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More Downhill

By Friday morning there had been enough turbulence in the week to forget all sense of basic order.  Case in point:  Lunch Lady was due Friday.  Her usual time is near noon.  It was remembered to make out an order Friday morning for next time and have room in the freezer for incoming stuff.  Nurse’s aide service was also due Friday.  She can make it early, like near noon, or late, like around 4:00 p.m.  As there was no messy emergency, it didn’t matter which time she picked.  There was a need to get some rest Friday morning.  A hop into bed near 10:30 a.m. turned into a relaxed moment when no word came from the aide by 11:15 a.m. … after which the Lunch Lady was remembered.  Well, hop to it, kid.

The Lunch Lady coming was not the only thing unceremoniously forgotten.  In addition, some things, like the post office box mail (with probable check in it), simply had to be let slide.  The housekeeping aide just plain didn’t show up; so, there was no going to the grocery or drug store, either.  Meanwhile, it turned out that the nurse from nursing services had ordered occupational  therapy, physical therapy and casework services; and, if she said anything about it, it wasn’t heard.  Said people started showing up in essence totally unexpectedly for interviews.  Neither therapist claimed to be able to do anything.  Today was food truck day in addition to the nurse’s aide help, to continue the racing around for services.

Young Friend holds down two jobs and can just barely find an hour a month.  He can’t help with much beside what he’s been doing.  With the homemaking services, which includes errands, and Older Friend out of the picture, getting stuff, money included, is nearly impossible.  No one in the building wants to do errands (or clean) not even for money.  Something like hauling out the trash can also be a problem since the trash chute has a limited capacity — if the trash includes things like a pizza box it has to be personally taken to the dumpster, which is at the foot of a steep hill and not easily accomplished on a scooter.  Important emails, like to law offices, haven’t been answered.  And, no phone for long distance.

Waiting for the next problem isn’t good.  😦

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Hectic Times Again

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.  🙂

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What To Do? What To Do?

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.  🙂

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Out Went The Old Year

Tuesday was eventful.  A neighbor got a few groceries to last a couple of days until more of “Life Without Older Friend” is figured out, which is always being figured out now.  The nurse’s aide, badly needed by about 1:00 p.m Tuesday came very late.  As Mondays are her regular day, while it is understandable, it wasn’t very comfortable.  Friday was a regularly scheduled day, but, of course, she was off again today.  A check was made with the drug store regarding their current delivery schedule (it was disrupted for a while) and their merchandise (some things weren’t available for a while).  Real panic started Wednesday when a burning cigarette was found on the floor, but there was no fire.

Somehow with the help of the nurse’s aide, the trash of nine days did get hauled out on Tuesday, but how that can be handled in the future hasn’t been figured out.  Neither is the plant care figured out.  In addition to the other concerns, both the air bed and the scooter battery re-charger reached the end of life expectancy.  A new air bed has to be found, and they haven’t been too available.  Outside it snowed a noticeable amount.  The temperatures were near zero, and it’s a bit surprising people got around.  Lunch Lady was apparently heaven sent on Friday as she came with an air filter and clean-up alcohol even though she had no lunch delivery.  The clean-up alcohol from the drug store is another kind.

There was a “Lone Ones” meeting on Saturday that ran over-time.  There was also some confusion with a subsequent and unexpected visitor which knocked the “breathing treatment” capsule business three hours off schedule.  While that didn’t seem to have a major effect, it is best to have something like that at a more or less regular time.  Yesterday morning had another “middle of the night wake-up” and something different was tried, which didn’t work.  The apartment rent is paid and the food truck did come all right on Saturday.  The big thing looming in the week ahead is whether the internet and storage payments have been made,  and, if not, getting them paid as well as getting ordinary stuff.

May it be a good year for all. 🙂

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An Eventful Week

Young Friend is due to come by tomorrow to take care of January’s rental stuff and get the customer Christmas gifts at the bank.  He may have to go to the post office too as a big glitch has developed in the aide service from the assigning agency (not nursing service).  Exactly what the problem is isn’t in the least clear.  There’s been a couple of glitches in the security checking, too, as some people have been delaying the lady that does the calling.  That should sort itself out, but with malfunctioning cell phone a run to the lobby phone to call her and Older Friend is needed.

Today was food truck day, and Lunch Lady came Friday with eggs as well as supplies, so all food is well enough in place.  Older Friend also came by to do some of the usual things.  The nurse’s aide came and was indeed needed Friday.  A sort of choking fit on Saturday almost made someone or something needed then, too.  It’s rather unusual to choke on a swallow of soup.  Again there was a lot of doubt about getting the blog postings done due to assorted events, but obviously they were managed.  (Repeat) one of these days it might very well be there won’t be posting.

It did snow a little on Saturday, just a little.  It was pretty to see, but it meant either start crawling into the jacket or cut short the outside “sits.”  Cutting short isn’t good.  Contact with the outside world is important.  The new little “club” meeting on Saturday went well as a new member may be on board; however, the other “regular” has missed two meetings now.  A few Christmas cards have arrived and got hung on the outside door frame.  There was a slight (very slight) hope possible legal services were found for whenever those are needed.  That’s been a long, long hunt.

Usually, life around belongs to someone else. 🙂

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Onward To Christmas

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.  🙂

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Thankful For Thanksgiving

A nurse was scheduled to come Wednesday (like the doctor, who, as mentioned last week, came rather unceremoniously on another day).  She also didn’t come, but in her case she didn’t come at all on the grounds that the patient would be all right until this coming Thursday.  She had too many patients who would not be all right, and to an extent that’s true.  The regular aide came for an hour, got the mail, swept the carpet and left yours truly with an interesting problem that does not need discussion at the moment.  The Thanksgiving week service that did take place okay was the medical services aide that did (great) personal care Friday.

A lovely dinner arrived Thanksgiving day thanks to Young Friend’s organization.  It was good to have it not just because of the holiday but because there was a case of not feeling well at all Thursday, which extended beyond Thursday.  Thoughts of nursing home loom heavily in mind.  The dinner was traditional Thanksgiving dinner good enough to remind someone what “real” food was like.  The proposed club for loners did have it’s fifteen minute meeting on Saturday amid a big todo about Christmas decorating in the lobby.  The other member’s a nice lady.  Older Friend came by as usual with supplies and did plant care and trash service.

Today was food truck day with the usual need to make room in the freezer.  That did get done, but the entire refrigerator is in dire need of a sorting and pitching things that are too old.  There’s a remote possibility (very remote at this point) that Young Friend can show up before the first of December.  The rent has to be paid this week and the wireless bill’s due for next month very soon.  Older Friend already has a money order for that.  Sadly, it seems some dear online friends are slipping from view and nothing can be done about it.  Between problems like the cell phone (unresolved) and dealing with the computer there’s little chance.

Holidays can be a very good thing.  🙂

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