I phoned the Old Man at 07:32.
“Oh,” he said in disappointment that I wasn’t coming to Peakville.
I told him to find the deep box.
“There’s only two boxes.”
“The box with all the red points [sic] on, it was covered by the curtains.”
He found and swallowed the lansoprazole. We moved on to the dispersible aspirin — there was some mumbling from him.
“Don’t swallow it?”
He stirred the dispersible aspirin and drank it.
The Old Man had an extra little white pill. I told him to throw it away, and to repack the deep box.
Our phone-call ended at 07:57.
At 08:29 I phoned again, and told the Old Man to find the sandwich-box.
I told him to find the Normulen.
“What’s in it?” he asked. It wasn’t quite clear what he was referring to. It was as though he’d never heard the word “Normulen”.
He found and swallowed a half-tablet of gliclazide, a bendroflumethiazide tablet, and an amlodipine tablet. We moved on to levothyroxine.
“I’ve seen it somewhere.”
He offered simvastatin, and then found the ferrous sulphate! I told him to swallow one.
Then I again told him to search for levothyroxine.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, B.”
He didn’t find the levothyroxine.
He did find 2x co-codamol:
“And a little titchy one.” — two tablets plus a half, maybe?
Again I told him to throw the extra tablet / half tablet away.
Then I told him to repack the sandwich-box, and that I’d call again later.
“What for?” he asked.
Our phone-call ended at 09:01.
When I phoned him at 19:32, the Old Man was half-asleep.
I got him to look for the blue-top and red-top bottles. The Old Man rang off, so I had to ring back. He swallowed a cod-liver-oil capsule and a multivitamin.
When searching for the simvastatin, the Old Man had trouble understanding that he needed to look in the evening box. He offered the blue-top bottle!
He found the simvastatin, there was a long pause, and then he offered co-codamol. He hadn’t taken out a simvastatin.
I got him to swallow a simvastatin, and to find and swallow his co-codamol.
Our phone-call ended at 19:51.
[Original posting 10 July 2011]