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Sleepy here!

Posted on: November 6, 2010

Hello you lot out there!

Friday night and all is well!  Had a good week although not particularly productive.  Certainly caught up with yet more sleep – every day I think, no, not today not going back to bed after we have walked the streets in the dark with the 3 musketeers, but it is just too tempting! There has been little going on around these parts and I don’t feel that I’m missing out too much by “resting”!

Lit my candle for the family on All Saints day which as I said last week is a public holiday here.  The road to the cemetery is just at the back of us where we do our walk.  It was like wacky races down there with cars going every couple of minutes.  Families spent time together and the restaurants were very busy lunchtime when they all got together.  It did make me think of them all; Mum, Dad, dear old Uncle Bill and of course, Miss Daisey.  Do you think they can see or hear us?  It would be so comforting to know that they can hear me when I chat away at times.  Another month and it will be a year since Miss Daisey passed away and that beautiful star lit up the sky.  Time just seems to have flown by.  It doesn’t seem 5 minutes ago since I was chasing backwards and forwards to the UK to care for Mum and back to Miss Daisey. I’m hoping that Tony will get around to putting the videos we have on to a DVD so I can watch them soon.  We have some which I’m sure that Mum and Dad and Uncle Bill with Miss Daisey are on, one of my sister’s weddings……that sounds bad doesn’t it oops! Anyway whatever they are on it will be lovely to be able to see them and hear their voices. I do have some telephone messages that I have managed to save for a couple of years but unfortunately many of the ones from Mum are when she was very sad and scared. I do have a couple though, where she says what I always remember her saying..”Hello Mich, its only Mummy….”!  I can’t ever remember calling her Mummy but she always used to say that on the phone! Dad very rarely used the phone so nothing of him….Mum rarely let Dad get a word in!!!

We went to Ikea yesterday with friends as they wanted to buy a unit for their lounge.  After to the shops for clothes…not for me though, I’m still on a promise not to buy anything until at least the 1st December!  So far, I’ve been very good.  The fact that I can’t get anything in my wardrobe is helping me though! I’m sure Tony thought I would relent but I didn’t, tempted though I was when we hit Primark!

We say some beautiful little pups in one of the shops there.  I hate to see them in those glass cages, some of them are so big they really shouldn’t even be in there.  I have had more than one argument with the shop owners in the past because they sometimes refuse to put water in for the dogs because “they make the cages dirty”!  Disgusting people. I would love to have brought one of them home but I think little Bobby would have taken one look, thought not another one…packed his coat and bone and took off in the night! Besides, 3 dogs in a one bedroom flat is enough for anyone I think don’t you!

Yesterday I had to go to have blood tests for my biopsy today.  Bloods no problem in and out in minutes…today, oh my god!  Arrived nice and early (always like to create a good impression!), was called into the room that unfortunately I have been in several times before where the male nurse proceeded to get me “prepared”  Venflon, fine – he injected something in there which I have no idea what it was but that is insignificant in comparison to what was to follow. He them “painted” my left boob which was to have the biopsy.  You lose all dignity don’t you…led down, covered in a bit of plastic to save what little dignity there is when you have someone sloshing on yellow anti-bacteria wash on to you!  Then came in the javelin thrower!  The doctor is actually quite nice, she’s “done” me before.  I explained to her that the lump was not hurting so much as it had been and I thought it was smaller (I think I was hoping she would just say, don’t bother them, go home……no chance!).  She checked on the ultrasound machine and rolled out the drips from the paint whilst another in the team had the spear in his hand!  Did it hurt..YES!  Did I scream?  YES! albeit fairly quietly.  I had two of them holding my legs trying to keep me still when all I wanted to do was to roll over so the spear couldn’t go in any more…..I would not have been surprised when she finished if I didn’t have a curtain hook through my left nipple!

Tony was out in the main reception when I staggered out to see him with bandage on my arm and left boob covered in a plaster.  I told him how brave I had been but that I had screamed!  He said it was just as well he hadn’t heard because he would have rushed in….very gallant but I’m glad he didn’t because my fear is that I would have ended up speared to the bed as he tried to pull the doctor off!

My dear doctor preparing for my biopsy!

Anyway, the doctor said she didn’t think it was anything serious but it was an infection and was delighted to show me me the infection they had got out….lovely, how kind of you…looks nice!  Just have to wait until next week now to get the results, so keep fingers crossed for me.

As Bell was a “good day at the doctor’s”, we came home so I could rest for a while and then went out to lunch to Stan and Ollies.  Lovely restaurant where we had the menu of the day for 13.50, bargain.  So full after that we had trouble moving.

Just taken the dogs out…..Ummm wasn’t expecting to see the neighbours across the back, sure he was really impressed with my look!  Leopard pyjama bottoms, grey matching top with a furry seal on, blue short coat with a hood and pink crocks!  A picture to behold! Daft thing is he probably didn’t even think anything of it….anything seems to go here which is just as well! How the mighty fall…..I used to wear a suit and high heels to Sainsbury’s in my “previous life” when I was living in the UK.

I’ve been reading some posts tonight on the Carers UK forum and would just like to say a big hello to my many friends there.  So many people seem to be having a real tough time at the moment.  Thinking of you all x  You know, sometimes I get so upset that people appear to be so oblivious to the fact that there are so many people, in the world really I guess, not just in the UK, who, day after day are giving loved ones every care and attention that they possibly can within their capabilities.  For some, they are coping at the same time with their own health issues.  Perhaps we are all guilty of not really considering these individuals until we find ourselves in similar situations.    My Dad cared for Mum for so many years and I had absolutely no idea how difficult it must have been for him at times until I was placed in to the position of caring for Mum myself.  I hope sincerely that one day these caring people will receive the recognition that they deserve, including financially so they are able to go about their daily lives with dignity.

Evil Edna decided it was time to play at 6 o’clock this morning and despite my attempts to keep her quiet by tickling her tummy, there is only so much of that a Pomeranian can take before you have to accept defeat and get up!  So once again, there we were walking along the beach at 6.30 in the dark, can just here the water pounding against the shore. Not too bad really as we decided to go off to Alicante today so we were all dressed and ready to go by 9.

We arrived at Alicante at around 10 and headed straight for breakfast (have my priorities) at Corte Ingles.  This is really the only department store we have here and it is not the cheapest of places but the quality is good.  Coffee, toast with olive oil and an orange juice…delicious!  If anyone had told me years ago that I would enjoy toast covered in olive oil I would never have believed them!  I’m afraid I can’t get my head around the spanish way of “dunking” your toast in the coffee though ….oil in the coffee is a big no no as far as I’m concerned!  Each to their own.

Found the department that has all the christmas trimmings in and for the first time in a few years I actually felt quite comfortable walking around.  Last year when we visited the shop like we do every year, I just couldn’t walk around as all the christmas songs were being played…I just found it far too sad.  Funny thing is, it didn’t even pass my mind this year.  Miss Daisey said last year that she wanted us to get a bigger Christmas tree so that is what Tony and I decided to buy.  She would have loved it too (although the bank manager may not agree!).  We’ve never had a big christmas tree here, just a little one that went on the table so this year it will be really quite special.  Hopefully, Cruella (not sure how you spell it but you know who I mean…(Lola)…will not decided to climb in to it!

I was also really tempted with a piano that they had there….we bought a small one last year and I do use it quite a lot even though my left hand is still showing some reluctance!  You name that tune and I’m away with the right hand…but the left….I kept my sensible head on though and resisted and I was actually quite proud of myself.

Well, off now to watch the qualifying for tomorrows Formula 1…Alonso is going to win of course!  (Fingers crossed behind my back….gee I’m good at typing with toes!)

Take care out there everyone….see you again next week.

Love Bell x

Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.  Author, Mary Ann Radmacher


2 Responses to "Sleepy here!"

I love reading your blog Bell, when it appears in my inbox I smile.
Hope the boob problem is ok x

Thank you Nilla. Glad my life makes you smile…..can’t believe I’m living it sometimes! Mind you I think I could quite easily turn into the Dot Cotton of Torrevieja….I like to find out the gossip so I can put it in my blog!

Take care Nilla.
Bell x

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