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Speaking of kidneys, Actual Binker is back home and much improved.  His "numbers" in the kidney department are not back to normal, but are much better.  But the vet said, "We don't treat the numbers, we treat the patient and he's doing great."  He ate a huge amount of food, has been slurping up water, and walking around as much as he can.  He is a bit weak and so tires with the walking, but I think if we keep at it, he'll be able to do pretty well.  I just bought a sling for him that was very inexpensive until I spent almost 3 times its price to have it shipped to us.  I don't know how much longer we'll have him like this, but I am thrilled with each day that we do.

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The nice man in ultrasound said I have to see a consultant about my "waterworks"! Such a quaint expression I thought. Seems one of my kidneys has a problem. Back to waiting for the NHS to grind its slow way towards another appointment I expect.

BB - I was thinking of the relief when you didn't have to hold onto what might feel like a gallon of water. :). Does it take a while to get an appt. with a specialist? I know that here it can take months but good to know that they are available.

 

Binker, so glad that A Binker is doing well, nice to have him home.

 

Our dog, Geordie, who is ten years old, has been diagnosed with cancer and is now on prednisone and antibiotics. All his lymph glands are swollen and it's apparently one of the more common canine diseases. He's just as interested in food as ever and is the first one to head to the kitchen if there's any action there so we hope to have him around for a while yet. We won't let him suffer if he shows signs of distress. We have two other dogs, Tavish, a West Highland terrier is 14 years old, that's our daughter's dog, and he's in good shape except a wee bit deaf, and Charlie, who is 8, is the comedian of our doggy family. It's sad when one of your animal family gets sick but you just have to do what you can for them and hope for the best.

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I'm glad that Actual Binker is on the mend and hope that Barblue doesn't have to wait too long and that the problem is a minor one.

 

I'm not very happy and in a great deal of pain but hoping that tomorrow's procedure can shed some light on the subject so that I can get treated.  At least the painkillers are working this time.

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Oh no, I've been so caught up in Actual Binker that I failed to realize you still hadn't been to the dentist, Luna.  That's really one of those things that one is hard pressed to look forward to, even when it promises great relief.  And BB, I hope your waterworks are soon and easily sorted.

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momac, how lovely to have three dogs around the house, they are such friendly loving company, although as you say it is hard when they are ill and hope Geordie's treatment keeps him hungry and happy.

 

RG,  I can tell you have battled through bravely, that your sense of humour survived the miserable cold and all those energetic projects going on regardless. . And although cp pretends to be tough, she clearly has a very soft heart and I bet she spoiled and pampered you.  :)

 

Luna, sounds as though you certainly need spoiling, do hope you get some relief soon -  much sympathy being sent  everyone hates toothache.

 

Binker, so glad to hear A-B is home with you all and he is bound to be with happy there his family again.

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momac, how lovely to have three dogs around the house, they are such friendly loving company, although as you say it is hard when they are ill and hope Geordie's treatment keeps him hungry and happy.

 

RG,  I can tell you have battled through bravely, that your sense of humour survived the miserable cold and all those energetic projects going on regardless. . And although cp pretends to be tough, she clearly has a very soft heart and I bet she spoiled and pampered you.  :)

 

Luna, sounds as though you certainly need spoiling, do hope you get some relief soon -  much sympathy being sent  everyone hates toothache.

 

Binker, so glad to hear A-B is home with you all and he is bound to be with happy there his family again.

Can I just echo everything grasshopper said? She said it better than I could, but I have been thinking about all of you who are under the weather, including all non-human family members!

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It's a testament to how foggy I am as a result of painkillers that I didn't make myself clear. The pain is not related to my teeth but to something else as yet undiagnosed. Lower abdominal pain, which could be anything. The pain is intolerable and the doubt equally so. Sorry everyone I shouldn't have mentioned it.

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Slept like a log last night so have just signed on to BGO, late for me I know but I seem to have slept through RG's alarm. All that nursing and being a B&B and owner must have worn me out. Although not keen on going back to work RG is considerably better. He slept a lot on Sunday and although I made fun a bit he did look decidedly rough, nice to see him more himself again. Hopefully everyone else, human and animal, are doing okay and are on the mend. BB and Luna I hope you are both sorted quickly.

 

Peggy the kitten went for her first lot of shots yesterday and had everyone in the place making a great fuss of her. She really is a tiny ball of ginger fluff. RG and I are invited to visit on Sunday afternoon for afternoon tea so should see her for the first time in the flesh. I will try to be strong and not spend next week ringing around after kittens!

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It's a testament to how foggy I am as a result of painkillers that I didn't make myself clear. The pain is not related to my teeth but to something else as yet undiagnosed. Lower abdominal pain, which could be anything. The pain is intolerable and the doubt equally so. Sorry everyone I shouldn't have mentioned it.

 

So sorry you're having pain Luna, I did interpret your FB post in error.  Hope that you get the problem sorted with the help of the doctor very soon.

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So sorry you're having pain Luna, I did interpret your FB post in error.  Hope that you get the problem sorted with the help of the doctor very soon.

Thanks Momac. Procedure over results awaiting. Phew.

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Thanks Momac. Procedure over results awaiting. Phew.

Hope that it will be a quick fix Luna.

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Thanks Momac. Procedure over results awaiting. Phew.

Hope whatever is causing the pain is nothing serious Luna and as Momac has said hopefully there will be a quick fix whatever the result.

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Reading the above I was thinking that BGO here is beginning to sound like a Crocks club with all the ailments listed.  Sympathy to everyone nevertheless.

 

Momac - as far as getting appointments in the Uk NHS is concerned, edicts on high say it ought to be with 3 month.  In order to achieve this they sometimes give you an appointment 3 months hence, and then change it as the date gets near and they know it's not possible!  Well, that's my experience sometimes.  On the other hand, it's possible to get appointments really quickly.  I think that it often depends on what the GP writes in his letter as to whether he considers the matter 'urgent' or not.  MOH has to see an oncologist for a basal carcinoma - he saw the GP at the beginning of April and has an appointment for the end of July with the consultant - almost 3 months!  Whether they change it or not remains to be seen.

 

On a bright side, today has been gloriously warm and sunny, so my visitors and I went off to a local garden centre that is quite small but beautiful and deep in the Lancashire countryside down miles of country lanes.  It has a great restaurant that is crowded almost every day of the year.  They serve wonderful food and delicious desserts.  Oh yes, and we came away with a car boot full of plants!

 

Of to a dance class this evening and still the promised rain has not arrived.

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Warm and sunny sounds great BB - today here it is absolutely chucking it down, however, we haven't had a good rain for a while and I'm sure the grass and the flowers will appreciate it.  We have bowls of pansies outside and a couple of nights the temp has gone down to the freezing mark again but the pansies seem to have weathered the cold.  Our daffodils are just coming out and soon the tulips so the Spring is late but we're getting there bit by bit.  We keep asking the nursery whether they have their clematis plants in yet but they won't bring them in until the weather is a lot warmer - we just have to be patient.

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Momac it sounds as if your spring is finally arriving at last albeit a bit late.

 

Once again our house has turned into the local B&B! Our daughter's boyfriend and a mate found themselves stranded at Luton train station unable to get a train back to leicester due to signal failure. They managed to get a train to us so are both staying the night hoping for a train home tomorrow morning. Luckily we have two spare rooms and a second bathroom! Just as I put the house back together following one lot of visitors another lot arrive! It is Girl's Lunch tomorrow so I intend leaving what is not sorted by lunchtime until the weekend! I am at work on Thursday and Friday and being a Bank Holiday again on Monday I doubt the days will be quiet, what is not done at home will just have to wait.

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I thought living in the north west made us late with plant development, but you seem to be really late this year momac. Some of our narcissi have only come into bloom this week, and our tulips over the Easter weekend, I know that in the south of England they were well ahead of us.  But I do love to see all these beautiful colours bobbing in the breeze.  It lifts the spirit and give hope and joy for the summer we hope is about to come.

 

Having said that we are now promised artic weather for the next few days with a threat of temperatures going down to freezing and below. That is why yesterday we made the most of the warmth and sunshine.  My friends and I found some wonderful, almost purple, tulips in bloom and bought a potful each at a £l ready for next season's planting.  I also bought an upright euonymus shrub called Red Cascade, which has upright growth with leaves that turn red in the Autumn and has red flowers which are orange when they open.  Our current Euonymus plants don't seem to interest the rabbits, so we thought we could fill the gaps in the garden with it. 

 

Love reading about your B&B CP.  We think of our home as a B&B for family and friends.  Apart from our current visitors, who originally came up from Kent for a few days and are staying an extra week, we get family and friends here all the time.  I have to admit we do live in a lovely part of the world (apart from the town we live on the edge of).  We are only short drives from The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and several coastal towns such as Southport, Blackpool and Morecambe.  Almost all our family live in the Home Counties and having made the stressful and exhausting journey up the M6 always need and want to stay a while to use us as a base for visiting all these places.  I bet, like me, you have a system for all your visitors, with the necessary cooking, laundry, cleaning, etc.  We have a box of leaflets for all the places of interest in our area and we also have a Visitors Book.  It was a bit of a joke at first, but over the years we have collected some interst6ing history for our family with names, dates and comments.

 

Not sure what our visitors want to do today as they are still asleep as I type, but if it rains we may go to the cinema.  If it stays dry, as is possible, then we may go down to the coast.  My friend and I have not really hit the shops yet either and time is running out! 

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Love the idea of a Visitors Book BB, I think that RG and I may have to get one! Unfortunately we do not have so many wonderful local places to visit as you so I think that leaflets are not necessary! Our B&B is closed for now as I saw the two lads off at about 7.30 this morning. No more visitors are planned until the weekend after next but I suspect that will change. The towels have been washed and are on the line and one of the two beds striped. The rest will have to wait for the weekend now as work promises to be less than calm this week.

 

It is Girl's Lunch this afternoon and I am not doing it so am having a bit of a chill before getting ready. I have a new top which will get it's first airing today, always a nice feeling. RG 's meal is already prepared, must not forget him!

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The nice man in ultrasound said I have to see a consultant about my "waterworks"! Such a quaint expression I thought. Seems one of my kidneys has a problem. Back to waiting for the NHS to grind its slow way towards another appointment I expect.

Sorry to hear about your trouble Barblue. . . and everyone else who’s been ill recently. There seem to have been so many and I haven’t been around much so can’t keep up, sorry.

 

It must be ‘something in the water’ up here in the North, Barblue – I’ve spent the last couple of months on hospital visits and a couple of operations later have just got home from having a growth removed and a biopsy from my bladder.

 

Your post about drinking water sounded so familiar. My instructions also said drink plenty of water (no quantity stated), which naturally I did. However, on arrival for the CAT scan they gave me another jugful to drink, which I did. After the scan, the radiographer wanted me to sit for a while as there was a suspicion I could be allergic to the dye injected. I politely apologised that I couldn’t as I desperately needed the loo and the radiographer burst out laughing and said, ‘You certainly do. I’ve just seen your bladder; it’s like a little football’.

 

I hope your problems are soon sorted Barblue. I found that once the consultants got involved things moved faster – hope thy do for you too.

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Best wishes to all who are having medical and dental problems - hope all works out well. Have to get everyone in good shape to enjoy the summer. :)

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Wowo, poor Angel. Not you, too! Please accept my best wishes  - and I echo Momac in hoping that everyone gets better as the weather improves towards summer.

I see the US is still in mabvuto (trouble - Cinyanja, not Na'vi, for a change :)) with lots of tornadoes and 'weather' east-side. Some really startling pics on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/0L6kQfLqqd

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Wowo, poor Angel. Not you, too! Please accept my best wishes  - and I echo Momac in hoping that everyone gets better as the weather improves towards summer.

I see the US is still in mabvuto (trouble - Cinyanja, not Na'vi, for a change :)) with lots of tornadoes and 'weather' east-side. Some really startling pics on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/0L6kQfLqqd

 

Yes, the States have taken a battering recently with tornadoes, thirty five dead at last count.  Lots of damage, people without homes - dreadful weather.

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I see the US is still in mabvuto (trouble - Cinyanja, not Na'vi, for a change :)) with lots of tornadoes and 'weather' east-side. Some really startling pics on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/0L6kQfLqqd

 

Wow - I've seen a lot of tornado footage, Ting, but that's one of the most amazing photos I've ever seen!

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Wow - I've seen a lot of tornado footage, Ting, but that's one of the most amazing photos I've ever seen!

The photo does not look real - the tornado looks so perfect that it looks stuck on! Although the picture is stunning I pity those in its path.

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The photo does not look real - the tornado looks so perfect that it looks stuck on! Although the picture is stunning I pity those in its path.

 I, too thought it was a very odd image. It's got to be real, hasn't it? Maybe it's been enhanced somehow? :dunno:

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