Category: health

welcome autumn

So it is the first of September, this morning when I left for work I had to find a coat to fend of the cold dank drizzle, (and it was dark) on the drive home I had the air con on as the sun beat down in the bright blue sky with scattered white fluffy clouds, typical British weather.

To be perfectly honest not much has changed since my last post, I have not been out for a ride although the Whyte has spouted some new bits but I am yet to test them. My ankle has gone from dam right painful to feeling OK and back to dam right painful on a weekly basis. Spoke to the doctor about it and he said he was happy to refer me to the orthopaedic consultant at the hospital but he is likely to want to put my leg in plaster for 8 weeks!! Not what I was looking for so I have left that idea on the shelf for the time being. I was at the doctors as I buggered my knee, I could not bend it with out being in pain, not sure what I did as I was sat at a desk and went to move and I could not bend or straighten my leg as my knee was agony. Doctor reckons I have broken a little bit of cartilage off and it is catching as I bend my knee. It is not to bad now I can walk ok but still can not fully bend my knee with out feeling pain.

Back to the doctors next week for a diabetic check up, I asked them back in early June if I needed a 6 month check and they said no, so I get a letter 6 weeks later telling me I need to go for a check-up?? By the time I go for the check-up and get the blood test results I will only be a couple of months away from my 12 month check?? I gave up trying to make sense of it, just hoping I have been doing it right, I certainly think I have but the check-up will tell me one way or the other. Day after that it is the dentist turn, one of my back teeth he did a major filling on a few years back has broken up, I know what the outcome will be, he did not want to do a filling on it last time but I told him I did not want it out, think I will probably loose the argument this time.

At last my big fish tank has got fish in it, ok so there is only 4 of them and they are each about 30mm long but by the end of the month I hope to have moved all the inhabitants of my other tank (along with all the rock) in to the big tank which is about 30 fish in total. Here is a picture of the tank (prior to putting the fish in the tank)

fish tank
Filled with water and ready for some fish (they are in the bag on the left)

Well that enough from me, thinking about giving the page a facelift, will need to find a template I like and see what I can do, but until next time, have fun………

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Same old, Same old

Thought it was time to post an update, it is about 4 weeks since my last ramble. Still struggling with the Tendinitis of the Achilles in the ankle so riding my bike is just not happening, still have 4 weeks before my physio appointment, I am just trying to stretch it (as the doctor suggested) as best I can.

I have now got my self a stand for the 5ft fish tank, basically it is a custom built work bench but it was cut down in height, I have added some other mods to it and I am now at a stage where I am just about ready to put the tank on the stand (probably in the next week). We have had to move the current fish tank which was no mean feat. We took all the rock out, then drained the water out of the tank (while saving it to put back in the tank once we had moved it) until there was just enough water for the fish (so about 3″ deeps). Then we tried to move the tank and the stand together, hell it was still heavy. Between the three of us we managed to turn the tank and stand through 180 degrees and move the tank about 4ft from one side of an alcove to the other. Then we put the new stand where the old tank had been. Once the tank is on the stand, then I can start work on building the 3d background for the tank, never tried this before, read a few articles, watched a few youtube video’s, just got to see if I can do it now.

The baby fish are doing well lost a couple but that is to be expected. When we drained the current tank down (for the move) we found another baby fish in the tank, we can only think it was one that mum had spat out after I released her from the fry tank. A couple of days later we noticed another small baby fish in the main tank. He seems to be living down the side of the internal filter, we keep an eye on him but have decided to leave him in the tank otherwise if I try and get him out I could end up scaring out of his hiding place and then he is likely to become lunch for one of the bigger fish.

How was the solar eclipse for you? For me it was the same as it was in 1999, dull, grey and basically a non event, it got slightly darker but had I not known there was going to be an eclipse I may not have noticed it was darker.

Finally before I go, WordPress have been pushing a few updates through which has changed the way things look on this blog. Unfortunately I have not bee paying attention and I have missed some problem that these updates have caused. Hopefully I have sorted most of them now, let me know if you see any other issues. Well I have rambled enough, hopefully when I post next I will be able to show you some picture of the new fish tank, don’t think it will have fish in it but it won’t be far off (hopefully).

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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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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