UPDATE ON LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING

Things seem to be settling down a little.
The big worry we still have is my Dad. It’s been two weeks since he had his prostate biopsy. He had a nasty infection the following week with various trips to A + E and the GP. Finally got him onto the right antibiotics and it’s cleared up but the wait for the biopsy results is the real kicker.
As I see it at the moment, no news is good news.

Dharma had an appointment with an ENT consultant about her nosebleeds today and he cauterised her nose!
Honestly wasn’t expecting it to be done on our first visit but hopefully that will be it. There is a possibility she may need another session so we just need to look out for more nosebleeds.
Only problem now is she has suddenly taken unwell. Been really sleepy since before tea time and has a temp of 39 degrees. Gave her some Calpol about 40 minutes ago and just waiting a bit longer before taking it again. Could be in for a long night.

Marjorie’s foot is slowly easing up. She can wear her normal shoes again and she can ride her bike. It does still hurt and there’s a long way to go but at least it’s going in the right direction.

Murron had an appointment earlier in the week with her plastic surgeon. She’s going to have another procedure on her thumb as she’s still getting really painful hangnails. Only this time she’s old enough for it to be done under a local anaesthetic and not a general anaesthetic. She’s not impressed!!

Ian’s shoulder is doing great. He has a full range of movement back and he’s a lot more comfortable pain wise. His surgeon is really happy with the results and says the rest of the pain should ease up over the next few months.

My left foot however, is killing me. The orthotic insoles don’t appear to be doing any good except for maybe correcting my arches. I’m getting really sick of this now. It’s been getting progressively worse over the last three years and there are times, like today, when I can barely walk. I haven’t received a follow up appointment with orthotics yet so I’m going to call and find out what’s happening because I want a referral to a surgeon now.

So it’s all still on the bubble but it has been easing off. The stress of the first few months of the year has dissipated a little but I have a feeling that it could all blow up again at any moment.

JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT THINGS COULDN’T GET ANY WORSE!

After the horrendous start to the year things had started to even out.

Ian got his surgery a lot quicker than we expected. It went well. He now has his movement back but he needs to get on top of the pain management.

Murron’s little problems are just that, little problems.
They seem to be dissipating slowly. No intervention required.

Marjorie has a confirmed diagnosis of Frieburg’s disease. Big thumbs up to Mr Sood who actually diagnosed it back in February!
It should clear up on it’s own and in fact she has said that the pain has been easing up, so fingers crossed that’s it. Couple more months and she’ll be back to normal. She has already started to ride her bike again.

Dharma has just received her referral to the ENT department to see if we can get anything done about her nose bleeds.
Actually, after the nose bleed from hell in Feb she hasn’t actually had one since! Typical!

I am just biding my time trying out some shoe insoles from the orthotics department. Took me nearly two weeks to get used to them. Got to wear them for a couple more months but so far I can’t really tell any difference in the pain in my heel.

So, things were beginning to tick along smoothly again and then WHAM!!!

Along came this week.
I started to feel a bit off at tea time on Monday. Went to work on Tuesday. I made it to about 4pm before going home early. Thankfully the ward was fairly quiet and well staffed so I didn’t feel too guilty about it.
I had Wednesday off anyway and I thought that a day on the sofa would be all that was needed.
How wrong could I be.
Full on head cold arrived overnight and has steadily gotten worse ever since.
Phoned in sick for Thurs and today. Not back in until Tuesday and I really must go back in but the way I’m feeling today it’s looking doubtful.
Hopefully today is the tip of the iceberg and it will start to get better.
Either way, I feel like I have my head under water and I think that’s going to last for quite some time!!

So, is that it? Is that all I’m moaning about?
Well no!

Just to add insult to injury my Dad has just been told he ‘may’ have prostate cancer.
At the minute we’re hanging onto the word ‘may’.
He’s waiting for a biopsy date which I fully expect to land on his doorstep on Monday because if it doesn’t I’ll want to know why.

Puts things into perspective just a little bit doesn’t it.
All the complaining I’ve done so far this year and what have I really got to complain about?

ROYAL MAIL FAIL

I had a run in with a real jobsworth at our local sorting office yesterday.

I went to pick up a parcel for my husband as we weren’t in when it was originally delivered.
I had the delivery card and I had my ID. My driving licence with the SAME surname and the SAME address.
I was refused the item as it did not have my husbands name on it!

For over the last 10 years now we have done a lot of trading through Ebay and our parcels always default to my husband’s name on the address. Even on items that I have purchased.
When I pointed out that my ID has always been accepted in the past I was virtually called a liar!

WTF!!

If I had handed over my husband’s driving licence like he sugested, I would have been committing fraud.
To say that I was a little angry is an understatement and he did get some selective language thrown at him for which I am not proud.

The parcel was redelivered this morning by a man in a van at Royal Mail’s own expense.
No wonder they are losing business and having to put prices up!

PROVING MY OWN POINT!

My last post ‘Better To Have No God’ got a general thumbs up but started a bit of a discussion between myself and an old friend on Facebook.
When I say old friend, I mean ‘OLD’ friend. She was born 6 months after me and we quite literally grew up together. So I have known her all her life.

We got a bit stuck on the treatment of women in religion.
For a couple of days we messaged back and forth and it got a little heated and then I suddenly realised that we were doing axactly what I was trying to say in my last post.
Religion always ends in war.
People just cannot agree and then the extremists get on their high horses and then war breaks out.

Thankfully I realised what was happening and we stopped what we were doing and had a laugh.
I really must stay away from religion and politics in my discussions. It never ends well!

BETTER TO HAVE NO GOD………

I watched an interesting but frustrating debate this morning. One of the questions asked was ‘has religion hijacked the meaning of marriage? but the most interesting question was ‘are many gods better than one?

As I sat listening to all the pompass assholes argue about various points in religion I got more and more angry.
One woman was adamant that if her particular church allowed same sex marriages she would simply walk away from it as it is quite simply ‘wrong’ in the eyes of God.
Others were argueing that woman should have no part in teaching the bible.
It wasn’t just arguments about Catholosism. There were arguments about all different Gods and religions.

As I sat there slowly smouldering and wanting to knock a few heads together, one man stood out from the crowd.
He simply stated that surely, when all things are considered, no God is better than one God or indeed many Gods.

He stated that he was a humanitarian who spends his life helping people all over the world who have become displaced or persecuted. Most of the time because of their religion.
This is a good man who just wants to help others and yet he was told that because he didn’t ‘believe in God or Jesus’ he was going to burn in hell for eternity when he died!!!

WTF!!!

You only have to look at our history to realise that religion and faith are the cause of most wars and it’s still going on today.

I have no problem with people wanting to believe in something. I do have a problem when they consider their belief is the only right belief.
And there’s the problem.
All faiths and religions eventually end up with their radicals who believe that anyone who doesn’t agree should be obliterated.
This has happened throughout history with ‘ALL’ religions.

It’s time for people to FORGET religion. Live a good and simple life. Be good and kind and loving. But most of all, let people live the life they want to, be it straight, gay or bi.
If religion was taken out of the equation the world would be a much more peaceful and happy place.

HERE WE GO!

Marjorie had her ultrasound drainage last Friday. Unfortunately there wasn’t much to drain. In fact they needed to inject the area with a small amount of fluid to be able to aspirate anything for a culture and even after that they weren’t sure if they got what they needed. So now we are back to waiting for a result. We are hoping that whatever transpires will be discussed in their weekly gathering tomorrow morning and then we should hear something about what is going to happen next.

Ian on the other hand got a call today from Bedford Hospital with an opening for his surgery.
He is having a pre-assessment tomorrow and his surgery next Wednesday. Pretty good going as he’s only known about the need for surgery for a couple of weeks. We were all set for up to six months on the waiting list.

The only problem is now I know we are going to get a call from Stanmore tomorrow about Marjorie. I can see it now, they are going to want to go in and take a look at what’s going on and they are going to want her to go in next week and knowing our luck they are going to want her in on Wednesday!!

But hey! I could be wrong. I could be jumping the gun and just thinking the worst.

What do you think?

DISH OF THE WEEK #30 – JEFFREY PIERCE

I know, I know! Another dish of the week already. I’ve only just published number 29!
This one just keeps cropping up so I’ve decided to blog him… oo er!

This is a tricky one.
I first saw him back in 2005 when he was the lead in a show called Charlie Jade.
For the life of me I can’t actually explain what this show was about. It was a serious mind f###. I need to watch it again over a few bottles of wine.
Since then he has cropped up in a lot of my favourite shows, NCIS, Journeyman, Life, Criminal Minds, Private Practice, Castle, NCIS LA and Miami Medical with lots in between them all.

The reason for this post is that he has just cropped up in another series, Alcatraz. He looks to be a bit of a semi regular character. He got off to a good start. We’ll just have to see how it goes.

This is a tricky one because I find him extremely attractive on film but I cannot find a picture of him that does him any justice. There’s plenty of pictures out there, they just don’t seem right somehow. He looks a bit…. odd.
It’s a shame because he has an amazing sombre looking face and a soft voice, I seem to have a thing for soft voices just lately.

He is a very intrigueing and amazing looking man so I have picked a few pictures that kind of get where I’m coming from.
Oh yes! His name is Jeffrey Pierce.