Friday, 26 February 2010

Friday Fill-ins we go!

1. A cup of tea is currently my life saver with the cold!
2. A personal touch makes a place feel like home.
3. Everything has its beauty – you just have to look for it.
4. Can you beat the taste of strawberries?
5. Art makes me feel torn sometimes (depending on the art).
6. LOL I just noticed I forgot
to close the window (cooold!)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relax, tomorrow my plans include recovery from the cold and Sunday, I want to attend a football game! Or a scrimmage!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Gunky Cranky Days….

Can’t believe I got that stupid cold for 1.5 weeks already … or can I?! It started off with a very sore throat during the night of the 13th, then my body decided to add sinusitis about mid-week, and from Friday (when, incidentally, I woke up with fever of 38.8 – I NEVER get fever!!!) a dry/hacking cough arrived.

Managed to get an appointment with one of the GPs at my practice on Friday and got my knuckles rapped because I didn’t make an earlier appointment so they could figure out if it’s a viral or bacterial infection. D’UH! I’ve been told not to bother with doc’s appointments for a “common cold” with sore throat unless it takes more than 6 days to go away … and considering the time spans I get from my GPs for appointments (the past couple of months it’s between 5 and 7 days!) I really didn’t bother.

And YES, I am CRANKY!!! :(  Fed up with NHS for the timeframes etc. (come on … being told the next appointment is not available until next week when you phone because of migraine/tension headaches????   That’s only an example btw, don’t have migraines, but the interrupted sleep/hacking cough resulted in tension headaches when I woke up – and they’re still there.). And I am annoyed at my body to throw Sinusitis, head colds and migraines at me for the last weeks since I got my diploma!! And usually at my days off, so I CAN’T EVEN DO WHAT I WANT TO DO!!!! HMPH!

I hope to be able to do some stuff this afternoon, hopefully being ok for work tomorrow or at least Thursday. Need to be fit for Sunday – either going down to Durham with the Clansmen for an away game or being at the Wolves v Mavs scrimmage at home. :)

Friday, 5 February 2010

Weekly Me – Week 5

Outside my window… it’s cold and wet again.

I am thinking...I’m really not happy with my GP and dentist this week!

I am thankful for... a warm cuppa tea or Chai Latte. :)

From the kitchen... still the smell of oven baked potatoes (with tuna mayo and the other with cheese)

I am wearing... jogging bottoms and a t’shirt – my usual garb at home really.

I am remembering... that I promised myself to have the Wolves scrapbook updated by Super Bowl party … but that ain’t gonna happen yet again! :o

I am creating... still nothing – Mojo is still MIA, but I will try to do some scrapping/card making tomorrow.
I am going... to look into fruit & veg to be planted in the back garden at some point.

I am currently reading... “Order in Chaos” by Jack Whyte.
I am hoping... that my Mojo is coming back soon – I REALLY want to do scrapping, but I just don’t do it?!

I am hearing... the Simpsons. ;) And “Defying Gravity” (Wicked the Musical) sung by Alexia Khadime.
Around the house... a lot needs done … :o

One of my favorite things… was my Cuttlebug – which I’d broken last crop and haven’t replaced yet.

Sorry … rant!

Just back from the GP (well… have been preparing dinner since) and am just totally baffled really… and losing faith in the medical system here. :o

First of all, appointment was at 4:30pm and I didn’t get seen until 5pm. Same happened on Monday at my dentist. So why do practices insist on giving you appointments if THEY cannot keep them? But BEWARE if YOU are not on time … a dark look is the minimum you get!!!

At the dentist I was then told after 5 mins of checking fillings and gums that I should come back for another appointment where we do the X-Ray of my broken front tooth (which had a small chip in it again). Little me was thinking that would put me back about 2 weeks … but NO! The first appointment they gave me was 24th of MARCH!!!! What is WRONG in this picture????

But I digress …

Today’s GP appointment was for my left wrist … painful for about 1.5 weeks now. With my own knowledge I ruled out broken bones or dislocations and it kinda came down to tendonitis (bare in mind that as a Sports Therapist I am not allowed to diagnose - “educated guess” is allowed, but no diagnosis).

Went to my GP, explained situation, where the pain is etc. GP then prods around my carpals (in layman’s terms: the small bones in your wrist, all 8 of them). Found the spots of pain, and ruled out necrosis of the bones. Then she said “You probably have tendonitis. Take some anti-inflammatories and if it’s still painful in a couple of weeks come back and we get a scan done.”

Now  … I had to bite my tongue there … I “probably” have tendonitis???? And why do GPs only check the bones? How about doing special tests for the muscles/tendons? I mean … I would have expected full checking of ulnar & radial deviation (that’s the movement of your hand at the wrist to the left or the right as far as it goes) and the prayer test (put your hands together as if you’re praying and then move your arms downwards in front of your chest) or the reverse prayer test (backs of hands together instead of palms).

But NO! Nothing of that! The GP has effectively done an educated guess on the tendonitis issue!!! GEEESH!!!!


After our situation at EFREC I am really more and more losing my faith (and respect!!) in the British medical professions!

Friday Fill-ins

1. I know that the weekend will be over far too quickly. 
2. January sometimes feels like the longest month.
3. You can't help but wonder about some medical professionals.
4. Super Bowl on Sunday; bring it on!
5. Where have you looked for greek food lately?
6. Cream Eggs are now available.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to , tomorrow my plans include cinema and dinner at Khublai Khan’s and Sunday, I want to get some sleep in between Wolves Junior & Senior training and the Super Bowl kicking off at midnight!

Monday, 1 February 2010

Monthly Round-up JANUARY

I’ve pinched this from Katie’s Blog (Scrapbook Lady) and quite like the idea.
  1. What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
    BOOKS: “Ice Limit” by Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child,  "The Tiger Warrior" by  David Gibbins and  “The last Oracle” by James Rollins (a couple pages left.
    MAGAZINES: CK, PaperCrafts, Prima, Ultra Fit (after my exam)
  2. What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?
    Avatar” (needs to be watched in 3D!!), “Where the Wild things are”, “Daybreakers” (I think … will have to check on the first 2 though and might have missed one), new TV series for us is "GLEE" (and we love it!)
  3. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
    Going to the cinema, watching my first Capitals Ice Hockey game, being back at Wolves training
  4. What gifts did I give and/or receive?
    Got calendards, chocolate and kandis from my mum. Got Millie’s Cookie Swirls for DH.
  5. What special or unusual purchases did I make?
    A calf length kilt skirt. :)
  6. What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
    Tension headaches and a cold come sinusitis. :( And a painful wrist since Wednesday.
  7. What were my accomplishments this month?
    I PASSED MY SPORTS THERAPY EXAM!!!! ;)  And started working in a different department for yet again the same company! ;)
  8. What were my disappointments this month?
    Bit of negative reaction from some people in the club.
  9. How did I do on my goals for the month? (Or any current short or long term goals)
    Lost a bit of the weight put on during Xmas, got my Sports Therapy Diploma and am back to the gym.
  10. Anything else noteworthy to include?
    Not sure … we’ve been training at the Heriot Watt Astro Dome, so that was a new experience!! :)
Here are the tasks I try to make sure are done by the end of the month:
  1. Upload all digital pictures to my hard drive and clear off memory cards in camera. Place all photos for the month in a computer folder labeled with the month and year. Make a backup copy of the photos from the month on my external hard drive and a dvd. I also upload all photos to my flickr account (you can use any offsite photo storage site, but here's why I love flickr). Ideally, these activities should be done every time you process any pictures through your computer so you don't lose any precious files, but if you have lapsed during the month, now's the time to get it done!
  2. Choose photos or digital layouts to be printed out and get it done while I'm thinking about it.
  3. Backup any other documents or files as needed. I use an external hard drive, I also upload many documents to Google docs. I don't like to lose stuff.
  4. Backup my blog. It's easy to do if you have one, just use Typepad backup or blogger backup.
  5. Clean off my work area, empty my inbox, and clean up my computer files. Here's a link to my digi organization post.
Will have to deal with the “task” part of things. :)