IT’S A START – AGAIN!

I had a little glitch with my last blog.
It refused to show up in my list of published blogs and subsequently didn’t post to FB and Twitter. Very frustrating.
I’m hoping I’ve just found out what my little glitch was so I am posting it again as a test so remember, this was originally written on Tuesday morning.

So, my bruised tailbone has not been as big of an issue as I thought it would be.
It’s still difficult to pick things up and climb the stairs and sitting for too long gets a little uncomfortable but I have managed to get through a placement shift this week and a study day yesterday.
Friday will be a test as it’s a full 12.5 hour shift. I must remember to take pain killers with me and not over do things, but if this is as bad a it’s going to get until it’s healed up, then I can live with it.

Anyway, the study day yesterday was very interesting. Wound assessment and management. Learning the difference between moisture and pressure lesions and categorising pressure lesions.
Lots of lovely (pretty grizzly) pictures to show the differences. YUM!
Anyway, I can now ‘hopefully’ identify and categorise lesions and know how to use the hospital formulary to identify and get hold of appropriate dressings.
I just need to take it back to my ward and put it into practice. Not that I see an awful lot of pressure sores in paediatrics…. thankfully.

Uni…….
Ok, I have made a tentative start on my first presentation. WOOHOO!!
The realisation that there are less than three weeks until we have to make the presentations really kicked in yesterday, so today and Saturday and Sunday are going to be Uni work days with the aim to have a complete presentation to show a Tutor on Monday and hopefully get a little feedback before finalising.

Let’s see, what else has been happening this week?
Oh yes!!
Dharma. My beautiful baby girl who finished school less than two weeks ago and is heading for college in September, had her very first job interview yesterday and walked away with a job!!
To say I’m so proud of her is an understatement.
She will be working alongside her older sister at MacDonalds.
Don’t knock it. The pay is good and they are very accommodating and flexible about shifts which is great for a college student.
I can’t wait for her to get her first pay check. She has really been feeling left out over the last two years watching her older sisters with spending money.

Speaking of older sisters.
Marjorie has had to go back to the GP about her Frieburg’s disease.
Quick recap….
6-7 years ago she developed excruciating pain in her right foot that wouldn’t go away. After Orthopaedic investigations it was discovered that the blood supply around the base of one her toes has died so the cartilage has crumbled to nothing and the joint is now bone on bone. It is a lifetime condition that she has already had one round of surgery on.
The surgery was two years ago and things have been pretty good and although she was discharged from the Ortho’s, they did say they would no doubt be seeing her again.

SO….
Because she is discharged from the Ortho’s, when she starts having problems again she has to go through the GP to get a new referral.
Here’s where things get silly.
To get referred to Ortho’s you first have to be referred to Muscular Skeletal to be assessed and they usually want to do everything in their power to not make a referral by sending you on countless trips to physios and orthotics teams first.
Now we did all this when she was first diagnosed, so we know that physio does nothing to help and orthotics do nothing to relieve the pain and when we discussed this with the GP, he completely understood and wanted to refer Marji straight to Ortho’s but he had to ‘discuss’ it with his boss first.

He apparently lost his argument on that one because we received a letter for Muscular Skeletal this week.
Thankfully she is only having to wait until 11th July for the appointment and both me and her Dad will be in attendance.
The first question to them will be…. ‘Do you know what Freiburg’s disease is?’ because everytime we see someone knew, GP, Physio, etc, Freiburg’s is so rare they have to look it up!!
Anyway, the aim of the MSK meeting will be to get Marji referred straight to an Orthopaedic surgeon, preferably the same one who dealt with the Freiburg’s the last time and who has also known her since she was 8 months old with her hip dysplasia!
Anything else will be a complete waste of time for everyone involved.

And we still haven’t heard anything about Ian’s referral from Addenbrookes for Injections into his neck and shoulder so he is still soldiering on with the help of work colleagues to get to and from work. He’s getting a little frustrated now.

So that’s where we’re at now.
I’m going to have a hair cut at noon and then I’m knuckling down to that presentation.
Exciting!……. NOT!

4 WEEKS OF MISERY

As if I wasn’t depressed enough already, turns out it could take up to 4 weeks for my bruised coccyx to heal.
If it’s broken, it could take 8 – 12 weeks.
Every site I’ve read says it’s not worth going to A+E to get checked.
If I have ongoing issues, the GP is the first port of call.

So, looks like something I’m just going to have to put up with for a while.
Climbing stairs is a pain.
Sitting down and standing up is a pain.
Sitting and leaning forward is not too bad, so great opportunity for some Uni work.
Otherwise, the only relief is standing and laying down and that’s even after pain relief.

It’s not excruciating, it’s just bloody irritating! Although it does catch me out when I stand up from sitting.

It’s my own stupid fault.
What was I thinking?!!
If only I could let my youth die with dignity….. but where’s the fun in that.
In my head, I’m still a teenager.
My body, however, has other ideas.

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FAIL!

So! As you know from my previous post, I went ice skating on Wednesday with my youngest and fell flat on my my arse!!
My pride and the last vestiges of my youth disappearing as I had to crawl off the ice.
I knew that night that I’d bruised my ego quite badly but I managed to get up and head to work with no issues.
However, as the day progressed, things got more and more sore.
When I got home last night I could barely climb the stairs. I certainly couldn’t pick anything up which is, of course, why I kept dropping things like my car keys!!

Anyway, this morning I did a few chores. Nothing major, a little shopping, dropped the car off for it’s MOT and walked home.
By 1pm, I was back to where I was after work last night. Picking things up and climbing stairs is a real pain in the arse! Literally.
So I made the decision that it was probably best not to go into work tomorrow and have a few days off my feet.
(No excuse to not get any Uni work done though!!)

So, that gives me the weekend (and technically Monday as driving to Uni and sitting in class is mostly staying off my feet) for my tailbone to try and recover a little.
At least I hope so, because right now, I think twice about just getting up out of a chair!

Speaking of the MOT, my baby failed!!
Ian spoke to the garage who wanted £495 to fix everything.
Ian was having none of that.
One issue was leaking from the exhaust and as they had fitted a whole brand new exhaust just before Xmas we pointed out the fact that it was up to them to fix it.
There was also a missing bolt on one of the wheels and again, as they were the last ones to remove the wheels on the car, they were the ones who hadn’t secured the bolts enough, so up to them to fix again.
As for the rest, Ian asked ‘how much to get it through the MOT and we’ll get everything else done ourselves as and when we can afford it’.
The result…..

£40!!

So, I am now waiting for a call to let me know when I can pick her up and then my Dad is running me down there so I don’t have to walk it.

GOING TO PAY FOR THIS

OUCH!!

I took Dharma and a few of her friends ice skating today.
Dharma turned 16 a couple of weeks ago but decided to wait to celebrate until after exams had finished.
I decided to join them on the ice.
It has been at least 25 years since I’ve been ice skating, possibly a little longer.
Things started out well but I did the inevitable and landed on my arse!!

I landed hard.
I did a not so elegant impression of a starfish on the ice and had to literally crawl to an exit and onto the rubber matting to get the traction I needed to stand up again!!
So embarrassing!

I think I’ve managed to bruise my coccyx.
I can feel it stiffening up already and every time I move it’s getting more and more painful.
I dread to think what It’s going to be like in the morning and I’ve got a 12.5 hour shift to get through!
I’m going to be hobbling.

Anyway, we are now home, watching The Incredibles and waiting for pizza to arrive.

Later this evening, I’m going to the cinema with Ian and Marjorie.
There’s a secret screening on this evening so I have no idea what the film will be until it starts.
I do love these secret screeners. It’s really exciting not knowing what you’re going to get.
However, 2 hours in a cinema chair is not going to help the coccyx situation!!

I’m really going to pay for this tomorrow!

GOOD WEEK, SHIT WEEK

So, I finished the kickstarter diet.
Yes I did lose some weight.
Won’t be doing it again!!
It was just so boring. Eating plain tins of tuna with a smidge of steamed veggies just made me so depressed.

Anyway, the rest of the week was going well until my brand new computer ended up having to be sent back to the suppplier for a new one.
So, another week and no Uni work done.

I did have a good week with placement and work.
I had a productive chat with my mentor and plans have been made.
Scary but good.

Thursday was the game changer.
My baby girl, the youngest of my three daughters, Dharma, turned 16!!
She wasn’t happy though as she had a maths exam!!

It’s just as well she decided to celebrate after her exams because we lost a family member that day.
Uncle Sid lost his hard fought battle with cancer.
He was a lovely man and family get togethers will not be the same without him.

So! With that news and no computer and no work this weekend, I’m on a bit of a downer.
Left over KFC, wine and crisps, together with the sofa and Netflix.

I just had a quick visit from my Dad.
SOOO glad he didn’t walk in 60 seconds later as I’m in the middle of a Queer as Folk re-run.
Don’t think he would have been happy about walking in on a Club Babylon gay orgy!!

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

So, after getting into a bit of a pit with all things life related, I’ve decided enough is enough.

One of my biggest issues at the moment is my weight.
I’ve been comfort eating for weeks and I’ve undone all the good I did for my brother’s wedding last year!
I have a wardrobe full of lovely summer clothes that are all a little tight around the middle or I can’t get into.

So, after talking to a colleague at work the other day, I found out about a ‘kickstarter’ diet.
It’s designed to ‘kickstart’ a diet with a shot of extreme weight loss or for anyone going to a special occasion who needs a last minute boost of weight loss to feel fabulous.

It’s a 3 day diet (The British Heart Foundation 3 day diet plan) and must be adhered to for it to be effective.
It is designed to give you your required daily nutrients at the ‘barest’ minimum, and I do mean ‘barest’.

You have to have a little willpower for this one!

Breakfast this morning wasn’t too bad.
A slice of toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter and half a grapefruit.
Washed down with a black coffee and sweetener.

Funny thing is, when I came downstairs this morning I was on autopilot and put a mug of milk in the microwave for my usual morning milky coffee!!
BAD HABBIT!!
That one is going to die hard.

Lunch is going to be a challenge with only 1 slice of bread and a small tin of tuna and dinner this evening is a measly 85g of lean meat, 110g of cauliflower and 128g of carrots!
I’ve already weighed it out and I could have cried.

Anyway, black coffee and tea with sweetener or water are the only drinks allowed.
This is going to be tough but I think I need this kick to get back into the right mindset.
Thankfully it’s only meant for three days.
If you wanted to do it again, you have to have at least three days off the diet, you just have to be careful to continue to eat healthily and up your exercise to maintain the weight loss.

So here goes.
I’ll keep you posted.