Gout bout.

June 16, 2008

Last Tuesday our new car was delivered and I drove it around a bit in evening. When I went to Asda, I noticed I was feeling a bit of tightness in my ankle

I woke up Wednesday and my ankle was starting to feel quite stiff. The day went on and I realised it was swelling just like it did when we returned from Cyprus. I went to bed and by that time was in some pain.

On Thursday I was tired all day, I hadnt slept well due to the pain, and I really had to hobble around all day. Paul was doing my head in, wanting me to see the Doctor. I narrowly escaped this because I was able to say that the pain was easing off by the evening.

On Friday, it was deffo better, I woke up with no pain, still stiff but it didnt wake me in the night. Sunday came around and it was pretty much ok again.

As I write, on Monday evening, a week after it started again, I’m happy to report I’m ok again.

I’m now thinking that I may have been mis-diagnosed last time, given the heavy weekend that preceded this episode, I’m wondering if it was actually a bit of gout? After all, last time it started was on the final day of an all inclusive holiday. Maybe the insect bite was a red herring?

Of course, I’m not going for tests to confirm it, if I did then it would be real, if I just manage it myself I dont have to worry about it.

All of this really just helps me to remember that I’m starting to feel old!

A present from Cyprus

April 24, 2008

I woke up yesterday morning feeling a little stiff. My ankle felt like I’d slept on it funny and was quite difficult to get out of bed. I walked it off around the pool, thinking it would be ok once I got it moving again. By the time we were at the Airport it was feeling a little stiffer and again I shrugged it off, no way I’m going to be refused travel by asking to see a Doctor!

Landing in Manchester, I was in agony, the damn thing had seized up completely and it was a real struggle getting home, I just tried to sleep as much as possible in the taxi. I took some painkillers once we got home and then went straight to bed.

Paul badgered me about seeing someone this morning, the swelling was getting worse and I then remembered the bite on my ankle. He was sure this had something to do with the swelling, I had to agree at this stage, (I’m not good about being poorly) so eventually he won me over and we went to the Hospital walk in centre.

Turns out it’s quite common, the Nurse I saw had worked in Cyprus, and she was quick to diagnose a Spider bite. A prescription for antibiotics and antihistamines was quickly filled and I was in and out in 20 minutes. I was actually pretty impressed by the NHS service.

Here is a lovely illustration of the swelling 🙂 I can’t put any weight on it at all now and am reduced to hopping around the house in a very undignified manner.


As I write, I think its actually swollen by half again over the last few hours. If it starts going funny colours or anything I’ll be sure to get more photos!

Of course, this all means that I’ll be taking a few days off work, my first sick time since September 2002.

Daytime telly is already driving me to despair, thankfully I have a few items in the Sky+ planner to catch up on. Oh, and the Internet, thank god for the Internet, anyone for Scrabulous??

The daily grind.

April 4, 2008

The lovely Min and Lee bought me a wonderful gift this week. My very own Pestle and Mortar.

I’ve wanted one for a while but just not spotted the right one, if I had have, then this would be it!

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On Saturday I spotted an ok one in Morrisons, and I even put it in the basket. Paul was quite strong in letting me know that he didnt like it and it wouldnt go in the kitchen and it was the wrong size, colour and everything. Later after shopping we dropped in at his Mums house and I even relayed the story of how he wouldnt let me buy the Pestle & Mortar, he even “got dun” off his Mum. Now I find out that he was only trying to put me off because he knew that Min was looking for a nice one to get me as a gift.

I should have known something was wrong, we never stop each other buying things we really want!

(I did apologise for telling his Mum!)

Hint Hint, if you also feel the need to buy me a gift any time soon, I’ve got my eye on one of these 😉

My masala dabba Originally uploaded by Laquet.

Quick and tasty breakfast

March 24, 2008

Gotta run this morning, after I drop Paul off at work, I’m visiting my nephews to give them their easter eggs. I’m also taking them my recently replaced 19″ LCD monitor, for once I think I’ll have something that eclipses the chocolate!

So quick breakfast required, hmmm what do I fancy? that houmous needs eating, use by yesterday but I’m sure its good, 1 left over chapati from Saturday night. I heated the chapati in a dry frying pan until hot and crispy, tore it into pieces and spread houmous on it. Quick, simple and delicous.

Chapati Houmous

I always could make something out of nothing 🙂

Enjoy your Bank Holiday!

Leek it or not!

March 17, 2008

I planted these leeks in June 2007 and I’d pretty much given up on them. I went up to the allotment yesterday to drop off some stuff for the compost. I was very pleased to find that having been left alone for a couple of months they have done very well indeed. I picked a few to have with our Sunday lunch and left the rest to keep growing.

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I can report that they were deliciously sweet and tender.

I can also report that the Cottage Pie that Paul made was a triumph!

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I’ve added a new link the the blogroll over there –> last nights dinner Its a really good blog, full of inpsirational recipes and ideas, its definitely worth a look 🙂

Torremolinos pics

March 12, 2008

We got back from Torremolinos on Monday, the weather was fantastic and we all had a great time. Here’s a couple of pics to enjoy.

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These 2 ladies may have also had a great time but they will be regretting being around me and my shameful lack of camera restraint.

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Watch out if you see me poking my camera in your direction!!

Piss up in a brewery.

March 2, 2008

We went on a tour of a local brewery on Saturday night.

I can confirm that it was well organised and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.

That is all.

Guess where?

February 29, 2008

A Tower, a Sunset and a Ferris wheel.


I’ve just got back from 2 days away on business, but where did I visit?

How was it for you?

February 27, 2008

So, like everyone else in the UK, we were woken around 1am this morning by the rumbling noise that soon became a full on shaking the house earthquake.

“About a 3.5” I thought, as if I knew what I was talking about. Turns out it was just over a 5 on the Richter.

Paul turned to me and said, “It’s an earthquake.”

“Yes it is, now go back to sleep” I replied.

The thing is, although I was appearing calm and reassuring, my heart was actually racing. This is my second earthquake, the last one I felt was about 15 years ago, that shows how uncommom these medium size tremors are here in the UK. I couldn’t get back to sleep and I actually started composing this blog post in my head. It wasn’t like this though, it was much better, I’ve forgotten all the wonderful prose I imagined last night so this will have to do.

On the news this morning this is all they are talking about. People are texting and emailing the breakfast news shows in record numbers. Presenters are reading out gems like, “Hazel from Barnsley says her Cockatiel fell off its perch.”

Lets take a few moments to reflect, a few chimney pots may have come down, however its not exactly on the scale of earthquake disaster we have seen around the world in recent years. I’m really sorry about the guy with the broken pelvis, but nobody has died. Millions of people havent lost everything, and nobody died (again!)

This reminds me of a friend telling us about an earthquake he experienced while on holiday in the Caribbean. He was sitting on the bed when it began to shake. His first thought? The room was haunted! Thats right his first thought was the supernatural, more easily prepared to believe in ghosts than that the earth was shaking. Perhaps that says something about the British attitude to earthquakes, we dont have them so they are not actually real?

I do hope that if the earth moved for you last night, your’e feeling ok this morning 🙂

Crash bang ……….

February 18, 2008

We heard a crash from the kitchen.

We both ran in to find the plastic lid from the blender had fallen from the draining board.

This is what we had heard clattering on the floor.

Paul said, “Oh god, its only that.”

I said “It must have got fed up and just tossed its self off.”

Sotto voce, I continued, “Which is not unusual in this house”

Oh, how we laughed.