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Lotsa snow!


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 👋



10 Fun Facts

1. You can’t see your ears without a mirror.

2. You can’t count your hair.

3. You can’t breathe through your nose with your tongue out.

4. You just tried number 3.

6. When you did number 3 you realised that it is possible, only you look like a dog.

7. You are smiling right now, because you were fooled.

8. You skipped number 5.

9. You just checked to see what was number 5.

10. Share this with your friends so they can have some fun too 😆

Have a fantastic day!!! 😃

3 years …


Monday 19th to Tuesday 27th February

A visit to physio. I had missed a previous appointment in January and by now my calf muscle seemed to have completely recovered. Isn’t it quite amazing what the human body can do? Despite everything else that seems to be wrong in my body, my calf muscle was now better, with no medication and just some very painful massage from a very good physiotherapist. How does that happen?! So I was just checked out to see how I was now walking, what bends and stretches I could do and now I don’t need to go back any more. Yay 😀

Some time off work, which among other things was spent spring cleaning the bathroom, going for some nice walks in the very pleasant sunshine and attending my uncle’s funeral.

I had a bit of a near miss with a car while I was out for one of my walks! I had just crossed over the road by the car park to the nearby Aldi supermarket, and just carried on walking along the path as normal, then I suddenly heard behind me a skidding noise and then a big crash, a car had just gone out of control and crashed into the wall, in the exact spot where I had just been. The driver was okay and there were no passengers, so thankfully no one got hurt, but my legs were a bit wobbly for a while afterwards when I thought how lucky I had been again. If the timings had been different by about 1 minute I would have been rather squashed I think 😏

There was an impromptu trip to Bourton on the Water on Sunday afternoon for lunch and a little walk around. Oh why didn’t one of them push her in? 🤪

Within this time I’ve had my 3 year anniversaries! Who would have thought it?

The 22nd was the date of my first transplant. After volunteering I took myself off for a walk and I found myself a new park to walk in. It was a lovely, quite warm, sunny afternoon. I watched the squirrels searching for food and I watched the dogs running after their balls and then chasing the squirrels!

What a complete difference to how I was spending the afternoon. Three years ago I was led in a bed in Critical Care 😖 On this afternoon I was able to just wander around in a lovely park enjoying the simple things in the fresh air and warm sunshine. And all thanks to my hero organ donors and their families 😍

I went out for a glass of rose wine 🍷 with Robyn in the evening to celebrate.

The 27th was the date of my second transplant. I spent the day at work, chatting with my customers. Quite a few of them know all about my journey and are always interested for the latest news!

I went out for a curry 🍛 with Leah in the evening to celebrate.

And now for my latest health issue! 😣 I have a terrible pain, either in my hip or lower back. Thankfully it doesn’t hurt when I walk, but other certain movements and especially sitting down, is extremely painful. I think a visit to the doctor is needed!

An important day


What did you do on International Women’s Day? Anything like this?!

The day is held annually on 8th March, to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is even a public holiday in some countries.

Apparently Google searches for “International Men’s Day” are higher on International Women’s Day than they are on International Men’s Day itself! (The spikes are in March of each year).

So for those of you that are wondering, International Men’s Day is all about promoting awareness of male health, discrimination and gender relations and is celebrated on 19th November each year.

It’s also World Kidney Day today.

So look after your kidneys everyone!

Another important day in our house as both of my daughters have Polycystic Kidney Disease 😖

It’s my birthday! 🎁🎂


Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th February

My birthday weekend was a bit difficult at times ☹️

On Saturday morning I did enjoy helping to clear up the stones from Gary’s garden. (Remember that his wall had fallen down and some of it had hit my car?)

Then there was a Saturday evening bus ride to Oxford with some of the family and a meal out in Cosmo’s, one of those eat as much as you like restaurants with a range of dishes from all over the world. They certainly made their money out of me! as I didn’t have very much to eat, but what I did have was very nice 😋

We popped in to a couple of places for a drink afterwards, one being in The Varsity Club on their rooftop terrace. It was very cold! Thank goodness blankets were provided 🤣

On Sunday morning Robyn made me a nice cup of tea and then made me bacon sandwiches for my birthday breakfast.

In the afternoon there was a walk in Batsford Arboretum, 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams.

Back to Julie’s house for presents, tea and birthday cake and a visit from Lucie and Joey 👶 so a little cuddle which cheered me up a tiny bit.

Have a look at what’s inside this red storage container. Great isn’t it? As much as I love it I really couldn’t live in it. There’s just not enough room for all of my junk 🙄

Transplantee snowboarder


Saturday 10th to Friday 16th February

It’s Winter Olympics time! ⛷🥌⛸

It’s taking place in Pyeongchang County in South Korea. Live tv coverage is mainly shown in the mornings so that was my weekend sorted! Harder during the week when at work, but I’ve been watching when I get the chance.

I love to watch the snowboarding 🏂, the speed skating and the skeleton – where they career down the icy track head first reaching speeds of over 80 miles per hour.

None of which I’ve ever fancied doing myself! I’ve never even been skiing. Why would anyone want to pay to go on holiday to a cold country?! I can’t bear the cold ☃

Here are 11 things you may not know about the Olympics. It’s quite an interesting read. If you click on the ‘Worst crashes and injuries’ box while in this link you will find some great photographs!

I also came across a video of Chris Klug, who is a professional alpine snowboarder. I really wanted to put the video on here so that you could see it but very annoyingly I just could not figure out how to get it into this post! 🤷‍♀️😡 So I’ll just tell you about him instead. He had a liver transplant in 2000 due to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Then in 2002 he went on to compete in the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where he won a bronze medal in the Parallel Giant Slalom. This was the first and so far only time a transplantee has competed in the Olympics, either winter or summer.

He has also released a book called To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder. This might be an interesting read 📖

On Sunday we went out for the first time in ages to watch some live music in a local pub. Just a man and his guitar, he played for about four hours straight with no break, that must have took some doing. How does he remember all those words?!

Time to go and visit my favourite hairdresser! on Monday 💇‍♀️

A week of birthdays – my brother Peter’s on the 13th, my sister Julie’s on the 14th (a Valentine’s baby) and a visit for tea and cake 🎂😋 and then mine coming up in a few days. Where did all the birthday cards go when we all lived at home?! Funny that the three of us were all born in February and my other brother and sister were both born in October!

And not forgetting Valentines Day this week of course ❤

My walk on Thursday afternoon involved me walking down to the sorting office in our town to pick up a delivery for Robyn. I got the lovely job as she was at work until 8pm. Thankfully they weren’t too heavy but carrying one shoe box and one box even bigger up 3 steep hills was certainly a good workout and made my arms and shoulders ache! And then it turned out that it was my own birthday presents that I had struggled home with!

(By the way, my big toe hurts more and more ☹️)