Welcome to another ‘Free for All on Friday’ which invites your usual care contributions, as well as those which are off-topic. (Providing they are within community guidelines of course).
Welcoming any new members who have joined us this week whether you are an active carer, have been a carer, or just have questions, please feel free to join in.
Who are the little guys in the photo?
They are my new Guatemalan ‘worry people’. They’ve been hired by me to (supposedly) help with my worries. Apparently if I share my concerns with them before I go to sleep, and place them in their bag under my pillow, they will absorb my worries during the night. A charming and attractive idea? Definitely! Will they work? Frankly I have my doubts but I thought they were fun, and bought three sets in all, one for my daughter and another for my granddaughter. It’s the sort of little gift we sometimes buy each other; inexpensive, fun, but often with no real practical use at all.
Except that these might have one. I bought them in an Oxfam charity shop and I’m hoping that, somehow, at least a little bit of the purchase price might filter its way down the line to the people who sit and make them to augment their incomes from farming. And maybe in that way it’ll at least help to take a little bit of one of their worries away.
So, I’m telling my worry people what’s troubling me, and who knows? They do say that a trouble shared is a trouble halved!
I hope that my fellow UK members of the care community have managed OK or even enjoyed the rather unusual level of heat we’ve had this week. I can scarcely believe now that I ever lived in the tropics and have been doing that British thing of complaining to anyone who will listen about how hot it is! I think we are like temperate plants, thriving in our accustomed damp coolness and when the sun comes out and shines too hard, we are quickly frazzled and wilt. I also think that heat feels more punishing as I’m getting older and it definitely doesn’t sit well with my atrial fibrillation. I'm so happy that this morning there is a strong breeze blowing.
How has the unaccustomed heat affected not only you, but those for whom you care? I imagine that for some of you it's been extra test, as too much heat can quickly make people fractious.
Take care and whatever weather the weekend brings, I hope it will be a happy one. And as the Guatemalan worry people might say, 'don't worry, be happy'!