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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 31st Dec 19, 4:23 PM
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    System Failure !
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    • 31st Dec 19, 4:23 PM
    System Failure ! 31st Dec 19 at 4:23 PM
    Howdy !
    A new year pending , and also a new decade. The last decade was 75% approx awful . However , in Nov 2016 I quit everything , due to a strange and annoying condition called Myasthenia Gravis . This is an auto immune and motor neurone condition . Thankfully , it is a mild version and am getting it under control . More below .

    When I say 'quit everything ', I quit the job I detested which I had to keep as there wasn't much about in 2008 when I became permanent from temp. Also, of course I had to pay bills , mortgage , overdraft etc
    Plus I had a homeowner loan on my flat at the time also . How sad was that ? Also very dangerous .

    I didn't get myasthenia until 2014 /15. The stress of everything caught up with me obviously . I quit London also , having lived and worked there all of my life .

    So, diary 2 was rest . I didn't know how long for . I was approx 25 stone due to prednisolone ..a very evil but essential steroid.
    Hardly able to do much , and looking like a huge gas balloon I actually had no idea of length of recuperation etc.
    In this time , I rented a flat for six months in Dorset and after that bought a flat around the corner from there . Yes , it's leasehold but it's all I could afford . Living on my own and knowing virtually nobody I didn't want to stray too far . London is 2 hrs away when south worsen railways provide a service .

    Diary 3 was restart.
    This meant I lost 10" from my waist size and 10kg plus I quit prednisolone . I'm now 45" waist from 55"
    My weight is 120kg . Not too sad at 6' .
    I want to lose 10-20 kg this year. I will cut down on bread as from Monday 6 th jan , and cut down on crisps
    I also became debt free..for now!

    Diary 4 system failure
    In jan last year I had to sign up for universal credit . Got first payment of 317 pm in March . Very generous .
    I applied for ltd capability for work . This has obviously been rejected due to the impersonal ways universal credit works . Ive been assessed etc.
    I put my appeal in via citizens advice and am awaiting an appearance in court .

    I'm glad I didn't go to universal credit before jan last year as I just wasn't ready for obvious reasons . I've had friends and family telling me that I should do it , and eventually I did .
    This has caused me to go near the limit of my overdraft . I had to go into my private pension but I'm free of debt for now .
    I am on a work related programme , and I get regular appointments with the job coach by phone and in person . Plus I go to poole job club on a Tuesday . ( Thanks moo121)

    This would put many people off , which is what whatever gvt is in power wants . Having said that , as I'm mortgage free I only require part time work . That is a problem and will take time .
    This basically means that I'm broken and need fixing .
    If I can get a part time job in the mornings that is good , then great.
    However , with myasthenia I also have dysphragia and dysarthria which is slurred speech when I get tired . Plus my left eye collapses . This means I can only do morning work only . Even then I'm not sure how long it will take for me to get back into a Working pattern albeit part time

    There are many people worse off obviously .
    Main things for the new year: get a nice part time job , get the lcw
    And make sure I can still afford to see mr trainer and get my health back on track .
    Life is crap , but I won't give in just yet ..

    Happy new year !
    Last edited by another casualty; 31-12-2019 at 5:07 PM.
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    • MrsPorridge
    • By MrsPorridge 14th Jan 20, 8:28 PM
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    MrsPorridge
    Why not post it twice - fantastic news from EON
    Getting back on Track
    Save 12k in 2019. #130 10,210/15,000
    • harz99
    • By harz99 14th Jan 20, 10:43 PM
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    Quote from EON : 240.00
    Will pay and book installation tomorrow afternoon ..

    Screen freeze made me post twice . Oh , well
    Originally posted by another casualty
    That's quick, and really good news Hope it all goes well.
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 15th Jan 20, 7:26 AM
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    Thanks Harz and Mrs. P
    I agree it is very quick . I'm hoping that I haven't been jumping for joy too quick . I'm a bit confused tbh . Reason is that I can pay the money today. On the next line it says 'subject to successful eligibility checks. '
    Not in bold print though .
    I expected to have to wait for a few days for the offer to be set in stone.
    I'll be back after I've had the discussion later on today ..
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 15th Jan 20, 9:03 AM
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    Fantastic quote from Eon.

    Well done on the decluttering, four crates in total is amazing.

    Hope your new bed arrives nice and early for you. xx
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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 15th Jan 20, 2:47 PM
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    Thanks pmo2

    What a day . I made sure to be ready for both companies regarding my collection and delivery etc . The new bed arrived first , around 08.10 this morning . It came all the way from Telford . Nice guys .
    I asked for a hand getting the bed frame out of the bedroom and they obliged . Great stuff!

    The council came around 10.00 am and that was done and dusted .

    After that , I have been trying to sort out this refurbished pc .
    I got help from the tech forum here . I'm gonna send it back but am waiting for returns label . In the meantime the support guys insist on talking to me . Supposedly busy . It's in the box now , I've had enough

    So onto EON: I did not receive a callback as arranged on their website
    I had to phone them and wait ages to speak to someone .
    I have to wait 8-10 weeks to see if I qualify .
    If I do qualify , the price stays the same , so I just have to wait .
    Annoying. Having said that , I think we all knew that the decision seemed way too quick . I now expect to be declined . We'll see

    Bed looks great . More space in bedroom . Place is like a bomb site but I'll get round to it

    Tomorrow I have another phone interview with universal credit .
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 15th Jan 20, 2:51 PM
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    Happy new bed and how lovely that the guys helped to move the old one out for you.

    Pah to the laptop

    Hope that the waiting goes quick and that you aren't declined, I can't see why they'd decline you though.
    Official DFW Nerd Club - Member no. 791 - Proud to be dealing with my debts
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    Jan LTW 17/22 ~ Jan NSD 2/10
    PAYDBX 2020 #041 PD 40.00/8000
    Xmas Pot 52.85/500 ~ EF 280/500
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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 15th Jan 20, 2:58 PM
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    Happy new bed and how lovely that the guys helped to move the old one out for you.

    Pah to the laptop

    Hope that the waiting goes quick and that you aren't declined, I can't see why they'd decline you though.
    Originally posted by Purplemumof2
    Thanks pmo2

    Regarding the laptop : I'm a Mac user and bought the laptop so that I can improve with a computer course . Having said that , I got Microsoft office for Mac for 5.50 a few days ago . If that's enough , then I wouldn't need a pc also.

    As for EON : if it's cut and dry that I have to be a home moaner and be receiving universal credit then yes , I should get it . 2 boxes ticked but you can't trust the gvt .
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 15th Jan 20, 3:40 PM
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    Glad the new bed arrived and the old bed has gone. You will sleep well tonight
    The criteria for eligibility is what it is, so you should be fine re new boiler. It may take longer but you should get it in the end.

    You certainly sound busy!
    If you have built castles in the air, your work should not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
    • db2016
    • By db2016 15th Jan 20, 4:04 PM
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    i'd be careful buying any codes for 5.50, they will be a code everyone knows, and as such soon blocked by microsoft.

    genuine products cost a lot more for a reason. dont get me wrong, i've circumvented a lot in my time, but some just get blocked when they know 1000 machines are all connecting to the internet with that code, where of course it should be one (usually).
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 15th Jan 20, 4:10 PM
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    Thanks DIA
    Yes , I've been busy for some time now . Strange in my situation .
    I think I'll get the grant from EON . However , as it has to be relocated it will come in at extra cost . I would say nearer the first quote of around 500 ( not more than ). Still a bargain though and I'm not complaining .

    Lots of tidying up to do , probably tomorrow . Just feeling a bit drained now .

    I am looking forward to tonight
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 15th Jan 20, 4:15 PM
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    i'd be careful buying any codes for 5.50, they will be a code everyone knows, and as such soon blocked by microsoft.

    genuine products cost a lot more for a reason. dont get me wrong, i've circumvented a lot in my time, but some just get blocked when they know 1000 machines are all connecting to the internet with that code, where of course it should be one (usually).
    Originally posted by db2016
    Thanks for that .
    Normally I'd be the first to avoid . But 5.50 I thought it not a huge gamble . It seems like apples official version is the way to go if this one doesn't work anymore .
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 16th Jan 20, 10:04 AM
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    Slept fine in my new bed . Something odd though: my feet were falling out at the bottom . I realised then that I had too many pillows .
    The previous bed was a ' platform bed' . Basically meaning that there was no headboard and the pillows more often than not , fell through the gap .

    Just been to the surgery to collect my prescription slip . I asked for prescription slip and my speech collapsed again

    I await phone call from job coach for another phone interview .
    The last one was 10 days ago . Extracting the ursine imho.

    I have decided to return laptop as it hasn't been working out of the box as it should . The ' customer service ' is worse than crap and I keep getting fobbed off about a tech person who is going to contact me .
    I asked for return label . Still waiting for that .
    Guess I'll have to phone them . If I can get through that is .
    On Saturday the number given seemed to be an answerphone and sounded like I woke somebody up ..
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 16th Jan 20, 10:50 AM
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    Glad you had a great sleep last night, it makes all the difference.

    Shocking over the laptop, hope it gets sorted soon x
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    • By another casualty 16th Jan 20, 11:12 AM
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    Thanks pmo2 .

    Okay, spoke to the job coach Andrew . The thing is, he is my relief job coach had to complete my commitments section etc and keep journal up to date . He's not bad , but is the kind of person that talks at you and you are lucky to be able to say 'yes" / "ok" etc . He's a nice guy for a job coach tbf . I didn't need to tell him of what's been going on .
    I just listened and said yes when prompted when he stops .
    He is not putting too much pressure on me at this stage , and I'm complying with everything as best I can .
    My next phone appointment is with Johnny on 28th jan just so he can complete the stuff that Andrew couldn't . Andrew wished me well ..

    Got through to Kathryn at itzoo ( sh itzoo ) . No warmth there .
    I was told that dpd will send returns label sometime today .
    TBH , I half expected to be transferred to the tech team .
    Shame really, as I was getting to grips with it and even opened an outlook account .
    Maybe I'm better off with learning the Microsoft office for Mac . If that's the way to go , Then I may be better getting the legit version from Apple if it's the same stuff that I'll be using at the college should I get in . Your thoughts are welcome ..

    Feeling a bit groggy and my flat is beginning to look like steptoe's back yard ..
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 21st Jan 20, 3:15 PM
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    Small progress seems to be made .
    However, I'm having strange dreams of late .
    Where to start : 1) . Myasthenia Gravis ! The pain doesn't seem to be as bad of late Since being given naproxen ( strong painkiller ) a few weeks back . It has taken a few weeks for them to have an effect and they seem to be working . The breathlessness is still there now and again , but I need to start walking again when in the right frame of mind . I have a feeling that the appointments with the specialist in London will not be every six months but longer . We'll see.

    2.) Training with mr. Trainer and fitness in general : Yesterday mr trainer stepped things up a gear and I'm keeping up . He is still impressed. The only thing I have to do is to kept going ..and stop the crisps and reduce the bread . I did that for a while last year and aim to do it again this week , but in a slow fashion and not have huge cravings making me stay in the bad habit .

    3.) it seems my angry email to lloyds pharmacy has done the trick.
    I received a very late polite response telling me that they are sorry etc
    I received a phone call today from the branch telling me that the bromide is in stock . I was going to go to Boots in the dolphin centre in Poole , but no need . I sent a very polite thank you as you do.

    4) The laptop : It has gone back to shitzoo. I want my refund and if I don't get it by Friday I'll send email asking for it .
    5) I looked on you tube and used the beginners course to Microsoft word . Okay I have the Mac version which is slightly different .
    It works though,and I'm gonna follow through and Keep practicing for my course whenever that is.
    6) Sorting out my clutter : Front room looks the best it has been since I moved in. I put the coffee table in the bedroom vertically and have much more room . The bedroom is about 90% there. As for the gas/ music room , big improvement there also. When I get boiler removed and new boiler put in the different place it should give me a bit more space to stack things . TBH, the biggest pains now are candles/ diffuser and books the size of coffee tables . Where the hell do I put those?!? I may have to get a small trendy wooden crate or something .

    7) Universal credit and hopefully part time job:Obviously playing on my mind . Last night , I had 2 strange dreams about work that I used to do , trying to find new departments and people that have moved. Also getting into a lift which was the floor of a different company full of suits . In the lift I was hanging out and falling out from the lift just about to fall to my death . Then I got pulled in by just one arm .
    When I woke up , I was actually half out of my bed

    The bed is great though, and still has that nice smell of a new hard back book. Something like that . The leather settee still has that nice smell of leather also .

    My dyson is working and the new battery was what was needed..
    • db2016
    • By db2016 24th Jan 20, 6:43 PM
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    you could always just use google docs, this is googles own cloud based docs / spreadsheet system (is called sheets).

    there wont be much difference to MS word in all honesty, features are still the same and called the same just located in different menus etc.

    and tbf, a lot of businesses tend to use accounts en mass with google (g suite, for business) rather than licence 100 machines for ms word etc,
    things are moving on cloud for lots of reasons..

    and ms isnt the only office provider that it used to be.
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