Monday, 29 October 2012

All clear

Back from the hospital with pretty much a clean report; the only things they spotted were a few pockets of diverticulitis, but nothing serious. Probably one of these was my bleeder. (I nearly said "our", but you probably wouldn't want me to be that inclusive.)

So I'll relax at home this afternoon, and it's back to work tomorrow.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Inner cleansing

I had a packet of PicoPrep dissolved in warm water and 3 laxative pills for breakfast today. I don't think I'll be going very far while they do their magic. I am due at the Gastroenterology Dept at 10.15 tomorrow, let's hope they can identify the cause of my bleeding three weeks ago. And yes, I am hungry - but a day's fasting is probably good for me.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Week by week

I've had a week at home recuperating from my blood loss; I thought I was OK on Monday but in fact I was well below par, so with the assistance of a considerate manager I stayed home and just did some project organising, plus practising my after lunch naps. I'm now miles better, and having a 4 day week after Labour Weekend will be a good re-introduction to the real world.

Alice returned from 3 weeks in Germany (plus Prague & Vienna) yesterday; she had a great time, good weather, and caught up with several friends.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Europe, anyone?

We're starting to plan for 4-6 weeks in the UK & Europe next September. It looks like getting flights around Europe is pretty easy - this screenshot from FlightRadar was about 8.30pm Monday, UTC.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012


After losing a lot of blood and ending up in hospital last week, I thought I was OK to start work on Monday. It wasn't a clever idea, I was a zombie by 11am and was packed off home by my workmates. I'm staying home until next Tuesday, after Labour weekend.

I can report that I'm improving, but slowly. I had some blood tests done this morning, so I can have a discussion with my GP on Thursday morning about how to help my hemoglobin levels come back to normal. If it involves red meat and green vegetables, no problem!

UPDATE: Iron tablets, taken with vitamin C for maximum absorption. Oh joy.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Hello reality

I've had 4 days in hospital (long story, but not fatal) and came home this afternoon. I feel fine, but getting used to being upright is a bit of an effort. It's great to be home, I will say that.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Back to (semi) normal

The timber floor has been dried out, but the boards are a bit cupped. Insurance and the flooring company will make a decision about what happens next.

The dishwasher is back in action after a visit from a plumber - also the laundry tub and washing machine. We have most pictures back on the walls, and tomorrow we'll re-stack the garage shelves with the boxes from the garden shed. Life is nearly back to normal, it seems.

That means that the lawn is the next project. Watch this space.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Oh no!

A dribbly leak from the dishwasher's water hose has allowed water to get under the kitchen bench units - and into the end grain of our lovely new flooring. The flooring is swelling and cupping before our eyes. The bench unit may also be damaged. Heather has hired a dehumidifier, and is talking with the insurance company, and the flooring people. One step forward, one step back. It looked lovely, too...