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Hi all, I just noticed that I did a 'round-up' on Friday, instead of a 'ramble'. Oh well, what's in a name? It's Monday again, and here's the latest round-up!

Welcoming anyone who has joined the Care Community this week. We're here hoping to help you, or to provide a platform for you to air your views (all within the community guidelines of course!) So do say 'hi', if you are new.

It's worth mentioning once again for anyone new, that we have a huge cross-section of members with wide ranging experiences in the care of others. If you are a new carer you'll probably be understanding of what an all-consuming thing it is to put others' needs first and it's tiring and bewildering. Here in the forum we have members who have faced and overcome many challenges and have acquired a great wisdom in how to get through them all. And many who are still facing them day upon day. So don't be afraid to ask questions, or to share your own experiences.

I'm happy to report that my covid vaccination went really well on Saturday morning.

The centre I attended was, (as most I've heard about seem to have been), exceptionally well organised and very safe. As it was early in the day there was no waiting and I was through the whole procedure in only 15 minutes. I wasn't required to wait for a spell afterwards as that isn't necessary if you have the Oxford (AstraZeneca) vaccine. So the centre I attended said that I was welcome to wait for a few minutes if I wished, but I felt fine and went on my way immediately. And I can report that I have had no side-effects at all.

A question arose on another forum this morning about at what point we will be able to accept that it really is safe enough to resume our former lives, when we are told that restrictions are over. Will our minds be able to accept that when we have now been moulded into accepting isolation, lack of contact and social distancing for so long? I must admit that nowadays, if I watch older episodes of anything on TV that don't follow current rules, I feel distinctly uneasy. Do any of you get that same feeling?

This week (and the new month), are starting in typical grey and wintry weather, and I'm cheering myself up with the thought that often in February, we get the first few days with a glimmer of warmth, when the sun appears. With the arrival of February I feel that the bleakest days of winter are over. I hope that you do too!

Take good care this week, and best wishes to anyone who has their vaccine coming up in the next few days!


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Thatโ€™s fine Callendersgal, weโ€™ve now got a Monday roundup ramble. Sounds good to me.๐Ÿ˜€

Itโ€™s nice to welcome new people and I hope we hear from some very soon.

Good news re your vaccination. Always nice to hear great feedback. Pete had the AstraZeneca vaccine too and no side effects.

I think resuming normal life is some way off yet, thatโ€™s just my opinion, but itโ€™s something I look forward too yet almost fear at the same time. Itโ€™s an odd feeling. I remember during the last lockdown in March after shielding for 3 months with Pete, I was really anxious about going out. It took me ages to get over that and now here we are again. I watch old tv programmes and envy them their freedom.

Chilly but dry so far today. Have a good week everyone and good luck with any vaccinations. Take care. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‘

CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to sassy59

I completely understand all you said about longing for further freedoms sassy, but then fearing them too! I was exactly as you describe when the first lockdown ended. You just aren't sure how free you really want to be, not understanding exactly how great the dangers are. It's all from dealing with an unknown, I'm sure, which has no rules or boundaries. I guess when the time does come we'll have to work through it all carefully.

I join you in wishing all the best to those receiving vaccines this week, and I'd encourage you all to post your experience of it, as it creates a foundation of knowledge based on personal experiences, which can help others with any anxiety or questions. Quite a few questions seem to arise over people's uncertainties about the elements of the AstraZeneca versus the Pfizer, and I'm sure there will be even more questions and uncertainties as other vaccines come on board.

Hoping you have a great week too sassy59 and if not beforehand will see you on Friday with another Friday roundup-ramble! Rename it the Great Friday mixup maybe..... ๐Ÿคฃ

Take care! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ”†๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘

sassy59Ambassador in reply to Callendersgal

Re-name it whatever you like, itโ€™s always great to hear from you Callendersgal. Xx๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’•

Glad to hear your vaccination went well Callendersgal ......I am really worried about my sister who is still in hospital in Liverpool. The hospital has stopped all phone contact with the wards and now have a family liaison contact who was a young man who could not give me the information I required about my sister. He was supposed to ring me back last Friday and did not so I contacted PALS and not heard back from them either. My sister cannot use her phone anymore as she gets confused so our WhatsApp days are over for now.

My main concern is that she received her first Covid vaccine mid December as she was in a care home but since then the care home residents and staff have all received their second dose on 7th January. I mentioned this to the Ward Manager when communication was possible and she said the hospitals did not provide vaccinations to inpatients but she would look into it. That was a few weeks ago and I have heard nothing. I know three months is the new dateline but how can I ensure she is vaccinated? Any ideas as communication with the hospital is almost impossible?

Thank you

sassy59Ambassador in reply to Goldenanny

Thatโ€™s such a difficult situation Goldenanny, Iโ€™d have thought the hospital could have ensured your sister received her second vaccination. I suppose they have their reasons and donโ€™t really want to take that on.

Itโ€™s a shame you canโ€™t communicate with your dear sister but I would persist in trying to contact the hospital and PALS and put your points across.

I hope you get to hear from the hospital very soon and wish you well. X

Goldenanny in reply to sassy59

Thank you Sassy I will give it all another try ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

FredaE in reply to Callendersgal

Tomorrow is three weeks since we had our vaccine so it is now as powerful as it will get. No second appointment yet We neither expected nor got any trouble at all and have not heard of any from anyone else..

We suffer from old age (not really as we have all the freedom we want in the house and garden), I still have not/cannot explore my new-ish home here in Cornwall but via a very good village facebook page have got to "know" probably more people than I would without lockdown. No one nasty is ever allowed on the page and it is a source of information and mutual help, The latests posts are of an otter walking by our river. and people are pooling anecdotal history of the local tin and copper mines and flowers in the garden now that spring is showing us that it has not forgotten how to do it. I still have not found out how to add a photo to the post so I will send you all few snowdrops or maybe a primrose separately to cheer you up

You are right about the new normal.. the old normal is starting to seem odd. We had Sunday roast delivered this week. So huge that we had half for dinner yesteday.

A local milk man has started to deliver with the option of organic semi skimmed in glass bottles. It is such a relief not to be stuffing those awful single use plastic bottles in the recycling each week. he has started to collaborate with the butcher next door and we had a nice turkey crown from them at Christmas

We feel that we need to support local businesses as they are suffering to help protect us. We buy as much veg as we can from The Real Food Garden in a place called Inches. Its a nice shortish drive and on Sunday we disturbed a buzzard sitting in the road by a stream eating gibley bits. Never seen one so close.

Iam nattering on again! Take care and don't worry about the vaccine. It will be like the flu jab- needed every year no doubt and not a total answer but tips the odds in our favour.


Hi Glad your covid vaccine went well was it the first part? I had the first part (the Astra Zeneca jab) a couple of weeks ago in Rochdale -Ive already got a date in April for my 2nd

God knows when we ll get back to normal- i dont know whether it ll be normal as we ve always known it all our lives or whether it ll be a version of normal but with less restrictions in place .Either way we ve all got to make sure this virus dies in the most painful way possible & out of our lives for good

CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to Sara_2611

I remember your posting about having had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine recently. It must be reassuring to have your date for your second dose. I think we will always have COVID-19 in our lives from now on, but we will successfully tame it, so that it does the least damage possible in future. And we are learning every day how to do this. And whatever the future brings, it's remarkable how adaptable people are and though we may not like it, we can endure much more than we generally think we can. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒˆ

as long as the younger generation obey the rules hopefully it ll happen sooner rather than later - if they start disobeying the rules once we come out of lockdown & back into tiers (which i think I suspect -presumably the pm will return to drastic action & we ll all be blaming them

FredaE in reply to Callendersgal

Old saying from the days with no plumbing, no modern medicine, no pensions "What does not kill you makes you stronger" its true.

CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to FredaE

How true FredaE๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ

sassy59Ambassador in reply to Sara_2611

Well said Sara. Xxx

Sara_2611 in reply to sassy59

thanks sassy

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