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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Feather on Mon 09 Jun 2014, 11:36

Can't be bad, kk. Enjoy yourself. Be good to see Jimmy again.
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Post by Whiskers on Sun 15 Jun 2014, 12:06

@Kitkat wrote:whever I go there I am on their books as a Blue Badge holder - with the 'Love Seat' reserved for me  shtum  and one person coming with me getting in free!

You will be getting a reputation KK, reserving the love seat in the back row every time.  surprised  giggle 

And there will be a queue of people wanting to go to the cinema with you.   Laughing
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 19 Jun 2014, 00:57

Oh yeah ... I'll be fighting them off  Laughing cheesy 

Anyway ... last acupuncture appointment tomorrow. She asked me last week how I thought it was going - what benefit I was getting, if any - and I told her these sessions so far have made absolutely no difference to the pain. Found out that it's 10 needles that are applied - and last week she used longer ones, which meant they went deeper. Should apparently have made a difference. She asked if I could feel the difference - not really ... except that I did feel the sting a bit more just at the point of entry, that's all.
The only noticeable difference was that I apparently got a reaction from the needles last week - in that they marked my skin! (Not supposed to happen)... and I wouldn't even had noticed had she not told me. Apart from that, no change whatsoever, pain-wise.
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Post by Feather on Thu 19 Jun 2014, 09:24

Unfortunately that's often the result.


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Post by Whiskers on Sat 28 Jun 2014, 12:24

What about the hydrotherapy pool treatment KK? How did that go?
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 28 Jun 2014, 21:22

@Whiskers wrote:What about the hydrotherapy pool treatment KK?  How did that go?

Not a peep out of them! The referral was made by my physiotherapist, must be about a year ago now, maybe more. Not sure. He did warn me that there was a very long waiting list for this and that I wouldn't be hearing too soon, but he did assure me that I would be put on that waiting list. Even so, I reckon I should give it up as a lost cause now - although I thought that about the acupuncture. I had given up ever hearing from them, but they just contacted me out of the blue.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 12 Jul 2014, 01:51

Can't sleep.  So tired, but the pain is unbearable tonight. The gripping, locking pains when I try to lie down. It's a long time since it's been this bad.  Been bad all day today - one of my two-stick days.  All because I did a bit of weeding in the garden.  I was actually fine while I was doing it; had a feeling I might pay for it later.  crybaby 
Computer is a distraction but can't sit for long either in the chair.  Will give it another half hour and if no better will have to fish out the morphine.
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Post by Feather on Sat 12 Jul 2014, 08:57

That must be a nightmare for you, KK. I'm so very sorry you are suffering so much.
Is there nothing except morphine that can be done for you to ease the pain?
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Post by Whiskers on Sat 12 Jul 2014, 11:57

Sorry to hear you having such pain KitKat. I hope you managed to get some sleep after. Nothing worse than lying awake in the middle of the night trying to sleep but must be even worse when it's pain that's keeping you from sleeping.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun 03 Aug 2014, 21:23

Strange day today.  Weird & Wonderful in a synchronistic sort of way...

Plans made since last month to go to Jazz in the park.  Every second Sunday there is some kind of music session in the bandstand there.  Last time was Bluegrass, and time before that Brazilian music.  My brother who's here in the UK still - staying over at my cousin's, has been really looking forward to today, as he's really into jazz (plays  a mean saxaphone himself, or at least used to some years back.)  He came over Saturday and we were planning to go together today.  Suddenly, at last minute he decided he didn't want to go(!) ... he actually said hedidn't really know why - just suddenly wasn't in the mood for loadsa people and stuff, and decided to head on back to cuz's place instead.  He was going off on the bus and I said I would drop him over in the car; Sunday bus service around here, we could be there and back by the time he'd still be waiting for a bus.  Dropped him off at the corner shop of cuz's road, andI decided to nip inside to get some ciggies.  A woman in there struck up a conversation about my flowery fold-up-fit-in-yer-bag walking stick -    where could she get one like that (she had a plain old wooden one).  I could see she had some kind of deformity with one hand (2 fingers missing) and then she walked very gingerly to the door and seemed to be waiting for me at the door. So, I gave her the website address of where to send away for it. (Meantime, bruv had decided he didn't want anything in there after all and had gone off, and I said I'd see him down at cuz's - so just me and this lady left in the shop). There was a pretty yukky kind of step to manoeuvre in and out of the shop - and she asked me if I could just take her hand to steady her as she got over the step (obviously realising that I could understand and sympathise with the difficulties this presented). Talked a bit more along the way until I stopped at my car. I learned that she is originally from Russia (Moscow), has been 23 years in this country; before her tumour she was a medical doctor practising at the London Clinic, obviously no longer able to practise - her husband decided to leave her when after 3 ops (one to remove a brain tumour, and other not-sure-if related on her hand - and leg) - said he couldn't stay with her any more as she was now disabled, and so she was left all alone - although has a daughter who she says does come and help out from time to time but that she lives quite far away and "has her own family to take care of".

She asked then if I wouldn't mind dropping her off home - wasn't very far by car, but an awful long and difficult walk considering her mobility difficulties. Dropped her off in a very nice enclosed sort of estate, which seems to be specially designed for people with disabilities. She does have a wheelchair but it's one that someone has to push for her, and she doesn't like to keep asking people where she lives, although they all very helpful - but she just needed to get essentials from the corner shop, milk and bread. The daughter was supposed to have come but for some reason had let her down... I learned off how scared she is to go on her own even just to the shop - of the time some lad had knocked her down and run off with her bag, of the time she was unable to get out of the bath for 3 hours, how she had been unable to wash for 3 days ... of the difficulties she having with knowing where to find help with, e.g. needing someone to come around and do some cleaning and odd things around the flat which are really difficult for her. Occupational Therapy dept could not help her there (different department of course) - and she just doesn't know about where to go for help with all these things. She has now got my number now and I've got hers and going to arrange a meet-up with my friend Angie, who is the expert for advice on procedures and practical stuff in all these matters. Told her ring my number any time if she has any kind of emergency again - middle of night, whatever - any time - that is of course when many of these emergencies can happen.

Then, just as I was about to leave, she turned to me - tears welling up in her eyes, and said how in total and absolute desolation last night she had prayed to God to send her someone, something, anything to help in her despair - and, she said, ... he sent you. I can so utterly and totally understand that despair - I've been there myself, down that very road, with that very same request - and I got my angel (and now wonderful friend) Angie in the very same sort of synchronistic way. IT WAS ALL MEANT ... definitely! Universal engineering. lol

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Hedges, trumpets and spiritual retreats

Post by Kitkat on Tue 05 Aug 2014, 11:32

I have often admired the artistic hedge-cutting displays in some of the front gardens around the neighbourhood - in particular the one on the corner of the road just opposite where I usually park my car.  
The dividing hedge out front where I live has become a little bit neglected in last couple of years, due to my mobility issues I've not been able to do the usual snipping and tidying to keep it at a manageable size.
It's hard enough finding anyone to tackle the bare necessities it requires, let alone prettying it up into a work of art (which is basically what that corner house displays).

A couple of days ago, I came across a guy snipping away at the pretty corner-house hedge - so I took the bull by the horns and went over to ask him if he would be willing to take a look at our monstrosity a few doors down and maybe do something about it.  
I was heading off somewhere at that time, so he took my number and on Thursday he came around, said yes he could do that no problem. Turns out he regularly works on quite a few of the gardens around - he classes himself as a creative artist and really enjoys putting this artistic creativity into everything he does.  He normally charges £25 an hour and said that he would most certainly have that done and sorted within the hour.  True to his word, he did - yesterday - did a great job and cleared everything away after himself (found some obviously stolen electrical items hidden in the overgrown part near the road.  Hmmm ... only last week I had looked out the window and saw someone leaning over the fence and stuffing something in a carrier bag in the corner of the hedge.  I opened the window and called out to him as to what he was doing ... he didn't seem to speak English (pretended, I think) ... and I stayed there until he went away.  (Still watching from inside the window I saw him come back after about 5 minutes - had a big flat box of some sort with him - and saw him fiddling with something again in that corner - putting things in, or taking something out, I couldn't tell which - and went off then with this large flat cardboard box on his shoulder.  I had intended to go and have a look there later, but forgot all about it.
Anyway, the things that yer man found in there were various electronic cables/chargers/blue tooth earpieces.  Suspect  Definitely something dodgy going on there...  

So, the hedge problem is sorted now ... and I have made a new friend ...  sunny  Turns out my artistic hedge-cutter holds artistic qualities in more areas than one ...
He is also an accomplished musician (jazz), with his own established band. He plays the trumpet, as well as piano, but trumpet is his forté (as you can see in the clip below - he's the guy in the white jacket playing the trumpet.  





Amongst other things, my new friend (we chatted for ages, so many things in common - he actually left here at 7 o'clock yesterday) is also a film producer - with what looks to be a big hit film coming out soon ... something along the lines of the recent block-buster film "12 Years a Slave" - but this apparently goes a step further, very much in the interests of the powers that be in the film industry .... Big dealings going down at this very time.  He has done extensive research into the creation of this film, ensuring that the facts are historically correct etc, and that in itself seems to have been a fascinating personal journey of discovery for him.  It goes all the way back to the origins of slavery, the beginnings of banks (which, believe it or not, directly connects to slavery!) and even the creation of law-making - pre Archibald time, when there was no such thing as a defence system to the laws laid down at the time, and covers the essential factors surrounding the full purpose, reason and powers of the 'bond' that lies behind every individual's birth certificate ....
This is really deep-rooted stuff - the box offices are going to be buzzing on its release!  (and I have been given the exciting privilege of reading the script before that happens!)

He has also offered to take me on a spiritual healing retreat to Lourdes(!) - driving there in his convertible mercedes.  Yes, I know it all sounds a bit fantastic, but the guy IS genuine - and a really nice, interesting new friend.  Don't worry ... I doubt very much I'll be hopping off to the south of France with someone I've just known for 10 minutes ... but it is nice to have had the offer though!  Very Happy
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 30 Aug 2014, 20:22

I know I have written here before about 'Streetlife' somewhere - thought it was in this thread, but for the life of me, can't find it now ... but no matter - this is the gist of it:

'Streetlife' is the online equivalent of the local newspaper - but spans as many areas around your own area that you sign up for and that you are particularly interested in.

It was through Streetlife that this little social meet-up group was created a little while back, where a few of us meet up (usually on a Saturday afternoon) at a restaurant or venue arranged by a different person in the group each time.  There's normally about 8 to 10 of us.  The first one I went to was actually just the second one that had been arranged - and it was in a little café on the corner near Queens Park Station which I used to frequent a lot when I lived there.  Changed names now and still a very pleasant place to go, I met up with a real nice bunch that time.  Really enjoyed it.

It's a really nice and novel way to meet what can turn out to be new friends and find out nice places to go, restaurants etc.  I enjoyed that first time so much - and did suggest afterwards that we could have as our motto a little saying that can be found on a plaque on the wall of the Bingo hall in Cricklewood Broadway ...
It says "There are no strangers here - only friends we have yet to meet".  This has actually been adopted now as the Group's motto, as others enjoy it so much also, making new friends and through these meetings also finding out about other things to do around the place that interest them - also things like where to find a window-cleaner, reputable car mechanic, gardener etc - things like this get swapped around too.

Just back from my second meet-up with them - the venue this time was arranged by Tricia, who lives in West Hampstead. We met at a lovely little restaurant there - which serves the most fabulous array of salads, amongst other things - but actually the whole area around there is just full of these lovely unique places to try out - cafés, restaurants, pubs.  

There were 8 of us there today. Some just had a coffee, some just a long cool drink, some (like myself) sampled some of the amazing (pick 'n' mix) salads on offer.  
It was truly an international group gathered around the huge old-fashioned heavy oak table (which we were so lucky to find as it's only quite a small place and very popular).
We had 1 Scottish girl, 1 English, 1 Argentinian, 1 Italian, 1 from the Seychelles, 1 from "many parts of Africa", 1 Algerian (the only guy there), and 1 Irish (myself).

The Argentian is arranging the next one - which is going to be somewhere around Maida Vale, possibly somewhere down along the canal .... and depending on what happens in the final of the footie - we have been requested that if Argentina loses (which she is convinced will NOT be the case) - but IF it is, then it's going to be a Fawlty Towers scenario .... Instead of "Don't mention the WAR" ... it will be a case of "Don't mention the FOOTBALL!"   hanged

When it comes to my turn to arrange the venue, it's going to be, of course - my favourite meeting place - the water café barge at Little Venice.  Very Happy

It was also through Streetlife that I found out about the various music happenings at the picnic area around the bandstand in Queens Park on alternate Sundays.  Last Sunday was Brazilian music.
On the 20th there will be Bluegrass music playing there - and then on 3rd August it's Jazz.

It was also through Streetlife that I heard about the Fascist March that's taking place next Saturday.  What a Face  - If it wasn't for Streetlife, I wouldn't even have even known about this - and it's happening on my own road!


Well, I didn't manage to make it to the last one (which took place in a theatre café in Swiss Cottage) but the arranged venue this afternoon was a lovely little café in Notting Hill called the Book and Kitchen, which I discovered quite by accident a few months ago.
A cozy and quaint little book shop cum coffee shop with sofas and armchairs dotted around - the similarly sized café area is downstairs, with four small tables in the 'secret', pretty little walled garden out the back - the perfect place to come to read, write, compose even.  Book reading and poetry sessions are held there from time to time, as well as live music events.  I went along to one of those events, a live Blues session - where this guy was appearing.  He is going to be doing a session there again at the end of October, as part of an event in something called Notting Hill Unplugged .

There were 15 of us at the meet-up today.  All the tables were pushed together and we had the whole of the [inside] of the place to ourselves.  Yes, we had even more nations joining in our little globe-tripping get-together today (all female - apart from the little boy from Peru).  Today we were joined by someone from Brazil, and another person from The Hague, Holland.  Actually, for most of the time, there were 13 of us sitting round the tables scared , but the girl from Peru popped in with her little son for a short time, just to talk to one of the girls there, so I guess that made it okay in the end. nuts

The lady who runs the place remembered me from when I was there before, and there is a very exciting prospect afoot, where my niece, Cathy, who lives in Holland, might be given a slot to perform some of her own compositions during the Notting Hill Unplugged event mentioned above.  Cathy will be over here some time in September, not exactly sure as to the actual date yet, so it would be really something special for her to be included on the bill alongside all these established and talented musicians.  And if she does manage to get a slot, she is already guaranteed an international audience of at least 15 people! .... all the people that were at the meet-up this afternoon ... They will all be coming along to hear her!

Something funny as well .... Would you believe - out of all those 15 people there today - I was the only smoker!  I asked at one stage are there any smokers here, because I went to have a ciggy in the pretty little walled garden out the back.  No, I was the only one ... I turned to talk to someone sitting next to me and when I turned my head back again, there was this little book sitting propped up against my coffee cup - 'Books v Cigarettes' by George Orwell ..... Neutral   I asked "where on earth did this come from?" ... it was like it had dropped out of the sky and appeared in front of me! ...  Turned out that it just happened to be one of the books on our table (a handful of books are to be found on each table there, as it is a place where people actually go to read, or write, in peace and quiet.  The tables were all pushed together of course, so all the tables became one.  IT WAS MEANT!!!  Of course I bought the book (33% off of the original price) ...............   I'll get stuck in to reading it tomorrow.  study
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 03 Sep 2014, 18:14

Just when you think it's safe ...............  crybaby

An abdominal ultrasound at hospital this morning has discovered that I have two hernias.  rock  one of which is quite large (so possibly may have been there undetected for some time).
Not sure yet what happens next, but looks like might be more surgery.  hairpull
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 04 Sep 2014, 10:06

Might not come to that KK. Keep positive. Hernias are very treatable now. catlick
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 12 Sep 2014, 14:57

Well, not as bad as I had thought ... seems surgery not necessary, as there is no indication of strangulation scared  pale .   Doc says if I start getting really bad sharp pains, then I must go straight to hospital, as that could mean the hernia (or one of them) has become strangulated - and that would mean an emergency op! What a Face

So, for now ... need to concentrate on losing weight and exercising - both of which are the main aims of this Moving Away From Prediabetes course that I've just started.  So, in a way, this hernia thing has come at the right time because it's given me an extra incentive to get back on track with the help of this excellent 7-week  course.  Feeling very positive about it - best thing that's happened in fact, in a long time.  It also gives me 3 months acess to the Gym there with a personal instructor.  I've already had my initial induction there and turns out there are 4 chair-based machines that I am able to use there - and I am (surprisingly) really enjoying it.  Can go there any time - and supposed to go at least twice a week apart from the weekly MAPD course, which is one hour exercise (aerobics - limited to what I can do there, but still enjoying it) followed by an hour of diet, nutrition etc ...  Have to fill out a daily detailed chart re diet and exercise while the course lasts, but even after the 7 weeks they don't just give up on you; they do monitor your individual progress for two years afterwards.

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Post by Kitkat on Wed 08 Oct 2014, 11:45

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This is a transcript of a signed, handwritten note which I wrote on 23rd August 2014.

I filed the note away with all my medical stuff, but have fished it out to refer to it , because the exact same thing happened again - at 2:00 am this morning.  (I was still up as it was one of those all too often sleepless nights).

(my original note)

23 August 2014
1:45pm


In case anything happpens to me, I want to record that at this moment I am experiencing a very VERY strong burning pain in my left arm.  Never had anything like this before.  The pain is engulfing my whole arm - more intensely the lower part of it - and it's deep, deep inside.

Drank water.  Walked around, doing fist/finger stretch exercises (for blood circulation) and rotating my feet at the ankles - again for the circulation.

Tried lying down.  Won't go away.  It's strong and constant and doesn't feel like it's going to go away.  Can't shake it off.


(At 1:58pm, I added the following):

It's gone!

It was sudden.  Just seemed to come out of the blue without warning.


8th October 2014

Yesterday was the 6th week (last but one) of the Moving Away from Pre-Diabetes course.  For the first time, I had to cut short and sit out of the hour's Aerobics that we do as a group before the nutrition/diet session.  I was experiencing quite a bit of back pain (the normal routine pain [if you can call it that].  I am usually limited somewhat to certain of the exercises that the group does anyway on these occasions, but certain movements that I have been able to manage on other days - were causing a lot of discomfort yesterday.  Our exercise trainer noticed this and suggested that if I am in pain I should not continue.  I had mentioned to her at the beginning of the class that I didn't feel on best of form today and that I had been tormented all week with indigestion discomfort. (On Monday I had also felt an uncomfortable 'tightening' feeling across top of my abdomen / just under my chest area. - Didn't say that to her but just adding it here to record in the Diary)
I had not used the gym either all last week (since the class session) because of this, but had attempted to replicate the gym exercises for about half an hour each day at home as best I could.

Last night's/this morning's pain lasted about 5 minutes (maybe less).  I went to bed soon after and slept like a log.

Feeling fine today (except for ever so slight headache).
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How have you been since, Kitkat?

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Post by Kitkat on Sat 11 Oct 2014, 12:22

@Whiskers wrote:How have you been since, Kitkat?

Been fine since, thanks W.  Obviously not hundred per-cent, but then - what is?  
Nothing a nice little holiday break can't cure.  Would be so nice to get away for a short break somewhere mountainous perhaps - or by the sea somewhere.

Actually, my niece in Ireland has just moved to another most beautiful part of Ireland which fits both of those scenarios.  (Found some pics to give an idea of the place - HERE.  Looks really lovely there.  I'm hoping I can get a chance to go visit them some time soon in their new home.

Can just envisage it now ... perched half way up a mountain drinking in the view (amongst other things)  toast :


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Post by Kitkat on Sun 26 Oct 2014, 19:29

Today didn't quite pan out as expected.  

I had planned to go the Mind, Body, Soul Exhibition at Olympia today and the idea was to meet a friend inside, as she was coming from the opposite direction.  Only one thing I was interested in there this year was to listen in on a talk that Dr Penny Sartori was doing at a set time in the afternoon.  I thought I might have a wander around first, just to see what else was going on there, and so had (I thought!) left plenty of time for that.

Started off bad before I even got there - whole roads closed off along the way because of major water works being carried out, so following diversion arrows for the most part, and just stuck in traffic queues for the best part, as it did seem as though everyone else in London was caught up in the same way and heading in the same direction - not to mention the frequent screaming sirens of police cars screeching past every few minutes (not an unusual sight or sound in London of course, but it did appear to be a hell of a lot more than yer average).

When I eventually did get there, the car parks were completely full. I went round and round covering every inch of the surrounding roads looking for a place to park. Nothing!  Nowhere to squeeze into for an ever-expanding radius all around.  I must have circled the surrounds of the Hall perhaps 3 or 4 times until I eventually spotted one tiny little space miles away from where I wanted to go - and a good half hour's walk back, the way I move these days.  Got there at long last - paid my [concessionary] £10 entrance fee - and just to cut it all short, my friend and I just kept missing each other.  (Still not sure if the place we named was the same one that each of us had in mind, but anyway .... we never did get to find each other. )
And the noise level all around there was just unbearable .. hairpull  ... people bumping into people, trying to forge a path through all of this - I eventually did find where Penny Sartori was doing her talk, but by this time it was already started and half over so wasn't worth it.  Decided to just come home.  
So here I am - stuffing myself with compensatory Black Magic chocolates.  obgob
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Post by bimbow on Sun 26 Oct 2014, 22:06

@Kitkat wrote:
So here I am - stuffing myself with compensatory Black Magic chocolates.  obgob

What?  There were some left from last night? chair
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Post by Kitkat on Mon 27 Oct 2014, 11:23

@bimbow wrote:
@Kitkat wrote:
So here I am - stuffing myself with compensatory Black Magic chocolates.  obgob

What?  There were some left from last night? chair


shtum  Actually, there are still some left in the box ....  I'm not particularly partial to the 'orange sensations' or 'raspberry heaven'.  giggle
When it comes to the almond crunch, my caramel heart belongs in coffee crescent where I can often be found having a hazelnut swirl round about the bewitching midnight truffle.  
That's my dreamy fudge ... - Pure Black Magic!  geek
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 29 Oct 2014, 13:39

KK, that place where your neice has moved to looks beautiful. sunny
I hope you can get the chance to go visit her. What better place can there be to go for a bit of R & R. Long overdue for you I think. xx
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 08 Jan 2015, 14:12

Yesterday's procedure (Stress Echocardiogram test) at Charing Cross Hospital has set me right back (in the pain management department).  bawl

I had the first part of it (ECG) last month, but because I was unable to do the treadmill part, instead had to come back another day and have some kind of stuff injected into my veins while they took the photographs.
That second part was yesterday.  Don't know the results yet, but I'm pretty sure everything is ok in that department (heart).

Not so for the rest of it though. 5 hours hanging around there today.  Would've been a whole lot worse though if I hadn't had Molly with me (Molly is what I call new rollator  geek  - my Christmas pressie to myself this year).  
 
It was the perfect situation for Molly to prove her worth ... saved a lot of the usual problems involved with the inevitable queues and hanging around sitting in corridors etc waiting to be seen.  Had my own seat at the perfect height which I could perch anywhere and any time I needed - and fold-up walking stick and fold-up Mister Grabbit both to hand if and when needed.
Anyway, I had to lie on my back for some of the procedure  pale  (which took about an hour altogether).  At other times had to move from that position onto my left side (which is just as well cos that's the only side I can lie on anyway).  And then, at the end, the whole pallava of getting up off the bed ... (a painful activity at the best of times).  The doc handed me over my folded-up walking stick which I needed for the process.

My Sunday best - handbag size when folded - but one touch and it instantly springs out into one piece ...  (James Bond style) ...  Doc was standing just a little bit too close and unfortunately I hadn't warned him what to expect ... very nearly maimed him for life!  Just missed stabbing him right in the short 'n' curlies! :gob:

They brought a nice cup of tea and biscuits afterwards out in the corridor (for me - not the doc!) as I couldn't leave to go home straight away, and while I was sitting there perched on Molly, I felt so sorry for this poor elderly lady sitting there in a wheelchair at Reception.  She had apparently been sent up to this department from A&E, but no-one seemed to know what she was there for, as they had not received the relevant form from A&E (even though it must've been apparent to everyone that she had to have an 'Echo' test (ECG like I had), as that was the 'Echo' department and all they did there!)  - The porter who had pushed her wheelchair there had disappeared - and frequent telephone calls to A&E weren't getting any satisfaction.  The poor lady was so confused (English wasn't her first language either), had obviously been sitting there in a hospital wheelchair on her own for ages, and she was tearfully trying to get through to them that all she wanted to do now was go home and could someone arrange for an ambulance or wheelchair-accessible taxi to take her home.  She [tried to] explained this to no less than 3 passing staff (in the time I was sitting there) but no-one was terribly bothered.  One of them misunderstood and thought she wanted to go to the toilet and said very abruptly "Sorry, I can't help you, I'm not allowed to push you"! and just walked off .....
I also heard her say to another nurse "I'm not well - and the very curt and dismissive reply was "No-one is well here - that's why you're here, in hospital"!   This kind of attitude seems to be an indication of hospital treatment everywhere nowadays.  Except for those who are Cancer patients - who get treated totally differently.  The sort of treatment and attention given in the Cancer departments - in ALL the hospitals that I have experienced - really is second to none.  In my own experience at least, I cannot fault the wonderful medics and staff (including voluntary workers) who work in the Cancer departments everywhere (although having said that, I do now remember a horrific incident which happened while I was overnight in Northwick Park Hospital (the first time) - during the night time when Agency nurses were on duty and not the regular daytime [lovely] staff.  I remember these two being extremely horrible to an old lady who had requested a bedpan. They both refused to bring it to her saying she was perfectly able to walk to the bathroom and callously laughing and saying she was simply "looking for attention" and left her there crying into her pillow.  (They had obviously thought everyone else in the ward was asleep).  Everyone in that ward was recovering from some kind of cancer operation.
I so remember desperately wanting to shout out something to this horrible pair , but was a little bit afraid of what they might do with me if I had done!  shtum  I was due to go home the next day, and did mention it to the Reception staff before I left.  Whether that made any difference or not, I don't know ....


Anyway, when I got home after yesterday and all through the night could hardly move a muscle without bad jarring and locking pains like it was at the beginning.  It will probably last like this through all of today, and then by tomorrow I should be back to "normal" again.  This is how it goes.  Luckily, I don't have so many of these 'temporary setbacks' nowadays, as with the help of my "gadgets" and experience, I have gradually learned how to cope with avoidance measures, etc.  I do know there are many, many people a whole lot worse off, with far worse problems and difficulties, many of them whom just don't know where to go to get help - or even that the help exists and is out there, if they only know where to look.
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Post by Feather on Thu 08 Jan 2015, 15:01

Some of these nurses have the qualifications but not the people skills and empathy they need to communicate with frightened and vulnerable people.
It's the same problem in teaching. Teachers do have---or should have---all the qualifications and knowledge necesary for the job but some just don't like children or don't appreciate the extent of their problems with a particular subject. It's no good expecting a child to write in proper sentences if the properties of what constitutes a sentence have not been taught.
It's the same in Maths. The basics must be taught properly before a child can be expected to solve an equation.


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Post by Kitkat on Thu 08 Jan 2015, 16:12

@Feather wrote:Some of these nurses have the qualifications but not the people skills and empathy they need to communicate with frightened and vulnerable people.

That is sadly so very true, Feather - coupled with various other problems surrounding the NHS, (government cuts and policies).  It's a frighteningly sorry state of affairs we are faced with at present in this country - and this is just the beginning (of the end - of what once was the great NHS).  

See:   https://krazykats.forumotion.co.uk/t451-our-nhs#3692
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 16 Jan 2015, 16:14

Well, I had deduced as much from the day of the test - but nice to receive the confirming letter today from the Consultant Cardiologist at the hospital:   happyheart

I am pleased to report Dobutamine stress echo on Catherine showed excellent wall motion at peak Dobutamine stress with no sign of obstructive coronary heart disease.  We can be confident that her heart is fine.

This is reassuring and I am copying the letter to the patient.

I am not arranging a review.

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Very good news. I'm so glad for you. xxx.


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That's good to know KK. happyheart
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 18 Mar 2015, 11:38

Belated Happy Saint Patricks Day Kitkat. toast Did you celebrate?
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 18 Mar 2015, 15:08

@Whiskers wrote:Belated Happy Saint Patricks Day  Kitkat.  toast   Did you celebrate?

Thank you, Whiskers!  We have our own local Parade down the town here, which happens every year - finishes up with a bit of a craic with music and dancing, etc - but I didn't join in with all that this year.
Had me own little hooley here in the kitchen - and partook of a glass or two of Shannon's Irish Cream  toast  (yes, there is actually a heavenly-tasting Irish Cream named after me  cheesy - even better than Bailey's! (and there's a Shannon's Irish Coffee as well, which I only found out about last year!).  

Ready in minutes!

Microwaveable - simple & quick - 45 seconds

Mixed to perfection with aged Irish whiskey

Shannon's Irish Coffee makes all sorts of occasions perfect...
Home alone? Kick off your shoes, curl up and treat yourself to a luxurious glass of Shannon's Irish Coffee.
Romantic meal for 2? Indulge the senses with Shannon's.
Just watching TV together? Make it special with our rich, creamy Irish Coffee in an instant.

Btw - Did you know ..............

The first Irish Coffee....
One night in 1942, bad weather forced a transatlantic flying boat to turn back to its base.
As coffee was served to the bedraggled passengers, a drop of Irish Whiskey was added to their cups.
A surprised American asked "Is this Brazilian coffee?"
"No" came the reply
"That's Irish Coffee".


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Post by Whiskers on Thu 19 Mar 2015, 20:11

Readymade microwavable Irish coffee! Superb! I must look out for that.
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 20 Mar 2015, 13:57

@Whiskers wrote:Readymade microwavable Irish coffee!  Superb!  I must look out for that.

They're like gold-dust, Whiskers.  Not everywhere sells them and even where they do, they just seem to have a very small supply.  It doesn't seem to have taken off very well and I really don't know why.  Perhaps I should seek them out and offer to buy out the company.  Then I could make sure they're always in plentiful supply.  The extra bonus, of course, is you are left with two proper little Irish Coffee glasses (the boxes come with 2 servings to a pack).  
So.....  if you happen to find some on sale - grab em!  Even if you don't use them, I'll happily take them off your hands.    Very Happy
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Post by Kitkat on Tue 09 Jun 2015, 21:20

Turned on my TV this morning only to find a face I recognised very well - Rosemary, someone that I worked with in Libya way back when. We were also neighbours in the compound where we lived. She was taking part in some quiz programme (called 'Perfection') and answering questions in the hope of winning £10,000 !
The prize wasn't won (although for a time there it seemed very possible that it could happen). The money goes into a pot and is carried on till the next programme. It's on every day. Not sure if she will still be on tomorrow's, but I will have to have a look in tomorrow and see how she does.
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It's a small world. I've seen that programme.


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Post by Kitkat on Sun 26 Jul 2015, 15:06

Got a phonecall yesterday from my pacemaker lady from the hospital ( https://krazykats.forumotion.co.uk/t81p50-kitkat-s-corner-in-the-bar ). We've not met up since meeting in hospital, but spoken a couple of times on the phone. Seems her procedure did not go too well and she reckons nothing has changed with her, healthwise, since she had the pacemaker fitted. She still gets pain and dizzy spells and not very happy at all. She wants to and plans to go home (to America) soon, but first wants to get a reading from a reputable medium, and felt that I might be the person to point her in the right direction.
We will be meeting up next week and I know exactly where to take her. I also think she could do with some spiritual healing - and as it happens they do have a walk-in centre there, which I think might be just what she needs.
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If she has a positive attitude to the experience, it may well work for her. I hope it does


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Post by Kitkat on Wed 19 Aug 2015, 18:34

Well of course it was stupid of me to think I was done with the hospital scene for a while (at least).

Only just received a copy of the report from my last visit to Hammersmith Hospital (yes, 27th July that was. Reports seem to normally take an average of 2 weeks before they reach the GP (my letter is a copy of the one the GP will have received).

On that occasion I saw Dr. Clíona Ní Cheallaigh (where do you think she comes from?) (I put in the accents on the 'i', as the typist obviously doesn't have the knowledge or the wherewithal). I know that Ní Cheallaigh is the Irish version of the surname 'Kelly' (literally translating to 'daughter of Kelly' - if it was a male they would be O'Cheallaigh or MacCheallaigh ('O' meaning 'from' and 'mac' meaning son) - and a student observer was also present - called Oisín. (They probably related - although the doc was far too young for the student to have been her son, probably brother or nephew or something ....)

Anyway, that aside ...

The letter says I have a further appointment with them for the 24th Aug (next Monday). surprised

Apparently more tests need to be done: Blood tests done on that last visit showed I have elevated globulin, low albumin and elevated ESR - and they will see me again to look for other diseases inc. rheumatological (SLE, PMR). They also need to chase the echo report as still haven't got the results of that! (Different department but SAME hospital, done either 15th or 17th July!
What they do have is that bloods done on that date (15th or 17th) showed a persistently elevated white cell count.

Of course I went on line to find out a bit more about those abbreviations, but a little way in decided that wasn't such a good idea. scared I guess I'll just wait and see what happens.
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Post by Feather on Wed 19 Aug 2015, 21:20

OMG I don't believe it . I thought your blood tests were ok. They don't sound particularly on the ball especially considering the wait you've had for these results. You must be very weary of going to hospitals by now. Still- I do think they'll see you right eventually. Stay positive, kk. xxx.


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Post by Kitkat on Wed 19 Aug 2015, 21:54

Well, it seems some of the blood tests were 'OK', happily the really serious and "life-threatening" ones (like suspected blood clot on the lungs or secondary cancer (lung), so that was a relief, but they still don't really know what caused the pericardial effusion.  Letter says: "This lady was admitted in early July with asymptomatic pericardial effusion.  She had a CTPA done which showed normal lung parenchyma, small bilateral pleural effusions and a large pericardial effusion of 2.5 cm."  I had countless other tests done all through the 5 days that I was in hospital, all proving 'negative' or 'normal'.  I say "most" - the letter also says "A flu swab was sent but unfortunately this was sent on the wrong swab so the result on that is not available." !! facepalm   (At least they're honest!).
The echo test, which result they haven't got hold of yet, was to check whether there was still water around the heart.  The doc who carried it out gave me the impression that everything was OK there, although that of course is not an official result.  I think also if that had been a problem they would have arranged for a drain to be done (something that I was dreading).  

Probably not terribly important - but I am going to point it out when speaking with them - that there was an error in the letter also, where it states under the Diagnoses heading that I had right breast cancer treatment in 2004 and left breast in 2007.  That should actually be 2009.  Just shows how easily mistakes can be made and okay, this has been picked up by me, but one of the reasons why I insist on having copies of all reports - for my own personal records.  How many times do mistakes like this happen and go unchecked, which could cause very serious repercussions for people.
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Kitkat on Thu 20 Aug 2015, 11:43

Of course I'm starting to imagine all sorts now.  The Monday appointment was actually handwritten in biro at the top of the letter next to an asterisk (and 'First Class' handwritten on the envelope).

As it was over 2 weeks since the letter was dictated (the same day as my visit there), I'm wondering now if they have since received some test results which don't look too good   obgob    and that's why this appointment has been made(?).  This time I am going prepared - in case they keep me in again, I have my 'hospital bag' on standby in the boot of the car, equipped with everything I might need if kept in - phone charger being top priority! ... something I didn't have with me before because I hadn't expected to be kept in).
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Feather on Thu 20 Aug 2015, 13:17

Wise to take phone and charger with you. When is this appointment? I'm a bit confused with it all.


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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Kitkat on Thu 20 Aug 2015, 14:10

@Feather wrote:Wise to take phone and charger with you. When is this appointment? I'm a bit confused with it all.

It's on Monday, Feather - this Monday coming (24th) at 2:30. (I also received separately in the same post as the report, a letter confirming the appointment).
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by lar-lar on Thu 20 Aug 2015, 15:54

Good luck with Monday then. It's never-ending isn't it? x
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 13:51

@lar-lar wrote:Good luck with Monday then.
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It's never-ending isn't it? x

You can say that again. gaah   One thing ends (or at least - seems to) and sure enough something else takes its place.  

Anyway, as it happens, they didn't keep me in hospital this time.  
Flamin' typical! .... I learnt from the last time to be all prepared with my 'hospital bag' full of everything that might be needed - don't want to be found in that situation again hanged  ....  When I'm properly prepared it's not needed.   What a Face   (I am glad and relieved all the same  purr  ).

In fact, there didn't seem to any need for that appointment at all. All that worry - thinking they had found some bad news results from the most recent tests, etc - was all for nothing.  Apparently those last tests were all okay as well (and one of them was to check the elevated white cells, which are apparently back to normal again).

Different doc again .... she said they still don't know what caused the PE (pericardial effusion) and assured me that sometimes (rare though it may be) this is the case.  (The official medical term when they can't pinpoint the cause is Idiopathic Pericardial Effusion)

What is Pericardial Effusion?:
http://patient.info/doctor/pericardial-effusion
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/disorders/hic_pericardial_effusion

The one thing that remains puzzling is that the result of the Eco test that I had on 17th July has still not turned up anywhere!  I did tell her that an informal discussion with the doc who performed it gave me the impression that all was OK there.  However, she suggested (and I agree) that in the absence of an official result, I may have to have another one done - so the result can be officially recorded on my file.  So, I've just got to wait to hear from them now in that regard.
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Kitkat on Tue 01 Sep 2015, 13:05

This is exciting.  woohoo    The Groundforce people are here to work miracles on the front garden, which because of my recent mobility problems, has become somewhat neglected.  The high hedge dividing the next door front garden has become so out of control and the "lawn" there looks like a jungle - and also my back garden (they are going to mow the lawn there and also get rid of some 'out of control' "shrubs" which grew too high above the fence (cutting off light into mine - and also the next door garden).  Although next-door haven't complained, but always before when I was able, I tried to keep things from growing above the fence.

Turns out those "shrubs" are actually - an ash tree !  and some other tree, can't remember the name, which they say shreds it seeds and spreads.  I planted these a long time ago, couldn't even remember what they were!.  Anyway, they are going to sort these out for me.

There are two volunteers, a really nice New Zealand (I think) guy called Fred and an Irish lady from Galway Very Happy  the name of Teresa, but people call her Terry.

They have methodically brought in all their professional tools and lined them all up neatly.
They apparently lost £15,000 worth of tools in the recent break-in robbery where they store their tools.  Said they have so far managed to replace £14,000 worth of that.  I will definitely be donating something towards that.  


BUMMER!  Evil or Very Mad   They've just got a ticket from a traffic warden for parking their vehicle outside the house! (residents bays only).
I saw him through the window and went to warn them out back, but it was too late.  Fred's gone to move to Pay & Display bay now, round the corner.
Whatever the ticket is, I will pay it of course.  But hey, there just has to be something to spoil it.  Crying or Very sad
He's arguing that he won't let me pay, that it was his responsibility as he is the driver ... but I'm really not in a mood for arguing today  Laughing  so whether he likes it or not I'm taking responsibility, also for what he has had to put in the pay & display bay now.

Contrary to that, I've just had a wonderful compliment from Terry.  She says I have a really beautiful garden! and that I keep it very well.  Wow!  That coming from the gardening experts!  Shocked   Very Happy
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Post by Kitkat on Tue 01 Sep 2015, 16:40

They've finished and gone now. Did a great job. Now everything is 'manageable' again, so I can enjoy my garden again and continue to keep it in check and hope it never gets to that stage again. Soon as they left it started to rain. Had held off all the time they were here. Very Happy The 'New Zealander' turned out to be South African. shtum (I always get those two accents mixed up.) They vehemently refused to take a penny for their troubles, insisting that as volunteers, just seeing that what they do has made someone happy and made their lives a bit easier is enough thanks and appreciation for them. What lovely, lovely people. Renews your faith in human nature when you come across people and situations like this. flower
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Kitkat on Thu 10 Sep 2015, 01:11

Just had the police around.  My car has been broken into - driver's window smashed to smithereens and they've taken my Blue Badge from the dashboard.  The car was parked round the corner where I always keep it and I haven't used it at all today.  A neighbour reported it to the Police.  Even worse - right now I can't find my photocard driving licence, which I usually keep with me, but have a horrible feeling it might have been in the glove compartment in the folder with the car manual - which might have been stolen also.  (I have the paper counterpart).  I'm still looking around the house in the hope that it'll turn up here, but so far not looking good.

I'm in a bit of a stupor at the moment - it's late and can't report to my insurance until their lines open in the morning.  The police were great.  They've boarded up the window (I went out with them to see if anything else had gone missing - seems just the Blue Badge - and maybe the manual and photocard licence too!  There has apparently been a huge increase of Blue Badge thefts as there is a wide black market demand for them.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34020743

There's no way I'm going to be getting any sleep tonight.
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Whiskers on Thu 10 Sep 2015, 12:09

@Kitkat wrote:Just had the police around.  My car has been broken into - driver's window smashed to smithereens and they've taken my Blue Badge from the dashboard.  The car was parked round the corner where I always keep it and I haven't used it at all today.  A neighbour reported it to the Police.  Even worse - right now I can't find my photocard driving licence, which I usually keep with me, but have a horrible feeling it might have been in the glove compartment in the folder with the car manual - which might have been stolen also.  (I have the paper counterpart).  I'm still looking around the house in the hope that it'll turn up here, but so far not looking good.

I'm in a bit of a stupor at the moment - it's late and can't report to my insurance until their lines open in the morning.  The police were great.  They've boarded up the window (I went out with them to see if anything else had gone missing - seems just the Blue Badge - and maybe the manual and photocard licence too!  There has apparently been a huge increase of Blue Badge thefts as there is a wide black market demand for them.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34020743

There's no way I'm going to be getting any sleep tonight.

That's rotten KK.  Shocked  What can I say.  I hope they get the b-----rs who did this and string them up. angry
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Kitkat on Thu 10 Sep 2015, 12:25

Me too, Whiskers. I am completely gutted over this. Whoever did this must have no conscience whatsoever.
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Stardust on Thu 10 Sep 2015, 20:17

That's horrible, Kitkat. What kind of mindless idiot would stoop so low - I'm absolutely disgusted. They deserve to have your handicap to go with the badge they took.
Now you'll have all the hassle of replacing what they broke and stole, and we all know you really don't need to go through that on top of what you already have to cope with.
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Whiskers on Sun 20 Sep 2015, 10:35

Any news about the lowlife who stole your parking badge kk? I dont suppose they will ever find who took it and broke into your car. It will be sold on to someone else now who will be using it far away from the scene of the crime. Did you found your driving license after? You dont need that on top of everything else!

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