This week has zipped by like a gnat on speed but I’m not entirely sure what it is I’ve been filling my time with. Had my 6 monthly dental checkup (people with EDS need more regular check-ups than healthy people) and need yet another filling. Oh joy. All my molars were filled by the time I was 20, and now I’m nearly 50 they’re so old they’re having to be replaced.
My big news of the week is that on Thursday we received the results of my Dad’s CT scan, which showed absolutely nothing. You’d think this would be great news, but the Psychiatrist still thinks my Dad has Alzheimer’s and it’s just too early to be showing yet. She’s arranging for him to see a Clinical Psychologist for some further indepth memory and functioning tests, which we’re hoping once and for all will give us a firm diagnosis. The diagnosis is important, because if he does have Alzheimer’s he can be started on drugs to slow down the progression of the disease.
Alzheimer’s is a notifiable disease to the DVLA, so the Psychiatrist has referred my Dad for a driving assessed by a specialist team that deal with people who have medical conditions. My Dad has occasionally driven right through red traffic lights like they don’t exist, so I’m relieved something is finally being done about his competence on the roads. Having his licence taken away will cause huge issues though as my Mum no longer drives and it’s not like Cumbria has great public transport. There is a town bus, which my Mum can’t access as she can’t walk far enough to get to the nearest stop and Dad is no longer strong enough to push her in a wheelchair, and if they want to go outside town they’d be scuppered because the distances involved in living here make taxis cost prohibitive and there are no buses whatsoever. It will just put more strain on me to chauffeur them around.
Even though I was expecting the news it still came as a shock and I felt quite overwhelmed by the situation on Friday, knowing that the responsibility of caring for him will fall on me. My lovely best mate rung me though and just having a chat and a laugh with her helped perk me up again – without her support I would feel absolutely and utterly alone.
It’s been 2 months now since my insurance company decided to take a third of my income off me, as outlined in this post, and I’m getting nowhere in trying to sort it out. My insurance company first tried to pay me less money in 2011. I took the case to the Financial Ombudsman and won. My insurance company were told to re-instate my money in full, which is a legally binding Decision. I have no idea why they’re now breaking the law by taking my money off me again. I immediately wrote to the Financial Ombudsman to inform them of the situation but have heard absolutely nothing. I rang on Friday but you never get to speak to the Adjudicators and always just have to leave a message. I said I was in financial difficulty and needed them to ring me back that day but of course they didn’t. Ombudsman’s Decisions are enforceable by the Courts, so my next option is to get my Solicitor on the case. He’s been on holiday but is back on Monday, so I’ll ring him and ask his opinion. Luckily (or unluckily whichever way you want to look at it) I’ve had to use my Solicitor for various things over the last 30 years so he does actually know me and I feel comfortable talking to him. It could take months and months to sort out though and the entire time I’m living on fresh air. With everything else going on my life I don’t sodding well need the stress, I really don’t.
To take my mind off everything, I’ve been experimenting with my photographs in my spare bedroom, which last year I dismantled being as though I never have visitors to stay overnight (in fact I never have visitors full stop) and turned into a little studio. Next season at Camera Club one of the competitions in on the theme of fruit and this is my interpretation. I’ve made it smaller to put online, which seems to’ve made the black background a bit weird, but it’s just totally black in ‘real’ life. Disclaimer: no snails were hurt in the taking of this photo and were put back in my garden to decimate my Hostas after the event 😉