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Feb. 20th, 2011 10:28 am
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
Hello, world! In between fighting off a coldy-throat-infectiony thing, supporting our now-Venerable Kitty with pancreatitis-with-complications, and trying to support Mater to find a new living situation, I'm trying to get some kind of account set up so that I can use iChat.

I have a Powerbook G4 running Mac OS X 10.5 - and iChat runs.

However, I have apparently set up 'the wrong kind of Apple ID', which has a dot in it and thus doesn't work as an iChat id. I can't change my Apple ID to not have a dot because it has to be the same as my third-party email address.

I apparently have an old AIM account for which I cannot recover the password.

Please, is there a simple *free* way - perhaps for me to set up a mac.com email? - where I can set up a (free) account and start iChatting?

Thanks in advance for help on this!

Hope to see some of you at Eastercon, if it actually is going ahead in Birmingham - any news on that hotel-block issue?
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
I seem to be emerging from yet another bout of the near-continuous 'viral stuff' that I've been suffering with since last September. Summer helps.

Mater is covering some ground in being more able to manage her health challenges.

D&G both seem OK.

The Flooger seems as well as can be expected given kidney disease, diabetes and grumbling IBS, having gained a little weight and a lot of appetite.

Wong! has been given a clean bill of health - the lump on his leg is a 'benign lypoma' e.g. a harmless fatty deposit ...

Here's to good health for all!
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
Many thanks for all the kind and encouraging words, as ever.

Self definitely stronger today, ENT symptoms milder too. Got some work done on my portfolio, too - and a little de-cluttering, yay!

The Ward Sister is really pleased with Mater's progress since she was admitted to rehab on Sat 12 Dec 2009. Shame she spent 4 weeks rotting on the general ward, but that's all behind us. The Activities Assistant is back this week, so that should increase the Occupational Therapy options. The consultant does their ward rounds tomorrow morning, so there'll be a proper 'case conference' with all the hospital staff involved. Another patient called 'Reeny (broken collarbone) has 'adopted' Mater and is doing a great job of encouraging her to do her physiotherapy and try to keep calm!

Flooger is back home but a whole bank of blood tests sent off, which may reveal a need to hospitalize on Wednesday. Meanwhile, little bits of good news from the Flooger's purr-spective:- the antibiotic pills are stopped for now, but the delicious probiotic googe (that costs 15 quid for 10g) is still on the menu, and he's allowed to have all his favourite foods just as long as he eats something, and a painless injection of painkillers to help him feel more comfortable overnight ... and he's not in hospital for now!

Right, time to feed the food apes and unwind for bed!
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Mater continues to slowly improve in her walking, and her manual dexterity.

The Flooger's 'IBS' has taken a turn for the worse, and we're all about stabilising and hydrating for now ...

I am feeling hugely better than I have for a week, thanks to the wonders of antibiotics fighting off the secondary infection in my sinuses.

E&M are safely arrived.

And so, to see in the New Year!
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Does anyone reading have experience of the new arrangements in England and Wales for NHS continuing health-care? Particularly, whether it can be focused into work to re-habilitate and re-train sufferers of mental illness to move back to independence from institutionalisation?

http://www.ageconcern.org.uk/AgeConcern/Documents/FS20NHS_continuing_healthcare_and_NHS_funded_nursing_care.pdf

(Mater could easily live for another 25 years, and our experiences so far not encouraging as far as rehabilitation as opposed to 'palliative' care are concerned.)

Elf

Nov. 11th, 2008 10:51 am
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Faith manages...)
My (inevitably progressive) thyroid condition has jumped out of whack in the past 3 months. It will take some weeks for us to work out my new stable dose of medication. In the meantime, I will feel tired, somewhat achy and muddle-headed, I will sleep badly, and I will need to live at a slower pace. This will make the usually pressures of work and family responsibilities even harder to manage. The key people involved are trying to be understanding, but it's hard to explain how it feels to be a mammal with a metabolism that's become reptilian. I don't look particularly ill to the casual observer - I could easily be mistaken for a malingerer.

Bah.
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
What feeling? That feeling that Life wants more out of me than I have to give.

I feel wiped out by doing my duty - with nothing left for myself - and yet, with duties still undone.

I feel as if my only two choices are to push myself to collapse, or let everything else collapse now.

A key factor in all this exhaustion is the transfer of my mother's care from the hospital to the GP team. I've been failing for weeks to even get to speak to a member of my mother's new team. None of them seems to have a proper overview of her condition and her history any more, either.

One way in which I am my own worst enemy: I mis-pace myself at work, giving too much and leaving myself with too little for the rest of the week. But my best hours are 07:00 - 15:00 daily, and so-called 'normal full time hours' steal most of that time. I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that I now need at least one weekday per fortnight set aside from paid work for my unpaid caring work with my mother.

But my current employer has already declined a request from me for part-time working.
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Interesting insight: Maybe I've been trying to 'instinctively' knit in Finnish ... that is, without the benefit of ... ya know ... knowing any Finnish?

Hands up if you were taught that if you really wanted something, and worked hard... )
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I lost my voice on Friday. Still can't find it. Thought my cold had opened the door to a secondary throat infection.

Doctor says that I also have bronchitis.

So, horse pill antibiotics, bowl of soup noodles, a large mug of ridiculously successful home-made soy kefir, and trying to gently be calm and happy.

I'm signed off school for two weeks.

Another medical appointment on Thursday.

How will it end? (all together now...)
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
So, my world is about to do its weekly flip-flop - I go from being "deeply lonely cat woman", to "happy gregarious 'surrounded by friends and family' woman", and back again over 3 days. Guess which part of the cycle I prefer (much as I love my kitties)? And the problem seems to be, the more I kick back and indulge in the ups, the more down the downs become :-(

Maybe I should get a job in the education section of a nice little local non-profit organisation? If they only had paid jobs...

In the meantime, school. And the lesson today is: "Forget 'perfect' - just pick some learning activities, and run with them."

Pamper me!

Jan. 26th, 2006 11:24 am
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OK, I've been Officially Told to take much better care of myself. So I'm shamelessly fishing for suggestions here: knowing me as well or as little as you do, how do you think I can take better care of myself? Tricks, strategies, treats ... preferably things to support good health, not radically undermine it, though ;-)
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
I'm about to head out to the GP, and Talk about Stuff.

I plugged in the Feliway in G's room last night. I had the heating on all night, and Pointy slept behind G's bedstead, crunched up against it. Meanwhile, I slept nestled in a thick duvet, under a crocheted blanket, cuddled up to Boofy. Apart from one (1) hiss, when Pointy was shocked to see Boofy staring down from the bed, and a few incidents in the middle of the night where Pointy loudly rattled the headboard by walking along it. or the blinds by pushing through them, it was a peaceful night. No Pointy yowling!
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I have started a new, very restricted Health filter. It's messy stuff, so I don't want to inflict it on everyone, and I don't want it Public. I'm happy for people to ask me about opting in, though - by email, if you're not on LJ; comments to this posting are screened.
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
Waay TMI )

Other news: the builder is due in today, to fit a proper loft hatch (e.g. one which covers the gap!), and board out the loft space. Yay!
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Hurricane Katrina: BBC report on continuing disaster. It seems that that the official 'mandatory' evacuation of New Orleans left 50,000 people to suffer because they didn't own cars - no official evacuation transport was provided.

G's sister has suspected thyroid cancer, and goes under the knife tomorrow morning. Just spent 40 mins on a stream of phonecalls to help Mater's continuing recovery. Edit Back from vet - Floogerous thyroid probably going off on one - blood test results for hyperthyroid due back Monday. May need to take off a thyroid lobe and the face lump* in one operation...

No wonder I'm way behind with my work.

* He's developed a hemispherical outward growth on his right cheek, which seems to be itchy although not yet bothering him otherwise.
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
Face-to-face meetings with Mater's medical team today ... the prognosis is excellent :-)) there is a good treatment programme in place for the next month :-) but progress will continue to be excruciatingly slow :-(
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
It turns out that Mater's new physiotherapist wishes to learn acupuncture but is currently very insecure in knowledge about it. After a long conversation, I've persuaded the physio that finding out what works can wait until something is actually working. So for the next month, Mater will have one acupuncture session each week on a day when she is not seeing the physio. Meanwhile, the physio will try to see Mater three times per week in the day clinic, for a structured course of physiotherapy, and high-frequency (pain-managing) TENS treatments. Much like my knees, Mater's muscular support for her back and hip region is very shaky, so the physiotherapy will start from a few simple strength-building exercises, to reduce the strain on injured sacro-illiac region.

I'm going to meet the physio and attend Mater's next consultation tomorrow, too.

This is a satisfactory outcome. No harsh words were exchanged :-)

Home!

Aug. 12th, 2005 01:20 pm
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
Just back from a fantastic week doing aikido in Bangor. Mater's week with her cousin was ... no better or worse than she's been recently: some fun, much discomfort. So I need to pitch into preparing for my final teaching practice, whilst she needs to shake loose more help from the medical profession. I got a fair bit of studying done during the afternoon rest period at Summer Camp, but Mater felt none of the promised improvements in her health which were supposed to be developing nicely in response to new medication, by now. So ... we'll both be talking to the doctor on Monday.

Other good things ... the Flooger is delighted to have us home, and is currently purring on my lap (reasonably unusual). My aikido teacher (Sensei, or, 'one who has walked the path ahead') has been promoted to the equivalent of 'full Professor' - his Sensei feels he has nothing more to teach him! We are all set to start aikido training in our new hall. We seem to have made a major breakthrough in selling Mater's old house. D will be home for the weekend, with many tales of Worldcon. I have another Urdu lesson on Sunday.

And it's lunch time :-)

Poised...

Aug. 4th, 2005 04:25 pm
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Aikido)
Not wanting to jinx anything, but it seems like Mater and I may get a weekend away, at least. I'm poised to tell her in the morning that we're going to cousin C's. The plan is that I leave C in charge and head to summer school on Saturday, by which time we should know whether C needs to go to look after grandchild on Monday or not...

I think this would do both Mater and I a power of good even if it is only the weekend. Wishes of luck, and general supportive thoughts for the journey, gratefully received...

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