Posted by: glenswatman | December 22, 2013

201311-20 Time the shingles took a hike

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WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER – Steve’s rash is much worse and he’s in quite a lot of pain but unhappy with the idea of taking pain killers mixed in with his other drugs. I text Suzanne at Leeds explaining the problem and asking if using the TENS machine or an infra red lamp might help. She suggests the TENS but also says Steve must take painkillers. I shoe horn him out of bed into the shower then put the TENS on and he does find it beneficial although it is a bit of a performance working out where to stick the pads. David calls in on his way to the studio. He’s wound his window down and it has got stuck. We can’t get the door panel off so have to settle for sticking a plastic sheet on to get him home tomorrow. Steve’s making a huge effort and suggests a walk around the Tarn. It’s amazingly warm for December and really pleasant watching all the birds. Feels a bit like Christmas in the evening when I get an Ocado delivery of naught treat food.
KEIGHLEY

THURSDAY 12 DECEMBER – I’ve had toothache for about a week and it’s got worse so I’m pleased to be able to get a dental appointment for this afternoon. Steve is getting concerned about the spread of his rash so I take another photo and Suzanne confirms this is all par for the course as is the pain. David pops in for a drink on his way home; he’s managed to catch up on his sleep and is now ready for 9 nights of night shift. My own dentist isn’t in today but Nicholas Harker, whose practice it is, suspects I have a dead nerve. I can try antibiotics or take the bull by the horns and go for root canal work. I’ve heard he’s a really good dentist and he says if this was him he would have the work done straight away. Bit of a déjà vu on my previous 2 year dental saga. An hour later he has drilled the old filling out, cleared the canals and put a temporary filling in whilst it settles down. I end up with 4 more appointments for the rest of the work to be done and a crown to be fitted plus a bill for £214. Happily once the anaesthetic wears off I can eat and drink without tooth pain, just got to be careful with my diet to avoid the gall bladder pain – what a pain!
KEIGHLEY

FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER – Mom phones to say she is heading back from a holiday in Llandudno today and concerned as it is Friday 13th. We personally have no problem with 13TH having got engaged on this very date way back in 1974. Tonight we are having a Family Friday Festive Food Feast for which I have bought loads of packets of frozen junk food treats. The kids and Claire really get stuck in but overall find it dry and tasteless. However it does make life easy especially as I have used paper plates. I texted them all with requests for desserts and Daniel voted banoffee pie and honeycomb ice cream, Natasha wanted pancakes and Claire lemon drizzle cake or sticky toffee pudding. After eating the banoffee pie and lemon drizzle cake we are all stuffed so put the others on hold. Steve gets a bit overwhelmed and heads off to bed whilst we remain in the lounge playing games and doing quizzes. Claire and Natasha fall asleep on the sofa bed whilst Daniel and I spend another hour or so playing Canasta and he very nearly beats me. Poor lad gets the short straw of the make shift bed on the lounge floor.
KEIGHELY

SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER- The pancakes make their appearance for breakfast, the most popular combination being a filling of white chocolate spread topped off with honeycomb ice cream. Its Natasha’s 14th birthday tomorrow and this morning Claire is treating her to having her eyebrows and eye lashes dyed – it seems invisible ones run in our family as they are so fine and fair. They are going out to Chiquitas Mexican for lunch but we cry off as Steve is not really up to it. Mid afternoon Steve perks up a bit so we pop in to see Mum and Dad and take a quick walk around town.
KEIGHLEY

SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER – Steve is now in a lot of pain so we continue mixing TENS therapy with reiki and pain killers but nothing really works. A year last July our friends the two Helens set off on a year’s motorhome trip around Europe. They’ve invited us for lunch giving us lots of opportunity to hear all about it. Overall it worked out amazingly well and they would do it all again if they had the chance. We learn about the great free camping picnic spots in Finland and the Baltic states which are both areas we have yet to explore. Early evening we drive into Haworth for the candlelight parade. The pub won’t serve hot drinks and don’t have mulled wine so we have to settle for cold drinks. Sitting outside is too cold for Steve and the pub is overcrowded so he hovers in the doorway whilst we sit outside until the first batch of people come past. Helen says it is nowhere near as good as normal as the band aren’t playing and fewer people have candles but it is still a pretty scene with the main street lit up. Lisa & Mick have been down to see Mom and Dad and call round to see us and we have a bit of fun doing more of the quizzes off the Internet.
KEIGHLEY

MONDAY 16 DECEMBER – It’s getting harder and harder to motivate Steve to get up and left to his own devices he barely makes it out of the pit by lunchtime. In the afternoon he makes a real effort to prepare some more the apples that Jane brought last weekend. I make and apple pie and a batch of Honey Gingerbread biscuits but unfortunately the first half end up burnt. I enjoy cooking but get really frustrated when things don’t work out or work out the first time and not the second.
KEIGHLEY

TUESDAY 17 DECEMBER – I head out just after 8am and have to remove ice from the windscreen as it is so cold. At the dentist he files down the temporary filling as he feels this is what is giving me toothache when I eat. Claire and Richard are coming for a meal tonight so I call in to ALDI to pick up their 4 bird roast (£9.99) as we are all keen to try it out. Arriving home I notice that someone has caught the back of my car whilst parking, not entirely sure if this was whilst I was at ALDI or the dentists and it would be difficult to prove so I do the best I can by cleaning it up and polishing. The meal is good and the roast nice enough although it still tastes a little too processed for our liking. We have some good laughs but it takes it out on Steve who wilts and retires to bed as soon as Claire and Richard leave.
KEIGHLEY

WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER – We both have a really bad night in pain, Steve with shingles me with gall stone. We’re actually feeling a little sorry for ourselves and don’t even both to get dressed at all but switch between bed and lounge giving each other a chance of a nap in a bed alone.
KEIGHLEY

THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER – It’s an effort but we both get showered and dressed as I have invited Keith & Sandra for lunch. I’m still under par for doing a proper lunch so make some herby French bread to go with an assortment of fancy cheeses followed by mince pies and Christmas cake. It’s the first time we’ve really talked to them after their holiday in Tenerife and learn they have bought into a kind of holiday timeshare there and will be going back in February. They are heading out Carol singing at a residential home tonight so leave late afternoon giving Steve chance for a siesta.
KEIGHLEY

FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER – Steve’s scabs are coming off now but leaving a weepy area underneath which is a mess. I have a good walk around town and pick up a few clothing bargains in Sainsbury’s sale. Even though we can’t travel at the moment I can’t resist a wonderful scrunch up travel dress reduced from £20 to £6, just hope it is fashionable by the time I get to wear it!
KEIGHLEY

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