Stephen, if you really want to leave this Forum, then that is your decision. You are the best judge of your personal life, your time, your responsibilities as a carer.
But we'll be sorry to see you go.
I was entertained to read your recent post (though I did not respond to it at the time) about an officious receptionist who refused to ask a visiting doctor to give you a flu jab while they were there. "Only a carer" indeed! As you rightly said, if the carer goes down, what happens to the caree? One of the great aspects of these forums is that advice and observations expressed is helpful to anyone reading the post - not just the person who started the thread. Many more will read than respond.
Stephen_16071 wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:56 am
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It would be lovely if we had carers in charge of the show rather than profiteers . . .
Lizzie has already responded why the moderators do not get too involved. I am slightly puzzled by what you mean by profiteers. Anyone trying to use this forum for commercial gain does not last long. I have reported inappropriate posts two or three times to the moderators and these posts have been promptly removed. One was trying to use the forum as a free advertising site for a questionable product.
Come to that, I have had one of my own posts censored by the moderators - apparently a comment I made was too blunt and could have caused upset. It shows that Lizzie and Michael are on the ball and doing their job. It is true, I can be quite blunt when I am trying to drive over a point. I generally re-read my posts after drafting, and sometimes soften the language. And this brings us to another point made.
bowlingbun wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:31 pm
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Don't think of me as "hard as nails", just think of me as sticking up for the "under dog", because surely that's what we carers are?
I could not have put this more succinctly myself. I am saying this for the benefit of anyone reading this thread.
Bowlingbun has had a tough life and spent many years looking after many carees. She has encountered countless problems and learned how to overcome them. We should be overtly grateful to her for giving us the benefit of her experience. I frequently feel humbled by sheer volume of her practical experience and knowledge the workings of social services, the Health Service and other caring-related organisations. I don't know how she finds the time to be a carer and also such a prolific contributor to this Forum.
I think that, like me, she sometimes uses firm language to drive home a point. There may even be a difference of opinion on occasions. That is healthy; we can examine various points of view and decide which best suits our individual circumstances.