Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Tales of the Royal Marsden and the road to recovery part two

I have pinched this great picture from my good pal and fellow Geordie Clippy Mat. Check out her most recent post about emigrating to Canada many moons ago. It reminds me ( and lots of others) of our own story, and we were just moving 120 miles to the lake district. It is worth a look. Oh and by the way, for those of you not in the UK, a Geordie is a person who ( and there is much debate about this) was born in Newcastle or not far from the river Tyne. Look at google for the definitions. I was born less than a mile from the river Tyne ( North side) at North Shields ( near the Tyne mouth) and I constitute the real thing for sure. Pride Pride.
I confess I have been neglectful of my blog and I will do better in the next few days. I have a few mitigating circumstances. My blood level ( HB level) got so low I had to go to hospital overnight for a blood transfusion. Since then I have been a different woman. My energy is so much better. Before I felt like a dishrag- no motivation and asleep most of the day. Now I am buzzing and have a bit of colour ( rather than being as white as a ghost - white lips to match the skin tone).
Inspired and full of beans I got up on Sunday to do a long blog post but our internet had crashed. We had to wait for a powerpack which came yesterday. Wi- fi back on now and normal service is resumed again.
I try to do a few little jobs every day. This has involved all sorts of stuff such as thank you cards and replies to emails, cheery little texts in reply to all those I got in hospital, ordering bedding, starting on line Christmas shopping, sorting out teenager's incredibly busy diary, sorting out a new bathroom ( walk in shower etc), ordering a radar key for access to disabled toilets which are locked, getting a sweep organised ( pre -real fire season), getting a decorator to quote, ordering some grab rails for the front door ( I am no good with steps and won't be for a while). And the best bit-I am strong enough for visitors now and I am catching up with my wonderful friends. IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE THEM AND THEY ARE THE BEST MEDICINE. I am sure you love your friends folks and I am sure they are lovely, BUT MINE ARE THE BEST EVER!!!!!
I haven't watched much TV. I don't have a tv in my bedroom ( and have no desire to have one) and have enjoyed just sitting on the bed reading mags or facebooking. However, I have struggled through to the lounge for Downton Abbey ( fabulous), X factor, recorded cookery programmes watched with my mum ( we like the Barefoot Contessa), and the football ( of course). I sleep a lot too still but not nearly as much.
I have been out shopping at Marks and Spencer - it was wonderful. I have been out for two lunches too. We don't stay out for long but every minute is such a treat. Slowly but surely, I am gathering my strength.
And of course, I haven't forgotten about the 'no bladder' post!! Coming soon at a Lakeland Jo blog near you.............


Gill - That British Woman said...

You do sound perky in this post, and I am glad things are a bit more positive for you.

Online Christmas Shopping sounds the way to go; one of the joys of living in this modern world of ours.

Gill in Canada

Maggie May said...

So pleased you are doing so well. Now you are topped up with new blood!
You are doing just great!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

karen gerstenberger said...

I'm a little bit confused about the date of this post, but SO glad to see you're up and about! Will look forward to any and all future postings. God bless you and continue your healing process!
Oh- and thanks for explaining Geordie. I wish I understood the connection w/the river's name, but what do you expect - I'm not British. =)

Clippy Mat said...

Great news Jo. You are truly on the mend and I hope you don't overdo it. Be kind to yourself and enjoy the R and R. It's very well earned. :-)

Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

I was born in Whitley Bay - I think I'm in!!
So pleased to hear you're getting more strength. The list of things you've done puts me to shame - I'm pretty fit and for some reason watched Dickinson's Real Deal on telly yesterday (shameful in the afternoon)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am happy to hear you are getting better; stronger. Life is moving forward and that is just wonderful!!!
And I think you might just have the best of friends. :)
Take care and take it easy.

Sage said...

Yeaaahhh go Jo.. so proud of you xx xx

cheshire wife said...

Why does the computer or the Internet go wrong when you have the time to use it? It's always the way!

Hope you are not trying to do too much. Look after yourself.

Anonymous said...

Great to hear you sounding chirpier, long may it continue! x

l'optimiste said...

yay! so glad you're getting stronger - but be careful. You have lots of time to do everything :)

Snowdrop said...

You're sounding so much more like the old Jo - good to have you back. I'll look forward to more posts again. Must catch up on my own though - been a bit lazy with it lately, though I have plenty og good excuses.