I've been wondering!!!!
Sorry to hear that Patricia is in dock. Hope that all is soon well and she is back home with you tomorrow.
Tell Her we wish her all the best Terry.
She is having an endoscopy tomorrow so hopefully it won't be too serious and she'll get the result after a few hours and be home later.
As we will be celebrating winning tonights match against Croatia our minds will be elsewhere SO ...Please Record In advance Michael Douglas "Falling Down" on I.T.V.4. at 9 p.m. (Sky 120 or Virgin 118.) It also stars that excellent actor Robert Duval.
If you have already seen it then OK. but IF NOT this is a Movie about a Man going about his normal day and things become just a little too much for him. Then the Film really Takes Off.......
Patricia is of course very tired and resting a lot which she will need to do. To be honest it has affected me as well because we don't handle things as well as we get older and have our own problems. It's a case of soldiering on I suppose but the family are a good help. She has already been phoned and given two appointments so they are not dragging their feet at the hospital. Thanks again, X
Sad to say but Patricia had a recurrence and is back in hospital for observation and possibly a blood transfusion which she must surely need. We had a horrendous night after calling for an ambulance at 10pm. It took a while for it to arrive and at first we were in the Minor cases, then taken to the Majors where nothing much happened and took a very long time about it. At times there wasn't a hospital employee in sight but at others the usual crowd staring at computer screens. Doctors were wandering about, cubicles empty, people on trolleys in corridors, but no one apparently being treated for ages. We arrived about 10.30pm but it was 7am when she got into a bed and 7.15 this morning when I got home. Needless to say I was soon in bed but had to be up for afternoon visiting time and getting things she hadn't packed to take in with me.
I shan't be long before I'm in bed again - I had the foresight to get a ready meal so that will soon be in the microwave and then hey-ho for the dance of the duvet. Actually it's so warm still that it's more likely just a sheet will do. We've had some rain so no need to bother with the garden. Night for now. X
My Youngest Daughter and her Husband are both Paramedics working on the Front Line in Gloucester. One of the biggest problems they have is when they take in an Emergency Patient, (day or night ) they are not allowed to leave the Person until they have been admitted into A. and E. which means some times they are stood around in the Corridors for hours when they could be back out on the Road answering other Emergency Calls. Certain times there can be two or three Crews and their Patient's waiting just inside Accident an Emergency Queue.
I think I actually won the argument this time. Please excuse me while I do a lap of honour! Self back slapping kind of course. Back soon my dear friends. May I point out also that I am not a morning person!
I'll start at the beginning. My daughter lives a 4 minute walk away from my house. She visits us 3 evenings a week to eat dinner with us and has been doing so since she moved into her own house 25 yrs ago. (My wife 'Downed Tools' some 28 yrs ago saying she had cooked meals for us all (3 kids + me) for over 25 yrs and we could now look after our selves). I have done all the the cooking and baking since then. Jo, my daughter, is Ultra generous when it come to Birthdays and Xmas and about 8 yrs ago she bought me a very expensive DeLonghi 'All singing All dancing' coffee machine.
The coffee machine 'Resides' on the Kitchen work-surface next to the kettle. It is 'Unmissable' to any one that walks into the kitchen.
Jo walks into the kitchen "Happy Birthday Dad" and hands me a bottle of my favourite wine and a large wrapped box. I open it to find a 'Nespresso' coffee machine along with a 6 months supply of various capsules that are 'dropped' into the machine. She took the Surprised look on my face as being one of pleasure until I pointed my finger at the existing machine and asked "What am I supposed to do with that??"
The punchline is that she has the temerity to call me 'Al Zimer' on occasion!!!!!
Then in the afternoon I went to visit Patricia but had to go literally across the corridot to ENT at 3.40. There was a new consultant on and it was 5.20 before I got in. He looked into both ears, said 'Hmm!' I'll clear the wax for you!' He did that and then saidhe'd see me in four months and I was outside by 5.27. It was not a good day.
As far as Patricia is concerned she still has not seen anyone from ENT, and today was put on a drip and told to add more salt to her food. I've been telling her that for ages. She has also been scheduled for a colonoscopy in mid-August and her arms must be nearly empty for the number of blood samples they have taken. She's already been in for 5 days and although in the end it doesn't matter between members of the family we must have paid between £35 - £40 for car parking. Quite ridiculous. You can get a weekly ticket for £10 and visit as much as you like but you never know how long anyone is going to be in. Off to bed in a few minutes. Knackered isn't the word.
Patricia's treatment seems to be slowing down somewhat as far as ENT is concerned, hope she gets it looked at soon. Let's hope her colonoscopy takes place when it's supposed to. Do give her my best wishes Terry and I am sending big hugs to you both.
Don't get me on the subject of hospital parking charges, they are criminal !!!!!!!!!
At my age I suppose I should watch my blood pressure more but snotty young receptionists get me down. She made no effort at all to get me seen to but I am going down after visiting time this afternoon to get things sorted. Were your jabs the Zoladex type? If so did you have any side effects apart from tiredness?
PS: Snotty or not, receptionists have always seemed young to me for the last forty years!
Photo shows scource of the River Exe!
After reminiscing about the 'Walk-in Pantry'. and what I got up to at Primary School age, I often wondered if my Dad ever found out what happened to our Kitchen window.
A few of us kids used to play on a WW2 pillbox built on the only high ground near our village. It was manned by the ARP during the war. Anyway, on this day we gave the door a 'Push', went inside and found a number of dismantled 303 rifles. The barrels and all other metal parts had been removed. We took the wooden carcasses (They still resembled rifles) to play with. I also found a number of spent bullet shells plus ONE complete round - which I pocketed.
Here's where the story really begins. At the bottom of the yard was a brick wall with a gate leading to the 'Alley'. Our Terraced house was in the center of a row and faced the alley for a couple of rows of houses that were at right-angles to ours giving us a clear view for some distance.
A couple of days later I put my hands in my pocket and found the live bullet. 'I wonder if it still works thought I'. The brickwork of the wall was well worn and there was a natural groove between 2 bricks and the bullet fitted in it perfectly - if just a little tight. I borrowed dad's hammer and found a rusty old nail. I pointed the 'Sharp end' of the bullet up the alleyway with the casing pointing towards the house. After 4 attempts at hitting the cap on the bullet with the nail I was about to give up but gave it one last try. 'BANG' I think a little dribble of something left my bottom. I noticed that the 'Pointy' bit of the bullet was still lodged in the wall but could not see the shell. I returned the hammer to it's original place and went into the house only to find the shell case on the kitchen floor. I then noticed a clean hole in the center of the kitchen window.
There were debates for days about how that hole appeared in the window. I have kept my 'Lips Sealed' until now!!!!!!!
Now in a Hotel you have to specify BLACK COFFEE or you can get served up any sort of concoction. its got to be the age thing , or is it
So it's a belated Happy Birthday to 'I've been wondering'. Started on the 6th Aug 2012 and although it has hobbled a bit from time to time, been diverted as well, I think there is still some mileage to be had. The original premise was for quirky posts as I have a definite quirky side to me so thanks to all contributors in the past. Please carry on if you have anything which you are wondering about. To last as long as this is unusual although there are a couple of threads which have lasted longer and are still running.
LONG LIVE LONG RUNNING THREADS I SAY!
Kim. I'm so glad that you love 'Cat Napping' and thank you for the contributions you have made to it. Birthday coming up on the 16th September so a party will be organised and G&Ts will definitely be on the menu!