July 31, 2014

To hydro, or not to hydro …

Posted in July tagged , at 9:15 am by viewfromthisdesk

… That is indeed the question.


My first hydrotherapy session was yesterday and full of enthusiasm (not) I made my way to Worcester Hospital to enter the hydro unit and be face to face with a sign that said ‘pool closed for maintenance’ ….. Apparently it’s been out of service for three weeks now and the physiotherapists are doing their fruit.  The lovely lass I saw before, came out and was ‘deeply sorry because they had forgotten to call me.’

So, rather than having driven to Worcester for nothing, and having paid for car parking already, I stayed for a hot wax treatment which was brilliant and weird at the same time.  Massive box, kinda like a metal fish tank is full of paraffin wax and you dip your hands (or feet) into it five times, so building layers of warm wax.  Then you put said limbs into weird plastic bags, wrap in towels and sit for half an hour.  Best bit is peeling it off!  Think pva glue when at school but better.

I now want a paraffin wax bath.  You can get them from Amazon and Tesco apparently.


I can’t really add many positives to this post, it’s been a tough week all things considered.  I’ve been busy and not sleeping well and so I’m sore. My positives that I am thankful for would  be:-

– my wrist widget and splints holding my hands together
– my compression tape keeping my thumbs in the right place
– my neoprene things keeping joints vaguely comfortable
– my TENS machines (although I need to buy a family pack of 9V batteries!)
– bat surveys keeping me focussed on the here and now and enjoying my license that I’ve worked so hard to get.
– upcoming birthdays.  Not just mine!  I love watching people open what I’ve got them because I try and put lots of effort and thought into the gifts.  But mine is soon too 🙂


July 21, 2014

Weekend reflections

Posted in July tagged , , , at 12:01 pm by viewfromthisdesk

* Love thunder and lightening storms.  Nature at it’s most powerful and beautiful.  Although I don’t love how it’s trashed my roses!

* Am reconnecting with peeps.  My illness has made me withdrawn and unwilling to connect with others.  I can’t be the person I used to be so I’d rather be nothing to them.  But that isn’t healthy for either side.

* Went out for a grown up dinner on Saturday for a friend’s birthday.  I didn’t drop anything, I wore a frock I’d never worn before (I know, another frock!) and it was at a gorgeous converted Art-Deco place.  Love art-deco and the food was lushious too.  Can’t wait to return 🙂

* Good news I had hinted at on Thursday seems to becoming reality.  If hubby agrees that is.

* Have reached out to friends this weekend for emotional support and advice.  Have admitted to true feelings and whilst they are hurtful and raw for me, I know my friends will get me through.

* Managed to avoid an impulse shopping buy.  Had an email from my fave online jewellery company with a picture of some earrings included.  Wanted these earrings lots.  So … email landed Thursday night, I go to purchase on Friday morning and there are none available.  Little note to them ‘when are they back in?’ reply – ‘they’ve been discontinued’.  Errrr, you what?!!?  Needless to say, I wasn’t best pleased and told them so.  Oops.

July 18, 2014

Friday night goodness

Posted in November at 8:14 pm by viewfromthisdesk

* sunny afternoon
* bit more progress in the garden
* a delish evening meal of strawberries and chocolate ice cream. Yep really, just that.
* home alone (clearly) so watching chick flicks.
* if I didn’t feel so full, I’d be diving into popcorn too now.

Get me, all positive energy-ness

Posted in July tagged , , at 11:33 am by viewfromthisdesk

* My afternoon with my Godfather was just amazeballs and he even enjoyed my orange goo I served up for tea.

* My bat bestie simply loved her b’day pressies and I’m thrilled because I sourced and designed one with tonnes of smiles and happy memories.

* I think we had some good news yesterday morning, I’m just waiting for it to be confirmed.

* I had an amazingly fantabulous reflexology session yesterday afternoon.  Just perfect.

* I treated myself to ice cream afterwards.  Raspberry cheesecake and Lemon Meringue.  Lush.

* NTLive last night was really good fun.  Looking forward to the next transmissions in September.

* Kitkat chunky orange bars are the best.  Feel free to send me a jiffy-bag full for my birthday.  Or just because you love me.

* The weather is looking gorgeous for the next couple of days.  Although I slept through the storm overnight.  Gutted.

July 16, 2014

A positive challenge

Posted in July tagged , , , at 9:47 am by viewfromthisdesk

So.  On a certain social media website, I have been ‘nominated’ (challenged) to write three positive comments every day for five days.  Being as I can’t even write a blog post every week just once, I figured that was a potentially tricky challenge!  So … I’ve come to the decision I will write as many positive comments as I can think of, when I remember to write!  No wingeing, no woe-is-me, just happy good things.

1 – Last Friday I went to a family wedding and saw loads of people that I haven’t seen for simply ages.  The sun shone and it was a gorgeous day. Love and hugs and profiteroles.  Result.

2 – At said wedding, I wore a frock.  This fact is unremarkable except I wear a frock possibly twice a year at most and this frock I haven’t been able to wear for two years since I finished WW.  I lost 12lbs in 5 weeks to wear this frock and NO ONE noticed.   But I know I looked good in it b’cs I’ve got a photo on my phone to prove it!

3 – My Godfather is coming to visit me at home today.  He lives far away and I see him maybe once a year so it’s going to be a fab afternoon of tea and chats and maybe a cheeky slice of cake. I can’t wait.

4 – I have a bat walk planned for the park next Friday (25th at 9pm if anyone is interested lol) and it’s going to be glorious weather (I’ve decided) so fingers crossed for some peeps turning up and enjoying my ramblings.

5 – I went to Oxford two weekends ago and found a beautiful silver bat charm for my bracelet.  I have bought it in honour of Bollinger and since it’s been in my possession, I’ve felt great calm with regards my attitude to what I did for him and how things turned out.  I did not fail him, nature just works that way sometimes.

6 – I had the appt at the pain clinic on Monday to borrow the TENS machine from the NHS.  I figured I’d take full advantage of the appt b’cs I’ve jolly well paid taxes for all my working life and rah rah rah!  I do have one of my very own, kindly posted to me by my Aunt and I’m now searching for new sticky pads for it (Boots are useless) b’cs I’m really liking this machine.  Feels a bit odd for ten seconds or so when I switch it on, but I do believe it will be a great help and reduce the amount of top-up drugs I need to take.

7 – Our Tom and Barbara summer is going well.  We have ten chickens (producing two eggs boo hiss) but so far we’ve been harvesting spuds and broad beans and runner beans and beetroot and sweet peas.

8 – It is less than one month until my birthday and I’m getting terribly exciting.  Attempting to resist the urge to check my Amazon wish list every ten minutes to see what has fallen off – for the time being at least.

9 – I have some top friends that I am lucky to spend time with;  in reality and over the interweb.

10 – I have booked a return trip to Lundy and you all know how much that place works magic for me.

July 9, 2014

A new addiction

Posted in July tagged , at 10:27 am by viewfromthisdesk

I have been introduced to an app called ‘Words with Friends’ – it’s essentially scrabble by mobile and it’s been brilliant recently at helping me maintain words skills and mental awareness.

One of the things that has been affected by my M.E. is my speech.  Thinking sentences through and finding words is becoming increasingly more difficult.  I hate the fact I used to be articulate and now I stutter or go silent.  But this is helping me think of words and think of meanings and learn new words too.

Join in, help me keep the letters organised! I am MichelleY104 just search for this user name and invite me to a game.  But be gentle, I am rubbish remember!

July 2, 2014

Struggling with emotions

Posted in Bat Work, July tagged , , , at 12:13 pm by viewfromthisdesk

I was really looking forward to writing this post, I was so excited to tell you about a new direction my life has taken, and then it all went horribly wrong.  You all know about my bat work and this season I’ve decided to also take on bat care.  Someone else will play taxi but I’ll be the one looking after the little thing.

Our first bat at Evesham Bat Care (gotta have a zippy name to help fundraising!) was Absinthe; she was a Pipistrelle who had been badly mauled by a cat.  She died overnight from her injuries and it was no surprise.  She was heavily pregnant and her torso was massively bruised, so the shock would have done her in.

Our third bat was Marley.  She was a female Serotine, who would have given birth in the last few weeks.  She too had been gotten by a cat, but she hadn’t been found until early afternoon, so she was hugely dehydrated, very cold and her one wing was just lace work really.  She would never have been able to fly again, but nature took over and after a big drink and half a meal worm, she died overnight too.

Our second bat was Bollinger. He was a juvenile Serotine too. He was found in the pub car park of a rock bar.  They named him Bruce.  We assume after Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden.


He was taken in on Saturday 21st June and he spent his first night elsewhere and I took him in on the Sunday.  This picture was taken yesterday (Tuesday 1st) and this was the first time he had stretched both wings out at the same time.  He was very little and had no teeth when he arrived, he was a proper young ‘un as it were.  I fed him four times a day and took him to work and everything.   He was a gorgeous little fella and everyone who met him loved him.  He had his own facebook page and was gathering followers at a rapid rate!  I had him for ten days and was chatting to another bat carer about time scales for flight testing him.  But then he died suddenly yesterday morning.  I was gutted.  I honestly thought he was going to make it.

So I’ve been dealing with the high of having a new direction, a new focus and the joy of seeing Bollinger grow and learn new skills, but then the heart break of him suddenly passing.  He was a total cutie and taught me so much.  I shall miss him – which is daft because I was happily planning releasing him – but this was so cruel, so sudden.

Who knows what bat number four will be or what state, but I hope the outcome of them will be more positive.