Speaking of good books, I am Rosamunde Pilchner fan. Guess what I've found - the home of Winter Solstice!!!! Trotting around Dornoch today, I couldn't quite weigh up why it felt 'familiar' cos I've never been here before, then the penny dropped. A bit of googling produced 'winter solstice tours from Inverness' so I've got it right. Sitting in the van next to the dunes and the golf course......
And it's just started to rain again, it's a good job I'm big and strong and tough.
Ever so sorry I won't be with you for MMU4, I wonder if I can Skype from a kindle??
We were in the Shropshire Hills, FF, on a wonderful campsite near Craven Arms. So peaceful and relaxing.
It has drizzled persistently here for 18 hours, since just before I got home from nipping into town yesterday: too late to rescue the washing off the line. I decided to leave it out, as "it will dry when the rain stops". I need most of what's out there, to pack, and it's STILL raining, so, when I get dressed, I'll have to fetch it in, re-spin it and tumble dry the 'urgent' stuff. Ah well, could be worse. Could be camping. Oh yes, we will be. In 2 days time! In Anglesey. Where it ALWAYS rains!!.
I hope it's sunny in Norecambe too. I'm dreading the day when you see it in its normal grey, damp gloom.
Glad that you have been to Drs. Katy, I also have BP machine from same outlet as JCJ, not expensive and Dr. accepts the stored readings.
Harlen Corben writes really good books, I've read most of them but enjoyed the Myron Bolitar ones the most. Not packing yet.......it IS too soon but I'm looking forward to it and hoping for good weather I want to eat breakfast outside at Rita's..
Happy you're back with us JCJ and that you enjoyed your holiday with your daughter. Where were you?
Talking of blood pressure, I have white coat syndrome, the nurse who did my pre-op in 2012 thought I was going to collapse any second, had her arm round me to catch me as I fell, I didn't. They wouldn't let me out of the day care unit after my 2 ops as it was so high until they wanted to close the unit and go home. I was worried what my BP would be when I had to have the sigmoidoscopy and was surprised to find it was ok. After it I counted out my BP tablets and found that sometime in the three days before it was due I'd taken an extra dose Completely by accident..............but now I know what to do if there's a next time............
KTC (NOT KFC as accidentally put in last post - that'd be the reason for high BP? Lol), OH got our BP monitor machine from a local chemist (Llo*** ) - Their own brand. It was only about a tenner. Our GP surgery accept readings from it. They agreed I didn't have high BP just from my recorded readings (I wrote them down, but I could have just taken the machine in, because it stores them!) It has full instructions and is easy to use.
As long as you make sure it's got The British Hypertension Society approval (BHS) you will be fine. Here's their website:
Low blood pressure would be more likely to make you fall down, rather than high, so perhaps Labyrinthitis is the cause. Not pleasant. I hope you feel better soon.
Right, back to unpacking/repacking/writing shopping/to-do lists!
Forgot to say she recommended blood pressure monitor, where did you get yours JCJ?? Did it give really accurate readings??
Don't want something scarily expensive haha xx
Glad you are back JCJ and you had a lovely time and lots of laughter, soooooo good for you!!
On the "feel like ****" bench..............been to docs, blood tests done, she suggested labrynthitis as a possiblilty am thinking that maybe right as now have nausea, blood pressure readings high, and suggestion to come off my skin tablets to see if that helps with itching, fingers crossed all over soon!
Haven't started book yet a fiction by H Coben, was one of those people who was never without a book, now just have no concentration, am blaming the missing marbles xx
PS Start packing FF hee hee!!! x x
Quiet time, reading time, much enjoyed, is over for the moment, work and errands for the next two weeks now. Then two weeks off, tomorrow is August = MMU4 = YAY. Is it too soon to pack?
Glad that you felt well enough and enjoyed your lunch Katy, also glad that you are contacting your Drs. tomorrow. Have a check up.
I would encourage anyone to read books, it's an escape into another world and a source of knowledge. Which book have you bought? I hope you enjoy it.
Yep will do that tomorrow, may just make a telephone appt, will wait and see what they say.
Had lunch out today didn't eat everything as I usually do haha!! Couldn't cancel as we have tried for weeks to get this organised, had a good time but soooooooo glad to be home again.
Thank you for volunteering FF, you have also influenced me to buy a book, will be the first I have read for about a year??
Enjoy your quiet time xx
I would come and tidy your house in a heartbeat Katy, just give me the adress! Are you alright today? Your daughters are definitely right, get yourself to the Drs. on Monday. Had you eaten? Possibly a low blood pressure problem? Easily fixed . I hope you really are as ok as you say you are. Please get checked out.
I've sorted and cleaned my house so am on the reading bench again. Didn't get round to the garden, maybe tomorrow?
Well, well had an interesting afternoon yesterday, went to butchers, bought some stuff, came out of shop and felt funny?? Really dizzy, then proceeded to fall to the ground, didn't faint but couldn't keep upright. Helped up by passersbys, oh dreary me.....................skinned elbows, knees, cut hand and knuckle, mmmmmmmm.
Still feel a bit odd but really ok, body a tad sore from fall.
Daughters' saying get to docs but will wait and see.
Prob the missing marbles rolling around?? haha
Sooooooooo will have quiet day today, just a bit of tidying, then feet up xx
Can you come and tidy my house FF?? x
Another lovely lazy day. Two books ordered from Mark Futon arrived, add those to the four bought at the car boot sale last Sunday and that's the weekend sorted.
Busy day tomorrow, both work and housework. I will avoid the reading bench, house looking a little neglected after three days of sitting on it. I need to dust, polish, hoover, get the washing machine on (running out of clean undies!), gardening needs to be done as well. SIL sorted it out the other week but the darned weeds are creeping back!
We will have to search for the "missing" marbles.............
I can never find them.............
Good you are having a couple of lazy days after all the waiting, worry etc, FF.
Have fed the ducks, let baby wander about, sung lots of songs ( with my horrific singing voice ), listened to my GD talking non stop, then singing on stop, happy days!
Am away to lie down, feet up for the rest of the day/night xx
PS Do you know where you are JCJ???? xx
My marbles are not intact, they have gone.....left.....are somewhere? This morning I had to put the tv on to check what day it was!
Having sorted my plans for the holidays , I've had a real lazy day today, just read books. Quick trip to supermarket, only needed milk, spent £30, you all know how that happens
Planning another lazy day tomorrow reading more books.
Have a lovely time JCJ. The weather (although I hope it's good) is immaterial, just make the most of this time with your daughter and enjoy it.
FF, I simply cannot let you take responsibilty for me not knowing where I was going or where I was, therefore your marbles are still intact hahahaha!!!
Will show you pictures to prove I was somewhere???
JCJ, have a lovely time, hope you have wi fi so we know what you are up to!
Quiet tidying up day today, will have to iron and hoover so am on the "just thinking about it" bench, near the "CBA" bench xx
And of course: camping day dawns and it's raining! And significantly colder! Hey ho.
Car all packed. Picnic and perishables in fridge. Ice packs freezing. Cold bags at the ready. YD & I set of for Craven Arms tomorrow. Meeting her off train at station 10 miles from here at 11am (she has to leave their car for her OH). Cue thunder, lightning, gales and a massive drop in temperature - but hopefully, this time, NOT a hideous bout of sickness!
When I finished packing the car I was in a right panic. What had I forgotten? Way too much space left - even accounting for 2 cold bags, the flask bag, and my handbag. Then realisation dawned. YD's suitcase and sleeping bag will be added tomorrow. Phew! Haven't got to unpack to see what's missing!
I could keep quiet and hope no-one notices.......... or I could 'fess up.......... It was ME, I've looked back and I'M the one that has completely lost all plots, marbles and sanity to confuse Loch Lomond with Loch Ness. My only defence is that my mind has been elsewhere lately. Elsewhere? Completely missing I think now
I have actually sat down with a calendar today and worked out my holiday entitlement and the hours I need to work and sorted out a plan that takes into account the decorating,new lino laying and teachers making a mess. Obviously MMU4 was a priority.
Happy to know that you have found your ankle chains JCJ. Will expect you to be wearing all of them in Morecambe.
5 ankle chains woo hoo!! Nothing more infuriating than losing things, grrrrrrrrr.
Had both grandchildren today, one hooked on the laptop and the other sleeping so very quiet, when GS woke up we went for our duck walk...........baby still eats bread for the ducks, soooooo funny and big sister wants to feed every bird in the vicinty, fun times had by all!
Mum can now use micro, hurrah, and toaster has been replaced so another woo hoo moment.
Nipped quickly into town, my feet are sooooooooo sore, the lido usually makes walking a little better, not today so am off to the "ouchy" bench.
Pssst, was nowhere near Loch Lomond either, help................xx
Guess what, ladies! I've found my ankle chains! Now that I, temporarily, can't wear them due to swollen ankle and bite scars, I have FIVE ankle chains!! I'll have to wear them all at once, when I can!
I was rooting around on my dressing table last night and knocked the lid off an ornamental souvenir wooden pot and ****** me! There were the 2 ankle chains I wore last summer!! Goodness only knows why I put them in there instead of in the box where they live!! Pity there weren't any marbles in there too? Or plots?
KTC, I wondered why everyone was going on about Nessie, when you said you were going to Loch Lomond; I thought Loch Ness was in a completely different place, but I bowed to your 'superior' knowledge - being Scottish! Perhaps we should all go to Elgin? I believe there are marbles there? 😜
oooh FF, will bring top down with me, that's really kind of you, remember am hopeless so it will have to be as basic as basic can be!!
Ok, where was I??? Not going to embarrass myself by stating on the forum where I was, suffice to say it was over 100 miles from Loch Ness............................please help me find my lost marbles..................
JCJ when are you off? Lots of camping this year, will be luxury for you in Norcambe hee hee.
Ali, have not been long haul either, so cannot advise, just have a fabulous time. How will you get those camels on the plane??
grumpy sounds wonderful.
Mum still cannot work her microwave and the toaster is broken.................xx
Golly gosh, everyone is busy busy busy!!!!!
Sitting in Lerwick on Shetland just now, going on the big boat to Orkney at tea time.
Going for a walk with doggies while it's sunny.
Love to everyone
I've never been to China, Ali, or flown long haul for that matter, but if you are taking Tapoxyfen, don't forget to wear those lovely flight socks because of the increased risk of DVT!
Are you any good at using chopsticks?
I bet Hump and Dink are excited? I can just see Dink wearing chopsticks on her head and sporting an embroidered satin top!
Are you going to introduce Chinese style wedding dresses, or are they just suppliers?
Hello all have any of you been to China? I have to go next week for a work trip (sadly no time for sight seeing) . I've never been to China and it's decades since I flew long haul, any tips re travel or the country appreciated (eg food, customs etc)
I'm on the sad bench. Text from B-I-L - he's spent the last couple of days visiting his new 1 month old grandson. I know my sister was upset that she wouldn't get to meet the new grandchild, so it's sad that B-I-L was visiting without her :'(
However, it would have been worse if he'd been a girl: sister had 2 sons and 2 grandsons and was always slightly envious of me having a son and a daughter. At least she didn't miss that. Clutching at straws? I think B-I-L was relieved to be heading home: 3 small boys: one VERY small and the other 2 over excited at the start of the school holidays was very wearing for him. I think he's looking forward to some quiet time on his own!
Finally got OH to agree to holiday plans. He definitely wants to camp, and we're going to visit Anglesey from 4th August. I've made a booking enquiry for a week, initially, but we may stay 2 weeks or more (he's adamant he'll be fine, but I'm not sure how well he'll cope with his PD - and we haven't camped for more than a week at a time for over 4 years!) Will definitely be back in time to travel to Morecambe tho' 😁
I remember you too Supertrouper and have a glass to prove it! So sorry to read of your reason for returning to the forum. This d****d disease!
Katy - where HAVE you been? I've spent this week envisioning you enjoying Loch Ness and now you've not been there? So glad that you have had a lovely time. No, I'm not yet on holiday, still have to give the school a good clean before I can have my three weeks off but the teachers aren't helping as they are still sorting out stuff and making a real mess and the decorators are in. Thanks for the hugs, much appreciated. Bring your much loved top to Morecambe and I'll see if I can fix it for you.
JCJ - thank you for suggestion of fruit and fibre, much nicer. Not going to worry until the time to worry arrives. I'm perfectly ok and so was Mum. As you've said, if wasn't for the CT scan I wouldn't know. And if I didn't have a "history" I wouldn't have been scanned.
I've spent the day on the lazy bench, read a book and watched athletics on the tv. Son and family coming over tomorrow, will be nice to see them.
Ended up no where near Loch Ness, no wonder couldn't find Nessie..............will really have to learn my geography..............
Had a lovely time lots of eating and laughing, must have put on another stone at least??
So no broadband apart from a tiny little spot, took so long to get connected it was mind boggling so gave up, then came home to no broadband grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!
But have it half sorted, engineer call on Tues, mmmmmm!
Supertrouper, you are very welcome to join us, will be lovely to see you again, my glitterberry glass still has pride of place, so sorry you are back on the forum with your diagnosis, but you will receive lots of support, big hugs.
You must be on the "happy bunny" bench JCJ, hurrah no school for weeks.............
FF, are you off now? Glad your daughter's house is officially hers now, woo hoo.
As JCJ says, if you hadn't had the scan you prob would have no idea you had it, with changing your diet a little hopefully it will stay quiet and not cause you any major problems fingers crossed and big hugs.
The top is lace and has a ribbon at the bottom of the sleeve, so really not sure if I could attempt a repair job??? Not with my skills anyway, haha!!
Have to go out later, some shopping but am on the "CBA" bench for the time being xx
Hello Supertrouper! Yes I remember you, you were lighting the way for me and many others through the Dark Dark Woods when I was feeling utterly lost and crappy. I'm sorry mets bring you back to Benchland, get those darned alligators fed (you can also aim to knock them out with a direct hit between the eyes - you get double points for a bullseye xx)
Last day, at long ****** last! And the kids go home at one. Hooray!
Will be sorry to see some of the Y6s leave but relieved that a lot are moving on to pastures new!
Leavers' Evening at school yesterday, so I didn't get home until 7:30pm. So exhausted this morning that, when I forgot to put on my glasses, I just assumed the poor vision was due to tiredness!
Putting pillows and duvet on the Sleep Bench where I shall spend the foreseeable future - once I've got through today! 😴
Afternoon tea at the madlands sounds like just what I need. All depends on when and what my treatment plan is. I should find out more tomorrow.
I've missed you guys!
Hi Super trouper! Of course I remember you. So sorry to hear the reason you are back on the forum.
We are meeting again, in Morecambe, in August. Afternoon tea at The Madlands again, if you want to join us!
You have LOT of reading to catch up!
Hi - do any of you remember me? I came to one of the mad morecambe events a few years ago. I am back on the forum due to just being diagnosed with bone mets so I am currently sitting on the pissed of bench throwing stuff to the aligators.
Hope you are all doing well? I will try and scroll back and see what everyone is getting up to - at least I haven't arrived in the middle of a panto!
Don't think about the scary bits, FF. You wouldn't even know you had diverticulitis if you hadn't had BC and therefore those scans!
My next door neighbour has it. She would be fine if she hadn't also had stomach cancer - completely unrelated - 5 years ago, from which she has made a complete recovery. Her diverticulitis only causes problems when she doesn't eat properly (and with half her stomach taken away, she struggles to each much, and not always the 'right' things.)
I can recommend Fruit & Fibre cereal - the well known brand (that also make cornflakes), or supermarket own brand. It has more taste than cardboard shreddies. I throw some extra raisins, grapes or a chopped up banana in. A bowl of that keeps me going until lunchtime without the desire to snack on biscuits (most days ) It also keeps me going......if you get my drift.... in a comfortable and regular fashion!! 😄
Y6 Leavers' performance today. Dress rehearsal in front of the rest of the school this morning and performance for parents this afternoon. Having taught the Y5 half of the class, elsewhere, through all the rehearsals, I was suddenly asked, 10 minutes before the dress rehearsal, if I'd sit at the laptop and do all the music and sound effects (all on CD). Talk about stress! I got through it with only a few mistakes - scribbled extra notes for myself on the script and braced myself for the afternoon show.
Then..... I was told there was a powerpoint to display on the screen behind the actors on stage and I had to cue in the right pictures for each scene. As the parents were arriving, I was frantically trying to figure out how to show the PowerPoint pictures on the screen without also showing the list of CD tracks I was cuing in.
With, literally, seconds to spare, I sorted it out. It was absolutely boiling in the hall, and with the stage fright/under-rehearsed terror, my hands were sweating so much I struggled to operate the laptop mouse pad. A couple of times I accidentally stopped/started the music in the wrong places but I blamed the heat and nobody complained. Nearly had a nervous breakdown!! It's a good job I've had practice at public performance with all our Benchland Productions?? 😁
1 1/2 days to go.
YD put on Twitter yesterday "In case you are wondering when this weather will break: JCJ and I are going camping next Wednesday" to which her fiancée replied "My over trousers are in the drawer" !!
Saw the GP this morning. He gave me a print out about diverticulitis. Read the relevant bits, skimmed the scary bits and OMG it can be scary! I'm just to follow a high fibre diet. I also know (thank you Mum!) that it can never give any real problems so I'm not worried but I'll be careful. I'm knitting shreddies in the evening and eating them in the morning!
ST stayed late at school tonight, she has rearranged all the furniture and carpets in her classroom and both of the offices. I'm so glad she did it tonight instead of just before next term starts. It makes it easier for me to clean it and lessens the risk that I'll miss somewhere that gets exposed when they do move furniture last minute. I am slightly handicapped by fact that I can't shift heavy furniture because of the risk of Lynn.
I volunteered to be responsible for the water checks (to prevent legionella) that need to be done every week. I do them in term time so I know what to do and after talking with ST, no one else knew where the outside taps were!
Daughter and SIL popped in today, now they finally own the house that they moved into last October and they can get on with the extension that they need. It's been complicated and solicitors only make it more complicated but it's finally done and dusted.
I've hibernated today and kept all the curtains closed. Just ran out to school, fortunately a Victorian building that has thick walls and was reasonably cool. I've dug out an oscillating fan that hubby and I used to have in our shop. It's not been used for 11 years but it turned straight on and only needed a little nudge to get it to move. CH thermostat tells me it's 27 degrees in my living room, so goodness knows what it is outside in the sun.
Cannot imagine what would be like to live somewhere where these temperatures are the norm. Not for me. Good luck to your colleague JCJ.
Daughter and I cancelled a trip to look at kennels. She is going on holiday and can't take her dog with her this time. She has provisionally booked this kennels but wanted to have a look at it before she confirmed. We both felt it wasn't a good idea to take baby GD out in this heat, so we'll go another day.
Off to GP in the morning to find out what I do about this diverticular diagnosis. Obviously start a high fibre diet but is there anything else I should do? Any medication needed? Any supplements? Possibly not as I have no symptoms. I'll find out tomorrow.
O....M....G it's hot!! 31° in my car at 8 this morning! 😓 35° coming home. So glad I got that air-conditioning fixed. Worth every penny of the £48 just today!! Now gasping in the shade in the garden. There is a breeze - warm, but better than no breeze.
Thank goodness it's forecast to be cooker. (haha - appropriate typo??) no, cooLer tomorrow - with potential thunder storms, hail stones and flash flooding. Typical British summer then?
Colleague is leaving us at the end of the week, to emigrate to Darwin, in Australia. The average year round, temperature is the same as it is here today. Rather her than me!!
Have fun on your hols, Katy & Grumpy. Not long now FF....and me!
Katy - if you really love your top, unpick seam from end of sleeve to armpit on both sides, neaten the edges, let them hang loose and keep wearing it. Or a bit of ribbon from one side to the other would keep it looking like a sleeve.
Too hot for me here today, have kept the curtains closed, avoided the conservatory as much as possible and at least the humidity is not too bad.
Feeling sorry for you JCJ, From the forecast I know it's hotter in the Midlands.
School was a mess today, paper, books and all sorts all over the tables, they leave it like that and I'm not shifting it to clean. I just went round it. When I arrived at school my ST (on the phone at the time) acknowleged my presence.......... and then went home. Didn't speak to me, no enquiry as to my health, no nothing. Just proves that they don't give a **** about me, whatever they say to my face.
We've been to the Castle of May today. Meg had to pose for all the foreign tourists outside the front door. She loved it!!!
Wrong daughter JCJ hahaha............
Will be off shortly, have packed loads cause not sure of weather so hot and cold clothes order of the day!!
Tried on one of my favourite tops and Lynn has decided to be annoying and cause sleeve area to be too tight, grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Nessie hunt about to commence will keep you updated, funnily enough was thinking about H & D, will be using avoidance tactics xx
PS have been told there will be lots of alcohol???? Party lodge then??? xx
Enjoy your holiday, KTC - try not to laugh so much you frighten your daughter again!
If you do see Nessie, it'll probably only be Hump & Dink messing about! I heard they've been having swimming lessons; I did wonder why!! Hehehehe.
Weather forecast for here is saying the temperature will be 30° on Tuesday!! Heatwave all week, which will make these last 4 1/2 days of term even more wearing, but I can guarantee it will be raining again in 10 days time, as YD and I set off, with the tent, for the Shropshire hills!!
Have a lovely holiday Katy, hope you have great weather. Forecast for down here is for rather warmer temperatures than I like but I'm sure it won't last long!
Had a lovely quiet day just tidied up, read a book and now watching some tv programmes that I recorded.
Three more days of term and then I can go to flexi hours and please myself when I work. Bliss.
Will have to follow you grumpy cause there ain't no sunshine here!!
What a lovely journey you are having, hope ASBO boy and The Duchess are behaving...........
Looks like I'm the only one on the reinforced FB bench, aah well someone has to be there..........
Joining you on the "CBA" bench after I nip to the supermarket.
Not long until you are both off, woo hoo!!
Off on the "nessie" hunt tomorrow xx
Sitting in van watching the sun shining over the sea from thurso to Orkney....
Sailing on Tuesday, dogs never been on ferry HELP. anyhow they can come on deck as its short sail. Then it's a night sail to Shetland, so they stay in the car and I get a Sleeping Pod whatever that is, and I can be escorted to the car deck to check they are OK/do a wee.
Been to see Thurso pipe band today to give Joey a taste of his heritage but it didn't seem to have much impact. Meg just yawned then posed for photos!
Will have to have peas with your chippies at MMU4, FF, and see if Rita has any cereal or wholemeal bread (might as well ask her to dance a tango whilst cooking breakfast??)
Perhaps easier to just have a box of bran flakes in your handbag to snack on. Careful we don't step on them whilst dancing around it tho'
Firmly on the CBA bench today. So tired. Was on the tennis bench when it finally stopped raining in Belgrade. GO GB!!
I have a feeling next week is going to be a long one: 4 1/2 more days at school. Because yesterday was a training day, it felt like we'd already finished. No such luck!
Now I can fully resume normal life, I have realised that I need a pair of decent trousers for MMU4. Since my weight loss I have just bought jeans and they are unsuitable for afternoon tea at Madlands.
I have lost weight again this week so will wait a little while before I go shopping. Today is the first day I've eaten anything like properly.
Been investigating a high fibre diet and have realised that although I do eat some of the right things regularly (probably why I have no symptoms!) It's not enough and the changes don't seem be too problematic. I can swap white bread for wholemeal, eat shreddies instead of knitting them, eat apples and swap peanuts for almonds and walnuts. I'll do anything necessary to avoid another sigmoidoscopy!
Katy - if you look the part, no-one will notice the chariot. Kids today seem to have so many more jabs than our kids did. Enjoy your holiday, fingers crossed for the weather. Say hello to Nessie for me.
Just the thought of it FF..................
Dashed into town early this morning to get some walking essentials??? Well I'll look the part anyway haha!!
Will only be chariot pushing.
AND fell asleep this afternoon...............geez I get on my own nerves, am sooooooooooooo tired just now!!
Ordered Mum toaster at same time as micro, it worked once, how annoying?? Will take it back when we get home.
GS had his jabs yesterday 3? We used to only have one, and that buttery sugary thing, yuck yuck you know how much I love butter xx
Not a bullet Katy but I was definitely biting a gas and air machine mouthpiece. Still some slight discomfort this morning but totally ok now. Been to school which was not too bad, sports day today so they've been out. Had to sit down a couple of times but that was more related to backache than anything else.
End of term on Wednesday but teachers still in on Thursday and Friday. Can't do the wooden floors as I'm not "qualified". Not going to do the carpets as they are getting people in to do that. They are making my job so easy it's ridiculous and I'm quite happy to go along with it! Why work hard when I don't have to? I will just give everything a good wipe down. Tables and chairs need a good scrub down. So I'll do that and then I get three weeks holiday.
I remember Loch Lomond from a childhood holiday, I was also a very little girl and was disappointed not to see "Nessie". Enjoy your holiday. Pleased that your daughter is keeping an eye on you. Seems we both have wonderful daughters.
Really pleased you went FF, worth feeling uncomfortable for great piece of mind, well done for biting the bullet, hurrah!!
Your swimming is fab JCJ, Oct is not too far away considering Aug is basically out of the question for you.
Glad your foot, leg, ankle is somewhat calming down, you must be careful, imagine if it was your arm???
We are off to Loch Lomond, woo hoo been there when I was a little girl, that was many, many moons ago..........
Forgot to say, was watching this programme on TV whilst lying on the sofa, as one does and was snorting and guffawing with laughter, oh so funny, when door bursts open and YD appears she goes into fridge while I'm still laughing...................next day she says "thought you were having a turn, just wanted to check you were ok", that made me laugh even more......................xx
Treading water 60% of the way across the Channel - just over 13 miles done. 9 left to swim. October may have been an optimistic ETA as I can't do more than a mile a week and I can probably rule out most of August. Swimming was uncomfortable at first on my swollen ankle, but it does seem to have helped reduce the swelling (shaken the fluid all the way up my leg - not just in ankle and lower leg? ) and mobility of my foot.
I was very nervous out watering my tubs in flip flops this evening, though: paranoid about getting bitten again by whatever species of nasty beastie it was. I do wonder if the fact that I was standing in bracken at the time I was bitten was a contributing factor. I've read bracken spores can cause allergic reactions, and I once had a colleague whose face swelled up horribly after she's been cutting some back. Trousers and boots next time I do any gardening!
Hoorah!! FF: You went for the tests and know there's nothing scary lurking. That'll shut up the b****ard little WhatIf demons. A high fibre diet is not so bad - plenty of fruit & veg and swap white bread/pasta/rice for wholemeal/brown (which I actually prefer now I've got used to them - more taste!) You know your mum managed OK with the condition for years. Be gentle with yourself while you get over today. xx