Friday, 29 May 2020
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Welcoming life despite difficulties
It’s been a long day having first woken up at 00:30 unable to feel the right hand-side of my body. It was safe to remain in bed rather than seek support by life line service.
I took this approach because when medics had attended previously, it was decided that these experiences are common to myself and therefore no further action is required. By around 2 am I managed to return to sleep and being awoken by dawn chorus at 4:09 I stayed awake since.
At 9:30 my support worker Claire, arrived and we went on a supportive trip to purchase supplies for my lockdown project. Those eagle-eyed could have spotted it in the background of my video at 4:35.
Support worker Monika and I have discussed when the big reveal will be for my lockdown project. Stay tuned to find out.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Saturday, 23 May 2020
Friday, 22 May 2020
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Monday, 18 May 2020
Lockdown but not for much longer
Today I’ve been working on my lockdown project with the support from Claire and encouragement from Monika. The lockdown project which will be revealed soon is taking shape. My support dogs Sophie and Luke are watching closely and supervise the work so it’s at a good standard.
We’ve had a lot of work to do which keeps us away from mischief. Stay tuned to this channel to learn more.
Thursday, 14 May 2020
There’s no place like home
I continue to liaise with Leicestershire Police and other agencies in respect of incidents across Winstanley Ward Braunstone Town. With their being no council meetings to physically attend, all meetings are now being held by Zoom.
Monika and myself have taken part in a number of practice meetings so all participants are familiar with the software and as how to engage. I prefer meetings to be held this was after my initial reservations. They are far more engaging as I feel safe and much more relaxed at home.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
If you think lockdown was bad, try living with Luke
It’s been a busy few days. We’ve been receiving several deliveries and the curtain twitching neighbours could think something dodgy was going on in my garden. I have bought a lot of things on-line, sometimes being stuck at home for half a day so as not to miss a 4-hour delivery window. The deliveries were of the components for my special lockdown project which will be revealed in a week or two.
In other news, I do wish Luke; the French bulldog’s flatulence problems will be gone soon. You can smell him from 200 yards, and it is one of the things I can’t escape from during lockdown. I love the dog to pieces, but I do not want to share his personal issues. He does not understand the concept of personal space either, I’d like him to keep his bodily smells to himself.
I’m still missing going to the gym but support worker Monika has been assisting me with health and fitness by assuring I get a good deal of exercise in the evening by walking the dogs. Hopefully, I’ll manage to keep away the 2 stones of weight I have lost recently rather than putting them back on.
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
I have had a terribly busy day. I've liaised with many different external agencies.
It started with me having a seizure, not a
genuinely nice experience but one has to tolerate such situations (one uses the
word ‘tolerate’ somewhat loosely, what other choice does one have). I have
spoken on the telephone to the GP and I am now waiting for a telephone
consultation with the Neurology Consultant as my seizure frequency and severity have increased.
Thankfully, the seizures have been witnessed by my Support Workers and they are
keeping incident diaries which should help the medical professionals.
I have liaised with Leicestershire Police
in respect of an unpleasant situation on my
ward (Winstanley Ward, Braunstone Town Council ) and I have responded to emails
from constituents of Braunstone Town and Leicester Forest East,
my Support Team and I continue to support constituents through the Corona Virus/Covid 19 Pandemic. .
In addition, I have been discussing case work with the Social Services Safeguarding
Team at County Hall and have completed administration tasks and online shopping
with Support Worker Claire. Support Worker Monika has been busy this evening
and I have been liaising with Support Worker Julian by phone. My Support Dogs (Luke the
French Bulldog & Sophie the Jack Russell Terrier) have found themselves a
new friend in the twelve-month-old Cockapoo visiting my next-door neighbour. This
canine encounter is somewhat humorous as Luke is eighteen months old, is adventurous and has
reached sexual maturity, I’m sure you don’t need me to draw you a picture but
let’s just say that thankfully the Cockapoo bitch has been spayed and Luke
remains a cumbersome Frenchie virgin.
I end the day feeling somewhat unwell but reasonably
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