Friday, 7 October 2016

A slow, painful and worrying week

Monday
I've been extremely brave and  had a check over at the dentists. I haven't been since we moved here and actually haven't had a check up since May last year. Horrified to find how much the cost has gone up in 18 months and I have to go back to the hygienist and for a filling too. Terrified!

Col had looked at the forecast and said Monday was the only day good enough to get down to the beach hut so after my morning of fear we hopped in the car and picked up fish and chips in Felixstowe town and took them down to the hut to eat. Had to use the wheelchair for Colin. Wind turned East and got very cold as we came home. 

Tuesday
The auction finished of some items of clothes I sold on eBay - including my dress, jacket and hat from last years wedding. Very pleased with the amount we sold for. Easy to take things to the post office and the Hermes courier collection point is just round the corner at the pharmacy.
Something seems to have aggravated my back, which is always dodgy. Not too bad during the day but laying down at night very painful. Tried all sorts of remedies but very little sleep.

Wednesday
Youngest to have C section next Tuesday as Dot-the-bump hasn't turned round.
Back/hips still awful, pains down legs too.
Finished re-reading Barbara Pym  - Excellent Women - which according to my book-of-books-read I've read before but absolutely no recollection of it at all, so it was an enjoyable read.

Thursday
Col's weekly blood test at the hospital. Oh heck platelets down further, they should be climbing not falling.
So worrying . Still no sleep so read Jill Paton Walsh - The Wyndham Case, have ordered the other 3 in this crime series from the library.
Watching too much TV, as too tired to do anything else.

Friday
Very chilly and grey, you know Autumn is here when the cat stays in and sleeps most of the time.
Colin to hospital to have a bag of platelets. Me to a doctor who told me to lose weight, refer myself to physio and double night time pain killers.
A huge book arrived from Persephone Books after I noticed on their forum that they were offering a copy of any of their October re-prints for people to review. I thought I was probably too late but they've sent me a copy of Long Live Great Bardfield ( which I mentioned on my last post). This autobiography of Tirzah Garwood who died in 1951 was first published in 2012 in a limited edition and now Persephone are bringing it to a wider readership.
Product DetailsThe endpapers and bookmark are from a decorative paper design by Tirzah .

 Started reading Trio by Sue Gee, this seems to be a 'dozens of tissues'  tearjerker.


Back when there is something to say
Sue

54 comments:

  1. You deserve a lollipop for going to the dentist, but he/she probably wouldn't approve. Sorry to hear Col is making slow progress but good to know the cat is keeping you company. You're right, we have a got a blast of autumn. Enjoy your books and let us know the baby news soon. Best wishes, Jill

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    1. We shall be able to visit the new grandchild very quickly after it's arrival which is good

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  2. Sounds like a rough one, but things were always going to be up and down, I guess. Keep reading, keep enjoying the outdoors - even on a windy cold day fish and chips at the beach sounds amazing. As long as there aren't any big gulls like at Padstow!

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    1. There are more gulls in town than at the beach!

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  3. So sorry to hear that you and Col have not had a very good week Sue.
    I always keep you both in my thoughts and I hope things take a turn for the better soon.
    Many hugs-x-

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    1. Now he is in hospital again so things did get worse!

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  4. "Back when there is something to say." I must use that line.

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  5. Here's hoping you're both feeling better soon! Don't you hate it when doctors give a blanket "lose weight" and/or "take a pill" rather than checking to see if there's a more significant problem? In any event, you'll have a new grandbaby to cuddle and love in just a few days> How exciting!

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    1. I've found in the past that you have to go to the doctors 3 or 4 times before they take you seriously nowadays.

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  6. A stressful week which won't have helped your back I'm sure. Look forward to seeing photos of new grandchild. Caring thoughts to you all. Catriona

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  7. Tough week. Best wishes for an improvement in all things.

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  8. Hope things start to look up for you soon with everything , Its a good job you love reading so it can take your mind of things even if its only a little bit xxx

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  9. A miserable week for you. Thank goodness little dot is making her entrance soon. Hang in there. I've got dentist (hygenist) and doctor (hate going to him more than dentist) both on Thursday-there's a fun day!

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    1. Oh dear - 2 nasty things in one day - not good

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  11. Aw the week of ups and downs but praying life gets better. And Felixstowe and fish and chips sound good right now. Just like the last presidential election, I want to run away to my other home on earth, England and the sea!! I have a dentist visit next week. Replacing an old crown. Bleah! Hugs and take care!!

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  12. Here's hoping the week to come is better than this week.
    xx

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  13. You really are both having a tough time all round. Hope next week brings better news for you both - and Dot the bump should be with you which should cheer you up all round.
    I had to lose a stone for the sake of my arthritic ankle - I did it quite quickly - I cut out all sweet stuff - no chocolate or cake, cut out all bread and potatoes and made myself not eat between meals.
    Also we have our main meal at lunch time, so I had something like a salad or a boiled egg at 5pm and then nothing but a cup of Horlicks at bedtime until 7am breakfast. I was surprised how quickly I got used to it.

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    1. They say changes only take 6 weeks to get used to, I shall certainly have to try something

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  14. So sorry to learn of Col's on-going blood platelet problem and hope that the bag of platlets will really help him.
    I used to be terrified of the dentist but now I don't mind going at all. A change happened years ago when my very best friend became a dentist's nurse and I went to that dentist so she would be there. She emigrated with her parents to Canada but by then I was no longer scared. Then I went to this dentist's replacement (when the original chap retired) and later on, when he 'went private' to an NHS dentist, a lovely young woman who in turn also 'went private' and we were with her for about 20 years as by then finding an NHS dentist was impossible. She recently had to give up dentistry as she became ill, but our new dentist is lovely, a Polish man and so gentle. I had root canal work recently and believe me I felt not one tiny bit of pain. He told me that one patient was so scared of root canal work that when he had finished she burst into tears. He asked her what was the matter and she said "But that didn't hurt!" she was crying tears of relief! She'd heard that it would hurt but it didn't! He joked with her and said, "Well, I can make it hurt if you like!" By then she'd mopped up her tears but there really is nothing to be worried about now about dentistry if you have a good, young dentist, one trained in the most up-to-date techniques. I love going - we not have a laugh! And ditto the hygienist. I don't like the cold water spray for cleaning, and so she does what she has to do by hand and not by machine.
    Margaret P

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    1. My dislike is due to gag reflex - Yuck!

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  15. I hope the treatment Col had at the hospital helps. Glad you could get down to Felixstowe. Love the Fish and Chips from Felixstowe. There's this one chip shop my mum likes to go to that always has great Fish and Chips.

    Hope the back gets better soon!

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    1. Fish was OK but chips could have done with 5 more minutes

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  16. I do hope the platelets that Col received at the hospital start the count climbing. I am terrified of the dentist as well.

    Hope your next week is much better.

    God bless.

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  17. As ever, thinking of you both.
    Glad to hear there's now a definite date for the baby's arrival (though of course they sometimes choose to arrive before the planned time, and become an "emergency" Caesarian!)
    All best wishes. x

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    1. Hello mary. Alison C posting PP letter soon

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  18. Well that was a week wasn't it ! I can empathise with you on the aversion to dentists visits, certainly not my idea of fun. You have my sympathy as well concerning your back problems. Have you tried turning the mattress? That helps me sometimes when my sciatica plays up.

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    1. The mattress is almost new and I turn it often. no idea why I don't like dentist

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  19. I hope next week is better for you both. I'm glad reading helps & hopefully your back will improve & the new baby will cheer you both up.

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    1. Certainly looking forward to 2nd grandchild

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  20. A tough week there. (Snort) Just imagine the Dr telling you to lose weight! Rude. As if you don't have enough going on.

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    1. Problem with moving house is Doctor hasn't a clue about whats happening in your life

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  21. I hate to say it but have you thought about diet versus health for both of you. It seems that sugar is the main problem now. For my own health I have changed eating what I did. A vegan diet is drastic but if you get enough b12 very healing for a short while.

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    1. very difficult to change diet at the moment as Col has lost nearly 2 stone(28 lbs) with the cancer so need to eat lots and put on weight

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    2. Thanks for taking the time to reply and the best of luck to you.

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  22. Oh dear Sue, bit of a rough week. For years I was scared of going to the dentist, then I saw a child go skipping through the door quite happy to go and get her teeth checked. I thought to myself, what a wimp I was, just get on with it. Technology has moved on so much now, it is virtually painless.

    I also hate to say it. The doctor is not rude by telling you to lose weight, as Mr Home Maker says above. He is giving good advice.

    As marlane has discovered, a change of diet works wonders. Worth a try.

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    1. The doctor was telling me what I already knew!

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  23. Saw the title and came rushing over to say thinking of you both, sorry it's been so rough recently and good luck. And also, thanks for pointing out Persephone have a forum on their website, I've just registered for the updates.

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    1. They seem to be quite generous with giving away books as this is the second I've had from them in 3 years

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  24. Sending you love and support through the airways. Yes, it does work :) Intention is all.

    Jean

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    1. Good to hear from you how is the house hunt going?

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  25. oh Sue, what a week. I hope Cols blood numbers start climbing up now. I'm glad you got to go to Felixstowe this week. Must be such a tonic for both of you. xxx

    p.s thank you for the bd wishes. Simon Cowell & I share the same birthday! ;o)

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    1. But he is Much Much MUCH older!

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    2. ha ha, you are very right! xx

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  26. So sorry to hear about the worrying week, Sue. I hope next week is better for all of you.

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  27. Sorry to hear this week has been such a trying one. I hope you are both feeling more chipper very soon.
    Lisa x

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  28. I hope you and Col feel better soon. If you are over or under weight they have something to say about it. You cant win with the Doctors. And then to add insult to injury very many of the Doctors you see are also over weight themselves! Ha utter tosh

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