Monday, July 27, 2009
I don't think I'll ever use the expression 'ants in your pants' in a jocular way ever again.
It's just NOT funny!
I finally managed to get my shoe on today and managed a short walk.
I haven't done much walking for the last three weeks due to an arthritis flare-up in my knee and ankle. It's been pretty swollen and painful and has taken longer than usual to get better.
By last Tuesday my foot was going down nicely and as I could get my shoes on I decided to do a spot of gardening just taking off done foliage and flowers, nothing too strenuous or that involved kneeling.
Soon I was quite happily dead heading, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.
I'd been out quite a time when I felt a burning sensation in my right foot, I couldn't see anything when I pulled my sock down so I gave it a good rub and carried on gardening.
Suddenly my feet and legs were on fire, burning, itching, it was really painful. I pulled up my trouser leg and there were big red lumps all over.
I ran into the back garden.....I was working in the front garden and thought better of taking my clothes off there!....I ripped my trousers off, they were full of red ants and the little blighters were stinging away. I had to pull them off and pick them out of my trousers and socks to squish them.
My husband came home just then wondering what I was doing out in the garden in just my undercrackers!
He counted fifteen lumps to my right leg and two on my left foot.
He 'googled' red ants to see what to do and we followed the advice...it didn't help!
I didn't sleep well and by next morning my right leg had twentythree lumps and my left foot three.
They were huge, like half golfballs and red and itchy and painful.
I felt dizzy and was sick a couple of times so DH took me to the doctor.
He said he didn't think I was allergic to them as that could have caused anaphylactic shock but I'd had so many stings I'd had a reaction.
He gave me antihistimine tablets and cream but by the following day I had thirtyfive lumps on my right leg and five on my left foot.
The burning pain was terrible, even material touching it hurt and it's taken six days to go off. The bumps have flattened now but any touch, however light makes them tingle, it's not pleasant but it's not painful.
Apparently the formic acid injected goes to your nerves and this can tingle for up to a couple of months. Some liken this to the pain from shingles but I've never had them so I don't know...if it feels like this I don't ever want them!!
In America you call the red ant a fire ant...it certainly lives up to it's name...I felt like I was on fire!
DH has found the nest hidden between two of the bricks which border the front path, he's put ant killer down. We think I must have stepped on or near it and they've attacked.
I didn't get too badly stung, it could have been much worse I suppose...
I've told DH the front garden is his domain from now on, I'll stick to the back where I know there isn't any...well I don't think there is!!
Saturday, May 02, 2009
For three weeks now I've been keeping my eye on a pair of Blackbirds building a nest, laying eggs and finally the chicks are hatching.
'Fred' the male of the pair was a chick I raised two years ago after his mother was eaten by a cat. He's still friendly and regards my garden as his territory.
He's found a 'wife' and together they've built a nest in the laurel bush just outside the sitting room window.
Seventeen days ago the first egg was laid with one following every day until there were three. That's unusual as they normally lay five or six.
Today two of the chicks hatched with hopefully the other following suit tomorrow.
They're quite used to me looking in the nest and at this moment the mother is settled in for the night.
It's weird really but l feel like a new mum!! LOL
Monday, April 27, 2009
Thankyou so much to everybody who gave me the encouragement I needed on my last blog, you were all so helpful that it's working LOL I've had a great week-end.
I've eaten sensibly, exercised consistently and drank my water with a vengeance.
I was a bit wary about getting weighed this morning as it's only two days since I got back on track and I thought if I'd gained, as you can in the week, it might put me off but I've taken the bull by the horns and...nothing's changed! so I'll weigh-in next Monday as usual, hopefully with a loss!!
The dormouse picture is because that's how I felt at the end of last week and now I'm changing all that...I've come out of hibernation! LOL
Saturday, April 25, 2009
It's been a while since I've written a blog so I've just re-read my past ones and I'm ashamed of myself.
I log-in every day, get my Spark points, take part in group discussions, help run a team, encourage people, welcome new members, talk to my friends, the list goes on, I do everything.......everything that is but lose weight!!
I haven't lost weight for three weeks and it's not a plateau....it's ME......ME who's NOT eating properly!
I start off great every morning, full of 'get up and go' and by dinnertime it's 'got up and gone'!!
The nice weather is here and things don't fit properly.
I've gained twelve pounds so I've given myself a dressing down and today I'm back planning and eating the right stuff, drinking the water and walking the miles, (actually the walking & drinking never stopped so it wasn't all bad and I'm definitely fitter!!) I'm determined to get back on track with my eating.
I've altered my ticker and will weigh-in every week on a monday again.
It's only two days until then but it might spur me on if I've lost a little bit otherwise I'll weigh-in weekly as I used to.
I CAN do it
Friday, December 05, 2008
We seem to have had nothing but snow for well over a week now and we just aren't used to it...well not this much.
I've been walking daily, until yesterday, taking my photos which I love doing.
I even escaped injury on Tuesday when a car ran out of control and ended up right where I'd been standing two minutes before.
My DH also had a lucky escape Tuesday when a van ran into him, luckily just car damage to both vehicles.
It rained overnight on Wednesday and again last night and the paths are so slippery I daren't go out now.
The tree picture was taken from the front room window, it's now snowing again, sleety stuff but it's bitterly cold and windy.
Hopefully it won't settle and I can start to go out again...why do you always miss what you can't have?
I like snow really, just not this much!!
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