Thursday, 13 May 2010

A slight hitch, Part 3.

I haven't written anything for a while as I've been lacking in inspiration due to feeling a bit "Meh!". As mentioned in A slight hitch, Part 2. I was ordered to withdraw all of mum's supplements pending investigation by a NHS Dietician. The only thing that I was allowed to continue giving her was smoked salmon for her sandwiches as it's food.

After a long delay, I finally got to see the Dietician, but she was about as useful as a chocolate teapot (she didn't know what half the supplements were), so I had to apply to the Court of Protection to become mum's Deputy so that I would have authority to give her supplements. The forms were returned a week or so later as the financial evidence that I had attached to claim fee exemption was too old. Pah! I received a new P60 in the middle of April, so I re-submitted the forms with a copy of that attached. I phoned the Court on 12th May as I hadn't had any written response and was told that they had received my forms on 21st April and that it could take up to 21 weeks to reach a verdict.

In the meantime, I have to watch mum's mental faculties deteriorate knowing that there are supplements that have helped her brain in the past but I'm not allowed to give them to her. That kinda sucks. Now that there is some sun, I am taking mum onto the patio of the new nursing home around midday to get some UVB, but as she feels the cold more than she used to, only her hands & face are exposed at the moment.

Mum moved to the new nursing home on March 15th and her physical condition has improved thanks to the staff at the new place exercising her. She has regained the use of her left hand (which went floppy at the wrist in November '09 for no apparent reason) and has been walking with the aid of a tri-walker & assisted by a carer since April 16th. The food is better quality and she also gets regular aromatherapy hand massages which she enjoys. That's something to be grateful for.

EDIT: Due to a stress-related health problem in June, I had to cancel my application to become mum's Deputy. I did what I could. I can't do any more. Que sera, sera.

4 comments:

Bill said...

Let's hope for some warm sunny weather around midday, so your mum can get the vitamin D she must desperately need. Surely this cold snap must end soon.
21 weeks delay FFS!
All the best in your endeavours Nige.

Steve Cooksey said...

Wishing you and your mum all the best! I know personally how frustrating the situation can be.

dextery said...

Nigel,

Is it possible to use a syringe to inject liquid Vit D3 into the smoked salmon? Suck it out of a gelcap with the syringe?

Dexter

Nigel Kinbrum said...

Hi Dexter.

It's possible as I have a friend who has access to unlimited sterile barrels & needles, but someone at the care home might spot oil leaking out of a needle hole in an unopened vacuum pack of salmon and I'll be in trouble.

Nige.