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A Bit Better … ?

At least in the past week there was adequate aide agency service.  There were even plans for it to be organized service.  The lady came Thursday.  She was just supposed to do the “homemaking,” but being the office manager she was also looking over things.  And, it just so happened that there was an “event” very early Thursday morning, so the agency was called with a suggestion that an hour of personal care be added.  She could look that situation over as well.  She agreed but did not stay the entire time.

Tuesday the home nursing service assessment nurse looked over the situation.  Little is expected from that agency.  Wednesday Lunch Lady stopped by with some of her gifts.  The food the Lunch Lady used to bring was again brought by the same man who brought it before.  Evidently he’s permanent.  Friday, Saturday and yesterday were days of frantic racing amid normal stuff (like eating).  Supplies and money are and were low.  There was a need in there to change clothes again, so a need for laundry again.

The debit card was in the mail picked up Thursday, but even as of this afternoon there was no opportunity to set up the card, and with the banks closed over the weekend, no other way to get money.  The week ahead promises to be a frantic mess apart from the aide agency services, which are now at least scheduled comfortably.  The rent money orders still have to be done, and a big bill, the post office box rent, is in that.  The food truck, Lunch Lady bringing gifts, and agency aide were all due today.

Constant change often isn’t good.  😦



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2019 Continues With Bad Stuff

A new month has started and with such come the activities of the beginning of months, like getting bills paid.  In this case that’s in between medical stuff and service problems.  And, an essay getting posted today is no less than a small miracle.  The weekend had a super important disaster in that the Direct Express debit card was “eaten” by the ATM machine.  (The last time the card was lost it took about three weeks to get a new one.)  In the meantime there’s no way to get money out of the account.

This morning three hours of difficulty in breathing — bad enough to consider calling 911 — resulted in an “event” that was bad enough to re-consider calling 911.  The food truck, Lunch Lady with some of her kind of gifts and nurse’s aide services were all due.  Lunch Lady looked at the pile of trash and offered to haul it out.  At least the week’s garbage is out of the place.  The nursing service called to say the aide wasn’t coming.  Furthermore, they couldn’t provide a back up.  A new nursing service is in order.

Tuesday the assigning agency representative came for a review and threw out a threat and some insults.  Wednesday was clear and good.  Thursday physical therapy came and so did someone from the neglect/abuse hotline as the nursing service (for one, anyway) had called in a report.  Friday was very upset as supplies of most commonly used things were low and Nice Jewish Lady could not go for money or anything else.  She did get enough money for some things before the ATM ate the card.

Tomorrow’s always another day.  😦

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New Week, New Hopes

A sliver for hope for some stabilization was found Saturday morning, just a sliver of a positive nature after months of deteriorating circumstances.  Having the nursing service CNA for personal care helps; but, among other things, someone said the “can’t-prove-it-was-her” thief was being moved out.  That doesn’t mean she be the only one who might walk in and take something useful, but she be a known one.  There was a real help from activities coordinator on Thursday, too.

This morning, however, was a serious mess, and the agency assigning the agency doing the presently non-existent services is sending a representative to review things.  The woman is supposed to show up tomorrow for as much as two hours.  The nurse is also scheduled for tomorrow and a request that she come early was made.  What happens tomorrow leaves a lot to worry over, but at least there was the hope of getting cleanish today as well as this coming Friday.

Nice Jewish Lady came to the rescue a couple of times in spite of the weather, and Lunch Lady brought some of her gifts, both of whom help to keep things going.  The search for some substantial back up continues and has widened but so far not too effectively.  The rent and other payments need to be covered in the next couple of days — at least the payments are in hand — amid dealing with a substantial shortage of both money and supplies.  There is food around.

Things get very tight at times.  😦

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Mostly Medical Time….

Computer’s still a bit iffy, and due to the medical stuff and more there’s been little chance to really look into the matter.  It does look like it was at least partly a bad mouse thing.  One Christmas gift was a new mouse.  Once that was plugged in, the computer started working better.  A very late internet payment finally got into the mail Thursday between chasing after Nice Neighbor for laundry service again and dealing with a long visit from the agency aide service, part of which will be discontinued for two months.

The interview for in-home nursing services (two months) was Wednesday and different aspects of the “home care” should start this week.  The nurse visit was Friday.  The aide service part kicked in this afternoon.  Fortunately there was no food truck visit due today.  Two more interviews (today) were needed for the nursing service to be all set up.  There’s a nurse and an aide, physical and occupational therapy and a social services caseworker.  The aide is supposed to be coming on Mondays and Fridays.

Couldn’t breathe and more yesterday so called for the nurse on call to come and check on things.  The Lunch Lady’s stuff, now via someone else, is due Friday.  The Lunch Lady herself is still coming by with gifts.  Nice Jewish Lady is still getting things if/when it’s possible for her to drive or get a ride.  The added costs around have flattened one of the bank accounts and it’s not even mid-month.  Fortunately February is a short month and there may be a chance to get supplies as birthday presents in March.

Change is a part of existence.  😦

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Life Goes On Precariously

Yesterday afternoon was spent in the hospital emergency room.  In addition to the usual problems, an infection has entered the picture and new medications have entered the picture both for it and for the “regular” stuff.  The medications were a matter for today (in addition to the food truck, dying plants and the satellite bill) as the drug store was closed by the time it was all over.  Nice Neighbor was a great help both with getting to the hospital and getting back.

As has been stated, it would not be surprising to see “sick leave” as a week’s essay, but not at this time.  There’s more involved than getting the medications, such as notifying the current doctor’s office about the visit to the hospital and maybe (if good fortune prevails) getting some better aide service from an actual nursing service.  At least there’s plenty of food in the place as Lunch Lady’s stuff (now delivered by a replacement it seems) came Friday (and at a bad time).

In regard to the week past, aide service did not show up on Wednesday, so none of a very long list of errands was done except piecemeal over subsequent days by anyone in the building that could be found in-between things like the personal care by a new person on Thursday.  Young Friend’s former organization did send a person on Friday, and the rent money orders for February are in hand, if they can be found in the mess that exists due to the missing aide upheaval.

May all good people have a good week ahead.  🙂

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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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