Went to Southend-on-Sea yesterday… 3 sheltered schemes went together… so this was my day:
Firstly a 50 seater ‘luxury’ coach had been ordered but apparently it had broken down so they sent 2 little buses… NOT luxury by any stretch of imagination.
They picked my scheme up first and then went to the second scheme and one of their tenant’s daughter hadn’t arrived yet so we were forced to wait over half an hour for her! We were furious naturally because quite honestly on a trip like that if you’re not there on time it’s too bad. You’ve missed it!
By this time we had already been on the bus three-quarters of an hour!
Then we went to the third scheme and they were of course furious too as they had all been waiting for the bus. Then because the buses were not ‘luxury’ they had trouble getting a very disabled man up the narrow, steep steps.
So we ended up getting to Southend at 10.45… and we had been on the coach since 8.30! Southend is about an hour’s journey from here!!!
Anyway the weather was lovely and it was fun being with my carer (she’s the lady who does my cleaning) but my goodness it all seemed like hard work. I had really had it by 1pm and the coach wasn’t leaving till 4.30 pm!
My buttock pain started almost immediately we were on the bus… which I knew it would as it always does… and lasted until I got home. I took 4 ibuprofin during the day. (and that on top of Amitriptyline) … 2 in morning… 2 in afternoon… and the most they did was take the edge of it for a while. It went right down my leg and was intense pain.
As usual, the second I arrived home and was on Big Bertha, my recliner, the pain stopped!!!
My carer was very nice to be with but she’s so unfocused some of the time it felt a bit perilous in the wheelchair. One time she let go of it completely on a slanting pavement and I literally rolled forward and off the kerb into the road and a man came and saved me!!!
Another time at a crossing she missed the dropped kerb and hit the kerb and I shot forward and the bag on my lap went flying!!!
She was very apologetic but blimey it was a bit scary.
Well there’s the story of my day… of course it included nice stuff… fish and chips and a double-choc ice cream… and it was lovely to see the sea and be outside in the sun… but at same time it was a nightmare. Although have to say throughout all of it there was much giggling… sort of hysterical giggling… traumatised hysterical giggling…
Going to have a very quiet day today as I’m SO tired and have sunburn on arms AND tomorrow I have a pub roast dinner with 8 adults and 2 children!!!
It never rains but it pours…
Have a good weekend everyone,