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Monday, 15 May 2017

Putting my toe back into the water

Hi, I hope you are all keeping well, I have been keeping up to date on lots of blogs leaving comments. I've also kept in touch with a few blogger by email. 
 
My 'SOLONG FAREWELL'  post was just over three months on the  26th January.  I continue to live a frugal lifestyle as old habits die hard.  I'm always on the look out for a bargain and I am still growing as much as possible in the garden, being retired means I have far more time to do it in. I'm loving retirement, my body clock is gradually settling into a normal sleeping/eating pattern after years of shift work. Furthermore,  I've finally lost 19lbs bringing my weight to a healthy  8st 11lb. My 'Womens MOT' results last month showed my BMI 21, blood pressure normal and cholesterol 'in the healthy/normal range'.

Without going into too much detail because quite frankly I can't,  I gave up blogging as  my husband was undergoing some hospital tests and although not life threatening, the outcome can still be life changing. I say can because the results from  his tests which started before Christmas and completed on the 6th February  are still not in. (Can you believe that) We have phoned the hospital to complain as we were assured we would not be left 'hanging' and promised them by mid March. Today we have received a letter with an appointment on the 1st June with two different doctors.
 
Although we have carried on regardless in most walks of life, we have discussed what we may need to do should  'the' worst nightmare become true. We recently went to Spain for a week and it was just what the doctor ordered (or maybe not a we haven't managed to speak to one. Ha-ha).  The weather was beautiful, we walked for miles most days and the food in the hotel was amazing.  Why does it always taste so much better when you haven't got to cook it? We even enjoyed a champagne breakfast despite it gaving us indigestion!! Best of all the holiday was an absolute bargain.
 
I'm hoping to return to blogging even though it may be hit and miss. I think it will be beneficial 'to talk'  and get things on paper.
 
Bye for now. Tx

PS: I'm so jealous of people reporting rain on their blogs, we still haven't had any decent rain on the Essex coast. Its drizzling at the moment........long may it continue.
 

36 comments:

  1. I'm reading your blog with mixed feeling, great to have you back, sadness for the reason for your break from blogging. How quickly can our lives change. Nice to hear of your weight loss, at our age we all love to lose some weight. Fingers crossed your news is good, when it eventually comes.

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  2. Thank you Marlene, it has been a bit of a rollercoaster but its been this 'limbo' period that's been the worst. At least if we knew we could start to deal with it. I've been through a number of emotions, ANGER being high on the list!

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  3. Hi Tania, it was nice to hear from you the other week, x A Marlene above says it's lovely to have you back but I am so sorry you are both going through this, life can be good, but it can also be a bitch, glad you took time out together. I am thinking of you both, don't forget as I said email me anytime, xxx

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    1. Thank you Marlene. At least we have a date now and thanks to our frugal lifestyle and determination we will adapt to any changes we have to make. XX

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  4. Hiya from over the border, nice to see your post but not nice re health and hospital waiting. (and we know all about waiting 'tho not for hospitals appointments or doctors which with cancer seem to be prompt) I'm pleased to hear retirement is good. We have good rain here now so maybe it will get down to you soon
    Sue

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    1. Thanks Sue, the rain has arrived and its steady but not nearly enough. The forecast shows 90% chance of rain Wednesday lets hope its right. I know what you've been through with Col and moving etc. Take care Tx

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  5. Lovely to hear about you again and that holiday sounds just what you needed. As Sue says for some things you get fast tracked and others they muddle along at their own sweet pace. I had fast treatment over Xmas including day surgery then they forgot to send the "all OK" letter until I phoned and asked!!! My advice when entering long term "relationship" with hospital is to keep a log of interactions and what they verbally say - it helps if you can be specific when following up or chivying then along a bit!

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    1. Thanks Tricia, I've been keeping notes of names and time lines to do with this department. Unfortunately the guy who was present through most of the tests and verbally made the promises will not be at the appointment on the 1st June. I will sit and listen then have my say. I am disgusted at the way we have been treated.

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  6. Hope all turns out well, all one can do in any case is just carry on.

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    1. I completely agree, I'm sure whatever the outcome we will do our utmost to keep plodding along.

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  7. Lovely to see you back here - I hope all is sorted out with your Hubby soon and that the outcome will be good xx

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    1. Thanks Trudie, its lovely that people are taking the time to comment. Its appreciated.

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  8. I hope your husband's doctor appointment on June 1 brings upbeat news. Waiting is hard. Nice you had a get away in Spain.

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    1. Thanks Terra, it was a lovely break away from the bitterly cold breeze we were experiencing in the UK.

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  9. Good to see you back. Sorry about the health issues though. Blog when you feel like it. That's the joy of Blogland

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    1. Its been tough at times but I'm filling my time with gardening and crafting. Hubby is still going to work two days a week.

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  10. Great to see you back!!! I was thinking about you just the other day and wondering how things were.... Jx

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    1. Thanks Jan. It focusing my mind. Hopefully the news on the 1st will be good and we can continue to enjoy retirement. Tx

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  11. Hiya! steady rain here and goodness is it needed. Hope you get more. Carry on carrying on Tania
    Gillx

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    1. Thanks Gill, we did get steady rain but not very powerful. The garden was as dry after as it was before. Rain dance tonight me thinks!

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  12. Lovely to have you back........really missed your postings. Hope everything goes well with your husband's results. Again, welcome back

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    1. Thank you. I've missed posting too but my head was all over the place. Now I can get outside it's getting easier. Tx

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  13. Glad to see you blogging again. Hope the news is good when the appointment finally arrives.

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    1. Fingers crossed Janice. We have our ups and downs as a couple but when we are facing something dire, we always find the strength. X

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  14. Nice to see you blogging again. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's health issues, keeping my fingers crossed for the best possible outcome.

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    1. Thanks Jo, I'll just be glad when we see the doctors on the 1st. Waiting is always the worst bit.

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  15. I hope everything turns out well for your Hubby. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a good outcome.

    We were in Spain and Portugal last year at this time and just loved the visit.

    God bless.

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    1. Spain and Portugal are lovely this time of year, you haven't got that searing heat that you get later in the season. We could go off an explore and really see what was around us. Thanks Jackie

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  16. Glad to see you are back and sorry to hear of the circumstances in which you left. It was hard for you and I can't believe how quickly the time's gone as I can still remember seeing your last post and feeling sad.
    I have fingers crossed for you that all will work out well, sending love, Tracy x

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    1. Thanks Tracey, it's the waiting game that's the worst. Let bing what you're doing on your homestead. Tx

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  17. WELCOME BACK!!! You have been greatly missed. So sorry to hear of your husbands health problems, really hope that everything turns out ok. Glad your holiday was really enjoyable. It sounds like it was just what you needed. Take care.

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  18. I came by to return the blog visit plus thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on mine. Looks like I'm here at a pretty good time, having hit your update. Blogging is a great tool for record keeping and communicating, but you're right that sometimes other things come first. You situation sounds so frustrating but you seem to manage to endure in spite of it! Sincere good wishes for good news soon.

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    1. Thank you Leigh. The waiting is frustrating but I'm enjoying putting my thoughts on the screen. Lovely to read about your life in the USA

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  19. It's so lovely to see you back here once more. I'm sorry to read about your husband's health problems and hope the outcome is positive. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, fingers crossed its not serious. The waiting has been the worst.

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