#WeekendCoffeeShare (October 30, 2021)

Hi everyone. It’s almost 8PM here so I already had my last cup of coffee. Still, I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare. Or Weekend Soft Drink Share for me maybe, although I didn’t have a soft drink this evening either. Instead, I decided to have water with my chips. We have Pringles, the original flavor, so if you’d like some, here you go. Let’s have a drink and a snack and let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that, like I said yesterday, the weather was good most of the week. Partly cloudy, partly sunny with maximum temperatures between 13°C and even a rare 18°C on Thursday. Today though, it was raining most of the day. By early evening though, the rain stopped for a bit.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that, yesterday, I got in over 14K steps thanks to the great weather. Today, I only managed about 6K steps, but I did get in over 250 steps an hour during seven out of the nine hours between 9AM and 6PM. I consider that quite an achievement!

If we were having coffee, I would ask you all to pray for wisdom for both me and my GP with respect to our upcoming appointment regarding my abdominal discomfort. Like I said yesterday, I am grateful my X-ray was normal, but my discomfort is all but gone.

If we were having coffee, I would share that I ended up not pursuing the issue I mentioned yesterday with the €90 software I bought via PayPal from some shady vendor. I did reach the vendor, but he claimed the problem I was experiencing wasn’t on their side, so there’s no way I’ll get my money back. Oh well, I hadn’t had my hopes up too high.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that I finally did start crafting again. The project my staff saw that she brought the supplies in for today, was a polymer clay owl crafted around a metal ring. She also brought a finished owl she’d borrowed from the storekeeper who had inspired her, so that I had an idea what it should look like. It looked very different from how I’d expected it to look. I started working on the project today.

If we were having coffee, lastly I would tell you that my assigned staff, the one who was on sick leave but is slowly recovering, came to the care home for a few hours again today. Remember how I said a few weeks ago that I worried that I caused her burnout by sucking up her energy? Well, she went out of her way to reassure me that I didn’t make her sick.

She also cooked a meal for dinner with another client. It was a potato, leek and mince casserole. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but I did.

How have you been?

21 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (October 30, 2021)

  1. sounds like you’ve been busy and I’m so glad your staff could reassure you … when we get ill it’s usually many factors, no one fault.

    I’m well thanks, I’ve been doing loads of long beach walk but inside today because it’s squally weather. take care 🙂

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    1. Oh, long beach walks sound like so much fun! I hope your weather clears up soon. Thanks for commenting. Yes, I understand they’re likely many factors that contributed to my staff’s illness.

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  2. Crafting is good for the soul! Hope you’ll enjoy it.
    That’s good news about your x-ray! I hope your doctor will come up with ideas of what the problem can be. Abdominal problems can be so disrupting. I have coeliac disease and IBD so I know too much about it… now I seem to have some other intolerance, or possibly my stomach is just upset because of stress related to the pandemic.
    I hope you’ll have a good week!

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    1. Oh, I’m so sorry you have so much abdominal stuff going on. I really hope my doctor can figure out possible next steps indeed. This is a substitute doctor. My regular GP kept saying it’s probably IBS-C and prescribing laxatives, but my symptoms are clearly different and much worse than those I’ve had since like 2007. Anyway, here’s hoping you’ll find some relief from your discomfort too. Have a nice Sunday.


  3. Hi Astrid,
    I connected with your point about your recovering care worker who assured you that it was not you who made her sick. My daughter works (a lot) with a population of developmentally disabled adults and she never – ever comes home tired of her residents and loves them dearly. What sucks the life out of her is when our system of medicine does not work right for them. She struggles to get them the care they need and too often things just will not go right and she comes home frustrated and sometimes angry. But her passion for her residents is never the problem.
    I bet your care worker has something similar going on.

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    1. Thank you so very much for your supportive response re my assigned staff. The reason I was worried that I drained her energy was that’s what I’ve been told before, not in my current place but still, and, indeed, with my challenging behavior (due to, among other things, attachment difficulties), I can imagine I can be a handful. I am so glad though that my staff said she still indeed enjoys working with us clients.


  4. The weather hasn’t been great here, it was so cold today and we’ve had a lot of rain over the past week.
    Well done with your steps.
    Good luck with your GP. I hope you get to the bottom of your pain. x

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    1. Thanks for the compliment on my steps. As for my GP appt, unfortunately he’s just decreasing my laxative, even though the very reason it was upped (by another GP) was the fact that I was having these symptoms. I don’t have my hopes up this will work, but of course it might.


  5. Well done on your steps. I struggle to get steps in. Yay for getting back to crafting. Praying for wisdom for your doctor to find the issue with your stomach. Have a great rest of the week.

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