Archive for January, 2010

The Dreaded Swine Flu!

It’s OK, I survived! It may explain my lax blog posting of late though! I did indeed have the Swine Flu, very kindly given to me my my neighbour Terri who is training to be an English Teacher.

She had set me up on a blind date with a young whipper snapper called Matt (more on that should the time come later down the line!) and during the evening had confessed to having some form of cold… The evening was a roaring success and consequently she is now fondly known as ‘Cilla’. However the next day feeling rough as hell, she was prescribed Tamiflu and advised to stay off school and in bed.

I got up the Monday morning complaining of a sore throat, but thinking it was down to snoring, trotted off to work. By the time I hit work I knew something was wrong and explained to the boss man the situation. I was at the doctors that morning anyway and mentioned it to them… I was prescribed Tamiflu and told to stay off work! Bad times. At this point I was feeling ill, but not too bad…

I arrived home and within an hour or so was feeling horrific. The symptoms you can get are…
If you or a member of your family has a fever or high temperature (over 38°C/100.4°F) and two or more of the following symptoms, you may have swine flu:
unusual tiredness,
runny nose,
sore throat,
shortness of breath or cough,
loss of appetite,
aching muscles,
diarrhoea or vomiting.

Apart from the bottom one, I had them all. Along with shivering violently, sweating, runny eyes, chest pains, sickness (due to Tamiflu not the Swine) cant wake up, cant get to sleep. You name it, I had it…

It seemed to get worse then get better then get much much worse. Put that with the most painful cough ever that would literally knock the wind out of you and a total inability to do anything but snuggle under the duvet and you are not even close to what it feels like. I have been ill before, but never like this. I sobbed at one point as I just couldnt take the feeling of illness any longer. Even my mummy offered to come all the way from Derbyshire to look after me!

The first week was by far the worst, and once I had gotten through that, I began to see the light. I ended up being signed off for another week due to the chest pains and cough that had been keeping me awake! I have never been so glad to go to work. 4 wall syndrome had very definitely kicked in!

Massive thanks to everyone who sent well wishes, jokes, messages on facebook, twitter and email. Although I didnt pick most of them up until after the swine had gone, they really meant alot!

On a plus note, I did lose lots of weight in those 2 weeks! 3/4 of a stone! Get on you Janner!

Monkey And The Fox

Firstly, there is a reason there is no picture on this post. Why? Because if I had taken a picture of the following tale, it would be too graphic to put on here. You have been warned.

A few weeks ago now (a Sunday), Monkey came in from playing outside and was all of a sudden very clingy, not wanting to leave my side. This is very strange for Monkey. The next day I went to work as usual (only to be sent home with the Swine Flu, more on that in a separate post) and Monkey had not moved from the sofa and was continually licking around her back end. Thinking nothing of it and heading for bed I left her too it.

A few days passed and I caught Monkey still licking. At this point (given her refusal to go outside too) I was concerned. I should mention that she would growl when you stroked her near her tail. Thinking she had been hit by a car and had maybe broken her tail I began to crap my pants. I’m ill, Christmas is coming and I dont want huge bills from the vet, or even worse a very sick cat.

By chance, the little bugger turned around and I managed to catch a glimpse of a sore patch on her bottom type area. She wasnt happy with me looking so I left her too it, and stayed on the sofa with her to try and stop her licking any more.

The next day we headed to the vets to see what the damage was, I feared the worst thinking it could be very serious with x-rays and the such like – poor mr bank…

The vet took Monkey into a room on her own and after a while called me in to look (if I had the stomach). She had cleaned up the wound and had shaven the hair surrounding. I have a strong stomach but even that made me feel ill. My poor baby had a gaping wound in her bottom about the size of the base of a mug (guestimate there) …

Something had bitten her (probably the Sunday), it had bitten through the muscles and it had gotten badly infected. Before anyone starts, there was no way I could have known, and the vet said so herself. Trust me, I beat myself up properly! My poor baby was too infected for stitches, so off we went with an almighty dose of painkillers and antibiotics, and yet another collar!

After a few days I took her back for a check up and more antibiotics and a quick clean up. Luckily she was making progress so no stitches were required just yet! PHEW!

2 weeks later and she was finally ready to have her collar off, it fully healed (leaving a nice scar) and she was able to go outside and play again, no stitches, just a whacking great bill from the vet and some very graphic images I will never remove from my brain.

From talking to the vet and knowing the surrounding area it looks like Monkey was being her usual aggressive self when something bigger had a pop. She went to run away and the bugger bit her bum! Judging by the size of the wound it was not another cat but most probably a fox or dog!

So watch out foxes, Monkey is back with a vengeance!


Note – I am actually writing this weeks after the event, finally getting my blog up to date! I actually saw Muse right back on the 12th Novemeber… It’s now the 14th January! OOOPPPSSSS!

It’s a Wednesday night, and I’m currently trundling up to Julies house to stay for the weekend. The reason apart from wanting to see her – MUSE!!! The lovely lovely people over at Loquax AKA Jason and Jude (well, Jude) invited me to go to the o2 to see Muse on their latest tour on the Thursday night.

I arrived pretty late at Julies house, just in time for a quick beer before bed, and then it was the next day. On the Thursday I woke up, Julie made me a brew and I headed off into Kingston to have a peruse of the shops, bumping into an old work mate in BHS which was strange! I also got an awesome gift DSC00637 how sexy am i?

On the return from shopping the lovely Jude arrived, laden with tickets and rum, after a quick bath and a curry we were ready to rock and roll! There was a very drunken journey on the train with the rum and small dash of coke Jude made and we finally got inside the O2. Strangely, a friend from old that I have known since well, birth was there too so after a catch up or two we got inside, laden with bountiful amounts of alcohol!

Muse were incredible! Absolutely AMAZING. I put together this little video from the clippings i took! No one else on our row wanted to get up and dance, perhaps due to the fact we were right on the front row of an upper level, but by the end they were up and Jude and I were battered.

After the gig Jude and I went to meet up with Krystle one of my closest friends to continue the heavy drinking, and eventually we decided it was probably time we braved the night bus back to Julies house. God only knows how we arrived in one piece, but we did!!! There were some ‘interesting’ characters on the night buses!

The next morning with a few sore heads we went to pick up Tom (Julie’s better half) and then Jude headed home after some breakfast! Still singing muse songs of course! The rest of the weekend consisted of chilling out watching films like Twilight and eating amazing food! Sunday dinner and Fajitas!!! Oh and of course some X Factor! Oh and all you can eat food!!! nom nom nom!

HUGE thanks to Jude for inviting me and Julie for letting me stay!! I didnt want to go home.

Sorry this write up is so late… I’m a lazy sod!