Category Archives: Holidays

Well, Life Stumbles On

Aide service has been excellent, but that’s because the manager has been subbing until she can get someone lined up to come.  It may be continued for another week, but she was doubtful about this coming Friday already.  Food delivery has been uncomfortably “adjusted” to accommodate Memorial Day arrangements made by organizations.  Stuff due this coming Friday unexpectedly came this past Friday.  Thanks to the aide, it was put away okay.  The food truck, on the other hand, won’t be back until June 1, which is going to leave a shortage and make things complicated money-wise and more.

Possibly the most damnable aspect of the situation underfoot is that if there’s a case of “bathroom” that’s fairly bad, by the time everything’s cleaned up, clothes are changed, supplies are back handy and in order, etc., there’s another “yen” for a visit there.  The alcohol bottle always needs filling as the stuff is used to clean everything both in there and elsewhere, and if elsewhere takes enough, there’s not enough for “in there.”  The same is true of paper towels and vinyl gloves.  A measure of panic hits if the phone is up for re-charge and there’s a need to run.  Too much time is spent on bathroom.

Tuesday was a remarkably good day.  Wednesday and Thursday were not.  Some of the stuff is bad enough that what medications were prescribed have been missed, not that what’s been prescribed does much good — there’s nothing but a bunch of vitamins and two inhalants with barely noticeable effects.  For some reason Friday was mostly okay but quite upset due, among other things, to the unexpected food delivery.  Saturday, for some unknown reason, amounted to a lot of rushing around with absolutely nothing accomplished.  Even the “club” notice cancellation was forgotten which is rare.

Weather changes life, not necessarily to the good.  😦

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More Time Marching On….

The old, back up computer is back but has not yet been tried to see if it’s fixed now — no time.  Among other things getting the internet bill payment in the mail has been a need, and the stuff necessary (stamp, bill) has needed to be found.  Thursday was extremely busy and a very bad day as there were two “events” to clean-up and nursing services discharge.  Friday was also very busy due to two hours of (good) aide service and a food delivery.  Wednesday was confused as the aide needed to change the hours.  Tuesday’s forgotten.  Today the food truck was scheduled as well as aide service.

The emergency contact business has gone back to square one.  The possibility that was around neither came nor called nor answered email yesterday.  Security Check Lady does call (or sometimes is called) every Tuesday and Saturday and that is “a something,” but she can’t come to find out if anything is wrong.  All she can do is call a friend who is too sick at present to come, and the best she can do is try to figure out something more local.  Some apartment buildings keep tabs on residents.  The place underfoot doesn’t.  Moving to one is out of the question as there’s need for help to move.

The week ahead is at least free of the food deliveries, and with the discharge by nursing services there will be no “visitors” from things like physical therapy to work into some schedule.  There will be a little more time to work on that emergency contact business but not much, especially if there is need to run around the apartment building looking for someone to run an errand or such like what occured last night.  While watering the plants, there was an accidental hit on the table, and it knocked out the light there.  Just luckily a neighbor upstairs was free to come look over the situation.

Old age is a pain in many ways.  😦

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Age Now 83 And More

Well, a few days have passed since the Ides of March and other notable events, one of which, personally speaking, was the 83rd birthday.  That makes it the start of a new path in the recent family lineage as it means having outlived both parents and all four of the grandparents, as is known.  The birthday was on an involved day.   There was the Lunch Lady type food due and two hours of service by the aide agency as well as the little party put on by the Cincinnati people.  By nightfall there was a state of near collapse.  There were some lovely birthday cards and a few small gifts.  The cake was beautiful.

The week ahead promises to be rather overwhelming.  Wednesday a nurse assessment is due to see what services (if any) will be continued by the home nursing service.  Physical therapy is scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday.  In addition to an hour this afternoon, four more hours of aide service are scheduled, two each on Wednesday and Friday.  Both Lunch Lady with her gifts and the food truck were due today, and the money situation has hit a real snag.  Per the information learned late Saturday, it will not be possible to electronically  transfer any money from the debit account to another bank.

Efforts were made again in the past week toward lining up an emergency contact person, which efforts were presumed to be a waste of time and money but they were not nailed down as a certain (sure) waste of time and money.   The doctor’s appointment had to be cancelled as the transportation hit a snag.  That as yet has not been re-set.  Mail at the post office hasn’t been picked up since March 1.  It’s hoped Nice Jewish Lady will be able to get that and what money is available in the debit account; but, she does have car problems, so it’s likely some complicated arrangements need to be made for cash and mail.

Ides of March birthday dinners on Lenten Fridays aren’t great.  😦

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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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