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My mum was 97 and had dementia TSB sent her a credit card, my bother and myself went up to the bank several times and told them, in the end I had to get mum to just say NO! when TSB phoned her, the bank did not know it was my mum it could have been anybody. What a carry on it was. 

When my dad  went out to a pub for some reason each time he went to the toilet he came back with a watch, what a barging he would say, he must have at least 10 watches.

One of the times when they did get taken for a ride was on a Friday night, I was about 12/13. My younger bother had met an old fellow at the bottom of our street and brought him back to the house, he spoke to my dad about my eldest bother who at the time was in the RAF he made it very clear that he was my bothers best friend, so dad being dad offered him a bed for the night, not any bed he and my mum slept down stairs. Next morning he was gone with all mum and dads money which of course  they kept in the bed room.   How did he know so much well when he walked up the street with my younger bother he pumped him for all the information.  The only thing I said to mum and dad was "Why has he not got any luggage"  but my dad was far too soft for his own good.

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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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Brew, I've noticed the wording on the 'claim your prize' form says that you have DEFINITIVELY (not DEFINITELY) won a prize.  I suppose 'definitively' means 'as defined in the terms and conditions.'   When these are read, it is clear that you haven't won the big prize as you thought...

We discovered shortly before she died that Paul's mum had been buying loads of Readers Digest books every month as they said she was almost at the top of the list to 'definitively' win a prize.  It stated that the winner would be invited to a big prizegiving in London and they could bring a friend or relative with them.  She was very excited and asked me to go with her - that's how we found out about it.   The books were lovely hardbacks but were expensive and she wouldn't normally have bought them.... about 20 - 30 in total.  So it can be 'reputable' organisations who do this.

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The problem with older people (and anyone really) that they don't have their debit card pin number written down and in their wallet/purse. Also they haven't got  one of the "Touch & Pay"cards. 

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An elderly lady in Wick was taken for all her savings and her disabled son's too.  Despite both police and social work trying to convince her that she was being scammed by someone telling her that she had won half a million but had to send money to them to release the funds, etc., she continued sending the cash until there was nothing left.  I get very angry at these scumbags and believe that current punishment is nowhere near severe enough for those caught.

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My folks were caught by an encyclopedia salesman when I was about 6 or 7.

It was the summer holiday time and I was away staying with my granny. The salesman somehow found out that I was not at home and also got to know some of my interests. This gave him the introduction. He began by saying he was from "The Education Department". I was (and still am) that they were taken in by this but they obviously thought the fella represented the Notts education authority.

 

Anyway, my parents spent a huge amount of money on a set of encyclopedias (which they continued to pay for several years and which they could ill afford) for a set of books which were useless. Nicely printed and bound but useless nevertheless.

 

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Big problem here too but a while ago a tv programmer was pinpointing the scams towards the elderly. Advising the elderly to watch out for tell tale errors in their approach. It gave them a very clear indication what to look for. These pointers were enacted in little scenes along with an elderly handicapped man and a very attractive girl. As a lot of elderly live in apartments they were advised on all sorts of security's. An extremely useful bit of advice towards the O A P's

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Spent the morning waiting for the electrician to come and finish his jobs. The electric gate suddenly wouldn't open or rather would open only on one side, the sensor outside needs replacing. The alarms need to be reinstalled and a powered point needs replacing. It's being held together with masking tape. Doesn't it make you mad when they don't turn up.

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I now feel that i am doing the right thing, until yesterday i had always thought i was. Their cards are scan type and up to now no problems they very rarely spend more that £20 on a transaction, i appreciate your comments. Unfortunately they are still happy shoppers on line.........but its their cash they can spend it how they like. Love them both.

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Only today I answered the phone and an ‘Asian’ chap called Steven (oh yeah!) asked to speak to me, by my full name.  I told him I was dead ........  he immediately ended the call.  Mmmm, hope I’m not tempting fate. 

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4 hours ago, LizzieM said:

Only today I answered the phone and an ‘Asian’ chap called Steven (oh yeah!) asked to speak to me, by my full name.  I told him I was dead ........  he immediately ended the call.  Mmmm, hope I’m not tempting fate. 

I get the same from Virgin Media trying to flog me a TV package. Ain't got a TV I reply & they've gone !

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Better today.  I just finished my antibiotics.  About two weeks ago I got bitten by a Tick.  Nasty little illegitimate bloodsuckers.  Just over a week ago I came down with summat.  Flu like symptoms.  Felt like death warmed over and didn't care.  Anyway the doc prescribed antibiotics just in case it was Lyme disease.  I think the antibiotics made me feel worse than the problem.  Anyway finished today.  Now I can get back to rolling in the grass and howling at the moon.   :biggrin:

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Don't go rolling in the grass Loppy - that's probably how you got bitten in the first place!

 

pleased you're feeling better now....

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They hang around in tall grass Margie.  They wait for a person or animal to brush past and they hitch a ride.  They will climb up your leg under your clothes and latch onto any convenient part.  It's amazing you don't feel them 'til they itch.  I don't know how long the one had been on me.  He was just above my waist and he had a good grip.  I've still got the mark.  You have to be careful getting them off or you can leave a bit of their jaw in your skin.  More potential problems.  We can use flea and tick meds on our pets but it's a bit harder on us.

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They don’t like me, I’m lucky!  

We were in Zimbabwe years ago and whilst waiting for an evening flight to Jo’burg we went on a mini safari.  Went straight off to the airport, on a plane, arrived at our hotel very hot and sticky.  I took my t shirt off as soon as we got into our room and a tick fell onto the bed, it never bit me.  Horrible things, had to get one off our Jack Russell’s little velvety ear once, I used meths to suffocate it. Seemed to work. 

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Loppy.. A Nor'n Aaahrish friend of mine now living in Scotland was infected with Lyme Disease by a Tick.   She really didn't need that.. as she already has Lupus.  Anyway, she seems OK now.

 

I have some Doxycyline here which the Doc gave me to hold on to for the inevitable return of sinusitis after my next cold.  It states. 'For treatment of fevers caused by Lice or Ticks.  A single dose of 100mg, or 200mg, depending on severity.'  Dunno if that includes Lyme.. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, LizzieM said:

 I used meths to suffocate it. Seemed to work. 

 

Either that or it was dead drunk....  :) Good work anyway!!

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Minocycline for me, Col.  Probably the same thing.  Pharmacist said, most docs prescribe it.

 

They say Lyme disease can be real nasty and effect you for the rest of your life.  Arthritic symptoms and all kinds of other stuff.  I can live without that.  Ticks have become a big problem here and,  unlike Lizzie,  they seem to like me.  I've had a few but usually caught them before they gotta bite at me.  They are so deceptive.  They look like a mole when attached and that makes you reluctant to try to pull 'Em off..  Some folks put a hot match head to them others use liquid soap to try to suffocate them.  Not pleasant whatever you try to do.

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Sorry to hear you've been ticked, Loppy. Good to know you're feeling better.

 

My youngest moggie had one embedded in his head when he arrived at cat rescue as a kitten. He looked so miserable and frightened. A dose of Frontline soon removed it. Horrible as they are, you have to marvel at the efficient design!

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On 7/18/2018 at 12:51 AM, DJ360 said:

I have now replaced all the patio slabs wot I lifted to dig the trench.  They are not perfectly level.  I did this to re-create the way they were before....  :)

 

Still some work to do in the loo and removing the old soil pipe and boxing from the Dining Room.  Should be fun...

Will the wife be missed? :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P

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I pick ticks from my dogs almost daily in the summer months. I have a tick remover which looks like very fine tip tweezers. Reasonably effective provided you get right down to the head of the creature and pull it all off. A folk remedy here is to cut a juniper berry in half and apply that to the tick and it's supposed to drop off. Don't know whether that works but it is useful to apply a squashed juniper berry as an antiseptic when the tick has been removed.

 

Note: I think the reason for using juniper berries for this purpose is that it is known that juniper has antiseptic properties and it is very common growing wild around here. There is a local conserve of juniper made by mixing juniper berries with sugar. Very tasty on buttered toast.

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It's strange how tic bites affect people in different ways. I just get a small itchy blister. My better half needed hospital treatment recently for a bite on her shin and still has scars from previous bites.

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3 hours ago, Bubblewrap said:

Will the wife be missed? :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P

 

Depends who you ask...

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3 hours ago, Bubblewrap said:

It's still warm here in Old Basford ,it was a little too warm yesterday :)

 

 

 

Don't knock it.  Soon be Christmas...

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