Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I've been away from Spark for a while, firstly from a hand operation which has healed beautifully and secondly I became quite poorly with an severe allergic reaction from licking an enevelope.
I was very lucky I didn't go into anaphylactic shock.
Within ten minutes my face had puffed up so much.
My eyes closed, my tongue and lips swelled so much I couldn't shut my mouth and it affected my breathing.
This in turn set off a really bad psoriasis flare-up, in places I'd never had it before, most which became infected causing large pus filled blisters and burning hot skin.
The infection spread to my eyes, the left one especially being swollen shut, pus filled and very sore and weeping.
This later spread into my sinus cavities causing burning inside my head as well as the outside of my body. I was so hot that cold wet cloth compresses were steaming and dry within a minute of application and I turned a nice shade of deep maroon.
All this has resulted in just over six weeks of antibiotics, antihistimines, emollients and pain...but from today I'm medication free and I've started my phototherapy sessions.
I still have all my topical lotions and creams that I use too.
I'm having a course of thirty light therapy sessions at the rate of three times a week for the next ten weeks. Hopefully it will help the psoriasis and show up any patches which might resist and could be from an allergy, in which case I can go for allergen tests.
My eyes were affected quite badly from the infection and it spread to my sinus cavities which has been very painful. It feels almost better but my eyes are pretty scratchy, dry and sore so I've been given false tears which are helping and I'm showering with a special cream which has also helped my skin enormously.
My lips and the inside of my mouth peeled pretty badly and are still sore but I'm rubbing an emollient into them and new skin is growing back.
On a more positive note, the skin which peeled off my face, neck, back and chest has been replaced by some lovely, smooth, soft-as-a-baby's-bottom skin...it's still a little reddish but looks infinitely better.
The phototherapy session this morning was only fourteen seconds duration, but even then it got very warm!
Each session will be increased in length until I reach the capacity session time.
I stand naked in a little cubicle wearing goggles and a face visor protector...what a picture!!
When the machine is switched on, full length flourescent type tubes light up giving me a pleasant blast of UVB rays which will hopefully help my poor skin.
It might sound odd, it may even be wishful thinking, but even after that one fourteen second session my arms look less red and feel smoother.
I know one thing...lol...I'll never lick another envelope, it was a hard lesson to learn but it's done the trick.
Seems I'm allergic to latex, so that bascially means anything to do with elastic. I'm now in the process of trying to find underwear that is latex free and believe me, it's not easy!
Friday, January 06, 2012
Hi to all my Spark friends.
It seems ages since I've logged in to Spark properly.
I've been ill and even though I'm not quite 100% better yet I started back in my healthy eating routine last Friday when a burst of unexpected energy spurred me on...lol...
So far the dividends are good as this morning I've lost some weight and I feel a whole lot better than I did this time last week.
I've missed everybody.
I enjoy the little chats we have and hope to now log-in daily.
I hope you're all well, have had a wonderful Christmas and (better late than never!!) I wish a Happy New Year to you all.
Friday, May 27, 2011
My friend and I followed part of a Heritage Trail through the medieval town of Beverley yesterday. It has sculptures that depict the guilds, crafts and trades of medieval times and is split into five separate walks encompassing the whole of the town.
Over the summer we fully intend to walk them all plus an art one showing the paintings of Fred & Mary Elwell...both prominent Beverley artists.
It's been a very dry spring here and we haven't had any significant rain for nine weeks now, just the odd five minute sharp shower which has hardly wet the ground.
We were really looking forward to the trail, me especially as I've been bad with sciatica and not done any walking for a while and I've missed it.
So yesterday morning we set off on the walk, keen and eager, to a nice gentle breeze and warm sunshine.
The first part of the walk was very good, it's a look and find sort of trail, some things aren't obvious but we enjoyed searching around trying to find the various sculptures.
Some are high up on walls, other set into the pavement and still other are statues plain to see...it was fun.
We even made a detour to an old disused cemetery to find the Elwell's grave, it wasn't part of the trail but interesting.
But all good things as they say...
At eleven o'clock a very large black cloud appeared followed by more and more until the whole of the sky looked dark and forbidding. Shortly afterwards the heavens opened, and I mean opened!
It came down like stair rods, straight and hard!
We were on the edge of the town, away from the shops and out onto the ancient medieval pastureland but we skipped back and sheltered under the town's medieval North Bar Gate confident it would be another five minute wonder....wishful thinking!
After twenty minutes, with the sky black and menacing the wind got up, the rain came down even faster and we retreated back into town to a little cafe we'd seen close by.
Cold and very damp we sat with a hot drink and watched as the rain fell and then bounced back up from the cobbled street with relish.
Half an hour later it seemed to have eased a little and with the sky still looking a little ominous we ventured forth again.
We gaily followed the, by now very soggy, route map.
I was taking pictures of each sculpture we found...hard to do in pouring rain...lol...
The plan of the day was we were going to do walk one, have a light lunch somewhere and then continue with walk two incorporating some of the Elwell paintings that were along the way but after we'd finished the first walk we were absolutely soaked, so much so I felt as if I'd had a shower with my clothes on.
My jacket was only showerproof and the rain filtered through to everything underneath it, even my shoes were soggy and when I eventually took them and my socks off on returning home my feet were black with dye!
My hair looked as if I'd just washed it and left it, it hung in dripping rats tails...
We finished walk one and were still debating whether to go to walk two when it began to thunder, crashing and banging loudly interspaced with white zig zags of lightning.
Well... what would you have done?
We gave up!
It's sod's law really, we had no grandchildren to watch, nothing desperate to do, we were free for the whole day.
The country definitely needs the rain. It actually needs to rain non-stop for a month to bring levels up to where they should be... but why yesterday!
I enjoyed yesterday in a perverse sort of way but unbelievably this morning was warm and sunny again, it still is this afternoon too!
A few of my pictures:
Jerkin Makers: The Beverley Jerkin makers made leather tunics from the leather of Beverley tanneries.
Cartmen: Carts were the main form of transport in medieval Beverley, this depicts the old saying 'putting the cart before the horse'.
Bakers: There was a ducking stool on Tiger Lane where unscrupulous bakers were punished for selling poor bread, either that or they were fined.
Monday, May 23, 2011
I'm feeling a whole lot better now with the new medication I'm on, not quite so weary and lethargic, and my sciatica has almost gone too.
So DH and I decided to go walking yesterday. We walk and bird watch a lot...or rather, we did until my silly liver started playing up, and we've missed it.
We discussed what I thought I would be able to do and chose to walk part of the Centenary Way which is over a pretty flat and very scenic part of Yorkshire.
We decided to see how I went and to park the car near the middle of the walk then head off in one direction before coming back to the car, if I couldn't do any more - all well and good, if I could we'd go in the other direction and then back to the car again. We wouldn't do it all as it's a long walk with hills further on, we'd just do the flat part...and I did it, both ways!
I was pretty slow towards the end and very glad to sit down when we got back to the car. It was quite windy and took your breath away when we had to face it on the return but the second part was more sheltered behind trees.
I'm glad I did it, I slept like a log last night and this morning I feel rejuvenated...tired, lethargic but rejuvenated and no sciatic pain to speak of except a little twinge near the back of my thigh.
It's raised my hopes that I can go on an Historic Town Trail on Thursday, in the medieval town of Beverley, which I'd been planning with a friend...all being well and with fingers crossed, I'll manage it.
Walking the walk...
Walking the walk.
Talking the talk.
Enjoying a beautiful day.
Watching the scenery.
Delight in the greenery.
Enjoy the Centenary Way.
Feeling the burn.
A lesson to learn.
Muscles are tight but...hey!
I've enjoyed my walking.
I've enjoyed my talkng.
Though it's left me lethargic today!!
Monday, May 16, 2011
My new medication seems to have kicked in now and I'm not feeling so 'twitchy'...lol...still tired and the sciatica hasn't gone yet though it is much better.
DH worked hard yesterday, re-lining his pond that the bad winter weather affected. It's a job and a half really, removing all the fish and plants and pumping out the water before taking the old liner out and putting in the new one. I helped where I could but didn't push myself too much. I passed things, cleaned things, split and repotted plants, made drinks and generally got in the way...lol...I enjoyed it and slept really well last night, nine hours, the most I've had in a long while.
This morning I'm going to make some butternut squash, carrot and onion soup...then I'll probably need a little rest...lol...even though I'll sit down to chop!
This afternoon I'm being picked up by friends to go to a nearby village Church flower festival. It's called 'Hats Galore' and each display will contain hats and a flower arrangement to compliment it. There'll be refreshments in the vestry, a chance to catch up with people and I'm really looking forward to it.
We emptied the pond water over the lawn and flower beds as we've had no rain in eight weeks, this cheeky chappie really enjoyed poking in the wet ground and found lots of tasty titbits.
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