Monday, 25 April 2011

Shattered, skint and back to work tomorrow

Am very tired actually got back last night but have been washing and doings some domestics. Went well as could be expected.  Mum now deposited in new care home and as happy as someone with significantly advancing Alzheimer's can be. She is pretty much immobile now just squirms and wriggles in her chair. Quite a bit smiley and hopefully there will be more smiley and sleepy times than grumpy and upset time. I hope she is looked after well and they work on using something to stop her from sliding out of her chair. She is only little and when her feet are on the floor she is not sitting up straight in the chair if you know what I mean. Other than that it seems a decent place and very nice to its residents. I shall be popping in when I can. There are no visiting hours and people - visitors - regular ones anyways are given the door code and go in and out freely which is a good sign. As long as her weight remains constant and she does not develop ppressure sores and has more smiley days than not then this is as much as we can hope for really.

Had a nice time too  B& B was very cheap and you could tell especially if you looked under the bed - not hoovered for a very long time!!! but beds clean, shower clean and breakfast good. Eating out is a pain even for a few days but not much you can do. Could of stayed with relatives but you have less freedom that way to come a go as you please and stick to your priorities and agenda.

We spent time with older sister at the coast and had coffee at the Burns museum.  ( It is Ayrshire after all)  I am hoping I did not get a speeding ticket on the way home. The hire car accelerates very quietly unlike my banger - you know if you are going too fast when the car starts to shake. The 2011 reg focus was very deceptive. I really could do with out the three points and fine. I was flashed doing 60+ on a single carriage section of the A1. :-(  Ahhh it was a nice car to drive however. Not much I can do about it now bar wait.

Sunday we went to see a chum and his kids who now lives in Fife. Spent the afternoon playing in the park, hunting and rolling Easter eggs. Weeny one has had a fab time - spoilt by relatives and lots of parks and ice creams.  Home to Biggles waiting up for us around ten last night and I sank into bed. 

My sister is in Dunfermline scoping out houses and such for when she returns later in the year. I collect her from the local station next Sunday for a few days before she heads back to London and Heathrow and back OS.

Lasagne, salad and garlic bread  for tea. Lasagne - home made from the freezer - salad bits - iceberg, cucumber, carrot, a red/green pepper - from fajitas on Thursday plus onion, a frozen sweetcorn . Garlic bread on special only 30p for quick sale and also from the freezer. Ice cream, fruit then bed. We were all stuffed. I couldn't face cooking from scratch.

We have so much chocolate it is disgusting. Weeny girl will get through it I am sure. It will just take a while.

Hope you all enjoyed the break. back to the grind till Friday!!! Spose those royals are good for a few things eh!!! Another few days off - such a hard life!!!!


  1. I'm so pleased you got your mam settled, it's such a worry when they have to be looked after by others because of their condition.

    I'm sure she'll be really well looked after.

  2. Glad to hear that your Mum is settling in nicely. The place sounds nice enough. I think you get a gut feeling about care homes don't you, as to whether they're good ones. Hope she continues to smile :)

  3. With my OT hat on it seems your mum might need a chair that has a smaller seat depth so she's sitting in the chair without leaning backwards. Otherwise a correctly positioned recliner or a one way glide sheet might be helpful. Talk to the home or if you don't get any joy see if a local occupational therapist can advise.

  4. Thanks lovely grey - have tackled the home about it and they have come up with exactly what you said!!! They have sourced a smaller seat depth chair and also a one way glide sheet!!! Many thanks !!!

    She is very stiff these days bless her. We have a pressure mattress and cushion for sitting and are keeping an eye on pressure sores. having one to one care these things were monitored very very carefully. Mum was showered twice a day and washed more, and moved on a regular basis. This is my big concern really. As I think few homes really have the staff to monitor this as well as it used to be.

    Great advice - Thanks again