Sunday, 27 January 2008

Fun Quiz

I was having a look around on the web, looking at one of my favourite authors website, and I found this quiz.
I just took it for fun.

That should take you to the quiz.
I succeeded in the interview. Just have to move to London for weird and wonderful new job prospects. In my dreams! Which incidentally is the title of one of Tom Holt's books.

I'd better sign off now, as I think I've probably lost anyone who was reading.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Wild waves

Today I set myself a goal. Walk to the supermarket on the prom, to buy their reasonably priced fruit and veg.
Perhaps I should have kept to the more sheltered roads, but there are none to get where I was going.
It was high tide, and the waves were being blown over onto the prom. I love it when it's like that. It was also sunny, so there were rainbows right on the sea edge of the prom, where the water sprayed upwards. I tried to take a photo of the waves, but it doesn't look like I caught them. Will have to upload them onto my PC to look at them properly.
They bounce back off the sea wall, at 90 degrees to the angle they hit the wall, and crash into ones coming it, they then create wonderful "pyramids" of water with frothy crests.
I did the shopping and got back home , tired and happy, glad that I'd walked in more ways than one. Thinking back, it must be at least 6 months since I've managed to walk that distance. The market was just a little too far away for me to walk to.
Guess I'll sleep well tonight. And I think I can say that my ankle is beginning to mend.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Normal service will resume as soon as possible

I suppose the header says it all.
The last 4 days have been eventful, but in the "worst possible taste", to mis-quote Kenny Everett. [RIP]
I need a little longer to gather my thoughts.
Bear with me, please.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Yay! It's Off!

Well, I went yesterday to the hospital.

Firstly I had to go for an X-ray. The wait was about 3/4 hour, they took two.

Then I went to see the consultant's "sidekick". He was happy with the progress and said that he wanted the plaster off, and then he would look at it. I was dreading him saying, "nope, slap another one on"
After Sam and I laughing the time before, I was a little apprehensive at the cast being cut off by the saw doodah. I asked the nurse how it knew not to cut flesh?
She showed me. The blade oscillates, and only cuts hard objects. She showed me that so long as she didn't keep it still it wouldn't cut flesh. She warned me it might tickle. It did, as it vibrates as it cuts. While she was cutting the cast she told me how they used to take them off, and still do in developing countries! They use knives, and just cut into the cast!
However the lightweight casts are much easier to remove she said, as well as being lighter and stronger.
Just as she finished taking the cast off the doctor came. He was very happy with my "progress" and gave me instructions on how I should progress from now.
For now I can walk on it, but I still need crutches for the time being, I have to build up slowly, go to physiotherapy, and DO AS I'M TOLD. I go back in 6 weeks for another check up.

Now the funny bit.

A "colleague" has a habit of earwigging, (eavesdropping,) on other people's conversations, and after probably doing that, he said to someone at work that my operation had gone "disastrously wrong".........Aww! shame...I'll let him live in his fantasy world, then go back and he'll be off with PTSD because of the shock. Can't get rid of me that easily! The others know I'm OK, and NO-ONE has disabused him of his fantasy, so you can tell how well liked he is. At least that made me luagh.
I'm off for my first Physio session on Thursday. Perhaps I'll get tips on how to reduce the swelling, which I think is causing the stiffness. Mind you, I didn't use my ankle for 6 weeks, and for the previous 12 months my foot collapsed, so I have to learn to walk correctly again.

Sunday, 13 January 2008


I'll admit, I'm getting a little apprehensive.
I go back to the hospital tomorrow. The cast might be coming off. I won't know until they have x-rayed it.
Yes, I want it off, but wonder if my kids know that I won't be running marathons in the near future, well......never did anyway.
I know I'll have to take things slowly, keep up the weight loss I started, and still DO AS I AM TOLD!!!!!!!!!!
That last bit may be difficult for me, as I like to be independent. But if the operation hasn't worked, I will be disabled. I don't want much as I like doing my own thing, I will continue to do as I am told, for as long as it takes. Hopefully, as I should be more mobile, weight loss should be much easier.
Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Happy New Year?

I was far to cross yesterday to even think about writing about this.
I've been off work since September with an injury. I was waiting for an operation to "mend" the injury.
Anyway, I had the operation in December, after a long wait.
I thought I had 6 months off on full pay, turns out, no, not unless you have worked for them for 5 years! Otherwise it is a proportion of the time.
So, "Why Happy New Year?" I hear you ask, well yesterday I got my bank statement, and I found out my wage for December was reduced. What a lovely way to find out.
I have been in touch with work and asked them to send me a letter detailing the reduction in my wage, and I'm going to pass this on to my solicitor, as he said he would fight any reduction in pay I got. I didn't realise it would come so soon.
There was smoke coming from my ears yesterday, I was so mad. But....there's nothing I can do about it. I can't go back to work unable to put my foot on the floor. I would constitute a health and safety hazard, especially in the Food Technology Room, and the consultant did not want me to return to work until I have had physiotherapy to ensure I am walking correctly again. If I had a "seated" job, perhaps I could go back soon, but as my job is very mobile, I can't.
That's my moan over now.