1st August

Well still all go, Jay-Jay and Andrew here. I must say the last few weeks have bean quite hard for me.
Joy keeps telling me to slow down a bit but how can I when there is much to do.

Got all the washing that was in the big case dried and ironed now, a lot of it this time mostly shirts. I think now, everything Andrew owns has bean washed. Unless there is more I don't know about, I hope not. My poor washing machine needs a rest now and so do I..


My little Pups Birthday- Summer is seven to day- Happy Birthday Summer. Two presents as well for her.

 Summer with her new Birthday toy.
 A collar Andrew made for her.
 She loves this, as it squeaks and she can carry it around.
 What's this?
She soon realised there were treats inside. Going in with her tongue and shaking it.

No Pilate's today Jo is not well, she had a tooth out and it will not stop bleeding. Recover soon Jo and all the best to you.

A lot of pain today maybe the damp air or just RSD decided to cause trouble again. At least my head is a bit better today. Moving from eye sockets to top of head now.


Age UK again, it soon comes round. Working with Jenny again she said I am so pleased you came. She was working earlier in the week here and said she did not not enjoy it at all. Fridays are the best here she said. She is getting to know the customers as well pointing out the rude ones.

I took Jay-Jays phone to be repaired as he dropped it a few days ago. £35 to have a new screen on it.
This will be ready tomorrow. When I spoke to Wayne later he said that was cheap price.
I got Andrew a cappuccino cup and saucer in red so he can enjoy his coffee more.

I have finished off the Doctor Who puzzle I started, this did not take long as very easy compared to the other two. The Roses one I  finished with Andrews help last month,  I did not get a picture of. This was not as hard as the Jelly baby one I first did though.

Dr Who's. 

Jay-Jay and I picked up his phone looks like a good job done.
Later at night the space station came over and you could see the lights. Just looked like a very fast moving big star. Andrew lit the fire outside so it was a good night just watching the flames and feeling the warmth of the fire.

Jay-Jay has two friends staying as well in the garden in a tent. They were well behaved but a bit noisy.


Changed all the beds, three now instead of just one. Got them all dried and ironed as well plus other washing.

Andrew has now sorted out all his stuff that was in the dining room so that's good, the room is a lot bigger now and we are able to move more freely now. There were a lot of boxes..


In town with Jay-Jay trying to get him skinny jeans. The rain is pouring now and we are having problems getting him any some jeans. The problem is that he is now 13 and coming to the end of children clothes but young adults are too big. We did finally get him a pair that were near enough right. His Mum will have to take him too Asda or somewhere else.


Pilate's back on again, I went on my bike again. Cold and windy today my hands were very cold, gloves needed in August? I thought we were supposed to be having a heat wave!!! Pilate's went well I ached a bit afterwards going home but I have not bean for 3 weeks so a bit of shock to the system. I have bean doing moves at home on my mat to keep me going but its not the same as a class with Jo. Hopefully very soon I will be able to go for a run. Unfortunately Andrew dropped his cup I got him
on Friday. Smashed to bits.

Finished off another puzzle- Escape From Alcatraz.

My Brother David, and Sister in Law Bev, called round as David was working this way. His Birthday is tomorrow, I got him a jumper. Most years this is what I get him or a shirt. He is still suffering pain from his car accident so is Bev. Not bean able still do as much as he used to. Hopefully in time this will improve.


Joy is here in the morning then ACUE in the afternoon. Went into town with Joy, then onto my ACUE appointment. The treatment was done by George (the tutor) this time 18 needles in all legs, arms, stomach, head, and shoulders. Some of them, not much reaction some plenty, like floating, pins and needles and some pain, more so right side though. I managed to get Andrew another cup in fact four, from charity shops. So hopefully he will be OK for a while. Also I got myself a Abbs trainer also a charity shop find. I tried this later and I can feel the burn in my stomach.


Age UK very busy some very impatient customers today including one staff member, they are the worst, wanting to be served first.  She said she was in a meeting, I told her I will get to her when it's her turn. Quite a few more were impatient as well some tutting while they waited. We are mostly all volunteers working here, not getting any money, and they want first class treatment for second class money. Go else where if your not satisfied.

I feel a bit looser after yesterdays treatment but shoulders are still painful.


Yesterday Jay-Jay broke his phone again this time he did not drop it. A stray BB pellet from his gun hit it. So another trip sometime to get it fixed. He needs to get money first though. Might be a bit more this time as its not working at all.

Andrew and Paul have gone to pick up a chair for Andrews room, a leather office one. Very nice too- the man we bought it off said it cost £160 new. We paid £20, at one time he would not have even looked at a leather chair or anything related to animals. He was very strict about that, a vegetarian    
with food still, but he has relaxed a bit about other things. Hopefully this will make things more comfortable and he will get more work done!

Summer got treated for worms and fleas, she has neither but prevention is a lot better than trying to get rid of the little pests. 

Looking after Tabby cat for a neighbour I know Tabby well and he is a very vocal. I say hello Tabby and it sounds like he says hello back.
 Tabby cat.

They have recently had a new back door fitted, this time with no cat flap. I will go round and sit with him and fuss him a bit so he is not lonely.


Jay-Jay out with his family, it's his other Grandads 90th birthday so they have all gone there. He lost his wife last year so this will be the first one with out her.  Paul and I sent him a card.

Tabby cat was very pleased to see me and was very vocal not shutting up till he had his food I sat with him for a while then left him in to sleep. He likes to go in Emmie's play house sleeping for hours.I went back later and he was still asleep.


In town today, met Paul and Andrew after doing a bit of shopping and meeting a friend for a cup of tea. We had a subway dinner which was very nice. On the way home we passed a shop that sell limited hand made things. At Christmas there were sheep made from wire and wood. This time there was a Tin Man, yes made from tin, like the Tin Man from Follow The Yellow Brick Road.. I happened to say I liked him, Andrew stopped and went back and bought him for me. I was shocked I thought he had got it for himself after agreeing with me he also liked him. He said-- Happy Past Birthday and Mothers Day. Thank you Andrew a very nice thought.
I have called him Tank after someone I know.



Sorting out the garden, its got a bit weedy. Also in the greenhouse taking off the leaves and shoots from the tomatoes. Sawn up some wood for the fire pit. We have got loads now, but it soon goes down.
My stomach has bean a bit strange just lately, bloated and sore. I have bean taking MINTEC this helps quite a bit. I take one in the morning and more later if needed.  My knees are very sore around kneecap area deep down inside. EMU OIL has helped a bit but short affect. TIGER BALM helps also and I tend to us both. The pain overall has bean less than past months but this is usually the case in the Summer.


Age UK busy again working with Jenny. Bit of shopping then on to pick up Lindsay's tablets. Went around to feed and cuddle Tabby cat. He is doing alright I think, he is missing his family they should be back tomorrow but seems happy enough. Sat with him for a while then he went out.

Bad head later bent forward and it felt like it had fallen off.


Gave Summer a bath, so she looks very white and glows now. Her coat is very soft as well. I did not have dog conditioner, so I used my Pantene she smells very nice too.
Tabby's family are not back till Tuesday now, so a few more days to wait Tabby.


Tabby is happy his family are back now, He did enjoy himself while they were away though.

Ben his young owner has missed him a lot. He said he went in the garden and called him and he came straight away. Very heavy air today I feel like I have someone sat on my shoulders and head. Knee and hip pain bad today. I also have a lot of Gnat bites. These are sore and I am trying not to scratch them. Hot and cold a lot and very clammy. The air is still very heavy we need a good storm to clear it.


Pilate's-- At one point I did not think I would be able to go. About twenty minutes before I usually set off, we had a violent storm, thunder, lightening and a down pour. This did not last long but I was not sure if it was coming back. Anyway I set off and apart from a bit of drizzle it remained fine, even the sun came out later.

A good session but I found it quite hard, I hurt a lot in most of my body. I blame the heavy air we have had for the last few day. At least my head has got a bit better. Later it did cool down a bit  and I felt better all round.


Cleaning up downstairs and usual washing.
Jay-Jay is going away for a few days tomorrow with his Mum, Tommy-Lee, Jamie-Lee and Ben's and his 3 kids. Six kids I would not want it, its too much for Lindsay as well, but she would never admit it. She already has bean bad this week as it is. Anyway I hope they all have a good time. Jay-Jay is staying at his Dads tonight.


Age UK today changes are not always for the best especially when it works the way it is. Not a good day for me.


Cleaning upstairs today. a good clean in our bedroom moved the bed and cupboards. Did the other two rooms. Andrew will do his later I hope. I like things tidy him not so much.

Looking after Ben and Emmie tonight so their Dad can go out for a while. Nes is away fr a few days with her Mum. The kids are well behaved, but Emmie keeps me busy. Ben is mostly on his play station coming down for food and the bathroom.  A nice night and Tabby cat came for a cuddle as well.


Today Paul and I are going to the Castle and Cathedral to see the Steam Punk Festival. We have not bean before and decided we would go this year.

Lots of weird outfits. A real eye opener I must say, very good and enjoyable if not a bit strange. It hurt my knees and left hip a bit though, the Cathedral is at the top of a steep hill aptly named. So quite a climb, when I was running we used to do circuits going up and down, around six times. Happy Days. I always think it is easier to run a hill than walk it, or may be that's just me.

 Lots of pictures Paul took. 

This chap only did have one leg.

Steam Punk Summer as well-- if not a bit sleepy.


Went to see my Brother in law Malc and his wife Pam as its her birthday today. They are both well and Malc showed us a tattoo he had got. I never ever thought he would have one done at all. Not even in my wildest dreams.

In the Afternoon I went to see my friend Angela on my bike. A very warm day, nice for biking though. An enjoyable time spent with her and Sarba her cat, who is not that well, so a visit to the vet at some point. I hope she will be alright but she is getting old though.


Pilate's on bike as usual. Worked out that my bike had done around thirty five miles to the one charge, I think that's pretty good going. That is on peddle assisted so not as much power needed.
Pilate's for me was quite painful, my shoulders were very tight and so were my knees. By the time we had finished my whole body was burning.


In town today to get the Grandchildren their school shoes. Jamie-Lee got hers so did Tommy-Lee but none for Jay-Jay. We will try in a few days time. Afterwards I met Joy and we went for a sandwich and a cup of tea. Did a few bits of shopping then home.

Tommy-Lee joined his brother and stayed the night. Andrew lit the fire later, and we all sat out under the stars, looking for the shapes like the big dipper and the plough. Nice and calming, but time moves on, and the boys went to bed. Later than they should have but never mind, last few days of the Summer Holidays. Back to school next week. We stayed out a bit longer, then too went in.

Well here we are at an end of another Blog not too much going on this time still pain of course but that will be here everytime. Nice if I wrote that I was all better, no I just have to make the best of what I have got. Hoping to try a run soon as foot is doing good now- not as swollen at nights either. So may be next Blog I will have bean for a run.


June 1st

Washing ironing just a normal day for me. Very drained and tired though.

Sorting out cupboards and getting rid of stuff we have saved just in case. Sometimes you need it again, most you don't. Andrew is coming back to UK for a while with all his belongings so we need to find more storage room. Jay-Jay will be coming out of the top room as well. After all that is Andrews past bedroom. Not too sure how much longer Jay-Jay will be a guest here.


Rang Andrew early to make sure he was up for the van coming for his stuff early morning 6am.
Unfortunately things did not go to plan, so no moving day for him. He has to leave his place as tenancy is up for renewal. He will be staying with a friend till things get sorted. Hopefully he will get to UK eventually.


At last I have finished a Jelly Baby puzzle I started ages ago.

Jay-Jay and Paul helped me with the last few bits as I was getting stuck. Probably one of the hardest ones I have done. Wayne got me it as a present and said, that will keep you busy, he was not wrong.  Unfortunately. one piece was missing, no doubt vacuumed up at one point, disappointing but at least its done. The next puzzle is a Roses sweet one this does not look as hard but I will see.

Went to  Jamie-Lee's sports day I think CUTE, was the word. She is in her last few days of Nursery School so age range was from three years to five.  
 Jamie-Lee in the hall getting ready for her sports advent.
Water-- they all loved this one, filling up a container with water from the bath.
 Egg and spoon.

A lot of the children are Polish or from that area. One boy was so sweet, he did not speak English so hard work for the teaching staff. He did not understand what he had to do so he did it his way. Jamie-Lee said he only bean there five days, she was very precise about that as well. They all had a good try at everything, some needing a reassuring cuddle from Mum or Dad.

 Getting a bit tired.
 Getting their stickers.
There were no winners or looses so most were happy, some were still a bit confused.


Sorting out my Cd's and bringing them up to date something I have wanted to do for a while. I have even sat to do it then thought No--- and given up. Finally I have at last started and finished it.

A very humid day storm on the way I hope, before my head explodes. Yes later it did rain, a right down pour and a storm as well. I sent Jay-Jay to get the pegs in and you should have heard him squeal as the rain hit his back. The drain near the back door got blocked up as well, but lucky the rain stopped so we was able to sort it out. The air was so sweet and clear after the storm. This did not last long as it turned humid later. I like a good storm, but I think we only got the tail end of the storm this time.


Age UK-- Very warm in the kitchen and counter today. I was with Ian again after he had finished on a training/upgrade course. He said he did not learn much, as it was more for people preparing foods. We just take orders and sell things like scones cakes etc that are on display. All other food is prepared in the kitchen and taken to the table by the waitress's.

I told Ian how much I enjoyed working with him last week he was quite taken back by my praise for him. Again another steady day, things went well, a bit more staff today as well so the waitresses were not rushed off their feet.

My foot was very swollen by the time I stopped for dinner. I left Age UK, did a bit of shopping then home. Still very warm and heavy maybe another storm later.


Andrew is here later tonight around eight. Still not sorted his stuff out but that will follow at a later date. He will travel light with just a change of clothes, toiletry's, recording gear and a few other things.

I, in the mean time need to get Jay-Jay out of Andrews room down a level in to the spare room then sort out the room ready for Andrew. This was all done in the morning, so with Jay-Jay's help it went very smooth. He said he liked the top room better, everyone does, its a lot bigger and more like a bed sit place. I said to Jay-Jay this room is less rent any way. He looked at me and said am I being charged?

Jay-Jay went out, and I cleaned the top room ready for Andrew. A quick vacuum downstairs as well and all clean everywhere.

Andrew arrived around eight as planned with  no problems. Not sure how long he will be here for as he is not sure himself. Still no belongings as yet, hopefully they are coming very soon.

Out in the garden doing a bit of tidying up and since the rain things seemed to have shot up... The greenhouse has had two massive ant nests so I had to get rid of them. The ant powder I used took two lots to get rid of them this time as a bigger than normal nest- huge.!!! They always make me itch and I usually end up getting bitten.


Got Jamie-Lee after Nursery as Lindsay is at Sheffield today. She will stay with me and be joined by her brother Tommy-Lee later after he has finished school. Andrew is out, so just me and Jamie-Lee plus Pup of course.

Tommy-Lee arrived in a middle of a down pour soaked to the skin. He had to strip off and wear his brothers clothes. Once dry, he sat down and played with Jamie-Lee and waited for his tea.

Lindsay arrived back from Sheffield with her news.The problem is now not the bleed in her brain but the malformation on her brain. The tablets are going to changed soon as she is attending Lincoln Pain Clinic. After a while everyone went home and I was able to have a rest.

Later Andrew lit the new fire pit and we both sat out, very relaxing. The pit burnt very well and gave out a good heat. We have a bit of wood from the decking we took up, so alright for a while. We are surrounded by woods so getting more fuel for the fire will be easy. After a while I went in to have my bath, leaving Andrew and Pup to enjoy the night. They both came in a bit later and we watched a bit of TV.

Got Tommy-Lee here as well as Jay-Jay. Lindsay is sorting out football for next season with Ben.
Time was getting on and Jamie-Lee was getting ready for her bed. She laid on the floor, as I said there was no more beds to rent out.  Tommy-Lee joined her on the floor. He asked how much rent the beds were I said when available £50 a night. Tommy said so these are free then, NO I said they are twice as much because you are causing a trip hazard. He laughed so did Jamie-Lee but I don't think she knew what she was actually laughing at. Lindsay was here soon after so home to beds for them both.


Happy Birthday Lindsay--

Went to Pilate's on my bike, foot was quite good but I had a job keeping it on the peddle at times.
The session went well too. I have not bean there since 31st of May so a few more bits have bean added. Some I could not do as usual. I enjoyed it though, my foot will get stronger with time and less pain. Hopefully a bit more feeling will come back as I have lost more since I sprained it.

Later Andrew and Jay-Jay plus me went to Lidl's supermarket its close by, and Jay-Jay wanted to get Lindsay a plant for her Birthday. They have some good plants and it saved going into town. He did get a lovely plant for her, a chrysanthemum. We all walked back and Lindsay plus Jamie-Lee were there and Tommy-Lee came later. We all had a Chinese for tea, apart from Jay-Jay he had pizza.

Lindsay opened her presents from us. Clothes, and a charm for her bracelet. She liked them all and will let us know if they fit.


Into town with Andrew, he wanted a few things so did I. Tomorrow is the Age UK Summer Meal so I will be late home and tired so it made sense to go today. I think we got most things a lot dearer than going on my own though. Never mind I treated Andrew to a few things. Got back and felt quite tired and quite a bit of all over pain. I have walked more this week and a bike ride too.

Today it has bean 13 years since I fell and got diagnosed with RSD. (September/ October) 13 years of pain and uncertainty. I know I can still walk and I don't use my scooter too often but still I want to do more than I do. My Doctor has told me I am doing very well and not to put myself down too much. I know that my body was in a strong position when I did fall with all the walking I did, plus the running, and he thinks that helped a lot. Wietse used to say the same and I agree with them. Also I am quite a strong person and don't give in unless I have to. I still want to run again though. I have had a lot of set backs, my sprained ankle being the latest one. When the time is right I WILL run again.


Helping out at Age UK today as they have a big Summer meal with many guests, they all had a three course meal each. This was booked and paid for a bit back. Everything seemed to go well, a few too many Chiefs and not enough Indians at times. Nills was back as well so good to see him as I did not know he was back. Joy was not her best today but did well. After it was all done and everyone was happy. A raffle was drawn. A man sung Elvis songs, not bad either but the speakers were terrible and vibrated a lot, they need setting up. The man sat next to me had no tickets I had five, so I said you have the top one. He said No it might win, it did-- a bag of coffee was the prize I chose for Andrew. He drinks a lot of coffee and enjoys it, I don't as it upsets my stomach so I don't drink it at all. A busy day and nice to see the older ones happy. After a while I asked if I could go as they were enough helpers to cope with the rest. Joy and I left together both tired. Walked home to rest.


Got Jamie-Lee to sleep over to night. Jay-jay has gone to his Mum as she is having a bit of a Birthday celebration. He will sleep there tonight so Jamie-Lee will have his bed. Jamie was good and settled well for her sleep.


A bit of a BBQ for the family, nice day as well, very warm. Jay-Jay's back here again tonight.


Busy day changed all the beds, three now instead of the usual one. Plus more washing too, ironing as well. My foot was very swollen by night time and hurt a lot, enough to take extra pain killers. A stormy day and very heavy air as well.


Pilate's went well very warm going I was sweating when I got there, then my body had to adjust to the cooler temperature in the hall. A lot of pain in my ankle and leg which went into spasm while riding. I managed to get it right again by stopping my bike and stretching my leg at the road side.
Coming home no problems apart from all the thunder flies.


Acue today nine needles in all. Feet, legs, stomach arms and head. Some had weird reactions like waves and making me jump, other just gentle fluttering. I felt very light after the treatment, done by Fanyi the Tutor. All the students passed their exams and now are fully qualified. Well done to them all.


The Accue has helped my pain and tightness.

Age UK today. Busy but not manic like sometimes we are. Working with a new lady called Jenny today we met last week at the Summer meal, she was on the till and I was doing my usual drinks and anyone that needed me. Nills was there again too, so very good to see him. I have missed him.

Got Andrew an Espresso machine for his coffee drinks, he met me and carried it back.


Andrews things from Amsterdam were coming today but it will be tomorrow now. I am taking up five pairs of Paul's new trousers as he only has short legs. I have a gadget on my sewing machine, but can not get the hang of it and spend more time unpicking the hem. So I tend to do it by hand, one day I will master it, one day as it give a stronger hem.

Not too bad a day pain wise for me I have a headache but I think that's the stormy air more than any thing else. My shoulders are very tight and my foot hurts a lot and is swollen up again.

 Bye bye boots.
My boots which are very old, have finally come to the end--- wet feet. We think they are over twenty years old as they were Paul's first then mine. They have served me well on my many walks on the common.


Bean to Angela's to see her decorating at last, she has bean asking me to come for a while now. Not quite finished yet but looks very nice.

Andrews boxes and cases have arrived at last from Amsterdam, all twenty three of them sitting in the dining room. Suddenly the room is very small, hopefully they will be soon put a way and some things stored.
Lots of washing nine loads in all, and it started to rain. The boxes and cases have bean packed around three weeks so some of the clothes were a bit ripe to say the least. He thought they would be here sooner. Never mind it took a while but all done by early morning.


Rain again most of the day so no drying the clothes. Andrew has got his work stuff set up but the rest of his things are still in the dining room and others parts of the house. Not used to this, but it will take time to sort out after all its seven years of his life here.


Yes rain again, not able to put the washing out some dried inside so less now. Not too much ironing either which is good as I hurt a lot today.

Got some wood today from the garage at the back of us for the fire pit, they did not want it. Jay-Jay and I set about taking out the nails and sorting it out in to lengths. I think it was a pallet. This will fuel a few fires I think.
A heavy warm day but at least no rain back to normal washing now not a laundry.

All Andrews washed clothes are on the settee as no drawers to put them in till latter this week. So another room taken over.


Woke up very hot and sweaty when I stood up I felt very dizzy. My temperature has bean very bad the last few days, very much up and down. Something I have RSD to thank for!!

No Pilate's today, just as I was ready to set off it poured down and I would have nearly bean drowned, so I did an hour at home I still have my mat so able exercise in comfort.  I don't use my mat at class as its chair and standing moves only. So it made a nice change to do it this way today. I enjoyed it as well and I did feel like I had done a good session too.

Jay-Jays at a friends tonight, so no cheek from him. He has mostly not bean a problem so nice to have him here for a while, not sure for how much longer though. When he first came it was only for a few days that was four weeks ago.


Paul picked up two chest of drawers for Andrews bedroom, pine ones they need a good wax and polish otherwise they are very solid and just right. Started the washing and waxing after a late tea.
They look a lot different now four coats of wax plus another one tomorrow. Finally finishing at eleven pm. I ached so much.
Now for my MAGNESIUM bath.This helps to sooth and relaxes me. I have bean using this for a while now. As long as I can stay in more than ten minutes it helps

Paul put the last coat of wax on the drawers and buffed them up they look really good, better than I thought they would. Now to get them up stairs and filled with Andrew things.

Looking good a lot of hard work though, but I think it was worth it.

 Age UK very busy Nills not here, on Holiday, so a bit short of staff today I was on the till and drinks and in between washing up when Steve had to help with waitressing. Working with Jenny again. She said I like working with you the best, as you help me so much and seem to be in control.  Not sure about that one though. Yes we do work well together and I enjoy it as much as her. Left around three pm a bit of shopping then home.


He is coming here for the weekend so that will be good. I have a house full so he will sleep on the settee. I have slept on there many times when I have bean ill, its comfortable so he will get a good sleep.
Wayne arrived around six thirty, I am looking after Ben and Emmie two doors away so will not be here for long. I missed a Chinese tea too never mind there's always another time.
The children were very good so I was able to rest a bit and watch television for a change.
Nes and Squidge arrived home and I stopped awhile chatting, then came home. Everyone was still up even though it was one thirty.


Happy Birthday to Wayne my oldest son.
Gave Wayne his card and presents. He was very pleased with them all. BBQ for the family today hopefully it will not rain. The BBQ was good and no rain till we were getting everything in so it was a good afternoon. The children enjoyed it as well and so did Summer.

Very tired today and a lot of pain in my legs and shoulders. Pins and needles in my hands too.This RSD is so weird you could not make it up.

I had a strange sort of attack or mini seizure late night/early morning. Not sure if it was a proper seizure or not. It has bean over a year since my last seizure that started in the swimming pool on holiday.
I know something had happened to me, as I had the usual bad head, and a lost sort of feeling.


Still feel a bit strange if that's the word, lost not quite with it at all and very tired.

At last all Andrews washing is done-- I think I have washed everything he owns. Paul brought down a big case and said it was full of washing. Oh NO not more I said, the last case had nine loads in it and this one is twice the size. No--Thank goodness not that much in the case, only two big loads to do then finished it all. There will be quite a bit of ironing though as there are lots of shirts.

Well a better month for me, my foot is improving day by day. Still very swollen at night and also my knee and shins hurt more than usual. Hope you have all had a bit of the better days. See you next time. Love Gill.

To end with a picture of Summer on Andrews shoulder her favourite place to be since she was a Pup 


June 1st

Well you know I said in last months Blog-- that hopefully this month would be better well No it isn't.
I had a fall on the common while walking Summer around 10-15am.

Let me explain. A lady, and a small child stood back with their dog on its lead, quite a big dog, Doberman size. We went past and they went on their way. I unclipped Summer's lead and carried on  walking. After a while the big dog went flying past me and straight for Summer.
She got chased once before by a chocolate Labrador which caused her to run her towards the park and road, which she crossed  when she was only just a little pup in 2011. The road is a main one and very busy. She ran home last time and avoided getting hit by cars. I was so scared as it was foggy and I and a friend could not find her.

Back to today--I shouted her but she was scared and just ran. I tried to run but slipped falling badly on my right side, yes the RSD side. In tears of fright for Summer's safety, I got to my feet. Pain sheared through my knee and foot. I hobbled as fast as I could shouting Summer no, more screaming her name. The big dog came past me going back to its owner, and I could hear Summer's high pitched bark. Not knowing if she was hurt or just scared I hobbled on in great pain. Then I saw her, she was fine, scared, but not hurt. I don't think the other dog wanted to attack her, more to say hello but when you get a big dog after you, most would run.

I clipped her lead on and we headed for home. My foot was swelling up over the top of my shoe. I was so pleased I had shoes on sometimes I wear sandles. The shoe helped to support the foot. The short distance home was so painful, every step, sharp pain was shooting from my foot up my leg around the knee.

Once home I took off my shoes to a very swollen foot and knee. I sat down  and put my foot up. This will help I said to Summer. She was fine just the same Summer as usual, better it be me hurt than her. Took two IBRUES and  two DIHYDRO CODEINE. Lindsay phoned and I told her what had happened. She said, maybe you should go to the hospital. I said I will see how it goes over the next few hours.

My foot was getting bigger, and bruising up, also around the knee. When Paul came home from volunteering at the hospital he headed back there with me of course, to get my leg checked out. We arrived at the A and E department at two thirty it was very busy but I was soon seen. The Doctor though there might be a break I was not too sure. As the pain gets covered up by all the strong stuff I take. I can never be sure what actual pain I am in. Any way the X-rays (6) showed no breaks in my foot or knee she was actually surprised there was nothing broken,  just sprained and bruising she said. Told to rest it and elevate my leg and ice it. I said ice is a big NO NO and I explained. OK she said keep off it and keep it up as much as you can and rest. We headed for home just two hours and ten minutes after we got there. I thought that was pretty good. Home with foot up, this is not going to be a good weekend for me. No walking, sitting still, the RSD is not going to be pleased, not much I can do at all really. I did not realize till later I had hurt my shoulder too, just a red mark but a bit sore. Some people would be pleased with a weekends rest not me.  This is not a good start to June.


Foot and knee very painful. Slipper socks for a while I think. Resting it but if I sit too long with it up I get bad spasms in my legs.
Obviously not at Age UK today. Taking quite a lot of extra tablets today. These are helping quite a bit. Some pictures of the damage cause.



Wayne's here today and stopping over night so it will be good to see him again. He is about better now after his scare earlier in the year when he was in Hospital. Wayne arrived just in time for dinner.
Nice afternoon just catching up.

Later we were shocked to hear about the London Bridge attacks. We watched it late into the night.
After the Ariana Grande concert bombing it was quite almost like this, can not be true, but it was and we learnt later about the deaths and injuries.


A quiet day just resting and trying to take it easy. Paul did dinner for us all, chicken with the trimmings. Very good too. Wayne's only here one night so soon it was time for him to go home. Paul took him to Newark station.

Later I watched the Ariana Grande concert in honour of the people who died and the ones that got hurt.
Very good but at times hard to watch thinking about why this is happening.


I have to go out today for breast screening at the Hospital. Paul is taking me as my foot is still very swollen and painful. I got my shoe on after taking the insole out, this still hurt a lot but I was able to take it off while sat. We managed to get a wheelchair so I did not have to walk. Everything went well and we were only out for less than a hour. So back home with foot up again. This by now was hurting a lot and had swelled up more. I took some more tablets and the pain eased off. Also started taking BACLOFEN muscle relaxants 10mg two a day. Hopefully these will help, as time goes on and as the pain lessens I will go down to one a day then stop again.


Summer had a hair cut today and as usual she just about fell asleep. When she does this her back legs slip over the side of the table. So far she has managed to stay on it. Maxine who cuts her, is very good and makes sure she has hold of her. As soon as she arrives Summer knows its for her and sits by the table ready to be picked up. Over an hour grooming so quite a long time. A shorter cut this time as Summer is on its way or in theory anyway, its cold and raining at the moment.

 So cute.
 Showing off her bikini line.


Foot and knee are improving but very slowly, I am not a sit down person, also not able to take Summer out either is the worst. Paul is taking her this will do him good though.

I phoned up Age UK as I will not be going in this week again hopefully things will improve and I can go back next week. My job there involves standing all the time so not good at the moment with a swollen foot and knee. I know a lot of people are also not going to be there this week either for one reason or another. Joy said it was not very busy last week.

Joy called in to see me she is doing well and not as much pain in her knee and shoulder. She has started taking some new tablets and put COPPER INSOLES in her shoes, she said this has helped her pain a lot.
No sooner had she gone Angela called in to see me, she is also well and just got a new car, very nice too, a white one she is very pleased with it. Her other one was written off when she had her accident on the 18th May. A lot of pain in my foot late evening and early morning before I went to bed.


Wayne got Summer a new brush today, I used it on her and she likes it. Her last one the pins have bent and is now sharp on her skin. This was recommend by Maxine the groomer.

The brush is a Lawrence Tender Care Slicker Brush Medium. From Amazon.

OK bean a week now since I fell, so here are some of today's pictures of my leg and foot.

Uninjured left  foot.
Inside of right foot.

As you can see a lot of the bruising has gone, but still very swollen around the foot and ankle, the knee is still swollen but not as much now. A lot more pain than I would have hoped for a week later, how much of this is the RSD playing up.


Went round to see a neighbour Ness from two doors away. I am so fed up of not going out. Had a good chat and felt better for it.
Lindsay came round later with Jamie-Lee we had chips from the chippie for dinner. Very tasty.
Showers and sunshine today.


Changing the bedding today as very windy so it should dry well. Quite sunny but also showers as well. I need to try to use my foot and walk a bit more. Already the RSD is hitting it hard and a lot of pain and burning like only RSD can.

Washing all dried and ironed. I sit on the table to iron so that's not a problem.

Jay-jay came round later he had bean swimming in a lake close by so decided to surprise us with a visit. He and Tommy-Lee are going to Spain with their Dad on Wednesday. Hope you all have a good time.

Not as many tablets today so the foot must be improving a bit.


B12 injection this morning, Paul is taking me in the car as it's too far at the moment to walk. This time it did not hurt as much. I am back later to see my own Doctor at last. The appointment is at night so really for people who work during the day, so I felt a bit guilty but not for long. I can never get to see him. He only works two days a week so that makes it worse.

He was quite pleased with me, he looked at my foot and I showed him the pictures when it first happen. A sprain usually takes on average takes four to six weeks to get better. Yours with every thing else going on will take at least eight weeks, may be more. Also I have to be very careful as the ankle is very fragile, when I start walking more.

I asked him how he was doing he said he was very happy doing two days a week. I said you are the only one as everyone else is not happy. He laughed I mentioned about how long it is to get an appointment for Nurses and Doctors. He said yes he knows but there is not a lot he can do. One nurse has left, some are on holiday, also with taking on extra patients from another practice does not help. I was told by the nurse this morning to book my B12 appointment next week so I get it on time, over six weeks ahead. As the one I just had was two weeks late. Partly my fault as I put the reminder in June part of the diary instead of Mays. Even so two weeks is too long to wait for a B12. Usually when I ring up its two or three days at the most to get an appointment.


At last the swelling is going down on my foot, I am able to wear my canvas shoes for the first time since I fell have bean wearing slipper socks. Even now the right shoe is not fastened. I am only putting them on while I am out in the garden, so that's not all the time. Anyway it does the feet good to go without shoes. Better if there is not a sprained foot though.

I managed to plant the tomatoes and cucumber plants in the green house. I know its late but not bean able to do them. Even then I had to do a bit, sit a bit, till it was all finished. I was very pleased I managed it. Hopefully the plants will catch up. I have put slug pellets down, as last time the snails got them both cucumbers, and I had to seed more. So snails leave them alone, or no cumbers this year as if these go it will be too late to seed more. So slime off snails please.

I have reduced the BACLOFEN to one a day now. Two made me very tired but not able to sleep any more. They did good though.


Trying to do a bit of gardening as its gone wild with all the rain showers and sun. Managed to get quite a lot done and it does look better. I set my bench up for doing the hanging baskets and tubs where the bedding plants are going. This will make it easier as I can mostly sit down. That's tomorrow though as my foot is very painful now and has swelled up a lot. Time to put it up and rest it again.

Tragic fire in London Grenfell Tower high rise block. A lot of people were trapped, more than likely not going to get out alive. A man on the news said it was his neighbors fridge/freezer that blew up then set alight to the out side of the building. No one had a chance after a few minutes as it went up like a piece of dry paper. This soon spread and trapped the poor people in side. The news showed them at the windows waving and pleading for help. Later reports said it was the cladding that was not up to standard fire regulations. This was only put in May last year.  Very very sad. So much sadness has happened this year.


My foot is definitely improving, but not fast enough for me. At the moment its very sensitive and burning. I hope I can soon take Summer for her walk. Paul said there were Travellers on the Fair Ground Common.

Angela called round later and bought me, well Paul and I, a fridge magnet and next years calendar post card. Very nice thank you Angela, she has just bean on a London trip and really enjoyed herself. At one time I was to go with her but changed my mind as a bit short of money at the moment and we are on holiday in September to Ireland. Good job really I did not book things as I would not bean able to cope and would have had to cancel with no refund. At least Angela had a good time she went to a show called Half a Sixpence. Very good she said, we found a video of some bits on line and we watched it, in deed it looked a good show.

Angela is getting used to her new car and likes it a lot. We both traveled to see a friend, Comfortable car for me as well, bit low getting in and out though.


I tried on my Active Ankle I used while running, I think this will help support it when its completely healed and keep it safe until the muscles get stronger. Not going to wear it yet as its a bit tight with the all the swelling.

Swelling has gone down a lot.

Back in the garden today doing the baskets and bedding plants. Quite warm too. Summer's with me as well, not helping much though, chasing the cats away. The plants are a bit tall but hopefully will pick up. As I said before, I've not bean able to do much that requires standing up for. Well they are in now so its up to them to go as my Nursery boss used to say they have got two chances live or die.

A lot of pain and burning early morning took IBRUES , BACLOFEN and GABAPENTIN. Helped quite a bit but very late night for me. The birds were well awake and it was light, around five am or after when I went to bed.

Lindsay got this for Summer as she eats her food very fast and then has a lot of wind.

 A strange looking thing when I first saw it I though this will not work but I was very wrong. Usual time for her to eat her tea minute and half, with her food on this five to six minutes and she must have actually tasted the food and wagged her tail when I asked if it was good. A big success I think.

Summer having her tea.

A warm, no hot day for us. Lindsay is here with Jamie-Lee, the boys are on holiday still.
 Jamie-Lee bought me some flowers. Thank you Jamie they are very nice.


We filled up the paddling pool and Jamie-Lee spent a lot of the day in there. Summer was in too at one time. Even though she loves water she is not keen on the pool.

Very hot as the day went on, we sat out most of the day. Ben, Lindsay's boyfriend came later with his three young uns. The three girls all played together in the pool and using the water to wash the trucks and each other. His lad was a bit board as Tommy-Lee was not here and he ended up playing Mousetrap.
A good day and I managed to get a bit sun burnt, usually this turns brown over the next few days. Lindsay looks like she has had a Spain or hot place holiday as she is so brown. We used to have competitions to see who was the brownest a few years ago. She is a mid brown and I am more dark brown. I have not sat in the sun much this year well there has not bean a lot till now any way. Hopefully its here to stay.

My foot is very sore today and shooting pain when I walk. This is I think from being on it too much.


At last going on the common with Paul and Summer to see how my foot will behave. Nearly three weeks since I fell and I am fed up of being like this. Bad enough be with the RSD but this as well is not good.

The walk went quite well my foot hurt, but I knew it would. Since I fell my foot had lost more movement.


A lot cooler here today. Joy came for a visit, that was nice. She is still in pain as well. So together we were a right pair.
Another friend called Lynne came round later to see Paul and brought strawberry tarts, these were very good.


Happy Birthday Andrew.

Cleaning upstairs today. Foot still hurts a lot but I think its getting stronger day by day. I am not taking as many extra pain killers as I did. I hope more feeling comes back to my foot and its not permanent.


Rain over night and a lot cooler. I took Summer on my own today what a nice feeling.
Thank you to Paul for taking her the last few weeks. Walk was OK, no hills yet and my foot did not complain too much. Hopefully it will be me taking her for walks now.

Bad head and RSD pain, bean a bad few day with family problems. They all seem to come at once.
Later late night early morning I had a bad nose bleed. I had to stand over the toilet and let it drip. Long blood clots were hanging down and it was not nice. Eventually it stopped and I was able to go to bed. I felt like I had swallowed a lot of blood as well, I could feel it in my throat.

                   Foot now- still a bit more swollen then usually is but recovering..
Got Tommy-Lee and Jamie-lee for tea and over night. They both ate a good tea, Tommy-Lee eats loads and never seems full for long.

Bed time for Jamie-Lee and she did not settle well, coming down which is unusual for her. She did finally got to sleep then Tommy-Lee and I watched an episode of Doll House. He likes this a lot it was on TV a few years ago. Tommy went to bed soon after so did Paul. I had my bath and watched a bit of TV myself.


Put the tent up in the garden, Jamie and I played with the cooking set and Summer joined in too.
We had sleeping bags as well so it was very cosy for the three of us. Summer likes it when the children are here, it means she gets a lot of attention. She kept running fast in and out and around the tent, and making us laugh.

 Jamie-Lee and Summer.
 I am camping.
  Jamie-Lee took this one in the door of the tent.

Tommy-Lee went to the park with Ben from two doors away. They had a good time as well. Lindsay turned up stopped a while then took them home. A good day but I am in pain and tired, going to watch Glastonbury on TV tonight. Lindsay popped back in with a towel for Paul he was well pleased.

 Paul with his towel.

Got Jay-Jay here for a few day now so I think that will be good for both of us. He is thirteen and a typical teenager.


In town today first time since 25th of May. I did alright as well not too much swelling on foot. Got all I wanted too which is always good. Paul and I went in the car so less walking for me and him too.

In the afternoon my friend John came round we had called at Morrison's on the way back and got a fresh fruit tart it was very nice and John enjoyed his slice.

Jay-jay came home from school, he is doing exams for the next two weeks.


Tracy phoned up for Lindsay and asked if I would have Jamie-Lee for the day as she is having bad head pain again. Tracy is off work as well as she has a bad back. We picked Jamie-Lee up in the car. When we got home I took Summer for her walk and Paul looked after Jamie-Lee. A wet walk and quite a chilly one I threw summer her ball which she loves to play with.

I was given a small tent a bit back, so I put it up in the dinning room. we played in that today. Summer as well of course. Not too good a day to be outside rain.. Jamie was being very good today I was pleased about that as I don't feel too good today. Very dizzy at times a lot of nerve pain and Paul said I was slurring my words. Only had extra GABAPENTINE that's all and then within my limit of six a day. I took five in all. I could have done without Jamie-Lee but Lindsay needs my help.

Jay-Jay came home from School and said I did not look well. He played with Jamie-Lee for a while.

After tea Paul took Jamie home. Rest time for me but as RSD people know, that's not easy.


I think I am having a better day than yesterday. I feel better than I did, less dizzy but still a weird head, less pain as well. On my own today with Summer of course. Rain again so no sun like there was last week. Was it only four days ago when we were in the tent in the garden? yes it was. Britain the land of changeable weather.


Up earlier than usual before eight (usually up between eight and nine). Coming down the stairs my nose started to bleed not as bad as the other night but still dripping all the same. I had to cup my hands to catch the blood so it did not spill on the carpet. Just about did it but some went on the tiled kitchen floor. What a start to the day, hope things don't get worse as at Age UK later.

Age UK, I went today and it was the first time since May 19th. A few things have changed, not as busy as some Fridays. Even so it was steady, working with Ian today. I have worked with him before and not got on too good. He had to rush for his bus as he did not realise the time. So I did not get chance to say how I enjoyed working with him this time. Sam said I had bean missed so did Kristy and Polly plus a few of the regulars. Nice to be missed. My foot did hurt at times but on the whole did very well. A bit of shopping then home.

My son Andrew is coming back to the UK for a while very soon, He is staying here, till he sorts out where he is going to live next, so that will be a change for both of us.

My foot is a bit swollen but not too bad I think I am on the up now. Lets hope next month goes better. Hang on, did I not say the same end of last Month???

Well what a month, things can only get better, or I do hope so. Hope things are good for you all and having some good times. All the best love Gill.

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