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Post by Feather on Wed 1 Apr 2015 - 23:21

Yesterday I got £170 from Jackson's Jewellery reps who were in Orkney for the day. It was for 2 gold rings which had come down to me from 2 men of generations back. I don't even know who they were. Also I got rid of 2 gold bracelets which belonged to my Great Aunt, Lizzie, my father's father's sister. I remember her well.She lived till she was 90. She was tiny and all fur and pearls but told some of the bluest jokes I had ever heard. Very Happy
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Post by Stardust on Fri 19 Jun 2015 - 12:42

Lovely poem, Marion must have been chuffed with that, probably smiling down on you from a passing white cloud.

I hope you're doing ok, Feather? How's Chica these days?

Why are they called blue jokes when they make people blush? Shouldn't they be called red jokes?

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Post by Feather on Wed 12 Aug 2015 - 10:04

For the second time, I've just had to apply for a new driving licence--because of my age.
I'm now waiting anxiously for a response from the DVLA. My life would change dramatically if I could no longer drive: I'd be stuck in the house even more than I am now; there would be no more trips to the beach with Chica; no more impromptu shopping in town; no more visits to friends etc.
I'd be a virtual prisoner in my own home. I can see a possibility that I'd have to sell up and move to Kirkwall. I've lived here since 1987 and would hate to leave the views and my new garden. This is truly my home. afraid



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Post by Kitkat on Wed 12 Aug 2015 - 11:11

@Feather wrote:For the second time, I've just had to apply for a new driving licence--because of my age.
I'm now waiting anxiously for a response from the DVLA. My life would change dramatically if I could no longer drive: I'd be stuck in the house even more than I am now; there would be no more trips to the beach with Chica; no more impromptu shopping in town; no more visits to friends etc.
I'd be a virtual prisoner in my own home. I can see a possibility that I'd have to sell up and move to Kirkwall. I've lived here since 1987 and would hate to leave the views and my new garden. This is truly my home. afraid

That is major, Feather. I can totally understand the reliance on the driving; I am in the same boat, albeit in a different situation and for different reasons. Very Happy

However ... I suspect you are getting yourself stressed for no reason. You passed the first time, didn't you. How long ago was that? Has your eyesight changed much since then? If it has, you would surely have had the necessary done with glasses, etc and regular optician checks.

These relatively new age-related eye checks are to weed out the very rare individuals who are behind the wheel in a dangerous manner, eyesight in critical condition and a danger to themselves and more importantly, others on the road. (There have been a few cases reported in the news - resulting in this new eye test being brought in). Don't forget also - on paper your age looks as though you might have joined the 'doddery club' - but they don't know you. In reality, physically and mentally (well .... physically anyway giggle ) you're half that age! yes nod banana

Stop worrying!!!
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Post by Feather on Wed 12 Aug 2015 - 12:57

Thanks,kk, but don't forget I was treated with laser for glaucoma in both eyes. The consultant said at the time that the treatment was a cure for my type of glaucoma. It's not the chronic kind for which drops are used daily. It was the acute kind where the drainage holes in my eyes are not large enough to allow the natural pressure to escape. The laser punched holes in the back of my eyes and that cured it.
I was told it would domefor life. I've had no bother since and that was over ten years ago. It's the fact that both eyes were affected that is the problem. If only one eye is affected, the DVLA aren't involved.
I don't understand why that is because everyone knows that you cannot measure distance if you see with only one eye. I have no shadows or blind spots which shouldn't be there. I would say my vision is very good for driving. It's just a bit worrying all the same.



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Post by Kitkat on Wed 12 Aug 2015 - 13:13

Oops ...  I was just about to ad something here and see that you've got in before me.

I read your first post and for some reason just automatically assumed that you would have to take an eyesight test with your application for renewal of driving licence.  I guess I must've heard that somewhere - but maybe that is not the case after all(?)  

According to this:   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/9138791/Who-says-its-the-end-of-the-road-for-elderly-drivers.html
it seems rather an unnecessary formality that when you get to a certain age you HAVE TO reapply for your driving licence - regardless of whether or not you have any impediments or impairments to speak of.  

Hmm   So, someone aged 30 who has a medical condition which can possibly affect their driving and could even pose a dangerous threat to other road users ..........  is not investigated and allowed to continue on without check because they have not reached that certain age.  scratchhead  
Seems a bit crazy, doesn't it - and arrogantly AGEIST when you think about it.  judge
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Post by Stardust on Fri 14 Aug 2015 - 12:54

I don't see why laser iridotomy (even in both eyes) should influence the result of your test so long as you can see sufficiently clearly, Feather. It's the result that counts, not the procedure.

At work we have to undergo a medical check up every year, so I suppose if you're deemed fit for work then you're also probably fit to drive, the problem is after retirement when you may no longer have regular check ups, so that may explain the age targetting.

Don't worry about it though, Feather, the way you describe your eyesight there are no longer any major problems. No sense making yourself ill with worrying.

We could all club together and employ a chauffeur for you, dark and handsome with smouldering eyes and a sexy uniform.

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Post by Feather on Thu 3 Sep 2015 - 21:23

I've not heard anything more re my driving licence. My sister-in-law thinks that's a good sign and that if there was a problem, I would have heard by now. I hope she's right.



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Post by Kitkat on Sun 13 Sep 2015 - 21:34

This advert always makes me think of you and little Chica, Feather.   Smile

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Post by Feather on Fri 18 Sep 2015 - 9:55

Hi everybody. I'm logged in at last thanks to kk.purr  My own puter is being reformated--whatever that is. I assume it's a big job and will cost a packet but I can't live without it. This is another puter  which belonged to someone now deceased. I don't know his password so am limited as to what I can do here. Every time I try to change something or add a new feature, that password is required. hairpull

I've been in Inverness for a few days. Leigh and I took Chica with us. We rented a self catering, dog friendly cottage in the town centre. It was lovely as it had an enclosed garden as well.yay  Unfortunately taking Chica proved to be a mistake for several reasons: it was a rough crossing on the way south and the only place dogs were allowed was on the very top deck. The wind was fierce. I went inside for a burger roll and when I came back, Leigh said Chica had been howling the whole time. Shocked She was upset every time I left her with Leigh to do some shopping. As a result I didn't do much shopping. Crying or Very sad She was hopping on 3 legs from too much walking too.

Leigh was the perfect companion: he couldn't do enough for me; I couldn't have managed without him. Very Happy Also--both my heels were attacked by my shoes and I have the scars to prove it. I bought a pair of flipflops,  thinking they would be ok as they had no heels. They were ok at first but then I discovered a wide, bleeding gash on the top of my foot where they had dug in. gaah Let's just say I was very glad to be home again.
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 18 Sep 2015 - 11:24

Hi Feather,




Good to see you back.  

You might be pleased to know that (if you ever find yourself locked out without your password again) there are actually two OPEN HOUSE GUEST AREAS on the Forum where you can post on the forum as a guest - i.e. without having to log in to the forum, indeed without even having to be a registered member.  yes nod
'Guests' can even log in and post in those two sections, which are

KRAZYKATS GUEST AREA:   https://krazykats.forumotion.co.uk/f3-krazykats-guest-area

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GENERAL CHIT-CHAT & DISCUSSION AREA: https://krazykats.forumotion.co.uk/f6-general-chit-chat-discussion-area


Try out one of those and see for yourself.  (If you look on the main Index and read the wording under each of those titles, it explains all.  Perhaps it's not worded that clearly, as you don't seem to be aware of it - but then I guess it's better not to make it too inviting, as you never know who you might get coming through those doors.  nuts

It's been available from the start of the Forum though, and so far seems to work quite well.

So - don't forget, if you ever find yourself in that situation again, you can still come in here and have a chat - it's just that you're restricted to those two areas.  Pretty large areas all the same.  Smile
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Post by Feather on Fri 18 Sep 2015 - 12:05

OK. Thanks very much, kk. yay



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Post by Kitkat on Fri 18 Sep 2015 - 12:20

The only requirement for anyone who wishes to post in those areas is - you will be asked to put in a name.
If you try to put in your registered forum name, i.e. 'Feather' in your case, it will tell you that name is already taken, so you would just have to vary it, or indeed call yourself whatever you like.
For security, you will also be shown a code (4 or 5 letters/numbers) in a box - where you have to copy exactly what you see in the box. This is usually very simple and easy to do, and it is just to ensure that you are a real person. After you have put in the code, your message will post on the forum as normal. You will automatically be allotted a Guest Post avatar, which shows that you have made that post as a guest.
Some people already post regularly in those areas as Guest posters, although they have never joined as a member.
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Post by Whiskers on Sun 20 Sep 2015 - 9:54

@Feather wrote:I've been in Inverness for a few days.

gaah Let's just say I was very glad to be home again.

You poor thing Feather. I bet Chica was even more glad to be home than you!
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Post by Kitkat on Tue 29 Sep 2015 - 11:19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY, FEATHER!  Birthday  Hope you have a great day

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Post by Jamboree on Tue 29 Sep 2015 - 13:40

Many happy returns of the day Feather.  Birthday
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Post by Stardust on Tue 29 Sep 2015 - 22:03

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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I hope you had a joyful and special day.

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Post by Whiskers on Wed 30 Sep 2015 - 13:37

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Post by Feather on Fri 23 Oct 2015 - 17:16

Hello again, everybody.
Two stressful events took place in the last couple of weeks.
First--I suddenly developed a problem in my right eye.I felt it stinging a little through the day but the change occurred  as I was switching off the light after reading my Kindle in bed--as I always do. I thought at first it was a spider on the pillow but it turned out to be in my eye---not the spider but a cluster of floaters which had suddenly appeared. I go into a panic when something isn't as it should be re my eyes---the result of the acute glaucoma I had a few years ago.

The next morning it was still there. That was a Saturday. I was so scared all that day that, on Sunday morning, I phoned A&E in Kirkwall. I was put through to NHS 24 who phoned me back to say that a doctor was waiting for me in A&E. I wasn't allowed to drive so Leigh took me there. After a lot of questions and looking in my eyes, the doctor said to make an emergency appointment with my optician the next morning. I did this and was partly reassured by what he said.There was no retinal damage so that was the worst thing out of the way. Just to make sure, he booked me in with the visiting consultant for later in the week as there was one test he didn't want to risk doing because it would put up the pressure in that eye and with my history he didn't want to do it in case we ended up with a worse situation.
He phoned me the next day to come back because the consultant was fully booked up. I went in with Leigh again and had the test. It was ok. The best info was that the consultant assured him that, as long as I had the laser holes at the backof my eyes, my pressure could not go up to a dangerous level. I was very relieved about that and when he told me I was ok to drive.

I will return and tell you about the 2nd trauma later.xxx.



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Post by Kitkat on Sat 24 Oct 2015 - 11:45

What an ordeal that was, Feather. surprised   It would've been stressful enough had it been a spider! scared 
So glad it turned out to be OK in the end.   happyheart

I dread to think what the second trauma is going to be.   Hope that one has a happy ending too.   catlick
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Post by Feather on Sat 24 Oct 2015 - 13:03

Yes, kk, it has a happy ending---so far.On Friday night of last week my brother, Harvey, was rushed to hospital after being very dizzy and seeing colours falling down in front of his eyes. At the hopspital his pulse registered at only 32--danger level. His BP had dropped alarmingly. He was immediately taken off Atenolol and told never to take them again. His BP improved and he felt ok on Saturday morning when I went to see him. Then, of course, through that day it rose to be too high--without the tablets.Eventually they prescribed new medication which sorted it out--meantime anyway. He said he was feeling as good as new--better than before this happened. He got home on Thursday of this week and was out on his 3-wheeled scooter yesterday.I'm going to see him in an hour's time as I do every Saturday. I can't express my relief. I was up to high doh. He is my big brother and the last link to old memories and folk who have gone.



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Post by Kitkat on Sat 24 Oct 2015 - 18:07

He was immediately taken off Atenolol and told never to take them again.

Are those things still being prescribed to people??? hairpull 

A good few years ago, I was prescribed Atenolol - can't even remember what it was for now.  Our regular GP had retired and all the current registered patients were automatically sent to another practice in the area.  We were told if we wanted to change elsewhere to somewhere more convenient we could so so.  I was not happy at this new place for various reasons, one being that it was very difficult to get to, no parking around etc ....  I tried 3 different local Practices at that time with a view to registering with them, and each gave me the same answer "We're not taking on any new registrations - only people who do not yet have a registered GP in this country" (!!!) so had no choice but to stick there for some time afterwards.  It was there that I was prescribed the Atenolol.  I remember mentioning on a number of occasions that I felt the tablets themselves were actually causing a problem which was not there before, but that was ignored and still I had to keep taking them.

Eventually, I made friends with the Receptionist of a Surgery quite near to me.  When in idle conversation it came up that he was my GP, she was horrified and told me that throughout the local doctors community he was known unofficially as "Doctor Death"!!  and then went on to relate quite a number of stories elaborating on the reasons for that nickname, all of these stories independent of each other.  She suggested I try to change over to the Practice that she worked in.  I did - and as I was a new patient there I was sent for a complete overhaul check-up as normal procedure for new patients.  Part of this check-up entailed an ECG and treadmill test etc.  I can remember the doc there being absolutely horrified at my heart rate - saying that it was vastly above whatever the average should have been.  She asked me how long had I been taking Atenolol.  I wasn't sure - said it was about a year and a half.  She phoned up my [now new GP] there and then and ordered that I was to stop the Atenolol ASAP.  Turned out I had been taking them for quite a while longer than a year and a half, so they could not be stopped dead - I had to be weaned off them, by gradually lowering the dose and then eventually stop - but she told me very harshly that they were 100% the cause of my highly abnormal heart rate and I did have to stop them asap.  I told her that I had been saying this to the docs for years! - had mentioned my fear to the new one also, but she decided that as they had been prescribed for me by another GP I was to continue taking them.  I was soooooo pleased when that hospital doc phoned her and gave that urgent order - and that was before she knew that I had been voicing my suspicions of them over the years.  It's worrying to know that other people might be in the same situation and just don't know it.
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Post by Feather on Sat 24 Oct 2015 - 19:07

Atenolol slows the heartbeat and in that way lowers high blood pressure. I've been on the smallest dose of them for many years with no ill effects. I take a Ramapril tablet as well. I know Atenolol can't be stopped suddenly but I thought that was because the sudden raising of the pulse could cause a heart attack. That's what I read anyway. Harvey has an irregular pulse already so that's why he had this reaction.



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Post by lar-lar on Mon 26 Oct 2015 - 23:24

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Post by Feather on Mon 26 Oct 2015 - 23:54

Hello, lar-lar. Not heard from you for a while.Hope you are doing ok and behaving yourself.
It's late so this old dame is off to bed.Catch you later when you're next on here.xxx.



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Post by Kitkat on Sat 31 Oct 2015 - 19:24

Where did you get to, Feather? Not a peep out of you since your request in the Shoutbox for a temp password to log into LAL.  I did email you a temporary p/w.  Did you receive that email?  I have since texted you on your phone also, and a bit concerned now not hearing anything from you in any of those places, including here.  
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update  - Thanks for contacting me, Feather.  (Migraine and computers do not mix!)  Wishing you better. catlick
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