Summary Prior to Lockdown:
Elizabeth called me on 21 January, 2020 that she was being held on Suffolk Ward. Prior to that EH , Social worker had drawn up an Application for admission dated 21 January following Dr M’s visit on 17th January when he recommended Elizabeth be sectioned. Elizabeth texted me “Mum you had better come to Chase Farm, I am being held”. A warrant had been obtained so she told me. I was concerned as I knew both environment and care would be wrong there. In the absence of any care and support in the community under Enfield Elizabeth had been going downhill but this was evident leading up to Xmas and there was a lot she had to cope with including my operation.
I was suspicious by the Application paperwork. Previously Elizabeth had been held unlawfully detained but when I challenged this I did not know about the Bostridge case: https://publiclawtoday.co.uk/litigation-and-enforcement/311-litigation-articles/22472-unlawful-detention-and-nominal-damages and we were offered the grand sum of £1 in settlement which I have had framed as a souvenir. I have calculated the amount of compensation this time to be much more than just £1! I was right to be suspicious as two tribunal cancellations brought this all to light. For a Tribunal a lot of time consuming paperwork has to be drawn up and it was even more time consuming on my part to correct all the errors contained therein on the Inpatient Nursing Report, Inpatient Responsible Clinician Report and Social Circumstances Report. It took me hours and then I decided to correct the Responsible Clinician’s report full of inaccuracy. When I saw the reports I thought here we go again! I looked at the worst scenario – my Displacement of NR case and I thought I had better prepare all my court papers well in advance so I produced all the templates for this also. It is very important to get the records correct and I am pleased Elizabeth showed me these papers in order that I could amend them correctly.
Elizabeth has been only just released from hospital after being detained on 21 January. I am relieved especially in light of current circumstances. Elizabeth is back on 2mg Risperidone – previously found allergic to and (pink tablets too). I am going to have to write requesting the 1.5mg of the white tablets but this should never have been prescribed in place of therapy and to ignore certain file evidence. This drug makes Elizabeth tired, she is complaining of neck pains, problems with her eyes and joint pains. I’ve always suspected underlying physical health condition. An autism/Aspergers assessment was carried out but not sure if this was completed. I am relieved she is out because of the Coronavirus and strict restrictions that could be imposed on patients under “care” deprived of liberty and not allowed visitors and held just like a prisoner.
Covid 19 – UK
Up until this week I had been travelling to Central London on public transport but this is left open for critical workers travel to and from work. Contrary to newspaper works showing photos of packed tubes and trains I did not experience anything like this this. I took precautions and wore gloves to wear and mask and noticed others likewise doing the same. There was no cause for concern on social distancing as the tube carriages I travelled on were empty. The tubes do not stop at quite a few stations now that do not have interconnecting services. On the final day of travel I was the only one in the carriage. On arrival home I would further take precautions of washing clothes and showering as apparently the virus can survive on surfaces at differing lengths of time dependent on which type of surface.
In the central area of London where I work, pubs are now closed, cafes and restaurants and now hairdressers. It is like a ghost town – people are taking this seriously. Supermarkets can be seen with queues waiting outside and security guards monitoring the amount of people allowed in to the store at any one time. The area where I work is normally teeming with people and has markets on during the week but now there is like an eerie silence, deserted streets, very few people and cars on the road. Most employees now working remotely from home abiding by Government guidelines. Elizabeth’s sister no longer lives in London but works for a nursery school – all schools now closed for the foreseeable future.
Restrictions on movement even greater now than before with Police issued with greater powers. https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1259275/uk-lockdown-fine-can-police-arrest-coronavirus-lockdown-boris-johnson-statement “you should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home”. “you should not be out except shopping for anything essential”
I have just looked at the map where you can track local cases and can see that the numbers are up from when I last looked from 60 to 110 cases. Looking at London as a whole, there is no doubt that this area is worst affected and because it is densely populated it is no wonder. I would agree the necessity of the Government’s actions of self-isolation and measures in place for social distancing but where does this leave people like Elizabeth.
Elizabeth was discharged only recently and it would not appear that she has any care in place whatsoever.
The care Elizabeth needs in particular is help with budgeting, managing her flat in terms of paying bills, a buddy, help with attending some appointments. All Ive heard from Elizabeth is that there are two people considered as being a “buddy”. At the moment nothing has been provided and no one communicates with the family to let them know. I only hear directly from Elizabeth. Because I am her only carer right now I have no choice but to go out and get her shopping, bring the shopping to her flat because she is currently without a bank account due to disturbing transactions. A vulnerable person might be taken in to a cheap foreign website for instance offering cheap goods but unwittingly doesn’t realise that regular money to the tune of £100 is coming out for a subscription – thank I have Power of Attorney but if I was not checking on this who would? This has left Elizabeth without her bank card and would have left her in a very difficult position if I had not stepped in to help with the shopping and money needed for food and to pay bills. Elizabeth would have quickly gone downhill. The new bank card has still not been received and due to the Coronavirus situation everything is virtually at standstill but over £300 had been deducted by scam companies and hopefully hopefully the dispute raised will be dealt with fairly in due course.
The current situation is disturbing to me but even more disturbing to many other people who perhaps have not had to deal with situations such as having a relative under mental health care in the UK who has been sent to the most atrocious institutions as far afield as Wales. My heart goes out to people who have their relatives in such institutions right now – there has got to be a better solution as I know from the desperate phone calls I used to receive from Elizabeth that at times she was on the verge of giving up. Visiting was very restricted in some of these prison-like private “hospitals”. You had to book for a slot to visit as they did not have the facility, then a member of staff would stand over you recording every word. Right now it must be even worse and I see other desperate parents writing on Twitter and look back to when Elizabeth was at Cambian in Wales. Now everyone is under lockdown and restricted with their freedom but for some, this has been the case for many years. I am talking about the patients who are deprived of their liberty for sometimes as long as 12 years in these institutions and the knock-on effect to their families/relatives.
Current news is bleak and worsening but I keep an open mind and always look beyond for the real truth and notably there have been plenty predictions.
A few years ago I had persistent cough with temperature which I could not rid of. I’d never experienced anything like it before and thought I may have contracted this through travelling on packed tubes/trains. Elizabeth was at home then and having to cope without support probably led to decline in health and recovery from this viral infection took a long time.
Whilst I listen to mainstream news both papers and media I see far beyond this and what is “allowed” to be reported but cannot dismiss the current situation as being most disturbing:
Bill Gates speaks about viruses in a 2015 Ted Talk.Courtesy TED
How I agree with what Finola Moss and David Icke report.