June 1

Well here we are in Flaming June but its not that warm.

June 1st

Age UK hardly any staff today, the kitchen only had two, two on the counter and two waitresses. Plus Vera and John not too sure if they were of much help Vera was missing most of the time.
Very busy too the capochino machine had to be turned off as no one to work it. A lot of disappointed customers.

2nd

Quite cold on the common and rain. Pup and I got quite wet. Wheres the Summer gone?

BBQ today at one of Paul's friends house. Very good too, the sun was out and it was quite warm. Very heavy though this affected me a lot, head ache and body pain. Just about when we were all thinking of going the sky blacken and the rain came down like a monsoon. We sheltered until the worst had gone then made a dash for the car.

 This was just before it rained, me front left Paul front right.

4th

Phone call with Doctor Hindocha--- I asked him if I could reduce the TARGINACT from 20mg in the morning to ten. He said fifteen would be better and he would do a PRESCRIPTION for me.
I also said I had some information about the shooting pain in my neck, head and eye and the tenderness on my scalp. He said he would discuss it with me at my next appointment. I am to have a full blood test as well. My appointment is not till July 4th so by then I would have tried the reduced tablets (Hopefully) and had blood results back.

5th

Funeral of my friend Miriam. Angela picked me up and I did not need to ask her how she was. I think we both felt the same. A lot of people were there and I think she would have liked the service. Not a lot was known about her as she liked it that way. Rest in peace Miriam.

We started the kitchen tiling today going quite well but I think this is the easier bit.

 
 
 
Be for we started with all the paper off.

Going well !!!

Paul tripped the electric trip switch, and all the power went off. The TV was not on at the time but after refused to come back on later, a bit like last time.The TV still had the stand by light on this time. I went on to the Internet and found affix hopefully.

6th

No Pilate's, not up to it yet. Bit more of the kitchen done getting more work cutting and shaping the tiles.

Sorted out the TV, was quite surprised when it started working took a few goes but got it in the end. After reading the information, this is quite common with Sharp TVs. This will most likely happen again if turned off, or a power cut.

Joints are bad today I ache all over. Sitting is not good today at all and I am exhausted too. Not from the kitchen but lack of sleep and proper rest.

7th

Blood test this went fine, sometimes the Nurse has trouble getting any blood as my veins are hidden and very thin.

Red cheek again and pain, the red cheek seems to act like a warning of things to come as I often have more pain when my cheek glows. This feels like sunburn. Only the right one goes red. This is what I need to discuss with my Doctor next month.

Kitchen not going as well but still moving forward.

8th

Age UK busy again- three in the kitchen they can cope with three, four is better but three manageable. Lots of customers today and they stayed later as well. We are being thanked from Age UK for all our hard work, with a Tea Party for all the Volunteers. Lots of different cakes and tea. Very good too plus a Quiz and a singing key board player. A good afternoon enjoyed by most I think. The singer was not too good but I have heard worse.

Looked after Ben and Emmie from 7-00pm. They were good but Emmie is very energetic and had me running around after her. Ben was mostly in his room but did come down for food.. A good night to finish off a good day. Squidge came home around eleven thirty.

9th

Kitchen still going quite well now, the wall are not true so a bit of extra effort is needed. Looking good as well

Sun shine today, hope it shines on my little tomatoes they could do with a little help.

 
 Cucumber plants
 Toms  planted out you can hardly see them.
 Cherry toms hopefully!

11th

Finished tiling the kitchen now just the grouting and paintings of the wood work. Looks good but has bean a lot of hard work. This will now hopefully last for the next twenty years or so. The bathroom was done twenty five years ago when Andrew was only four. This still looks good.

13th

Summer decide to drink Andrews smoothie. He put it on the floor and dipped his finger in to give Summer a taste and she went straight for the jug and started slurping it. She liked it and had a fair bit, would have had more if she was not stopped.


Getting her nose right in.
 

14th

All the grouting is done now and painting now the big clean up dust everywhere. Washing down the cupboards and walls.  Chinese for tea. Soon the Kitchen will be back to normal and I can get back to cooking meals again, Chinese is nice though.

 
 
 

 All done well pleased with the end result. (At last we can have a clean house now.)

15th

Age UK today we have a 60th Age UK birthday Party- for 132 guests for a three course meal.
 SIXTY YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG.

 

 Some of the salmon ready for the guests. 
Soup or salmon, beef dinner or quiche, chocolate tart with cream or Eaton mess plus wine or orange juice. All served by us Volunteers and a group of Air force men from RAF Waddington camp, not far away. They helped a lot and we all appreciated them being here. The old people seemed to be enjoying themselves. There were Choir singers, and a group called, No Direction--  The the oldest Boy Band or that's what they say anyway .Good singers too. The music got a bit loud and was causing me a lot of pain, as  most of the work was now done, I said my good byes and left. I still had to walk home too, I could have gone on the bus but my body hurt enough as it was the vibrations would have made it worse..

A good day but I am very tired. I did go into Age UK on Tuesday to help as they were short staffed again. 

When I got home Paul had done the wall papering in the back hall way. This is where Summer eats her food and has her water dish. Pictures next time when its finished.

16th

Spring cleaning down stairs to get rid of the dust from doing the kitchen. I started in the bathroom and Paul in the dining room. I scrubbed both the bathroom and kitchen floor. Summer came along and sat on my knee while I scrubbed  and went to sleep- this made things a bit difficult.

So relaxed she fell asleep.


She does not like change and will be pleased now its all done. Not told her yet that the bathroom grouting is getting renewed soon. This will not be too bad as Paul can work in there and shut the door. Hopefully all the mess and dust will stay in there.

 The common, with more Buttercups come out and of course Summer in on the picture too.

 
 
 

 Hope you are all well as you can be, all the best Love Gill.

May (2)

May16th

B12 done today, still hurts, you would think I would have got used to them by now, the amount I have had. Told the Nurses how I have bean feeling the last week or so. I wondered if it had anything to do with the B12 or my blood. They suggested I spoke to the Doctor. So I made an appointment, the soonest one they had for my Doctor is 4th June then its only speaking on the phone.

18th

Age UK saw one of the volunteer workers and put a few things straight after the lost tablet saga.

The day in the kitchen was quite busy but Jenny and I coped well.

Looking after a neighbours cats till Monday teatime I have looked after them before and they are no trouble.

20th

Helping out today at a nature reserve at Dunholme:
http://www.nettlehamwoodlandtrust.co.uk/ashing-lane-nature-reserve.html

This is the village where I used to live, and where we were working was just about the same spot where our house used to be. This fell in to disrepair after we left 1967/68 I think, and it eventually fell down. How weird is that then. A good day but hard work and the day was hot with a cool breeze.

21st

Doing a bit in my garden today. Since having my B12 I have felt a bit better, coincidence or fact.
Nowhere near as warm today and cold later. My poor tomatoes and cucumbers in the green house are not too sure what is going on. They are not growing too much either.

22nd

Pilate's today I was not sure till the last minute if I was going, as the last few times I have not bean able to do a lot. In the end I did go, on my bike as usual..The session was hard but I think it helped my tight muscles. I still feel tired but I think things are getting better regarding the pain. I do hope so I would like a better life please.

General things like cleaning washing ironing. I did finish off the rabbit I have bean making.

I think she looks quite cute.

25th

Overnight rain has made the common very sticky and wet again, cold as well.

Age UK again when I got there I realised that the lady who I think went over the top about the tablets was working in the kitchen. I thought this could be fun or not. Anyway she was alright but it was a bit weird having her working with me.

27th

Having a BBQ today the weather does not look too good though. By the afternoon it was very warm. The BBQ went well- just Paul, Andrew, Lindsay and Jamie-Lee, Tracy came after work. A good afternoon. Summer was on the scrounge as usual and we told Jamie-Lee to keep her eye on her food or Summer would nick it.

Feeding the cats again, they have got used to me now. They purr all the time and like me to play and  fuss them a lot.

28th

On the common to day,  its really lovely with butter cups all over the place. 

 
 
 

 

The horses have gone back to their own common now on the west side of town. We have got around ten left.

I have bean stripping off wallpaper in the kitchen as we are decorating it very soon.Tiles three quarters of way up and paper at the top. Quite a big job but its needed doing for a while now. We put on tiled wallpaper last time and it soon began to look scruffy. The paper we had before was great, but this was poor quality, same make of paper too. They don't make things like they used too!

29th

Looking after Jamie-Lee as Lindsay is going to Sheffield for a check up.Paul is taking her. I hope they soon get her sorted and she can get rid of these crippling headaches. Jamie-Lee and I played with the dolls house for a while.

 Jamie-Lee with Summer notice the ball in her mouth.   
Its mine.        

Andy the neighbour who's cats I looked after came round to thank me. He stayed for a cup of tea and Jamie-Lee played nicely on her on. Later we played with the Action Men. A good day, soon Lindsay and Paul were home and she told me what the Doctor had said. She had not seen Lindsay's latest scan as it was only taken on the 18th May in Lincoln. Lindsay is also is to see the Pain Clinic here in Lincoln again, they will help sort her out.. Hopefully.

 
 All tired out now.

30th

Went and got all the tiles and paper plus the other bits to do the kitchen. No Pilate's today I did not feel up to it.

Heard Summer barking in the garden and went to investigate. Tabby cat was sat on the shed roof and was being attacked by a Magpie. The Magpie was pecking his back and trying to get him to move. I am sure the Magpies have a nest in the garden two doors away where Tabby cat lives. Tabby was not bothered by the Magpie at all and just sat there. After a while he moved and the Magpie went. I know they can get quite vicious.

Well that's it for this Blog. I think for me a bit better month. Hope things are good for you Love Gill.

Pup alike.


May.

May 1st

Realised I had left my tablet tin at Age UK when I sorted out my bag last week. I rang them first thing and told reception to look out for it.  I had a very irate call from one of the  managers there. She seems to think it was my fault I had left it there in the so called staff room. Any way I am to have a meeting with her on Friday before my shift. I told her I am only a volunteer not a paid worker. We have only had lockers for the last three weeks so I think my tablets are safer with me than in a shared locker that is not always locked after people have bean in it..

Pictures from the 29th of April when I did the car park over grown bit.

 Big pile of rubbish I made.
 All tidy now.
 Summer watching through the fence.

2nd

Rain pouring down so the common walk was a bit later, cold as well. Summer did not mind one bit. The common that was just about dry in most places, is now wet with big puddles all over. With the horses running around, the paths have bean churned up again. I have bean told the West Common horses are going back home very soon. Our horses should go with them then our common would have chance to dry out too. After all around thirty odd horses came here, so I think its only fair they should go for a holiday too. Not my decision, up to the owners and the council.

No Pilate's today I just feel so drained.. I hurt everywhere, spasms some extremely painful. Temperature changes are all over the place waking up wet through with sweat, then shaking with cold, less sleep than normal (what ever that is) I feel very down as well, big cold sore come up on my lip feels like a marble very painful. My hands are loosing grip and hurt when just touched. But as many of you know its no use resting too much, as it makes things worse, for me any way. I think I could have accepted this RSD more if I had bean involved in a bad accident or such like. All I did was trip while running--- that's RSD,  cruel or what . Most RSD  have started with a minor fall or operation. Having no specialist does not help either. Only seeing my Neurologist when SEIZURES are on going. You are pretty much on your own. well I am. My Doctor does his best and is a big help to me. He really does not know too much about RSD though.

4th

My friend Miriam is not well she has a bad chest infection and is really struggling. I spoke to her on the phone and she sounded quite bad. She is pleased to be home though after spending a few months in a care home and hospital when she had a fall last December. At great cost too she said, she did not like it there at all. The home she was in was only a few hundred yards from her own house, so that did not help at all, she could all most see it from the lounge. 

Well Age UK  two people interviewed me or that's how it started out.I think I was treated more like a criminal than a person as one of them got very mad and started shouting at me. I said many times why are you so angry after all its me that has lost a tin and a few tablets. (2 GABAPENTIN, 4 ish IBRUES, 4 DIHYDCODEINE and some MINTEC (and maybe a MORPHINE one.) I carry one in case I forget to take them in the morning as I go into withdrawal. She said I don't think you realise how serious this is. Anyone could have taken them. I said well you have a thief then! If we had a proper staff room this would not have happened, as it would have bean locked up until Monday and still bean where I left them or handed in, not taken by a thief. She did not like it one bit, I told her why I need the tablets and the quicker I get them taken the easier is to control the pain. After all the big locker I mentioned earlier was not safe to leave them so I carry them with me. Once, no twice Nills had to break in when the padlock got stuck. Up to now there has never bean a problem. I do my work very well and the other staff say I put in a good shift and are a big help to any one. My work was in question as the side affects of the tablets I take can do strange things to the taker. (She read about the side affects on the web.) I said I have bean on the same ones for years and the affects are not a problem only if  I take extra, extra like when when I am ill of course, but  then I would not be at Age UK. I think she was making more of the incident than was necessary.
After another meeting with them both after my shifft I asked if Jenny could come in but  NO with quite a nasty air to it. She said why are you making it more difficult and worse for yourself????  I am not on trail here I thought. I had to sign at a risk document and not use the coffee machine this I was pleased about that as I have never liked it.  If I did not sign I was out the door. I said I thought you needed volunteers!!!!.

This is not the first time she has bean sharp with Jenny and I. After a while this hit me and I got quite upset. Gary had a few words with me. Jenny was very angry as she was there when I left the tin of tablets last week, and could not believe at what had bean said to me.
I could have walked out, but that would be letting a lot of people down so I will be going back but she has not heard the last from me.

6th

Phone call from Wayne, he is on his way here and staying till Monday. The computer has bean playing up so he will have a go at it with  Andrew. Both are good with with computers. They think there was a Windows 10 up date, that has got stuck in a loop and can not finish the task. 
Will be good to see him. The weather is meant to be very warm/hot this weekend.

7th

Well what a hot day, the hottest so far this year.  Lindsay is here with Jay-Jay and Jamie-Lee, Tommy-Lee is out with a friend swimming. We spent most of the day in the garden very hot, I got suntanned on my shoulders and face. Lindsay and I used to have a competition to see you could get the brownest. She goes mid brown and I go dark brown. There are lots of days when I can not sit in the sun as I get very itchy and sore.

Jamie-Lee spent most of the time in a paddling pool and using her bubble gun machine (makes soap bubbles) this is very good and makes lots of small bubbles which floated off in to the sky. Must be nice to do that, just float off.
A good day after the problems on Friday I have another meeting on Friday 18th.

Wayne worked very hard on the computer but did not solve all the problems.With Andrew being here all the time now, he now gets asked to help Paul and I solve the things that crop up from time to time that come with the web and other things you get going on a computer. so I say a big thank you to you both. Wayne had to leave to go back to Halifax or he might have finished the job. Does seems to work faster and not crashing as much.

9th

Pilate's today, first time in four weeks. I struggled quite a bit but I did it most, my way as usual. Nice to be back and good to be back on my bike again. Quite windy but a warmish day. Very tired later and the pain and spasms were not kind to me. My skin feels very sore and hot to the point of not being able to settle and try to relax. Not sure what its all about, could it be the sun I had on Monday but still it would not be full body would it.?. Maybe my body's in shock with all this sun stuff ! Any way joking apart its not nice

10th

Not good news Miriam has passed away. She was found by her carer in her chair collapsed. She went to hospital but did not make it.

11th

Age UK again lets hope it going to be nothing like last week. Gary said he was proud of me and gave me a hug. He said its a big step to return to a place after last week episode. The other two asked me how I was. Not everyone knew what went on last week. Jenny was very supportive even going to see the Volunteer's Coordinator earlier in the week. This I did not know till a lot later as we got busy and Jenny did not have time to talk with me.

Any way today's another day. Had a good talk with Poly that helped me. (Polly is the chef/cook)  We were not busy for a while, then like a bus load came. We managed to help every one. One man asked for a ham and tomato sandwich, when I asked him on what? he said a plate-- he was being very serious too. I meant brown or white bread. He laughed and said he felt stupid.
A good day with no problems. Not going on the Espresso machine seemed funny, but my wrist did not hurt as much.

The lady that interviewed me came through kitchen twice,  but did not say anything to me or Jenny.

12th

Angela came round and we talked about Miriam, we both got upset. She had only bean home two weeks. That's all she wanted, to go home and be herself, something she could not be at the care home she said. Angela and I will go to the funeral.

I have bean making a few toys not really for any one, mostly just to do them.
  There was another one but it went to a little baby in the end.

The little doll and cradle are for Emmie 's Birthday in a few weeks time.

14th 

Awoke very groggy and a bad head, NO, not bean drinking but I think its how I would have felt if I had.I will try to keep going and see if I can shake it off.

My friend John came round and we had a good talk. I had made some cakes and he smelt them and was pleased. He ate two and took two home. Even more pleased now. They were very tasty too. I do not have many cake as they upset my IBS but these were worth it and I did not suffer too much. 

Not a bad day but very tired, well more than tired, exhausted. Lack of sleep and pain plus everything playing up does not make a very settled mind and body.

15th

Well Summer must be here as I have put on the thinner bed quilts. 

Angela popped by and updated me on Merriam's funeral arrangements. No date yet but we now know who will be doing the service.

Lindsay phoned up and asked if I would have Jamie-Lee for a few hours after School, while Tommy-Lee and her go into town  Jay-Jay also called in earlier, he left his Mum and Dad in town. He had bean to the Hospital for an ear appointment. For a long time he has had trouble with his ears and lack of hearing. They told him he has reduced hearing in both ears and glue ear in one. Nice to see him, not bean here for a while.

Lindsay, Tommy-Lee and Jamie-Lee, arrived stopped a while then Lindsay and Tommy-Lee headed off into town. 

Jamie-Lee and I played with the Barbie dolls and then did some colouring. 

A few hours later Lindsay and Tommy-Lee returned they managed to get what they needed.He has a Football Presentation on Saturday so wanted to get jeans and some other things.to look his best.
Lindsay was not too good I think she had over done it with going to the Hospital and town, plus town again with Tommy-Lee.and I think she had done too much, after a rest they all went home.

16th

Still not feeling too good but I am going to Pilate's at least it will get me out the house. A cold windy day the wind was very gusty going too.
The session was quite a good one with a full house today. I did what I could, but felt very week and extremely tired. Had a word with Jo (Pilate's teacher) and she said I think, its your CHRONIC FATIGUE playing up, I agreed with her. Still very windy/cold coming home. Maybe I should not have put the Summer quilts on.

That's May's first half, not the best start to spring/Summer for me. Hopefully things will improve when the sun gets stronger and we have some continued hot days. Hope things are as good as they can be with you all love Gill.
Picture of Summer and her very best friend Suey, .Lindsay's dog


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