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Apr. 27th, 2016 08:05 pm
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I had a telephone interview this afternoon for the Technical Design Authority role at Oxfam. I thought it went well as far as I could judge, but the interviewer cautioned that they are continuing with telephone interviews into next week so don't expect to hear whether I've got a face-to-face interview until the end of next week.

However, less than an hour later I had a call from the agent to tell me that they were very keen (his words) to get me in for a face-to-face interview. So, yay me! It sounds like an interesting role with a lot of variety so I'm definitely interested. The next stage interview is not likely to be until the third week in May, which is not a bad thing as it allows me to get Sister Act out of the way.

Talking of which, although the rehearsals are going well, there was a bit of a blow up on the society's private FB group at the weekend.One of the comittee members was (as is his wont) being rather an arrogant arsehole. He upset a number of people and other people leapt in to defend him and generally it was a complete shitstorm. It didn't affect yesterday's rehearsal as far as I could tell, but there's bound to be repurcussions further down the line . I may talk about this a bit more at some point, but right now I'm really in 'I don't need this shit' mode!

I need to chase the vet about Snowy's fits. They were supposed to call me back but I haven't yet had anything.

I was rather embarrased to realise at the weekend that although I'd put an update here about Snowy, I'd completely neglected to mention that my mum had an 'episode' last week which her doctor suspected was a 'mini-stroke'. So yesterday I went with her to the local cottage hospital to have a chat with a stroke specialist. The good news is that he was pretty confident from her description that it wasn't actually a mini-stroke, but was instead a particular type of migraine attack. However, going over her health generally he did pick up a couple of things:
1. Mum has been medicated for high blood pressure for a number of years, but he was concerned that she wasn't on the most effective treatment
2. She was also recently diagnosed with a type of ventricular fibulation which explains the occasional shortness of breath and headaches. She is seeing a cardiologist next month, but in the meantime the stroke specialist was extremely concerned that she hadn't already been put on any sort of blood thinners. Basically as she has high blood pressure, VF, is a woman and over 65, this gives her a '4' on some sort of stroke risk chart, which translates as a 1 in 20 chance per year of getting a stroke. Putting her on blood thinners will immediately reduce that to 1 in a 100.

So the stroke specialist has both changes her blood pressure treatment and started her on the blood thinners, so hopefully this will improve her overall health.

It's my mum, so don't expect it to reduce the amount of worrying she does about it, of course...

It struck P. and I that all four of our parents have had some potentially serious medical condition or other in the last couple of years or so and hospital trips with them are going to be an increasing part of our lives in the next few years, sadly.

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Date: 2016-04-27 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] replyhazy.livejournal.com
GO YOU!!

(And sorry to hear about your mum's troubles, but YAY for good doctors.)

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Date: 2016-04-27 07:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
I'm very glad they like you.

And I hope that your mum's complications aren't too complex, and the doctors can keep things under control for a while.

I am very-much not looking forward to my parents going downhill a lot.

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Date: 2016-04-28 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lynnal.livejournal.com
Yay for the positive response on the phone interview! I hope they come through with an equally positive in-person interview.

My sympathy on the medical issues with your family. You are right, things are likely to get more challenging as your parents get older. Hopefully only in manageable increments with space to breathe in between.

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Date: 2016-05-01 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stevie-carroll.livejournal.com
Go you on the interview, and much sympathy on the parental situation.

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