Wednesday, 30 December 2015

More than a year has passed.......

My last posting was from my holiday in Fuertaventura November 2014.  I was due to have my left foot operation the week after I got back.  It never happened......

  • In the rush to get to the airport to fly home I forgot to put on my flight socks.
  • Two days later, BIG stinging pain in back of left leg
  • Visit to GP confirmed a superficial thrombosis 
  • Result?  Operation cancelled!  "Let us know when you're recovered please"
  • 5 months later, recovered. I let them know.
  • New date set for early September this year

  • Mammogram late July
  • Mass found
  • Breast cancer confirmed
  • Foot operation cancelled yet again (note - twice)
  • Lumpectomy operation 10th August to evict the Squatter
  • Most of October taken up by Radiotherapy
  • Squatter replaced by a Gremlin with a pick-axe who seems to work night-shifts
  • The Gremlin is actually my tissue repairing itself together with a load of disturbance by the Radiotherapy
  • My left boob still has a big blue stain on it from the injected radioactive dye on the day of the operation. 
  • The blue stain is a conversation piece and is affectionately known as Smurf Juice)
So folks, it's been a funny old year.  I'm still waddling like a penguin, but at least I'm still here.

I see the foot consultant in two weeks.  I hardly dare set an operation date in case something else rears its ugly head to prevent it. On the other hand, it could be third time lucky!

I hope someone will stop by and say hello.  I want to know how you all are!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Hello from Fuertaventura!

Hello from Correlejo in Fuertaventura!  Grumpy Trousers and I are here for just a week in the sun before my operation.
This is our first time on the island and I'm in love with it already.  White sands, turquoise sea, beautiful little villages, friendly locals.... all taking my mind off next weeks hospitalisation.
So for now,  fun in the sun for a few more days.  I'll update when I get back. 
I hope you're all ok xxxxx

Friday, 3 October 2014

Meeting myself coming back!

Well, plenty of people advised me that I'd be busier in retirement than at work, and they were right!

I have no idea where the time has gone since my last post and that's because I'm so occupied with stuff that I don't have time to sit down and write up what's happening. The term meeting myself coming back seems to fit me to perfection just now.  However, I'm only here now because I'm in pain and can't sleep.  It's currently stupid o'clock and the painkillers haven't kicked in yet.  Sadly my hip is bad again, the effects of the injection having worn off after only a month.  It was a good month though, and one I enjoyed making the most of.

Because I've been a bit naughty with the painkillers over the last few months I figured I'd best get checked out at the doctors in case they'd upset my Chronic Kidney Disease.  I'm at a low level with that at a 3, but any fluctuations may occur any time so needs to be monitored.  I have a blood test for it tomorrow together with my annual thyroid check.  Harking back, my list of aches, pains and random ailments is getting longer.  It's no wonder I'm rattling with all the meds!  I just want to keep it all at bay and I can see this is going to be a battle into infinity.

While I type I've been listening to some ambient tunes to try and soothe the pain.  I've chosen this one to share with you as I've been quite a fan of Peter Gabriel over the years.  On that note, I'll bid you goodnight and try to sleep once more.

Keep smiling!

Monday, 15 September 2014

An amazing week!

Well, all kinds of stuff has happened this week, and in no particular order here it is:
  • I found a pair of posh straight leg slacks that actually fit.
  • Same trousers are actually long enough 
  • I found a pair of shoes - yes SHOES to wear with posh trousers
  • Grumpy Trousers has agreed to us having a holiday
  • As a result of him agreeing to holiday I am booking Fuertaventura in the Canary Islands
  • Now having a crisis about whether hotel v. apartment or self catering v. bed and breakfast
  • Actually I don't care, just having a holiday will be good.
  • I've set a budget for the holiday and will TRY and stick to it
It's my beautiful younger daughter's 35th birthday today.  I got her tickets to see Jools Holland so she took Grumpy Trousers with her, who was very chuffed about that.  Jools was actually appearing in here in Chesterfield at a local venue but it was standing only, so I opted out.  There's no way I can stand for hours on end.  They thoroughly enjoyed it and were full of it when I picked them up.  Much as I like Jools Holland, I like his sidekick Ruby Turner better.  She's the Momma of Blues and Soul and puts everything into her performances.  I was gutted not to see her, but if they come back I'll make sure I'm OK to go.

Another big thing this week has been younger daughter and me doing a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.  On TV there are adverts for The World's Biggest Coffee Morning.  Well, we turned ours into a Coffee Evening at our local village pub.  She and I baked cakes for several weeks in advance, froze them and iced them on the day.  We touted local businesses for vouchers and prizes for the raffle, put together sweepstakes for guessing how many beans in a jar, and also had a book sale.  We had a brilliant night with friends from far and wide together with local villagers.  Everyone waded in and helped, resulting in a great total of £363!  My village should be proud of itself for its kindness and generosity.

Here's a picture of the showstopper cake that my daughter made.  It was definitely chocolate overload, but then, its Cadbury's so there's nothing wrong with that, is there?

I have to confess I am completely wiped out with tiredness now after such a big event, and thankfully have nothing on my calendar this week.

Do stop by and say hello.  I feel I've been talking to myself again for a while.


Saturday, 6 September 2014

A new pic of me

Actually it's not me......but it could be.  The coincidental features in no particular order are as follows:

  • Sleeping
  • Mouth wide open
  • Book
  • Fat knees
In fact only the hair colour is wrong.  Blimey, I'm fatter than I think!

I love this pic so much that I'm going to order a copy to hang in my hallway.  It just makes me want to laugh at myself.

The guy who did the print is from Chesterfield and his name is Andy Tudor.  Here's a link to his website  His work contains a lot of images of Chesterfield, but he also does other stuff like the divine lady above (a bit of Beryl Cook influence going on there), and also some children's books.

He's well worth a peek.