Update 2015

Thought it was time for an update seeing as it is 2015 after all.

I glad to say that the wife has not undertaken any further dangerous sports since her last attempt, there is still some residual affects for her last attempt mainly headaches. I on the other hand thought it would be a good idea to give tendinitis a try, decided to be different and have it in my left ankle. I can walk all off a hundred yards before I am in agony. Currently waiting to see Physio in April.

Riding my Bike is still a distant memory and the idea of a new bike has been shelved again at least for the immediate time. Should my body sort its self out and stop falling apart I may revisit that idea later in the year.

I am now the owner of a large fish tank (try 5ft long 2ft wide), that is the good news, the bad news is that apart from a new filter for it, that is all I currently have. I don’t have a stand for it yet which is proving to be an issue. Trying to find a proper tank stand is nigh on impossible, trying to find a piece of furniture I can put it on is impossible, it is either to small, to flimsy or downright ugly (think old style gothic furniture). Considered building one but apart from cost, not having the proper tools to cut the timber is a big issue and while decide on what to do about a stand the fish tank sits in our hall way basically blocking the hall off.

While we are on about fish, I have had a baby explosion and loss. A couple of months ago I bought some baby fish (think half inch long wrigglers), I had been growing these up in a small tank. I split them up the other day I put the larger ones into the big tank leaving the smaller ones in the small tank to carry on growing up as they were finding it difficult fighting with the larger fish for food. Unfortunately I lost 7 of them, not sure exactly why, another died a few days later so now only have one left. On the same day I had to strip one of my other fish of baby fish in the big tank. Being mouth brooders, they lay egg, the male fertilises them and then the female sucks them into her mouth and then keeps the eggs in her mouth until the little fish become to much for her to carry (or she get to hungry, they don’t eat while carrying the babies). I knew she had a mouthful of fish so I put her into a small floating fry tank in the main tank so that if she spat them out they would not become lunch in the the main tank (hey it is what fish do). But last Saturday she went nuts crashing the splashing around in the small fry tank, I noticed that she had spat one fry out of her mouth, so I encouraged her to release the others (we won’t go into details but is it not cruel). I ended up with 19 small fry in the fry tank, they seem to be doing well. Mum was released back into the main tank. Carry on at this rate and I wont need to buy any extra fish for the big tank when I set it up.

I have at least had some goods news regarding diabetes, I had my 3 months check and all my readings have fallen in the right direction, the main measurement is just a tad above normal and the doctors think that carrying on with the diet and the medication I should be well within normal parameter by the time of my next blood test in July. Along with all my bodily levels heading in the right direction my weight is heading in the right direction as well, I lost 26lb in 3 months. It would be nice to have similar weight loss figures in July!

OK I am out of here, be back when I can think of something else to tell you, I will leave you with a picture of some of my fish

 

fish tank

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It is all going on here you know

The wife decided that after all the other health issue of the year that for an encore that she would try diving head first on to a cold hard pavement from the step of the passenger cab door on the van (think Peugeot Boxer). The end result was not good, a quantity of red claret all over the pavement, wife turns in to an incoherent blubbering wreck and she gets a free ride in another van with blue lights to the local hospital. Leaving said hospital at 4am in the morning was not my idea of how I had intended to spend my Sunday night, but hey sitting at home in the warm watching TV and thinking about going to work on Monday is so boring……………… Spending a further 7 hours at the hospital on Monday is so much better than going to work, honest it is!!

I am glad that I can add a touch of humour to it all, I think if I did not I would of been admitted to the funny farm along time ago. Thankfully apart from a small cut to the back of her head (which they glued) and a quite large headache the wife was OK.

I am still finding my feet with my diabetes, trying to find the foods and quantity I can eat, learning slowly it is a dam steep learning curve that is for sure. Not on the bike yet but I have set myself a target to be back on it by the end of January especially as I have my eyes on a new bike. Although this is not helped by the recent pain in the back of my ankle which I have developed, this body is doing its best to keep me off my bike.

Well I am going to bugger off now, wish you all a merry xmass and a happy new year and hopefully see you all on the other side

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I have had better days

One of the reason I stopped writing regular blogs was the fact that I seldom never felt I had good things to write about, I had hoped that taking a break life would sort itself out and I could start being cheery again………………………………how wrong I was. It really is surprising that one day can turn your life upside down.

In the course of 4 days I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, the wife was cleared to return to work (after shoulder OP) had a DVT scare and was diagnosed with Pleurisy and an over active Thyroid, the DVT proved to be negative. That is four day I would prefer not to have to go through again.

I am slowly getting my head around Type 2 Diabetes, I am ok with most of it except the food (no surprise there then).

I recently purchased a turbo trainer so I can try and do some riding to get me legs back into some form of working order. Now that seems even more important with my diabetes diagnosis. Soon as I get rid of the throat infection I will get back on the bike, nearly three week old this infection, about time it was gone.

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I am still here

I had several emails from WordPress (which is what this web site\blog is based on) about updating to the new version 4 so I decided as I am currently off work I would update it. It was then that I realised that my last post was on December 31st 2013.  So here a few lines of what’s has happened over the last 12 months. My legs are still a major source of aggravation, done very little riding, I have just purchased a TACX Turbo Trainer to try and get some fitness back. The wife has had a her shoulder Operation (on Monday, which is why I am off work) at long last. It was cancelled on the day of the operation back in May while she was waiting to be admitted to the hospital due to a leg infection (that is the short version of the story).   Life has carried on much the same as it was prior to my last post.

 

On Music today but here is a recent mugshot of me (trying out new features in word press 4 really)

 

My ugly mug
My ugly mug, need a shave as well
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the last one…

Well for 2013 at least.

Went to the gym earlier today, first time in a couple of months (despite my calf twinging last week), did not push it and was not able to do the same amount of workout as I was doing previously. Had a horrible feeling in my right knee, I could feel my knee moving around, it was not painful, just not a nice feeling.

Due to the gale force winds and rain I have not been out at all over the Christmas and New Year period, hopefully that will change for the better in the coming year. We escaped any major damage in the gales since before Christmas, living on top of a hill help against flood water. Only damage we had was a trellis fell off the wall.

fallen bush picture

Unfortunately the plant was all wrapped around the trellis so I had to cut the bush off at ground level, will see if it starts sprouting at root level in the spring.

I am not going to get reflective and look back over the past 12 months, it was crap and I would prefer to forget about it, as somebody once said you cant change the past but you can change your future, that where I am looking.

Going to finish the year on a cheerful toon