He is the GP I had been registered with for some 31 years since moving to this town, although I couldn't always get an appointment with him as he is so popular. I had to wait a while as he was running late, probably a sign of thoroughness. He greeted me like a long lost friend, and I asked how he was enjoying retirement. He said 'Very much, but I've missed the contact with people, so I've come back for a while'. I know he has done some locum work. Once again my leg was lifted, bent at the knee, and then he rolled my legs from side to side as if using a rolling pin. A bit of poking and pinching in the knee area had me saying 'Ouch'.
He informed me I have a bit of arthritis in that knee, and the pain in the muscle is probably caused by that,so not a DVT or phlebitis as I had feared. I have poor circulation and some dodgy veins in that leg. He said I should take vitamin D and Glucosamine, and if necessary NSAIDs, which I cannot take.
I already take vitamin D, so I walked to Sainsburys, got a few things and picked up some Glucosamine. Unfortunately I seem to be getting slight side effects, so am going to try something slightly different and see how it goes.
Our 'remote ' door bell is playing up, sounds like a heavy smoker it's quiet and raspy, so I went to Homebase to see if I could replace it. Sadly they no longer stock that brand. I walked home, decided I'd had enough exercise for one day, had lunch and promptly dozed off. I'm still not sleeping too well, trying to avoid lying on the other hip, as I am still getting some pain there. We spent a lazy evening watching stuff on iplayer.
On Tuesday I was back for physio. She seems to think that I am improving, as I don't get that pain so often, and the the area is not as tender to touch as it was. It was a lovely day on Tuesday, for a change, sunshine and bright sky with fluffy clouds. My physio was to take part in a golf tournament the next day, but she reckoned it would be called off. When I saw the rain the next day I think she may have been right!
At WW I was told my weight was the same, but looking back I think she was mistaken and I was half a pound down. Unfortunately I couldn't find my card so she didn't write it down. Off to Sainsbury's again, don't the weeks roll around? I did the weekly shop, came home and discovered that the postie had left a card, he had tried to deliver a 'special delivery' These replaced the old registered post. I had to wait 24 hours before collecting it.
Nathaniel wasn't too well when I picked him up on Thursday he had a stinking cold, however it did not prevent him from trying to climb on a dining chair, and progressing to standing up on it
|Aren't I a clever boy?|
We went out to collect the special delivery parcel, which was my glasses, which I had left at Mum in Law's. The parking there was appalling. It is a new sorting office, in the middle of the industrial estate, which means that most staff have to drive there. the visitor spaces were all full. I had to double park, and told a member of staff what I was doing. she was sympathetic, she was writing down car reg numbers who were adding to the mayhem by being parked in the wrong places. Later we went for a short walk, home for lunch of which Nat didn't eat much, then he was quite willing to take a long nap. As usual I dozed for a bit then got on with some housework. He wasn't as keen in his main meal either. Husband arrived home just as we were splashing to the car, helped me load him in, the came with me to Daughter's.
We have a 'problem puddle' in our garage area, one of the drains is blocked, and during heavy rain a puddle forms. A couple of years ago, some of us tried to get something done about that and some other drains which badly need work on the covers. All of the 12 houses are responsible for the upkeep, but very few responded. The one drain wouldn't cost very much, but getting people to pay up might be difficult, last time I looked the puddle extended over 3 of the 4 parking spaces. Most folk use their garages for anything but their cars too, so there is always a shortage of parking spaces. We have only had 1 dry day this week, hence the puddle spread
Nathaniel can now manage the stairs properly, at home he holds the rail, but here he can't quite reach, and our stairs are a tad steeper.
|Holding on to the wall|
On Friday, at one point, I was coming down the stairs with an armful of washing, he a few steps behind, just as I turned to look where I was going, he missed his footing, and fell against my leg, I reached out, yanked him upright, then had to pick him up to soothe him, so both arms were full. Couldn't let go of the washing as it would have been a trip hazard. Ah the joys of grandchildren! I found yet another card from the postie, this time I had been in, but with the Dyson going, and no remote bell, I just hadn't heard him. Nat ate very little on Friday, I wondered if his throat was sore. he enjoyed yoghurt, but that would be quite soothing. He did however empty all my Weightwatchers stuff over the floor, and I discovered my weight record card was in the bag after all!
Yesterday I went out in the morning to collect my parcel, still not easy to park, as those who work in the week had all turned up. I felt sorry for one chap, as he got the unyielding Polish lady who insists the initial on ID should be correct. 'But it's my Daughter, she is only 11' 'No I need ID, her passport or something'. I had to collect a parcel from our local office last week, I took my ID, and the counter clerk said 'Oh yes, it's for your husband' I signed she handed over parcel. Simples!
My parcel was a splash suit for his nibs, he's getting a bit big for the buggy raincovers, so I ordered a waterproof suit online. Perhaps the rain will now disappear as the snow did when I got my snow boots.
We did our usual Saturday shopping and were so cold that we had soup in the M&S cafe,
Home again to read the papers, phone sisters, and after dinner husband wanted to watch a DVD of HMS Pinafore. It was quite a good production
Today Husband seemed disorganised and wasn't quite ready in time for church so I went alone. Our pastor is back, and we had a sermon on marriage, based on the marriage of Abraham and Sarah. There was tea in the afternoon as there was a 50th wedding anniversary to celebrate. Husband was feeling ropey with a bad sore throat, so I packed up some food and went alone. there were pictures on the OHP of the happy couple, they were married by Dr Martin Lloyd Jones.
|the wife using a broom handle to point out who's who on the slide show|
We had some food, then they cut the cake, both made speeches about how they met, she a ward sister, and he a young Doctor, who went on to become the top man in his field. Then we sang 2 hymns, one wedding hymn of theirs, then we had a piece of cake.
|cutting the cake|
.I helped dry the dishes, then came back home to collect husband who felt he could manage the evening service as long as he didn't sing too loud.There was a heavy down pour as I left, but it was dry as I got home. It stayed dry till after the evening service, another excellent sermon this evening too, we are very blessed.