debris4spike: (Barnabas - James in Caprica)
On the Sunday afternoon I went to the National Gallery. When I was at college in the early 80's we were almost next door. Yes I had gone around from time to time, but hadn't been back since 1983, so it was nice to sample the delights again

Wandering around )

And, this was my college for 3 of the 4 years.
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debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
When we were kids we had a record player with a few 78's .... a few hymns, a version of Black Sambo, Peter & the Wolf .... and this amazing song. It became a true family favourite.



A couple of times they played it to people who were superior about their taste in music.

Tim has just sent me the link, so had to listen ... and had to share.

So you can listen while you ignore my ramble!

First let me apologise for my lack of LJ, lack of birthday wishes, lack of keeping up.  I started back at work this week, and although I only work 3 1/2 days a week I was absolutely shattered by the time I got home.  So my evenings were spent snoozing in front of thf the TV, and going to bed early.

6 years ago I was still an osteopath, and riding regularily.  Since then the chronic fatigue hit, and I spent time caring for Mum & Dad.  Everyone has been telling me that I need to find myself.  I haven't really had any "me" time ... ever.  Mum was very clingy, and it got worse over the years.  Yes, I knew she was like that and accepted it, but now it's hard to think that I only have myself (and Jiffy) to answer to.  Anyway, one thing I have decided to do is to join a gym ... gulp!  I never thought I would do such a thing.  The one I have joined has a pool, jacuzzi and sauna as well aas regular revues for the gym, and loads of classes.  So I have had the basic gym induction over the last couple of weeks ... and this morning I actually did my first session today.  I am aimimg to help my posture, build up my stamina and strengthen my core.  So, watch this space!!

I saw my osteopath again today, and he was pleased with how well by body has coped with the latest changes.

Poor Jiffy has to have surgery .... The infection in his anal gland is getting slowly worse, and the benign wart on his face is now being scrathed, so I presume it feels sore.  He is booked in for early October, so a nervous time for me, as he is over 10 now.

However to take my mind off things I took him to a nearby town for a lovely walk this afternoon ... in fact I even treated myself to an ice-cream.  However, as I was texting a very special friend, I still feel guilty, as there is housework that needs doing.  It feels wrong to fritter my time away, although I have to admit I feel pretty relaxed as I type this.

Well still haven't got round to reply to comments, but I really hope that now I am getting back into a routine I will have more focus and get caught up,   Also will be able to catch up with you all ... if I have missed anything, let me know.

Strictly Come Dancing has started, so must focus on that ... the countdown towards Christmas!!!!
debris4spike: (M&D wedding)
I am actually sitting with dad and typing this update - the great thing about a Chromebook. Dad's home has Wi Fi, so thought I could actually do an update.

Firstly, sadly, when I said Dad is poorly, I mean that he is now drifting, having had yet another stroke. He just wants to go Home. He is very peaceful and the care is stunning so although I don't want to say Goodbye, but I know he will be going to Heaven, and I will see him again one day. He told me yesterday he wants to go Home, and that he is missing Mum. So hard to realise, but a lot of positives in such a negative time. I have had the privilege of knowing an amazing man for over 55 years, and even now is is half asleep with a beautiful smile on his face.

As I said my back had been playing up ... well my osteopath said I could look on it as good news!!!! For the last 3 years I have struggled, some days terribly, with the CFS ... yet he thinks I am doing so well that my horrific injury of 1982 is now able to become a separate entity. So looking at it that way I could see cause for celebration, and certainly nice to be able to tell dad that after he and mum have been so worried about me.

Jiffy has also been to the vets as he has a small infection in one of his anal glands. Marni has seen him 3 times now, and if there is no improvement next time then he may need a mini op. He was not great on his walk this morning. I had told him dad was poorly and I wonder if he has understood what I was saying.

Anyway, on a brighter note, here are the photos of Glastonbury Tor I promised you ... we had a great day for the walk as the view was amazing.

Well worth the climb )

Dad's asleep at present so I will try to get some more bits done, but doubt I will be focused enough to go through my f-list ... sorry
debris4spike: (James - London 2011 - flashing colours)

About time I hear you say !!!

Hope all is well with you and I haven't missed too much.  I seem to go from one day to another, and never get time to spend relaxed in front of my computer.  This is being done on my tablet while Mum and Dad have a snooze.  Good excuse to not do housework as I have to keep quiet 😉

So let's get up to date .....

1 - I am actually feeling a lot better .... my energy levels are up and the pain level down.  My osteopath has said that he is also pleased with progress, but still has a long way to go.  Anyway I am feeling positive, and for the first time in ages I am actually going to restart playing my clarinet.

2 - Dad is doing OK ... he still gets times when he loses himself and his vocabulary is not great.  However he is keeping busy doing gardening every day .... even when I am not around to nag!  He goes to Church with me every Sunday and takes Jiffy for a walk every day.  So all in all for a 90 year old Alzheimer's sufferer he is doing well.

3 - Mum has good days and  bad days ... for the first time yesterday she did about quarter of an hour sweeping where I was digging ... she was wiped out by the end, but it was good to see her wanting to do something.

4 - I am now on Instagram .... so if anyone else is then find me there .... Debris4spike.  My nephews nagged me, and although my phone camera is not great it is still fun.

5 - Jiffy keeps well.  The mornings I am here (4) we go for a walk ... so that's nice for us both.

6 - Now I am in a routine with cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc, life is easier.  I feel more in control of my own life again.

Well I have to get on .... certainly busy as ever, but at least now I am feeling a bit stronger life is a bit easier.

Will try to keep up better.  But I know I am a bad girl, so make no promises 😄

debris4spike: (Christ is Risen)
I spent the "spare" time gardening with Dad. We have been working on cutting back the hedge that wasn't touched last year. Sadly the ivy has attacked again ... so quite a bit of dead stuff to remove ... Jiffy is happy as it means he can keep tabs on the neighbourhood cat easier 🙌

I have been getting bad at keeping up to date ... I am sorry. I have loads of photos to post .... will try and get them up tomorrow as it's my evening in Exeter.


As I haven't had much chance time to make icon sets I have decided to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] historamedy365 .... and do two sets of 100 in the year. So later today I shall be posting my link charts on my icon journal. I am doing BtVS and Blakes 7 .... so the two series I have loved for ages.

It was lovely to attend Easter morning Communion with Dad ... such a special day to celebrate a special memorial service. Both Mum and Dad enjoyed their meal .... I even made a simple pudding. So a nice day.

Mum is not doing too well ... she can't sleep but doesn't want "more" pills ... I am trying to persuade her to at least speak to her doctor.

I am doing a lot better ... still in pain from the mid back down. But my arms and shoulders are much easier. I find my breathing easier and stamina much, much better. I very rarely get the sudden overwhelming tiredness, so that has been a wonderful improvement. The cranial treatment is slowing working.

Well I must get on ... I will try to catch up with comments later. Miss you.
debris4spike: (Hi)
I know I haven't replied to all your good wishes, but if I don't scribble "Hi", then I never will!

Mum ended up not having surgery, but is still very week and wobbly.  She is a person who presumes that she will be 100% because she said so!  Sadly life doesn't work like that, especially at 86!

Dad didn't cope very well with her absense ... or maybe it was me looking after him!  He is still very lost, although he is trying to sort his life out, but 90 years old, with Alzheimer's is not the best combination.

Needless to say I have been struggling, although good to be able to say that even though I have only had my second osteopathic treatment today, I can honestly say that I feel a slight bit easier ... I haven't had the sudden exhaustion attacks.  I had another treatment today, and hurt!  He said that I would suffer, but as I have faith in healing, then I don't mind!

Anyway, in the last few days I have been busy getting M&D's Christmas sorted out (so they are organised, although haven't got me anything ... we shall go shopping in the new Year, I expect).  Now I am trying to get my Christmas sorted.  So, life is hectic.

I am also trying to get some icons made!

So, sorry no replies as such - but will catch up when I get a moment ... although it looks as if I will be having an early night.

Hope all is well, and I haven't missed any vital news.
debris4spike: (Comfort.)
Having had a tough couple of weeks I saw an ex-collegue of mine today.  Colin and I trained together as osteopaths, although after graduation he specialised in cranial treatments, so works froma  different angle than I did ... and works on more holistic treatments.

Anyway, I had been having bad headaches as well as an increase in muscle tension and tiredness, so hoped even if he didn't have any long-term help he could ease the headache.

Anyway he has given me real hope ... he said that as I have had repetative respiratory infections, before this virus ... and the virus started with 2 infections then he would look at that.  He said as my chest muscles were so, so tight trying to get my ribs working, then I was getting the headaches.  Also that is why I am tired +++ ... because I am having poor breathing I am "running on adrenaline", so tire rapidly.

So I had a treatment, and go back ina  month.  Timing is bad as he is semi-retired, but there again, it needs to be slow steady release of the tension.
debris4spike: (Queen)
When I trained to be an osteopath I spent 4 years commuting each day to London ... for the first year my college was near Buckingham Palace, and then it moved to Trafalgar Square.  Each nice lunchtime we used to go to St James Park.  The first year we had the advantage of hearing the Bands play (until the IRA bombing) and one winter we even built a snowman there.

So these photos bring back a host of memories, as well as being fantastic places to visit.

Wandering round the Queens driveway )
debris4spike: (James - Exam time)
I didn't get work today, but have had a really tough 24 hours with pain and weakness, so it is good to not have to work - and means I can get some pictures up, and maybe even get some icons made, as I have a set due this weekend (PANIC

Although the rest will be in set themes, these are a few "odd" pictures of places and houses that I saw within the city on my perambulations!

Where I lay my head )

Training to be an osteopath )


Assorted things )


As you all know, I am very proud of my Dad - he took a year out to study when he was the age I am now, and he did an MSc at Imperial College ....another beautiful building )

College Reunion

Sunday, November 10th, 2013 09:19 pm
debris4spike: (Flashing lights with my name)
I don't think I ever got round to telling you all, but last Friday I went to Runnymede for dinner ... a 400 mile round trip, and even though the food was odd, the journey was worth it.

Back in 1979 I started at the British School of Osteopathy .... 96 of us enrolled, and on the 1st July 1983 63 of us graduated.

Now 30 years on I am no longer an osteopath, but when 2 different people contacted me to ask if I was going to go to the reunion ... so I did!

There were 23 of us there (sadly one of my closest friends was taken ill that morning) ... but we chatted, reminisced and laughed.  A truly super evening.

June 1983 )

And now ... here we are30 years on )

So glad I went - we hope to do it all again in another 5 years this time.
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
1979 - Start at The British School of Osteopathy
1983 - Graduate as an Osteopath - and start working in Essex
1986 - Move to Bude, North Cornwall
2010 - Close the business

Today - say Goodbye to my treatment tables.

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As you know they moved with me to Exeter as I was reluctant to say Goodbye to them. But in the beginning of this year we had a speaker come from Medical Missionary News and he was saying that although most charities just send money now, they still send containers of items to Africa. The DVD was so sad showing the conditions in some of the countries that it really spoke to me and I emailed them the next day. 

So, they are off to Africa.

It is great to know that they will soon be used to help with the healing of people again.

So a positive end to my part of their story.

debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
1979 - Start at The British School of Osteopathy
1983 - Graduate as an Osteopath - and start working in Essex
1986 - Move to Bude, North Cornwall
2010 - Close the business

Today - say Goodbye to my treatment tables.

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As you know they moved with me to Exeter as I was reluctant to say Goodbye to them. But in the beginning of this year we had a speaker come from Medical Missionary News and he was saying that although most charities just send money now, they still send containers of items to Africa. The DVD was so sad showing the conditions in some of the countries that it really spoke to me and I emailed them the next day. 

So, they are off to Africa.

It is great to know that they will soon be used to help with the healing of people again.

So a positive end to my part of their story.

debris4spike: (Dr 10 - with sonic screwdriver)
As ever no real time to catch up with you all - any news please let me know
*hugs*

I am busy at work ... and busy at home.

Actually have started to get my head around how I want to sort my bedroom out ... it's an odd shaped room, so everything has been in heaps.  I have decided on a tempory arrangement, and will decorat last of all.

The window man came this morning, and what I thought would b e anew unit, turns out to just need adjustments and repaires.  So he is returning next week to get the whole house sorted out - so that's a YAY!

I have, at long last, got hold of a plumber who is coming tomorrow to give me a quote on the work I need doing in the bathroom (the loo is slightly leaking!!!!!!) ... and I've decided on a new washbasin at the same time - unexpected expense, but I shall be happier with the results.

I have managed to find a use for my old treatment table (plus my portable one) ... I was reluctant to part with it, so it moved with me.  Last Sunday in Church we had a talk froma  Missionary group ... Medical Missionary News, and they send stuff to Africa - so I have offered them both tables, and they have accepted ... so it is great to have a positive use for them, and to know they will continue to be helpful ... they will be collected in January - so more details then.

I now have a Christmas tree up!  My first ever (366 pic to follow)

I have got to the Bank this am to get a change of address.

So al in all, busy - but progress is happening.

See you Friday!
debris4spike: (Dr 10 - with sonic screwdriver)
As ever no real time to catch up with you all - any news please let me know
*hugs*

I am busy at work ... and busy at home.

Actually have started to get my head around how I want to sort my bedroom out ... it's an odd shaped room, so everything has been in heaps.  I have decided on a tempory arrangement, and will decorat last of all.

The window man came this morning, and what I thought would b e anew unit, turns out to just need adjustments and repaires.  So he is returning next week to get the whole house sorted out - so that's a YAY!

I have, at long last, got hold of a plumber who is coming tomorrow to give me a quote on the work I need doing in the bathroom (the loo is slightly leaking!!!!!!) ... and I've decided on a new washbasin at the same time - unexpected expense, but I shall be happier with the results.

I have managed to find a use for my old treatment table (plus my portable one) ... I was reluctant to part with it, so it moved with me.  Last Sunday in Church we had a talk froma  Missionary group ... Medical Missionary News, and they send stuff to Africa - so I have offered them both tables, and they have accepted ... so it is great to have a positive use for them, and to know they will continue to be helpful ... they will be collected in January - so more details then.

I now have a Christmas tree up!  My first ever (366 pic to follow)

I have got to the Bank this am to get a change of address.

So al in all, busy - but progress is happening.

See you Friday!
debris4spike: (Ow - look of shock on face)

Day 01 - Introduction
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail
Day 08 – A moment, in great detail
Day 09 – Your beliefs, in great detail
Day 10 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 11 – Your siblings, in great detail
Day 12 – What’s in your bag, in great detail
Day 13 – This week, in great detail
Day 14 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 15 – Your dreams, in great detail
Day 16 – Your first kiss, in great detail - N/A
Day 17 – Your favorite memory, in great detail
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday, in great detail
Day 19 – Something you regret, in great detail
Day 20 – This month, in great detail
Day 21 – Another moment, in great detail
Day 22 – Something that upsets you, in great detail
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better, in great detail
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry, in great detail

Day 25 – A first, in great detail

I tend to find it hard when a question is a bit open-ended ... a first "what"?

So - I thought I would talk about my first ever patient once I was qualified as an osteopath ... how about that for random?

I spent 4 years training, and when I qualified in July 1983, I felt ready to take on the world.  In those days 85% of our patients had low back pain, 10% had shoulder symptoms, while the rest had ankle, knee or shoulder problems.

I started work 10 days after graduating, working 2 days a week at the prcatice of the Principal of the College.  First patient - a new one, never been to an osteopath ... great, they don't have any pre-concieved ideas.  So, I went in, armed (mentally) with all the questions ... asked name, address etc ... then said, OK where's the problem (werll it was a more long winded question - LOL)

And ... they poinetd to their jaw joint!

In 4 years we had discussed the jaw, but had never practiced on it ... I almost died on the spot!

Fortunately, as well as 4 years of anatomy and muscle techniques - we were taught how to b-######-t our way through any panic!

And, the good news is, that the patient returned the following week, 90% better!

I may have now left the profession, but that is one appointment that I will never forget - 35 mins of panic!

Still to come )


 


debris4spike: (Ow - look of shock on face)

Day 01 - Introduction
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail
Day 08 – A moment, in great detail
Day 09 – Your beliefs, in great detail
Day 10 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 11 – Your siblings, in great detail
Day 12 – What’s in your bag, in great detail
Day 13 – This week, in great detail
Day 14 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 15 – Your dreams, in great detail
Day 16 – Your first kiss, in great detail - N/A
Day 17 – Your favorite memory, in great detail
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday, in great detail
Day 19 – Something you regret, in great detail
Day 20 – This month, in great detail
Day 21 – Another moment, in great detail
Day 22 – Something that upsets you, in great detail
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better, in great detail
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry, in great detail

Day 25 – A first, in great detail

I tend to find it hard when a question is a bit open-ended ... a first "what"?

So - I thought I would talk about my first ever patient once I was qualified as an osteopath ... how about that for random?

I spent 4 years training, and when I qualified in July 1983, I felt ready to take on the world.  In those days 85% of our patients had low back pain, 10% had shoulder symptoms, while the rest had ankle, knee or shoulder problems.

I started work 10 days after graduating, working 2 days a week at the prcatice of the Principal of the College.  First patient - a new one, never been to an osteopath ... great, they don't have any pre-concieved ideas.  So, I went in, armed (mentally) with all the questions ... asked name, address etc ... then said, OK where's the problem (werll it was a more long winded question - LOL)

And ... they poinetd to their jaw joint!

In 4 years we had discussed the jaw, but had never practiced on it ... I almost died on the spot!

Fortunately, as well as 4 years of anatomy and muscle techniques - we were taught how to b-######-t our way through any panic!

And, the good news is, that the patient returned the following week, 90% better!

I may have now left the profession, but that is one appointment that I will never forget - 35 mins of panic!

Still to come )


 


debris4spike: (Osteopath - Word.)

And, so I continue with my Picture Meme that I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] hell0kittyangel ...

Day 1 — Your Best Friend ... Toni
Day 2 — Your crush ... James Marsters
Day 3 — Your Parents ... Mum and Dad
Day 4 — Your sibling ... Nick & Tim
Day 5 — Your dreams ... here
Day 6 — A Stranger ... here
Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush ... N/A
Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend ... Annemarie (& Stefan)
Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet ... The Queen & Prince Philip ... and James, of course

Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to

I haven't actually posted a picture of the person~people ...as I don't have any recent pictures.  However I have posted a picture of the building where we spent 3 (of 4) years.  The British School of Osteopathy ... near Trafalgar Square.  When we first went there it was in a different area (near Buckingham Palace) and has now moved again.

I made loads of friends ... for the firts time life was great.  I have kept in touch with 3 of them ... but not as well as I should do.  I am going to try and phone at least 2 of them this week.

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Pictures still to post )  

  
 

debris4spike: (Osteopath - Word.)

And, so I continue with my Picture Meme that I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] hell0kittyangel ...

Day 1 — Your Best Friend ... Toni
Day 2 — Your crush ... James Marsters
Day 3 — Your Parents ... Mum and Dad
Day 4 — Your sibling ... Nick & Tim
Day 5 — Your dreams ... here
Day 6 — A Stranger ... here
Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush ... N/A
Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend ... Annemarie (& Stefan)
Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet ... The Queen & Prince Philip ... and James, of course

Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to

I haven't actually posted a picture of the person~people ...as I don't have any recent pictures.  However I have posted a picture of the building where we spent 3 (of 4) years.  The British School of Osteopathy ... near Trafalgar Square.  When we first went there it was in a different area (near Buckingham Palace) and has now moved again.

I made loads of friends ... for the firts time life was great.  I have kept in touch with 3 of them ... but not as well as I should do.  I am going to try and phone at least 2 of them this week.

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Pictures still to post )  

  
 

debris4spike: (Cross - Paid in full)

As most of you know I scribble quite a bit from time to time ... and am pretty open.  I usually offer to do the 5 question meme thingy, and in the past have been asked some slightly obscure questions.

However I have offered to do it again and this time it is one of my newer friends who has asked the questions.  hell0kittyangel has asked :-
1) what is your testimony?
2) are you married/do you have children?
3) what is your occupation?
4) how long have you been playing clarinet?
5) what other musical instruments do you play?

Most of you will probably know, or guessed the answers, but I thought I would still answer them here, as they do cover some real basics that you may have always wanted to ask, but thought they were to well known by others!

So ... if you want to know the answers ... then
Read more... )



This meme also has the other half - if you want tme to ask you 5 questions, then say so in a comment. .... And, if you want to ask anything else, I always leave that option open.

 


debris4spike: (Cross - Paid in full)

As most of you know I scribble quite a bit from time to time ... and am pretty open.  I usually offer to do the 5 question meme thingy, and in the past have been asked some slightly obscure questions.

However I have offered to do it again and this time it is one of my newer friends who has asked the questions.  hell0kittyangel has asked :-
1) what is your testimony?
2) are you married/do you have children?
3) what is your occupation?
4) how long have you been playing clarinet?
5) what other musical instruments do you play?

Most of you will probably know, or guessed the answers, but I thought I would still answer them here, as they do cover some real basics that you may have always wanted to ask, but thought they were to well known by others!

So ... if you want to know the answers ... then
Read more... )



This meme also has the other half - if you want tme to ask you 5 questions, then say so in a comment. .... And, if you want to ask anything else, I always leave that option open.

 


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