I haven’t really got anything to write up about at all this week… because nothing has really happened that is significant or really worth a write up about – however, I will give it a go!
I have finally gotten my energy provider sorted and can get back to normal with them… after weeks of phone calls by my support worker and financial guide, we have got the cheque that I have been waiting for – but after having to threaten them with legal proceedings and going ‘public’ with my complaint and because of my conditions… I think they thought it wasn’t worth the publicity!
The weather has been really warm too… and that doesn’t help me in the slightest – because in all honesty, I could make an igloo melt! The heat doesn’t suit me, and I wilt very easily – and that is what has happened this week. I haven’t been out for a few days, mainly because I can’t get out on my own, and partly due to the rather being so hot… I’m hoping it cold down a little during the next few days as it is the busy week for finances and shopping from next week for a few days.
So that is about it for this week… nothing really to write home about, but I’ve tried to give you a weekly update in the life of Daryl – although I know it hasn’t actually been ‘knicker-wagging’! 😉
An uneventful week in the life of Daryl… until the last couple of days!
The other night (well early hours of the morning actually) I was awoken in my bed with the emergency services standing over me – thinking some people had broken into the bungalow and I was going to be attacked, even with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, I flew out of bed in a semi-unconscious state!
It took them a couple of minutes to clam me down, and for me to gather my senses enough to work out with them what was happening. I have a security pendant on an elasticated bracelet that I wear around my wrist… I usually put this at the side of my bed when I’m going to sleep, but I must’ve fell asleep with it on. Whilst I was asleep, I must’ve caught the emergency red button and activated the care line that it is linked to… although they could hear on the other end of the care line was an occasional ‘huuh’ every few seconds. Thinking I was in trouble they sent the emergency responders out, and because I have a KeySafe fitted outside my door and the emergency services have the code – they let themselves in.
What actually happened was the noise the CareLine was actually hearing was the little electric fan that rotates every few seconds at the back of my iMac computer to help keep it cooler… they assumed (quite reasonably) that every time the fan rotated towards my CareLine respond box, they were thinking it was me gasping for breath!!
It’s nice to know that I am safe and that my emergency responders and program set-up is actually working and functional – and I do feel a right plonker because of it!!
…it isn’t just football. It is a knowledge that I belong to a country, that for its size and vulnerability, has stood unconquered for nearly 1,000 years. It is about a heritage of pride, passion, invention and learning.
We have a sense of ‘fair play’ – and we don’t all have a stiff upper lip, despite the portrayal of such… we have emotions, and in recent times we have shown them.
In good times and bad, we have always rallied together to overcome the odds, to beat the odds and to even the odds – we have a military that we can rely on, trust and know we will always be safe with. Our Royal Family, particularly our Queen, is the most famous and respected royal family in the whole world.
Our care for each other, especially to family, friends and neighbours, despite many stories that seem to contradict it, is renown – but never really ‘talked about’.
All this is MY England… it isn’t just football!
…well it certainly has been for me anyway!
I have had a ‘wobble’ on my gambling – I don’t why, but I just did. It has made things tight for the next fortnight, but as usual, I will get by, and with the help and care of my support worker, we have taken steps for me to be able to ‘lock down’ any vulnerability I have in being able to make the deposits to gamble with. I’m not going to pack it in (hell, I might as well go to the grave tomorrow if I did that) but when I have my financial situation more secured (I am opening a post office account, so as you cannot use money ‘virtually’ like you can with online and telephone banking) I shall be able to appreciate more the value of looking at the cash before I actually spend it – it is one sobering thought to be able to see the amount I have gambled, and I know I would’ve thought twice had I seen the amount in my hands, rather than ‘virtually’ spending it online without seeing it – it does make a difference!
I have found some more family photos today (Sunday) what I had packed away when I moved into ‘BungalHome’ from my old flat – and I have managed to find some room in the bungalow to put them up – I knew I had some, but I was buggered if I cOuld remember where I had put them… I have at long last actually got a photo of my Dad (Ted) up on the wall now – and that is good in itself!
My Mam and stepdad are both doing OK in their carehome and they were really pleased to see me when I went to visit them on Thursday. My Mam flung her arms around me, and to be honest gets rather jealous when some of the other residents come and talk to me – it’s as if I’m her prize possession… which all through her active life, I was – so at least that hasn’t left her!
So an eventful week, one that I hope I don’t repeat regularly for one reason, but one that I hope I do repeat regularly for the visits to see my Mam and stepfather!