April 1st

Well already in April  These pictures I took on and around the common.

Horse chestnut tree. Summer got in the picture.
This tree, a Sycamore I think still has away to go.

Spring is certainly on the way. The birds are nesting, so soon there will be little babies. The ducks so far, or at least what I have seen, have no little ones yet. Last year it was late February early March for the very first early ones.

A lot of pain in my hands, my fingers are going white and my wrists are swollen, the right being the worst. Rubbed in Tiger Balm this helps a bit but makes my hands go very cold. They are cold most of the time but this makes them icy cold. I think its CARPEL TUNNEL again.


B12 injection at 11.20am. This bruised my arm and hurt for the rest of the day. I felt like I needed this booster as I have bean very tired and feeling like I was getting a cold or something, light headed as well. Sweating/cold a big problem at the moment too. Hopefully this will help me.

Lindsay called in with Tommy-Lee and Jamie-Lee, Jay-Jay was at his Dads. Lindsay said she was feeling not well either, pretty much the same as I feel so it could be something going round? 

Lindsay took Tommy-Lee to football training and I had Jamie-Lee till Tracy picked her up later.


Age UK. Not quite as busy this week but still enough to keep us going. The kitchen manager Nills was taken to Hospital as he was not well. This happened before I got there. I had to go the long way round as the soldiers had the freedom of the city (they just march through it) so I was a bit late. Hopefully Nills will soon be back working again.

I was on the till most of the time, doing drinks a bit as well. Working with Kierran today. A lot of people were away for one reason or another, so a bit short of hands to help. We did alright though, I think Nills would have bean proud of the way everyone worked together to keep the cafe going.

This Heron returns every year to see what fish he can get.


Picked up a desk I bought on eBay for the top bedroom (boys chill room) we realized that it's identical to our dining room furniture. Needs a clean, wax and polish but apart from that is very good.

Hands not as bad today but knees are terrible, deep deep pain in the joints almost like someone is drilling into them. I used EMU OIL it seemed to work, but time will tell. It does not make my body so cold.


Out today for dinner with Paul's IA group. I had a mini mixed grill very nice too. I won an Easter egg as well. I might share it with Paul.

Pain seems to be everywhere dull constant ache, and at times sharp. EMU OIL was not bad but did not last as long as TIGER BALM. I wish the pain would go. Just lately when I sit for more than say two hours I have trouble walking to start with like my brain has forgotten what to do. After a few minutes everything is back to RSD normal.


Out for the day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park-- On separate blog already published.


At last I get to see my own Doctor. Results for the DEXTA SCAN were good, the OSTEOPOROSIS has improved. Doctor Mehta was very pleased, he said with what I have got, I have done very well Told him about pain in my wrist and he thinks the same as me, CARPEL TUNNEL. There is not really much he can do for me.  He did give me Quinine (For MALARIA) for my spasms so hopefully that will help. Might even do something for this crazy sweating hot cold thing.

  Trees in the park


Pilates, on my bike very windy and cold almost like winter again. A lot of the moves I could not do because of pain and muscle tightness, but as usual I did my best. I got Jo to tell group about my OSTEOPOROSIS improvement. I said I know the Pilates has helped me, thank you Jo. She said that I did not give in to it and that was a big factor. Giving in is not an option as a wheelchair scares me. I know its there waiting for me, as soon as I am weak and down, the RSD will strike. I will fight back with everything I have. I know when I have bean really bad in Hospital it takes a long time to improve and get strong again, but, some how I do.


Doing the bedrooms today as no Age UK. Knitting later and listening to Harry Potter talking books I am on the last book, Deathly Hollows. These are good, as if you have problems reading like I do at times try them. There are many many books. I have some on disc and even tape. Also on memory sticks which just slots into the television. I can knit or just lay back and try to relax, not easy for me, my legs start jumping and the pain gets worse. A lot of people say sit down, and it will help the pain. Not always the case.
I taken the Quinine tablets as directed, the side affect for me is very tired, drained feeling and a bit light headed, and unsteady on my feet. I can put up with this if they help.


Today Wayne is here around teatime after he finishes work, he is a lot better now and nearly back to full time work. I am so pleased as he was very ill last month. We all had an Indian meal for tea, very nice too- ages since I had one. We both watched Doctor Who later, this is good but not the same since David Tennant left. He was the best, and will take a lot of beating.

Nice catching up with Wayne, He still is not quite right after his illness but getting there.


Easter Day-- The children were only here a short while so they will get their Easter treats at a later date.

Wayne got home alright and Timmy was very pleased to see him.


Went to see Ben next door. I sprayed his garden for bugs. Last year his apple tree got very infected and I only just managed to save it. So this year I got them sorted before they started to spread too much. I am doing a bit of gardening for him as his daffodils and tulips are covering up his primulas. So cutting them back. Nothing too heavy though. The garden looked a lot better when I had done and he was very pleased. I like helping Ben as he is a very kind and lovely man. Makes me happy to see him happy.
He is still not doing too well but improving very slowly. A bit more of the garden to do, but that will be another time.


Herbals today. I have not had much relief with the herbal supplements so not sure what the appointment will do to help today. After a quite long talk with them they have offered me a BATH OIL also I can use as a rub to help relax me, and VALERIANA for sleep. This stuff stinks, I have taken the tablets before and they did too. I am to add it to my herbal tea. Well it might work. Sleep at the moment is a joke. Used the bath oil smelt very nice and it did relax me a bit. I don't think its any better than Badedas.


Pilate's on my bike, very cold windy day. A lot of pain and spasms everywhere and this restricted me a lot doing the moves, also bad head on bending down.

Finished off Jamie-Lee's jacket but while stitching it up I did it wrong around the sleeve. Tried to unpick it but cut the wrong bit so had to re knit part of the sleeve again. A bit annoying but when it comes to making things I am a bit of a perfectionist.


Julia (Ben's daughter) came round and bought me an Olive plant for doing his garden. I thanked her and said I do it just for Ben's smile. Thank you Julia very nice thought.

Angela also popped in, she is doing well. A neighbour also came round he was very excited as he had got a signed Lincoln City shirt, signed more or less in front of him by most of the players.

PAIN everywhere RSD flare up big time, and I think everything else has joined in.


Age UK this was a hard day as PAIN is still very much there. I would have taken the day off but Nills is still not well and they are very short staffed. Hopefully things will go well. Working with Kierran again. We work well together, I was mostly on the till, both doing drinks when we got busy and boy did we, whoa very very busy, neither of us are not regular till users, so quite a bit slower than some one more experienced. We did OK though and got a big big thank you and praise off the main  Kitchen Manager Wendy.

Pain later finding it hard to sit as pain shooting just through just about every bit of my body. Also a very sore fat swollen lip and sore mouth inside too, in other words a dreaded cold sore.


PAIN PAIN PAIN. Numbness in legs and hands.


Watching Harry Potters DVDs that is when my pain will let me. Not much sleep last night. I am trying the VALERIANA in my herbal tea. Tastes better than it smells thank goodness. Did nothing to help sleep though left me with a groggy head. Not doing too much but as I said its also painful just to sit.


Just look how much the Chestnut tree has changed.
On our walk this morning Summer and I saw some little chicks,  and their parents I did see some last week but did not have my camera with me.


Pain the same I feel bad light headed, full head pain dizzy too.

Lindsay called in with Jamie-Lee. Lindsay is not well either, bad stomach, she looked very pale.
She had a sleep while I played with Jamie-Lee and the Barbies. Ben picked them both up later.

When I had my bath my left foot went crazy, pain and spasms. So what I hear you say, a normal thing ??? NO this is my only good bit that the RSD had not affected as much. This was severe and very painful. Looks like the RSD has moved in on my only bit unaffected so far, the left leg from the knee down. NOT GOOD NEWS.


Lindsay thinks she has a bug or something as she is very bad today.

Myself no better either. I know if I could sleep like eight hours I would feel a lot better all round. I am exhausted, pain shearing through my body, pain like strong electric shocks. Muscles tight painful and swollen. My lip hurts like hell and is very big still. The pain from it, kept waking me up during the very short night.. I have taken so many tablets try to stem the pain. This affects my stomach a lot with pain and constipation. RSD you are winning but NOT for long, BUT be aware I will fight back when I feel stronger and make you go back to your pit.. where you belong.


Bit better sleep maybe four hours. Pain much the same. Head feels like it could drop off and roll away. Not going to Pilates today. I think it would be a waste of time. Not even sure if my body could get me there.

I think the QUININE is helping me a bit, hard to tell as a bad time all round. Also I think its sorting out my stupid changing temperature. As I have not had as many sweating does. If this can help it will make my life so much better. I am going to have a word with my Doctor about it as he said he could put them on repeat prescription.  I have only taken 14 so far, so early days.


Accue Day--- I am looking forward to this (I think I am) I hope they can relieve some of the pain. The treatment started with me on my front with needles put in my back and shoulders. 16 in total these were alright, no weird reaction to them. Some were very painful though. Left as usual to relax.  Then moved on to my back then more needles put in. 7 in my stomach one of these really did react strangely. I felt like I was coming out of my body and falling. The tutor said my face went white. After a short while this was better. 6 more needles were put in my legs. A few of these hurt but nothing like the stomach ones. Also 1 in my head. I was left to relax after the last ones were put in. 30 needles in total.

Also 4 ear seeds, hopefully these will help with pain and relaxation. For those of you new to this, ear seeds are placed over an ACCUE point. How does it work? 

Small black seeds from the Zaccaria plant or small metal beads or pellets are secured on the ear with a piece of adhesive tape over specific acupressure points. The continuous mild pressure they exert is amplified by stimulating the seed or pellet with a few seconds of fingertip massage every few hours. Ear seeds are non-invasive, meaning, unlike needles or tacks, they are affixed on the surface of the ear and do not puncture the skin. I have had them before, sometimes they were effective sometimes not, a bit hit and miss. 

I did feel a a bit different, hopefully they will help the pain. I do hope so. I have had enough of it. The treatment was carried out by Candy, Bret, Nansen and the Tutor assisting where needed. The students will soon have finished all they exams. Good luck to everyone. When they pass they will be qualified Acupuncturists.


A lot less pain today but I feel a bit weak. I am going to Age UK. If I feel bad, I will come home.
We were quite busy but not as busy as last week. More steady which was good all round. Sheila was here this week so she was able to go on the till. This left me free to do the drinks, snacks and cakes.
Not as many tablets today. I think the ACCUE has helped me. The sore on my lip has finally started to heal. This I am pleased about as it has bean so painful.

Joy came in for a visit. She is not doing too well and is in a lot of pain with her damaged shoulder and knee also her back. She is having tests done, also x rays.

Finished off Jamie-Lee's jacket. I think it looks good and I am pleased with it.


Cleaning bedrooms today after changing the bed linen yesterday. Ironing too this made my shoulder hurt. Had a rest and cup of tea then finished the rest..

Paul is doing things in the garden, painting the shed and sawing up some wood. This hopefully is for a fire pit we are going to get for the Summer.

Summer is a bit off it today as well bad stomach. She must have picked up something bad on our walk. Otherwise things are better for me.

Well that's me done. Not a good month with pain and everything else that goes with RSD. Things can only get better. Hope you have had a better month than me. All the best Love Gill

            Picture of the little ducklings showing how much they have grow since the first picture.
To day, Paul, Lindsay plus the Grandchildren and I, are going to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The weather is a bit cooler than the past few days but that might be in our favour. There is always a lot of walking to do. As the animals have a lot of space.  Here are some pictures we took.

 Lindsay and the children.

 Whats Tommy-Lee bean up to?

 This Polar Bear was banging the gate, trying to get into the other bears part. He was not very happy. Not sure if it was his mate, or he wanted a fight, Anyway for now they were separated.

  Three little monkeys. 

 I love the way they all stand up and look out for danger.

 Jamie-Lee getting her face painted.
This one Tommy-Lee took I think its a good one, natural

A good day out and we all enjoyed it. Everyone tired now, home for tea I think and to see Summer. She will be pleased to see us. A lot of pain for me but it did not ruin the day.

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