February 1st

Cold start to the day.There has bean a bit of snow, a very bright fresh start. Summer loved running around chasing her ball. Quite clean today as well as ground hard so no mucky Pup.

Age UK not busy to start with, then it's like they had all decided to come in all at the same time.
A few moany ones today saying the soup bowls should be fuller-- its a standard ladle used for years. The soup is only £1-50 including bread and they still moan. At least most of them appreciate us.

Wayne said his cat Timmy has DIABETES-- as mentioned in the last blog and he has to give him injections twice a day. Poor Timmy hope he responses to his treatment. Wayne has changed his biscuits and thinks they are more suited to his condition. He thought it would be hard work to inject him after the first injection not going too well, but the next day he even jumped up on the table ready for his treatment. I think he felt better after the first one so he wanted more. I hope this sorts him out and he will back to his usual Timmy self.


More snow has fallen- Summer had a great time rolling around it snowed for around half an hour so quite a covering.

 On the common Summer paying with her ball.
 Started snowing fast.
 The road had bean cover on the way back.
Pleased I am not a duck.

 By dinner all the snow had gone after the lovely sunshine

Paul has taken Andrew to Wayne's for the weekend I think they both will enjoy this.


On the common, there were runners doing circuits this always makes me feel very sad, and  I want to join them. Every time I get close to going back to running, something happens like my knee. Hopefully after its sorted I will be able to run again if the RSD behaves..

Ben's family have given me his DAB radio- this was very personal to him so I am very pleased to have it. I can remember Ben every time its on.


Hospital today to do the preoperative tests and questions. Early start as appointment is 8.30am. Up at 4.30am not bean in bed long probably two hours max. Around a two hour trip to get there.
All went well I am fit and well apart from the RSD really. Now just wait for the date to come in the post, hopefully this will not be long.

Took Summer out when I got back as it was too early, dark and raining fast to take her before we went this morning. She found a very muddy puddle and took great delight running through it. One white dog going on to the common, one very muddy brown dog coming back.

Paul picked Andrew up from Wayne's both had a good time. Paul was tired when they got back, he had done a few miles today.

An appointment at the Doctors I need to see them about my OSTEOPOROSIS check. My  appointment was for the Doctors near us then changed to the other Doctors further way- then  a phone call early this morning said it had bean changed back again.

Going to see my friend Joy today not bean to her house in ages. A nice chat and catch up with her.
Left there to make my way to the Doctors. She said (not my usual Doctor) I need a DEXTER SCAN as its bean two years since I stopped taking the ALENDRONIC ACID, so a check up is needed I will get an appointment in the post soon.

Weird pain behind my eyes and in my ears but not really earache. Did not go off at all still there when I went to bed,

All three of Lindsay's young uns are ill and off school, sickness bug she thinks, get better soon all of you.


Not a good night still head pain also now in my face and  neck I think its the NEURALGIA playing up.

Andrew has some job news at last he has bean taken on a vape/cannabis oil shop. He went two weeks ago and did a few hours. He did not think he had got a job there as they did not contact him. His mobile number was written down wrong some how. He contacted them and got the job. Well done Andrew hope this will be a start of better things.


Head and face pain just about gone now.

Andrew started work today only a few hours but hopefully more to come.

Lindsay is at City Hospital Nottingham today having pain blocks, last time was not a great success so hopefully this time will  be better.

Made my friend John a cake I did not think it turned out as good as some others I have made. I'm sure John will like it though. Took his card and present after tea- Andrew and Summer came too for a walk. Summer was very tired later as its a good walk for her to John's and she had bean out earlier this morning.

We had a lovely Indian take away for tea. Indian is not the best choice for me but this time it was very tasty and I enjoyed it. No IBS problems either.


Quite windy today and cold too.

Age UK, not run off our feet but very steady all morning. Jenny not feeling the best today.

Called into Andrew's work place on the way past we walked back home together. He had a good day again.

Feeling quite tired later bean quite a busy week. A few extra miles walking and car travelling.


Phoned Lindsay up she is in not as much pain this time. Over the next few day time will tell if the pain blocks have worked better.

Finished off the dog puzzle  I started ages ago, this one has bean very hard even harder I think than the double sided ones and sweet ones, I did last year.


Good walk on the common. Summer had her new scarf on and my friend said she looked cute. The scarf was not a success as dropped down and got wet and muddy.

My friend Lyn came to see me and brought me a present and card as its my Birthday on the 13th.We do not see as much of each other as we used to, so it was nice to catch up.

When she had gone I gave Summer a bath as she was very mucky-- afterwards she gleamed and was very white. She quite likes having a bath so its quite easy. The hard bit is lifting her out as ours bath is a deep one.
Summer after her bath, with new scarf-- so cute as Jamie-Lee would say.


Woke to very cold legs and spasms and pain not nice.

Angela came and brought me a present and card for tomorrow. She did not stay long because I had a B12 injection booked. I forgot yesterday so when I went in today I apologised. They said it was strange, as I never miss an appointment. I did ring up yesterday and said I had forgot-- OK they said and booked it for today. A student Nurse injected me and very well too. This injection hurts who ever does it sometimes more than others.


Happy Birthday to me 64 today.

Most of the day on my own with Pup. Paul out for his dinner and Andrew at work.

Lindsay and family came round for tea a Chinese for nine of us around the table, well Lindsay sat on the chair. Very nice it was too. I really enjoyed it all.  Really good to have some one round.

Tommy-Lee Jamie-Lee me and Jay-Jay.

Flowers, presents and cards I received.

A lovely sunny quite warm day on the common with Summer Pup. Running after her ball and playing. The common is quite wet this morning so she came back mucky.

Rung up everyone to thank them for cards and presents.


Age UK on my my own as Jenny is not well. Polly helped me out on the counter. We were busy too, so good to have her with me.

Gary the caretakers last day so he was pleased that people made a fuss of him he starts a new job on Monday. All the best to you Gary I will miss you. Age UK have not started any interviews yet so we are going to without a caretaker for a while. How that will work out I am not sure but it can not be good.

Popped in to Andrews shop where he is working and said hello to him and his work mate, looks like a very nice place. Good to see him back at work and doing something he enjoys.


Cleaning up down stairs Paul started in the front room and I in the bathroom and we met in the middle. Cooked tea watched a bit of late TV. Also watched Star Treks Discovery with Andrew, a good episode.

After Andrew went to bed I watched a program about assisted dying, very interesting and very sad at the same time.
Louis Theroux did all the interviewing it was a very good insight in to people that have had enough of the pain and suffering. Sounds a lot like us RSD suffers-- well sort of. Their lives will not be very long and they will suffer so much at the end. So going out without this is easier for them and their loved ones dying with dignity as one of them put it..
Not legal in this country. Some of the people were desperate and suffering a lot- some just had weeks/months to live and would die in a lot of pain.


Lindsay here with  Jamie-Lee. Jay-Jay and his girlfriend joined us later. Tommy-Lee out with his mates. Lindsay did us all bacon butties. Very nice-- ages since I had one.

Lindsay is not doing too bad after her pain block injection on the 17th.

Jamie and I played with the Barbie dolls so she was happy. Jay-Jay moaned quite a lot but he is at that age 14 nearly 15. He has got himself a nice girlfriend this time, one that tends to calm him down when he needs it.


Soon after I got up the phone rang, around 9.30pm,  Kingsmill Hospital here, we have a cancellation. We can fit you in today for your knee operation--- can you get here for 12-00pm. I said could it be later ? No. We have at least an hour and half travel as its in Sutton in Ashfield near Nottingham. Could I ring you back in 5 minutes-- Yes but no longer as we need to fill the place. Paul was at the hospital volunteering I tried to get hold of him but no luck. I rung the consultant back and told him. I asked how near I was at the top on the list he said in the top quarter, but things can change with cancellations or a emergency's. I thanked him and hoped to hear from him very soon. I hope it is soon as my knee is worse than it was-- very tight much more pain, and very cold foot and leg. I know my RSD side has bean weird for a while but this did not affect my left side as much. I think the RSD is playing it up a lot and causing a lot of problems. Hopefully this will not flair up after the operation.


I was going to Pilate's today but got a message from Jo saying its not on for the next two weeks. She is not too well. All the best Jo and get well soon.

Well ironing it is then- over two hours worth as I got some new sheets and as they are cotton I iron them. A warm day as well. The weather has bean very good the last few days and Spring like as well.


Cleaning the bedrooms today well three of them Andrew does his own. I had to keep sitting down as knee keeps locking up.

Another warm day, people I saw out walking had shorts and vests on. Not warm enough I don't think for that-- me anyway-- but get ahead on the tan.

Summer and I like the warmer weather as well as she can have her ball more times on the common without getting so wet and mucky. Not that muck bothers her too much that's my job to get her clean.


Well Age UK again, it soon comes round. When I got there is was not too busy but that soon changed.
Only two in the kitchen and two waitresses. Jenny and I on the counter. Plus Vera and John !! not that they do too much anyway. John goes to walking football soon after he gets here. Vera just seems to disappear all the time. She is in her eighties so I suppose she does well.

We even have a new Caretaker-- as Gary left last week I was surprised as things do not move very fast here regarding the Staff replacements. He is very nice too, a lot like Gary.


Quite a bit colder today but the sun came out later. Doing this blog and puzzle later, the Candy Crush one, hard one again but it will not beat me.

Andrews at work a full week for him as he has worked everyday, so I am so pleased for him.
I am having it easy today as out tomorrow.


Today Paul and I are flying-- yes literally, going up in a four by four plane part owned by my friends Dave and Bev from Beeston .
The day started off quite foggy but that soon cleared and became a warm sunny day.
We set off for Tollerton Airport for the flight to meet Dave and Bev there. Sunshine till we just got past Newark, then blanket fog and bit of sun here and there. We arrived at the Airport to find it was in a thick covering of fog. We met up with Dave and Bev and waited till it started to clear as it had in Lincoln. Bev said a few miles away it was clear and sunny. The fog started to clear so Dave and Paul started to do the fight checks. The sun came out but quickly hid again. No flight today. Disappointing yes, but we can come again.

 Dave did take some pictures of plane and Paul and I.


 Taken through front screen so not too good.

 The plane-- You can see the fog.
We had a cup of tea with them the cafe had closed but we always take a flask with us so we shared that. We said our good byes and headed off home. Still foggy till just before Newark again then bright sunshine. Bean sunny in Lincoln all day.


A frosty start but again soon warmed up and was another nice day. Washing and a bit of sewing and tidied up the green house.

Finally rang up my hairdresser to book an appointment for my hair to be cut. I am getting fed up with it being longer it grows so fast a bit like my nails. RSD makes your nails grow faster.

Going to Asda Living to get a new toaster as ours does not toast very well now, so its not much good.
Found one but out of stock for,  in soon we were told. Got a new nozzle for the hose pipe so not a wasted journey.

Heard later on the Radio that this day has bean the hottest day on record for February. 21C -70 F.


Finally got my latest puzzle Candy crush done   I thought this would be easier after my last dog one. BUT no it was very hard.

Paul came home with the new toaster he tried it and it was good, toasted the whole piece of bread in one, no turning it round.

Found out today from some very nice work men that the garage that shut down near us a while ago, is going to be another garage.We have bean a bit worried-- as stories were going round that the ground was going to be turned into flats. As our garden backs on to it we were more than a bit pleased. Hope the information was right. I think it will be but, till things happen no one can be sure.


A very warm start to the day no cool wind either warmer than previous days-- could it be than the 25th.

Summer had fun on the common till a very excited spaniel pinched her ball. He dropped it and she got it back but she was a bit worried and panicked as her ball is very special to her. Only one thing is worse, not getting her tea.

Doing a bit of tiding up in the garden. Watched A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
Wayne got me the DVD for my Birthday. Very good but sad too.

I was sat talking to some one the other day. They said having RSD is not too bad is it.!!??  You can still do most things and have not really lost anything.
NO NOT A LOT--Just my job, my running, most of my friends, my social life, plus many others. They have minor problems at the moment and think they are worse off. Theirs can be easily put right

Anyway all the best to you all Love Gill.


January 2019

January 1st

Welcome to 2019 everyone-- hope its a good year. I think I say that every year, but one has to be better than the last sometime. I am now back to one Blog per month and not two- this I think works better for me.

Poor Summer dog, the smoke alarm started beeping early morning. She is terrified of this and tries to get out the house. Paul came down around 7am and tried to calm her down. I had only gone to bed a few hours earlier around 5am, and the alarm was fine then. When I got up around 9am she had calmed down. We went for our usual walk and for the rest of the day she mostly slept. Poor Summer.

Andrew, Paul and I played Scrabble later and I won by one point. My spelling is not good, so I think I did well, I did get a bit of help though.


Ben's funeral not looking forward to this at all. This is a Woodland Service- middle of a wood so nice and relaxed. I think Ben would have bean pleased. Cilla's ashes went in with him as well. Bye Ben and Cilla I shall miss you.


Age UK what a busy day-- there is one lady who always gets in everybody's way. Well today she excelled herself and got shouted at many times. Polly said she will have a word with her I said you better be quick as I am on the verge of killing her. I was pleased when she went home. Jenny and I as usual were the last of the volunteers to leave.

Knee not good today- not bean any better since the injection on 12th December apart from the first two days. That was because of the ANAESTHETIC that was put in. As soon as that wore off the pain was worse. My knee is very tight, worse than it was a few days ago, spasms up and down my leg, usually in the night. I am going to ring up Mr Joby John's Secretary on Monday to get another appointment to see him again.

Paul has gone to Wayne's for the night, then in the morning he drives to Goodison park in Liverpool to watch Everton v Lincoln City in the FA Cup. He's coming back Saturday or Sunday.


Lincoln did not win but lost 2- 1  but Paul said it was a very good match. He is staying at Wayne's another night so back Sunday sometime.


I rang Mr Joby John's Secretary and got an appointment for next week 16th. I was surprised it was so soon, but then I am used to dealing with Lincoln County Hospital. King's Mill seems to be a lot more efficient. I will be pleased when I see him, and can get something done.


No Pilate's today Jo is not well. I was not sure if I was going anyway, as my knee is bad. Ten mile round bike trip does not seem a good idea. Very cold today as well.


Dentists today, given the all clear for another year, which is good as you can get problems because of the RSD. I have a tooth at the back which has broken off but it is not causing me any problems so the Dentist and I decided to leave it for now. Going back again if any problems

Walking back from town my knee was so painful and very tight. This is affecting my hip as well so double pain. Also the RSD had to get a look in.

Tablets not ready at the chemist but they will be tomorrow they said. My Quinine is having manufacture problems so I had to change it slightly. Ready for tomorrow, PROMISE. You would think if the Chemist can not get a tablet that you need like that week- they would let you know not wait till the day you pick them up, and leave you without.


It's my friend Country Bumpkins Funeral today. I am not going at her daughters request. Rest in peace Bumpkin..

Age UK very busy-  most  of the staff seemed to be in a mood today and very touchy. I just did what I had to do. Had a word with Polly and she said they had a big meeting and this had upset everybody in the kitchen. A case of too many office staff trying to run the kitchen from their desks. Let Polly and her gang get on with it themselves, they do a dam good job if left to it.

Went to get tablets still not ready the prescription had not even bean done despite the fact it has bean there over a week. What's the point of doing it online and then falling at the last bit. I spent over an hour between the Doctors and the chemists. I would have left it but I needed them like now. In the end I did get them. Home and very tired, pain everywhere.


Washing usual house work things. Cut back the rose next door and staked it as it was a bit wobbly.
Sprayed all the indoor plants with leaf feed, and not much else today. I feel quite tired-- pain drains you.


Appointment with Mr Joby John to see what he can do about my knee I think the only answer is an operation but he might have something else to offer me. I was disappointed that the injection did not work. I didn't expect it to make it worse though

Going there we ran into an accident- so a detour was necessary. Down a back road, not much better than a track. Lots of pot holes and water, getting bumped about and causing me all over pain. My knee being the worst. When we got to the other end we were just a bit further down the road in another queue. The detour was not helpful just a waste of time and extra pain for me. Paul looked out his car door and saw the queue was very long, so he decided to turn round and go a different way. We had left with plenty of time to spare so this would be alright.

On arriving at the Hospital we were informed that Mr Joby John was running late by 45 minutes.
We went and got a cup of tea then went back.

My name was called and we went in, I told him what had bean going on. He said the only answer now is the operation which we both wanted to avoid. He told me the risks and said it COULD fire up the RSD. I have no option have I? The pain is worse now and getting more painful everyday. I trust him and he will do a good job and hopefully the pain will not be fired up more than it has to.

Paul helped me fill in some consent and health forms, we gave them in at another clinic this was to see about the date and have the pre-med check, but they could not fit me in today because of my appointment being late. I will get an letter soon, but it does mean going back again. Hopefully it will not be too long then I can get rid of this knee pain for good.


Phone call from Jenny, she is not well and will not be at Age UK tomorrow.
Angela came round to sort out things on the computer.

After yesterdays bumping about, my knee is very sore and swollen.

Watched the new Star Trek Discovery series with Andrew. I did not think it was as good as previous ones, poor story line. Hopefully the next one will be better. Good to have it back though.


I was not sure who would be at age UK today helping me out, but all was good no office staff just another volunteer. All went well. I phoned Jenny later and she felt a bit better. She has a heavy cold and cough. She thinks she will be back next week.


Sorting out my wardrobe this is a job I have wanted to do for a long while. Got most done, a lot for the charity shop. I think all of us-- men and woman hang on to things just in case. Not this time though, a good sort out, got loads of room now.


Made some little cakes and all done in the mixer, only way I can do them now. Very light and fluffy
very tasty too.

A bit of snow fell around 6-00pm  then it turned warmer, frost, then a bit more snow. Felt very cold  late and early next morning.

 In our garden.


I did not risk going to Pilate's as a bit icy and they are back roads I go on. I miss going as not bean for a long time. I think once I get my knee done biking will be less painful I hope.


Snow all gone apart from a bit of a body of a snow man someone had made.

Age UK we had a new volunteer helping out in the kitchen or so we were led to believe. She turned out to be the new Volunteer's Coordinator. Jenny and I were shocked, no one from the office part has ever come and worked with us and seen how the kitchen is run. She said she had come from another Age UK and this was a normal thing to do. We both said we had never had it before and she was shocked. How else am I going to know what goes on and get to know people? I hope she will stay as already a hit with everyone here. Her name is Nicky.

A good day busy again and knee painful and sore. I know its getting tighter as the days go by. By the time I had walked home it was very stiff. Catch a bus people say to me. This makes all my pain worse because of the vibrations. So which ever way I go home, its pain for me, and walking is the lesser one of the two.


Had a letter from the Hospital about my knee I am to go for a pre-opp assessment on the 4th February so not too long. Early one so we will have to leave the house before 7-00am. Hopefully the operation will soon follow.

Went to see my friend Pilate's John, he has bean in Hospital. I took him some cakes he was very pleased to see me and the cakes, doing quite well too.


A rare sunny windy day, bean so damp and grey for a few days. Nice to see the sun, so all the beds got changed. Dried very well all ironed and put away.


A cold frosty start, very cold on the common as a north wind, snow is on the way I think. Summer enjoyed her walk. Cold weather is better for her as she has a lovely thick coat.
Cleaning up down stairs and knitting, nothing exciting


Cold and frosty but some bright sunshine again. Nice on the common saw a lot of Summer friends. Summer played with her ball running around and chasing it.

Spoke to my son Wayne, his cat Timmy has bean diagnosed with diabetes. He has not bean well and not quite himself for a while. Wayne suspected he had diabetes. Hope he can get sorted out by the vet on Friday for his treatment- he means the world to Wayne.


A lot colder than yesterday Paul said it was minus 4 according to the car thermometer. Freezing fog too. I was dressed for the weather so I did not feel too cold. I have bean going on the common now for most of forty years so I think you get used to the cold. The trees looked very pretty covered with frost. I did not take my camera, so no pictures.

Well first month of the year has already gone and not too bad start.. I have my knee to sort out but hopefully that will be soon. My appointments on Monday so I will know more after that

Hope you are all as best as you can be. Snow or no snow enjoy what you can. All the best Love Gill.

December (2)

December 17th

Got my B12 done today a bit early but I thought it would help over the Christmas time. I can usually tell when I am getting low and it needs topping up. This one hurt a lot going in but the pain soon went off.


In town today to get last bits of shopping. I did not know what to get Jay-Jay and Tommy-Lee as a small present, we are giving money, so just something for Christmas day to open. I got them both art pencil and pads. I already had a art folder for Jay-Jay. I managed to get Tommy-Lee one but was not happy with it. I found another one on ebay. He will get it later but says he does not mind. Jamie has got a mixture of clothes and making activity's. So I think I am done.


Supposed to be at Pilate's but the rain is coming down so I did not fancy getting wet. I will see Jo after Christmas.

I have a cold coming on. Hot, cold and a headache from hell, dizzy too.

My friend has lost her fight for life age 94 (same as Ben) and she passed early this morning. Her daughter is very lost now and says she can not live without her. I hope she will be fine, her four dogs will comfort her. I see her most days so hopefully that will help her. She has no relatives so is on her own now.


Angela's 60th birthday. I already got a DVD set earlier in the year so just got her a funny age mug.
She stopped for a while had a drink, non alcohol, that's later, as she was driving.

My son Wayne phoned up, he also has got this cold thing and is working from home. He is suffering like me.

He was made Manager a few days ago so I am very proud of him, he deserves it.

Cold not good-- streaming eyes and still head pain mostly behind my eyes.


Age UK just pork and sausage buns plus cakes. No where as busy either, which was good as I still feel crap.

Bit of shopping then home. Knee has not improved yet but I suppose its still early days after the injection. Hopefully it will help then no operation will be needed.


Looking after Andy's cat for the next few days. He is away till the 27th

Taking round the presents to the relatives.

A lot of spasms in my knee and leg despite taking QUININE.


Knee very bad today, taking a lot of extra tablets. Makes me wonder how much pain I am really in as on a lot of strong pain medication for the other things. The pain starts off the RSD and FIBOMYALGIA pain as well, so before you know it-- full body pain.

Went round to see my friend who's Mum just passed. She invited me in, at first I was not going to as Wayne my son was on his way here. Paul was on his way back from picking him up from Halifax. I  decided to go in, and we talked about her mum and other things. I have known her and her Mum a long time, around 40 years I think. I am pleased I went in hopefully I helped her a bit.


A lovely Christmas day, 9 for dinner, all went well. A noisy day but good too. Lindsay took all the young ones home late afternoon so I could have a rest.

 Cold is still not good but at least the head ache has lessen.


My Brother and sister in law hear for tea. They brought along William their grandson my cousin I think. He played with Lego most of the time. A good afternoon bit quieter than Christmas day.

Paul did all the tea and washing up so an easy day for me.

Andy is back from his trip so Smudge cat was pleased to see him.


Wayne back home today. Paul is taking him and Andrew is going too. I think the promise of an Indian later enticed him. Just me and pup then.

Wayne arrived home safe, and Paul and Andrew back home again. They both said the Indian they had was very good.


Well New Year Eve what will 2019 bring ?--- less pain I hope and my knee better one way or another.

All the best to you all and a Very Happy New Year to everyone, all the best Love Gill

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