Typical Deborah

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 11:54 am
debris4spike: (Jiffy - sleepy)
Anyway, yesterday was the [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday and I posted there the first time in ages. However, this is all I wrote ...


I slept! Well, drank water, ate some fruit & salad, and slept!

Yes I have managed to get flu, despite having had the flu jab last October!

Hope the rest of you had a better day!


So even though I have loads of comments to reply to, loads of icons to make (I actually signed up for 2 sets of 20), loads of letters to write; but I have a fuzzy brain and an aching body.

Sorry I keep disappearing ... as ever, will try better.

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 05:12 pm
debris4spike: (Cross - Paid in full)
At long last I get time to sit and type.

Last week I ended up with another week off work with a virus. It started as sinusitis that was quite mild, but went onto my chest again! So this week it's been busy to be back at work, catching up.

Well my conservatory is up (vinyl to come next week) ... so now I shall spend this weekend trying to get my house looking like a home again. Once that's done I shall take some photos so you can see what has been happening.

This afternoon Misty and I went for a walk around the city ... and payed for my holiday, so now it's all ready to go.

As I said it's Maundy Thursday, and as you can see here, The Queen has been handing out the Maundy money. Here are a couple of photos to show how well the Royal Couple are looking.

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And here she is with money -
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Well that's me up to date again. Hope you are all well

365 Meme Day 17

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 06:32 pm
debris4spike: (E.M.M.H.)
On a scale of 1-10 how is your health?

I am sure you all know I am struggling.  A major chest infection, coupled with exhaustion, is taking me a long time to get over.  I have good days now, like yesterday, then this morning slept through an alarm clock and didn't wake until 10am.

However, as is often said, there are a lot of people a lot worse off.



The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (USA)
Sorry I didn't get round to answering comments over the weekend as I promised ... however I seemed to sleep for hours, and hours, so got nothing done at all.  However I have been doing a full (for me) week this week, and still feeling tired, but coping.  Saw my doc today, and she is more confused than me!!  She has ordered blood tests for everything, which I am booked in for next week.  So we shall see.  I personally think it's the last 4 years catching up with me.

However, as we are all hoping to post 3 postitive things, I must remember that I am back at work, and doing the full 3 1/2 days that is what I am booked for.

Last week I saw Rogue One with Claire.  We had a good evening, and glad to say Claire enjoyed it, even though she is not a Star Wars geek.  So, a lovely time, we had dinner first, so a nice evening, and it was on my day off so I could sleep a lot!!

And my 3rd thing is that I have scared myself in that I have emailed Annemarie (in N.W. USA) to say I would like to visit.  I am part excited, a lot panicing!  I am hoping to arrange time with her, then to visit San Fransisco for a few days .... well, providing I can keep positive, and get my passport renewed!)

365 Meme Day 4

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 08:17 pm
debris4spike: (Dad)
What is your best memory of last year?

I had some truly special times with Dad .... I have posted the pictures before, but this one of us on Father's Day is just so wonderful. I was trying to get Dad to look at the camera and we had such a long laugh.

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There are other great moments, but these moments still make me smile, as I think of them.


The list of 365 questions can be found here


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Yes, I'm all behind with replying to comments, I know. I aim to catch up over the weekend. I am back at work, but struggling with tiredness, as well as still a bit of a cough. Today I left 1 1/2 hours early ... but just so glad to have stayed that long. Back again tomorrow.

19th December

Monday, December 19th, 2016 12:21 pm
debris4spike: (Christmas Tree + James)
Happy 120th Birthday Granddad!
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Thank you NHS for 28 years of sight in my right eye. (I had surgery on that day for a torn and detached retina.)

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In more up to date news I am still off work. Despite getting better last week, yesterday (at Church) I began to feel my chest tightening up, and this morning I woke coughing, and have only just stopped. My GP is puzzled, so that's totally me! My lungs sound clear, and I can take a deep breath with no problems. However she was concerned at my heart rate again. So, I have had a chest x-ray, and she has put me on antibiotics and steroids for 5 days, to see if there is something somewhere she has missed. As I had to go to the hospital, I went up to the department to apologise, and to find out how the Christmas Party had gone. Apparently it had gone "very" well!

Tim and Claire popped in yesterday afternoon to do a pressie exchange, so they are under the tree. Yes, I managed to get decs up ... not looking very even, but certainly festive!

Speaking of festive - this was on the radio this morning, so thought I would share ...

debris4spike: (E.M.M.H.)
Day 12 → talk about this year in medical news

For any who know me, they will realise that I have had some tough health problems.

Back in January I had a viral chest infection, that was so bad that my GP was worried that I had a blood clot on my lungs, or had a heart attack.  Fortunately all was OK, but it took 7 weeks before I was well enough to go back to work.

Then I broke a crown off a tooth, and when treatment started I ended up with an infection, so lost the tooth ... and got an infection in the socket!

Now, I am off work again with a virus.  However my doctor has said that the virus is just the name to put on the off-work certificate, but mostly it is emotional exhaustion that has knocked me down.  So 2 weeks off already, and now this coming week, but hoping to cope with going back to work next week.

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Other medical news was Dad having another stroke in the Spring, and then (as you know) he died on the 2nd September)

His sister was in hospital for 2 weeks with BP problems, and a urine infection.

Jiffy had to have his anal glands removed, as well as a large wart removed from his face a month after Dad's death.  He has also had 3 or 4 skin infections this year (he has one at present)

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Roll on 2017!!!

A Proper Post!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 12:22 pm
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
I am so busy spamming you with London photos, as well as managing to keep up to date with the December Meme that I haven't actually done a proper post in ages ... so here goes.

  • First, I am so sorry, but I forgot to post Birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] gillo and [livejournal.com profile] shaddyr yesterday.  I truly hope you both had lovely days, being spoilt by those you love and that the coming year will be a truly special one.

  • I have just got back from the doctors.  I have been signed off for the rest of this week with the option to just phone in on Monday if I still feel rough.  It is being called a viral chest infection, but basically exhaustion on top of that.  I have had viral chest infections most years, normally lasting about 5 - 7 days, so it's obvious when my body has to slow down that's what gets to me.

  • Jiffy has another bad skin infection, so he was happy to go and see Marni for a cuddle (and anti-biotics!)

  • My new kitchen worksurface arrives tomorrow.   So when I finish this I have to clear all the surfaces.

  • I really need to get organised for Christmas.  I think I have done most of the shopping, but need to sort it out and post things off.  I haven't even thought about cards, but already received some, so I must focus.  Maybe I will try to get started tomorrow while my kitchen is being dismantled.

  • Yesterday I had a suprise phone call.  The person who had been Mum's friend while they were at school during the war.  They lost some of their closeness when she married, and then Mum moved away, but have still kept in touch and visited .  She just phoned to find out how I was coping.  So that was really lovely.

Well, anyone who is still awake wins a special award.

Now, I will post some more London photos later! But to finish, a Christmas song I heard on the radio this morning -
debris4spike: (With James - Christmas)
Day 02 → your holiday wish list

Actually I don't have one!

I could do with a new swim suit at some point.   Brenda text me last week to see if there was anything I wanted .... and I suggested ear-rings.  Mum & Dad took a long time to accept that I had my ears pierced, but when they did, they bought me some every birthday and Christmas ... so it would be something I would be missing this year.

I suppose my real wish is that the house is looking like a home by the 25th.  The decorating is finished for the time being, but I am feeling like a "damp dish-rag" as Dad would have said.  Also the carpets don't arrive till the 15th, so hopefully I shall be able to get things looking square by then.

London Photos #2

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 05:24 pm
debris4spike: (London)
The delay is terrible - so sorry.  In actual fact I am off work again, with another chest infection.  I do certainly hope it doesn't last as long as the infection did in the New Year.

The decorators have finished for the moment.  So have some sticky paint at present, bur as of tomorrow I can start to get some of the pictures up in my hall.  The carpets ar due in a couple of weeks time, so can't get the bookcases back in the hall, or the furniture organised in the spare room.  But as I am really not great I have the perfect excuse not to push myself.

So, following my photos of the Florence Nightingale Museum, I walked a bit around the St Thomas's area. When I was in my first year at college in 1979 we did human dissection at St Thomas's, yet I couldn't work where we used to gI had dinner in County Hall, sounds posh I know, until I tell you it was a McD's!!! And then back over Westminster Bridge ... and as, ever the camera was busy.

Around Parliament regions )
debris4spike: (Wanting a hug - Cap'n John)
I realised that some of the time oof feeling low and unwell has escalated me feeling low, and sorry for myself.  I had not bothered dying out the grey hair, wore tatty jeans, and din't even bother with ear-rings on a couple of days.

So, hair is coloured, and yesterday afternoon I took Jiffy for an extra walk locally (with my phone only) to take some photos for my Friday challenge,as you can see )

Earlier in the day yesterday I had been to the dentist again, and she has talked herself out of extraction, and has re-filled the root and giving it a month to settle (I think she is hoping that if it gets worse I shall return before that ... while she is on holiday!!)  I then went to Mum & Dad's and did another 90 mins of sorting.  There's still loads to do, but I am slowly getting through it all.  I then went to see Dad, who was exhausted!  The morning had been a "street party" at the home, which I had hoped to go to until the dentist intervened.  Then a meal outside, then some kids from a local school gave a sing along party.  Hopefully I will get to see the photos.  Everyone said Dad had a great time.  He has a new posh, large wheelchair now, so he can sit in it, as well as be moved in it.  It has a large footplate as well, and he sais it's very comfy.

Today Jiffy and I went in the bus to Exeter ... he loves going there.  I bought a pasty for lunch, that he shared a corner of ... so I decided me time was needed ... the boxes will still be here later!

PS, Friday 13th May 1981 was the day I passed my Driving Test ... Happy Anniversary me!

Well I must get some art done - I signed up for Seasonal Spuffy ... Hope you are all having a good weekend.

Off Work ... Again!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 11:38 am
debris4spike: (James - silhouette)
Don't know why!  I wasn't feeling great on Sunday, in fact didn't make it to Church, but after a slow walk with Jiffy and a chat to Dad I felt OK.  However not so good on Monday morning, feeling very wobbly so phoned in sick.

Tuesday I only work afternoons, and felt OK in the morning, but by the time I got to work I was feeling drained.  I saw the 4 patients I had to and headed home exhausted.

Wednesday went into work, to be sent home.  Apparantly my face looked more grey than my hair!!  So have taken today off as well.

I think the conclusion is, in that trying to save my ttoth I had a strong dose of penicillin, and then had anti-biotics in the actual root itself.  I have only just started to feel better after my virus, and last year, so just had no reserves left.

So I am pottering at sorting out the books in my study, and the CDs that were mum's.  Being a good girl, but keeping positive as well.

Hope you are all well xx

I'm Back ... I Hope!

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 03:29 pm
debris4spike: (Hi)
To say the house is still chaotic is being polite, but at least I have "dug" my way through my study to find my computer again. I will admit I haven't looked at LJ since I last wrote something, so if there is any big news please let me know.

I thought I would re-start my lj-ing with this amazing link -



As someone who can not dance at all, it does mean that maybe I still have time to learn!!!

So either skip the scribbles, or make yourself a pot of tea, and open up the biscuits ...what I have been up to )

Group hugs !!
debris4spike: (Dragonball)
Well I have managed to post some photos, but haven't replied to comments, or done the next day of the Meme thingy.

However I have almost organised for my old furniture here to either go to charity or the tip, and for the furniture I am having from M&D's to get here.  So haven't been too lazy.

Forone thing I cut my hair, so that was a job that was needed.

Saw Dad this morning, and he was upset when I got there, but after that was sorted we had a good laugh and a chat.  I find ti confusing as with the Alzheimer's I often don't know what we are talking about, but Dad does, and he's happy ... so that's the main thing!

Still tired from the virus, or the CFS, but the coughing is easier, and I am more focussed.  So, hopefully that means I can at long last get back to work next Thursday.  It's good timing really as I work for a week then have already booked a few days off for Easter.  So it will be a good test for me.

Well I will try to get on with replies tonight, but as I'm using my Tablet, it only lets me use my default icon ... so you will all get to see the photos of Mum (well if I get organised!)

Hopeyou are all having a good day today.
debris4spike: (Flashing lights with my name)
Even though I have had a crumby week ... not being able to breathe, at all.  I have had the best of help from the docs, as far as it goes.

I have been tested for Pulmonary Embolisms, Heart Attack, Blood disease ... but all OK.  So, in so many ways that's good news.  Still have a headache and can't breathe as well as I should, but as a great friend pointed out, I have had a physically tough 2 years and last year was very emotionally stressful, as well.  So really I just need time to chill - Thanks Deb, I think that's what I am agreeing with, and my GP said it sounded feasible.

BTW, I couldn't get hold of Tim and Claire on Monday when there was a strong possibility I would be staying in hospital, but my neighbour saw me as I was coming back from the docs, and "stole" Jiffy! He had a great time. They have a one year old, and in the afternoon they went to another town to have a walk along a beach! I think he was quite upset that I didn't have to stay in hospital!!

Anyway I had to go to the solicitors again on Friday, to sign an insurance policy for Dad's account.  So I took Jiffy in and we had a lovely long, slow walk ... so I have photos.  However, Photobucket is again being unhelpful, so I will post them when I can win the argument with my pc!!
debris4spike: (Mum)
Sorry this post is even later ... Photobucket was down over the weekend and now it, or my computer seems to be on a go-slow!  Then yesterday I was very breathless - so much so I have spent the last couple of days in and out the hospital checking whether I had a pulmonary embolism.  However eveything is 100% OK, so just viral still.  But good to have a full MOT!

Anyway - Higher Cemetery Exeter ...Here we come )

Jiffy and I will go back soon to find some of the other special areas, and memorials.
debris4spike: (Yoda - Keep Calm)
I am fighting a really nasty cold that is trying to head to a chest infection, but fluids, rest, paracetamol and oranges have joined the fight ... I just hope we win!

I managed to get Jiffy walked this morning in the dry, and now as it's raining I am going to try to get some LJ caught up, and some icons made.  I am only doing one set of 20in20 this month, but hope to get back to the 2 sets of 100's I am doing as well.

My friend Toni came over yesterday - it was great to see her.  We had both had tough years last year, which meant we didn't get to see each other much.  She has moved house so is now nearer, so we hope this year to keep in touch more.

I went to the solicitors yeaterday to swear over Mum's will.  So that will be done in about a month, we hope.  It should be at about the  same time that Tim and I finally get the paperwork through the Court of Protection for Dad ... until then we can't sell the house, but at least we know things are moving along.  As everything is frozen for the money etc, Tim has taken out a loan to pay Dad's Home fees.

He is certainly more settled.  He has been to Church there, and when I go we usually go for a walk.  Jiffy goes in once a week, so he likes that.  As does Jiffy, who loves all the attention from everyone.

Starting next week I am going to be increasing my hours slightly ... I am doing, via The Bank, a short term contract as a Physiologist.  So as well as being a good challenge, it is a bit more pay an hour.  Still all in the same dept, and they requested me, so it really should work out well.

My Daily Bible Reading continues ... but haven't posted any thoughts I know.  Today I was reading of Abraham and Sarah laughing when they were told that they would have a child (she was in her 80's) ... but the reminder shows that nothing is impossible, with God.  A good reminder for the day.

I won't skim your LJ's as I want to get caught up, before I get side-tracked again.  Hope you are all well

Group *hugs*

10 Days On

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 12:00 pm
debris4spike: (Son of a preacher man.)
Sorry I have been missing, but as my last post said, Dad had a massive stroke.

His speach was slurred and vague, he couldn't move his right leg, and nurses moving it caused pain, and he couldn't move his right arm, and his fingers were clenched tight.

Now, 11 days later I can post a photo I took yesterday ... He still has a long way to go, but has recovered from the pneumonia he also developed and has been moved to a rehab unit.  He walks (with a frame and 2 supporters), and can now just about get a spoon to his mouth with his right hand.  His speach s fine, although his memory is still muddles ... but add Alzheimer's, mum's death and the stroke, it's not suprising.

 photo Dad_zpsbz7pesuc.jpg

Sorry I haven't been around, but my CFS has kicked in, and with walking Jiffy and visiting twice a day, me-time is non-existant.

As I type this I am surrounded by boxes as Nick and Dan (17) came down last Saturday morning to empty the loft.  Tim had kept talking about it, but that was as far as it got ... so now I have to sort - Auction, keep, charity, recycle and dump!

So, I know I have loads of comments to reply to, but just don't have time.  I shall try and rig Mum's laptop up so as I sit in the evening for an hour I can catch up with you all.

Also - special thanks to 2 very special people ... it truly meant a lot  *hugs*

Mum

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 12:10 pm
debris4spike: (James - looking down)
Just to say I may be MIA as mum is in hospital. .... Very poorly

Will update when I know more ....have disabled comments
debris4spike: (Hardest thing - live in the world)
Wow, can't think why I have not been on-line ... no real reason at all.  So here I am, and I must try to reply to owed comments.

My cough is still with me, but the GP now thinks I am OK ... in other words, it's stress.  As is the fact that I am getting jaw pain, which is also caused by me grinding my teethin my sleep - so next week I am being fitted for a guard to wear at night.  Even Jiffy is getting more skin irritation, which his vet thinks is aggrevated by stress.

The Bank Holiday weekend has been about the same as normal ... housework, gardening ... and repeat.  As Marni had talked to me about stress I realised I need to take Jiffy for longer walks ... so that has been a positive start to each day (for us both, I hope).  She had the sorrow of nursing her younger sister through terminal cancer last year, so can truly know what it is about.  She was just 40 when she died ... no age at all.

Well I must get on and reply to past comments, and try to catch up with your news ... if I have missed anything, please let me know.

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