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I have had a quiet and lazy day today. Though there was enough sunshine to demonstrate that I really need to clean the windows!
Lady Hawke, that was a very interesting post. When daughter was in hospital with her meningitis, we had a private room, presumably because of the risk of infection.
For all of son’s surgeries, he has been on a mixed Children’s Ward. I have always been welcome to stay with him and provided with a chair bed and basic covers. For privacy, all you have are curtains to draw around the cubicle.
His last surgery was difficult. I was not allowed to draw the curtains for any length of time as the nurses needed to be able to see son. We were directly opposite a male patient of a similar age, (12) who had his Dad staying with him. I ended up sleeping in my clothes. It felt far too intimate to go to the bathroom to change into night clothes and then sleep so close to a strange man.
The lack of privacy, and the inevitable noise levels make the whole experience even more difficult.
I have never been inside a private hospital, (where care is not on the NHS, and you have to pay,) but I imagine them to be more like your hospitals. Your rooms and facilities sound more like a hotel than a hospital.
When son had his last surgery, the parent’s bathroom is a classic example of how lack of basic facilities make the whole process more trying. The was a toilet, a sink and a shower. There were no shower curtains, no shower stall, just an outlet attached to the ceiling and a drainage hole in the floor. There was nowhere to lay your clean clothes, no where to hang your towel or put your toiletries. After four days and nights of watching my son suffer in this huge metal frame, I broke down and cried when I was faced with that room again.
I think the work you do on the committee is invaluable. It is something I would like very much to be involved with if I lived nearer. I know money is tight, and the priority has to be patient care, quite rightly, but just having a bit of privacy, and clean facilities of a decent standard would make all the difference in the world.
There used to be a pretty rose garden at son’s hospital. A few years ago, a new Cardiac Department was built on top of it, and I mourned it. To be able to escape the ward, and sit in a garden and look at flowers was so peaceful and so good for the soul.
Incidentally, there are no visiting restrictions if you are the parent. You are welcome to stay with your child 24/7, though as a rule only one parent can stay overnight, unless the child is seriously ill. Fortunately, I have yet to be in the position of having a very sick parent. I know I would kick up if I was not able to stay.
Asti: Quiet and lazy days are to rare to not enjoy.
I have had to change my shopping habits with this new place of mine. Now I eat healthier darn it!
The rooms at our hospital are of good size. In addition to the hospital bed and bedside table with phone there is room for any necessary equipment, a rolling tray table for serving the patient meals, an arm chair and a sleeper couch. The sleeper couch does not unfold. It has bolster pillows on the back that can be removed to convert the couch into a single bed for an accompanying person to sleep. Above the couch is a double window with a deep window sill that can be used as a shelf. The sleeper couch is better to sleep on than to sit. Those bolster cushions don’t provide sufficient support for your back for long periods.
A person with a contagious disease is placed in an isolation room. It is still just a private room but it has a double entrance from the corridor. First there is an area with a sink for gowning and masking up and then another door into the patient room.
Accompanying people are frequently given the meals from the food service cart that were unclaimed by people who were discharged after they had placed their food order for the next day. Bedding is provided for the accompanying person. Toiletries are provided for the patient, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, hand lotion, shampoo, etc. Nonskid socks are provided to the patient as well.
There is a family refreshment room on each floor. There is a coin operated snack machine and a soft drink machine. There is also an ice machine and a coffee machine which patient’s families are at liberty to use to make coffee and hot chocolate which is complimentary. That room has plastic flatware, plates, and cups. A microwave is also available for use in the family refreshment center.
Each room has a sink for washing hands for the staff just inside the door, a desk top area with a TV mounted on the wall above it, and a closet cabinet. The baths include a shower stall with a curtain, a toiler and a sink. There are racks and hooks for clean clothing,
Our hospital requires the nurses round on the rooms at least once an hour, even if they are not called for any reason and even if they have no need to enter the room to administer drugs or treatment.They are to check if the patient is in pain, if the patient needs to use the bathroom, if the patient has everything they need within reach and if they need help changing position. Patients with potential cardiac problems are monitored from both the nurse’s station and from a department of people that sit 24 hours a day monitoring walls full of heart monitors.
Ambulatory patients who are not fall risks may go, with permission from the nurses, downstairs to the cafeteria or gift shop.
We have a new geriatric niche floor at the hospital, specializing in care of those who are over 65 years old. That floor has an activity room with a library, puzzles, and large screen TV, appropriate for socializing and entertaining visitors. Volunteers go to that floor to visit with and read to the patients. Once organization is bringing in visiting dogs.
If a patient needs more monitoring than on a regular floor they can be moved to the Step Down Unit. Those are still private rooms but the nurses round on them more frequently. The Step Down Unit is usually used for patients transitioning out of Intensive Care or those at risk of going to Intensive Care.
Intensive Care still has private rooms but there are glass fronts with a nurse stationed at a desk across from each room. Those rooms do not have baths as the patients are generally beyond being able to use the facilities. Shower and changing rooms are available off the Intensive Care waiting room for family use. There are reclining chairs for those staying over night. One person may remain 24 hours a day with the patient in Intensive Care with five half hour visitation periods during the day for other family members.
Our hospital does have a courtyard with picnic tables, benches, a rose garden, and fountain.
I was surprised to see so many of the nurses in the UK felt patient care was compromised by private rooms. I think it is more a matter or “mindset”. If a nurse has always nursed in a ward it would take behavior modification on her part to offer similar quality care in private rooms. Even private rooms are very noisy compared to your home environment. You still have a nurse stepping into the room at least once an hour to see if you are resting comfortably, even if she assesses you are asleep and doesn’t speak to you. They have to be quieter than a ward. At least there may be 60 minutes at a time in full darkness with limited noise in the halls.
LadyHawke – you just described my hospital. They are not too strict with visitors and if you are in a private room a family member can stay with you 24/7.
The only time I have been in a room on my own in a hospital was when I was in labour. My blood pressure was high enough that I spent the final five weeks of my pregnancy in hospital, on a ward, but after I had been induced I was moved to a single room to which I was returned after my son’s birth, but I was so heavily drugged that I have only just remembered it. They obviously feared that I might develop eclampsia so they moved me out of sight of the other pregnant mums with health problems.
Hello Leaky! I hope everyone had safe and happy Halloweens!
I’m stuck in the office on Saturday morning for recruitment for my department. Hopefully I’ll get motivated to get some work done while I’m here…
We are having a WAITING day. Our cable TV has been intermittent for the last two weeks. I called Comcast/Xfinity as soon as we experienced problems and the first day we could have service was today. The service has gone from bad to worse. Some channels that should be available are never available or if they are they are so pixelated and full of static as to be unwatchable. We cannot access our On Demand or our music channels.
We received at least three calls yesterday warning us we had to answer any phone calls from them this morning or our appointment would be cancelled. So, the phone woke me up this morning, confirming they would be here between 8 and 12. Two hours later they called wanting to push the appointment off until this afternoon between 1 and 3. I told them, No, they had awakened me and insisted I be available and I expected them to come. I had to be here. I expected them to do as they committed. At Noon no one had shown up.
So, I called and was told I had an appointment between 1 and 5. So, we are being punished because I didn’t fall over backwards agreeing they could come whenever they felt like coming. Why did they even ask if it was okay? Why didn’t they just say, “We’re going to be there in the afternoon sometime and if you want your service repaired you’ll be there and like it.”
I can’t believe they can stay in business, not offering service calls for two weeks and then being so cavalier about showing up. They are the only cable company in town but there are satellite companies that provide the same TV.
If they leave the house today and leave us with a non-functional TV I don’t think we will be using them much longer.
DR. LEW, if you are working recruitment how are you going to get any work done?
GRAYMAYNE, what is it like, trying to sleep and function for five weeks in full view and sound of all those other people? Does the noise ever stop? Do the lights ever go out? Do you end up staring into the darkness, unable to sleep and unable to turn the lights on?
We are having a bit of a nightmare.
DS tried to fix the toilet. Which he did, it flushes beautifully. BUT…….
The pipe connecting the toilet to the mains didn’t like being taken apart, and is leaking badly. It is a very old, very old fashioned fitting, with which we had to improvise when we renovated the house.
As of now, we have no water.
We have bought some large bottles of water, but I cannot use the washing machine, and I couldn’t have a bath after work.
Tomorrow DS will try again……even if he can’t fix it, he will at least be able to buy a thingy to block off the leaking pipe so we can turn the water on again. Hopefully!
Lady Hawke, you must be fuming. xx
Oh, and to make life even more fun, no water means no central heating, so it’s getting a bit nippy. We have just the electric fire in the living room.
ASTI, I would much rather have my cable woes than your plumbing ones. Living with no water is desperate as people in the northeast of this country are learning the hard way. No power and no water and no gas. When that happened to us we were evacuated from our home.
The cable guy finally showed up. He was actually quite nice and helpful but did explain that the supervisor has been off work and when the supervisor is off work people call in sick. There are meant to be twelve people on duty on Saturday and today they only have five.
Our trouble was our fault but the cable company’s responsibility. Our crazy maniac of a girl Shetland Sheepdog had dug up a cable several months ago. It was shallowly buried and she had found it when attempting to escape the backyard. This was maybe four to six months ago. I called the local “Call before you dig” number and they told me if we still had power, cable and internet it was probably the old telephone line cable. Since we don’t have a land line it didn’t matter to us.
However, it seems the dog has continued to chew the line she found. She finally managed to strip the cable down to the core. That was why we still had cable but it was intermittent.
Happily, since the problem was outside our walls it is their problem. They didn’t have the cable buried deeply enough. So, they have to come back and bury it. In the meantime we have the new cable buried in some chicken wire.
I am still completely displeased about how far out we had to make our appointment. I am very unhappy about them waking us up at 7:30 in the morning for an appointment that didn’t happen until 3PM. They harassed us constantly to make sure we would be here or were here and then they felt no responsibility to be here themselves.
Lady Hawke Some service providers don’t seem to understand the meaning of the word “service”.
The main lights are dimmed but the glass-panelled doors let in light from the corridor. I don’t remember any sleepless nights but I did react badly to some medication I was on which wound me up instead of inducing calm. It is not a time that I look back on with pleasure, but being in a ward with others was not part of the problem.
Asti Poor you, what a time of year for this to happen! You have something in common with New Yorkers, no water, no heat.
I’ve been watching Twilight again tonight, I just love that film! My neighbour indicated yesterday that she will be happy to see Breaking Dawn 2 with me after the rush is over.
The time changed so that meant I was up even earlier than I expected. I have changed the time on my clocks. My checks were deposited a day early this month. It might have been because of the weekend. At any rate, I was glad to see it.
My brother and sister-in-law came to see me yesterday. Usually it is just my brother but he totaled his car recently so my sister-in-law drove him down. We had a very good visit. She got a Kindel Fire so has talked me into getting the new one for myself. I have been on the fense about getting it but with so much more that it can do, I think I will get myself one for Christmas.
Jen and I went shopping later. It was raining so I wouldn’t drive so she took me. I was able to get the shoes/boots I wanted. They are so comfortable that they will not have to be broken in. They are the soft leather is probably why they don’t feel like new shoes. i was able to get a new coat too. I got a jacket that had zero something or other. It is meant to be worn in cold weather but it is so light. Not only is it warm but it does not look bulky on. I’m pleased with it since it is casual but still looks dressy. I was also pleased that they both were on sale so I got both for the price I figured I would have to pay for one.
Well my granddaughter is coming here to stay until the closing on my daughter’s home. She was staying at my other daughter’s but her room is just too cold. She is staying in the room where my computer was when I was staying there. It got so cold that I couldn;t be on the computer for just a few minutes because I was so cold. So much for my closing off a large part of my house this winter to keep the heat bill low. I don’t have a seperate bedroom for her. I am debating on giving up my bedroom to my daughter and letting her have my daughter’s bedroom. I guess I will have to decide whether she needs privacy more than myself. Since I was planning on staying in the front for the winter it won’t matter too much. The biggest problem will be when her boyfriend comes over. I need somewhere to go to give them a little privacy.
Lady Hawke Glad you got your cable problem straightened out. I need to see if my internet will support streaming to the Kindel. You have to have so much broadband in order to steam movies without a problem. For some reason, I haven;t stream any movie to either my internet or to the TV.
Graymayne I need to re watch the Twilight Movies again in preparation for Breaking Dawn part 2. Jen is going with me and probably my granddaughters too.
Asti I hope your water problems get settled quickly. Didn’t you have something wrong with your heat last winter? It is hard to cut down to one bathroom when you are use to haveing two. I use to have three when all the girls lived at home. Now I have just one which is no problem when it is just me here. Now for a couple of months, it will become a problem again. It is looking like Jen will be here for 6 weeks or longer. It is according to how long it takes to get all the inspections done at the house she is buying.
COOLG, I would tell you to choose the housing situation that makes you the most comfortable, not what suits your daughter or your granddaughter. It is your house and they are temporary visitors you are accommodating. (I would send your granddaughter and her boyfriend off somewhere else to find privacy for themselves.) You shouldn’t have to remake your house and make yourself uncomfortable every time someone else in you family changes their living arrangements. It is okay for you to be comfortable in your own house and to be able to pay the heating bills. Is anyone going to help you with that? I’m not saying not to let them come. I’m saying you shouldn’t be the one inconvenienced or caught out financially. Okay…I’ve probably said more than enough. I love you.
I saw one of those “zero something” jackets somewhere. I can’t remember what the term was either. They look nice. I would really like some really soft boots or shoes too. Soft usually means suede and that doesn’t do well in the wet so I know you must have found some kid leather boots.
I have laundry to do today. I did almost nothing productive yesterday. I had to carry my phone around in my hand so I wouldn’t miss the call from the cable company. You don’t get much done carrying your phone.
My DS’s back is trying to go out. He didn’t do anything in particular to hurt himself. It just seems to be slipping out of place. So, he had me go get a walker out of the garage. He had one after he was hospitalized years ago when his back did go out very badly. So, in addition to doing laundry I can see this is likely to be a fetching and carrying day.
I have water, heat, a fully functioning toilet, and a very useful DS! We are drawing up a bath rota, I am cuddling a radiator, and am even contemplating the washing basket with something approaching glee!
Lady Hawke Here is what I got. The jacket is the black one. It really looks good on you. I posted on FB to make it easier to see and go to site. You are right about the granddaughter. So far I haven’t done anything to make it convientent for her to stay here. She could stay at her Dad’s if she wanted to. I just hate the thought of boyfriends coming over all the time. I have already done that with the girls when they were dating.
Asti Great mews.
Asti I meant to tell you that I started teaching my daughters to cook at your daughter’s age. I think I was 10 when I started cooking. By 11 I was fixing complete meals. It is a big help. My oldest daughter learned how to cook meals. Jennifer did mainly desserts. By the time I taught Beth, I made sure she could do all. You have to go thru some desaters along the way. I remember Becky salted her spagetti twice. You could barely eat it. I had to eat a lot of beanie weines with Beth but they are great cooks today.
COOLG, I’m glad you don’t feel committed to making things “cushy” for the granddaughter. It is sort of presumptuous for her to take your room so she can have privacy with her boyfriend. It might be different if he was her husband and they were staying with you for awhile. He is just her boyfriend. She is not entitled to privacy with him at your expense in your home, especially if it makes you uncomfortable physically or emotionally. If you aren’t personally thrilled about the boyfriend coming, don’t feel pressured to make it easy.
I’ll go to Facebook and look at your stuff. It is easier just to click on a link there. I wish we could click on links here.
ASTI, I learned to do basic cooking in Girl Scouts when I was about nine years old. My mother really put me through some work to get that badge. I could have done a half hearted job and still have met the requirements but she made sure I knew measurements and conversions. She made sure I knew what each cooking term meant and how to produce it.
The holiday season when I was 13 we were in the process of moving house. We still had our previous home and had purchased a second home and were preparing it to move in while the first one was on the market. My mother told me she was busy cleaning, painting, etc. If I wanted Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner, and holiday cookies and cakes it was up to me. So, at 13 I took on the big holiday cooking. After that mother and I shared holiday cooking duties and I cooked fun exotic meals on weekends for fun.
I like the jacket and the boots. It is hard to tell how soft the boots are from the picture.
I have not had a new winter coat in thirty years. It is a car coat length heavy nubby black wool cape. Down here we don’t wear them every day during the winter. Mostly mine rides around in the backseat of the car for “in case” I am out and the car breaks down and I have to walk. So, I’m still going on my coat from college. I do have a floor length black wool cape I can wear if I need to be dressed up. If I need to be warm and dressed up the cape can go over the coat. I like capes because my arms always seem to feel restricted in coats. My arms are long so both my shirt sleeves and my coat sleeves always seem to be a little too short. So, if I put a standard coat on top of already too short sleeves I am uncomfortable.
Lady Hawke check your cable bill. There is something hidden in there called a “franchise fee” or something similar. Basically it is the fee that you are charged which is turned over to the geopolitical area (usually county or city) government for allowing your cable company to have the cable monopoly in that area.
Mine is $7.24. It allows them to legally treat you any way they want, as long as the county or city gets their cut. Isn’t that a sweet deal for someone? ;)
Cool G I couldn’t see either link. One said that I was not allowed to see the image and the other said that the web page had been taken down. I am sure they were both beautiful, though. ;)
I agree with Lady Hawke about your family. I know they have had a bit of a rough patch lately, but it is still your home and they are using you as a convinient place to squat while other things are beiing straightened out. What would they do if you were not there? Would they move in with your other daughter? Would they rent a hotel room? Would they go to an “extended stay” hotel? We know you love them, but you shouldn’t rearrange your living situation to accommodate your grown children. It is their turn to consider your comfort and your needs. ;)
COOLG, I’m saying if your daughter and granddaughter come, let them sleep on the couch, sleeping bag or air mattress. You keep your bed and your privacy and if someone needs to store something in a storage locker, let it be them and not you. Don’t open the whole house to accommodate them unless they pay you for the difference in the heating bill.
We had to move in with my parents when our house sold unexpectedly after nine months on the market. When it sold it sold on the contingency we would get out in two weeks. We moved into my old bedroom and the guest room. We did not bring anything personal that took up space in any of my parent’s area of the house. We stored our furniture and our things and arrived with our suitcases. toiletries, and our TV, computer and DVD player. We had cable put in my parent’s house for internet service and we paid for it. I cooked dinner and when I was cooking food of my choice I shopped for it myself. My DS is always on a diet so he wasn’t eating what the rest of us ate anyway. People shouldn’t just move in on you without contributing monetarily and/or with effort.
DEANIE, I’ve sent an email to you which includes the links as COOLG made them on Facebook. Maybe you can see them that way.
I have had a fun afternoon, relishing running water and a warm house. I’m seriously impressed with my DS’s plumbing skills. Even he thought we woild be ringing a plumber.
Lady Hawke and CoolG, I am very much enjoying cooking with my daughter. My son has serious issues with food, still won’t eat most things, and views mealtimes with trepidation, so it is a real treat to have a small person so enthusiastic about both what she eats and how it is prepared. Very often she will come and ask if she can help me cook tea, and she just loves asking questions and learning. It is great fun!
Lady Hawke, my Mum has a long black cape that I remember from my childhood. She still wears it……. It looks very good with her “work uniform!”
I am happy to report that we had a surprise today when we went to an inn by the River Severn which has been serving excellent carvery meals for probably twenty years. We didn’t book a table, we just set off on a sudden whim but when we arrived it was immediately obvious that noticeable changes had been made to the car park and the access steps to the inn and the outside seating, then when we entered we were hard put not to gape at the inside transformation which must have cost serious money. The most satisfactory aspect was the fact that everything had been done with good taste and a respect for the age of the building, even to keeping the real fireplaces. An extension had been added to provide an extra dining area with generous windows overlooking the river and an outside terrace with tables and chairs. The gilt on the gingerbread was the menu content which was imaginative and rather more upmarket than we might have anticipated, we ordered the traditional roast dinners that we had mentally prepared for without even consulting the menu. Apparently the inn had only been in business in its new format for two weeks so it was very busy with people keen to check it out. This means that we now have four venues to choose from for our special occasions!
Here is the link http://www.brunningandprice.co.uk/woodbridge/
The latest series of Downton Abbey has just concluded but they will be screening a Christmas episode like they did last year.
GRAYMAYNE, we never saw the Christmas Show of Downton Abbey here. We have no idea what happened at Christmas.
It is very nice to be pleasantly surprised. I have learned it is very unusual to have a happy surprise.
Graymayne: I noticed that the inn was sitting in a valley. Is this normal for the Severn or does it flow
through mostly flatland?
Ironsos In my county of Shropshire the river meanders across the Shrewsbury Plain before being squeezed by Ironbridge Gorge and the Severn Valley. During the Industrial Revolution the river used to carry coal and pottery downstream from Ironbridge but the railways put an end to that. There is no longer any river traffic here because it is too shallow but further south Gloucester is a port. If you request images of the River Severn on Google you will get a good idea of its variations. It forms a natural barrier between England and Wales as it flows south from its source in Wales and is subject to flooding when there is prolonged heavy rain in Wales. Wikipedia is quite helpful too.
GRAYMAYNE, that is the inn I am most familiar with. I can even tell they have made quite a change in the outside seating and it is much more attractive. I wish they had oriented all the tables so everyone dining outside had a view of the river. Instead, some people are seated with their backs to the water, facing the hill behind the inn.
What is fidget pie?
What are the other three places? This is the one I have explored most frequently.
I started looking up recipes. I found one for fidget pie which was Hairy Biker’s Shropshire Fidget Pie.
It calls for Sweetcure gammon. So, I had to look for what sweetcure gammon is. As best I can tell the most equivalent item we have here is called Honeybaked ham. I base this on the fact the ingredients for Sweetcure gammon are pork joint, salt and honey. Those are the same ingredients for Honeybaked ham.
I was surprised to see no onions mentioned in the recipe. With potatoes, apples and ham I would certainly also use onions.
I noted the Sweetcure gammon was packaged for Christmas. Our Honeybaked ham, while available year round, is most closely associated with the holidays. They are even spiral sliced so all you have to do is pull slices loose in a spiral instead of carving them. It is quite expensive compared to a normal piece of ham one might purchase.
asti congrats on being back in the 21st century. flush toilet and heating is pure luxury when you’ve had to do without it for a while.
my mum taught me to cook from a very young age. ..in particular we used bake every week from being 3 or 4 years old. it came in really handy when my dad was ill as my mum spent most of her time at the hospital so my sister and I used to cook tea every night. It was really basic stuff and I’m sure everyone was pretty fed up with pasta, toad in the hole and roast dinners . . .but at least my mum didnt have to worry whether we where eating right. It was a bit of a steep learning curve for my sister and I. Its ok cooking the odd meal here and there, but really different when you are doing it every night for months. We had some pretty spectacular disasters – especially when we were learning how to make sure that all the different parts of the meal where ready at the same time.
Ladyhawke I cant even respond to your cable issues because the service you get from those type of companies make me so mad. I would spend the rest of the night ranting at you and that wouldnt be good for either of us :-)
graymayne looks like my project in shrewsbury will be kicking off in a couple of months so I might be travelling down to your neck of the woods every month until May next year. Hopefully it means we can arrange a couple of catch ups