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I could keep quiet and hope no-one notices.......... or I could 'fess up..........   It was ME, I've looked back and I'M the one that has completely lost all plots, marbles and sanity to confuse Loch Lomond with Loch Ness.  My only defence is that my mind has been elsewhere lately.  Elsewhere?  Completely missing I think now Smiley Embarassed 

 

I have actually sat down with a calendar today and worked out my holiday entitlement and the hours I need to work and sorted out a plan that takes into account the decorating,new lino laying and teachers making a mess. Obviously MMU4 was a priority. 

 

Happy to know that you have found your ankle chains JCJ.  Will expect you to be wearing all of them in Morecambe.

 

  

 

 

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5 ankle chains woo hooSmiley Happy!! Nothing more infuriating than losing things, grrrrrrrrr.

Had both grandchildren today, one hooked on the laptop and the other sleeping so very quiet, when GS woke up we went for our duck walk...........baby still eats bread for the ducks, soooooo funny and big sister wants to feed every bird in the vicinty, fun times had by allSmiley Happy!

Mum can now use micro, hurrah, and toaster has been replaced so another woo hoo moment.

Nipped quickly into town, my feet are sooooooooo sore, the lido usually makes walking a little better, not today so am off to the "ouchy" bench.

 

Pssst, was nowhere near Loch Lomond either, help................xx

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Guess what, ladies! I've found my ankle chains! Now that I, temporarily, can't wear them due to swollen ankle and bite scars, I have FIVE ankle chains!! I'll have to wear them all at once, when I can!

 

I was rooting around on my dressing table last night and knocked the lid off an ornamental souvenir wooden pot and ****** me! There were the 2 ankle chains I wore last summer!! Goodness only knows why I put them in there instead of in the box where they live!! Pity there weren't any marbles in there too? Or plots?

 

KTC, I wondered why everyone was going on about Nessie, when you said you were going to Loch Lomond; I thought Loch Ness was in a completely different place, but I bowed to your 'superior' knowledge - being Scottish! Perhaps we should all go to Elgin? I believe there are marbles there? 😜

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oooh FF, will bring top down with me, that's really kind of you, remember am hopeless so it will have to be as basic as basic can beSmiley Happy!!

Ok, where was I??? Not going to embarrass myself by stating on the forum where I was, suffice to say it was over 100 miles from Loch Ness............................please help me find my lost marbles..................

JCJ when are you off? Lots of camping this year, will be luxury for you in Norcambe hee hee.

Ali, have not been long haul either, so cannot advise, just have a fabulous time. How will you get those camels on the plane??

grumpy sounds wonderful.

Mum still cannot work her microwave and the toaster is broken.................xx

 

 

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Golly gosh, everyone is busy busy busy!!!!!

Sitting in Lerwick on Shetland just now, going on the big boat to Orkney at tea time.

Going for a walk with doggies while it's sunny.

Love to everyone

Grumpy

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I've never been to China, Ali, or flown long haul for that matter, but if you are taking Tapoxyfen, don't forget to wear those lovely flight socks because of the increased risk of DVT! 

Are you any good at using chopsticks? 

I bet Hump and Dink are excited? I can just see Dink wearing chopsticks on her head and sporting an embroidered satin top! Smiley Happy

Are you going to introduce Chinese style wedding dresses, or are they just suppliers?

 

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Hello all Smiley Happy have any of you been to China? I have to go next week for a work trip (sadly no time for sight seeing) . I've never been to China and it's decades since I flew long haul, any tips re travel or the country appreciated (eg food, customs etc)

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I'm on the sad bench. Text from B-I-L - he's spent the last couple of days visiting his new 1 month old grandson. I know my sister was upset that she wouldn't get to meet the new grandchild, so it's sad that B-I-L was visiting without her :'(

 

However, it would have been worse if he'd been a girl: sister had 2 sons and 2 grandsons and was always slightly envious of me having a son and a daughter. At least she didn't miss that. Clutching at straws?  I think B-I-L was relieved to be heading home: 3 small boys: one VERY small and the other 2 over excited at the start of the school holidays was very wearing for him. I think he's looking forward to some quiet time on his own!

 

Finally got OH to agree to holiday plans. He definitely wants to camp, and we're going to visit Anglesey from 4th August. I've made a booking enquiry for a week, initially, but we may stay 2 weeks or more (he's adamant he'll be fine, but I'm not sure how well he'll cope with his PD - and we haven't camped for more than a week at a time for over 4 years!) Will definitely be back in time to travel to Morecambe tho' 😁

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I remember you too Supertrouper and have a glass to prove it!  So sorry to read of your reason for  returning to the forum. This d****d disease!  

 

Katy - where HAVE you been?  I've spent this week envisioning you enjoying Loch Ness and now you've not been there?  So glad that you have had a lovely time. No, I'm not yet on holiday, still have to give the school a good clean before I can have my three weeks off but the teachers aren't helping as they are still sorting out stuff and making a real mess and the decorators are in. Thanks for the hugs, much appreciated.  Bring your much loved top to Morecambe and I'll see if I can fix it for you.

 

JCJ - thank you for suggestion of fruit and fibre, much nicer.  Not going to worry until the time to worry arrives. I'm perfectly ok and so was Mum.  As you've said, if wasn't for the CT scan I wouldn't know.  And if I didn't have a "history" I wouldn't have been scanned.

 

I've spent the day on the lazy bench, read a book and watched athletics on the tv.  Son and family coming over tomorrow, will be nice to see them.  

 

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Am homeSmiley Happy!!

Ended up no where near Loch Ness, no wonder couldn't find Nessie..............will really have to learn my geography..............

Had a lovely time lots of eating and laughing, must have put on another stone at least??

So no broadband apart from a tiny little spot, took so long to get connected it was mind boggling so gave up, then came home to no broadband grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

But have it half sorted, engineer call on Tues, mmmmmm!

Supertrouper, you are very welcome to join us, will be lovely to see you again, my glitterberry glass still has pride of place, so sorry you are back on the forum with your diagnosis, but you will receive lots of support, big hugs.

 

You must be on the "happy bunny" bench JCJ, hurrah no school for weeks.............

FF, are you off now? Glad your daughter's house is officially hers now, woo hoo.

As JCJ says, if you hadn't had the scan you prob would have no idea you had it, with changing your diet a little hopefully it will stay quiet and not cause you any major problems fingers crossed and big hugs.

The top is lace and has a ribbon at the bottom of the sleeve, so really not sure if I could attempt a repair job??? Not with my skills anyway, haha!! 

Have to go out later, some shopping but am on the "CBA" bench for the time being xx

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Hello Supertrouper! Yes I remember you, you were lighting the way for me and many others through the Dark Dark Woods when I was feeling utterly lost and crappy. I'm sorry mets bring you back to Benchland, get those darned alligators fed (you can also aim to knock them out with a direct hit between the eyes - you get double points for a bullseye xx)

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Last day, at long ****** last!  And the kids go home at one. Smiley Happy Hooray!

 

Will be sorry to see some of the Y6s leave but relieved that a lot are moving on to pastures new!

 

Leavers' Evening at school yesterday, so I didn't get home until 7:30pm.  So exhausted this morning that, when I forgot to put on my glasses, I just assumed the poor vision was due to tiredness! 

 

Putting pillows and duvet on the Sleep Bench where I shall spend the foreseeable future - once I've got through today! 😴

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Afternoon tea at the madlands sounds like just what I need.  All depends on when and what my treatment plan is.  I should find out more tomorrow.  

 

I've missed you guys!

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Hi Super trouper! Of course I remember you. So sorry to hear the reason you are back on the forum. Smiley Sad

 

We are meeting again, in Morecambe, in August. Afternoon tea at The Madlands again, if you want to join us!

 

You have LOT of reading to catch up! Smiley Happy

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Hi - do any of you remember me?  I came to one of the mad morecambe events a few years ago.  I am back on the forum due to just being diagnosed with bone mets so I am currently sitting on the pissed of bench throwing stuff to the aligators.

 

Hope you are all doing well?   I will try and scroll back and see what everyone is getting up to - at least I haven't arrived in the middle of a panto!

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Don't think about the scary bits, FF. You wouldn't even know you had diverticulitis if you hadn't had BC and therefore those scans!

 

My next door neighbour has it. She would be fine if she hadn't also had stomach cancer - completely unrelated - 5 years ago, from which she has made a complete recovery.  Her diverticulitis only causes problems when she doesn't eat properly (and with half her stomach taken away, she struggles to each much, and not always the 'right' things.)

 

I can recommend Fruit & Fibre cereal - the well known brand (that also make cornflakes), or supermarket own brand. It has more taste than cardboard shreddies. I throw some extra raisins, grapes or a chopped up banana in. A bowl of that keeps me going until lunchtime without the desire to snack on biscuits (most days Smiley Tongue) It also keeps me going......if you get my drift.... in a comfortable and regular fashion!! 😄

 

Y6 Leavers' performance today. Dress rehearsal in front of the rest of the school this morning and performance for parents this afternoon. Having taught the Y5 half of the class, elsewhere, through all the rehearsals, I was suddenly asked, 10 minutes before the dress rehearsal, if I'd sit at the laptop and do all the music and sound effects (all on CD). Talk about stress! I got through it with only a few mistakes - scribbled extra notes for myself on the script and braced myself for the afternoon show.

 

Then..... I was told there was a powerpoint to display on the screen behind the actors on stage and I had to cue in the right pictures for each scene. As the parents were arriving, I was frantically trying to figure out how to show the PowerPoint pictures on the screen without also showing the list of CD tracks I was cuing in. 

 

With, literally, seconds to spare, I sorted it out. It was absolutely boiling in the hall, and with the stage fright/under-rehearsed terror, my hands were sweating so much I struggled to operate the laptop mouse pad. A couple of times I accidentally stopped/started the music in the wrong places but I blamed the heat and nobody complained. Nearly had a nervous breakdown!! It's a good job I've had practice at public performance with all our Benchland Productions?? 😁

 

1 1/2 days to go.

 

YD put on Twitter yesterday "In case you are wondering when this weather will break: JCJ and I are going camping next Wednesday" to which her fiancée replied "My over trousers are in the drawer" !! 

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Saw the GP this morning.  He gave me a print out about diverticulitis.  Read the relevant bits, skimmed the scary bits and OMG it can be scary! Smiley Sad  I'm just to follow a high fibre diet.  I also know (thank you Mum!) that it can never give any real problems so I'm not worried but I'll be careful.  I'm knitting shreddies in the evening and eating them in the morning!

 

ST stayed late at school tonight, she has rearranged all the furniture and carpets in her classroom and both of the offices.  I'm so glad she did it tonight instead of just before next term starts.  It makes it easier for me to clean it and lessens the risk that I'll miss somewhere that gets exposed when they do move furniture last minute.  I am slightly handicapped by fact that I can't shift heavy furniture because of the risk of Lynn.

 

I volunteered to be responsible for the water checks (to prevent legionella) that need to be done every week.  I do them in term time so I know what to do and after talking with ST, no one else knew where the outside taps were!

 

Daughter and SIL popped in today, now they finally own the house that they moved into last October and they can get on with the extension that they need.  It's been complicated and solicitors only make it more complicated but it's finally done and dusted.

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 I've hibernated today and kept all the curtains closed.  Just ran out to school, fortunately a Victorian building that has thick walls and was reasonably cool.  I've dug out an oscillating fan that hubby and I used to have in our shop.  It's not been used for 11 years but it turned straight on and only needed a little nudge to get it to move.  CH thermostat tells me it's 27 degrees in my living room, so goodness knows what it is outside in the sun.

 

Cannot imagine what would be like to live somewhere where these temperatures are the norm. Not for me. Good luck to your colleague JCJ.

 

Daughter and I cancelled a trip to look at kennels.  She is going on holiday and can't take her dog with her this time.  She has provisionally booked this kennels but wanted to have a look at it before she confirmed. We both felt it wasn't a good idea to take baby GD out in this heat, so we'll go another day.

 

Off to GP in the morning to find out what I do about this diverticular diagnosis.  Obviously start a high fibre diet but is there anything else I should do?  Any medication needed? Any supplements? Possibly not as I have no symptoms. I'll find out tomorrow.   

 

 

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O....M....G it's hot!! 31° in my car at 8 this morning! 😓 35° coming home. So glad I got that air-conditioning fixed. Worth every penny of the £48 just today!! Now gasping in the shade in the garden. There is a breeze - warm, but better than no breeze.

 

Thank goodness it's forecast to be cooker. (haha - appropriate typo??) no, cooLer tomorrow - with potential thunder storms, hail stones and flash flooding. Typical British summer then? Smiley Tongue

 

Colleague is leaving us at the end of the week, to emigrate to Darwin, in Australia. The average year round, temperature is the same as it is here today. Rather her than me!!

 

Have fun on your hols, Katy & Grumpy. Not long now FF....and me! Smiley Happy

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Katy -  if you really love your top, unpick seam from end of sleeve to armpit on both sides, neaten the edges, let them hang loose and keep wearing it.  Or a bit of ribbon from one side to the other would keep it looking like a sleeve.

 

Too hot for me here today, have kept the curtains closed, avoided the conservatory as much as possible and at least the humidity is not too bad.

 

Feeling sorry for you JCJ, From the forecast I know it's hotter in the Midlands.

 

School was a mess today, paper, books and all sorts all over the tables, they leave it like that and I'm not shifting it to clean.  I just went round it. When I arrived at school my ST (on the phone at the time) acknowleged my presence.......... and then went home.  Didn't speak to me, no enquiry as to my health, no nothing.  Just proves that they don't give a **** about me, whatever they say to my face.

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We've been to the Castle of May today. Meg had to pose for all the foreign tourists outside the front door. She loved it!!!

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Wrong daughter JCJ hahaha............

Will be off shortly, have packed loads cause not sure of weather so hot and cold clothes order of the day!!

Tried on one of my favourite tops and Lynn has decided to be annoying and cause sleeve area to be too tight, grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Nessie hunt about to commence will keep you updated, funnily enough was thinking about H & D, will be using avoidance tactics xx

PS have been told there will be lots of alcohol???? Party lodge then??? xx

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Enjoy your holiday, KTC - try not to laugh so much you frighten your daughter again! Smiley Very Happy

 

If you do see Nessie, it'll probably only be Hump & Dink messing about! I heard they've been having swimming lessons; I did wonder why!! Hehehehe.

 

Weather forecast for here is saying the temperature will be 30° on Tuesday!! Heatwave all week, which will make these last 4 1/2 days of term even more wearing, but I can guarantee it will be raining again in 10 days time, as YD and I set off, with the tent, for the Shropshire hills!! Smiley Sad

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Have a lovely holiday Katy,  hope you have great weather.  Forecast for down here is for rather warmer temperatures than I like but I'm sure it won't last long!

 

Had a lovely quiet day just tidied up, read a book and now watching some tv programmes that I recorded.

 

Three more days of term and then I can go to flexi hours and please myself when I work.  Bliss.

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Will have to follow you grumpy cause there ain't no sunshine here!!

What a lovely journey you are having, hope ASBO boy and The Duchess are behaving...........

Looks like I'm the only one on the reinforced FB bench, aah well someone has to be there..........

Joining you on the "CBA" bench after I nip to the supermarket.

Not long until you are both off, woo hoo!!

Off on the "nessie" hunt tomorrow xx

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Sitting in van watching the sun shining over the sea from thurso to Orkney....

Sailing on Tuesday, dogs never been on ferry HELP. anyhow they can come on deck as its short sail. Then it's a night sail to Shetland, so they stay in the car and I get a Sleeping Pod whatever that is, and I can be escorted to the car deck to check they are OK/do a wee.

Been to see Thurso pipe band today to give Joey a taste of his heritage but it didn't seem to have much impact. Meg just yawned then posed for photos!

 

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Will have to have peas with your chippies at MMU4, FF, and see if Rita has any cereal or wholemeal bread (might as well ask her to dance a tango whilst cooking breakfast??)

Perhaps easier to just have a box of bran flakes in your handbag to snack on. Careful we don't step on them whilst dancing around it tho' Smiley Tongue

Firmly on the CBA bench today. So tired. Was on the tennis bench when it finally stopped raining in Belgrade. GO GB!!

I have a feeling next week is going to be a long one: 4 1/2 more days at school. Because yesterday was a training day, it felt like we'd already finished. No such luck!

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Now I can fully resume normal life, I have realised that I need a pair of decent trousers for MMU4.  Since my weight loss I have just bought jeans and they are unsuitable for afternoon tea at Madlands.

 

I have lost weight again this week so will wait a little while before I go shopping.  Today is the first day I've eaten anything like properly.

 

Been investigating a high fibre diet and have realised that although I do eat some of the right things regularly (probably why I have no symptoms!) It's not enough and the changes don't seem be too problematic.  I can swap white bread for wholemeal, eat shreddies instead of knitting them, eat apples and swap peanuts for almonds and walnuts. I'll do anything necessary to avoid another sigmoidoscopy!

 

Katy - if you look the part, no-one will notice the chariot. Kids today seem to have so many more jabs than our kids did.   Enjoy your holiday, fingers crossed for the weather.  Say hello to Nessie for me.

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Just the thought of it FF..................

Dashed into town early this morning to get some walking essentials??? Well I'll look the part anyway haha!!

Will only be chariot pushing.

AND fell asleep this afternoon...............geez I get on my own nerves, am sooooooooooooo tired just nowSmiley Frustrated!!

Ordered Mum toaster at same time as micro, it worked once, how annoying?? Will take it back when we get home.

GS had his jabs yesterday 3? We used to only have one, and that buttery sugary thing, yuck yuck you know how much I love butter xx

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Not a bullet Katy but I was definitely biting a gas and air machine mouthpiece.  Still some slight discomfort this morning but totally ok now.  Been to school which was not too bad, sports day today so they've been out.  Had to sit down a couple of times but that was more related to backache than anything else.

 

End of term on Wednesday but teachers still in on Thursday and Friday.   Can't do the wooden floors as I'm not "qualified". Not going to do the carpets as they are getting people in to do that. They are making my job so easy it's ridiculous and I'm quite happy to go along with it!  Why work hard when I don't have to?  I will just give everything a good wipe down.  Tables and chairs need a good scrub down. So I'll do that and then I get three weeks holiday.  

 

I remember Loch Lomond from a childhood holiday, I was also a very little girl and was disappointed not to see "Nessie". Enjoy your holiday.  Pleased that your daughter is keeping an eye on you.  Seems we both have wonderful daughters.

 

 

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Really pleased you went FF, worth feeling uncomfortable for great piece of mind, well done for biting the bullet, hurrah!!

Your swimming is fab JCJ, Oct is not too far away considering Aug is basically out of the question for you.

Glad your foot, leg, ankle is somewhat calming down, you must be careful, imagine if it was your arm???

We are off to Loch Lomond, woo hoo been there when I was a little girl, that was many, many moons ago..........

Forgot to say, was watching this programme on TV whilst lying on the sofa, as one does and was snorting and guffawing with laughter, oh so funny, when door bursts open and YD appears she goes into fridge while I'm still laughing...................next day she says "thought you were having a turn, just wanted to check you were ok", that made me laugh even more......................xx

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Treading water 60% of the way across the Channel - just over 13 miles done. 9 left to swim. October may have been an optimistic ETA as I can't do more than a mile a week and I can probably rule out most of August. Swimming was uncomfortable at first on my swollen ankle, but it does seem to have helped reduce the swelling (shaken the fluid all the way up my leg - not just in ankle and lower leg? Smiley Tongue) and mobility of my foot. 

 

I was very nervous out watering my tubs in flip flops this evening, though: paranoid about getting bitten again by whatever species of nasty beastie it was. I do wonder if the fact that I was standing in bracken at the time I was bitten was a contributing factor. I've read bracken spores can cause allergic reactions, and I once had a colleague whose face swelled up horribly after she's been cutting some back. Trousers and boots next time I do any gardening!

 

Hoorah!! FF: You went for the tests and know there's nothing scary lurking. That'll shut up the b****ard little WhatIf demons. A high fibre diet is not so bad - plenty of fruit & veg and swap white bread/pasta/rice for wholemeal/brown (which I actually prefer now I've got used to them - more taste!) You know your mum managed OK with the condition for years. Be gentle with yourself while you get over today. xx

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I changed my mind again and have been and had it done.  All is well, thank heavens.  Not the best way to spend an afternoon Smiley Sad and now I feel rather fragile with some slight discomfort.

 

Yes, I have diverticulitis so high fibre diet here I come.  Dr. told me to go and see my GP. about the management of it.

 

Got appt. this morning with GP, took my daughter with me and he said he had no more information than the copy of the Consultant's letter.  Between him and my daughter they convinced me to go for it. There was still time.  My daughter was adamant that I should go.   

 

I once told her (back in bc days) that it I ever acted like a wuss, she should give me a kick up the derriere and tell me to get on with it.  That's what I need, that's what she did today and now I have peace of mind. Thanks for your support girls, very much appreciated.  I can't dump too much on my daughter although she is so much better now.

 

Glad your ankle is improving JCJ,  If this is your last swimming session for a while then you're going to be treading water in the middle of the channel for quite a while. Try not to drift into the shipping lanes!

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Oooh! Exciting, Katy! Where is the Lodge? How long are you going for?

 

My ankle is still a long way from normal but it's much improved. Swelling definitely receding. I'm just trying to decide whether swimming will be sensible. Non weight bearing exercise will probably be good to help reduce swelling - but chlorinated water on the bites????? Tonight may be the last time in a while that I go swimming, though, because next week there's something on at school (as well as the Academy Staff 'do' = BBQ and 'fun' games (think all the humiliation races from school sports day, only for adults, and we have to PAY £5 to do it.....). *** THAT!! I will make sure I stay and help tidy up at our school, so it will be MUCH too late to go to the 'do'!!  The following 3 or 4 weeks I'm likely to be away.

 

Hope Scotland is still being wonderful, Grumpy.

 

Hope you are OK FF. Been thinking about you. x

 

Best wishes to all Benchland visitors who read but don't post. Sorry there's not been much hilarity lately! x

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Aaaaaah FF, prob best thing to find out exactly what it's all about..........things are taken out of your hands once in the system and sometimes they forget to give you all details, good luck with whatever you decide today, loads of hugs flying your way. Let us know when you can, cause will be on the "jittery" bench until we know.

 

Want to be on the "woohoo" bench, short hol break booked, leave on Mon, have a luxury lodge, 3 bedrooms, 2 ensuite and best of all reduced by over £300, soooooooooooooo excited!!!!

Reasonable weather now required xx

 

PS how is foot today JCJ? xx

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FF, you have my support - and perhaps the fact that you and your daughter can spend some time together today, even if you don't go for the procedure, is a good thing. 

 

My thoughts are that I agree with you about not having unnecessary invasive procedures. HOWEVER, have the symptoms, that originally caused the scan, gone away? If not, it may be worth ruling out something serious - if only to send those bloody What Ifs away!!

 

If they really are looking just to see if it's diverticular disease, and you are symptom-free then I definitely agree that there's no point. The docs are just covering their backs - so you can't sue later because they didn't find something? and/or trying to put your mind at rest.

 

Many hugs. Must dash should have already left for work!! x

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I'm still up and still thinking but .......I've decided I'm not having that test tomorrow (ok today, it's after midnight!).  I do now believe that they don't suspect bowel cancer because of the timescale involved.  I want to talk to a Dr. about the CT results before I have anything else done.  None of the Drs. are actually talking to me and I feel I'm being railroaded into this.  I want to know what's going on, or what they suspect before I agree to an "invasive procedure" which carries risks.  

 

If they tell me face to face that it's necessary and give me a good reason, then I'll have it done.  It will only delay it by about 3 weeks and I'm sure that won't make too much difference.

 

My daughter has moved heaven and earth this week to be able go with me, arranged childcare, re-arranged her work and now I've got to tell her I'm not going.  She'll smile and say it's ok but I know what she will be thinking.

 

 

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So glad you are both better.

 

Have been well trained in sewing Katy.  Just don't do it very often but can take care of most repairs that are necessary, insert zips and can even make clothes from a pattern. That's why my trousers fit me.  Need to teach daughter to do this now, as I won't be here forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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WTF?? I edited my post (or I thought I did..... so tired, who knows what I actually did??!) and it reposted itself with the extra bit in. Sorry to cause confusion! 

 

I'm on the smug bench - pulled a footstool alongside so I can elevate my foot. I just managed to fix my car cigarette lighter/charging socket all by myself. Thank you google (and OH who went to the car shop for me to buy the new fuse after I took the blown one out!) The charging socket will be a vital component of our camping trip in 2 weeks time - both for our phones & kindles, but most importantly for the electric air bed pump!! So it's a relief it's fixed and I don't have to fit in a trip to the garage.

 

Glad you're feeling better, Katy. Smiley Happy

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haha we're all posting at the same timeSmiley Happy!!

Are you taking the antihistamines JCJ?

Forgot to say, how good are you FF, all that sewing xx

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I'm  OK, FF. Foot and leg still swollen but not getting any worse. It was a lot better this morning, after lying down all night, but it's back up again now as it's been a very long day. Sports day this am - carried over from Monday when weather forecast was bad - then rehearsing Y6 Leavers' performance, then showcase evening; where every class performs a 5 minute piece for parents who can also look through their child's books. This happens in the classrooms at half hour intervals to allow parents to watch each/all of their children perform. It's in lieu of parent's evening for the summer term, so it's less onerous for the teachers, but it's still a long day as it doesn't finish until 6pm!

 

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, FF, and hoping it's not too painful/unpleasant. Also, of course, hoping they don't find anything that requires further investigation! I know exactly what that driving oneself mad thing feels like. It was me last year! Hugs.

 

You still got the tummy bugger, KTC? I hope you are feeling better. x

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Yes FF am fine now, woo hoo!!!

Hope all goes well for you tomorrow FF, will be thinking of you.

JCJ, hope you have had your appt and ankle, leg, foot are all calming down.

Went into town today and was caught in torrential rain, never seen anything like it???? Well, apart from a monsoon when we were abroad haha!

Have some energy back thank goodness, so on the "happy" bench, hopefully you two will be joining me after tomorrow, fingers and toes crossed xx

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I'm  OK, FF. Foot and leg still swollen but not getting any worse. It was a lot better this morning, after lying down all night, but it's back up again now as it's been a very long day. Sports day this am - carried over from Monday when weather forecast was bad - then rehearsing Y6 Leavers' performance, then showcase evening; where every class performs a 5 minute piece for parents who can also look through their child's books. This happens in the classrooms at half hour intervals to allow parents to watch each/all of their children perform. It's in lieu of parent's evening for the summer term, so it's less onerous for the teachers, but it's still a long day as it doesn't finish until 6pm!

 

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, FF, and hoping it's not too painful/unpleasant. Also, of course, hoping they don't find anything that requires further investigation! Hugs.

 

You still got the tummy bugger, KTC? I hope you are feeling better. x

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JCJ, you ok?

 

Katy, you ok?

 

Just finished repairing daughter's trousers, brand new but the elastic at the waist was bust, so she got them for a really good price.  Now we just need to take them up about 2".  

 

School lovely and clean today as they'd all been out practising for sports day on Friday.  Powers that be nixed ST's offer of Friday off, I can only have the day of the procedure.  Not bothered, as it's the weekend if I don't feel up to it on Friday, I can do it over the weekend.

 

 

 

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Just seen your post JCJ.  Flippin heck, get yourself an appt. at the Drs. pdq!  Forget work, your health is more important. Go to a minor injuries clinic like I did last year, or insist on a GP appt. tomorrow. 

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Goodness me JCJ, I hope your leg has improved.  I had a similar reaction on the Sunday before MMU3 and had a trip to minor injuries unit for help got antihistamines (and anti-biotics in case they didn't work) as I was going away.  

 

Thank you so much for the info. on diverticular disease.  I knew some of it because my Mother had it and it never seemed to cause her too many problems but I was curious as to whether it ran in families.  I asked google and caught sight of something that was very scary.  I know I've not got that but I went away quickly.

 

Upon reflection I think the secretary said "of a diverticular nature"  not disease.

 

Katy - thank you for the hugs, much needed, so sorry you're feeling rough.  Hope you are better tomorrow.

 

I can and am still driving myself half (not totally, that's an improvement!) insane with  "what if?" scenarios.  My imagination is in overdrive but then I can't get past the timescale. All my "what if's?" would have resulted in quicker results/tests. So I calm down again. 

 

I've been kept busy yesterday and today being a taxi service, taking daughter and GD to places as her car has been in for it's MOT. She's got it back now, only failed on one tire, now replaced so that's good. I've done Monday Monkeys (a toddler group), school runs, library toddler singing group, taking her MIL to hospital for an appt.. 

 

Daughter has completely rearranged her life to be able to take me to hospital on Thurs. I am so grateful to her and I will tell her so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PS yes you are tempting fate!! Smiley Tongue

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Ankle not calmed down. Foot and leg now swollen and the skin feels so tight. Not particularly itchy or painful apart from the fact that the swelling makes it really difficult to walk, especially down stairs, because I can't bend my ankle. Smiley Sad

 

Everyone at work nagging me to go to Docs. I was going to ask the pharmacist at Sains***** for advice, but by the time I got all the way around the storedoing,  3-weekly shop, I CBA to wait for someone to appear at the counter. I was ready for my ham egg and chips in the café! Nom nom nom.

 

If it isn't any better tomorrow, I might get OH to hang on the phone and get me an appointment at GP. I can't do it as I need to be at work!! Stupid system.

 

Yes, KTC, I am still planning on tenting with YD - 2 weeks tomorrow - though I'm worried about what other beasties might want to munch on me!!  Also probably going to take OH and the tent to Anglesey for a week or 2 as well. If the weather's inclement we'll just have to find a pub showing the Olympics, like we did 4 years ago! Smiley Happy

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Aaaaah FF, huge hugs, it's awful worrying so much, glad it's somewhat cleared up for you.

Read JCJ's investigations, fingers crossed changing diet etc will work well for you.

When is your appt?

JCJ, happy girls are in woohoo!!! Isn't it funny when you say something, the opposite happensSmiley Frustrated!

I too used to be bitten to shreds by every beastie going but since bc, have been bite free (tempting fate?)................hope your ankle has calmed down now.

Are you still tenting with YD?

grumpy, weather is pretty dismal, where are you? At least you have the wagon wheels, haha!

Have been on the " ANOTHER BUG????" bench, nausea etc yuck, yuck, ED had it too so nothing to do with lido, seems to be only 24 hour thing, grrrrrr! xx

 

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So sorry you've had such a horrible time, FF. At least the appointment is soon, so you won't be kept waiting - although that is what made it scarier for you, I'm sure!

 

I googled diverticular disease for you (NHS). It is the most common digestive disorder. Diverticula are just bulges in the large intestine - very common and usually cause no symptoms. 5% of people over 40 have them and 50% of people over 80. It's only diverticular disease if it causes problems: abdominal pain, high temperature, diarrhoea. A high fibre diet will help to alleviate symptoms and stop the bulges getting bigger. Basically, you may well have lived happily with them for years without even knowing if you hadn't had the scans! If you are not having symptoms, you probably won't have to do anything about it. And while they're there they will definitely rule out anything scarier - but they've already told you it's NOT the BC spread.

 

Fingers crossed for Thursday and speedy results. Mega mugatea and lots of hugs. We're with you in spirit.

 

Sounds like you are having a peaceful, if rather damp, time Grumpy. I can't wait to be off camping. School is particularly sh*t at the moment but just 9 more days - and one of those is a training day.

 

I'm regretting telling D-I-L that I no longer react badly to insect bites nearly as much as I regret cutting the hedge, yesterday evening, wearing shorts and flip flops. I got 4 insect bites on my right ankle and today it's swollen to more than twice it's normal size and the skin feels like it's going to burst. I'd swear it was Lyn if it wasn't in my foot. And the wrong side! I've taken an allergy tablet and I'm sitting with a bag of ice cubes on it to try to reduce the swelling. I should know not to tempt fate by now? Smiley Sad