After a bit of thought, it seemed the best way to handle this is to add a post script message. The week’s essay (see below) is a bit long to begin with, and adding another whole paragraph (somewhat incomplete in content to begin with) is too much. The week itself was so busy a number of things had to be left out. And, today, which started around 2:30 a.m., was especially busy so some things didn’t get mentioned — the computer kept jamming and finally dropped dead for a while.
Not only did the nurse come on an emergency call, that “introduced” personal care aide totally unexpectedly came. Since the lobby telephone was (in attempts to call the hospital regarding the new doctor business) barely functional on the receiving end over the weekend, and since the security check lady said she could hear fairly well on the cell phone Saturday a half-dozen important calls went on the cell phone in the morning. It may even keep on working.
And, the rest can surface somewhere some other time.
A NOTE FOR THOSE GETTING THIS LITERARY MASTERPIECE BY EMAIL: as you may have seen, yes, there was a “typographical error” last week. It wasn’t really a “typo,” it was an editing error. The thing’s read over a half-dozen times, including after scheduling in a preview, and adjustments are made. And, it is usually allowed to sit for a while between re-reading as mistakes aren’t as vivid if the same lines are read repeatedly. The only excuse for errors is: being tired and bedeviled can make it hard to think precisely. There’s always a final check after publication. If there’s a mistake, there are two choices: let it go or correct it, depending on how bad it is, and the online copy has the correction.
Regarding current events underfoot, there’s no shortage, of course. The homemaker aide called in sick, which scrapped Wednesday errands and more introduction to the part of the deal that’s housekeeping. The trash was not taken out until Friday; the nurse’s aide kindly took all that was handy. The carpet wasn’t swept. The post office mail wasn’t picked up. The more interesting aspects of the matter include the fact that given someone to do errands, the food truck fish dinners were skipped in favor of those from the supermarket. For Friday’s main meal, Lunch Lady came to the rescue by getting carry out enroute to deliveries, so it wasn’t macaroni (it’s Lent and a matter of being defeated).
The big deals here are the hunt for an emergency contact, which Older Friend was, and a newish hunt for assorted help around the place due to things like discharge from medical home health care after the hospital stay of a few months ago. The nurse’s aide and physical therapy are falling off the calendar. Even the lady that has been doing the laundry is gone until about Easter visiting family hundreds of miles away. In brief, nearly everything is upset except (at this point) the food truck. At least in an earlier time frame the little lone ones club is still alive. A lot of time (and even too much money) is consumed in telephone calls and email that in the end doesn’t amount to a hill of beans (as is said).
Presumably it’s a something to be alive. 🙂
Young Friend was and is expected tomorrow. However, he had made plans for Thursday to see several people in the area, including a lady in the building, and sent word he’d stop by if he had time. He did and ran the needed errands to get an air bed to replace the one near collapse. The visit was unexpected, and the errands were not a minute too soon. In another incident, the lady that does the laundry was very ill when laundry was mentioned to her. Clean duds were definitely needed for Friday when the nurse’s aide came for personal care and from the looks of things possibly before then. She did get well enough to get it done. There were additional happenstance incidents.
Tuesday the nurse came and it was a nasty hour that needed follow-up. That may have been accomplished Friday, but it won’t be known for a few days yet. The Saturday club may be dead. The other chief member hasn’t come for several weeks. Lunch Lady was off sick on Friday, so no eggs or other stuff she said she had. It was impossible to get word as to when the substitute delivery driver would come, and the nurse’s aide was also due to help with getting cleaned up. They both showed up at the same time. Today was food truck day, so there’s plenty of food around. Substantial effort at finding a contact to replace Older Friend has come to nothing.
The young man doing homemaking chores on Wednesday did an excellent job of the errand chores again. The rent’s been paid and the month’s prescription was picked up. There’s a big problem with the wireless, however. It seems the cost unexpectedly increased while the money order for that was for the old amount. There’s been scant chance to find out what the deal is now or to mail in the additional cost. The Christmas decorations did get taken off of the tree but still haven’t been put away. The plants have been watered extra as it seems they are drying out fast. Accounting still hasn’t been done. The scooter’s run out of energy more often due to running around.
February’s short, so bills are due faster in March. 🙂
Hectic is an understatement. Wednesday was especially bad. The single regularly scheduled soul was the housekeeping aide (who announced she wouldn’t be back as she had quit the job). The building management had scheduled a mandatory residents’ meeting and the doctor was scheduled to come. That did all get done, but one of the mini-disasters happened Thursday morning. Fortunately the nurse’s aide could be re-scheduled for Thursday instead of Friday, but for the sake of convenience the nurse had been re-scheduled for Friday.
Friday the Lunch Lady rather unexpectedly came by with eggs although she had no lunch delivery. The nurse came shortly after the Lunch Lady to check on the bloody behind, during which nursing visit maintenance showed up. Inspections and filter changes had been scheduled for “some time” this week. By evening the temperature dropped considerably. It was snowing and the wind was blowing so much it was nearly horizontal. Calls were made on the lobby phone, notably one an aide assigning agency referral place that was closed.
Saturday was club meeting time, which institution is not going as well as hoped. Whatever jammed up the computer (again) was never figured out, but at least there’s been some roundabout internet access or this wouldn’t be here. The nurse’s aide for help getting cleaned up was due today even though it is a legal holiday. The bedroom light bulb burned out again, but luckily a neighbor was near to replaced it. Thanks to Young Friend at least the rent money orders are in hand, but cash is still in disarray and getting stuff’s not likely to be clear soon.
Tomorrows can be fearful times. 🙂
Well, the little nurse’s aide had an emergency Tuesday, and she did not make it in Friday, either. The nurse manager did come Thursday. The situation was survived, but not really that well. Getting along without Older Friend is not particularly easy as, among other things, he not only got some groceries he handled some money matters. Young Friend is expected tomorrow, so at least there’s a chance to get some things done then. Older Friend also helped some with the plants, and it’s to cry about as a special one in precarious state given to the care of someone else died.
The temperature has been around zero (Fahrenheit). Many people simply aren’t prepared for such weather, so it’s not surprising that it’s practically impossible to find offices functioning more or less as they should, never mind someone willing to do an errand. However, it is possible some legal-type help has been found, but that won’t be clear for a few days anyway. Basic supplies were running low by mid-week and assorted (useless) chasing around looking for an available soul for errands took up much time. Doing without coffee is difficult, never mind also doing without cigarettes.
It’s been 2018 for eight days, but the world’s still not operational. With the phone in the state it’s in, it’s necessary to use the lobby phone. Rarely is that used without trouble, like the place being painted on Friday. The housekeeping aide came Wednesday, got the mail for the week and the prescription for the month. At least the prescription stuff is done. Today was food truck day and a day scheduled for the nurse’s aide. There’s a computer problem, of course, and a bloody behind, but the doctor’s due. Presently things are adequate, but lack of toilet paper is a looming problem.
Looking under rocks is a last resort. 🙂
Some Christmas wishes didn’t get sent as planned. Too many things interfered. Indeed, if last week was turmoil, there’s no knowing what to call this week. Early in the week it was learned that a very special (and often helpful) person was in surgery and is sick. Wednesday someone left a mysterious package at the door. At first it looked like it was actually meant for a neighbor, and there was a to-do about exploring the matter. And, now what to do with the stuff has to be figured out. The nurse’s aide was needed early on Friday, and she had to come late. At least someone can come to help get cleaned up (at least for a while yet) when things are worse than usual.
With the holiday today (a Monday) the church-goers had two days of it in a row and looking for someone to do an extra errand was something one could just forget. It being a holiday as well as the normal day for the food truck, the holiday got preference and the food truck won’t be around until a very inconvenient this Saturday. Lunch Lady had no delivery, however, she kindly made a special trip with eggs. The nurse’s aide who would normally come on Monday is scheduled for tomorrow. The little club meeting on Saturday turned out great as a new lady showed up. That was the bright spot of the week as the anticipation was that this week there would be no one.
Young Friend’s group took on the matter of making sure Christmas was not a day to be alone, although that isn’t always a bad thing. The feast dinners they bring several times a year are nice, and are like one would have at a family event. The rent has to be paid this week. Someone to get supplies still has to be found as Older Friend can’t manage it very well any longer. Money, as seemingly always now, is still in disarray. Essential matters such as the computer and telephone are not getting needed attention. Obviously a posting did get done for each of the active weblogs (just a hoped for accomplishment these days). …But, the bad is not so bad as it snowed Christmas Eve.
May everyone have a wonderful New Year. 🙂
The (perhaps) nicest event of the week was Young Friend’s visit on Tuesday. The rent stuff for January is in hand and the holidays can come without the worry of lining that up. He also got the Christmas present at the bank, which (surprisingly) is a nice medium-sized cast iron skillet. The visit was also about the only thing that wasn’t riddled with confusion. Food, for one thing, isn’t all clear. And, being somewhat sicker than usual didn’t help matters. Some few Christmas things got set up, and the Lone One’s club did have a meeting, although it was late. Those and Young Friend’s visit can be considered the week’s “couple of positive things.”
The nurse’s aide came very late Friday. She’s very good, but the late hour made it a case of not the best possible use of the visit. Today was her last scheduled visit. There is to be a nurse manager’s visit on Thursday to determine whether that agency can/will continue service. It seems unlikely and getting some proper help will again be the serious problem it was a few weeks ago. The housekeeping service (which can be converted to personal care) was re-established on Wednesday for Wednesdays after some yelling over the telephone and email to authority. How that develops won’t be known for a while, but that service was never very good.
There was enough confusion in the week, such as with the food re-scheduling as well aide services, that it was easy to lose track of things. Older Friend did come by yesterday, hours later than usual. It seems he’s not going to be able to help any longer. Replacing him will be a sizable problem. Other problems include getting the money (banking) in order and the plants which aren’t being cared for on their normal schedule. One plant in very bad shape was given to a neighbor who might be able to save it. All the upheaval and confusion, of course, makes postings more precarious and work on The Project. etc., impossible for the foreseeable future.
The future is always an unknown. 😦