Wednesday morning

i’m more awake now. i got up at 4 AM but it took me some time to finally wake up completely.
i ended up having a long hot shower to wake myself up. that was after some snuggle time with nitro. he’s so cuddly. i needed his cuddles tonight.
just sitting here now drinking coffee and listening to the radio. its so peaceful. I love the peace and quiet.
Its now six AM. I dont have many plans today. I will be going to slimming world tonight, but other than that not much planned for the rest of today. I am debating whether I will go to the basement club today, but I am thinking not, I might wait until tomorrow instead.
I havent heard anything yet about a possible new PA, not since last week when my coordinator said she may have someone for me. I might give her a call later this morning.

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Bad news about my old pa but maybe a possible new one?

well i rang my coordinator at the irish wheelchair association where I get my pa hours from this morning. I asked her if there was a possibility of having my old pa kristen back to work with me. unfortunately its not possible as kristen has left the organisation so she no longer works for them at all.
however my coordinator did say she thought she’d found someone new for me to work with. I’m sad that kristen cant return to work with me. But I am also happy that the coordinator has possibly found a match for me and that it didnt take too much time.
She said she just needed to talk to the lady in question and then she’d call me back with the details. So fingers crossed. I am hopeful that this will work out.

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Another Monday is nearly over

so i’ve had a productive day. it was busy. despite being really tired i managed. i did sleep some in the afternoon though. after dinner. i slept for like 3 hours. i needed it though, im always drained after therapy.
and today we had a hard session so i needed to do some self care and rest and relax for a while after it.
after the session this morning i went back to moms. had lunch, then read a few chapters of a book. had a lovely stir fry for dinner, which mom made. it was yummy. lots of veggies and chicken in it.
then after dinner and after I’d rested I got a taxi home to my own house which is where I am now. Mom came with me. She stayed for about 2 hours. She helped me put away groceries and then did dishes, cleaned the dog pooh in my yard, and did some other little bits around the house.
since she left I’ve been online, and I’ve also been watching tv. i made some coffee too. i felt like i needed the caffine boost.
i rang the respite place this morning that i was meant to be having an assessment for tomorrow. I’ve decided not to go ahead with it. After talking to my parents, I decided that it just wasnt what I needed right now. I dont feel right about going there. A friend of mine who goes there said the disabilitys that people have are so diverse, and also I’d have to pay for transportation, which would cost me the best part of 70 euro to get up and down to the place, I just dont have that kinda money. so I am not doing it at his time.
Tomorrow I need to ring my coordinator and ask about whether my old PA kristen can be reinstated to work for me. I am hoping she can, but even if she cant, at least I’ll have asked.

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Changing my PA service

so this morning my coordinator of the PA service called me. She asked me how everything was going.
I told her I thought things were going ok, but that I’d like to change some of my hours, to the day time, because the evening hours didnt suit me.
She asked me to ring my current PA and ask her if she’d be willing to do day time hours. I said I didnt think she would, as she has a small child and she’d have nobody to babysit her. But I said I’d ring her and ask, give her a chance to do them if she wanted too.
So I rang her. Like I thought, she isnt able to do them.
I rang my coordinator back and she is going to start looking for a new PA for me for my four hour shift, so I’ll either have someone coming on tuesday, thursday or friday mornings.
My current PA will still do my wendesday evening shift, and take me to slimming world.
I feel good now that thats sorted. I was going to let it go and not bother changing pa at all, but then when the coordinator rang, it was the perfect opportunity to do it.
I’m glad I did. Now to worry about the new pa…lol its always something isnt it?
carol anne

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Home!

i’m home from volunteering now. home about an hour. like i mentioned one of the other staff who works there dropped me home. its still really warm outside. i was going to sit outside but then decided against it. i dont have sunscreen and i didnt want to get burned. I made myself some dinner, I made sweet potato fries and southern fried chicken. It was nice. I wasnt really in the mood for hot food, but I ate it anyway because I felt hungry. I am about to hop in the shower, think I’ll have a nice cool shower, it will let me cool down a little. I tried to call housing maintenance again today but couldnt get through to anyone. I didnt leave a message because I’d rather speak to someone directly. Sometimes I think they dont even listen to the messages when you leave one. My PA called me, she asked me if I minded if she joined slimming world, I said no, not sure why she thought I’d mind. She said she’s going to go to an earlier meeting, probably because she doesnt want me to know what she weighs, and in the meetings you have to share in the group. I dont think it would be right for me to know that info about her. I hear the ice cream van outside, I’d love an ice cream but I’m gonna resist it.
carol anne

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My plans to get a new PA

so i think i mentioned im not really liking my new pa. i’ve had her since january. she is ok, i can tolerate her, but some things she does I dont like at all.
She’s very forward. For example, she said the pots I had for cooking were too small. Thats fair enough, I said I’d do something about it, and I would have, but the next week she came and said guess what? I bought you a new pot, a big one.
I was flabbergasted. I mean what if I had no money to pay her? It was 17 euro for the pot. I did have the money but what if I didnt?
I didnt like that she did that. Other things she does are when we’re in a taxi going to slimming world she tells the driver to turn off the heat, open windows, etc, sometimes they dont even have the heat on!
She is also very critical of all of the taxi drivers, its a reputable company, I know them, and they know me well too.
She’s also very loud, and interferes in conversations which have nothing to do with her.
So I want someone else. But those arent the only reasons. I want to go back to having my PA hours by day in the morning times, she comes now on friday evenings, and does a block of four hours, well that doesnt suit me now that I’ve finished at the ILS course. She cant do mornings, as she has a child who goes to school.
I am going to ring up my coordinator next week and ask for a new pa. I will just tell her my reasons. Oh there is another one as well, I need someone who offers a driving service, my current PA doesnt. I’m paying 37 euro a week for taxi’s to and from slimming world, I dont really have that kinda money. My last PA could drive me places, and I know some PA’S can and so I want one who does that.
I hope the coordinator will listen to me. I will flag my main reason as being the fact that I need my hours now in the day not in the evening time.

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Waiting, and waiting…

im waiting for my PA to come. she’ll be here in half an hour.
i want her to clean for me. to be honest she isnt very good at cleaning. she does an ok job i guess but its not like my old PA kristen used to do. Kristen was great. She got everything done and when she vacumed she really gave the place a good going over.
this girl, nuala, doesnt do that. she only vacumes for about 5 minutes. she doesnt attempt to get all of nitros hair off of my rugs. she says she cant. i do know its hard to get the hair off but i dont think she tries that hard.
anyway. i was going to book my taxi to take me to my parents house but decided against it. i decided to just wait and see what time we finish up with the housework at.
i hate waiting. its so boring. i started to watch a show on tv, some crime show but i turned it off 15 minutes in to it.
i was going to read my book but then I never did. I made some coffee and am drinking that now.
carol anne

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