A Sodden String

Mum was quite perky when Jackie and I joined her at her home in West End late yesterday afternoon. Two carers were in attendance, one, shadowing the other, cooking our mother’s evening meal. Mum has chosen to go into respite care for another attempt at rehabilitation, rather than continue to struggle at home. Social Services have, we are told, accepted that she should not have been discharged home without far more care than, without seeing her, they were prepared to fund. They will now contribute to full time care, although this will by no means cover the total cost. Further discussion is to be undertaken on Monday.

Jackie and I collected an excellent takeaway meal for Elizabeth and ourselves from Jewels Indian restaurant in Bisterne. This was very good. My wife and I returned home before the waking nighttime carer was due to arrive. My sister was to spend another night with our mother until Jacqueline arrived the next day.

I was totally oblivious of Jackie photographing me watching Bargain Hunt after lunch today.

Elizabeth’s commitment to Mum over this crisis period has meant that she has been unable completely to move into her new home in Pilley.

Jackie and I transported her craft materials to Burnt House Lane this afternoon. These are mostly items for bookbinding and photography. I could barely lift the black iron book press at bottom left of the stack.

We have received plenty of rain in the last few days – enough to begin to leave pools on the lanes, such as Elizabeth’s own Burnt House one.

Shallow wavelets are sent rippling,

and spray spouted, by passing vehicles.

On our return home we were brought to a standstill on Bull Hill by a string of sodden ponies trooping down the road. The grey behind the bushes was soon to join them.

While we were dealing with Elizabeth’s belongings the Barbarians were playing rugby against Argentina at Twickenham. Having recorded the match, I was able to watch it later.

Elizabeth joined us for dinner and will stay a few more days. We dined on Jackie’s excellent beef pie; potatoes, mushrooms, and onions au gratin; and crisp carrots, Brussels sprouts and runner beans. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden while my sister and I finished the Cotes du Rhone.


Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs

79 thoughts on “A Sodden String

  1. Glad yourc Mom is receptive to go back to a senior medical care faciility rather than to stay in her own home. She will be safer, have an opportunity to meet other people and have 24 hour care as needed. It will also give you peace of mind.

  2. Care to the frail is a draining process all round. I think your Bargain Hunt was actually an eyelids inspection! Elizabeth is certainly able to prove she has pressing matters on hand.

  3. I hope you are able to sort things for your mother without too much trouble. My siblings and I are paying for part-time carers to help my mom in the morning and at night, but we worry about her the rest of the day and overnight.
    You watch TV the way my husband watches. πŸ™‚

    1. Many thanks, Merril. It was the two visits a day that was all Social Services would contribute too until 3 falls in a fortnight, two nights waiting in ER and another chest infection convinced them otherwise.

  4. I wish your mother all the best as plans for her care are worked out. You are all doing the best you can, and I know it takes a toll on the caregivers, no matter how much one loves the person needing care. I hope you are able to get the funding you need. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Please take good care of yourselves, too.

  5. Hi Derrick, I’m back, but not not at full power yet, it’s very tiring for me to be on my computer for any length of time….. great to see you having a snooze too, which is all I seem to be doing with my days at the moment……

  6. You are blessed to have home care for your mom. Here in our country, when our parents grow old, they live with us and we take care of them. There are a few hospice care around but they are so expensive, not practical for a poor and middle class Filipino family. Hope she is doing okay now.

  7. Glad to hear your mom’s going to give rehab another go. That’s a goal and that’s a healthy attitude. Are you sure you were watching the ol tv? Ha! You deserve a good rest! Your mother is so fortunate to have such a caring family. I hope for the best.

      1. It is all political trickery. I read yesterday that the Police precept is to be doubled next year through Council Tax. They call it a precept so that they can still claim that Council Tax hasn’t risen above inflation. They have previously used the same trick for Adult Social Care.

  8. You watch television just like my dad used to. When we’d change the channel he’d wake up and he’d say, “Hey! I was just resting my eyes.” πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

    We went through, with our mothers, what you are going through with your mum. I will continue to pray for her, and for each of you. It’s good to know she is safe and well taken care of. And most of all, she is loved dearly by her family…and that is THE most important thing. πŸ™‚

    Love your rainy and after-rain photos!
    (((HUGS))) to all!

      1. And then for some reason, Clif always denies he is asleep. One time, on a show we were watching, one of the characters asked, “Are you asleep.” Clif came to with a jerk. “No, no, I am not asleep.” Too funny!

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