Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Happy Rainy Wednesday in August
Slept very soundly and peacefully until a spasm woke me up, we took it very easy and slowly, in some ways too slowly.
It was nearly 2 pm by the time I had done my arm exercises and Richie had done the leg exercises and massage and I had taken the 3 baclofen tablets and THC.
As I was getting sorted to start up the laptop suddenly the alarm went off on the pump that keeps the mattress pressure evenly balanced and constantly changing.
Nimbu 3 air flotation mattress.
When Richie heard the alarm he instantly pressed the button that keeps the pressure static in the mattress, until help arrives from the company.
First I got Richie to tell me the phone number of the company which is Arjo Huntleigh,I phoned and the number is no longer in use!
Looked it up on the internet and found them and phoned this time the number rang twice and cut off.
Tried to phone my case manager without success, so tried the Arjo number. Again, and got through right away.
I spoke to a very helpful person, who put me through to the department dealing with emergencies, another very friendly and helpful woman took the serial number and assured me someone would be around today.
After I rung off we both noticed that although the mattress was still inflated it had reduced considerably.
No wonder that it had got unpleasant to lie on, as it was noticeably sagging, although Richie tried to shift me, nothing could be achieved until the engineer had arrived.
I would have to try and keep calm and hope that they would be here soon.
And they were, just over 30 minutes after the engineer rang me he was here and the new pump fitted and within another 30 minutes the mattress felt good again.
What a relief, also because I got hold of them quickly and they could get someone here so quickly.
All in all took just over an hour for the problem to be sorted out, funnily enough I had been planning to phone the company and request a new pump as the one I had was getting louder.
There is one more thing to do and that is check that I have their emergency number so that if there is a next time it will be available quicker and without any stress at all.
Despite it being an overcast and rainy day I am feeling cheerful now the problem has been resolved.
What a relief it is alright again, and probably even better as we both now realise that some of my recent problems with being unbalanced in bed may have been down to the mattress not being as inflated as it should have been.
Happy Wednesday in August.
Yesterday I had a call from my consultant ringing to make an appointment for this Friday for her and someone from Welzorg to come around and look at the chair and talk us through how they will adapt the chair for my needs.
The plan is to carry out these adaptations next week.