debris4spike: (RDE)
In England we are so lucky to have the NHS.

I work for the NHS - and love it.



However people are always complaining about it - especially the waiting lists.

Well, a colleague of mine's husband found out last month he needed a heart proceedure.  He was told it could be a year before he got his appointment, but as they said they could take a cancellation they were lucky and Freddie had his proceedure yesterday ... Yay (and all went well).

HOWEVER, when they got there just before 8 am they were the only ones there ... there were 5 slots.  About 20 mins late one of the others turned up, but the others never did.

So all these people who complain should see this, and the fact that 75% of the clinics I work in have at least one non-attending.  Routinely they are offered another appointment, and thus more money, more delay in waiting lists .

I don't often get political, but was just so annoyed about these other 3 missing people.

Just A Few Points

Friday, August 18th, 2017 08:41 pm
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)

  • GGgrrrr - haven't been posting regularily!

  • GGGGgggrrrrrrrr - haven't replied to your comments.

  • Jiffy is still scratching, but not as bad as he was, so the vet has suggested increasing his baths, and I am being more pro-active at finding different walks to go on.

  • Went to Salisbury & Stonehenge on Wednesday (photos to come)

  • Work comes & goes ... well, the patients do.  Everyone moans about the lack of money spent on the NHS, however whatever really annoys me is that so many people just don't turn up for their appointments.  That causes more expense.

  • And, as a final point - I have booked a weeks trip in June in Italy ... Rome, Florence, etc


And, finally Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] kudagirl ... miss you
debris4spike: (Flashing lights with my name)
Wow home a couple of weeks already.  How did that happen?

I suppose the washing kept me busy!

I finished off my hand written journal, as I had got a bit behind and finished off the holiday blog, so there have been things that have kept me busy.  I have been back at work, but not as often as normal as the clinics are empty.  So that means I have been at home more, which makes my lack of LJing even worse.

And Jiffy has had to go to the vets a couple of times as he has got a nasty skin infection.  Tomorrow he goes for a haircut, so I hoping that will help things finally settle, as with 2 weeks of antibiotics and steroids don't seem to be helping much.

So no real news - but I have photos to share ... they will be up soon.

Group *hugs*

Happy Star Wars Day

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 08:33 pm
debris4spike: (Ewok)
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... and, yes, I am looking forward to the next episode at the end of the year.



Well so much for being around more often!  I have managed to keep going at work, get to the gym .... but that's it.  I am very tired, so haven't done much more than snooze in front of the TV in an evening.  Great as when I get in from work, one of the channels has been showing re-runs of Dr Quinn, so that's a good start to relaxation.  I don't always get to see it all as I am walking Jiffy, but as I know the story that's not a problem.

I have Tim & Claire coming over tomorrow for tea.  I haven't seen them since Christmas, so it will be nice to catch up.  Did I tell you Nick & family came here about 10 days ago ... for lunch, and to see Mum & Dad's graves.  We had a good time.

Yet again, I am sorry .... I haven't forgotten you all, and do miss you.  But the brain doesn't catch up too quickly ... sorry.

Happy ANZAC Day

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 10:42 am
debris4spike: (WW1 Grave)
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Best wishes to all who remembered this morning at dawn.

Normally on a Tuesday morning I go to the gym before work, but on Saturday evening I pulled my calf muscle, just where I tore it 4 years ago ... it is not happy (and neither am I). So this morning I have made some ANZAC biscuits to take to work this afternoon ... my boss is a Kiwi, and seemed stunned I knew what the date was!

I am then popping out to the shops to get some new shoes to wear to the gym, when I started this I only bought plimsolls as I didn't think I would stick at it, but with old ankle and Achilles injuries I need to be sensible.

I will try to both catch up with replies at some point, and get some photos taken of my conservatory, and other work I've had done.
debris4spike: (Spike - face + body + my name)
As all of you probably know by now we had a terrorist related incident in London, and as ever random people walking through the city are injured or have lost their lives.  It seems small compared with other atrocities, but no doubt is meant to scare people away from the city.

No way - terrorists are not going to run my life ... or my country!

Anyway, enough of politics (etc) not something I usually even mention on LJ.

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I keep saying I am back and then disappear!  Last time I picked up a tummy bug (I think the kid who sat in front of me at Church the previous day was ill), and sadly my Chronic Fatigue set back in ... so I somehow lost a week.  I managed to work for 2 days, but that was all.

So, I need to focus, and get back on track.  There is no way I can skim back through your news, and I must yet again apologise that I have been a bad friend (I should get that sentence in the pc memory and that way just fill that line in each time! ).

So what I need to do is do a catch-up post incase any of you remember who I am, and want to know where I am and what I am doing!It's all about me - )

I do hope that you are all well ... any news, please let me know.
*group hugs*

I Am Still Alive!

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 03:25 pm
debris4spike: (Rose)
Wow

How did I manage to dissappear for that long - so far behind?  I suppose it asn't helped that I have been working a couple of "normal" weeks, which is actually only 3 1/2 days, but I have been very tired the rest of the time.  I also ended up very sore after having Carpel Tunnel injection.  The GP just caught a nerve as he put the needle in, and although he moved it it was still really sore for a week.

Jiffy has been keeping OK, which is good.

I have booked my holiday.  I will be out of the country for almost all of July (and a couple of days of June).  This coming Thursday I shall be meeting up with a lady and her dog who may be Jiffy's carer for the holiday.

The decorating is finished for the present.  I am slowly trying to pack things away in their permenant home.  However I have decided to have a conservatory built!  So some things will have to move again after Easter.  I will post some pictures soon, I promise.

Still I am posting a couple of pictures here.  Last Wednesday I had an email to say that Mum & Dad's stones had been placed.  If you are on Facebook you will have seen the overall view, but here are some more.

RIP Mum & Dad )
debris4spike: (Child)
This week at work one of the patients I saw had night terrors about choking on cats. I was telling my boss, so that if she needed further treatment she could be referred on if needed. However it reminded me of a song I know, that I learnt as a kid.

I asked my boss that, and although he comes from New Zealand and is younger than me, he knew it. However the rest of the group are Portugese and Filipino ... they didn't know it.

Anyway when I got home I had to hear it - aand thought I would share it!

365 Meme Day 18

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 07:41 pm
debris4spike: (Grr.aargh)
If you could do today over, would you change anything?

Yes, I would remember to take my fruit into work with the rest of my lunch! I forgot to put them in my bag!



The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (James - pointing finger)
I have been a bad girl at LJ-ing ... but a good girl at resting when not at work. So haven't really opened up my LJ at all, so am behind with the daily meme. Hope to do better! Here we are -


9 - The best part of today was______

Monday - less coughing ... and I did the full 9 - 5, and still had the energy to take Jiffy for a walk when I got home! Yay, first full day since early November.


10 - What’s the hardest thing you’re dealing with?

Tuesday - I still find it hard to cope with how I am dealing with Mum & Dad's deaths. I suppose it doesn't help that it feels wrong to be planning things for my future without them being involved .... after 55 years it seems wrong to not be part of a trio.


11 - Today I wish I had more _____

Yesterday was a pretty good day, but wished I had more focus, as there was a heap of ironing .... and it is still sitting in front of me as I type this!


12 - What made today unusual?

Today, being a Thursday, I normally work 9 - 5, but the clinic I usually do in the morning was cancelled. So had a lazy morning ... had planned to get my passport sorted (but need a hair-cut!!), so finished reading my book instead.



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!)
debris4spike: (Star Wars)
Sorry I missed yesterday, but could add that to a positive post ... Claire and I went to dinner and then went to see Star Wars : Rogue One. I enjoyed it, but what was also great is so did Claire ... and she's not really a Star Wars geek. So obviously as a stand-alone film for her it was well done, even though she missed a few in-jokes.


5 - Can people change?

Characters, etc ... Sadly, I don't. I know that we all can change, but sadly I think that most people have an in-grained nature, that makes it hard to alter their attitude.

However I do believe that with faith, or similar, a burglar/murderer/etc can change ... providing they have good support.


6 - What made you smile today?

Didn't have work, so could get up later!! That's enough to cheer anyone up!



The list of 365 questions can be found here

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.
debris4spike: (Gym quote)
A few of my friends have done posts reminding us at that despite problems and upsets, there are still so many positive things, so I am going to try a positive post a week.

Yesterday I went to the gym, and my trainer has increased the number of repeats on all my programme!  There was one that I reduced the weight for on the last rep as I was struggling, but other than that I managed (just).  However what really cheered me up was that I always finish with a swim and jacuzzi.  As I was swimming I actually counted the lengths and realised that back in October the first time I went I only swam ... and only managed 4 lengths, a gap, and another 4.  Yesterday, after an increased workout, I swam 10 lengths, and actually could probably have done a bit more ... so, great, my stamina is much improved already.

Back to work this afternoon after 6 weeks off.  Still coughing, and catching my breath, but I am doing an "ignore and see" ... so for me, that's a positive way forward!  Having had a lifetime of chest problems at least my doctor accepts that I will struggle from time to time ... so we are seeing how things go.

And finally, had a great walk with Jiffy this morning.  He has been a bit sluggish, which worried me, I put his older jumper on him, and whether it was that, or just he is feeling better, he enjoyed himself ... and it was great walking across frosty land.

Well I must get on, as I need to get an early lunch and change ready for work.

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: (Ewok)
Day 17 → something that made you happy this year

The department I work for at the hospital have asked me a couple of times if I would like to work full-time for them.. At present I work part-time, via the Bank, so it is really nice to truly know I am appreciated.


Day 18 → your favourite photo this year

Well I love the ones I shared a couple of days ago of myself and Dad laughing. But seeing as I have only shared that a couple of days ago, I thought I would share this one that you haven't seen yet ... and it's topical to the new film release ...

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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!!!
debris4spike: (Sorry ... James)
No more photos for another couple of days, no time to check my f-list .... Life is still taking over.

I have got rid of the stuff, mostly, around the staires, but still have some furniture to move, so almost ready for the decorators to return for the next time.

On Sunday I did pop to visit Auntie Joyce.  Spoke to Brenda and she had persuaded Nick not to do the trip, which I agreed with.  He is not coping at all.  His work have been great, but even that hasn't been the answer, although it has helped him.  At least he is admitting he can't cope with life, so that's positive.  Brenda is busy at work, and coping with Nick, plus being taxi driver to the 3 younger boys!  So, I left here at just before 9am, having taken Jiffy for an early walk, and stopped for lunch and eventually got there at about 2.15pm.  The nurse said she is actually doing OK, and they hope to discharge her home sometime this week.  I stayed about 2 hours, and headed back home.  Stopping for tea, and getting stuck in traffic, I eventually made it hope about 10.30pm.  Jiffy had been a good boy, and "kept his legs crossed".

Poor boy, especially as yesterday the weather was horric, so another day without a real walk again.  I was shattered all day, but an early night and a later start today have helped me to feel more human again.

In a minute I am off to the solicitors to "swear" the probate on dad's will.  Then back to work again this afternoon.

Work tomorrow, but then an extra day off to start sorting things out (ha, ha).  So hopefully I shall get some photos sorted and up, and get comments answered.

Sorry - will try to be a better friend soon, I promise (fingers crossed)
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!!!!

Just A Typical Day

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 02:46 pm
debris4spike: (Spuffy - End of days (asleep))
This morning Dad and I listened to a double CD of hymns, and Dad wnted me to sing ... shows what a strong person he is if he can cope with that!!!  By then it was lunch, and they got a small amount of soup into him, as well as a small scoop of chocolate mousse.

Tim and Claire came in for 5 minutes, which was a "joy" .... I did learn that the house is exchanged, and the deposit paid, so we are letting them have a set of keys today so they can store stuff.  I have to go there this evening - and it's a Goodbye to the last family home for me.  I also have to take photos of the gas/elec/water meters, and Claire wants pictures of the empty rooms.  They were upset as they couldn't get tme off work and mentioned about the days going past .... I made the mistake of saying that I was worried about work, and they just said that I was OK to have the 3 weeks off with no questions.

About 10 mins after they left Nick arrived.  He was delayed as he had started work today, but apparantly had been called to a meeting and he is now suspended on full pay awaiting an occupational health report.  Hard for him as he has planned his lessons as from Monday, but good that the school is keeping an eye on him.  I had ordered him lunch (which had annoyed Claire), but was really glad I had when I heard this news.  He was only here a short time before he had to head off again.

This afternoon, as well as going to Mum & Dad's I have to take Jiffy to the vets.  He should have gone last week for a check up, but haven't wanted to be away from Dad ... today I just need to get him checked, as I have to take the keys there anyway.

Well as you can imagine, there's no real news.

I do want to say sorry for the lack of focus on your posts ... I hope I haven't missed anything vital.

This will be f-locked because of my Claire comment!!

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