Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Bad night

I am knackered today!! I was in a deep sleep last night...dreaming something odd (as is my want) when in my dream I heard a strange whistling noise!! The noise was really loud and eventually, in that sleepy way you do, I was pulled from my dream back into the real world and as I lay there I could still hear this really loud whistling noise. Now, those of you that know Chris will know that he snores....and I mean SNORES!! (Think creature from the black lagoon). At first I thought the noise was coming from him (he has had a cold for about two months and I thought it was his blocked nose)....and then....

He snored and the whistle noise happened at the same time....erm, it's not possible to breathe through your mouth and make a whistle noise through your nose at the same time. I sat up and listened trying to figure out where this noise was coming from....and then I realised....

It was the bloody cat!!

So a decision has been made....both Gai (the white one) and I are going on a diet in the new year!! (Seriously, I can't believe I was woken up in the middle of the night by our cat snoring!!)

Friday, 18 December 2009


First I want to apologise for my lack of blogging (and commenting).....I just seem to be running about like a headless chicken at the moment!! So, updates....

Well, the interviews went so much better than I had been expecting (I am happy to report that I didn't turn into a blubbering wreck.....although I did have to employ the tactics suggested by the lovely Queenie a couple of times!!). I have now conducted six interviews and I have been completely humbled by the honesty, bravery and humour of the people I have met. (Honestly, with some of the issues they have had to face, I have no idea how they have managed to retain any kind of humour at all!!). They have all made me feel really welcome in their homes and every single one of them has told me how much they appreciate being given the opportunity to talk about their experiences. The stats for the report are coming together and I've managed to identify quite a lot of areas for improvement......some harder to change than others. The good news is there are two or three things that can be changed immediately which will have a big impact so hopefully things will start to improve quite quickly. Queenie suggested that a good way of showing my appreciation for their time was to offer some of mine in return which I thought was a great idea. So I am now going to go and keep one gentleman company for an hour so that his wife can go and get her hair done, I am producing a document that gives step by step instructions on how to access the internet and e-mail for another gentleman and I am going to visit one of the ladies for coffee and a chat in the New Year.

It's not been all work and no play.....Malmesbury held it's annual late opening evening a couple of weeks ago which was just fab!! The main street was closed to traffic and they had set up stalls all along the pavement where you could buy raffle tickets, hot crepes and various Christmas presents. All the shops were open, there was free soup and rolls provided by one of the hotels, you could get free wine and sausage rolls at the bank and the vets were doing free mulled wine. They even had a foam machine set up at the top of the street so that it looked like it was was lovely.

Then last weekend we got a visit from the lovely Susan (that's her and her hubby in the photo) who we've not seen since we left Bangkok. Actually, we've not seen Susan for about 18 months (She moved from Thailand to India and then stayed with us when she came back to Thailand for a holiday) and it was lovely to catch up with her. She arrived Saturday afternoon and headed off again Sunday afternoon after we had had a gorgeous Sunday Roast in the Smoking Dog. The only down side was that all of us had the lurgy in some form or another so it was a bit of a sedate evening.....mind you....we still managed to have some champers so it wasn't all bad!!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Great news, good news and OMG am I going to be able to do this?

Erm, I seem to have lost a year.....If anyone knows where 2009 went can you please point me in the right direction? (Seriously, how the hell can it be December already??)

Anyway, I guess your all wondering what my great news is....well it's the news that our entire class has been given an extension on our Community Profile assignment (You know that odd noise you heard the other day? Well that was me whooping with delight!!). Instead of it being due on the 10th of December (which would have given us a whole three weeks in which to get it done!!) it is now due on the 11th of January (and there was much rejoicing!!). My good news is that, although I have picked an incredibly difficult community to profile, I have managed to find 16 housebound people that are willing to speak to me (they have signed consent forms and everything!!). so, two rather good reasons to be cheerful....but....and there is a rather big but coming....

I hadn't really thought much about how harrowing the stories are going to be! Next Thursday I have a face-to-face interview with a gentleman who is at, what the health professional call, end of life care. His health problems are numerous and, from the little I know, the way he has been treated is absolutely awful. I know that he and his wife are really pleased that his experiences will be used to try and change things but I am really worried about how I'm going to cope with the interview. I know how selfish that sounds but I am a real softie....