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Palerider

Registered User
Aug 9, 2015
2,011
North West
Pleased to hear the staff at the Care Home have the PPE they need @Palerider, that has been an epic fail by this government - they have had since January to prepare for this. A friend of mine works on the wards in our general hospital and she still hasn't got the right kit, but she is being asked to work 7-days a week - it's absolutely shameful. I hope you are faring ok in the circumstances, it must be so difficult not being able to see Mum in these circumstances. I would imagine you are shattered physically and emotionally. Take care of yourself.
Hi @Pete1 yes I am tired its been a long week this last week and things are hotting up. We are now going into overspill with Covid-19 patients and it won't be long before the hospital is flooded with Covids. We are now changing from seperate areas to simply red and green zones and even in green zones surgical masks must be worn at all times, red zones FFP3 masks must be worn. Lots of difficult decision making already unfortunately, but I'd like to reassure TP members these are based on each persons presentation and not just one factor, we have postively treated older people as well as younger ones so far, provided they have no underlying co-morbidities that are contraindicated.

Its hard doing this job and then thinking about mum, because I know full well the consequences. My only wish is that I can see her and visit, thats my only gripe
 

Bikerbeth

Registered User
Feb 11, 2019
1,630
Bedford
I really hope that you will not need that visit to your Mum in these current times in those circumstances. I agree with the others that you made the best decision at the time to keep your Mum safe and well cared for. Your love for your Mum shines through on all of your posts. Just feel for you so much when you are obviously so concerned about your Mum and doing such a fantastic job for the rest of us ‘non key workers’
Stay safe
 

Palerider

Registered User
Aug 9, 2015
2,011
North West
I really hope that you will not need that visit to your Mum in these current times in those circumstances. I agree with the others that you made the best decision at the time to keep your Mum safe and well cared for. Your love for your Mum shines through on all of your posts. Just feel for you so much when you are obviously so concerned about your Mum and doing such a fantastic job for the rest of us ‘non key workers’
Stay safe
Thanks @Bikerbeth, just want to say the reality is that everyone on here that cares for someone is a keyworker and without you guys the system would fall apart and its time that was fully recognised.

Its so difficult and at times like this many of us who are alone get forgotten whether we are still caring or have moved on from direct care. I also think that members of TP have been remarkedly reserved and kept their cool and this is great example for other forums where chaos and fear has ensued -so keep up the resilliance everyone its important not to let fear rule our lives -we shall prevail 😊
 

Jaded'n'faded

Registered User
Jan 23, 2019
947
High Peak
Just heard a bit on the Beeb - they asked care homes and care agencies if they had enough PPE for their needs. 80% said no.

How can we stop the spread if these people (and many are now caring for people who have Covid-19) don't have the equipment to do their jobs?

😡
 

Palerider

Registered User
Aug 9, 2015
2,011
North West
Update from the care home, mum is not eating and drinking and this has been going on now for the last 4 weeks or so and she is loosing weight. I suspect this is another downturn with her Alzheimer's. It seems that things have been spiralling quicker and quicker and I am wondering now if she we see the end of the lockdown. Very emotional and obviously I woulkd give anything to visit her.
 

canary

Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
13,669
South coast
Oh Simon, Im so sorry to hear your news. Im not surprised that you are feeling emotional
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Toony Oony

Registered User
Jun 21, 2016
579
So sorry to hear this about your Mum @Palerider - and know how hard this must be for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Any chance of sending Mum a little goodie package, with a message and picture of you c/o a named carer/manager at the CH? Just a couple of bits that you know may tempt Mum? I had the best success with the very well known (guilt free) brand of tetrapak fruit smoothies - they would be 'postable'. Just a thought.

Take care X
 

Lynmax

Registered User
Nov 1, 2016
579
This is the last thing you need to worry about with your very stressful job as a key worker. I really don't know how you are coping, you must be so tired after a shift at the hospital then probably not sleeping well with worry about your mum.

Is there any food that might tempt her, I seem to remember that she liked cream cakes so maybe one of those luxury yogurts? Or does she have a favourite drink, non alcoholic of course!

The no visitors ban is so hard, I've not seen mum for over two weeks while she is in hospital and it's so hard getting through to the ward as obviously the nurses are so busy.

Take care
 

Palerider

Registered User
Aug 9, 2015
2,011
North West
What another week with work .....and reading stuff on here and on other dementia forums its so hard for everyone now, so I'm posting this again as my own nominated song: