I am posting at this ridiculous hour as I have just taken my second antibiotic. I have a chronic sinus infection. My nose is dripping like a tap and I feel pretty rough. There is no way I am capable of looking after Maureen at the moment, and I have just informed socail service accordingly.
The events of yesterday evening were a stark reminder of Maureen’s presentation. I had to be at my best to keep within the bounds of compassionate communication: on a couple of occasions I lost it. There is only so much you can take when you are not feeling 100%. In short, Maureen is completely confused by me being unwell and has forgotten how to be a nurse to her ailing husband.
This will all be a real test of social services ability to respond to a mini emergency. It goes without saying my plans for the weekend have gone out the window. Yet again I won’t get to see my family and it is not entirely my own fault: I have been flagging up my tiredness for quite some time.
Setting up arrangements for respite supports Care Partners – not visits from professional staff who nod their heads, and keep telling you they: ‘I hear what you say’.