Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Decision Day & A Week Of Firsts

Amazingly I had quite a good nights sleep - my blood pressure came down to within the high end of normal so the nurse said she wouldn't disturb me through the night.

Breakfast came round so had a coffee & some toast, and then just as I was finishing off the last mouthful of coffee the consultant burst in and said I was on the operating list and was nil by mouth !!!!!

More paperwork, a visit from the anaesthetist, another doctor (who wasn't sure what procedure would be done as it would depend on what they found when they manipulated my arm under x-ray, maybe no op, maybe wired or screwed !) blood taken (after 5 attempts - finally got it out of my left wrist - PAINFUL !) - I was finally whisked away  by a lovely chatty theatre porter at 1.40pm.

All the theatre staff were really nice and I can remember being given an injection in the cannula - but can't remember going to sleep. I can only remember waking up in recovery at 3pm with my arm all bandaged up and in a sling.

They did an open reduction and internal fixation with a screw and the consultant was very pleased with the result - but boy does my arm hurt now - it is more painful than when I broke it on Friday. 

This week for the first time in my life I have :-

Broken a Bone
Had a CT scan
Had a general anaesthetic
Had an operation other than C-Section
Had my arm in a sling

Note to oneself - I really must be more careful.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Fracture Clinic

Today was my fracture clinic appointment at 9.45am. My arm was feeling alot better, still didn't have the ability to straighten or bend it, but I did manage to get Sam ready for school. I thought about cancelling, but decided to go just so they could give me the all clear. I drove up to the hospital and then put my sling on for the first time since Friday, just so I didn't get told off, and also so I would actually look as though I was there for an appointment.

I didn't have too wait long to be called through. The doctor looked at my x-ray and said he needed a 2nd opinion and went off for a chat. I had decided he was going to send me home, but no, he told me I needed a CT scan to see if there was anymore damage and that I might need an operation :( He then decided to admit me to the orthopaedic ward as I would get a CT scan much quicker.

So a quick call to Julian to explain what was happening and to request an overnight bag and I went back in to start the admission paperwork.

They took my blood pressure and after about 5 attempts, it was really high 208/something - this caused quite an alarm i the department, and a message put in my notes that it needed checking 4 hourly and that if it didn't drop below 170 then the Dr was to be paged and I was to be given some medication.

I walked with the nurse up to Gately ward where they found me a bed in a side room with a lovely lady from Londonderry, I was so glad I wasn't on one of the main bays as it was quite an elderly ward and I was probably the youngest one there by about 40 years !

I got to the ward at about 11.15 and my CT scan was booked for 3pm. A porter came to get me with a wheelchair which he insisted I had to sit in and be pushed all the way to Radiology.
The results of the CT scan were not looked at by my doctor so I had to stay in overnight - still convinced I was wasting everybodies time & money.

Friday, 9 July 2010

A Broken Arm !

I took the car to the garage today to have the exhaust looked at as it was starting to become noisy.

They put it up on the ramps and had a look & fiddle then called me through to discuss the problem - after being told the catalytic converter probably needed replacing and that we had one bald front tyre - I turned round to return to the waiting room and ended up on the floor - SPLAT !  I landed on my hand - so dusted it off and rubbed my arm.

The manager was as surprised as I was to find my lying on the floor.  He led me to the washroom so I could wash my hand, we then went through to the waiting room - my arm felt sore but guess that was to be expected.  We then sat down and filled out an accident report form.

While waiting for the tyre to be replaced, my arm ached more but not unbearable.  When the car was ready I got in to drive and realised my arm was quite sore - I couldn't straighten it properly or bend it too far - I drove home, had a coffee and decided to make a doctors appointment at 3pm  - amazingly got one for 3.40pm.

Drove down to the Dr's carefully - mainly left handed. the Dr thought I had just sprained it, but thought it best to get an xray to rule out a fracture.

So a quick call to Julian to see if he could leave off early and meet me in Norwich to drive me to the hospital, a call to Ben to say where I was going - and then again I carefully drove to Norwich.

After registering at the A&E, seeing the triage nurse, then senior nurse, then x-ray, then back to senior nurse I found out I have a severely depressed fracture of the radial head (which is in the elbow joint), she gave me a sling and I made an appointment for Tuesday morning at the fracture clinic.

This isn't my x-ray - but looks similar, except mine is a slightly bigger bit of bone that has slipped down a bit further.

I tried to sleep in bed but couldn't find anywhere comfortable to put my arm so ended up sleeping in the reclining chair in the lounge.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Car Booting

Up bright and early Saturday morning with Sam's transit loaded up with a fraction of the Bits & Bobs that has been donated to Ben for his World Jamboree fundraising.

The weather wasn't supposed to be too good - but the sun shone and the crowds arrived to maraud our stall - Julian was very controlled and didn't swear at or hit any body who offered tuppence for 10 DVDs "just to help us out and get shot of them".

We came home with a lighter load and £156 in cash - good mornings work.

We reloaded the transit Saturday evening with the hope of a repeat performance - but sadly the weather was against us and peeping out of the curtains at 6.15am all we saw was grey skies and drizzle.

So now we have to unload the van today, fill up our spare room again - because we need the van to collect Sam from respite tomorrow morning. 

Must find another spare Saturday/Sunday when the weather is good to do it all again.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Battle Of The Bands

Tonight was "Battle of the Bands" at Taverham High School.  Sam was at respite so we bought 2 tickets to watch Ben play in his band "I.O.I."  Insanity of Influence

They did well playing  Nirvana "Smells Like Team Spirit" and Lady Gaga "Poker Face".

Ben played bass for "Smells like Team Spirit" and backing vocals for "Poker Face"

Here's a snippet of their version of Poker Face - and you will then realise why backing vocals are in italics.

The boys did well but didn't win - roll on next year !

Sunday, 18 April 2010

22nd World Scout Jamboree - Sweden

Ben has been very lucky to have been selected to go to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden July 2011.

He will be going with the Norfolk contingent which will be 36 Explorer Scouts & 4 Leaders - all he has to do now is raise £2,000 !

This is Ben's schedule :-

February 13th 2010:- First deposit of £250 to payed by this date

23rd – 25th April 2010:- Next training camp, Herringfleet, Suffolk.

16th July 2010:- 2nd payment of £400 due by this date

17th – 19th September 2010 :- Next Training camp Venue to be booked

22nd September County AGM, Group photo, display and raffle.

15th October 2010:- 3rd Payment £500 due by this date

Early December 2010 :- 4th payment of £500 due by this date

March 6th 2011:- Social event  Venue unknown at present.

17th March 2011 :- Balance of the Jamboree fee due (leaders will advise how much you owe)

13th-15th May 2011:- Last training camp Venue to be booked

19th June 2011:- Final Meeting of unit members and parents/guardians for final details, location unknown.

We found out in January  - so since then he has been saving half his wages (which isn't very much, but better than nothing !), he has also put in a couple of late Christmas presents of the cash variety and a few other bits & pieces that I can't remember.  So yesterday there was about £120 in the pot.

Last night we held a quiz & chips at our local scout hut and we had an unbelievable turnout of 95 people - friends, scouting friends, guiding friends and friends of friends.  We had ten rounds of questions, a table round, raffle and a heads/tails game and we manage to raise £540 - So a big THANKYOU to everybody who came along, especially to Harry& Janet who helped with the marking and selling of raffle tickets.

We are going to start having some car boot sales and maybe even a garage sale at home as we have been inundated with books & items to sell - so roll out the fine weather.

If anyone reading this has any ideas on how Ben can raise his money please let me know :)

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Friday, 9 April 2010

The New Chicken Pen

Following my post on 14th Dec "Our Garden is Ruined"  - the chickens have a new enclosure - since putting them in there we have had to clip their wings (twice), and then add the extra trellis to make it even higher - the final job now is to put some netting on the trellis because Marmite is still escaping !!!

They have completely destroyed all the grass/vegetaion in there - but the are now eating the cabbage leaves etc that I put out for them (before they wouldn't touch them - obviously our plants were much more tasty !)

Thursday, 1 April 2010


Our wooden gazebo has has a revamp and now has a proper roof - thanks to our friend Ian.  We will now be able to sit outside and J will be sheltered from the sun - and if it rains we wont get wet :)

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Cake Baking at Youth Club ...

... and guess who was the messiest

He had to be hoovered before he went to bed :)

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Abbotts Delivery

Someone's got a job to do before Sam can go to bed tonight.  And this is only 2 days since we had a 12 week supply of nappies delivered !

Monday, 14 December 2009

Our Garden is Ruined

We have had the chickens for just under a year and they have destroyed our garden.  After Christmas our friend Ian will be building an enclosure for them at the bottom of the garden so we can try and reclaimed our lawn.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

R.I.P. Brian

Today Ben discovered that Brian, one of his Giant African landsnails had passed away .................

So Sophie is now all alone in her tank.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Happy 100th Birthday

Girlguiding is 100 years old this weekend - the parties have started for our year long celebrations.

For more information please visit this website :-

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

I Must Find Some Time To Update My Blog ..

I have taken loads of photos - I just never seem to have the time to get it done.

Watch this space......