March (2)

March 16th

At the hospital to check up about wrist. The Doctor was quite concerned about how little movement I had in my wrist and arm. I told him about the spasms I get if I try to hold things, or reach or stretch my arm. We spoke briefly about RSD he had heard of it- one of the few at Lincoln hospital. I told him I have had it for over 15 years. I told him I thought it has spread to my wrist. He agreed it most likely had. (Not a specialist)

He said it was a very bad injury to my wrist. I am to have physio, but when that will be no one knows. He did say it will be an emergency one though. Hopefully he said this will help the RSD as well.

Things have almost come to a stand still in lots of places. Boris keeps saying there is worse to come from this Corona virus. 

18th

Saw a squirrel in the garden- got 2 pictures but not too clear as he moved very fast.


 
To the left near grass.

In town today to get a few bits before we are all locked in. Went to CAB but they were closed. I thought they would be but worth a look. I am appealing against the decision they made.

Angela came round later and we had a good chat. She brought me some flowers a few days ago and they are just beginning to come out. So nice of her she said I do a lot for her so its way of saying thank you.




19th

Paul food shopping today, he said a lot of the shelves are empty. He took Lindsay shopping too to stock her up. With 3 children the food soon goes.

I looked after Jamie-Lee while they were away. She did my nails, very pretty they look too. On the right hand they are still long, another symptom of RSD. I can never usually keep my nails long, as  they always break and split, so it's nice she can do them for me. Jamie-Lee does enjoy it as well.
 
 Very pretty.

Walked home around 1PM- as B12 injection later.

 At the Doctors no one got in without questions  about your health. Not many in the waiting room so that was good, the injection hurt a lot today, seemed to spread right up my arm. All done for 8 weeks now.

On to the Chemist, as Lindsay wanted Paracetamol for the family if needed but they had none. I had to stand behind a line away from other people.

B12 arm (left) hurt more later going up my arm to my neck. Hopefully this will be better tomorrow. With my wrist not good  I think any pain is made worse.

20th

Boris has closed schools, pubs and parks. Meetings are not to be taken place, gatherings of not more than 2 people. Hopefully this will stop the Corona virus spread.

Arm and wrist is terrible pain today- spasms at the slightest movement. Reaching out for things with the other hand even makes it go into spasm.

23rd

Boris has locked down the country- no unnecessary going out. Shopping and walks for dogs or exercise are ok, but limit the time and not to get close to others. Recommended 2 metres apart rule to be applied at all times. This hopefully will protect more people from dying.

Summer has still being going out just the same. Andrew has bean coming too, Summer has really enjoyed him going as 2 people to kick her ball. We have bean keeping our distance from other
walkers.

Andrew has made Summer a  designer collar and lead very smart. Well done Andrew and thank you.
Summer looks very smart in it.

 
 
   Summer showing off her collar.


So far my days have not bean any difference, as I hardly go out any way. So long as I can still get out with Summer that will suit me. We have a garden so that's good. I feel sorry for people in flats as they will have only communal space. People don't have to stay- in they can go out for walks just do what I do keep your distance. If we all do the same we can beat this virus.

Rung up physio as had a letter from them to make an appointment, this Wednesday 25th. I know it would be quick as it was an emergency appointment.

24th

Call from physio- I explained what had bean going on with my wrist and arm. He had not heard of RSD no surprise there though. He said he would get back to me as most appointments are not going ahead only special cases.
He rang back a while later and said I can come in but alone. Sounds like a set up, and I will be mugged or some thing- no only joking I am sure it will be ok.

Started doing another puzzle this one is a long narrow one and will not fit on my normal board. So big Bertha board had to come out. This puzzle is a Christmas one so I think will look good when done.


25th

Physio- saw a man called Vinnie very nice. We sat around 2 metres apart. He asked me quite a few questions, I did a pressure strength test, 60 lbs on left hand, barely 10lb on right. This was very painful and put my arm into a bad spasm. He gave me a few exercises to do, much what I am doing now but an easier version. Like press up against the wall that were too hard for me on right wrist. Do them on a lower table- hands as flat as I can, and lift up heels slightly. This puts less pressure on my wrist. I asked him if he had looked up about RSD so he understood it more. He said he had a bit, and it was complicated, I said it sure was. A few questions then that was it- I thanked him for seeing me. I am to go back after all the Corona virus has passed. I was very pleased I was able to go as it reassured me.

Did a bit more of the big puzzle it is hard like I thought it would be. There are shiny bits so only able to do in certain light. Lots of windows and houses- the snow and sky look the same.

27th

Sowed the seed for the tomatoes and cucumbers. Put them in what Jamie-Lee calls hers and Wayne's bedroom. Gets lots of sun when there is any, so they should do alright. At least this year they are a bit earlier going in.

My wrist pain has not improved. Still terrible spasms going up my arm when reaching, or at times just moving it. I am doing the extra exercises that the Physio gave me, but that's causing more pain. But like every one used to say when I was running NO PAIN NO GAIN.

The lock down with me is going alright- not really much difference as I don't go out much any way  (hospital and Doctors.)
I know some people are more affected  Looking out for my neighbours as well.

Summer is still enjoying her walks with Andrew coming with us now. Hopefully this will still be able to carry on and there will not be a total lock down.

29th

Clocks have gone forward so an hour less in bed. A very cold day with wind feeling like its coming from Siberia, sunny though dried most of the washing before the sleet came down.

A very cold walk on the common. With it being very dry and sunny the common has dried up a lot after all the rain and floods earlier in the year. Hope it stays that way so we have more choice of directions we can go.

I have now finished off the puzzle I thought there was one bit missing but I found it under the Velcro fasting on the puzzle board. Definitely one of the hardness ones I have done. I think the different shape of the puzzle did not help. A lovely puzzle one more done- plenty more to do.
 
 
Andrew  has made a little name tag to go with Summers's collar and lead.
PUP.

Well here we are again with another Blog. Things a bit different all around us. Hope things here will be not as bad as other countries. If we all pull together and the same way, hopefully we come through this nightmare. All the best to you, where ever you may be love Gill.




March (1)

March 2nd

Finished off another puzzle this one is a WASGIJ one usually they are quite funny as this one is.




Summer had her hair cut, looks very smart again. I think she also looks younger too. I know she has bean behaving like a Pup again- crazy dog.



So cute.

Doing last months Blog- sat at the table as usual near the window. I looked up and saw a cat on the bin. Paul had left the lid up, the cat was perched on the side trying to reach something that was in the bin, nearly falling in a few times. He then saw me, and instead of running away, he just looked at me through the glass. He is a very pretty cat as you can see.




My Daughter Lindsay put a tap in her kitchen all on her own, even taking the old one out as well.
Well done Lindsay you have my spirit. Paul was going to do it but she ended up doing it on her own.



4th

Watched Star Trek with Andrew, 2 episodes brilliant. My Mum loved Star Trek when it first started with Captain Kirk and Spock. We used to watch it together, around 50 plus years ago. Good then and still good now

5th

In town getting a bit of shopping. I did not realise how much my hand would hinder me. Putting shopping in the bag, getting money out and putting the change back in my purse. I had to ask for help in every shop.

Got Jay-Jay a few things for his Birthday, already got him a bag that he and Lindsay picked out last week. Out tomorrow for a meal with him and family. This will be the first time out for a long time.
Noise and just the amount of people now can really make the pain and spasms worse. I just hope it will be quite.

Hand not really any better than it was, there was a few days where it improved slightly this has not lasted. Spasms all the way up my arm if I lift it. The burn and colour changes, hot cold it's all there. I remember when I first did my foot and was told it was RSD, it was 1 step forward and 2-3 steps back. Still not sure if this is RSD spread but I think it's very likely now. If not RSD spread, its severe nerve damage, hopefully I will know more on Monday 16th as I see the consultant then.
I managed to get on top of it then-- can I do it again if I need too.???

6th

Reasonable night good to see everyone together. There was one man that was very loud and that raised the pain levels quite a bit. The music was also a bit higher than I would have liked, but  we  were near the speaker. Could not move as all tables full. A good night anyway, Jay-Jay enjoyed himself so that matters the most.
Andrew got him a necklace with a kangaroo on it- as he is mad on them since he saw a baby one in its Mother's pouch.

7th

Did a little bit in the greenhouse but its hard going with a almost useless hand. Soon be time to get it ready for the tomatoes and cucumbers. Last year they were in very late- this year I hope to get them in a lot earlier.

Paid for it later with spasms and pain, fingers swelled up and were very hot. Pain from fingertips to shoulder. I will be very pleased when things are more normal. Just hope they can be.

9th

Hand bad this morning very stiff and swollen.

Angela called in to see Paul as he gets the Meerkats coupon for half price tickets with his insurance to see films. She and a friend are going to see Military Wives film tomorrow.

I printed off some information about RSD as her friend does not understand why I do not go with them. I have tried to explain but it's not easy for me, or for them to understand as it's so complicated.
The noise and the flashing light would do me no good at the moment if ever. I would probably leave there in an Ambulance after having a seizure. This would spoil the day for everyone something I would not want at all. Hopefully one day I will be able to go with them.

10th

Not a good day terrible spasms from fingers to neck. Hand is very stiff and tight.

Angela called in after her pictures and said it was good and they both enjoyed it. They both thanked Paul for the coupon.
Another 2 puzzles done. 

 

12th

Today is PIPS TRIBUNAL DAY to see if I am entitled to PIPS. I was asked lots of questions from 2018. I first applied for this in 2017 after my DLA was taken away. This has gone on and on till now.  Many phone calls only to be told it would be soon.  At last it was today. The decision would be posted to me. All the questions were as I said about 2018, then why did they ask about how I got there.

The pain I was going through while in there was bad. I took extra tablets but they had little affect.
Now its awaiting game.
  
13th

Managed another puzzle, all the puzzles are done mostly one handed- as hand still not responding.
I think my appointment on Monday is still on. A lot of things are getting cancelled now because of the Coronavirus. 

The more days pass I think this is RSD spread to my hand, all the signs are there- but there's still a slim chance it might be nerve damage. Not as many spasms today if I am careful.

14th

PIPS results back- 1 point off getting it. All this time to be told this over 2 years waiting.
 
Another puzzle done- I think these are the only things keeping me sane. More so now after the PIPS result.


Still not a good start to March and I am still in pain. PIPS decision did not help much either.
Hope you are having a better  time than me-- all the best to you love Gill.


February (2).

February 16th

I actually did some cleaning today- the bathroom. All done with the left hand and it took me twice as long but is was a good feeling to be doing something at last.

My wrist is still very painful and not able to hold anything much heavier than a magazine. I can not place hand flat or turn it over. Seems to be like fixed at the wrist. Keeps going into spasms, still very swollen, different colour to left one, but apart from that OK.

18th

Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round in the afternoon. Jamie-Lee has had a cold but is feeling much better than she was. We played with the Sylvianian's house and families, we both had a nice afternoon.

Started doing another puzzle, one of 8 Paul got me for my Birthday.

20th

Andrew is back to work today 1-7pm- after his attack. Hope he will be alright I know he was a bit anxious. I think after today he will feel better.

I finished off the puzzle quite easy one to do.         

The old days.
21st

A very cold day, snow is further north so we might get some.  Nice walk with Summer playing with her ball.

Going into town to see Polly as its her last few days at Age UK. Jenny and I got her some flowers and a card. Saw every one that works there, good to see them all. Cuddles and hugs all round. Some of the customers said they missed me. Not as much as I have missed them.
I said hopefully I will get back at some point-  but that seems a long way off at the moment.
Paul and I both had some dinner there. Bit off shopping then home- quite tired now.

23rd

Finished off another puzzle same group as the last one, they are both very colourful. Also I went back to the puzzle I gave up on a few days ago, and I managed to finish it at last.

  
Another nice picture from the past.


Done!! at last, did not think I would be able to do it on my own.

I am getting very frustrated and bored, I wish it had bean my foot I had broke and not the wrist. I only had just about got back to my normal after my knee operation. So freedom was not for long. At least I can get out with Summer now. Just every day things are so painful to do.

24th

Summers walk was down Sincil Bank today, as every where else wet and muddy. Not too good down here either river quite high.

Wayne had snow overnight- wonder if we will get it. He said it was very cold there too.

Done all usual exercises not really any difference, still hurts the same. Doing most things with left hand as right one goes crazy if I try to use it. It now hurts from shoulder to fingers. My nails are twice as long on this hand, plus the colour changes too. I am trying hard not to think about RSD too much, and just put it down to temporary nerve damage which it could still be. This is not easy as I know how brutal it can be. I am doing all I can to keep it out, and from getting worse than it is.

26th

Well check up at Kingsmill for my misshapen knee. Hope things are good and I will no longer have to go any more. Straight through  journey there. Painful for my arm and rest of body. I have cushions for my feet and one for my wrist plus I wore my sling.

Did not see Mr Joby John this time but a Nurse Practitioner. She had a good look at my knee and said it was fine. Come back in 3 months, I said is there any need as its a long way to come around 40 miles, about an hour plus. She said no, so long as you are happy. Any problems get in touch with your Doctor. Good I said, and thanked her. We had some dinner at the little hospital cafe.

Going  home was very different-- a detour and lots of traffic. Took 3 hours or more. A pheasant flew up towards the car and we nearly hit it, it stood on the grass looking at me quite shook up. I am very pleased we missed it.

A lot of pain later in my wrist and arm, took quite a few tablets be for the the pain settled.

 
27th

Paul gave Summer a bath she looks so clean now and white, ready for her trim on Monday.

Jenny is here today after having her hair done near by. Looks very nice too. Talking about Age Uk, Polly goes tomorrow and there is no one to replace her. Gwen could go any time too as she is only there till they get a replacement for her. The kitchen will be very pushed to get things done.

28th

Jenny phoned up and said Gwen had left, had enough. Polly too now has gone so 2 in the kitchen. She said they had a buffet this week for around 20 people. I think they are going to be very busy as no replacements are on the way.

Well I hoped this month would have changed a bit regarding my hand but it was not to be. Maybe next month will be better.  Hope things are good with you all. All the very best Love Gill.






February-1

February 1st

Most people were saying how long January seemed. Felt ages to me as I knew that on Febuary 3rd my plaster was coming off. That day is nearly here. The pain in my wrist is still very bad and not much movement in my fingers either.

 
2nd

Another puzzle done.
 

 3rd

Hospital at last--plaster off first and pins out, hurt a bit taking off the plaster as it was so thick. The plaster man had to do 2 cuts and keep turning my arm. He was not pleased with how thick and tight the plaster was around my wrist. The pins he pulled out with pliers, this did not hurt but plopped at the last bit. He said it was the air coming out like suction. The pins were like the spokes on a bike wheel about the same size. He put a dressing on as there was a bit of bleeding. This I can take off in a few days. Again I was not able to take a picture of plaster or pins. I hoped I could bring the pins home, but not allowed as risk of infection. My wrist was swollen and dry looking and hurt a lot. I took some tablets this helped a bit but still very painful.

On to X Ray, urgent care shares the department now, so more people to see. Over 2 hours wait for an X Ray. I had to turn my wrist much as the previous X Rays, this really hurt. All done a short wait, then see the Doctor. He said the bones were doing well. The nerves were still healing. I asked him a few questions- why it was so stiff and painful and why I had hardly any movement in my hand and wrist. This was normal he said plus the nerves were still not good. Hopefully by the time I see him again in a few weeks, things will have improved a bit. No appointment date, will receive one in the post. I was given a wrist support to wear and exercises to do.


 
 
 
               The black and red dots/bits are where the pins were pulled out. A bit sore but not too bad.
 

 Right hand fingers and wrist still quite swollen.


4th

A very painful night, pain in wrist and hand, also just about everywhere else. Started exercises these are much the same as I have bean doing with the plaster on. Now it hurts more as no support worn for this.

Joy came round later and left me a card for my Birthday on the 13th February. Nice to see her as it's been a while.

6th

Out to day to see Helen and baby Poppy, she is 3 months old now. I know some of the things I knitted for her will not fit but hopefully most will. The journey was quit painful over the rough bits of the road. After about an hour we got to Helens. Poppy was very cute but still is not completely well yet, a lot better than she was though.
 Me and Poppy.
  
 So tired.
 
 Helen and Poppy.
 So cuddly.
 Starting to get a bit restless as hungry now.

I gave Helen the baby things I had made she loved them and it looks like most will fit her. I am pleased because at the moment I can not knit, so no more baby things for a while. McDonalds for dinner, a chicken burger for Paul and I. Helen got an apple pie for later. A nice few hours there but time to go now. We said we will come again very soon to see them both.

The journey home took twice as long, traffic and road works, over 3 hours later we got home. In a lot of pain now. Andrew had given Summer her tea, he does not usually do this as he hates the smell of  meat as he is vegetarian. Thank you Andrew. I took it easy (or easier) for the rest of the night.


8th

Finished off another puzzle this had 4 bits missing but still looks nice.



Now taking Summer on my own, not able to do shoe laces or zip on my coat yet. Or put Summers collar on. I can just about put her lead on and off so that's good. Nice to be able to go on my own with Pup. I think she likes it with just the 2 of us.


10th

My friend Lyn came for a visit, bringing me flowers and a present. Not seen Lyn for a while so a chat and catch up. Soon after, my brother David and sister in law Bev came. They brought me flowers, pinks and lillies, and a present. Again not seen them for a bit, so a good day for me as most days I am on my own apart from Summer of course she does not leave me far.
Started snowing while they were here, did not settle as too wet. Thick flakes coming down for a while.

 Flowers from Lyn.
From David and Bev.

11th

Very cold more snow fell but not settled. A storm is brewing called Ciara, going to be a lot colder and windy for the next few days, rain too. I think it's already cold. Flood warning in a lot of places. My son lives in Halifax and a lot of rivers there have burst their banks and some places are flooded still from last time.

Doing another puzzle a kitten and pup one. This is Lindsays from years ago. Last time this was done Lindsay lived at home, probably late 90s. Not going well as loads of black. I fit 1 bit then another but no more will fit. So I take out the first 2 bits and put 2 more bits in that fit, then the same thing no more will fit. I tried every bit I had left. I did something I have not done with a puzzle, I gave up.


The bits still to do are above the kittens head.

I put my hand (broken wrist one) under the cold tap to rinse my toothbrush and it went crazy pain, spasms, going blue. Not a good sign- I am hoping it's the nerve damage and not the RSD that is causing it.

13th

Happy Birthday to me-- 65 today.  Some lovely presents and cards money too. My friend Jenny came round with a card and an orchid for me. Handbag and roses sweets, from friend Debbie. Puzzles from Paul, plus going out somewhere tomorrow. Book plus one present to come from Andrew, Kindle books from Summer, chocolates from David and Bev, plus already mentioned flowers. Dove set from Lyn plus daffodils, chocolates from Angela, candle melt set plus all the extra bits and chocolates from Tracy. Sea monkeys ocean zoo set, from Lindsay and family. A set where you hatch out little wiggly things, then feed and watch them grow. I had a set years ago, Lindsay has recently bought a set for Jamie-Lee. £10 from Mum and Dad in law. Also £10 from Joy- we will meet up one dinner time and go for a meal some quiet when she is free. Wayne will get me something I need at a later date. Thank you all very much.

4 puzzles in each box 500 pieces.

 
  Daffodils full out now.
Also flowers more out now.


Lindsay came round with Tracy, Tommy-Lee, and Jamie-Lee not Jay-Jay this time. We all had a Chinese for tea. I did not want to go out for a meal. The noise gets to me more now, a lot of people there, plus I have to have my food cut up, or use my fingers. So not the best time to go out. Nice to have a meal with the family. A very nice day good to have someone here. Thank you to everyone for the cards and presents. Lindsay said she will help me finish off the problem puzzle

14th

Paul took me to a snowdrop walk.              Hodsock Priory

Snowdrops are one of my favorite spring flowers.
Carpet of white.
Me.




Most of the bridges were like this.
Lovely mix of colours. 
An upturned tree root.
Leading to the Priory house.

A monkey tree this felt like a cactus.
Very pretty little flowers.
These were old type bee hives.
A very grand house.
Tiered garden.
This I thought looked a bit like Lincoln Castle.


Acres of ground much covered with mostly snowdrops plus a few other bulbs/flowers. Very pretty and relaxing as "OH SO QUIET" (BJORK Wayne).
A really nice day, we had a baked tattie there as well for dinner. A big log fire was blazing away too.
A big Manor like house there in the grounds is used for weddings and functions. A lovely day thank you Paul.


Later Ness came round with some flowers for my Birthday from her and Family.

 
 Thank you Ness and family.


Paul cooked tea- steak, potatoes, green beans, baby sweetcorn and mushrooms. Very nice too.

15th

A new storm, called Dennis is on its way, the weatherman is predicting worse than the last one Ciara- with floods and damage. Getting very windy and wet out there.

I have done a little puzzle only 54 pieces took me 15 minutes.  



Well here I am still recovering from this wrist brake. Taking too long for me. Not really much improvement. Still very painful, mostly nerve pain and a bit sore on the side of the wrist where the pin came out. My shoulder hurts as well now. As things stand I can not still do a lot. This is now getting to me. I don't go back to the hospital until 16th March so quite a while. I do hope thing have improved by them.

Any way hope you are doing well or as good as you can be all the best, love Gill.





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