Saturday, 6 February 2016

There's a moose, loose aboot this hoose.

I have no idea if this link above will work so sorry if it doesn't. Adding a youtube video may be beyond me!

I spent the first 10 minutes of watching Shetland last night trying to catch a mouse that Polly had brought in. It vanished somewhere even though she had it cornered for a second so I expect to be surprised by it dashing across the floor again tonight. This is when I miss our dog Lucy, she was a Collie cross and would never give up on catching a mouse even if it meant laying with her nose under a cupboard for hours.

Antimacassar - Now there's a word that I never thought I would hear in this house. 
According to the dictionary:-

    The definition of antimacassar is a protective cover for the arms and/or backs of upholstered furniture.
One of the annoying side effects of Col's cancer is a sweaty head! Sounds weird I know, but there you go.
It's particularly bad when he is asleep and he has had a towel on his pillow for weeks  Then we moved a leather recliner into the living room so he could lean back for a snooze and he needed a towel over the back of that too. But it kept falling off or slipping down so today I'm going to stitch a couple of  hand towels together on 3 sides so they can fit over the back of the recliner. Should keep me occupied while watching the rugby.

I went up to see him this morning and found him in the day room with two other men from his bay. They had had a really bad night as a poor man had had a bad reaction to his chemo which involved him shouting, swearing, thrashing about and threatening the nurses. Eventually the nurses managed to sedate him. Col said the man was quite OK until this weird episode in the night. So not a lot of sleep had by anyone last night.

Thank you for comments yesterday
Back Tomorrow - probably
Sue


29 comments:

  1. Our noo-noo was rubbish with mice and spiders - she'd see them from a distance, rush in, and then lose them because she was slightly longsighted! Silly cat. But we loved her.

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  2. Well you learn something new every day, antimacassar, if that ever comes up in a quiz I will astound everyone with my knowledge. I hope Col finds his homemade antimacassar comfortable. Our Ziggy Stardust never catches anything thankfully, just too darn lazy.

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    1. Usually fancy lacy or embroidered things that got all wrinkled and fell off the chair!

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  3. Ah, Lord Rockingham's XI. Happy days.

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    1. I can't think how/where I would have heard it before

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  4. Hello sue , I made a cushion for daves head on the leather chair , i know its the sweating that is creating a problem but sometimes the pillows slip on this type of chair so this idea might me some good to you the weight i used at the back was an old pair of pliers but anything weighty could do , I will post a picture on my blog for you to see as i dont have your email , Eileen

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    1. That's a good idea, thank you for the photos

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  5. Sue, that's exactly what my friend used to say about her hubby and his sweaty head! Everywhere he layed his head would result in a round patch of greasy sweat - it must be a common side effect.

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    1. It's been a horrible side effect, hopefully it will go soon

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  6. Antimacassars were Victorian/Edwardian and were still used when I was a child in the 1950s. They literally were for preventing macassar hair product that men used from soiling the furniture, and in the 1950s, Brylcreem (which today sounds like something you might polish the furniture with!) was still being used (even my father used it.) It's funny how something that was in many a household only just over half a century ago has totally disappeared not only from use but from our vocabulary (well, if it's not in use, then no need for the word, eh?)
    I don't remember having a sweaty head during chemo, but every person is different, and every chemo different. But what a good idea to stich the towels together like that! Necessity being, once again, the mother of invention!
    Margaret P

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    1. My mum had them on chairs right into the 1990's. I hated them and never thought I would have to have anything like them - but needs must

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  7. I bought a chillow when I had the menopausal nightsweats. It came wrapped in a roll and had to have a measured amount of water poured into it to activate the gel inside. It wasn't cheap but itwas wonderful and worth every penny. Catriona

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    1. That sounds wonderful for hot nights.

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  8. Hope things go according to plan for Col, Sue. Give him our regards.

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  9. Haven't heard that tune for ages! Like Galant, I remember antimacassars [my grandmother used to embroider them] and Brylcreem too. My husband has had a sweaty head at night since I married him, I have to put 3 pillowcases on to stop the stain going through to the pillow.

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    1. I'd forgotten it until I googled it, Good old google! Would it have been on Junior Choice? Otherwise I can't think how I know it

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  10. ps - forgot to say, hope things go well for Col x

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  11. My hubby has always had a towel on his pillow. His diabetes makes him sweat and it stains things. Apparently it sugar. Its taken the colour out of our leather sofa too. I keep threatening to make him a towel turban ;0) I'm glad Cols chemo was sorted.

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  12. Ohhh a mouse. I have spent so much time running around trying to catch those damn things when the cat used to bring them in.

    I think the chemo side effect is why they offer you a a cold cap when you are being treated for breast cancer? Maybe that is why peoples hair comes out. heat to the folicles? jsut a thought.

    Hope other than this you are both doing ok.

    Sol xxx

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  13. My hubby has a sweaty head with chemo also. He is having a rough time on his fifth round, each is different it is the sickness and tiredness that get to him most but at a recent ct scan it has stopped growing so that is a blessing. Hang in there xxxx

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  14. Sorry about the grim night.
    Hope the future nights will be peaceful.

    I used to put a linen tea towel on my husband's chair - cream covers and a balding head didn't make a good pair.

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  15. If there was a mouse in my house I think I'd be topping and tailing with Mark if he was in hospital! I know what you mean but wouldn't have know the word antimacassar. Hope Col has a better night, didn't know you could have that sort of reaction to chemo although I've seen a lady on a ward react to her anaesthetic in a similar way. xx

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  16. Hope all gets better for Col.
    And you take care too.

    cheers, parsnip

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  17. Hope Col has a better night, hospitals are so noisy sometimes. I hope the mouse finds his way outside without bothering you any more, we have been known to keep one inside until the morning when our cat brings it in if the weather is very cold. Oh dear! xx

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  18. Best wishes to you both, hope Col, (and You), have a good night tonight.
    Pam in TX.xx

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  19. Strangely enough, we have the same problem with OH due to his type 2 diabetes. One of the odd symptoms he had was sticky eyes, and I noticed the pillowslips were getting darkened despite extra soaking and washing etc. Best wishes to both of you. x

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  20. Have been AWOL for a few days. So sorry to hear about the nasty chemo reaction, but glad to hear Col is now home.
    I remember the song - I think it was in the top ten when I was about 16, I.e. somewhere about 1957. And I still sing it when any of the family's cats catch the little beasties!
    I have been in Wales for grandson's 18th, so of course watched rugby!
    You asked about PP letters, but of course must have had A's newsy epistle by now!
    Take care, both of you!

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