Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Shining Star

I scrapped this page using a fabulous kit called 'Doodle-iscious', designed by a very talented scrap artist called Vicki. Check out her wonderful designs over at Vicki's Blog, 'A Work in Progress'.

I've called my daughter Smudge for as long as I can remember. I don't even know where it came from, really ... although I do remember she was a demon with her eraser at school and used to rub out anything she had written that she wasn't happy with. Sometimes a whole page was rubbed out, smudges everywhere and there would be little holes all over the page. Ahhhhhh Bless.

Soon I will hopefully post a page I want to scrap of my other ‘Shining Star’, Jamie. I’ve got a bit off brain fug at the moment and don’t seem to like anything I’ve put together so far.

Don’t forget to check out Vicki’s Blog, she is generous as well as talented and has MANY freebies to offer for the price of only a thank you.

Catch you later, I'm off to the shops, as all I have in the freezer is a spring roll and a pack of Naan bread!

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Lonnie's 21st Birthday

Lonnie's 21st birthday went very well indeed.

We went to Hungerford for our usual birthday cream tea, and
later in the evening we celebrated at Lonnie's favourite restaurant.

The bunch of flowers she is holding in the photo is almost as big as she is!

This LO was made by Vicki at Bubbles Babbles using the "All About Me" kit from Anita (Nana's Attic).
Thank you to both of these very talented digital artists.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

8 Missing hours!

I went to see the practice nurse today because my blood pressure was very high and I was having nasty chest pains. She did an ECG and suggested I came back to see the doctor because she was a bit concerned. I saw the doctor and she sent me straight up to the hospital for a specific test to rule our myocardial infarction, which is a heart attack to you and me!

I haven't had a heart attack I'm pleased to tell you, but what I do seem to have is pericarditis, an inflammation of the pericardium, which is the thin layer of specialized tissue that covers the outer surfaces of the heart. Probably brought on by a virus I've been battling with for the last couple of months.

So it's a case of anti-inflammatory drugs, which I take anyway for my Fibromyalgia and pain killers .... ditto! It normally clears within 6 months, oh joy!

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

No Computer!

My computer didn't arrive yesterday, what a surprise! I rang them at about 3pm to ask if my order had been dispatched. I got a 'cock and bull' story about processor boards not coming in until Friday, blah, blah, blah!

I really need to get a reality check you know. I believe people when they say it will definitely be there. Or that they won't be late, and I'm sitting in a restaurant twiddling my thumbs for 30 minutes later that same day. They might as well walk in with a placard saying, 'My time is far more important that your time is! Whoops I ranted, sorry.

Busy day today as there is much to do for my daughter's 21st birthday tomorrow. I will have to miss out on my favourite Scrapping Sites today :(


I was bitten by a wasp spider whilst I was pinching out a plant the other day. I put together a scrap page to send to my family and I tThought I would share it with you. It 's 5 day since I was bitten and it's still sensitive.

I'm sad to say the poor thing did not survive the ordeal, I hope my poor finger does a bit better!

Kit is called 'Scrapz' and is by Dawnz Designz

Saturday, 12 April 2008

I got my results from the Hampshire Clinic this morning. Most of the tests came back fine, thankfully. My cholesterol was a little higher than normal, and the Doctor did pick up a 'quiet' heart murmur and my blood pressure is a little high. Oh, and of course there were signs of inflammation (quelle surprise). I still have one more blood test to come back, but that won't be back until Monday, but I don't think it will be anything to worry about.

How I feel at the moment, I'm putting down to coming off the Pregabalin. I'm going to have to lose 2 stone, cut down on chips and butter and also give up the chocolate! It's going to be a piece of cake .... probably the only piece of cake that's going to pass my lips for a good while. To be honest, my diet isn't too bad, I've only been having butter for about 6 months so I can cut that out of my diet easily. My biggest weakness is the occasional chocolate bar, and my biggest failing is I'm getting little, or no, exercise, partly because of my back and recently because I feel so poorly.

Since I stopped taking the Pregabalin I have lost 8 lbs. so I will just have to pull my finger out, and a few other bits, and work a bit harder. I think I am going to buy that running (walking) machine after all!

I'm not going to stress about the 'murmur', as I'm sure it was because dishy Dr Hillary Jones was in the same room as I was, and I was only in my bra and pants. Given the situation I think your heart would skip a beat or two as well. Apparently it a common occurrence.

I think it's going to be a 'cold day in hell'. before I ever take any more drugs, without thoroughly investigating possible side effects and withdrawal problems.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Sorry I've Been AWOL

I'm sorry I haven't posted for a long while. To be perfectly honest I've been feeling really poorly. I was taking some really strong meds called Pregabalin (Lyrica), for my Fibromyalgia and sciatic nerve damage, which has really knocked me sideways. I decided to come off them and it has been an absolute nightmare, with withdrawal symptoms still persisting for over 6 week now, and still no end in site. I Googled 'Coming off Pregabalin', and this site popped up. click here

I so wish I’d have found this site weeks ago. I really believed I had become seriously ill. I had no joy with my own GP, who more or less washed her hands of me, so I’ve just spent all of my saving on a ‘Well Woman’ consultation at a private hospital, although thinking about it, I was seen by Dr Hillary Jones, so perhaps it wasn't all for nothing!

The comments were all about the side effects of taking this drug and the horrible withdrawal symptoms you can get when you come of them.

Here's what I wrote as my comment:-

After 12 months I stopped taking Pregabalin because I was in so much pain with my feet, swelling, numbness in my feet and lower legs, weight gain, fatigue. I had been prescribed the medication for Fibromyalgia and sciatic nerve pain in my back.

I reduced the dose gradually from 300mg to zero over a period of two weeks. I am still feeling the horrible withdrawal symptoms as described by many contributors in this post and I’ve been off it fully for 6 weeks.

After reading a post by David I am feeling (spiritually) much better, as I know it’s this AWFUL drug, Pregabalin (Lyrica) and not me being seriously ill.

I am still struggling, but I have hope now. I just want to say thank you all for your posts, they have truly been a blessing for me. I wish you all good or better health.

If you are taking this drug and it is helping you then that's good, I'm pleased it's working for you. But if you are thinking of taking this powerful drug, please take the time to read just some of the comments that the above link takes you to. If nothing you with be aware of what you are getting in to.

I hope next time I post, this horrible episode will be behind me, please keep your fingers crossed for me.

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