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Housing Goes To The Top….

Nurse did come Tuesday.  (It’s always nice to be all cleaned up.)  Wednesday wasn’t good, and neither was the rest of the week, much of it due to a need to be changing clothes but definitely that was not all of it.  Friday was especially bad.  As mentioned last week, the delivery of the lunches was rescheduled for Friday due to the holiday.  As her starting point was disorganized, Lunch Lady was near to two hours later than usual.  Young Friend had arranged to stop by about two hours later, and while things were ready for him, the apartment building management had an “event” at 1:00 p.m.:

The main entry doors to the place are technically locked.  Everyone has a key and a key card, one of those plastic electronic things waved in front of a tiny light which causes a locked door to automatically open.  All of a sudden someone decided the lock should be replaced.  Just by accident a notice for residents to get a new key was seen in the elevator.  But, that didn’t take care of the matter.  Friday another notice went up that new cards would be distributed at 1:00 p.m.  As Lunch Lady hadn’t arrived, there was a frenzied dash to get the new card, which didn’t work.  It had to be fixed.

The hope was to get some telephoning in to try to round up a local emergency contact.  That didn’t happen.  The two club instigators met on Saturday.  Nothing much happened yesterday or today.  The worst part of the week was that Young Friend had made an extra trip to be helpful, and between the Lunch Lady being late (with two special gifts yet) and building needs turmoil, it was almost a case of being incoherent about what he could do.  Just incidentally, the building needs for the week included bug inspection on Wednesday in addition to housekeeping (with little money for groceries).

Thought for the week:  hope tomorrow’s better.  🙂


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Upset Week Again

Tuesday the doctor did come.  Wednesday the housekeeper/homemaker did not come.  And, the Lunch Lady did stop by with one of her gifts, but not an edible one — that was promised for Friday (in the meantime something had to be scrounged up for some lunches as the prior batch of gift eggs was all gone).  With no housekeeping service, the post office box mail did not get picked up, nor was the trash hauled out until it was managed on Thursday, etc.  Nice Jewish Lady was again kind enough to get some of the things the aide didn’t get, like a bottle of pills and some coffee on Thursday, and the plants did get watered.  Of course, trying to cover what the aide didn’t do put a crimp in the (endless?) hunt for an emergency contact.

Saturday there was a mess, but it did get cleaned up in time for the club meeting, which is still the two instigators.  The Security Check Lady has been getting through okay.  Yesterday there was a lot of back pain for some unknown reason.  It being Mother’s Day and there being quite a few mothers in the old folks’ home underfoot, there was some coming and going in the place with things like bouquets of flowers.  Visiting the cemetery, however, was, of course, pretty much out of the question, especially given the back pains.  At least as of today the food truck is now out of the way for a short while.  The most important event of the week was that the debit card was lost for a while, but it’s been found.  The account has money.

Nursing service (to help get cleaned up) is due tomorrow.  From the looks of things, the aide assigning agency isn’t going to provide anything in this regard in the foreseeable future even though it’s their job.  The Lunch Lady’s delivery for next Friday will come this Friday due to it being Memorial Day in two weeks, and the food truck is also rescheduled for next time.  Young Friend said he could come by for a while this Friday since his visit early in the month had to be cut short.  The weather, naturally, is getting warmer, and the HVAC settings, etc., have yet to be figured out.  As it is, things get a bit warmish in the afternoon, but nights are still cool enough to have the heat settings in operation.  Changing it daily is more to do.

Spring can be a nice time.  🙂

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Another Frantic Time

Wednesday was rather overwhelming.  Given the nursing clean-up on Tuesday, some laundry needed to be done or soon there would be little to wear, but Kindly Neighbor who does the laundry had to do it Tuesday evening and bring it over on Wednesday.  That, then, had to be finished off.  It was estimated the clean-up alcohol would run out about Friday, but Lunch Lady who could bring it couldn’t come Friday for serious family reasons.  She brought it Wednesday on good-faith trust, cash in hand being nearly non-existent.  Aide service did come, but with little cash in hand, there be very few groceries.  And, Young Friend had to come (to go get money) as he couldn’t come Tuesday.

Thursday and Friday were sort of lost cause due to Wednesday’s confused state of things, which included just five hours sleep Wednesday night in spite of effort otherwise.  Young Friend figured out the the cushion for sitting and found a likely substitute (it’s not the same thing).  The drug store that sells those as well as the air beds used, however, had no such air beds.  They were called Thursday evening to find out about the beds.  There was assurance the air beds were then in stock, and there was a request for one to be put back for pick up.  Nice Jewish Lady was willing to go get it, but she returned with nothing.  On Friday a call back indicated Thursday’s call was partly ignored.

Saturday’s event is the club, which just seems to be having an occasional visitor rather than some potential members.  And, Saturday didn’t start well — there’s a panic factor in the medical stuff that has not been sorted out.  Sundays have no standard event nowadays.  Today was a day for a break.  The doctor visiting is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow with the rest of the week rather easy going at this point.  There may be a chance at serious efforts toward finding a local much needed emergency contact (or at least a “friendly visitor”) that might help with a few things around the place.  With Memorial Day on the 28th, life will be upset after mid-month with food matters if not more.

Days can be amazing.  🙂

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Life Went On….

It’s a good idea to look ahead sometimes, especially if there’s a load of stuff to do that needs some organization.  At the top of that matter is Wednesday as Young Friend is expected to make a sort of half visit amid the scheduled coming of the homemaking/housekeeper.  Plans were afoot to start getting a standing order of an item at the local supermarket.  Had it worked, then Lunch Lady wouldn’t be propping up the place short of a real emergency, but no deal.  Tomorrow nursing service is due for a clean-up, and Tuesdays can’t be used for a break at least at present.  At least the food truck has been around as of today.

The week that was was incredibly consumed in telephone calls that amounted to nothing but talk and notes that amounted to less.  Homemaking/housekeeping went well.  There was even some accomplishment on cleaning the refrigerator — not much, but at least some.  The apartment rent did get paid, so at least there’s still a roof above.  Nice Jewish Lady is still around, but it turns out she can’t help with expected problems this coming week.  The cushion that makes sitting for hours possible developed a hole.  Air escapes.  It was bought years ago, and something’s now needed to avoid a constantly sore bottom.

The nicest discovery in recent days was that Aviation Trial now has a facebook page and given some time it may be possible to have some contact with others.  A newsletter comes by email.  That has been coming for a while but it is just informational.  The picky little annoyance of the week was the light bulb that provided some of the light for the plants burned out.  Putting in a new bulb isn’t impossible, it’s just a lot easier for someone able to get in the space there and reach over the plants.  After some thought, there was a hunt for someone to do it.  The estimate was do that or maybe not get this done on time.

Helplessness is exasperating to the sincere.  😦


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Shifting Sands?

Another week of spinning wheels and going nowhere has now passed.  Tuesday the nursing service came and things were upset enough that the Security Check Lady was forgotten.  Just in time the third call was picked up.  The housekeeping homemaker came just fine on Wednesday.  However, he evidently rushed at the supermarket and picked up a salad that had broken open at some time.  Nice Jewish Lady took it back for exchange on Thursday.  The needed insurance check came in the week’s mail.  Young Friend did come by on Friday to get that cashed and do a few other things.  Saturday and yesterday were chances for rest, as little was new but a possible thing online; but, today a new service was discussed.

It’s always nice when there’s evidence someone finds some value in all this stuff.  A nice note came through this week.  The fact is, there are more followers with this than with The Diary’s Blog, which, just incidentally, isn’t exactly what it started to be.  For those who don’t know, there were several other mostly personal blogs (like family history) started.  If life ever gets sorted out, there might be something done with the likes of “The Gypsy Hut.”  (The title’s too good to just ditch it.)  First, however, a good emergency contact has to be established.  Life didn’t start out with the idea of sitting somewhere eighty years later with no reliable next of kin.  It happened.  It was a completely unexpected happening.

Bill paying looms ahead, possibly starting Thursday with the rent, which, at the place at present underfoot, is paid in advance.  Internet access and telephone are also advance payments.  With the rent, next Monday is pushing things as the food truck is on the agenda and the apartment management office is only open until noon on Fridays.  The refrigerator is in dire need of a clean out.  It’s unlikely, although a few current things might be pulled out for someone (at least enough to make room for what’s expected Friday and next Monday).  Dealing with the refrigerator takes too much reaching.  Also on the agenda is making new plans for an important item Older Friend used to bring from a more distant area.

Life is different for those not very able.  🙂

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Some Old, Some New

To quote from The Diary’s Blog, there are times to call the police.  That was covered on Thursday.  Friday provided one of those horrible messes to clean up.  After a quick check around, the new agency was called, and the representative from there did come.  It’ll be an additional $25 on the bill, but it looks like if there’s a problem again, there will be someone to call for help.  Wednesday’s homemaking service turned up an hour late.  On the brighter side, Young Friend did come Tuesday to do some of the banking stuff.  Yesterday and Saturday were mostly getting these thoughts down.

While things have eased up some with things like the new pay-for-it agency, things like the absence of a reliable emergency contact and straightening out the bookkeeping are still serious and perpetual concerns, not to mention too much about things like the involvement of things like telephoning.  The rent’s covered and there is food around, especially today since the Lunch Lady brought some Friday (along with eggs and clean-up alcohol) and the food truck of course was due today.  And, Young Friend said he might be able to squeeze in a second visit before the end of the month.

Medically, things may be getting worse.  It’s already been mentioned that the congestion seems to have changed, but there seems to be vague (not pinpointed) changes as well, like there seems to be stomach problems.  Or, it could be there are just too many things to remember presently.  A doctor’s visit seems like it’s about due, but no word yet.  The nurse from the new service is due tomorrow for a clean-up visit, then not again until May 1.  It also seems like the insurance check is due, but it wasn’t in the past week’s mail.  Given the expected extra $25 charge for the extra clean up, it’s needed.

It not possible to change some things.  🙂

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Just a bit of explanation here….  No mornings are “good.”  And, it seems there’s no way around that.  For one thing, standing takes much, much effort even momentarily, and it’s needed to get from a sitting position on the bed onto the scooter, which includes turning around.  It also take much effort to get into that sitting position.  Mornings immediately start with nearly total exhaustion, and this is the kind of stuff that brings nursing homes to mind.  It’s surprising that making it, still half asleep, through the bathroom to coffee in three hours is managed as often as it is.  There’s no set time for this.  “Awakenings” come at most any time up to about 8:00 a.m.  And, just try to get some people to grasp the notion of “not functioning until about noon.”

The sort of “free day” of Tuesday was upset by a nurse coming mid-morning in a new clean-up service.  (See above re: functioning.)  It is a bit expensive, and it’s probably not going to work out as she has “better” but unspecified ideas.  However, at $25, it is worth a try.  Tomorrow Young Friend is scheduled to come to tend to the rent money orders for May.  The Wednesday housekeeping visit was okay.  Thursday was shot down with another massive clean-up job and a required call to the housekeeping service assigning agency; of course the woman wasn’t available when she said calling was okay.  Friday was disturbed with an appointment for the apartment.  Saturday’s club was better.  Yesterday and today were used for telephone calls and blog postings.

Since there’s no serious emergency contact at present to handle anything, there was a call to the coroner’s office out of which what surfaced was the idea of checking around about funeral homes.  While there should be “enough there” for something, there may also be a need for some kind of prepayment.  And, given the telephone problem, there came the problem of dealing with people upstate in Ohio.  So far, email hasn’t done well and a sick friend got called into the picture, which isn’t good.  The whole matter has been in the background for a long time, but now it’s been activated to add to the array of continuing concerns.  The project is never forgotten and the intent to share valuable links still exists, however, various fundamentals still sit in the pathway.

At times it’s necessary to move rocks.  😦

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