#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

January 2023 Weekend Coffee Share #101

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that things have been a little rough still. Still no heat or hot water most days. We shouldn’t have to live this way.

I haven’t written much in the last 3 weeks. Actually, I haven’t written anything at all. Bad time of year for me, but I did get to see my son and partner, and it has been about a year since the last time I saw them. I got to see most of my family at some point during those couple of weeks around Christmas and New Year’s.

The facility is filling up fast now. And they aren’t hiring new help to keep up with it, and the help keeps quitting. I get my bedtime medicines very late, and it takes about an hour to take all the treatments and meds. I am exhausted. Plus, the medicines make me drowsy, so I am tired all day. We are losing all of our old nurses, and these new nurses don’t know what they are doing. This place has me stressed out. I keep running out of meds, and they just blame the pharmacy, but we are stuck with this pharmacy.

Our dining room is supposed to be two shifts when full, but it can barely hold a third of us now. I don’t know what they plan on doing once we are full at 150 plus. Most people have walkers or wheelchairs and need them, so there is no place to park them now. What happens once we are full? Things were not thought out, and they had a whole year while I waited for them to open to be working on this, and instead, they waited until the last minute.

I was supposed to have my room cleaned today, but that didn’t happen. If it did, it was while I was out, and they didn’t empty the trash. I hate to have to complain about this to management, but sometimes it gets to the point that I have no choice but to complain. The thing is, it doesn’t really help. I am stuck here as there is nowhere else I can go. The thought of living here long term is not a happy one, and by the time I need long-term nursing care in a nursing home, it will only be worse. Most people don’t have to worry about nursing homes and assisted living until they are at least in their mid 70s and older, but I am just 66 and already stuck in this rut.

Have a great week, everyone. Happy New Year.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

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#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

December 2022 Weekend Coffee Share #99

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that things have been a little rough. Today my blood sugar bottomed out after they decided to increase my insulin. Not a good thing and can be quite dangerous. I have no idea why they increased it. The nurse was worried and she is trying to get them to have different meals for those of us with diabetes. Probably not going to happen since they take the easiest way around making our meals. We are supposed to have “gourmet” food, but it is stuff that is packaged. They lie on their website. If she hadn’t caught it when she did, it could have been a lot worse, and I no longer have a meter to test my sugar on my own. It is checked by them only (they use my meter, and it is locked up in their medication carts). The way they were doing it was working fairly well, but this isn’t a good way to do things. Breakfast is very low carb unless they have pancakes or waffles or a breakfast sandwich. Today was scrambled eggs (no carbs), with half a banana, and some juice, and I made myself eat half a slice of toast although I didn’t want it. It wasn’t enough carbs for the insulin though.

Although we had hot water most of the week, there were a couple of times we didn’t still. They haven’t fixed the problem.

I have been playing Scrabble a lot, so my writing has slowed down, and so has my reading. I will get tired of it eventually, but for now, I am hooked on it.

The facility is filling up fast now. And they aren’t hiring new help to keep up with it. I get my bed medicines very late, and it takes about an hour to take all the treatments and meds. I am exhausted. Plus, the medicines make me drowsy, so I am tired all day.

They also changed our shower and laundry days. I need help showering and dressing, so I want my shower at night. That way I don’t have to dress twice a day and the day shift think they are above doing things like that, although it is their job as well. Hopefully, once we are full, it won’t be as bad. They won’t have to constantly change things around. Although we aren’t even half full yet so, they had better start working on filling up the help roster. I don’t know what they are waiting for. Our dining room is supposed to be two shifts when full, but it can barely hold a third of us now. I don’t know what they plan on doing once we are full at 150 plus. Most people have walkers and need them, so there is no place to park them now. What happens once we are full? Things were not thought out, and they had a whole year while I waited for them to open to be working on this, and instead, they waited until the last minute.

We are losing our good nurses, and the replacements aren’t so great. There are a few good ones, but we are losing the good ones all the time. Same with the aides. In some cases, I don’t blame them. Rather than hiring dining room help, they expect the nurses and aides to do the work over and above their regular duties. We are supposed to have housekeeping, but if you want your room clean, you have to do it yourself and we don’t have cleaning supplies since we shouldn’t need them. I am lucky if I get my trash taken out. I just washed the sink today. Housekeeping doesn’t do it, and they don’t clean the toilet. This is one of the better places in the area so I can’t imagine what living elsewhere would be like.

Have a great week, everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

December 2022 Weekend Coffee Share #98

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that things are somewhat better. I hope this is a change for the better although we have no hot water most of the time and that is not cool. At the moment it is hot. Hope it stays that way. This has been going on for months now.

NaNoWriMo ended at 46,444 words out of the 50,000 goal. Better than I expected to be honest.

I have been playing Scrabble on my iPad so far. Still have a lot to learn about using it.

Now that I am writing more I am reading less which is good and bad. I miss doing both so trying to do them both.

They are cutting down on the amount of time that we are playing BINGO and the ladies do not like it. I don’t blame thme because I feel the same way.

Have a great week, everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

November 2022 Weekend Coffee Share #97

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that things are going downhill fast here at the facility. We have nasty, rude nurses who are deliberately spiteful. Something needs to be done about it. They forget to give us our meds and hate to be reminded of them. They are supposed to follow a computer-run program, but they still screw things up. And they take it out on us.

I am enjoying the tv, and now I can write and watch/listen to tv at the same time. NaNoWriMo is almost done, and I doubt I will make the full 50,000 words that is the goal. I am writing, though, and I am still doing my prompts.

I just ordered an iPad 10.2. I had to spend the money from selling my car because it put me over my Medicaid monetary limit. I don’t know if I need to buy anymore or not. They finally took my rent out of my account by autopay. Between selling the car and them not taking my rent out, they put me over my limit, and hopefully, Medicaid will not penalize me as it wasn’t my fault.

The Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t as big of a disaster as I expected, but it was still a problem, and one of the residents had some type of medical emergency and they had to fight to get her out of the crowded room, and they didn’t have a wheelchair, so they had to carry her out by the chair she was sitting in. I think she might be in the hospital as I haven’t seen her since then. I dread Christmas if they decide to do the same thing again, and the more people we have, the harder it will be.

Have a great week, everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

November 2022 Weekend Coffee Share #96

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that we finally have hot water and can take showers in our own rooms. Yeah!

Each day seems like the one before it. Not much variety in life right now. I have a new tv now and can watch tv now instead of just Amazon Prime on my computer. It is a 50-inch tv, and it is great.

NaNoWriMo is coming along slowly still.

My desk is finally together. Now I have space to do things besides just work on my computer. I can color or do puzzles, and there is room for my organizer, and I can write in it lying flat instead of jammed sideways in between my keyboard and my printer.

Tomorrow is our Thanksgiving celebration which is going to be a big disaster. They allowed families to come, and there isn’t enough room for all of us and our walkers to get through because of the table setups. Plus, it is a buffet, and most of us can’t carry plates and push our walkers when there is no room between all the chairs. Inviting the families was ridiculous. We have enough trouble with just the residents. I can’t wait until it is over. I wish I could avoid all the disastrous drama tomorrow.

Have a great week, everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

November 2022 Weekend Coffee Share #95

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that we still do not have hot water, but they promised the part for Monday.

The resident amount is rising, and we are still understaffed. Our BINGO games are getting bigger, and we keep running out of chips to use.

NaNoWriMo is coming along, but 50,000 words for the month, that is a lot of words.

I sold my car yesterday and, I started to spend the money as I have to spend it per Medicaid. I can’t have too much money in my bank account. I have a tv to get hung up. It is a Roku tv. I also bought a new computer chair and it is very comfortable. Plus I bought a new walker and I ordered a computer desk. Now I just have to get most of it put together. The walker was together and my daughter put the computer chair together since my other one broke. That leaves mounting the tv on the wall and putting together the desk once it arrives.

My only granddaughter and her first dance. She’s turning into a beautiful young lady. She’s almost 17 now.

Have a great week, everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

November 2022 Weekend Coffee Share #94

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that we still do not have hot water. Still dragging our shower stuff over to the other building. It is the weekend now, so it won’t be fixed this week.

They have started a new computer-style system for the facility nurses, and things are going crazy as they get used to it. Meds that were always late are now even later with the new system.

Started NaNoWriMo, and have about 5000 plus words so far. Need a total of 50,000 for the month though and that is a lot of words.

They have added some more BINGO games to the schedule. That makes us BINGO players happy.

My youngest daughter visited with my youngest grandson on Halloween, but he wouldn’t wear his costume to show me. Here is a picture of him that my daughter sent.

Have a great week, everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

October 2022 Weekend Coffee Share #93

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that for over a month, we have had no hot water in the mornings, and then it became an all-day problem, and now we have to go to the other building to take a shower. What a pain! The heat isn’t working either. Everything needs parts.

My arms finally stopped hurting from the two vaccines I got. I get insulin shots, and it was hard to find places that didn’t already hurt so I could get my insulin.

It is almost time for NaNoWriMo, and I will try rewriting my memoir for it this time. I haven’t entered in a while.

I went through the hassle of getting approval for the extra miles for the medical transportation, and what I feared happened. They moved back to the other office, so it has to be redone.

We had a hallway trick-or-treating for the local community, so I participated by giving out candy. Our activities director did a nice job of setting it all up. They are still trying to get people to participate in the activities. Most people aren’t interested. We play BINGO for BINGO Bucks and can use them to buy things we might need or just want. Not a bad idea.

Have a great week, everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

October 2022 Weekend Coffee Share #92

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that I am still adjusting to the assisted living facility. I know that eventually, I will adjust to it, and it will be less aggravating, but there are many people here now that I don’t like, and I do my best to not show my aggravation with them. I know it is bound to happen with such a large group living together. It bothers me when there is someone I can’t stand, and someone else says, ” Oh, she’s so sweet. I have to keep my mouth shut. I must live here, so I need to make the best of it.

Yesterday I got the Covid booster which is the second booster for the new variant and the flu shot as well. At least there are nurses here if I have a problem like I did with the last booster that landed me in the hospital, although they say it had nothing to do with the booster shot.

I am still writing the prompts, keeping up with them as much as possible, and even adding a new one now and then. I write better with prompts. I have my memoir, which I had written before, but it seems I didn’t so it write according to the editor who read it, so I am doing it again. Slowly though. I am not rushing through it this time.

I finally got the approval for the added miles to my pain management doctor. However, it is only good until they move back to the new office once the repairs are done, and then I will have to do it all over again.

They are trying to find extra activities for us to do. I don’t really care for much other than BINGO. I did try a few though, so my kids would stop bugging me to participate.

Have a great week, everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

October 2022 Weekend Coffee Share #91

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

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Thanks to Natalie, the Explorer, for hosting this prompt.

Grab a chair and something to drink. If you were here, I would tell you that I am still adjusting to the assisted living facility. I hope I will finally adjust to this kind of living one day. It is like living in a hospital all the time. I get my meds from a nurse to ensure I get them, as I forgot them more and more. Someone is constantly in my room for one thing or another. There is a schedule for when we get our room cleaned, and our laundry and bedding washed, but it seems like I always have to argue with the person who should be doing it. Part of the problem is not enough staff, but it is still frustrating.

My daughter is finally over her battle with Covid. And now the facility is urging us to get the new Covid booster vaccine and the flu shot. I never had a flu shot or the flu, and last year I got the flu vaccine and the flu not too long after it. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy with it, although my daughter says it happens all the time since they can’t make a vaccine for all the variants, so the shot should make it less dangerous. I was very sick with the flu and had it for almost a month. I would hate to have it without the vaccine if that made it less. The first Covid Booster made me very sick, and I ended up in the hospital, so I am also leery about getting the new booster. It sounds like they will try and force us to have it since it runs through facilities like this. Right now, we get our temp taken once or twice a day.

I am still writing the prompts and keeping up with them as much as possible, and even added a new one. I write better with prompts.

I have to see pain management every month, and none are within the mile radius of my Medicaid transportation. Though the closest one is my current doctor, which is good, I am trying to get them to allow me the extra miles for the trip since there are no doctors in the area that take my insurance. So far no answer, and my next appointment for my pain medication is 10 days away. Every time I call, they tell me that they haven’t made a decision yet. Sometimes I regret moving here as it has made my life much more difficult in many ways while also making it better.

The 11th was my birthday, and they surprised me with a birthday cake for lunch. They have not done this for anyone else, so that was a complete surprise. Usually, they make one celebration for everyone to share that has a birthday that month. As far as I know, they are still having that since I am not the only birthday in October.

Have a great week, everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/