, so it seems the scooter may be operational again.  That means it’s possible to get around.  It’s not absolutely sure, because it seems like the replacement batteries that died started re-charging all right at first, too.  It’s a positive sign.  The medical situation is not good at all.  There’s a horrible mess down the chest area.  The emergency room is seriously in thought and plans.  The old computer waiting for a chance to go to repair was brought back and will be put away with the hope of finding some means to get that done in due time.  

March 4, 2013. 

There has been no mention of airbeds in recent times.  Well, after something like four months, the small one used sprang a deflating something this morning.  A new one had to be set out.  Never before has one of the smaller ones lasted more than a couple of weeks.  It seems it held together just long enough.  More attempts were made to resolve the meddling carried on by the “activities coordinator” of the building at the end of February.  Some things may be in a little better order, but the important medical aspect is not.  Money isn’t lined up too well, either, due to the social security office. 

“Don’t give up” is frequent advice. 

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