I am up early (a quarter to six) because today is the day my taxi collects me to go and get my new hearing aids. It also happens to be the day that Tesco (I have mobile shopping and order on line for delivery) open their Christmas delivery slots and thought if I went on line straight away I might be able to get one. How wrong can you be! I quote - "You are 177,879 in the queue for a slot - the queue is moving fairly quickly. Your estimated wait time is approximately one hour." Don't log out because you will automatically lose your place in the queue and it may have lengthened. That last sentence is not an actual quote because by the time I had typed the beginning I had forgotten the actual wording - but that is more or less verbatim.
I'm not waiting. I shall not starve but no way can I wait an hour - nor do I wish to. My son says I can order on his list, friends and neighbours who do their own shopping say they will help. I already have a good freezer full of food and am not intending to go anywhere in any case. So if you want to join the queue - good luck!!
Chatting to a friend later in the day and find she got the same information several hours later! My son managed to by-pass as we both have priority booking and we now both have a slot booked nearer to Christmas Day and are quite happy with that.
My visit to the Hearing clinic we not a success. I can't go into detail as it is too technical for me but after a lot of trying the man in charge tells me that because my hearing loss is profound the hearing aids we chose together are not going to work. They were quite unbearably noisy in my ears with static and high pitched sounds. The upshot is that we have had to start again. I have to go back to ones with batteries (but he has supplied me with a tiny stick with a magnet on the end which enables me to change the batteries much more easily.) New moulds have been taken and they will ring me when the new models are ready (two to three weeks). A wasted journey but a pleasant one as the Autumn leaves were so beautiful everywhere..