. . . However, the day has improved. As usual, I was awake a couple of hours in the night again, and ended up writing down everything that was going through my mind. I had a phone call from the Hospital yesterday, to say they had had a further cancellation and we could have the appt with the Consultant bought forward to tomorrow. Still 10 a.m. which is a push for us living 45 miles away and Keith isn't too mobile first thing. We'll manage - we have to.
One of the things which hit me in the night was the fact we had upped Keith's dairy intake to try and get weight back on him. Yesterday Keith had cheese on toast for breakfast, and later we tried the whey protein which Tam had left us at the weekend, mixed with full cream milk. Keith had a small glass at teatime, but then later on we really struggled to get him up to bed as his balance was so bad. He had some cheese biscuits in the evening too and that really increased saliva production. I have read that too much dairy prevents the Parkinsons medication from working efficiently and I think that we need to cut right back and see if it makes a difference. Today he's only had a little milk in his tea and I did him the fluffiest omelette for his breakfast.
The District Nurse has just called, and will be back later. We were chatting outside and I mentioned the LPAs and blimey, she can help with that. Then she asked about carers and of course I told her I was a one man show, which really surprised her. She is going to sort that out too and get in touch with Social Services., It does seem to me, if you are a professional, you can make things happen - get the attention of Social Services etc - in a way that I as an individual can't. I had left a couple of phone messages but then decided Danny & Emma would be here in January, so I just had to slog on till then.
I am just sat down watching Bargain Hunt with Keith, and we are doing our usual "DON'T buy that" and "HOW much?!!" or "I wouldn't buy that". I will get back to he cake I began mixing earlier (Chocolate Apple Cake to use up some stewed blackberry and apple I had in the fridge and needs using.) I have apples to stew up as well, after being given that huge bag last week. Oh and I have mandarin oranges to use up too from a tin opened and put in a cup, and those will be a Mandarin Orange Cake.
I even made progress with a brick wall for my Adams Family in Plymouth - Non-Conformists are always wriggly worms - and now it looks like they came from Cornwall. I shall do some more research later - I have been looking up all the Adams names in the censuses and will be mapping out different families/occupations/areas of Plymouth area in a "Spider" later. The ones I need most are the Carpenters with Plymstock and Charles the Martyr Plymouth and have found what may be a brother now, of my g.g. grandfather.
So, we shall see what transpires with today's developments.