There have been so many foul things happening,it made me hesitant to write a post today.

As you will know, many areas of these isles have been lashed with severe weather conditions which has brought about accidents, injury and death. Over 30,000 people in Ireland were without electricity at one stage in Mother Nature’s rampage. Likewise, there have been about 15,000 home affected in Scotland.

I ventured out today to buy some essentials. I purchased what I wanted, sufficient to last till Friday or Saturday, by which time, I hope, there will be some routines re-established in commerce. People were not stocking up as if for a siege, like some do at Christmas and Hogmanay. In general, people were being considerate for others. Delivery vehicles have been stuck due to many road closures. In areas where there is only one way in, it demonstrates to the inhabitants how vulnerable they can be.

The disruption affects the deliveries of medical supplies, patients who have to travel to hospitals great distances from home for treatments, for example, those who require haemodialysis (kidney failure patients) usually two or three times a week. In risky weather and road conditions, it cannot be done. Our county hospital doesn’t have sufficient hotbed space for any more haemodialysis patients – it has maximum twelve spaces, and that was an increase in numbers after a recent outcry – I dread to think how that dilemma is resolved in very severe weather.

For us, the good news so far this week, is that friends of ours in Moscow, who use both the metro stations affected by the bombings, are safe and well. Needless to say, the atrocity was evocative of the London Transport underground and bus bombs. It was a relief to know our friends were physically unaffected, however, I am very sad about the many people who are not.


0 thoughts on “THIS HALF A WEEK .

  1. It seems that the dark times are still with us – I was feeling a lot more optimistic when we had a week of sunshine, but the gloom (both literal and in the news) has cast rather a pall here too.

    (Not helped by my daughter’s pony coming back here to live (unexpectedly) with a foot abscess, so I constantly smell faintly of pooh and am covered in mud: it hardly seems worth changing out of my grotty clothes as I’ll be back down there again mudlarking in a few hours. I love him dearly, but equine first aid is a messy and sometimes painful business! Oh well, here’s to dry ground and some sunshine, and I hope a more cheerful countenance soon.

  2. That was an appalling atrocity in Moscow 😦 going back to the bad weather you have all been experiencing in Scotland thats a good point poor people who need to get to the hsopital for their treatment which is vital for kidney patients and also why did those children venture out in such awful conditions one poor girl lost her life through a bad misjudgment 😦

  3. Hello Lois,

    I like your take on a disturbing scenario. The change in weather and season that we hope for is certain to make a difference to mood and a change of risk levels. As for unforeseen situations, that’s another matter.

    Sorry to hear about the pony’s ongoing discomfort; do you have full time foster care or does your daughter call in to help in the nursing?

    Being able to ‘glam’ up a bit makes you feel human, another character sometimes. It also reminds you, you haven’t forgotten how to do it! 🙂

  4. I am pony foster mother full time now – daughter lives 300 miles away. He had been loaned out for a couple of years, and I had forgotten just how time-consuming and messy it was! Like having small children, but very strong and wilful ones.

    My current idea of glam is to have on clean fresh clothes after a hot soak in the bath – anything more exacting is beyond me at present! But I am sure the turning seasons will bring better times.

  5. Yes, Moscow was evocative of London and brought back many memories and concerns. It is always the innocent who suffer in these matters.

    People in the outer regions do have to face situations that urbanites have no conception about. A woman of 84 had to undertake a 240 miles round trip three times a week for her dialysis. Apart from being an inhuman manner in which to treat such a chronically ill person, the elderly couple had no choice but to move house, leaving all their community connections behind. That’s why four more beds were made available; they have been quickly used up. Inevitably so, as this part of the region has a very high percentage of people with kidney failure. I could go on, though I won’t, as I have seen much on this topic.

    I agree, there was something really faulty about the risk assessment this week, when the school party set out for the theme park, with the weather conditions and roads as they have been. (Hindsight is always great). It is so sad.

  6. I am sure there are many positive (good) things happened this week…unfortunately the ‘bad news’ sells papers and enhance listening and viewing numbers…Sad…tragic…all that you’ve mentioned…:)

  7. When you could be affected by a major event, when you live in the midst of chaos, media sales don’t matter a jot. You need to know about all sorts of things that may be helpful, and that is when media can be positive.

    Yes, the plight of people very much affected by the weather in Scotland and Ireland was highlighted, it was not only about the poor schoolgirl who died; the issues relating to that school trip will be examined, I have no doubt.

    Yes, news arrived about the Moscow bomb atrocities via the media; it doesn’t just affect the Russians, though in the major part they bear the brunt of the situation and the fall out, just as the UK did with the London transport bombings. Even in our crises, many other nationals were affected.

    In such situations, people the world over need to know, and need to be alerted; that is where the positive power of the media lies. There will be heroism in all these situations, but none of that was the point of my post.

    The positive for me, was being able to find out my friends in Russia who use those stations, were okay and to hear from them what they felt and how life was continuing.

    Passengers being rescued from the train North of Edinburgh was another positive event. It was almost a carbon copy of an incident that occurred a few years ago, North of Inverness. On that occasion the train could not be seen. The few staff on board looked after the passengers till the train was found by a ghillie’s apprentice. It was quicker for the Ghillie and young lad to get the farm vehicles to dig out the train than wait for Scotrail, and they led the passengers and staff to safety. Again,all this was reported throughout the event and after, by the media.

    While I agree that media feed on creating controversy and bad news, when they don’t have to, they can perform a useful and helpful function in communities and society at large.

  8. O, I’m very much aware of the power and inpmortance of the Media….Good to hear and know when they serve a Very Good purpose….They deserve ALL the compliments coming their way! Not only is the ‘pen mightier than the sword’…perhaps ‘The Media’ has superceded it…for Better or for Worse…

  9. My focus at the moment is about the complexities of daily life and especially for those people who have the pieces to pick up from the various disasters and chaos that have come into their lives.

    I am grateful for the empathy I have felt from people; I am also really glad that I was in a position to contact people who said they were glad to know there was ‘support’ from the world outside their trauma.

  10. Very noble! Having worked among and with the deprived, dispossessed, disenfranchised and traumatised people in our world…I can empathise with your ’cause’…:)

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