"Just had a call from my surgeries asthma nurse, checking to see how I'm doing (as I've got asthma and am overweight). I explained that my asthma has gotten worse in lockdown and that I'm not sure how to access prescription services while on universal credit (I was told I'd need to apply for an exception card last time I ask, though that was precovid). I'd ran out of my medication for asthma months ago and have been struggling since, but too scared to go out or seek help about it. The nurse was very sympathic and very helpful, she's sending some prescriptions to local pharmacy to be made for when I am able to get to them and gave me the phone number for the pharmacy to ring them and ask about how to get medicines while on UC. I rang the pharmacy and was informed that it was the same as income support, just tick a box on the back, and not to worry. I can even send someone to collect prescriptions if needs be, as I'm still too scared to go out (I do not trust the news or the government about how safe it supposedly is, they've lied so much already, and clearly value profits over lives, I won't risk my life or my children's wellbeing over some products). I'll ask the local charity who brings me food parcels if they know someone who can help with prescriptions. If not I'll wait a few weeks an hope I don't have a major asthma attack on the meantime (unlikely as I do take preventative messure and I'm an old hat at dealing with this).

Speaking of food parcels, we got one yesterday (they come every Monday), the bread was mouldy again but not so obviously this time (only noticed after I opened to butter them and it was inside not on the outside, only one day out of date - I don't know what they get their bread from but nearly every week its mouldy, sometimes clearly so though the packaging). But what made my kids day was a pineapple. My daughter squealed with excitement and shouted "mummy look, a pineapple! Mummy a pineapple!" it was so cute (plus a little sad that such an item be more luxurious to us currently than chocolate - meat and fruit are our luxuries). It was cut up and eaten immediately, did not last long as all lol. Happy kiddies.

Today we're meant to be getting little goodie type packed lunches for kiddies, that's what I was told last week, but I'm not sure if that's still happening. I was told I'd be sent a link via text to fill in so we could access, but no link or text has come (and they have my number cos they rang me on it to ask me if I was interested). I want to ring and check but I'm kinda unsure if I should, I don't want to seem like I'm begging or something. I think I will ring them though, my kiddies will be upset if they suddenly can't access something the lady promised on the phone to them. They're looking forward to it. Plus I don't want my kiddies developing the same sense of distrust to authority that I have, I want them to have hope when they're older. "

Victoria B
Jul 14, 2020

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