Saturday, 16 November 2019

Project 365 week 46

Another week of sleepless nights, though pain wise things are improving, out of ten ( what A&E always ask) during the day I would say I am about a four, at night about a 12......though more short lived than it was, maybe only taking ten minutes to die down when it wakens me, managing this week to sleep for an hour awake for an hour,last week overnight I would have put the pain at a twenty two.......with no sleep at all. This week maybe managing three or four hours overnight one hour at a time and the odd hour during the day. Definitely progression as now more able to pinpoint the point of pain rather than the whole arm being that sore I could not tell. A sick line for two more weeks at the moment, gets me past my neurology appointment and see how it is going.

Basic tasks such as dusting, hoovering or simply getting my left arm into my jacket are very painful. Not to mention forgetting it hurts till you raise your arm and reaching to do things like opening the door or reaching for stuff on a shelf.

We have had a lot of cold and frosty mornings with just the one day of rain.

We watched Dublin Murders, vert strange ending that left you wondering about many things at the end, did not really finish..... Nearly finished The Frankenstein Chronicles.


Hubby had seen a mahogany colour table and chairs on Facebook Marketplace for free a few weeks back. He enquired about it as was advertised as local. Turns out the mother was local and the people with the table not quite so. So we decided if we were going to go the fourteen miles to pick it up we might as well go the extra few miles and walk the dog up at Whitelee Wind Farm. It was absolutely freezing but dry and sunny.


Decided to take another dose of steroids despite the GP not being so keen. She is not the one in pain and they work so don't see her problem.
Had an appointment with the Practice Nurse for a check on how well the new inhaler was working, the answer to that is great, about the only bit of me that is working right at the moment. Got my flu injection while I was there as well. Walked the dog again while we were in town anyway.
Hubby popped in to see friend for a while as he is back from his mum's, he was away for two weeks, which was giving me one less thing to worry about.

Managed to drop the oven tray on the floor getting the tea out of the oven,yes I know should have shouted hubby but I am independent and stubborn,  lost probably half the rice as it splashed everywhere. This is the sort of thing that makes this arm issue annoying. Luckily nobody got burnt and no lasting damage done to the laminate.

Got my letter through for my neurology appointment, much quicker than I expected, but not complaining. Can't wait in all honesty.


Back today to see the GP. Got the results of the blood tests for the inflammatory markers off the nurse yesterday so knew they were down on the last ones but still higher than normal
GP said she fully understood my pain and frustration but would not prescribe me the anti inflammatories as she was still not convinced it was an inflammatory condition despite the effect they had on me I am not happy in the least about this and so asked for a second opinion.
So another appointment tomorrow afternoon. Just don't understand the reluctance to give me something that helps, I appreciate they have side effects but I am only asking for a few weeks not twenty years worth, and personally feel they are doing a lot less harm than the other stuff they seem happy to keep me on long term when they clearly are doing nothing to help.

She did suggest xrays on my shoulders and so have an appointment for that for Thursday afternoon.

Another walk with the dog while in the town.  Also went for a wander round the charity shops to pick up some bits for the grandchildren's Christmas while hubby went in to visit friend. They won't notice there is no cellophane wrapper on the boxes.
Talking of Christmas I am quite saddened this year, have taken the older two to the pantomime ( oh yes I have) for years now, part of their Christmas and a tradition I was hoping to carry on as long as they wanted to go, Fifi says she will still be going when she is 25.....but the last few years I have got a deal through work on the tickets, but with being rather ill and not at work for so long then I missed the boat so to speak. As approx 1/3 of my income is made up of overtime I cannot justify the best part of £100 to take them. Hoping to see more competitions coming up to win tickets so fingers crossed.


The prednisolone has worn off, as was to be expected, lay in bed in pain from 3am, moved through to the spare bed at 5 so I could put on my kindle without the need for headphones. Gave in and got up at 7.
Hubby ran friend to the hospital in the morning for an appointment.Brought friend back for some company for a while and then ran him back hone after I had been back to the GP for a second opinion. Felt sorry for the people with appointments after me as was in for about forty five minutes. She poked and prodded and pushed and pulled and queried and questioned and hummed and hawed, and then explained her decision. While she was not happy to give me prednisolone she did give me a newer type of anti inflammatory, she said the prednisolone might mask a more serious issue that neurology might then miss. She said her first rule is do no harm.

We dropped friend off, walked the dog and did some shopping.

Bought a tub of sweets, mainly to use the loose sweets to put on the twins birthday cakes next week. But DD1 informed me that parma violets are dangerous and need to be handles with care and that I should hand them to her for safe disposal........personally cant stand the things, so handed them over. Cheating here as this picture was taken on Thursday, but do not appear to have taken a picture today.


Watched Bob for a while in the morning as he has been rather ill again this week. With the instructions that he needs to do his peak flow at 11am and if it is 250 or less phone an ambulance.....great thanks.....anyway did not need to panic.

I played catch up with some housework and some silly little jobs of cleaning drawers and the like.

Walked the dog along the beach before heading to the hospital. for my xray. The council have been scrapping sand back from the wall and leaving it in piles, the dog had a ball.  A nice quick in and out in less than ten minutes.


More bits and pieces and drawer tidying.
Wandered down and round the local park with the dog and posted a letter while I was out.
I have been after a dishwasher for a while, hubby spotted one last night for free on Facebook marketplace so took SIL1 with him to pick it up. It will do me until I can afford a new one.

Shoved into place though not plumbed in yet. There is a kick board that runs along the front that will need trimming down to fit as well.


Today is DD3's birthday. So here is the first of four cakes needed for this week. Planned had been she was coming to the village to pick it up, but SIL3's granddad was taken ill so she went  with him to hospital instead. Nobody else available to go apart from SIL3 and he hates hospitals and gets way to stressed to be any use to anybody. Another family member turned up to keep her company.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Are we too rushed for time to stay healthy?

Time is money. But more importantly, time is precious, and it runs away from you more rapidly than you can hold it.
Everything in your life is calibrated carefully to account for the ephemerality of time. 
Indeed, most professionals in the UK admit to working long hours. On average, the week counts 45 to
48 hours for most employees, while some senior roles can accumulate over 10 hours of overtime in a week.
Needless to say, if you count commuting time on top, the working week occupies the major part of your waking
hours. Combined with tight deadlines – who doesn’t have them? – , rushed social commitments, and the abundance
of digitalised activities, it seems that there’s little time left to care about your health. It’s not that you don’t want to keep
healthy; you don’t have the time to care about it. Or do you? Can you make your health needs fit in your fast-paced
lifestyle? The answer is yes, but you need to be ready to build new habits. 

No time to cook? Think again
How long do you spend preparing meals in your kitchen? The truth is that the majority of British households
relies heavily on processed foods and takeaways meals during the week. The advantage of meals that are
already made or ingredients that have been treated for convenience is that, when time is short, you can make
the most of it. After all, you claim, it’s not that you don’t enjoy cooking. You don’t have the time. However, before
you head to the shop to pile a few boxes of processed meals in your trolleys, you might want to consider the health
costs. Indeed, according to several studies conducted about ultra-processed food consumption, there is a clear link
between processed meals and early death. What can of ingredients are labelled “ultra-processed”, you ask. Anything
from your lunch box favourites – crisps, soft drinks – to your evening’s ready meals contain additives and modified
oils that are harmful to your health. 

When was the last time you managed for your kitchen? 
The real question you want to ask yourself is: how can you make cooking easier? Relying on processed meals
is not an option. But that doesn’t mean you should feel trapped in the kitchen if you want to eat healthy meals.
You need to get your head around some of the basics such as seasoning your food and making sauces –
the days of the old bottle of ketchup are now officially gone. Take a look at some of Jamie Oliver’s early
programmes, such as his 15 minutes recipes. Yes, you can design a balanced meal in a matter of minutes.
More importantly, the time you spend in the kitchen today is going to expand your lifetime in the long term.
Undoubtedly, your health is worth a few minutes to prep your meals? 

I don’t have time to see a doctor
What happens when you get sick? The preferred approach for countless British employees is to try to manage through
the illness on their own. Using off-the-counter medications and the results of their Google search, they hope to save time
on their recovery. In reality, the opposite result is more frequent. Unless you’re a trained doctor, you’re unlikely to manage
health issues adequately. So why do so many people continue to guess their way to recovery? The answer is a brutal
reality check: they don’t have time to make an appointment with their GP. That’s precisely why more and more online
appointment services exist to ensure that you can still receive a rapid answer to your problems. It’s not to say that having
your GP on a video conference is a guarantee of health – sometimes, you need a face-to-face examination – but a digital
doctor can help you find the best path to recovery. 

Don’t skip your essential meds
If you follow a medicated treatment, you know you can’t leave your prescription unrenewed. You need to keep track of
your meds, and more importantly, when you need to schedule your medical appointments to renew the prescription.
Unfortunately, it can be tricky to make time for a trip to the pharmacy when you’re working long hours. However, you
can make the most of the online pharmacy services that are designed especially for NHS repeat prescriptions. In a
nutshell, you can get your medication sent to your home address or your workplace without worrying about taking
time off to renew the prescription. Admittedly, it doesn’t replace regular checkups, but for long-term treatments
and complaints, it can make your health easier to manage.  

When you can’t make it to the gym
Everybody knows and understands the importance of physical activities. Exercising is a lot more than a matter of
vanity. When you work out, you also help your body to stay strong and fit, which ultimately is the key to a long and
happy life. According to the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, while exercising is crucial, it doesn’t mean you should
hit the gym every day to notice improvements. In fact, something as simple as 30 minutes of interval training a week
can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes 2. When you think about it, you can achieve simple fitness goals in your
everyday life. Someone who uses public transport can use an earlier stop to walk more during the week and
alleviate symptoms of depression, for instance. The lesson here is that fitness comes in different shapes;
therefore, you can make it fit in your busy schedule. 

You don’t need to shorten your nights
Are you guilty of going to bed late and setting an early alarm clock? There’s so much you need to do, you can’t
afford to stay in bed for long! However, your body needs to rest to maintain its functions. You can’t stay healthy
on short nights and coffee. Chances are that your immune system will collapse in the long term. Unfortunately,
making time for sleeping can be challenging, especially if you find yourself accidentally procrastinating through
the day. Indeed, you may be wasting a lot of time without even noticing it. Failing to plan, for instance, can affect
your time management, which means that you’re forced to stay up to finish things. Catching up with your friends
online is essential, but you can’t afford to let social media take over your life. In other words, taking back control of
your days can free up more time to sleep and rest at night. 

Stop pushing yourself to work longer hours
Do you sometimes find your mind wandering when you’re in the middle of an important task? You’re desperately
trying to finish a time-demanding project, but you notice that your mind is getting slow and your ideas are lacking
creativity. While it might be tempting to push through, in reality, you need to take a step back. Taking
regular breaks can help you to stay focused and recharge your energy. More importantly, when you
refuse yourself a break, you are likely to end up being less productive. Indeed, breaks support creativity,
productivity and performance. In short, the more you force yourself to work throughout the day, the more likely
you are to need longer hours and run out of time to take care of your health. Additionally, dedicated extended period
to one single task without a pause increases your stress levels, which, in return, affect your immune system. For the sake
of your health, take a break. 

Time is of the essence when it comes to your health. Taking the time to be healthy is not a luxury, but an essential routine
you need to schedule in your day-to-day tasks. From time-saving tips that keep you on your toes to taking back control of
your time, there’s a lot you can do to bring back your health at the top of your priorities. 

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