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

December (1)

1st December

How do I feel, a bit numb I think- Ben was a good friend and a Gentleman. When I held his hand it brought back my own Dads passing, as I did the same for him holding his hand as he slipped away.
I think both Ben and my Dad both died partly of a broken heart. Ben for Cilla his Wife, Dad for my Mum, after she passed away eight weeks earlier..


IA dinner today a lot went, 25 in total. Most of us wore Christmas jumpers or tops. Very noisy with a lot of conversations going on. A good meal and good to catch up with everyone.

Andrew and I took Summer out for a walk I felt like I needed it. Summer enjoyed it anyway.

I have bean looking after Andy's cat while he is away. There used to be two but not now, Cowley got attacked by a swan and it injured his bladder and tail. Seemed strange without him.


Sorted out the cakes today and put marzipan on them as one is being picked up on Thursday. Next the icing in a couple of days.


Very sharp frost to begin with, at four this morning there was none, so must have turned very cold after that.

Iced the cakes they look good I think.

Cleaned up downstairs. My knee is very painful today and I have to be careful how I walk and not to twist it.


I was surposed to be getting my knee looked at today but it was changed. Hopefully next week.

Made some small sponge cakes from the egg yokes that were left after the icing from yesterday. (you only use the whites) These were very tasty and light.

No Pilates today- rained hard most of the day, it would have not bean a nice journey for me on my bike.

Angela came round for a chat and later so did Joy. We all had a good talk nice for the three of us to be together for a change.


My friend Beeston Bev is here, ages since I have seen her. A lot of catching up to do and a very enjoyable day, we als exchanged presents. She took her cake, my present to her and Dave. She said it looked very nice. I forgot to take a picture of them so there are only three cakes here.


My Dads Birthday if he was still here I still miss him a lot.

Age UK when I finally got there, six trains in all one freight train with 59 trucks. Waited at the gates for ages. No sooner had I got through the gates, more trains were coming. (Lincoln has a train level crossing on the High Street)

Age UK was steady so that was good. The Christmas Market is on for the weekend so I think all our customers are there. I put my name down to help at the last of the three Christmas Party's next Friday. Jenny was pleased. Last year I had to leave as the noise was getting to me and causing me pain. Hopefully this year I can cope better.


Changed the bed to day and washed the bedding I was able to put it out as it was sunny and windy. Not for too long though as it rained later.

Summer's leg is about right now, apart from when she has bean laid down then its a bit stiff. I am so pleased as I thought it might have bean broken like I said in the last Blog, but she is fine even bean playing with her ball.

I am knitting some bits for presents so will put pictures up at a later date after Christmas.


In town today getting Christmas presents I did quite well too. Rung Paul up to get a lift home as my  thee bags were heavy. My knee is not good today hurts a lot and is very tight.

Feels very strange without Ben next door. I thought I heard him coughing last night.There are no light on when I go past all in darkness. I know its what he wanted as he had no quality of life for the past two years so its for the best and he was a good age ninety four, but I still will miss him.


Seeing Doctor Metha at last, spoke to him about everything I had to, and got most of my tablets at the chemist. Andrew also went in with me as he was seeing Doctor Metha next.

Very cold and foggy when we walked back. We could not see the Cathedral at all. Pleased to get home.


YES the Hospital appointment At Kingsmill near Nottingham this was a huge place and very bright inside and out. I saw a very nice Surgen called Mr Joby John. I had three xrays of my knee. The Doctor is quite reluctant to operate because of my RSD. He suggested an alternative. I did not know there was one. An injection straight into my knee just at the side of the knee cap opposite side to the main pain area.  I said yes I will try it, what have I got to loose, nothing-- if it works great if not the operation goes ahead. Doctor Metha did not think an injection would be possible.

The injection needle was very long and went in most of the way. Yes it did hurt but no more than a bad B12 injection. The knee straight away felt very tight and quite a bit of pain.  I got a plaster too, he did say the pain could get worse before it gets better.

Not very clear but ducks and chickens on my plaster.

I was asked to sit in the waiting room quietly for a while just to make sure everything was alright.

After that we went for a cup of tea and a sandwich these are so much cheaper here than in Lincoln County Hospital. A much nicer Hospital all round I think, made me feel very calm and not rushed like it is at Lincoln some times.


Knee very tight and painful today.

Julia Ben's Daughter came round and round me a bouquet of flowers and a card to Paul and I thanking us for everything we did for Ben over the last few years. I said I would do it all again and I will miss him so much. I said to her I keep thinking I can hear him coughing. We all knew it was going to happen soon but still it was a shock when it does.



Age UK Party the third party of the weak so the last one. All went well, Jenny bought me some raffle. tickets but I did not win. I was looking after some tickets for the Mayors wife and she won, I went up and got a beauty gift set for her, nice it was too. The Mayor's number came up twice as well. The music was not too loud this year as last years then it was very loud and distorted- as the speakers were not set up right. This year a Choir and a lady was singing, both very good too. After we got our Christmas dinner, not the best as it had bean kept warm for around an hour but still good. We have to pay now for our meal so a free one is always good.


What a bitter cold wind it is today straight from Siberia, biter cold on the common. Even feels cold in the house.

Lindsay dropped off Jamie-Lee and went shopping. We played with the Lego and made a mask and did some colouring. Lindsay picked her up and off they went home.

Paul was soon home from watching football he said it was very cold.

Not too bad this first part of the month apart from my knee that is. The pain is still setting off the RSD. At night when I just want to rest, the pain really seems to get worse but the Doctor did say it would get worse first, then hopefully improve.

  The very best to you all and a Happy Christmas. Love Gill.

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