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Monday, November 17th, 2014
7:23 am - Not the best suggestion
I'm running low on diclofenac gel, which I don't get on prescription, so I went and had a look on ebay to see if there were any bargains to be had.

I ran a search on 'Voltarol' as a start, and ebay supplied the following suggestions at the top of the page:

Voltarol gel, Voltaren, Voltron...

Rly?

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014
10:59 pm - *waggles eyebrows*
No, seriously *waggles them again*

I can waggle my eyebrows! Well, one and a half of them, but that's an improvement. And the half that is working is making a valiant effort in trying to tug the other half into action.

I should elaborate. They gained access to my skull (and through it, the tumour) by making the incision under my eyebrow so as to hide the scar once I'd healed. However, there was a lot of damage done to the nerves around there, leaving me with a numb area from my left browline right up to the top of my head.

I'm hoping the feeling will come back one day, but the thing about all this was that I lost all brow movement on that side. It looked odd but, all in all, things could have been worse.

Well, I finally gained some movement today! I felt something odd happen when I looked up at something, and then spent some time gurning at myself in a mirror when I realised what was happening. So far it is only the inner half that is responding, and sometimes a little sluggishly (it is odd to see one brow shoot up while the other creeps after it) and not entirely cleanly as the far edge drags, but it is an improvement :)


ETA: Still can't quite manage a scowl yet, though.

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current mood: giggly

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Friday, November 14th, 2014
7:50 am - Cherry?
It has made me wonder for a while, but lately some American fanfic writers in the Potterverse keep insisting on furnishing old houses (manors, castles, etc.) in cherry wood.

I'm not sure I've ever seen cherry wood, and traditional furniture over here would be hardwoods like oak, beech or elm. Other woods such as walnut, even, and especially as decorative veneers, but not cherry, which is an American wood and not widely available or valued over here. Imported woods were likely to be things like mahogany.

Just a mild niggle. Another basic, cultural divide, I suppose.

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current mood: curious

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7:31 am - Dear Daughter
It is very nice of you to help out by waking your siblings for me, but I'm not sure banging on doors and yelling 'Wake Up!' in Japanese is going to endear you to them.

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current mood: amused

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
11:44 pm - The problem with pills
In this case, it is throwing them a little too forcefully to the back of my tongue, resulting in one of them adhering to the moisture on the uvula and dangling there while I make hacking noises and reach for a glass of water :/

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Monday, November 10th, 2014
9:07 pm - Label
looks at label on storage box

'Compartment Organizer

>with adjustable compartments'


So that I can organise my adjustments, I suppose :D

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current mood: amused.. little things, etc

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
2:04 pm - Cross
Eyed, that is.

Having skinned an elbow I tried to put a plaster on it, at which point I discovered that the loss of sight and depth perception made the simple task more like Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

Missing your own elbow by a couple of inches is embarrassing, as well frustrating.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014
2:45 pm - I shouldn't joke about these things
After Phoebe having guessed the weight of a giant pumpkin as grown in the school garden two years running, with the said pumpkins having to be collected and brought home, earlier this week I said something along the lines of not having to worry about that this year.

B has just left to pick up the girl and her big orange winnings *headdesk*

While I think about suitable recipes, I must also see to it that B contacts the woman who will give John a time slot to come and carve his pumpkin after being one of the winners whose design was chosen by his school (I shall send him with a bag to reserve the seeds if possible). There will apparently be some kind of 'pumpkin parade' before they are put on public display (I'm not sure of details atm) so we need to find out when/where he needs to turn up.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
9:00 am - There is hair everywhere
Except on my head. I'm only grateful it is dropping out fairly evenly across the scalp rather than in clumps or leaving a bald patch.

I found it is not unheard of for women to go through this after surgery, especially to the head. At least the cooler weather means I can wear scarves comfortably. I'm going to need a lint roller for my blanket, though.

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Saturday, October 4th, 2014
2:52 pm - My Word of the Day
Tsundoku:

Japanese The act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piling it up with other such unread books.

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current mood: content

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Monday, September 29th, 2014
2:10 pm - In Need Of A Splint
I let Catherine loose on my loom (for bands) at the start of the weekend, as she wanted to try out some patterns she'd seen. She also made off with the bulk of my bands, which I allowed (with gritted teeth).

The next day she came down and apologetically explained that she'd broken it.

*sigh* Today I'm trying a fix by making a splint out of milliput, as the bridge that has snapped is too narrow to simply glue and have any hope of holding. I'll also keep my eyes open for another one to replace it as I was just getting the hang of it.

I think I'll get her one of the solid based ones to try, as they have them in The Works for £1 with some bands, clips and a hook at the moment. It should last a bit longer with any luck. However, having to give up on the loom-made designs, she made a couple of charms for her siblings instead - Minecraft Creepers. They were suitably impressed :)

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current mood: good

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014
12:18 am - It is disconcerting
... to be the only one awake in the house (and the token Responsible Adult to boot) and, on returning to bed with my much needed hot water bottle clutched to my hip, to be disturbed by a strange hum.

As I was still trying to settle into a relatively pain-free position at the time I thought I'd imagined it, but then it happened again, louder. A fairly short humming noise from somewhere on or near the bed.

I was baffled as to what it could be, until I remembered Catherine had flounced in and sat with me for a while after college the previous day, complaining she was hot....

A quick scrabbling amongst the pillows revealed her hooded jacket, and there in a pocket - was not the phone I was expecting. Um. Then the hum returned, and I noticed the cable of her headphones leading from one pocket into the pillows. Mystery solved!

Except the bloody thing keeps buzzing to let her know she has a message, and I have no idea how to turn it off. Not really being in a state to get up again, I've resorted to wrapping it in stuff to muffle it and hope I can ignore it :p

ETA: Nope, I'm going to have to struggle out and dump it (hopefully) out of earshot in the living room, or I'm going to get no rest

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current mood: tired

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014
1:13 am - A suggestion I can do without
'An Ideal Christmas Gift Idea - Spiders Calendar 2015'

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current mood: not amused

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
7:58 am - Things to avoid
At the moment, first on the list is cupboard doors that swing out hard and hit you right on the edge of the piece of skull that was removed and across the incision scar on the brow ridge.

After I stopped screaming and applied ice I spent most of the evening and night out of it. Boy, is it sensitive. The bone piece should have knitted back in by now, and the skin over it and the eyebrow is numb as the nerves were cut, so I can only presume it is the underlying tissue that reacted so badly to the impact. I've had blows to the head before, but nothing like that.

Hopefully I will be up to going out later, as tomorrow is the last day of collection before the Junior school's 'Harvest Festival' assembly and I need to get some kind of donation. This year they are asking for tins, dry goods and long-life cartons for the Winchester Basics Bank, which supplies food for individuals and families in dire circumstances. There has been a steady rise in the need for the service in recent years :(

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current mood: listless

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014
9:09 am - A Pick-me-up
I'm not getting on with some things like I need to, still a lot weaker than I want at this point, and having problems with pain control. Regardless, I started to move some stuff around and came across the cast resin-bound notebook Catherine and Brian had at LonCon 3 (WorldCon) for people to send me good wishes.

Unlike when I got home from hospital and had to rely on them to read it out to me, my eyesight has settled enough that I can look through it and read all the comments myself. Well wishes and comments (some of them silly), doodles and sketches all conspired to put a smile back on my face.

Cheers, everyone. Of course, I'd rather have been there in person, but it is a lovely thing to have :)

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current mood: cheerful

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014
11:36 am - Those Loom Band Thingies
I haz them.

Not that I seem to be able to get on with them much.

I bought some packs from a stall as just before college broke up for the summer Catherine had been shown how to do some basic patterns on her fingers. C also showed Phoebe how to make bracelets, but I'd bought a cheap loom set (£3) to try. Before I could get to grips with it, however, I was rushed into hospital.

I was surprised when I finally got released that they hadn't made much use of the bands I'd left in the box, but having discovered the bands are now being cleared at 40-50p a pack in many places I've picked up some of the unusual ones just in case they now want to do more, and decided to have another bash at the loom myself.

I realised this time that the loom needed setting up differently to how it had been packed, and that it had to be started from a particular end. Now that I could understand the instructions, I made my first band! Unfortunately, with my limited eyesight, not all the bands sat right when finished, but I suppose it was a start.

I'm loathe to give up on it yet, and I've still not tried the forked looms that came in some of the packs (to use like the finger method), but I have to admit this whole thing with my eyesight is more than a little dispiriting at times.

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current mood: disappointed

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014
5:58 pm - I'm considering myself lucky
...that I went into University Hospital Southampton for my op to remove the tumour when I did. Not only because of how swiftly I was dealt with, but apparently it has been flooded with phone calls, emails and abuse aimed at staff, as well as patients being badgered since the Ashya King story broke.

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current mood: irritated

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
5:17 pm - Positivity?
The seems to be a posting of positivity thing going around, which includes a few people on my f-list.

I'd have a go, but at the moment all I could say is that I'm fairly positve all the fruit I bought today will make me more than a little green about the gills if I keep eating it like I have been.

nomnomstrawberriesnomblueberriesnompeachesnomplumsnomnectarinesnomcherriesnomnomnom...

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current mood: full

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12:16 am - Give me strength
As well as the usual pelvic pain having a flair up, I'm getting random nerves firing off as if I have red hot pins randomly pricking me - my legs and my eyebrow in particular.


All I want to do is get some sleep :(

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014
11:21 pm - UK residents - Can anyone help?
Shameless begging here.

Catherine has Windows XP on her laptop, which came ready loaded without disks. This hasn't been a problem until now, when she is starting her GCSE Japanese course and has discovered that she not only hasn't the character set available, she is unable to get it unless she inserts the third disk (I think) when instructed.

Obviously, I wasn't about this summer to help her do anything about this, so now I'm asking if anyone is willing to lend us a set of XP disks to try and remedy the problem. We can pay postage costs.

Keeping our fingers crossed that someone can help.

Reply either through comments below or PM. Thanks in advance.

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current mood: hopeful

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