Friday, September 23, 2016

Nearly six weeks have flown by since I decided to have a break from blogging.  As per usual my timescale for completing activities has gone slightly askew. I have decorated 75%  of the back room today rather than the planned August painting schedule. The past two days of cleaning, plastering and today painting completed an hour ago. I will finish off next week apart from the ceiling which I will attend to when I feel like it. Once done, I can move my modelling kits and caboodle downstairs including an old desk on which I can do the work. The idea is that delicate items can be stored away from curious kitties. Both cats returned from a day spent outdoors last week with some blue substance on their faces. After the initial panic as to whether they had ingested poison we realised they had been rubbing up against some water colour paint! So the desk with drawers will hopefully prevent little paws breaking delicate objects and faces being shoved into glue, paints, etc...

I spent a couple of days in Colchester to visit the family although we didn't traipse around very much. My mum struggles with warm weather and no longer walks too far. It was good to catch up and I plan to go down again early next year. The next trip will include accommodation at a B & B as my mum's cottage is small and my back was sore after sleeping on the floor. That was one of the two reasons why the decorating was delayed. The other is a trapped nerve in my left shoulder which, although not painful, can at times be bloody uncomfortable. Exercises have helped and I have become used to the odd sensations going down my arm. Happily it has improved and it hasn't been too much of a problem. 

I have had two weeks away from work and I return there next week with a change in my working days. I will be working Mondays at the Single Point of Access (SPA) where my role is to triage all referrals to the mental health service. The majority of this work is via the phone with some face to face assessments as well. The other two - three days per week will be with the other community team as they are very short staffed. Regarding mental health services in the UK, we are in 'interesting times' as money and resources are in short supply. Having received my latest annual mortgage statement, albeit six months late, I have worked out that returning to work full time for 12 - 18 months could see the mortgage completely paid off. Hence I am more than happy to return to working more hours if they are available and escaping the dead hand sooner rather than later. 

The cats are happy and in a few weeks time we should be getting Maisie and one of the kittens back from the foster carers. I am not sure how the two boys will react but they had lived with two other cats until the old ladies died. We had planned to wait until Sandy had passed on but having rescued Maisie we will give her a home. Sandy is plodding on, deaf as a post and with frequent accidents. I have to clean daily  a 'growth' and the area around it to prevent infection. Sadly, she is very old now and she very likely has a year left to her. She is pampered although having to shout because of her deafness isn't much fun. I have decided that we will not be getting another dog when she is gone as four cats is enough. Particularly the veterinary bills for her care and treatment this past year has also informed that decision. It doesn't help that adding steroids to Labrador = a dog that eats everything including the contents of the bin if we forget to lock it out of her reach. Having said that, she seems happy enough and her occasional treat of a jelly baby puts the extra wag in her tail!

So I am back to blogging and I hope you are all well.


Friday, August 26, 2016

This little lady gave birth to six kittens last Wednesday. I am a proud 'grandparent' and we are off to the foster carer to view them all. I cannot wait and we have a load of food, litter, etc to bring along. Another several weeks and she should be coming home and hopefully with one of the kittens. If not one of Maisie's then certainly one of the kittens they are currently inundated with.

I wasn't going to post but this was good news I wanted to share.


Monday, August 15, 2016

I am taking a sabbatical from the blog as I really haven't got a lot to say and there are things I need to attend to in real life. Later this month I will start some redecorating and we will be clearing out old rubbish. I am hoping that starting on just the one room will kick start me to decorating other rooms. I hate decorating but it needs to be done. I am also off to Ireland at some point although given my current workload that might be the beginning of October. I plan to have a couple of weeks off and drive over plus a week at home to recover. Work is busy and the atmosphere is extremely odd. Rumours are flying around and we suspect plans are being made to change the service and shake up teams. We'll see... I shall catch up with you all in several weeks time so until then

Ta Ta For Now!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Despite my cold I ventured out yesterday as sustenance was needed and the moggies needed some grub. I spent some time leaning over the barrier and watching the fish when the pike put in an appearance. The Riverhead predator lurking like a U-boat awaiting its prey. Beautiful sleek creature but deadly and I am thankful they don't grow too big. I also enjoyed watching a family of moorhens amongst the reeds, the babies following in a line and then scattering as something catches their eye. A beautiful day and not much of a walk but I was drenched in sweat on my return and in need of a nap!

With glorious sunshine I sat out in the garden and soaked up the sun. Just the tonic required to chase away colds and the blues. Today I might even venture out with the lawn mower and tackle the grass but leave the weeding to another day. Hopefully wherever you are, the weather is perfect and you are enjoying life with good company and a beverage of your choice.

Friday, August 05, 2016

A busy week and a further visit to the vet because the pooch was not at all well. A skin growth had become infected hence the diarrhoea and the horrible smell emanating from her. A one off injection and a course of oral antibiotics has seen a huge improvement in the hairy monster. I think I am now working to pay veterinary bills but she is worth it. We believe she scratched at the growth hidden below her ear and I only noticed when I was checking her mouth to ascertain where the horrible smell was coming from. Not at all pleasant and something we will have to keep an eye on.

Otherwise I have been very busy at work as August seems to be one of the busiest months. Staff holidays, doctor changeover and school holidays are possible contributors to this. My plans for the next four days off depend on the dreadful cold I have acquired from Mrs C. Tissues, Olbas Oil and paracetamol are the order of the day. I'd like it to go because this event is on tomorrow and a certain aircraft is attending which I am very excited about. A banging head, dizziness, runny nose and a constant desire to sleep is currently not conducive to my attending the show. Fingers crossed because it does look like an exciting event.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Another early start today but this one was dog related. Mrs C woke me up before 4 a.m. to report an unholy mess downstairs involving said dog and diarrhoea. There was shit everywhere! We spent the next twenty minutes cleaning up, applying bleach and sundry other cleaning agents and I thanked the gods I bought in extra kitchen roll yesterday. This happened despite me ensuring she went outside just before midnight. Sadly, this may another sign that age is fast catching up with her although it might be that she has eaten something disgusting picked up outside or in the garden.  Poor old pooch.

Despite going back to bed and grabbing a further couple of hours sleep I find I am tired and struggle to fire on all cylinders after a disrupted sleep. A bacon bun and a pint mug of home brewed coffee was the answer and now I feel much improved. I am expecting a friend's return from France this weekend and I can catch up on the news as to how things are over there. The mainstream media is slow, unreliable and works to their own agenda so hearing about it from a friend who has been out there for the last two weeks will be interesting.
The situation at work may be resolved as I spoke with my boss yesterday and the missing person has been located. I also finally got paid after a couple of phone calls and then an apology for a 'glitch' which had caused this issue. A glitch must be another name for someone who forgot to put my time sheet in for processing! A delightful colleague in the pay department sorted it all out.Now to kick that fourth cylinder into life and crack on with the day.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Phew! A busy three days at work and I am very glad to have left it behind. Yesterday was particularly bad as I was the only nurse on duty as a result of leave, secondment and sickness. Unfortunately, umpteen nurses were required to attend to umpteen jobs and my planned admin day rapidly disappeared. On top of my regular work I was covering for colleagues on leave and a situation arose involving the police and crisis team. 5 p.m. could not come soon enough and I have to admit I ended up having a sleepless night, getting up very early and I feel dreadful this morning. I shall inevitably be phoning up this morning for an update as to the situation. On top of all that I discover I have not been paid for last months efforts and they still haven't sorted out my mileage. My goodwill has now run out and I will be having a chat with the team manager about this.

It is unlikely that some of you will be able to see this link which is an episode from '999: What's your emergency?'  but it gives a taste of what is happening in mental health services today. The police and the paramedics do a sterling job when it comes to mental health and they are absolutely correct. When 5 pm comes there is bugger all in most areas for mental health patients. The local crisis team is a name only and hardly anyone has a good thing to say about it. Sadly, it is not the fault of most of the crisis staff but comes down to funding and mismanagement. All in all a sad state of affairs.
On a brighter note...