Wednesday, 27 May 2020

It’s been a long day having first woken up at 00:30

Welcoming life despite difficulties

It’s been a long day having first woken up at 00:30 unable to feel the right hand-side of my body. It was safe to remain in bed rather than seek support by life line service.

I took this approach because when medics had attended previously, it was decided that these experiences are common to myself and therefore no further action is required. By around 2 am I managed to return to sleep and being awoken by dawn chorus at 4:09 I stayed awake since.

At 9:30 my support worker Claire, arrived and we went on a supportive trip to purchase supplies for my lockdown project. Those eagle-eyed could have spotted it in the background of my video at 4:35.  

Support worker Monika and I have discussed when the big reveal will be for my lockdown project. Stay tuned to find out. 


Monika on behalf of David. Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.
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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Off to a Bad Start.


Got off to a bad start this morning with a telephone appointment with the epilepsy doctor from the hospital. I didn't receive the news I was hoping for but one remains upbeat (what other choice does one have other than to remain upbeat?). I then went shopping with Support Worker Claire and returned some unwanted goods for a refund. The remained of the afternoon was spent in the garden until Support Worker Monika arrived at 18.30 for the evening shift. Monika and I spent the evening at the meeting of Leicester Forest East Parish Council of which I am an elected member. Monika finished work at 20.30, just as the Leicester Forest East meeting ended. 
I end the day feeling tired and ready for an early night.
Stay tuned to this channel for all the latest developments. 

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Monday, 18 May 2020

Lockdown but not for much longer

Lockdown but not for much longer

Today I’ve been working on my lockdown project with the support from Claire and encouragement from Monika. The lockdown project which will be revealed soon is taking shape. My support dogs Sophie and Luke are watching closely and supervise the work so it’s at a good standard.

We’ve had a lot of work to do which keeps us away from mischief. Stay tuned to this channel to learn more.   

Monika on behalf of David. Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

There’s no place like home

There’s no place like home

I continue to liaise with Leicestershire Police and other agencies in respect of incidents across Winstanley Ward Braunstone Town. With their being no council meetings to physically attend, all meetings are now being held by Zoom.

Monika and myself have taken part in a number of practice meetings so all participants are familiar with the software and as how to engage. I prefer meetings to be held this was after my initial reservations. They are far more engaging as I feel safe and much more relaxed at home.

 

Monika on behalf of David. Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

If you think lockdown was bad, try living with Luke

If you think lockdown was bad, try living with Luke

It’s been a busy few days. We’ve been receiving several deliveries and the curtain twitching neighbours could think something dodgy was going on in my garden. I have bought a lot of things on-line, sometimes being stuck at home for half a day so as not to miss a 4-hour delivery window. The deliveries were of the components for my special lockdown project which will be revealed in a week or two.

In other news, I do wish Luke; the French bulldog’s flatulence problems will be gone soon. You can smell him from 200 yards, and it is one of the things I can’t escape from during lockdown. I love the dog to pieces, but I do not want to share his personal issues. He does not understand the concept of personal space either, I’d like him to keep his bodily smells to himself.

I’m still missing going to the gym but support worker Monika has been assisting me with health and fitness by assuring I get a good deal of exercise in the evening by walking the dogs. Hopefully, I’ll manage to keep away the 2 stones of weight I have lost recently rather than putting them back on.    

Monika on behalf of David. Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Project

Coronavirus Lockdown Project

It has been an unusually warm day today looking promising for the first bank holiday in May. According to the weather forecast it will be raining by Saturday. Therefore, I made a good use of the weather by working on my Coronavirus lockdown project. Keep following this channel to learn more.
Time passed by so quickly that I forgot to eat my lunch and went for a walk with a cracker in my hand when my support worker Monika arrived. We walked 2 miles or more and together with the exercise I did in my garden working on my project, I had a good work out without entering the gym.
With regards to council business, I continue to liaise with Leicestershire Police and other service providers working towards resolving issues across my ward of Braunstone Town.

If I can be of service to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email always@vote4ddp.co.uk or telephone 07594419570.

Monika on behalf of David. Expressing the personal views of David Di Palma unless stated otherwise.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Multi-Agency Working & the Randy French Bulldog

I have had a terribly busy day.  I've liaised with many different external agencies. 

It started with me having a seizure, not a genuinely nice experience but one has to tolerate such situations (one uses the word ‘tolerate’ somewhat loosely, what other choice does one have). I have spoken on the telephone to the GP and I am now waiting for a telephone consultation with the Neurology Consultant as my seizure frequency and severity have increased.
Thankfully, the seizures have been witnessed by my Support Workers and they are keeping incident diaries which should help the medical professionals.

I have liaised with Leicestershire Police in respect of an unpleasant situation on my
ward (Winstanley Ward, Braunstone Town Council ) and I have responded to emails from constituents of Braunstone Town and Leicester Forest East,
my Support Team and I continue to support constituents through the Corona Virus/Covid 19 Pandemic. .

In addition, I have been discussing case work with the Social Services Safeguarding Team at County Hall and have completed administration tasks and online shopping with Support Worker Claire. Support Worker Monika has been busy this evening and I have been liaising with Support Worker Julian by phone. My Support Dogs (Luke the French Bulldog & Sophie the Jack Russell Terrier) have found themselves a new friend in the twelve-month-old Cockapoo visiting my next-door neighbour. This canine encounter is somewhat humorous as Luke is eighteen months old, is adventurous and has reached sexual maturity, I’m sure you don’t need me to draw you a picture but let’s just say that thankfully the Cockapoo bitch has been spayed and Luke remains a cumbersome Frenchie virgin.
I end the day feeling somewhat unwell but reasonably content.
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Zooming Ahead…….

With us now being in full lockdown mode my team and I continue to train and improve our techniques in respect of video conferencing for remote working as per the government guidelines.

Last week I took part in the Policy and Resources Committee meeting of Braunstone Town Council via Zoom. The main topic on the agenda was Braunstone Town Covid-19 response.
It was an interesting experience which lasted a couple of hours. Surprisingly, a virtual meeting was easier for me to follow than the meeting in the council chamber as it was more controlled. Oftentimes Councillors have a tendency to talk over one another instead of allowing the speaking Councillor to finish expressing their opinion. In this instance I was able to express my opinion without anyone else speaking over me because their microphones were muted.

I look forward to more virtual meetings in the future because from a disability managed perspective such meetings allow me to contribute more freely without other Councillors talking over me or interrupting me without a good reason. Therefore I am able to serve my Parishioners better.  


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