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Still Struggling

I was to have my cleaning lady come today. I have been low on energy because I am anemic, still waiting for next step there. So I haven’t done any laundry. Gisele was going to do it, but she texted me to cancel. She is taking care of a child and a chronically ill husband and, apparently, there was a problem. It is my humble opinion, since this happens very often, that her husband invents a crisis so that she won’t leave. She also works part time as a CNA in a local hospital. He hangs around home, takes care of their 2 year-old, and coddles a damaged heart. She is supposed to call me to make another date. When I do see her, I will discuss it with her. We are close and I will, anyway, tread carefully. What I will suggest is that the next time we have a date, she not mention it at all. The morning scene would go like this: they are having breakfast, he is fine. There is no crisis, and then she says, “Well, I’m off to do a cleaning job, seeya.” Then, you see, if he suddenly clutches at himself, it will be glaringly obvious that he is manipulating her. Anyway, that is what I will suggest.

And speaking of malingering, when Ed brings groceries, he phones me from the driveway to come out and help trundle them in. Recently, he phoned, and I was having a really bad day, back in spasm. I went out but nearly collapsed and he ventured to suggest that I was being dramatic. I let it go.

About Tyler – when it’s late and I want to seal off access to the pool deck, I go out to see if there are stray kitties hanging out. So here is Max, fine. He knows the drill – he trots in (“I am a good kitty, see?) and I look around for Tyler and don’t see him and hope I have covered all the nooks and crannies, and then I close the slider and seal off the pet door. Twice now, he’s been hiding on me. It’s a good thing I check before going to bed, because there he is at the door, pink nose pressed against the glass looking forlorn. I let the little mugger in because I am all heart.

xx, Teal

posted on Apr 27, 2020 3:54 PM ()


Yes, the grocery cart sounds good. I guess you stop when you reach the door, and have to remove the bag. I'm thinking I need a little garden cart, or one of those canvas-sided carts people put their tiny kids in when they go somewhere.
comment by drmaus on Apr 28, 2020 3:07 AM ()
At my market, Publix, The bagger at the check out counter always offers to unload your groceries for you. I usually say no because I separate groceries, all the cold stuff goes into a cooler, etc.This time, she came with me because she had to return the cart to the market, couldn't leave it in the lot. She was super nice, unloaded it, and took the cart back
reply by tealstar on Apr 28, 2020 7:30 AM ()
Marta's suggestion is good. I am also down in the back. It is the pits, you have my sympathy.
comment by elderjane on Apr 28, 2020 2:54 AM ()
Sending you encouraging good wishes, dear T. All of my medical/dental appts, prospective elective surgery, you name it, are all in limbo, waiting I suppose for a vaccine, which will be a long wait.

I also encourage to you invest in a wheeled cart for groceries. I have two and will be getting a third one. Makes grocery transfers a breeze.
comment by marta on Apr 27, 2020 5:35 PM ()
You mean a cart at home? I have one and unload the groceries on to it and wheel it into the garage. There are sit down wheeled carts in the market and I used one. Had to learn how not to jerk the controls. Six days since the injection. I was warned the benefits would be slow in taking effect. I usually feel better at night.
reply by tealstar on Apr 28, 2020 7:33 AM ()

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