Tuesday, June 21, 2016

AWOL .....

But only 5 weeks instead of 7 months! Been a bit manic - "No really?" I hear you sarcastically ask ;)

In a nutshell:
Had to give up work - update on my lisfranc tab here
Boys are home for a free weeks from America - cannot believe their first year is done!
Joe and Kerrie visited
Sam and Ruby visited
Been to a 21st birthday party
Have 3 fosterlings now - one teen that's been with us since January, and in May 2 little brothers joined us...... so while the boys are visiting we're a family of 8.
Oh - had my gallbladder out - and the main keyhole - well unless he was using the monster keys they had in 'days of yore' it's a very loose description - ouch will suffice :(
Ben's 21st birthday
Have had my biggest order for a few years - bride and 5 bridesmaids!
Did a street art fair
Been seen by my wrist doctor
Put my registration in for childminding
Found a doctor to fix Joshua's groin at last - and not just any old doctor, but an internationally acclaimed one!
Being a lady wot lunches with Bracknell College ladies
Had a filling :( £75 for 20 minutes - I really should have trained to be a dentist .... yeah okay, never going to happen LOL!

So that's bad enough for 5 weeks but to give you a more in depth peep at my life I posted this today on facebook .........."From last Friday to this ....... Picked up Josh & Ben from Heathrow - 1 trip to my foot doctor - 21st birthday party - meal out for Ben's 21st - Josh to hospital in London - 2 x football training - 2 x youth club - 2 x opticians - 3 x dentists - 3 x contact sessions - 1 x doctor - 1 x professional visit - 1 x sports day - first time being a foster panel member! - 1 x court - 1 x IRO visit ,,,,,,,,phew! This not working lark is hard work LOL!"

Friday, May 13, 2016

2016 A-Z Challenge Reflection

Hmm, well the good news is I completed it :)
But, in all honesty, this was my least enjoyable A-Z. I'm hoping that was just me, as I think the premise is amazing - a blogging community supporting each other :)

Anyhow, my thoughts, for what they're worth ........
  • I had a bit of a hiatus, our internet was down for 10 days so my plan of prepping all the posts while Jeff was in the USA went out the window and I was playing catch up - I haven't done that since Year 1 (I'm just done Year 4 now) and it isn't conducive to smooth running, especially when you have to factor everything else that happens in our daily lives.
  •  I did my usual short post with photos on a theme. Nothing too controversial, long winded etc. However I noticed comments this year didn't once reach double figures. Most people I visited didn't visit back. Now I know the expression that you don't give for what you get back, but, well, in this case I think it's the exception that proves the rule.
  • I am glad I chose the foot injury theme - hopefully it was informative and will help people if they find themselves in the same unfortunate situation.
  •  I gained - wait for it - ONE whole new follow! I never gain hundreds, but it does hit the tens. I did a little research on old statistics and I just didn't have the traffic I normally get. I mean the drop was huge.
  • I wasn't able to visit every day, but I started on the number after mine and every couple of nights I visited 20, so over the month more than met the 5 a day target.
  • Was it me or was there a lot more dead links this year? That was really frustrating!
  • Not being able to comment for one reason or another was also pretty, well, frustrating! (Same word, I know, but it's late and the 2 fosterlings seem to think 5am is an okay time to wake up every day!)
  •  I sort of feel that the reason for the A-Z - the visiting and sharing - has become second to people just posting for their benefit and not joining in with the larger idea.
Anyhow, that's just me. Off to add the post to the reflection linky link, which is here if you fancy reading some more :) Hopefully they're not all doom and gloom, but more positive :)

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Bournemouth Air Festival

Throwback Thursday August 2016. Jeff didn't want to miss this as it was one of the last times that the Vulcan Bomber would be flying. Didn't really think it I would enjoy the whole show that much, but actually was good :) If you want to know more here's the link for Bournemouth Air Festival 2016
 Ella really wanted to go on this ride even though she was physically far too big. The lady running it let her on anyway and didn't charge us, how kind was that :)
 This was the reason we went - the Vulcan Bomber - and I have to say it was bloody impressive!
 Above and below, the Red Arrows - amazing!!
 An arty shot :)
 Met Dad and Sandra down there which was nice, and we all went to tea together afterwards :)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

Made it, yay! And Zzzzz seemed perfect. I spent months sleeping in the day and not sleeping at night! Months and months and months ......


Friday, April 29, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’



YOU TUBE - So if you’re squeamish, please ignore ‘Y’ :)  Okay, I'm not going to add the links as the videos can be quite graphic and I would hate to land on a blog and see something I wasn't expecting. But, if like me, you have a bit of a twisted desire to know more, then there’s several You Tube clips that show the operation repairs in all its gory detail :) However, if you’ve broken your foot, and landed here for some info – maybe leave the viewing till after the op!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

X-RAY -A photographic or digital image of the internal composition of something, especially a part of the body, produced by X-rays being passed through it and being absorbed to different degrees by different materials......the fracture was clearly visible on the X-ray.......
 Definition from Oxford Dictionary

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

WEIGHT BEARING X-RAYS - The weightbearing foot series will usually be composed of a weightbearing DP foot radiograph and a weightbearing lateral foot radiograph with possible additional views as directed by an orthopaedic surgeon or if the radiographers need to highlight an area of pathology. It is important that alignment is assessed using weightbearing radiographs because the functional position of the bones of the foot is needed, in other words, you can't see the damage unless you make the foot act as normal.