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. 😦
It’s December and time to run madly toward 2018. There’s nothing wrong with thinking of the future even if it’s likely there’s not much left; but, it seems more fitting for the outside world rather than in an old folks’ home. Clever Christmas decorations started going up at the “traditional” time (right after Thanksgiving) and Christmas stuff is in full swing, except for some real snow. Super moon was viewed. There was a visit to a community activity. These are usually skipped for various reasons. It was attended due to confused existence and wasn’t worth the effort.
The confused existence became an upheaval after Saturday night. Older Friend came to the rescue insofar as possible Sunday, in addition to giving his usual help with supplies, etc. Young Friend is not expected until next week. Home health care continued with a couple of great ladies, but that’s probably about over. There’s a little sadness over the fact that both regular November trips to the cemetery were missed, but it’s assumed the “spirit world” understands why. The standard aide service did come on Wednesday and is again expected on Wednesday.
No food truck today, which means Lunch Lady should be coming Friday, which is good since all the ready-to-eat eggs are gone. The computer situation is still unchanged, meaning there’s been little progress in things like restoring those hundreds of lost and often much needed bookmarks. There’s been a tiny bit of progress with sorting through the accumulated email (over 10,000 messages is unbelievable, but, of course, the account is nearly 20 years old.). Bookmarks, email and “The Project” are not the only things computer that need much more attention.
The past can be easy to find. 🙂
Today was food truck day again. Making out the order and making room in the freezer as usual took time from recording stuff better here. So did several other things during the past week, especially a badly upset stomach and chasing after the subsequent clean up. Fortunately nursing service this week was good, and a new aide that might stay for a while is now on the scene; but, the latter’s just for two hours a week and the nursing service is about finished for this time around. Physical and occupational therapy may be in the works.
Both the Friendly Visitor and the Helping Lady business seem to have died. The new aide might manage to cover the latter and a new idea is going into the works that might manage to cover the former. The cell phone still does not work right and there’s been no chance to do a thing about it, but the Security Check Lady is still managing to get through and there is now a working community telephone in the lobby. Computer stuff also has had little attention, but getting online still happens. The Diary’s Blog and the projects aren’t doing well.
Lunch Lady came Friday and brought a whole dozen ready to eat eggs. There has been no word yet about Young Friend’s jury duty being finished. Older Friend’s had to cut back on what he can do as personal needs are taking up his time. He stopped by yesterday with supplies, but he wasn’t able to gather and haul out the trash yesterday. He did come extra Saturday, since the grocery list wasn’t sent to him. He also took home a huge plant to re-pot as that was falling over from too much weight on one side, and he watered the rest.
Sometimes one can only hope for the best. 🙂
Today’s “essay” is brief for sure. Regarding sick leave, things seem to be getting worse and there may be some sick leave. And, screwed scheduling (Thursday’s nurse came Friday and supposed aide services never showed up on Wednesday among other things) does not help with possible recovery. As for “big trouble,” in addition to the still present computer problems, the cell phone situation is a bit worse due to unwillingness to add money as well as opportunity to ask stuff.
The Diary’s Blog has a posting as that was started early. It’s not done up neat or with pictures, but some words are there. The cell phone does now seem to have some strange voice connection, but it does not work right. The computer works with some jiggling around if the mouse stops abruptly, but that is far from easy to use. A nursing visit scheduled for this coming week (plus physical therapist) is supposed to be the last of the post hospital stay home care and eliminates it.
Young Friend is reportedly tied up in jury duty, so he can’t help with anything at the moment. Older Friend had some other requests for help and had to cut back some on what he could do. The “Friendly Visitor” matter hasn’t been sorted out as of morning. A Distant Friend is/was on a trip and not available. However, it may be that the new Helping Lady can be called, and the Security Check Lady is still in contact. Housekeeping and personal care is promised for Wednesday.
Things can’t always be good in River City. 😦