Volunteering this afternoon

Well in about 20 mins I am off to go volunteering for the afternoon. My supervisor is picking me up. I am excited to go in to the office. I really love what I do. My job is so rewarding, I know I keep saying that. But it really is.
I am so looking forward to speaking with my clients today. I hope some of them will have stuff to tell me. Sometimes they do. I hope its not a day where people arent answering their phones. I worry when that happens.
I will be there from 2 PM until around 5 PM. One of my colleagues will drop me home after my shift. I’ve had a pleasant morning of chill here at home, so I’m ready for my shift.

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Volunteering

well i had a good afternoon. volunteering went well. I didnt manage to get hold of all of my clients though. some of them didnt answer their phones. i did talk to a few of them though and we had a nice chat. I am pleased with how the day went. Now I am sitting here with all of my calls done. I have to sit here for the next half hour, since my colleague Trish cant leave the office until 4:45 PM. She is going to drop me home then though. I dont mind having to sit here though, there is plenty of things I can do online for a while until its time to go home. There was one incident with one client today, he was drunk, and he didnt know what day it was or where he was going, he does this a lot, drinks heavily, and gets himself lost and into such a state that he literally cant find his way home. Its awful for him. The first time it happened and I was on the phone to him I was really concerned. But my supervisor told me not to be. So now when it happens I am not too worried. He always gets home in the end. My supervisor has spoken to him on a few occasions, and told him that maybe he shouldnt be drinking so heavily but he never listens. Anyway besides that the afternoon went fine. Everyone else was ok and happy and in a good mood so that was nice.

At the office

well I am here, at the office. i got here 45 mins early. so i am just having a coffee and messing around on my laptop until 2 PM when I start making my calls.
My sister dropped me off. Mom came with her and she walked me from the car into the office. then they’ll go back and pick up my nephew from school.
I have extra clients to call today. A good few extra. I dont know any of them. But I am sure I’ll get to know them once we chat a few times. Some of them I have never called before.
Anyway, coffee is calling, chat soon guys!

A busy week ahead

This week is going to be crazy busy. Tomorrow I have to go volunteering, my supervisor rang me earlier, she has to go to Dublin tomorrow for some meeting around funding, so she’s unable to pick me up as she normally does. Its ok though I have sorted a ride, my sister is going to drop me off. My supervisor also sent me my list of clients that I have to call, and turns out my next door neighbours name was on the list, so I had to email her back and let her know I wont be calling her, as my neighbour and I are very friendly with each other, and I am sure she’d recognise me and be uncomfortable. I am happy to be going back volunteering again. I am happiest whenI am there doing the job I love.
Wednesday morning I have college. We are back after last week being canceled. I am excited to go. I am wondering what our lecture will be on this week. Something good I hope. I also have slimming world on Wednesday night. I just know I wont have lost any weight. I wont be surprised if I don’t. If I do I’ll be very surprised. I will go because I haven’t been in two weeks now and I think I need to go and be accountable.
Thursday is the only day this week where I don’t have something on! I can stay home and chill out. I am sure I’ll find stuff to do, but it will be nice to just be able to do what I want when I want on that day.
On Friday morning mom and my sis and me have to go to the solicitor to sort out about our cheques, we have to sign them so she can lodge them into her account, pay her fees, and then she’ll ring us to come in and collect them once all that’s done. , In the afternoon, mom and me and moms two sisters are going for afternoon tea. Mom got it as a Christmas gift from my sister, and she booked us in for Friday afternoon at 4. I am looking forward to it. We’ll have the tea and then stay in the hotel for some drinks afterwords. I’m sure it will be a late night for us on Friday.

A busy Friday

So I am having a busy friday. My Pa was here this morning. She managed to get to me without any issues. The weather wasnt actually that bad, not as bad as the forecasters made it out to be. We didnt have snow. Or ice. We just had a cold wind, and some rain. But it was mostly dry this morning, very frosty though and freezing cold, temps got only up to 1 degrees c. Its dry though and I am glad about that. Amanda was late getting to me, but that was because she took a cab, and the cab didnt come on time. I didnt mind though as she’s never late. We went to get my money out of the ATM for the week, I also needed to buy a new cordless phone, my landline phone was broken for months. I was going to just replace the rechargeable batteries, but then I figured the phone was old, so I’d just replace the whole thing. We went to one store, but the lady who dealt with us was very rude. She wouldnt even help me when I asked her if they sold cordless phones and if she could show me one. She literally said to me that they are in a glass cabinet at the back of the store, literally she just pointed and was like, we have them but right now they’re out of stock. Needless to say I didnt stay in that store. We went to another one and I got a cheap phone, for 25 euro. And now its plugged in and charging, I have to charge it for 16 hours the instructions said before I can use it. I went to the grocery store too, as I needed a few things. I got a new dog bed for Nitro. He hasnt gotten into it yet though. He does that, the last time I got him a new bed he didnt go into it either for ages. Eventually he will but he needs to sniff at it first and put his mark on it. I went to the butchers too. I got some shredded chili chicken, and some chicken curry, and some garlic potatos. I had left chicken wings out to thaw, and I will have the garlic potatos with them later this evening. They smelled so good when I was cooking them, I cooked the potatos already so then all I have to do is heat them up later tonight. I am not going volunteering this afternoon. I decided I need a bit of a break from it. I need to recharge a little after all the recent client losses. So I took today off. My supervisor was ok with me doing that. When my pa and I came back to my house after being out, my PA cleaned my house for me. So now its spick and span again. I am going to just relax this afternoon I think. No plans really. Its just as well as we arent really doing that well emotionally right now. Some insiders are feeling unsettled and a little overwhelmed. I’m sure they’ll write later, but right now I am trying to stay grounded, I am trying to stay calm and just relax.

Yet another death of another of my friendly call clients…will the loss ever end?

well guys, bad news, more bad news.
my supervisor told me today on the drive to the office that another client died. His name was daniel. He was in his 80’s. He was one of my regular callers. He was such a kind, gentle man. A very genuine warm kind caring person.
We arent sure what exactly happened to him. I talked to him last Tuesday afternoon, and then I couldnt get through to him on friday, but it turns out that by then he was already dead, we just didnt know it yet. My supervisor went on rip.ie which is a site where you can find out whose died. She saw his name on there.
I am heartbroken as I knew this guy really well. I am saddened at his loss. I will really miss him. He always made me laugh, and I looked forward to our chats every week.
We’ve lost four of our clients in the space of 2 or 3 weeks now. Its so sad. I really hope we dont lose anyone else. I really feel unable to handle any more loss. I am struggling as it is. I am really finding it difficult to come to terms with all these losses.
If you pray, please pray. If not, send good vibes thoughts to me. I really need them right now. I just hope all of the clients who died lately are now at peace.

More loss. Another friendly call client of mine died this past week

So I just found out on the drive to work that another of our clients died. Her name was CAtherine. She had COPD and she had been in hospital since jan 1st. She passed away on wednesday in hospital.
She was only 72. She was one of my favourite clients. She’d been a client of friendly call for about 7 years.
She was always so grateful to get a call and she would constantly tell me how grateful she was and how wonderful I was for doing the job that I do.
I am going to really miss her. I got really friendly with her over the last 7 or 8 months. We built up a great rapport.
We’ve had so many losses lately in friendly call, 3 clients in two weeks. I hope we dont have any more now for a while.
I am kinda shocked that Catherine died so suddenly. She will certainly be a huge loss to all of us.

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