Oh, what a busy Saturday it was. First thing in the morning a mess required a change of clothes (this be after a similar need Friday, but then the aide was around to be of help). Since there are only three pair of “standard” pants (the best ones to wear for various reasons), that meant finding a few dollars for laundry with a hope Nice Neighbor who usually takes care of it was somewhere around home. It also meant hunting up and hoping Nice Jewish Lady was available yesterday to go get a new supply of the trash bags used for the activity.
In addition (still on Saturday) it was necessary to call about changing an appointment with New Person on the scene who has been bringing a gift good for breakfast(s) every Saturday. For the new time he later called and changed the appointment to yesterday. Therefore, there was a need to hunt up something for breakfast yesterday. In this activity another neighbor was upset. The biggest concern was that the top air bed collapsed, and the brand new replacement one put up is evidently no good and there’s no “loose money” for another.
Nurse did come Tuesday but Wednesday word came that she was injured and can’t come back. So, no doctor, no nurse and momentarily no bed. A frantic search began for someone to supplement the spotty aide services to go along with the frantic search for an emergency contact. At least the rent is paid. New Person (another identity later) did come by yesterday with gift. He also tried (with no luck) to do something about the bed, again, just the top one. No food truck’s today, just aide service. Luckily Lunch Lady is still coming with her gifts.
It can be hard to figure out where life is going. 🙂
Post Script on last week’s posting: although aide service was theoretically changed as of last Monday (per official word) and getting into a routine again was planned out, the actual effective date wasn’t last Monday. It was learned Friday that the actual effective date apparently hasn’t been established, so the same (crappy) dealing is still in effect. Efforts are in the works to establish something. Aide service was completely skipped on Friday. Nice Jewish Lady got the mail and a couple of items from the store again on Saturday; and, Lunch Lady came again today with a gift. At present, there’s no real expectation of change in aide stuff for a while.
Today was food truck day and nursing service is expected tomorrow. Young Friend did come by on Tuesday; the rent money orders are in hand, as is a little bit of cash. Young Friend also found someone to provide a ride to the doctor’s office for the appointment presently scheduled in August. Wednesday there was a visit from the extermination company which sprayed around in the place, so that’s out of the way for a while. Thursday casework services came by and for once had little assorted paperwork to wade through. In all this a chance at some podiatrist service which won’t come again for at least a couple of months and a dinner were missed.
Attempts are still in the works for an attorney as well as someone to act as an “emergency contact.” There are a couple of people at present who might be called on a very rare occasion, but that’s not anywhere near what’s needed. Both Saturday and yesterday there was need to spend the day changing clothes, etc., as near as can be determined due to being severely upset about the changing around of aide services while trying to deal with getting established with a new doctor and new emergency contact. At least there’s a chance to handle rent payments, etc., next week. The Project and other ideas, meanwhile, drift farther back on back burners.
Seems like society is changing…. 😦
The week started a bit unsteady but really great for a change. Young Friend was expected Tuesday but he had a vehicle problem. There was a bit of going back and forth texting and phoning which ended with he didn’t make it, but it’s good his visit is now tomorrow. Tuesday and Wednesday four wonderful ladies were in the picture: Nurse, Nice Jewish Lady, Nice Neighbor and Lunch Lady. Nurse came Tuesday and did a good clean up; and, although that was late in the afternoon so the laundry wasn’t together until evening, Nice Neighbor got it all done — she was done near 10:00 p.m. Wednesday Lunch Lady made a special trip with one of her gifts and Nice Jewish Lady brought some of the most important things Young Friend would have handled had he come.
Thursday and especially Friday, however, were back to crappy. Although there were things to do Thursday, like follow up on possible permanent emergency contact and doctor’s appointment stuff, assigning agency “needs” and similar stuff prevented much progress. Indeed, the beautiful new little plant almost died but seemed to revive okay after being soaked in water around midnight. The aide wanted an earlier time Friday (things were adjusted for her), didn’t handle the errands too well (still no mail pick up until Nice Jewish Lady got it Saturday), upset the system (returned to more normal given a couple of hours) and said she might not come today as she might quit. Naturally getting some service today had to be checked out with assigning agency staff that took the day off.
On Saturday morning the gathering collapse triggered Friday afternoon happened, so clothes had to be changed, etc., with meetings pending in the early afternoon. (The bed was finally remade shortly before it was time to get into it.) Yesterday started much better than expected. There was some confusion and disorientation in the day but not as much as usual. Aide service was changed as of today, so getting into a routine started all over again. Stuff has to be explained to the people (“You have to use the dishpan for ‘x’.”) and verified (“Do you know where the post office is?”). Fortunately, there was nothing like the food truck scheduled or a management something or the other. Young Friend tomorrow should help. Pain In The A*s person is expected Thursday for a report due.
Things do get sorted out sometimes. 😦
Tuesday started with a toilet that didn’t work right — limited service there. When that became clear, a trip to the office around 1:30 p.m. (with a hope that maintenance would show up before there was a serious need for the thing) was in order. And, yes, maintenance came and couldn’t figure it out for a while. It seemed fixed when he left near 4:00 p.m. An hour or so, maybe a dozen vinyl gloves and a pile of paper towels were needed to clean up the area. There was a need for the thing near 8:00 p.m. It wouldn’t stop flushing; eventually emergency maintenance was called. They wouldn’t come until mid-morning Wednesday, July 4 — Happy Holiday, clean up the toilet again, and come afternoon, a need to change clothes again. The only good thing about the day was that Nice Jewish Lady unexpectedly brought a nice lunch and cupcakes.
The doctor was re-scheduled for Thursday. He did show up, not that it amounted to anything, and he showed up early during a bathroom visit. To make matters worse, the message that he was coming went to a lady that wasn’t supposed to be getting any such thing. Well, the hunt is still on for a new doctor, but an appointment was made with a hospital based place for August. And, there wasn’t much choice as, of the three known places, it was the only one with an opening in August. Now the deal is going to be how to get there, it being in another town downstate. Nice Jewish Lady went to get stuff both Thursday and again on Saturday (money, vinyl gloves, underwear on order). Aide service Friday was canceled; the trash pile over the weekend was huge. As housekeeping was not done Friday, the errands were skipped today (no post office mail).
Today was food truck day. Tomorrow a nurse visit is expected. The rest of the week is not known yet. That post office box mail hasn’t been picked up for going on two weeks again, and there’s a shortage of toilet paper. With the aide not showing up Friday and the trash, etc., of necessity switched to today, the only way to get errands done is figure them for Friday — the entire deal is thereby upset and thereby “re-arranged” again. There’s nothing stable in the business. Really disillusioning was Saturday which included another day of diarrhea as well as a “visitation” that didn’t accomplish much and, as expected, no people interested in a club meeting. To end the entry on the positive side, however, yesterday Young Friend’s friends brought a Fourth of July picnic lunch. It was a nice thought much appreciated as such extra visits usually are.
The future can look very fearful. 😦
Thursday morning there was toilet paper in the place and the July apartment rent was paid, both thanks to Young Friend. A roof overhead’s expected for another month. The toilet paper won’t last that long. The savings in the checking account is $195 less than it was, and there wasn’t much there before it became less, but it’s still open. A rare thing was done Thursday evening. An online friend of many years was “met” by telephone. At least the cell phone worked that much, and it has a few dollars on it again thanks to Young Friend. Nice Jewish Lady was hunted up Thursday evening to get some money and breakfasts on Friday (July payday). Thursday was an exceptionally good day.
Friday brought some of the advance money as cash in hand. Since some was spent as soon as possible, that wasn’t so good, but few things could be as bad as Tuesday’s and Saturday’s massive cases of diarrhea in the pants…. Heaven or whatever was looking kindly as the nursing service nurse made it through Tuesday’s storm and found some free time on Saturday at nearly 5:00 p.m. to help clean up. Friday also had aide clean up including getting the trash hauled out as there was an hour’s housekeeping. The other housekeeping hour (essentially the errands) was today. The errands were abbreviated to the drug store and neighborhood grocery as the timing hasn’t been established yet.
Saturday before the sudden mess developed, the “new person now in sight” came again bringing a member of his family and another gift of cookies. There is a third member of the family to meet yet that’s expected next Saturday if possible. It was a little over a half of an hour visit and there were things like exchange of email addresses as well as a lot of talk by the visitee. They said they would adopt yours truly. They also had someone else to visit. Yesterday some odds and ends were covered, like light bulb replacement by Nice Neighbor’s granddaughter. Today the doctor was scheduled (no show) to come for the last time before that office closes, as well as the agency aide. (Nurse now coming next week.)
Sometimes there are new and better things in sight. 🙂
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