Saturday, 29 April 2017

Indigestion strikes

I was fast asleep minding my own business and now here I am wide awake writing this! Bloody indigestion. It hurts, when I came to bed Heather helps me and she asked what's up when I was short of breath. It was the paela I had for supper, chorizo is not to be messed with unless served with a sauce containing antacids if you suffer from acid reflux. Now barely two hours after my first dose of peptac,suffer I am wide awake with chest pains all because we ate late and had spicey food. My own fault I should have known better. Thank goodness for Peptac.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Eye Drops for conjunctivitis

I think I must have conjunctivitis my eye is sore and cruddy when I wake up, in fact at 3:15am. I was awake with an eye that wouldnt focus on the clock to even tell the time, I had to turm my kinfle on to check and it was 3:15. I have now started on a course of eye drops one  drop every two hours for two days and then every four hours for a further three days. I am one dose in and my eye already feels less fierce so lets hope it clears up and I actually get a good nights sleep tonight. So six quid on some eye drops and no waiting for an appointment with my GP.  My new mantra is dont go to see the doctor every time self medication and ask at the Chemist for minor ailments .
it is scary but well worth doing

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Eye infection

When I woke up this morning my right eye would open and then wouldn't focus. It was like looking through a curtain, everything was fuzzy. Heather said my eyes had bags under them and they were sore. Conjunctivitis? I don't know but a trip to the GP is on the cards.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

One very full day trip to the New Forest and Hythe pier

It was touch and go but I made it. I was up and dressed ready for an adventure. Heather got me into the car at a few minutes after eight am. Not pm. And we set off. Our mate Phil was to do the driving, we collected him and set off on our trip to Southampton, well Hythe to be precise. I managed to stay awake for about five miles and with only one ore two moments awake managed to sleep unroll the outskirts of The New Forest. We used to try and holiday on the Forestry commission campsites a couple of times a year plus as many other breaks as we could manage before my MS put paid to it.
We went down Hythe Pier and watched the train trundle along  to the end. We wanted to see the ferry and were not disappointed. We also saw an Isle of Wight ferry and some cruise ships etc. I must say it was darned cold stuck out on the pier but hugely enjoyable doing stuff I have not done in twenty years. From there we had a walk round Hythe town, it's not a huge place so we were soon heading to Lymington another old haunt. We always used to have fish n chips on the marina there on our last night a long standing ritual. So I had cod and chips in fact we all did, us boys large versus Heathers small. Washed down with a can of Rio and not one chip given to the noisy Gulls. Luckily most of them were pestering other people who had been foolish enough to give in to their vociferous begging. The Gulls obviously remembered us and knew we wouldn't encourage them.
After a few hours touring around old holiday haunts we headed home and once again I was asleep only waking when we hit traffic on the M25. Phil took diversionary tactics and we came though some of the worse roads in Surrey I have had the misfortune to ever encounter. Stock broker belt! Me thinks it's broken axle belt. I couldn't sleep again untill safely back on the motor way. Fourteen hours and four hundred miles later I got back into bed and slept for another fourteen hours but this time it had been in the comfort of my bed and not in my wheelchair. I must say our dat trip to the New Forest was a master piece where to next?

where we parked for some horse pictures

Hythe Pier and ferry to Southampton

Me enjoying my cod and chips

The Pier Train

The Balmoral

New Forest Ponies

Red Jet ferry

Pier Train

Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Physio

I had an appointment at Canterbury Hospital to see the Specialist Physio on Wednesday. 11:30 appointment, we left in plenty of time and still only just managed to get there by the skin of our teeth. It is surprising how much angst a small hole in the ground can cause to drivers and to drivers who are trying to reach a hospital appointment it causes blood pressure to reach boiling point. When we eventually arrived there were no parking spaces but luckily after one round of the car park  miraculously a lady  and small child returned to their car and we got parked. Of course the clinic was running late and no one ended up knowing we had only just managed to arrive at 11:28.
Nothing of great note was discussed but she is writing to see about me having a frame to enable transfers easier. I have mentioned before I am able to fall getting out of bed and that I find my bedside cabinet most uncomfortable when used as a pillow.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Started vitamin B12 tablets

I try and smile and carry on whatever the circumstances. Fall over Smile break my leg, Smile even when I am in traction and it hurts like blazes. After all I am British and it is what we Brits do! Sometime though I do question the great British default of putting the kettle on and making a cup of tea, I actually prefer coffee. My mum and dad drank coffee and copious amounts of alcohol so I filled their lead but that is another story for another day. The reason for this post is my exploration of vitamin B12. Under normal circumstances I just get on with life. MS sucks and a long time ago, over twenty years in fact  My specialist of the time said I could spend all my time chasing the latest diet or fad to  be the latest wonder thing to heal my multiple sclerosis or I could just get on with life.
That has been my mantra, smile and carry on. But what if I have been wrong. Heaven forbid for the first time in my 61 year's I had made a mistake. Is that actually possible? I am a man and men don't get things wrong, I never read the instructions well not until I need to check that they are as good as I know I am at putting stuff together. Sometimes they do have one or two good ideas but most of the time I know better so why bother wasting my time reading those useless things. So back to vitamin B12.
I have been feeling crap for sometime. The people who I look to to help me cope with my MS have over the years have suggested different drugs and I have worked my way through  a long list of things and none have worked but the side effects have been awful.
I have had drugs that have given me hallucinations one's that have given me diaharea others that have left me constipated. I have always smiled and carried on. Well I probably moaned just a little bit but I am a man, a man who has no need to read instruction manuals. But what about reading not instruction manuals but other people. I have read other people's comments about vitamin b12 and inwardly digested those comments. I have read bits on website's and I remember reading a book given to me by an auctioneer about herbal and natural remedies. That must have been getting on for twenty five years ago, time flies when you are having fun!
So years ago I tried all that I could magnesium tablets vitamin A to Zee and some herbal stuff recommended for pain relief that at the time I smoked, honestly none of it worked. And as for smoking cannabis I had given up smoking for several years when I rolled a joint and sat down and smoked it. The first draw made my head spin so much if I hadn't been sitting down I would have fallen down. Bearing in mind before I quit smoking I had been a twenty a day man or more usually rolling my own normally Old Holbourn or Golden Virginia. So the spinning head came as a real surprise. I never tried cannabis again and gave the remainder of it away.  So over my time I have tried pretty much everything but now I am going back over covered ground, I am not aiming to retry prescription drugs and I am definitely not going to be smoking cannabis but natural vitamins and minerals supplements etc are up for grabs. Wish me luck.