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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Constant pain

Well the drugs haven't made much impact on the pain of the ligament damage and nerve pain in my lower right back and leg. Additionally the side effects of the pain killers have added to my woes, needless to say constipation was one of them so Lactalose was added to the cocktail. Think it is helping but has meant another day housebound.

What made this worse today is that is is Darling Husband's birthday (he shares it with Elton John) and I was not able to take him out for a meal as planned. For hygiene reasons I didn't think it wise for me to be in the kitchen so he even cooked the supper on his birthday.

Now he's come back from Home Group but actually there wasn't one, so he chatted to the leaders (who are friends anyway). I think they were better company than me, given my sudden shrieks of pain. I have done my physio exercises, first time I have remembered them all without recourse to the printed instructions.

Neither of us could finish the quick crossword today. On the plus side our house looks lovely as our treasure came today and after we had eaten lunch together she zoomed around. If only we can keep the standard up before she comes again in a fortnight. Sent her home with three slices of the Marmalade cake.

Off to bed, DH has made coffee so will post and shut laptop down.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Saturday evening thoughts

Why would anyone take recreational drugs? I'm taking codeine & paracetamol as well as non steroid anti inflammatory drugs and although these are just about making the pain bearable they are making me feel very whoozy, not with it and lethargic. Have spent much of the day in bed sleeping.

Thanks to our efficient local National Health Service I had X-rays taken of my hips yesterday and have an appointment next week to discuss the results. Also, when I found it impossible yesterday to cope with the pain with just paracetamol, I had a telephone consultation with GP who provided a presciption. Darling husband collected this, had it dispensed so I was able to sleep for 8 hours without being woken by the pain. None of this has cost us anything, although I was prepared to pay for X-rays if there had been a long wait.

Last night I was able to catalogue more of our books using Library Thing. Quite surprised that we have books that no one else owns and for which there is no British Library catalogue entry either.  Using my professional skills, but so different from Anglo American cataloguing rules and writing entries on 5 x 3 cards.

Views of some of our IKEA Billy bookshelves in our hall showing the books I added.

Am off shortly to watch a programme about City of Detroit. Have been there before its demise, remember having a meal in Hudsons department store and watching people in the shopping mall, long before malls came to England. My penfriend of some 50 years lives in Michigan, about 30 miles northwest of the city.


Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook 9th March 2010

Picture to share of flowers I was given.

Simple Woman's Daybook: 9th March

Outside My Window ... evening darkness of a suburban street of houses built around 1934. Nowadays street has parked cars and noisy foxes.

I am thinking about the effort I have made this evening to keep in touch with school friends.

From the learning rooms ... Darling husband is working on his mathematical studies, he is working on Open University course M121

I am thankful ... for automatic washing machines and modern steam irons. Also pleased it was dry enough to hang washing out in garden for the first time this year.

From the kitchen ... nothing. The yogurt I'm making has no smell and the red cabbage that was cooked earlier is now in the fridge.

I am wearing ... ankle length browny-black skirt, cobalt blue poloneck jumper and matching cardigan

I am creating ... a cross stitched kneeler for our church

I am going ... to finish reading the weekend newspapers so they can go out for recycling

I am reading ... newspapers and am about to start "The girl with the dragon tattoo". This is for the Reading group and needs to be read by mid-April.

I am hoping ... my hurting lower back pain goes away.

I am hearing ... my grandfather's wall clock ticking.

Around the house ... all the recycling out for early collection tomorrow, except for the papers I've to read.

A few plans for the rest of the week ......Lent home group; collecting for Homelink (a local charity providing respite care);  lunch with former colleague.