Wednesday 28th February to Sunday 4th March
Happy 50th Birthday to my friend Jackie 💐
She was actually born a leap year baby, and during all the years I have known her she never seems to be quite sure herself whether to celebrate her birthday on the 28th February or the 1st March. So I think she does a bit of both!
What a difference in the weather! Last week I had some nice walks in the sometimes ‘reasonably warm’ sunshine. Now it was absolutely bitterly cold thanks to the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.
Work was just unbearable. I even made myself a coffee in my break and took it back to my till with me in a disposable cup (which we are not really allowed to do) because I needed to drink something hot, there was no way that I could just drink the cold water in my bottle that I normally have.
One of my customers even felt so sorry for me that they actually bought me some gloves to put on. The only problem being that they had fingers in so I could not operate my till with them on. But it was a very kind thought.
Leah had taken a mattress topper off her bed a while ago. I had finally arranged to give this to a lady I knew to take in to the homeless shelter where she volunteers. She came into the shop to tell me that someone had taken it immediately 🙂 I really don’t know how these homeless people are surviving in this bitterly cold weather so I felt really pleased that I was able to help someone just a tiny bit.
I had an appointment with Dr Fisher early on Thursday morning. He confirmed that he thought the problem was indeed my hip. He suspects it might be trochanteric bursitis! So I need to have an X-ray to check out the bones, an ultrasound and arrange for some physio to help strengthen the hip to try and avoid the need for a hip replacement! I’m not sure I can face one of those at the moment ☹️
I also mentioned while I was there about my big toe being much worse now and he said he would refer me to podiatry to see if they can maybe recommend something that would go in my shoe to take the pressure off the joint when I’m walking.
My poor body! 😖 I don’t really like getting older that much, everything hurts!
As it was snowing on and off and forecast to get heavier from about 3pm I decided to walk about town and do a ‘snow report’ for my family to keep them updated with how the roads were into Chippy as they had gone to work in Banbury, Charlbury and Witney and wanted to know when to leave for home so they didn’t get stuck! A good job they didn’t need to get up Gary’s road!
Friday morning, and yes we had got all the predicted snowfall. But I hadn’t slept last night, the itching on my legs that I have been suffering with had become so bad that it just kept me awake. I simply couldn’t face another night like it, so I decided to trudge through all the snow up to the doctors’ surgery to get some help! It was a bit of an eerie walk, because it was early and because of the snow there were no cars around and hardly any people. The wind was strong and bitterly cold. But I made it! I think there were only 2 doctors that had made it in at that time and luckily not too many patients, so I was able to be seen.
The doctor thought that my histamines might have gone out of control!
(What are histamines? They’re chemicals your immune system makes. Histamines act like bouncers at a club. They help your body get rid of something that’s bothering you. Histamines start the process to get those allergens out of your body or off your skin. They can make you sneeze or itch, whatever it takes to get the job done. They are part of your body’s defense system).
So I was prescribed with some antihistamine tablets to calm them down again and some cream to help soothe the itching. What a relief!
And then after that all I seemed to do is walk about in the snow rather a lot! Both on my own and with Gary and my family.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, while the snow was really bad, I walked 17 miles 🚶♀️
One of the Friday afternoon walks was a real challenge. We took off across some fields and it was just so bleak. The wind was blowing, it was so extremely cold, it started to snow heavily again and the snow was already so deep in places and therefore very hard to walk in. I was actually quite exhausted and aching when I finally stopped walking for the day.
And then on Sunday, when we could actually get out in the car again, we went for a little drive about.
I’ve had ‘fun’ but you can go away now snow 👋