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Looming Ahead….

What looms ahead is Daylight Saving Time.  Personally speaking what looms ahead may be a lot of medical stuff and plenty more service problems.  Most of the past week was both.  From Monday, after publishing time or there wouldn’t have been anything posted, until Friday, almost as late in the day, there was a hospital stay including a lot of tests as well as confusion.  Most of this afternoon was spent in a new doctor’s office, including more “blood work,” X-rays and medical paperwork.

Included in today’s trip, provided by a wonderful organization out of Cincinnati that has concern for and provides services for people like yours truly, there were a few stops for some basic needs (cigarettes, toilet paper, a carry-out sandwich, etc.).  The policy in these pages (in case it hasn’t been noticed) is “no names,” but if someone wants to know more about them, if a note’s posted in the comments for private discussion, maybe something can be worked out.  “Young Friend” was part of it.

The service problems pretty much consumed the time from Friday night until it was time to leave for the new doctor’s office with replies to emails sent about the usual stuff, that is, homemaking, errands and personal care.  There was a clean-up in there, but even two days of presently unneeded email is too much.  Nothing is sorted out at the moment, but at least the debit card should be in the mail picked up.  Nice Neighbor took care of some things like getting some water on the plants.

The unexpected does arrive.  🙂



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Still Mostly Medical Stuff

It’s been two weeks since the trip to the emergency room, and the medical stuff has taken up most of the past week.  It’s still not all arranged, but nurse is due tomorrow, physical therapist is due Thursday and nurse’s aide was due today and is due again Friday.  The food truck was also due today and likewise Nice Jewish Lady with stuff from a drug store and the post office.  Something from the ordinary agency, like a “homemaker aide,” is not expected Wednesday as that was screwed, but it’s not impossible.

Efforts are currently being directed to finding a new doctor.  Some things happened that makes it a sensible move.  And, of course, there is the seemingly perpetual need to find an emergency contact to replace the now long gone “Older Friend” as well as the later supposed volunteers.  This is in the midst of money problems, since a neighbor or such willing to go get something needed really is entitled to some gas money while there have been a few unexpected expenses.  The post office box rent is due, too.

The predicted temperatures for last night were finally a shade under zero for a couple of hours and the weather reports keep talking about bad weather, so it’s always a question of who will be out in the weather to do whatever.  The social worker from the health team visited on Saturday, and it was not a good visit.  The Lunch Lady with her gifts has a concern about coming, although the stuff she used to bring did arrive okay on Friday, and transportation to whatever doctor’s office is in the works.

It’s hoped everyone had a good “King day.”  🙂

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So What If It’s New Year’s Eve

Old Chinese saying:  pay all debts before the new year begins.  It’s not the same new year’s day, of course, and not a bad idea, but it ain’t gonna happen for various reasons.  Much of yesterday was spent running around the place trying to line up someone to go after money today.  The aide service of the past week still is unbelievable.  The personal care visit turned out to be nearly two and a half hours long (far too much effort) with much of it spent discussing prior and possible agency service which isn’t likely to be happening or even workable.

Young Friend hasn’t been in contact since he left the group, which is a bit surprising as he suggested he would stay in contact.  The group brought a lovely Christmas dinner as usual and some valuable gifts for Christmas Day.  It was a good visit.  The rent got paid but not all the bills have been covered (the internet bill isn’t due on the first anyway).  The computer is mis-firing, but there is a new mouse at hand to try in the hope it’s the mouse that’s the problem.  What can be done if the computer goes out isn’t figured out, but, if so, there won’t be postings.

There is something to eat in the place, but at this point the food delivery’s all mixed up and not clear.  One 2019 calendar is up, so that much is in order.  Several weeks’ mail, however, is not sorted out.  Some of it is important, and it is more or less up to date as homemaker service was provided Wednesday (at least the trash got hauled out).  The thief was sitting around in the lobby yesterday evening to put a damper on things.  It looks like more death is hanging over the plants and there’s little chance to do much about  it.  It’s a sad New Year’s Eve.

May the future be bright for all who stopped here.  🙂

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Sad Christmas Eve

Christmas presents have come.  The bank had stadium blankets and ice scrapers for car windshields as well as calendars.  The assigning agency brought assorted stuff including a new mouse, some cookies now gone, and some things that couldn’t be used so those were given back to give to someone else.  The agency gifts would be appreciated a lot more if the needed services were provided.  More gifts and a dinner are expected some time around noontime tomorrow.

Recovery from the robbery is still in play, and even though money is offered for things like the cigarettes sought, the neighbors are probably getting tired of all the repeated requests.  There was no aide service at all in the past week, which left considerable garbage in the place and, of course, no errands got done.  The mail at the post office was last picked up on the 12th.  Nice Jewish Lady did kindly get water, toilet paper and paper towels for cleaning up on Friday.

A still unbelievable situation arose.  Friday morning there was an incontinence event.  It took most of the day and a great deal of effort to get cleaned up, but it was managed by late afternoon.  The daily chores were mostly done, but exhaustion said lay down for a while, which led to falling asleep until about 1:00 a.m. and waking up with a second “event.”  It took the entire night to get cleaned up again.  Inhalant capsules to aid breathing were missed three times now.

Holidays can be troubled times.  😦

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Status Unsure

Yesterday was a sick day and anticipated help didn’t show.  By the end of the day most of the mess was cleaned up, but stuff that needed to be done, like get all ready for the food truck due today did not get done.  Today was also a sick day.  A lot of time was wasted during the week like on useless email.  This week’s essay is, therefore, short.

Thanksgiving was very nice.  The dinner sent by Young Friend’s friends was just about perfect.  Nice Jewish Lady, in spite of car problems, did get around Friday and brought back a fast food sandwich for some more variety amid the usual stuff.  Nice Neighbor’s granddaughter again took the laundry yesterday evening, so there are clothes.

Young Friend himself is due Friday to do the banking and maybe some errands.  Lunch Lady is also due Friday.  Some aide service is scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday, but how the Wednesday will go is uncertain as things are to a point where there were attempts to borrow money as Nice Jewish Lady can’t just drive to the bank….

May the week ahead be good for all looking in….  🙂

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Life Goes On….

So, it’s another week.  Ah, Friday.  Lunch Lady came with supplies that be a reschedule from this coming Friday.  Fortunately there was room in the freezer.  Nice Jewish Lady brought money, lunch and cigarettes via someone willing to take her around since her car doesn’t work at present.  There was a building inspection, namely a check to see that the emergency pull cord worked okay (that brings a 911 squad).  Friday went well, even though there was a very painful late afternoon and a sickish kind of thing late (around midnight just before getting into bed) Thursday night.

While Friday was a good day, for some as yet unfathomed reason, Saturday wasn’t.  The day was pretty much spent in the bathroom.  And, Thursday, although a day free of any “visitors,” was spent in a daze figuring out what to do.  Wednesday an aide did show up for the “homemaking” aspect, so at least the mail got picked up and the carpet got swept.  It was only vaguely expected.  He could not be “errand sent” after much since there was too little cash in hand, but he did say he would be back this coming Wednesday.  An aide is also expected tomorrow for some personal care.

Yesterday began much better than expected, but there was a bad panic attack early in the afternoon eventually brought under some control.  Nothing was scheduled to come (or interrupt) today.  That’s a good way to start a week.  As for last Tuesday, it’s a complete blank — it may have been the day there was an “event” and no help until an accidental meeting at nightfall….  November is a memorial month personally as there be one parent’s birthday and the other parent’s death day with Thanksgiving the week in-between.  It’s important that things go well at sad times.

May everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving.  🙂

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Upside Down Season

Rescheduling for the holiday (in this case, Thanksgiving) has already begun, of course, hampered a bit by yesterday’s very legal Veterans’ Day being officially enacted today.  The Lunch Lady brought stuff Friday for two weeks and will be bringing stuff Friday in place of next Friday.  The food truck won’t change as that was due today and in two weeks (i.e., past the holiday).  Nice Jewish Lady had car problems, so some emergency supplies needed due to seriously screwed up aide service are still needed.

Young Friend also came Friday.  He was able to do an overnight change from this week to help not only with what he normally might do but also to deal with problems left by that same screwed up aide service.  Thursday was mainly the visit to the doctor’s office with pauses likewise to deal with supplies needed.  A neighbor took care of the plants today and Thursday.  He might help again.  Another neighbor finally got the calendars changed to November.  A third neighbor was prevailed upon to put in a light bulb.

Nice Neighbor Lady who did do the laundry but who had an operation three weeks ago from which it will take her a long time to recover asked her granddaughter to take care of some of her clients.  She did a load yesterday.  It was still only necessary to go across the hall for that, a big, frequent need anticipated to be not only a problem but also more expensive.  The little club meeting was canceled due to events, but no one was expected anyway.  This literary masterpiece almost didn’t get done again, same reason.

Belated happy, peaceful Veterans’ Day to all service personnel.  🙂




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