Last weekend was fairly quiet. Sunday evening we had dinner at Andrew’s Place. Andrew and Rachel decided that since mum was still unwell, they would cook dinner this week, so that’s where we went. It was most enjoyable and Andrew refused all assistance from his mother and produced a simple but excellent meal with Rachel making a Cheesecake for desert. We had a good night and got to play with Connor for a while.
As I said on a previous post, Benji and I go out for our morning walk at the same time every morning – 05:45 and I find it passing odd that the mornings are getting darker. And before you suggest “he’s cracking up” it just seems to me that it has gone from daylight in the morning to darkness very quickly. I have even started bringing my flashlight with me
On Monday I booked accommodation for the Church Conference in February. There is every possibility that I may not be able to attend or that the conference may be cancelled, but I thought it best to book early and did ensure that there would be no fee charged for a cancellation. Not being able to attend means problems with Annabell or it clashed with a Hospital appointment, or it’s simply just cancelled due to Covid. At this stage we just have to take things on a daily basis. Went shopping on Monday and didn’t get much. The
reason that I didn’t get much was that there was not much to get – the spread of Omicron has closed down warehouses, reduced shop staff and reduced the number of drivers able to transport goods to places around the country. Thus, some shelves are very bare looking, particularly the meat sections.
At the moment, here in South Australia we have about 3400 cases per day. A decline from the over 5000 cases a day a week ago. The total number of cases here is about 65,000. We are however, as of this week, 90% fully vaccinated.
Annabell still gets tired but she is starting to do some things around the house. I am still doing much of the cooking and all of the Laundry. I mean there might only be the two of us here but the laundry still mounts up at the end of the week. Andrew and Rachel are heading off to Adelaide today. I was invited to go with them but I would have to get a coach home as they are staying until Sunday. It was a kind offer but I said no. If all is well I will be going to Adelaide myself first week in February and for what I want in Adelaide I need the car.
Having just written the above we have had a telephone call from Flinders and we will be in Adelaide on Friday 4th February for her surgery. Now we do not know all the details but they are sending them by email. We may be required earlier for tests so I will leave off booking the accommodation for the moment. I had intended on going to Adelaide so I might be able to combine the two events — well, that’s plan A.
I read a comment recently that a regular writer had “lost her mojo” and I fully understood. I want to keep writing but I seem to have temporarily misplaced the overall desire to add pen to paper, I haven’t really done anything. For the last six weeks I have largely been confined to the house and infrequent trips to the supermarket and out walking with Benji. To be honest there is nothing really exciting about grocery shopping or trips to the pharmacy for medication. Although, I have to say that I get some odd looks when I buy “ladies things”. Can’ t think why in this modern day… My mobile (cell) phone had been playing up and in essence it’s old and by old I mean that it’s more than four years old. With other phones – as I did in the not too distant past – I would simply go to the battery shop next time in Adelaide and buy a new battery for that particular model. Not any more. Phones are sealed and are not able to be opened. The battery lasts only for a few years and then it has to be charged more often – twice, sometimes three times a day. I was getting close to the three times and I was missing calls, so I decided to get a new phone = Samsung, not Apple. I have to say that I was amazed at the price of modern mobile phones and sad though it may be, $2486 for a phone is a bit beyond my budget limitations. I suppose it really depends what you want. I want a smart phone, I don’t want a, computer, phone, and sophisticated camera sitting my my shirt pocket – I just wanted a phone similar to what I already have, and that, really is what I now have.
Annabell continues to improve and on Tuesday I took her out to her Ladies Group. She had a good evening with the “girls” and I picked her up when she called me. Last
night (Wednesday) I went back to the Photography Group for a little while. The group are going for a photo shoot on Saturday so, depending how things are I might go along for a while. Benji and I are still out in the morning but not during the day, as it’s too hot to take him. I do take him out later in the evening when things have cooled down. I get “the look” every time I leave the house without him and before I get the few feet from the door to the car, he’s at the window looking out and watching me leave and abandon him. Nothing like making people feel guilty. However we have still managed to maintain our total distance walked for the week despite problems and “the Look”. He still has his treat then heads off to watch over his “mum” as soon as we come back from our morning walk.
I took a photograph of a sunrise a few days ago and I was surprised to see that the ground had been cleared not very far from here. There have been two new houses built in the area and this land clearing leads me to believe that there might be some more building in the pipeline. At the moment Adelaide is undergoing a “Rental Crisis” and one young lady interviewed was sleeping in her car because, although she has a job, she just can’t find a place to rent.
Covid cases continue to increase in South Australia with a new total of 5630 cases today (Friday) with 160 in hospital. Not quite as bad as other places, but they have a much greater population with higher density than South Australia. We had a call from Flinders Medical regarding Annabell’s Surgery and the fact that the December visit had to be cancelled because of the seizure. Flinders want to re-schedule the operation and we were willing for that to happen. There will be discussions with the doctors and given the medical restrictions currently in place, ( due to Covid) organise a time for us to go down to Adelaide. Flinders hope to let us know sometime next week.
All in all, a quiet New Year. Andrew was at home looking after Connor and John came here to stay overnight as he generally does. Annabell stayed up with us until “The
Bells” then she went off to bed. John and I watched “70 Years of the Edinburgh Tattoo” since the actual Tattoo was cancelled. We also gave a little bit of a scare to a Elderly Gentleman from Glenmorangie.
It’s been an interesting week, really. Annabell continues to improve and gain strength. I have continued cooking and looking after things. We have been out but not too much since there are now Covid-19 (Omicron) cases here and in Port Augusta. Started at the Port then moved here and we now have about 115 cases between both places Masks are still mandatory at the shopping centre because of the overall number of cases. These continue to escalate throughout the State. Elsewhere, there have been serious floods in Queensland and loss of life : major fires with property and lives lost, followed by major snowstorms in Colorado. I was worried about people in Denver for a while then I remembered that they had gone to Texas and the newsfeed hasn’t told us anything about Texas. Europe is not doing so well , France less so, and I understand that “what’s her name”
has all but closed down Scotland. If I am reading the figures correctly, Scotland has over 100,000 cases. Like many people I thought 2022 would bring some relief. I never for a moment believed that it would happen instantly – that’s just silly – but I did believe that it would show a light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel. However, I am beginning to fear that the light we see is not an exit but that of an on-coming train.
In the beginning of this pandemic people were panic buying. Not so now because the produce is not there to panic buy. Woolworths have announced that they have a 12% absence of warehouse staff and almost 22% absence of shop staff and produce is not arriving because of the shortages of staff to load and transport the produce to the stores. Coles (the other major supermarket) have put restrictions on what amounts of certain produce that people can purchase at one time. But it is not just Covid that is responsible for the
shortage of shop staff. People are leaving because they would rather be unemployed than accept the daily abuse from customers. This is bad in some instances and people are blaming the shop staff for the shortages and the long wait at the checkout. The speed of the spread of this variant has caught everyone by surprize. The Prime Minister underwent a 7 day isolation as did the Premier of South Australia and the leader of the Opposition. Doctors locally are not “seeing” patients but are conducting telephone consultations. I still take Benji out but I stay local and not during the day. Nothing to do with Covid – the temperature is up around 35c – 40c so the ground it too hot for his paws. Before I take him out in the evening, I go out and test the ground with the back of my hand and then decide if we are good to go.
I am toying with the idea of a new computer. This one works very well but it is old and has come to the end of upgrades. Howeffer— I have only recently updated my mobile (cell) phone, so a new computer might be pushing things a tad much :o)
Today ( 24th December) is Annabell’s Birthday. Presently she is asleep and still recovering slowly. She sleeps a lot and tires easily but she is getting better and we have managed to get out from time to time. It is, however, two weeks today since she came from hospital and Benji is still watching over her. I have not been out much with Benji. We still go on our morning walk but only because it is early morning before it starts to get hot. Presently the temperature is wandering around a daily temp of 29 – 35C. I have taken him to the Ada Ryan Gardens, but only once since the present illness. I do not like leaving her on her alone for too long. I was supposed to be going down to Adelaide yesterday but I cancelled that. I was only really going to look for a new mobile (Cell) phone so I can survive with what I have for the time being and probably until I have to take Annabell to Flinders sometime in January. Currently my mobile is going to voice mail and not ringing. My son called and I missed the call, but he called the house phone and alerted me to the what was happening.. This has been happening a lot of late so with phone in hand and a large hammer on stand-by I examined the phone and found that for reasons unknown, the annoying thing had gone into flight mode and was blocking all calls and sending them to voice mail. I fixed the settings – again,, With unbelievable will power, I laid the large hammer aside. Not too far away though.
And yes, I did consider selecting the phone, paying for it and having it sent up from Adelaide. As you probably know, Adelaide is about a four and a half drive from here, yet to get something sent up to here would take over two weeks. I asked if the Post Office Delivery Service had been taken over by the stagecoaches of Cobb & Co. – which was the 19th century Australian version of the American Wells Fargo. I didn’t get a reply. I was quite miffed about this until a friend, who works for the Fed. Govt in Canberra wanted something from Sydney 30 minutes away, and it took ten days to get there. Fair enough I can make allowances for Covid-19, State Border closures and lockdowns, but to take these time within the State is pushing things just a tad.
Benji is well and he has not changed. We go out for our morning walk at 6am, returning around 06: 40. Has his morning treat then he heads off to check on his mummy and sleeps there for the remainder of the day. I only see him if I rattle the car keys. Sadly, because of the heat I cannot always take him with me. I have a small, mobile air-conditioner type fan that I can take with me. If I do take him with me I put that on when I park the car, check my watch ( allow 21 minutes only), partly open the windows and lock the car. He’s generally fine as long as I watch my time and make sure the cooling fan is directed at him to keep him cool. It’s not bad, a dog with his own personal air-conditioner :o)
Back to work- I think there is movement and Benji has left the room.. I should like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas – or Happy Holidays if you prefer. I hope everyone has a lovely time. My son and his partner and hosting Christmas Dinner today so, that’s good. Normally we do and Annabell does all the cooking, but not this year I am sorry to say. Andrew is a decent cook – don’t know about Rachel yet :o) we’ll find out today. Thank you all for your thought, prayers and good wishes for Annabell’s recovery – it is all very much appreciated.
Love and God Bless
Tuesday 7th. December (interesting date) Annabell is recovering, although we still have not determined the cause of the seizure. She was seen by a Cardiologist today and over the next few days she will have some tests to determine what damage this may have caused to her heart. The brain scan is problematic because of the damage the diabetes has caused to her kidney, it could not withstand the contrast that would be needed for the brain scan to be effective. However, Mr. Alam (Cardiologist) should have the results of the ECG and the blood tests in a few days and then decide with his team what the treatment will be. I have been at the hospital every day and evening but not tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be at home all day. As of midnight tonight because of the Covid outbreak in South Australia, new rules come into effect, which is one visitor per patient, per day. Connor wants to go visit his Gran so Andrew will take him tomorrow after day-care. This means that I cannot visit. This is ok since it will allow me to get the house tidied up and take a wander to the shopping centre and get some shopping in.
I have notified Adelaide and Flinders Medical that she will not be down for the Day Surgery on Friday. They will reschedule early in the New Year. Likewise with the Flinders Lodge- accommodation cancelled. However, I did speak to the Lodge people and they have told me that when we are ready to come down, they will organise the accommodation for us. The people at Flinders Medical and at the Flinders Lodge did call and asked how Annabell was – so that was really kind of them.
Thursday; Since the new rules are one visitor per patient per day, I did not go to the hospital until after lunch – giving the doctors time to do their rounds. I arrived at the hospital at about 12:30 and was told that Annabell was going for an ultra-sound and then she would be able to go home -depending on the results. Between one thing and another and the doctors examining the results of the ultra- scan, then a few more tests, she was discharged and I was able to take her home. By now it was close to 5pm.
Annabell has always said that Benji is MY dog. My response has always been to insist that he loves his dog mummy, “which is why he sits at your feet when you are watchng TV and why after we go for our walk he wants to go into your room to check on you”. Well, when I brought Annabell home, did he go gaga! I have never seen him so excited! He ran around us, then around Annabell, the tail going to cause a hurricane and it became difficult to walk forward for a little while, I had to stop him from jumping up on her. I think he was pleased to see her home. I would go missing from time to time, but she was always there. On the subject of missing, I am on extended Leave of Absence. I did not go to the conference yesterday but I did tender an apology and the reasons for that apology. Did I get a response? Sadly I don’t have those exciting kind of dreams! As far as I am concerned, my job right at the moment is to look after Annabell. Not sure….. but I think it’s part of the Job Description I agreed to.
Sunday: Everything today is quiet – of course, it is only 07:30 so I should expect it to be quiet. I did take Benji out at 6am after I checked in on Annabell. She was sleeping peacefully. She did not have such a great day yesterday but we survived it all and ended the day peacefully. Today the temperature is to be around 34c, which is good after all the rain, high wind and cold of a not so great Spring. Still raining and flooding in the Eastern States of New South Wales and Victoria.