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I've just sat and watched one of the fat pigeons sit on one of the flower tubs on the garden shelf and send it flying, soil and plants going everywhere. Stupid fat pigeon.

It's been a nice but mostly uneventful few days. It's been nicely sunny often, showery at other times, but we finally seem to be pulling away from the cold days. The most important thing that happened, for me anyway, was I gave blood for the first time. It's something I've wanted to do for a while, but I was outside of the weight limits for being able to give, so when I was inside of those I decided to go for it. It took a while to get an appointment as there's only one session every few months in my town, and they got filled almost immediately. But a few days ago I saw a session in a hotel close to the Asda where we go shopping, and it had appointments left, so I booked one.

I was nervous going in. I'd researched and knew the bypass wouldn't stop me donating, but I have to take iron tables, so worried about those and the other meds. In the end I had to have a chat with a nurse to make sure I was okay to give, but it was fine, and my iron levels checked out okay, and before I knew it I was being escorted to one of the banana chairs. And from there everything went great, apart from nearly being catapulted from the chair at the end. I suspect it was because my legs are heavier than most, and the nurse taking the blood didn't take that into account when hitting the switch that put the chair back into an upright position, so gravity shot me forward, and instead of a controlled sit up, I was up in an instant. It was funny more than anything, though, and I couldn't stop laughing for a while.

The people there were so lovely. The nurse asked why I'd decided to donate, and I told her how I'd had all this fantastic medical treatment for free, and wanted to give back, even in a little way, and she patted my hand and said she was proud of all that I'd done, and it made me feel good. I also wore my 'it's my first blood donation' sticker with pride afterwards. See. That I was a little disgruntled that I couldn't have my usual hot bath that night.

Yesterday I got my permanent cap fitted, and it looks so much better. It feels better, too. I'm looking forward to eating a nice granny smith apple later as while the dentist said I could eat them with the temp cap, I was worried about it falling off, and I've missed my night time snack.

Mam's been poorly again and had the doctor out on Monday, where he said if he'd gone a day later she'd have been admitted to hospital again, and as it was she was only two points on the oxygen level of being admitted anyway. He also made her promise if her daughters wanted to call for medical help earlier that she let them, as both Kayleigh and me had been trying to get her to see the doctor for two days at that point. After more steroids and antibiotics she's finally feeling a bit better, though still sleeps loads.

She's having carer issues though. Not her actual main carers, who are both brilliant. But the person who sorts out the care calls. Mam's supposed to have the same two carers nearly all of the time. Sure, there should be stand-ins sometimes due to days off or emergencies, but mainly those two ladies. Since she's been getting the carers she's had ten different people, and on three times has been knocked out of bed because they didn't know she had a key safe, or if they did know didn't know the code. She gets a morning carer because she's having issues getting out of bed, taking meds etc, so to be knocked out of bed, and made to get downstairs on her own to let them in is so wrong. Kayleigh has been furious. It's the exact job she used to do so she knows the care standards they're supposed to show, and not knowing about the key safe is failing at a big level. So she's kicked off on the phone three times now, and apparently got attitude back yesterday. Leading to mam's main carer getting a message saying the scheduler was sick of the hassle and the carer could have 'mam's surname' full time and she was sick of it. That just seems so disrespectful, even Mrs surname would have been better, but not that.

So, that happened yesterday morning, I guess I'll see what happened this morning when I go up soon.

Date: 2017-05-18 10:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sperrywink
Awww, you gave blood! Go you! I used to run my college's blood drives, as a bit of an aside.

I stopped giving blood because the last time was closely correlated with hypothyroid issues and a depressive episode and I am afraid of triggering another one. I figure I have given enough over the year, though. It's younger people's time.

Wow, how disrespectful was that scheduler???? I am with you. >:-(

We're hoping to get a home health aide for my mom, just for maybe 2 middays a week to check on her and do the heavier housework and stuff.

Hopefully I can make it happen with little pushback from everyone.

Date: 2017-05-18 01:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] romantical
Interestingly, I'm not supposed to give blood anymore, because I lived in the Azores and, while we were there, we were supplied meat from Great Britain, and there was a whole mad cow thing/scare and so we're not supposed to give blood. I guess since yours stays in GB it's okay? Or maybe it's not a thing anymore? Or maybe we're just over-cautious about it here. I'll have to check into it again, because I always wanted to try giving platelets. Of course, once you give blood over here, they call you every five seconds to see if you want to donate more. It gets a little much. But at least for a good cause.

It's probably awful, but I'm picturing you and the chair and giggling. I can totally see something like that happening to me. Good thing you didn't fall, hurt yourself, and need blood. :D

Ugh. Hope they get everything sorted out with the carers. Sounds like that one person shouldn't be caring for ANYONE.

Date: 2017-05-18 02:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rikes
Gold star to you for giving blood! That's awesome! I wish I could but I can't because my hemoglobin levels are too low.

Your mam's situation sounds super frustrating. What's the point of getting someone to help you out of bed if you have to get out of bed to let them in?

Date: 2017-05-18 06:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adelate
Go you for donating blood! I always want to, but my hemoglobin has always been too low. I had a course of iron tablets too and I asked the doctor if I could donate blood since I've gotten the hemoglobin up, but it wasn't recommended. :(

I hope everything works out with your mom ♥

Date: 2017-05-18 06:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pennyplainknits
Good job on giving blood! That's awesome

Date: 2017-05-18 07:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] turlough
I didn't know pigeons could be that destructive! Stupid bird indeed!!

Good to hear that your weather finally seems to be stabilising. I'll keep my fingers crossed we'll both have great weather for a while!

Go you! I've never given blood. I used to have a bit of a needle phobia and though it's much better these days I don't think I could stand giving blood. (I couldn't stop giggling at the chair incident :-)

Hooray for a fully functional tooth again!

That's just too awful for your mam. People like that shouldn't be carers! I hope things will get better!

Date: 2017-05-19 07:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ngaio
Tell the CQC about the carers, they won't investigate it, but it will add to their info about the company for when they inspect. You can do it anonymously if you want.

Date: 2017-05-21 05:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] frausorge
Go you giving blood! And I'm glad to hear your dental work is completed. Hope it serves you well for a long time without needing more done to it.

That's appalling behavior by the care scheduler! I will second the comments saying to report that, both the initial incompetence of not prepping the caregivers with the keysafe info, and then the subsequent rudeness. Yikes!

Date: 2017-05-27 09:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ephemera
Ugh - people who react to people like that have no business working in the care industry! It's so obviously a problem if the people who are supposed to be helping her *get up safely* expect her to get up and do stairs to let them in! I hope things have improved since!

Date: 2017-08-11 05:13 pm (UTC)
ngaio: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ngaio
Hiya! No problems, glad they were a useful thing for you.
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