Another random selection.
It’s an astonishing three years today since I started writing thisissixty.blog. During that time I’ve posted 360 times, received 3.5k comments (though I’m not sure if that includes my own responses or not) and made some great ‘pen-pal’ friends – a regular little group of us who communicate on all matter of things, almost as if we were chatting in person over a cup of coffee. What a nice thought.
Worry……the lot of a mother? My younger son spends several hours in a large teaching hospital every two months receiving intravenous immunosuppressant drugs. He was due to attend around now. I was worried that it wouldn’t happen. Might the NHS choose to delay it? And then what would happen? He’s been receiving it regularly for the past twelve years and we have no idea how it will affect him if it’s delayed. I was worried. Then, on Tuesday he let me know that he’d received a letter asking him to go in today. Phew! Oh, wait a minute – this means he’s got to present himself at a hospital which is one of the region’s main centres for treating patients with coronavirus. Now I’m just as worried!
Daughter has rescheduled her wedding from May to August. We had booked rooms at the nearby Premier Inn, and although we booked the saver rate (i.e. no changes and refund on cancellation), thanks to their temporary Coronavirus policy we were able to re-arrange. The process was super simple and took less than two minutes. Contrast that with Virgin Atlantic; my daughter’s partner spend two hours trying to deal with a change to their honeymoon plans. Last time I stayed with them, daughter and I went shopping for a wedding dress for her (not a traditional wedding dress, but a beautiful lace ‘occasion’ dress). I had not yet bought my own outfit, and of course, there is no opportunity to do so at the moment unless I do so online, but I’m reluctant to do that. Still, August is a fair way off.
If you are reading this in the UK, you’ll almost certainly heard of army veteran Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising for the NHS. This amazing gentleman who celebrates his 100th birthday this month, set out to raise £1,000 by completing 100 laps of his garden by his birthday. But with the help of social media, the total raised has reached more than £18 million (as of 9.30 am this morning). Astonishing! Captain Tom finished his walk with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. The money raised will be distributed by NHS Charities Together, a tiny (just five staff) umbrella organisation for all NHS charities. Charity money cannot be used to replace core Government funding for equipment, but is use to enhance the well-being of staff, volunteers and patients. Currently this includes the provision of food packs and toiletries for NHS frontline staff who are having to stay in hotels to protect their own families or because a family member is in self-isolation due to coronavirus.
Another three weeks of Lockdown has been announced. For a number of reasons, not everyone is in agreement. Personally, although I understand the reasons for their concern, I’m rather happy to stay put for the time being. And, as my normally busy days are still on hold, I shall continue to post more often. It’s making a bit of a mockery of renaming my blog thisissixty at the weekend!