Well, here I am – back again. The lack of blogs last week was due to the sheer volume of ‘stuff’ and the fact that I was all out of routine after moving. I needed to find my equilibrium again and I think I’m almost there……….
When I moved, I naively thought labelling the boxes, specifying where the contents had lived before, would help me when unpacking……….wrong……..😳
For example, I marked one box ‘ contents of cupboard under microwave’, but as soon as they were packed I’d forgotten what was in the cupboard under the microwave😱 So I was just faced with boxes with no knowledge of what was inside. At least I’d marked which room they were from and also ‘needed’ or ‘not needed’, so I knew which needed opening first. I’d even marked one box, ‘Open this box first’. which was very fortuitous as it held the kettle, cups and tea!
With the rest I’d tried to convince myself that it would be like Christmas with a surprise in each box, just to make it less overwhelming. I’ve just about unpacked them all (never was any good at saving Christmas pressies….)
I’d arranged for the phone and internet to be switched on at 4pm on moving day. This was key as the mobile signal in the village is almost non existent. Sadly East Yorkshire only has one company that supplies the area – KC Communication. No other company has ventured into Humberside so there is no choice and no competition for services. Now I’m all for using local service – I always use local services where I can – but I still expect a good service.
The phone didn’t get connected when agreed. Luckily I had Gemma in the village and when I rang from her house they said it would be 10 days before anyone could come out, which is appalling service for anyone to accept. It took me a few minutes of explaining my situation which eventually led them to sort out someone for 4 days instead. In my book that’s still a poor service, especially when I done everything I should beforehand.
However, Tuesday came and the engineer duly turned up on time and was wonderful. He even connected my iPad to the internet. He learnt all about dementia in the hour he was with me (😊) and understood why there’s a need for vulnerable people to have a better service than I received. He was more knowledgeable when he left than when he arrived and I can only hope he’ll talk to others about it.
Being without any form of communication was very unsettling. I know in this day and age most of us expect to have instant access to others. However, that wouldn’t have worried me in the past. But this time it was unsettling because I felt vulnerable, not because I didn’t have access to others in the social setting but because it felt confusing and frightening in a strange place.
More on the move tomorrow………