Sunday, April 23, 2023

Deck Clearance

It was supposed to be at the Frankston Botanic Gardens, but was changed to McDonalds at Karingal because of the weather. Well, that is a bit of come down but the night before Melbourne received 38mm of rain. It would have been very wet underfoot. There were so many kiddies who attended the party, I had to kick them out of way to walk around. 

Afterwards we gathered at Ex Sis in Law's home to celebrate the six year old cafe latte coloured twin's birthday. While Sister, Bone Doctor and Jo could not make it, the rest of the family were there. As per usual, Mother made a late entrance. 

There was much watching of children playing and babies crawling to escape to any door that looked like it would take them outside.

We brought six year old great niece Little Em home with us to stay a couple of nights.

Day 1, she nagged to swim in the pool and R did take her. He cooked sausages, chips and veggies for dinner. That went down well enough. She went to bed at 8 and woke at 7.

Day 2, we had bought tickets to a circus in St Kilda. R was in control, we were there way too early. My arthritic pain was so bad in the area before entering the circus, I found a seat with a backrest, the only way I can relieve the pain. I felt rather unwell. R, can you get me a bottle of water? He did. Oh, I really feel crook. I tried to stand but I could not. I felt faint. I drank some water, and then with my hand clapped over my mouth, brought some of it back up. In some way it was good that I had my hand clapped over my mouth when I then vomited big time and stopped it being projectile. Instead it went mostly over me. The attendant nearby rushed up with cloths and paper towel to help me and clean up. I apologised profusely and he insisted, no problem. Nice lad. I tried to send a complimentary message to Circus Royale, but it there was no contact listed as it is about to launch a new website. 

I visited the toilet and cleaned vomit from my glasses and realised my clothes were in such a mess, I could not attend the circus. I stank. My arthritic pain was so  bad and I felt so unwell, I very slowly walked 200 metres to the tram stop. R wanted to call an ambulance but I knew I would recover. I promised to send him a text once I was home. 

Just two tram stops from home someone sat on the seat next to me. I apologised to him for the smell and said I would soon leave tram. 

I sat in my armchair which always fixes my arthritis pain, then showered and washed my clothes. Imagination or not, I seemed to still smell vomit. 

The circus was apparently very good. My $35 ticket went to waste. R and Little Em returned and there was more swimming in the pool. We took Little Em to a pub for dinner. She went to bed at 9 and did not wake until 8. 

The next day we took her to Prahran for a bit of shopping. We bought take away food and coffee for us and sat in Prahran Square. Little Em loved the fountain water feature and clambered around the 'forest hill'. 

Back home, there was more swimming, an hour and half. 

Oldest Niece with Little M picked up Little Em late afternoon on their way home after staying a couple of nights with my ailing Step Mother who lives up north. 

A couple of photos.

When Little Em stepped into our car to bring her here, she remarked, "How come your car is so clean?". I replied, because we don't have children. Little Em certainly made the place untidy without ever any attempt to tidy up. Things were just dropped on the floors.



34 comments:

  1. Poor, poor you. I am glad you made it home safely. And from the sounds of it the rest of Little Em's stay was good.

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    1. I recovered EC. Yes, her stay was a success.

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  2. Why does your arthritis cause you to vomit etc? That sounds really horrible, not to mention humiliating in public. Do you have a trusted relationship with your medical specialist?

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    1. Hels, I now believe it was a reaction to an antibiotic which I missed taking before breakfast cereal and so took it fifteen minutes later. Yes, I have doctors and specialists aplenty, more than I would like.

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  3. Sorry to hear how painful your arthritis became Andrew. It's one of God's least welcome creations and it must be especially awful when it spoils simple pleasures.

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    1. YP, I think it is extra bad if I don't drink enough water. I do kind of manage it but that day, I clearly did not.

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  4. The Stalker
    Andrew have you spoken to your Dr about the pain? It should not be making you vomit. Perhaps you need a pain killer on hand at all times. I am worried for you Hope it resolves before you travel

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    1. Stalker, I was treated by a physiotherapist at the practice for a year under the chronic condition system, so at no cost to me. The massages weren't really helpful but the advice and exercises I believe have helped. I've tried Panadol Osteo and normal Panadol. Kind of like lollies to me. The normal one seems to work better, oddly. If pain worsens, I might take up a prescription painkiller, but I don't want to be addicted to them like my mother.

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    2. Because the Osteo is a slow-release and ytou need to take it hours before you have any pain, so if you know you hurt at a certain time of day, take one or two pills an hour or two before that. The regular ones seem to work better because all the medicinal compound is released at once after it is digested.

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  5. What an awful experience for you - on so many levels. Is this a common occurrence or a one off?
    we used to have those dining chairs.

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  6. Sorry your not feeling well. One day I took Regis to the pain clinic for his arthritis pain, and I guess there is some simple procedure to remove the arthritis. But he won't see Doctor until first part of may.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, there is no real way of treating it aside from exercises and pain killers, or drastic surgery that may or may not work.

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  7. thecontemplativecat here. Managing pain is a live long struggle. I have been using CBD and it is good. Worth trying CBD products.

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    1. Thank you. I think CBD would help and I will consider it in the future.

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  8. Oh Andrew, how dreadful for you with your sickness, I'm sure you are feeling much improved by now.
    Your pain is sure a pain and can understand you not wanting to take prescription pain medication, there comes a time when one has to do that to enjoy life :) Sorry you missed the circus, maybe next time they are in town.
    The little one must have really enjoyed the pool.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. The little on is like a fish in water.

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  9. That's a pretty car little Em is standing in front of. The gathering in your living room looks friendly. So sorry you were ill though, do you know what caused it?

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  10. Hope you are feeling better. Sometimes it is hard to know our limits, until we exceed them

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    1. So true TP. We need to stop and listen to what our bodies are telling us.

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  11. I’m not sure how open you are to suggestions (and you probably have your own favoured ‘remedies) but give Green Lipped Mussel a try. Google it and see what you think- I’ll recommend it any day. Not sure how I’d be without it now and I’m not game enough to try

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    1. That's a new one to me Cathy and I don't have favoured remedies beyond the prescribed exercises and staying well hydrated.

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    2. I have to be careful here Cathy. "but you should be cautious about taking it with affect anticoagulants because it may affect these."

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  12. Poor you - what a nasty experience. Little Em sounds charming and good company.

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    1. JabBlog, she is good and while we can't have favourites....

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  13. Oh my gosh. What an experience. I was going to ask about CBD as well. I would be interested to hear the results if you do try it.

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    1. Debby, if I do, I will let you know. I believe it is difficult to get here with doctors who can prescribe it very few.

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  14. Hope you are feeling better by now Andrew. Sorry you missed the circus.

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    1. Sami, there will be other circuses. Thanks.

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  15. Oh that's terrible Andrew, the vomit in public experience, not that I haven't experienced the same, having a stomach that was going south and a sudden expulsive projectile vomit, while driving. Antibiotics can really upset one's stomach. You sound always so busy. The one thing my doctor suggested to me for arthritis was eating a couple of sardines twice a week, so I do, but not sure how that really would be helpful, and movement because otherwise I'll freeze up like a pillar of salt, she said.

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    1. Strayer, yes I believe fish with lots of oil content can help.

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  16. You need to rescue me from spam.

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