Monthly Archives: January 2012
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the well wishes. Everyone has been very kind.
For those who don’t know what I am on about here’s a quick run down of my eventful week…
Continuous pain caused me to go to the doctor…
Saturday – Doctor reckoned I may have a gall bladder infection.
Monday – blood tests and back to the doctor. Doctor admits me to hospital as an emergency with suspected appendicitis.
Lots of tests, prodding, poking and questions throughout the day and several diagnosis floated around.
In total I see 1 GP, 9 nurses, 2 senior house officers, an x-ray technician, 2 registrars and a specialist today!
Tuesday - Inpatient, booked in for Ultrasound and further tests. More prodding and poking. Consultant decides it’s neither my Appendix nor my Gall Bladder.
Discharged and told to rest. Referred for colonoscopy and small intestine/bowl x-ray scan.
Wednesday - Consultant decides it may be colon related but does not want to do invasive colonoscopy in case they cause some inflammation etc. Booked for CT scan.
Pain continues since I left the hospital. I’ve spent the time off feeling very uncomfortable and am worried as to how the pain is affecting other aspects of my system (as there are side effects)
I am still home, I am still uncomfortable and still have many of the symptoms I presented to the doctor last Saturday (and every doctor since), but I have my CT scan booked for tomorrow (Monday).
I just hope they manage to find out exactly what is causing the problems and find a solution to my pain and discomfort.
Thanks to everyone who has written, called, sent cards, tweeted and texted – you are all very kind.
Watch out, your retweets could make you fat – but help your sweet tooth (watch out @thecowlicker and @endaguinan !)
I am constantly amazed but the quality of photography and artistic, cinematic work that people upload to Vimeo. You have to pinch yourself to remember these are mostly amateur films.
This particular film of Yosemite caught my eye. Enjoy:
But oh so good – I can’t stop watching!!! Look at all the kitties
It would seem the rest of the world has woken up and things are getting busier. At least we have the unseasonably milder and dry weather to help us out when not stuck in the office.
I have done my best (as I always do), to try to have a brief walk at lunch and this weekend Richard and I saved a day to get out and about.
Having managed to put all our appointments and chores into Saturday we ensured today has been left for us to both relax and have a quiet day. Although not as warm as it has been it was sunny so we got in the car and took the short drive over to Audley End.
We spent the best part of the morning exploring the grounds and enjoying the fact that there were only a handful of people there. It felt in some parts that we had the whole estate to ourselves and we had a great opportunity to explore.
Of course following our walk around the extensive grounds we stopped for a hot beverage and lunch before heading back home.
I have promised myself that I will keep up my 366 project this year (previous years haven’t been that successful) and have so far (I think), managed to upload an interesting photo each day this year. I know it’s only early days but I am already quite proud of my collection of snaps…
My photo’s already include ex prime ministers, the ever-changing London sky line, protest lines of demonstrators and dramatic neo-classical follies. Go on have a look!
I’ve decided to have another stab at the Royal Academies Summer Exhibition and have paid for my application. I am taking a gamble this year as I am not sure I will have time to create anything new therefore I will probably submit an existing work… I must be mad!
It’s not been a bad start to the new year and one that seems to have meant that most people have stayed away from work until (I guess), tomorrow. This means for those of us who haven’t jetted around the world at Christmas, we get to bed into the new year with some decency and with space to breath.
The new year brings some form of rail service and we have managed to get into London on the weekend and spent some of yesterday at Westfield having a look around the shops. Richard must have been relaxed as he agreed to have a hand massage at L’Occitane – it was all about the Shea Butter apparently
Sadly the annual post Christmas TV depression ensues and the selection on all the channels has been absolutely dreadful. We resorted to watching two movies last night. In fact it’s been a weekend of movies as we went to the cinema today.
I am not sure what this selection of movies says about us but here goes:
Horrible Bosses - Richard bought me this for Christmas and we both enjoyed it. I cannot say we enjoyed it as much as we thought we would be it was a good enough romp to while away a couple of hours. Richard also bought me Transformers 3 which we will watch at some stage.
Captain America - Great nonsensical film which has a fair amount of action in it and the not to be missed topless scene of Chris Evans looking all ripply and delicious. This film was spoilt by the service offered by Sony’s film on demand service (which comes straight into our Sony Bravia TV via the web). Sadly in the most action packed part of the film the sound crapped out – is it any wonder Sony is losing money and market share?
The Iron Lady - This is a film which is acted wonderfully not only by Meryl Streep but the whole cast – including such surprises as Richard E Grant playing Nigel Hesseltine. An interesting dramatisation of Thatchers reign of power but not a film I felt totally comfortable with as the writers chose to depict it through the eyes of a woman with dementia. Having had a grandparent die a slow drawn out death due to Alzheimer’s I feel this is a sensitive subject and no matter who they are, they should be treated with dignity and respect. I am sure the writers could have come up with something else as a vehicle for the story.
A varied selection of films as you can see and this evening will probably be punctuated with Sherlock Holmes on the BBC.
I like weekends like this as we have done quite a bit but also had the opportunity to take time out and to relax. I just hope it lasts!
I am not sure what is going on in Cupertino towers lately but I am not entirely impressed with the changes Apple is making to the way their products and services work.
To start with I signed up for iTunes Match and I am not completely sure why I have it or what it is supposed to do… I get that it allows me to have all my music in the cloud, I get that it allows me to backup my current iTunes library (note not all of it as I have too much music) and I get the I can stream or download my music anytime from the cloud to my iOS device etc
but…. This comes at a cost…
I now find my Music on my iPhone confusing. If all the music is visible I have to trawl through to find what is actually on my device. This isn’t helped when I only display what is on the device as all the cloud symbols confuse me and I am not sure what I have on me and what I don’t.
Since I am using the cloud I no longer am able to use Genius – which I didn’t realise I used so much until now.
My wi-fi syncing is slow and takes forever to show any new tracks or selections.
The very worst though (for me) is that I no longer see all my album art. I painstakingly updated my artwork and keep iTunes looking tidy and now more often than not I get that awful generic grey musical note graphic.
Apart from the iTunes match problems this years selection of freebies through the 12 Days of Christmas app have been appalling. I am not sure who Apple is pitching this too but my best guess would be 10 year old girls whose brothers steal their iPhones to play games! The selection has been particularly poor this year and the worst example of a “free gift” was the EA Sports “Need for Speed” racing game which kept prompting you to read ads’ buy add ons and go to the web site. Not great.
I think Apple have done a great job with iTunes and 12 Days in the past (and lots of other things obviously) but I honestly think they have taken their eye off the target and are failing their consumers.
I know I didn’t have to sign up for Match or get the app but if it’s offered then it should at the very least work!
One can only hope that Apple wake up and improve as 2012 progresses.