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Scuse me while I have a BIG moan about my health...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A good moan will get it out of my system. At least, that's the plan. It has been a very trying week, and I am exhausted.





Last Wednesday morning I woke to the abdominal ache that told me an attack of diverticulitis was imminent. May be too much info for some, so feel free to skip! :-)





You see, there are four stages for me with the diverticular disease:

stage 1: No pain. Best stage going. Wish it was the main stage, but alas...

stage 2: Pain after I eat, relieved by a visit to the loo. Painful cramps, but not long-lasting. This is the stage I am most often in.

stage 3: Pain after I eat, but no relief to be had for around two hours. Cramping pains very intense and bent double - stomach-clutchingly painful. This happens on an almost weekly basis.

stage 4: Ache throughout my abdomen, intensified in certain patches, with the ache relieved somewhat by paracetamol, but the intensified patches impervious to pain relief. This is accompanied by feeling sick and very loose bowels usually. This is the point at which I get put on antibiotics by the doc.





So, as already mentioned, I woke last Wednesday to the stomach ache, intensified pain etc, and after a couple of hours I figured it was best to see the doc.

Well, as predicted Dr P. put me on antibiotics, but she also suggested I start taking fybogel.

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But I'm not constipated. Quite the opposite. Plus I am eating a high fibre diet. Do I have to?

Yes, she says, because it can also help to bulk up loose stools. I want you to try it for at least a week. And she hands me a prescription for a month's supply!

So, when I get home after the trip to the chemist, I take my antibiotic, eat some breakfast, and then dutifully attempt to drink down my first sachet of fybogel.





The first issue with the fybogel: They had given me the orange flavour, but although it smelled vaguely orangey, it didn't taste like any orange I'd ever eaten, plus the additives saccharin and aspartame are truly disgusting! I never buy anything to eat or drink with either of those ingredients in. How on earth was I supposed to get this stuff down me twice a day after my morning and evening meals?

Then the second issue made itself known. Dry mouth! Bits of the fybogel left in your mouth immediately suck all the moisture out! Took me a while to realise what was happening. So after the second dose I immediately cleaned my teeth and swooshed a load of water round my mouth.

But by now, the third issue was becoming obvious. There are only two side effects bloating and flatulence. And I had them both and how!!! And the bloating made the cramping pains so much worse that I couldn't eat anything without them kicking in.





I took the third dose on Thursday morning, in spite of my misgivings, telling myself that the side effects would probably settle down after a few days, which was why the doc said to give it at least a week. By this time I had to stand over the sink to drink it because I was in danger of bringing it straight back up. Then I downed my usual antibiotics and painkillers and prayed.

I walked into town once I was sure it was staying down, and fortunately the pain eased sufficiently for me to make it there and back without incident, and when I got back I rang the chemist to ask if I could change the fybogel flavour to the one called 'natural', thinking that would be better and be sweetener free.

Wrong!

I tried it that evening, as it was for the first couple of mouthfuls, then dosing it with Ribena to try and make it more palatable, but I only just managed to keep it down, and the pressure in my stomach at this point, from the swelling fybogel on top of my meal was too much. Cue me sat on the loo crying with pain while my stomach tried to reach back up to my throat to throttle me!!!

By the time I crawled off the loo, I was only fit to crawl into bed.


I came to the conclusion that it wasn't going to help me if I was in this much pain after taking it, and that it wouldn't help me know if the antibiotics were working if I didn't know what was causing the symptoms (diverticulitis or fybogel), so I decided to wait until I'd finished the antibiotics before trying any more fybogel. I also decided to ask the doc for the salt-based option (no sweeteners type of fibre supplement) that the chemist suggested I ask about.

So that was Thursday.





Friday I stayed home and took my tablets, clutched my cramping stomach at intervals, and became very closely acquainted with my bathroom as the fybogel I'd taken worked through my system.

Saturday was much the same.

Sunday I finally woke up with minimal pain so I did a little dancing. Caught up with my JD3 Bingo game, and decided that was enough seeing as I'd not exercised for a few days.

Unfortunately, by the evening I was in a lot of pain again.

Monday my eldest was arriving around tea time for an overnight stay. Tara and I made her up a bed, hoovered through and generally tidied, but I was really struggling, and Tara was incubating a cold, so neither of us was exactly eager to do housework.

I ate a late lunch around 4pm, and within 30 mins I was in agony! Cramping pains were taking my breath away every few minutes. The loo was not helping, and Bry arrived to find me bent double in the sitting room in the throws of a real humdinger of an attack. First time she had seen me that bad. She had only seen me in the recovery phase before.

I was in tears when she got here, terrified that I'd get taken to hospital because the pain wouldn't quit even though I'd been on the antibiotics nearly a week by then. I was in a hell of a state!

I calmed down as the pain eased, managed a little supper, but when I woke in the morning it was to more pain and extreme diarrhoea!!!

So I get on the phone to ask for a doctor appointment, but there was no schedule due to a shortage of doctors that morning, so we were told to get there for 11am and wait for a doc to free up. We got there early, just in case, and sat in the surgery for 3/4 hour before I finally saw someone. Of course the pain had stopped by then, but she pummelled me (very heavy hands does Miss O'C have, but she is lovely with it) all over my abdomen, asked me lots of questions, told me to forget about fybogel for now, and she put me on anti-spasmodic drugs instead, to stop the spasm pains. She also booked me for blood tests to check for inflammation. I'm guessing that is because of the pain in my chest and collar bones.

She was terrific!





THEN... poor Bry, who was already late for her travelling home (she planned to leave for home at 10am but it was by now after 11.30) had to drive me across town to the drop-in medical centre at the main hospital because - get this - the surgery didn't have any blood test appointments available until sometime in DECEMBER!!!

It was almost noon by the time we reached the drop-in centre because we got slightly lost in the maze of roads at Highwoods trying to get there, but luckily being sensible females we asked a chap walking his British Bulldog for directions and we'd only gone a little bit wrong. Although there was a thirty minute wait to see a doctor there, it was only a five minute wait to see the very friendly blood taking nurse.

So, blood removed we then went to Asda (just down the road from the drop-in centre, so we thought it would be more convenient) to get the antispasmodics prescription filled there, and were stuck there for nearly 20 mins waiting for that, and then we went to Waitrose on the way home so I could get a few urgent groceries and to buy Bry a coffee.

Unfortunately, there was a long queue in the cafe because by this time it was 1pm, so everyone wanted lunch, and after a few mins in a non-moving queue (three staff cleaning, and only one serving, and she had the pace of your average snail!!!) Bry and I had both had enough. I hadn't eaten since I got up at 7am, and Bry hadn't eaten in more than three hours, and we could both feel our tempers rising as we were watching this girl stroll casually around behind the counter despite the rapidly lengthening queue, so we just walked out before one of us tore someone off a strip. Mood I was in, it would NOT have been pretty!





Once we got back to the house, Bry wolfed down some of my coffee and sandwiches, while I took my first anti-spasmodic and then made some porage, and then Bry headed for home. She still hoped to get back in time to get to her Samba class that night.

She didn't make it. Rob took one look at her when she got back (it is a five hour drive between ours and theirs) and insisted she was way too tired to go, and that she was to have an early night. Sensible chap! :-)

Tara and I had an early night too. We were both in bed with lights out by 9.30 pm. I was relieved to have had no more spasm pains since I started taking the new tablets. I had aches when I needed to use the loo, and the costo was still being a royal pain, but a couple of co-codamol helped that.

Today, so far, has been spasm free, a few twinges, some ache when I need the loo, and some costo pain. Oh, and the diarrhoea hasn't finished with me yet.

Tomorrow I should get the blood test results.

Here endeth the current moan. :-) If you stuck with me through all this, I shall reward you shortly with a much happier blog. :-) I say shortly, but it may be tomorrow because I have a ton of pics to share. :-)

Hope you are having a Wickedly Wonderful Wednesday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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KPA1B2 11/17/2012 12:51PM

  Here's to hoping you are feeling better! emoticon

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MRE1956 11/16/2012 7:07AM

    Love the graphics you provided in your post - kudos to you for bringing a bit of humor into things while you're so clearly struggling, health-wise.....

Here's wishing you all the best!

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KRISTA-GIRL 11/16/2012 2:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Bless your heart! I sure do look forward to a happier blog, but only because I want you to stop hurting. This one was fabulous with the pics. :-) You crack me up - the "disapprove" placement had me rolling!

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BOVEY63 11/15/2012 9:42PM

    Hope you are doing much better.
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Love how through it all that awesome humor of you remains in tact.
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SENATOR9 11/15/2012 9:26AM

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SHAWFAN 11/15/2012 5:42AM

    emoticon Hope you get it sorted soon hun.

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_LINDA 11/14/2012 9:39PM

    So very sorry to hear you are suffering through all of this :( What a nightmare!!
ironically, I am right there with you, last weekend (for five days straight actually) was the guts from hell, and the biffy was my good friend, not being able to go anywhere that I couldn't quickly access one very fast. I thought I might be finally over it, having had a good Tuesday, but today, whammo, stomach pains, gas, etc, and quick trips to the loo :( I guess the acidophilis isn't doing me anything. The Dr. is investigating more closely now and I am sceduled for a pelvic ultrasound to make sure there is nothing wrong with the place where I had my appendix out or to make sure there are no cysts on my ovaries, or some other nasty thing inside. It took me a long time to want to eat supper tonight as my guts were protesting pretty good.
I hope this new Dr. has done a better job of sorting it out for you,
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BUBBLEJ1 11/14/2012 6:10PM

    Well, that all sucks. Sorry you are going through this, is sounds awful!

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LOVESLIFE48 11/14/2012 4:31PM

    I am so sorry you are going through all that!! Hope you don't end up needing surgery like my BIL!! Hope you feel better soon.

Love the duck pic!! Actually I like them all but the duck on cracked me up!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/14/2012 3:37PM

    Lex I hate to hear you've been so unwell emoticon
I hope you get this issue resolved soon, what a nightmare!
I also hope you're soon over the trots- so confidence sapping.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/14/2012 3:26PM

    I'm sorry that you're going through this. I hope they find a solution for you.
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DAWN14163 11/14/2012 3:18PM

    Sounds blimmin awful. I think there's a surgical solution to diverticulum probs (a friend had it "done" a few years ago) - would you consider that? Might be worth asking your doc.... Hope you manage to get this sorted soon.
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CARLA-216 11/14/2012 3:09PM

    Oh goodness, Lex, I'm so sorry you've been having such difficulty and in so much pain. I've had food double me over with cramps and urgently needing the loo, and I can't imagine having that pain ongoing. I hope your blood test results do not show anything to be wrong, and that the diarrhoea is finished with you very soon.

xoxo
Carla

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/14/2012 2:58PM

    sending big hugs and a measure of sympathy. so sorry to hear you have been so poorly

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CHICCHANTAL 11/14/2012 2:56PM

    Sounds absolutely horrible. What's your prognosis like, will you be able to get it under control? Many years ago I ended up in casualty with acute constipation, and the pain was utterly terrifying, so I have some idea of how you feel though that was just the once.

And by the way, a quack is invisible so I don't understand the ducks.

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We Will Remember Them

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I may not like it that we still have wars, which in my humble opinion never solve anything, but I will always appreciate the sacrifices made to try and keep us safe in this crazy world.





I am taking two minutes out of my day to thank everyone who lays their life on the line in every walk of life - army, navy, airforce - firemen, police, medics.





Thankyou.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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_LINDA 11/14/2012 9:41PM

    Amen. Yes, its so sad we must have wars :( Yes I am thankful for the freedom they have given us.. I will never forget..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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POLSKARENIA 11/12/2012 4:38PM

    Let us never forget our debt to those who fought for our freedom - my late parents included.

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ANNEMAC5 11/11/2012 1:10PM

    remembering

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BOVEY63 11/11/2012 11:19AM

    Amen!

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NEW-CAZ 11/11/2012 10:07AM

    Amen Lex. Lest we forget

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SHAWFAN 11/11/2012 10:04AM

    God bless our veterans! emoticon

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SENATOR9 11/11/2012 9:39AM

    We will remember them.


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Annemac5 Said it With Flowers! :-)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Aren't they gorgeous?



Thankyou Anne! They are lovely!
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And the reason for goodies flying in both directions? (see Anne's blog for pics of the scarf I made for her) It was Anne's birthday yesterday, and it will be mine on Saturday, so this was a joint birthday treat.
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We had a smashing time at the Golden Banana (Firstsite Art Gallery), once we found a parking spot in town. Glory, the car park was full to bursting today. :-) It took all Anne's expertise, (and the loan of a shoehorn) to get her car into the only space we could find.
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The current exhibition at the gallery has the themes of food and bodies running through it, and some sections were inspired by a book called Wild Food. All the fresh veg scattered about was certainly making me feel hungry! :-) Good job we were there to eat as well!
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So we had a whale of a time discussing the art, trying to bribe one of the staff into letting us buy some of the pics for peanuts seeing as it was our birthdays (he could not be swayed, unfortunately), and speculating about the placement of certain items, and their possible uses in a kitchen (and elsewhere). Still curious about that leather strap and buckle ensemble, Anne! *grin*

Then we made our way to the Musa Cafe, and had a very tasty, and not too calorific lunch. Weren't we good! :-) We both had baked potatoes, and the toppings were in pots on the side, rather than on the top, plus the coleslaw and side salads are actually tasty, not just a bit of sad lettuce and a slice of tomato. Everything about the place is arty, even the food and the bathrooms!

Much as I'd have loved to continue our afternoon, a broken central heating boiler was calling Anne home, so we headed back to the car park, where (thankfully) large gaps had opened up, so we wouldn't be needing the tin opener I borrowed from the Cafe to get us back out of the parking spot.
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I hope it won't be too long before we get the chance to meet-up again. :-)

Enjoy Halloween! I'm off to prepare the local virgin for tonights sacrifice!





TRICK OR TREAT!!!
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Hugs,
Lex xxx





  
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SCREWIE 11/2/2012 5:07AM

    Gorgeous flowers!

Glad you had a lovely day :)

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CHICCHANTAL 11/1/2012 2:36AM

    I love the three witches!

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_LINDA 11/1/2012 1:29AM

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The emoticon are fabulous! What a lovely day! Almost a Halloween baby, what fun!
Love Halloween, thanks for the funnies!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SENATOR9 10/31/2012 10:30PM

    emoticon And the scarf look great

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-POOKIE- 10/31/2012 5:04PM

    Wonderful!

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BOVEY63 10/31/2012 3:36PM

    So nice you had the chance to get together. Beautiful flowers!
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NEW-CAZ 10/31/2012 2:39PM

    Glad you had a good time Lex, love the flowers!

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CARLA-216 10/31/2012 1:59PM

    Sounds like a lovely time! And what pretty flowers! The scarf you made for Anne is gorgeous. You do nice work, Lex!

xoxo
Carla

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Boo!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Oh, Hai!





You have been goosed!
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JSABRINA 10/28/2012 11:43AM

    Ha!



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SHARJOPAUL 10/28/2012 10:11AM

    Really great one
LOL

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    Love your zany senst of humour Lexie emoticon

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KPA1B2 10/27/2012 9:36PM

  Too funny!

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OFFICIALOLDY 10/27/2012 5:47PM

    I think they're cute.

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CHICCHANTAL 10/27/2012 5:22PM

    Yummy.

sorry, was I supposed to think them cute?

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Changeable Weather! They're not kidding!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Seriously, I've been awake for an hour and a half, and we are already on our third shower and our fourth bit of blue sky and sunshine approaching!

EDIT five mins later: Make that the FOURTH shower! LOL


Seriously, Five minutes is all it takes...

I woke and opened the curtain - sunshine!

I am downstairs ten mins later and go out to feed the birds - clouded over!

Five minutes after that - raining!

ten minutes later - blue sky and sunshine!

And so it goes on....

I sit here, facing South, while on my computer. If I look to the left, out of the kitchen window (small house) I see one type of weather, and if I look to my right out of the sitting room window, it is completely different!

Right now: grey and threatening the next shower in the back garden, but blue sky and sunshine in the front garden. LOL

I do love the vagaries of the British weather! :-)

Have a lovely (if a chilly) weekend!

I'm off to play with the Wii to try and warm up a bit.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 10/31/2012 5:06AM

    I got caught in several showers myself this past week. I still managed to get out on the bike :)

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CARLA-216 10/29/2012 2:07PM

    Reminds me of Ireland's weather.
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BOVEY63 10/28/2012 6:42PM

    Weather sure can be unpredictable!
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_LINDA 10/28/2012 1:32AM

    Our weather tends to change fast -usually the opposite of what the weather guys say :P But today it was consistently bloody cold, but with lovely sunshine and fortunately, very little wind -the winds here can strip the skin off any exposed skin when the temperatures gets really cold. I of course was out in it for three hours -the frozen fingers were a nuisance (in spite of lined feece gloves) but it was lovely hiking through the bush and walking on the trails.
Thanks for the funnies, enjoy the Wii!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/27/2012 1:40PM

    decided to walk into town, sun shining - wearing hat and sunglasses - the wind picked up and we were in the line of a hailstorm. So cold, we had to call into Wetherspoons for a cuppa to warm up. (Honest, I have the bill!)

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SHAWFAN 10/27/2012 11:24AM

    Aw, if only my wii wasn't broken. Could use that today. Enjoy your weekend, rain or shine. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/27/2012 11:06AM

    It was lovely here earlier Lex all sun and blue sky but flipping freezing. Been over to Uxbridge shopping so kept warm walking and I've got in and the heavens have opened,,,,,,,,and it;s still cold bbbbbbbbrrrrrrrrrr

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NOREGRET2010 10/27/2012 9:57AM

    We laugh about the changeablity of the weather here too - It will snow, then shine, then shine and snow...

Enjoy your weekend Lex!

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YOYONOMORE1 10/27/2012 9:14AM

    Yes, this is the time of year the weather can change rapidly and sometimes we get all four seasons in one day. Here in Michigan today we have sun and blue sky, but our high 70's have departed and they are saying rain for the first part of the week. Enjoy your weekend, it's Halloween jokes on Silly Saturday today so join us there if you can.

Hugs,
Shirl
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SENATOR9 10/27/2012 9:00AM

    Calgary weather.It changes every five minutes

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-POOKIE- 10/27/2012 9:00AM

    Its really cold here, showers and sun

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JERZGURL_NAN 10/27/2012 8:48AM

    rather grey here on the east coast of the US today and we are facing non-stop rain for the next few days - people are all in an uproar - crazy actually - the hurricane coming has everyone going nutz. Good grief - it's NOT the end of the world yet. LOL

enjoy your bits of sunshine for us today. and by all means - keep warm.

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CHICCHANTAL 10/27/2012 8:41AM

    I went to the gym and it was brilliant blue sky. By the time I got back it was grey.

One thing didn't change though. It's dead parky out there!

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NCSUE0514 10/27/2012 6:19AM

    How odd - where do you live?

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ANNEMAC5 10/27/2012 6:03AM

    Keep warm. We went out early to Tesco to do the shopping and it snowed then when we got home it started raining then sun then rain then sun then rain... now sunny and drizzle.
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POLSKARENIA 10/27/2012 6:02AM

    I need that Wii game!!!

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