Wow Clair, beautiful photos. Delly, so glad you had a nice time with Bestie and she truly appreciated your gift. Hope you remembered LTiH. Just watched, so sad it's finished, like saying goodbye to dear friends.
Rubycat, how do you knows how many peeps are peeping?
Right, off to bed now for some hot action, unfortunately it's flushes and sweats. Night all xx
Aww rubycat, you'll set us all off again! If there are 200 people reading this (do you mean at the moment??) they must be thinking what a lovely warm supportive bonkers group we are!
Just been reading back, and hope I'm not too late to join in with the sloppy feelings about the wonderful and life-enhancing people on here. Had to have a good blub, pulling myself together now. You are superb, thoughtful, thought provoking, hilarious, kind and always here. thank you SO much. Saw that there are about 200 people looking at this thread, so shrinking violets out there, come and say hello, cos we love you all.xxx
soooooo glad your bestie loved her gift! Very very thoughtful of you. Moments like that are very special.
Good news re eye test too. Cataracts are easily sorted these days and it's fantastic that you have someone you trust who can sort you out. My mum in law had her cataract sorted a few weeks ago and she cant get over the difference in her vision now. Before the op she struggled to see the tv and certainly couldn't read. Now she can do everything and is so happy with it all.
Clair - lovely photos!! I love things lit up at night. Always look so spooky!
catch up with you all later
Only just checking in to the WONDERWOMEN thread, so have no where yet caught up. But just wanted to somewhat selfishly give you my news of the day, prior to browsing all of your news at leisure, which I'm hoping none of which is dire.
Had eye test this morn, kept me for an hour. Appreciatively thorough - good ole' Boots. As I suspected myself form an interst in others (my Mum included), have advanced cataract in Right, hence my recent visual disturbances of last 4 mnths with the advance of darker nights, and distinct halo's around lights (very pretty though!). Have beginnings of in Left also. Is all very normal for my age!!! which I knew. Sooooo, immediate referral to eye consultant, who is of my choice from probs yrs ago, and the only man I'd trust to deal with. Just inconvenience to travel to M/c as oppo to closer, but am more than prepared to for his excellence. So I'm not gonna fart about with local, somewhat provincial hosp that I've had such major probs and disappointments with recent tests, treatments for poss worrying secondaries etc. So all of that is good, but not so good. The ops for are so quick and that much more successful nowadays - 15 mins in/out and Edith's your Aunty. Had to laff at Lorac's reminder last night/this morn.
So then went on to meet bstie Karen, armed with some of her favourite edible goodies, chocolate liquer cherries (M/S particularly good ones), Turkish Delight (natural sort) AND . . . pendant. Oh dear, she broke down in tears. Awwwwwww, somewhat overwhelmed by. She is a VERY spesh person, has been through al my vagaries of BS, sooo supportive to me and very deserving of said special gift, I assure you. Whole thing was soooo touching and I have and hold a VERY special place for her in my heart.
Soooo, I'm now gonna get down to you lot and your, no doubt, further amusing shenanigans of the day.
Loadsa and loadsa luuuuuurv
Ello my darlins,
Clair that sounds lovely - lights at Corfe Castle - what a lovely husband you have. Glad your day with work mates went well. Now you won't feel nervous about it any more. XX
Helena - well done on your first rads! Told you it would be fine didn't I? XX
Janey - What a inept manager you have! Has he actually had any training? Why are managers so often totally devoid of human feeling? Perhaps you should have a chat with someone about him. I hope you're not still upset by it, - you could get Charys on side - she'll sort him out!! XX
Beth - glad you're feeling good today, and that your mum is getting some help now. Hope they can make her feel better and also that you can feel relief that something is being done. Your husband sounds lovely (is he blushing with all this praise?) XX
Dizzybee - last one tomorrow!!! Yay! I'll be knocking my door ( but checking no one is behind me this time ) Lol XX
Delly - I hope you had a lovely lunch with your friend and your eye test was good - (hope you didn't have to fork out for a new pair!) XX
Hope all you ladies are enjoying your evening - I've got to go now and hunt out some paperwork for 'im indoors xxx Lily
Sounds like a perfect day Clair, so glad lunch went well with your colleagues. Corfe castle is a lovely sight in daylight and can imagine its spectacular light up.
I went to my knit and natter group today. We had our Christmas lunch last week which was good fun. Today not that many came so we went for coffee and cake instead, very nice it was too. Ive taken to not working very nicely thank you very much. So nice not to be rushing around in my lunch break trying to buy the last minute things but having all week plus time for lunch dates.
Dellys being quiet today. Hope she remembers second part of Last Tango in Halifax tonight.
Just had a message from my sister. She's in Florida staying with her son for Christmas. She's currently laying by his pool, rub it in why don't you Sis? Xx
Janey, he sounds like a complete washout as a manager, how on earth does someone get promoted with so few people skills? But so horrible for you to feel that he's so uncaring, and that the burden of organising your return is down to you.
I don't know much about taking medical retirement, but if you needed to go down that line, maybe you would be entitled to some sort of enhanced retirement package? I have a friend who was really worried about being forced to give up her job but was surprised at how well it turned out. Obviously she didn't go into details, but I think she is much better off than she thought she was going to be.
Anyway, I guess you have a little while longer before you have to think about it too much.
Delly delicious, how was your lunch with your bestie? Was this the bestie getting the necklace to match the earrings? And the eye test, how was that?
Janey, that's awful! That guy seriously needs his interpersonal skills appraisal ASAP. how horrible for you. Work out what suits you, but keep a note of what he said to you, record dates times etc of all conversations you have with him in the future just in case you need it my (HR manager hat just got dusted off) xx
Well done Helena, that's the worse one out of the way, now you know what to expect it's not so scary. I was advised to start creaming before rads to make sure boob was as moisturisered as poss. We all get told different things. Bells awaiting for you tomorrow Dizzy. Beth, reading what your hubbie said to you this morning made me all weepy, bless him. My sister live 4 miles from Llanelli and has a lot if health problems, she has had good treatment there.
DELLY CAN YOU READTHIS? If so, you don't need new specs so don't let let talk you into buying any xx
Beth, it's lovely to hear you sound so positive about things. This is such a long haul that sometimes you just despair of ever finishing, and the radiotherapy was hàrd on you. But I have that same feeling, that after tomorrow it will never be that long slog again.
A few days ago I was feeling that this is a difficult time to be doing rads because there's so much else to be done at the same time, but now I'm so nearly done, it feels great to be finishing at my favourite time of year.
I expect to come down to earth in January when it'll be time to think of the diet and the delights of the prosthetics appointment, but for the moment I'm ready for that end of term feeling.
I know what you mean about hospitals, my care has been shared between two, and they are very different. And communication has sometimes been terrible between them. But I hope your mum gets the treatment she needs so that both of you can relax and enjoy some time together now you're no longer carrying hospital germs!
yayyyyy Helena you've started!!! One down!! So glad that it went ok today. It always amazes me that hospitals give different advice on when to put cream on, mine said to do it from day one. I think you will know your ur skin better than anyone, so your own judgement will be spot on.
Dizzy....one more to go!!!!! Big YAYYYYYYY to you too!! Almost there now.
Today hubby and I have popped into town for a wander. Don't know quite what we were thinking as it was complete bedlam. Took an age to park and once we'd fought our way passed the festive market tat stalls and the stalls that sell those giant knickers and huge dog beds, we'd already had enough lol
So we picked up my freebie parcel from Boots, had coffee and cake in debenhams, and headed home! It was fab to do something that didn't involve the 3.5 hour rads travelling and zapping process.
Hubby woke this morning and his first words were "today is the first day of the rest of our lives". So lovely and I could have cried. Mac has won early today so they're out walking already lol
I'm bushed now so time to chill for me. Seeing my counsellor tomorrow afternoon which is good timing as mum is back in hospital this morning. Since she was intubated in ICU earlier in the year, she's had problems swallowing anything so they've taken themselves to A&E early today as she's not eaten or drank anything for a couple of days. The hospital in Carmarthen is crap and they've waited so long to see a specialist but I've just had a text from her to say A&E have called the ENT consultant, who is on her way. The difference in care that I have had in comparison to her is worrying. Even though we live less than a mile apart, we've been treated in different hospitals - the breast unit is 20 miles away in Llanelli and that hospital is so much better. Weird as its the same health board.
Anyway hope all you gorgeous ladies are having a lovely afternoon.
Catch up later
PS despite everything happening with mum, I do feel really positive today and for the first time in months I'm not waiting on tests, results or treatment. I feel like I have my life back and that's a good feeling! Let's hope it lasts! 😄
8.30 for me tomorrow, but as they start calling for me fifteen minutes before, I'll be there at 8.10. I'm not really at my best at that time of the morning, particularly in winter, but I'm looking forward to ringing that bell!
I've just got the delightful daughter back from the station, so Christmas is starting now in our house. The Tesco man has been, the house is groaning with food and I'm just about done for Christmas now. Thank heavens for long dates on things...
Dizzy's final rads tomorrow! I'm going to have to find a different bell, I know we've had a bell, but we need another one now in celebration.
Helena's back, thought you'd been gone AGESSSSsssssss, glad it all went ok.
Delly, I did wonder about the 'L' and 'I' and if that was the problem, as I saw you wrote her name with an I. Hows yer eyeballs after testing?
Hope you have a good time today Clair, I know what you mean about being nervous. You quickly start to feel out of the loop, and you worry about saying the wrong thing. I don't know how to answer if people start asking questions about my treatment. The truth is usually too much information, but muttering vague platitudes so as not to upset people feels uncomfortable and a bit false.
Lesley, I too have a Tesco order arriving today, I've changed the order so many times I no longer have a clue what's coming. I'm just hoping I haven't managed to duplicate too many things or we'll be eating sausage rolls till kingdom come. There'll be five of us for a week, and four for nearly two, so it takes a lot of grub to keep us going.
Well, one more rads session to go, just can't wait.
Just a quickie before I jump in the shower and go off to my EYE test at 11.00
Charys - darlin, I read the "L" as an "I" hence the eye test!!! and hence I did but didn't remember LORAC i.e. Carol. Sorry Carol
Yeh, tantrum, not even an hour. Thankfully I stayed on to read through the days antics and imagined it like being a tv comedy show. Had a damn good laugh which dispersed the tantrum nicely. Well, I must have spent an hour on that post.
Helena's probably gone now but I've already given her a hug.
Am trying to be organised for once, and not be rushing around like a looney so why I've come on here now, I don't know
Eye test at 11.00, bit of shopping, then off to meet bestie Karen for lunch, catch up and deliver her pressie. Barely got any sleep last night, as you probably noticed. I think I need to stop using this computer after a certain time, think it's true that the light can stimulate you. So I'll probably zonk out this afternoon.
Probably see you better later, when I've got my proper specs sorted.
Loadsa love Dellydingdong xxxxx
So, 20th December already! Specially for Lady Helena today, sparkling spherical objects...
Clair Mr Tesco arrived in on time. Natural to be nervous, but bet you'll soon be at ease and relax. Enjoy yourself xx
Good luck Helena, and Dizzy, that was really, funny, too early to get the giggles, got Tesco coming any minutes, unless he's taking a leaf out of Sainsbury book from last night. Xx
Good luck today Helena, it'll be fine and it's all so much easier once you get the first one under your belt. Or strictly above it, now I think about it!
You mean THE Edith, the one I look the twin of!! Uncanny resemblance! You're up late or early. Just noted your message as I was hauling myself up to bed. Glad to hear you're doing well. D'ya think you could come and sort this lot out IORAC??
I'm good, thanks. And yes, we have met previously. Remember my very good friend Edith ? - she of the marvellous gnashers. She's still waiting patiently for your call to star in the publicity material for your new venture into the dental business.............xxxxxx
I can't stomp off for long, I'd miss you all too much. God, now I've joined in the soppiness.
I've just been reading up from a few pages ago, and have cracked up laughing, tears rolling down, because some of the stuff on here is actually on a par with, if not better than, our dearly missed Victoria. From flippin chicken stir fries where the chicken's been forgotten, to poor men struggling to hold their fluids in, to on line deliveries, loose knockers and buttock massages.Interspersed with humourous caption pictures. Well not all of them - Clair's being an exception.
Bed's now finally callin
Oh and OIRAC170, don't let me put you off, have just exploded. But the otherss on here are a lot calmer, I assure you. I think we have met previously, I'm certain I remember your name, How are you?? Are you ok with what you're going through and where you're up to??
Awwww noooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just lost another looooong post. Sorry I give up as I've just spent flippin ages going back 4 pages in responses.
Janey - I'm more than open to your friend pm'ing me. Hope you can gently nudge her to use the Forum. Not so sure about on this loony thread though, for obvious reasons (only teasing!).
Helena - hug of the day goes to you today, by the time you get this. Just lie back and don't think of England. Think of us lot on here, looking out for and after you. H U G E delly H U G.
Am stomping off in another TANTRUM with steam coming out of not just my ears, but yes "that" orifice too.
See you all when I've camed down
What a waste of flippin time - tired of it. Aaaaaaaaaargh. Sorry girls
That's really funny - made me LOL. Keeping a watchful eye on all of you & so glad that you're all doing well. Much love & hugs to everyone - Carol xxx
Oh boy, I leave you lot for an hour to watch Last Tango in Halifax and you've all gone soppy! Off to bed now. Love you all, since we're being all gooey xx
I think Lily s right.......there is going to be some blubbing soon.........and once one starts.......lol
Nice friendship quote! :0)
night all x
This site and you girls have made a huge impact on my life . I can pop in when I'm happy or sad or need advice and know someone is listening and understands so thank you All
much love Clair xxxxxx
I know exactly what you're saying Dizzybee. I'm totally different with people in the 'real' world. They don't understand or don't want to hear it. xx
We'll all be sobbing heaps lying in puddles of tears on the floor in a minute if this goes on much longer! LOL
Isn't the internet a wonderful thing? I'm sure I've said far more on here than I would to people face to face. But I know you'll all understand, we're in this together and I don't feel that about the people in my real life, you're all more real to me.
Oh gosh, I'm not good at explaining, just I love you all!
That's a lovely thing to say Beth and I feel the same xxx So well done to Crafty for starting all this xx Lily