Packed diary? Weekend again!

Cusworth Hall, Doncaster – November 2013 (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

“We still don’t have any new pictures for the blog,” I said.

“We must have loads of them,” he replied.

“Not of winter.”

“We have, we’ve got lots. From last year.”

“We’ve probably used them all.”

“No you haven’t. Have a look. Choose one from last year.”

So I went to have a look at last year’s pictures … and there aren’t any. This time last year we were moving house. We didn’t get a lot of time to go out and take pictures. Apart from “new house” pictures. And I know I’ve already shared all of those – some of them more than once.

So I went back another year, to 2013, to November. And there was one folder. Just the one. From Cusworth Hall in Doncaster. You’ve probably already seen this one, but as it’s a November shot … well, enjoy. 🙂

And we might not be going out tomorrow either. We were going to go for a short walk, to start us off again building up to bigger and longer walks eventually. But on Wednesday night I did something that trapped a nerve in my neck. I didn’t feel any twinge or pain. I didn’t make any sharp or sudden movements. My neck just gradually started to get stiff. And when I woke up Thursday morning, I could hardly move.

I was going to nip down to Birmingham to see my parents yesterday. But I couldn’t even get my nightie over my head let alone drive 200 miles. So I took 2 “horse tranquillisers” (prescription co-codomol) and went back to bed. Where I slept the sleep of the dead for 4 hours. And when I woke up, the pain and the stiffness were still there.

That’s when the poet started to feed me “big pink ones” (very large ibuprofen). They do upset my stomach, and they upset his stomach too. But reading the leaflet yesterday he discovered that we’re only supposed to take one of these at a time, and he takes 2. I forced one dose down and the stiffness did indeed start to wane. The pain was still there, but at least I could move again.

Last night I took 2 more horse tranquillisers before bed and I’ve been taking big pink ones today (with food). But if I can’t even drive, or raise my arm over my head, or turn my head beyond the line of my shoulders (less on the right than on the left), then he doesn’t think we should go for a walk. Even a small one.

We’re going out tonight, and he’s driving. He has a gig tomorrow, and he’s probably driving again. Then we’re definitely going to Birmingham on Sunday and he won’t let me drive that far in case it aggravates my neck even if it is feeling better by then.

So you lot are going to have to wait another 2 weeks before there might be any more new pictures.

Saying that, I have still managed my NaNoWriMo all week and the finish line is on the horizon. Well, if I stand on tip toe, I can see it from here – it’s Monday. Then on Tuesday, I start work proper again.

I’ve also managed some work on the republication for January of Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery. The interior is ready. The artwork is chosen for the cover. It just needs sharpening and tweaking and the text placing. Then I can order the first proof copy.

Today I’ve done some more pro-bono work too. We have a meeting next Wednesday evening, and the 2 chosen charities are both sending representatives to talk to us, so I’ve been liaising with them.

I still have today’s NaNo to do. I’ve been doing it of an evening, but we will be out this evening so I need to do it this afternoon. And tomorrow we have shopping to do too (as well as my NaNo) as Sunday is already full and I really wasn’t up to doing it last night.

I hope I feel up to a short walk tomorrow, but I will take it easy if I need to. I’d sooner lose just one weekend of driving and walking than have to put up with this for as many weeks (or months!) as some of our friends have recently experienced.

Have a great weekend. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Packed diary? Weekend again!

  1. Alison Runham 27 November 2015 / 4:18 pm

    The confusion with ibuprofen comes because the ones you can buy at a supermarket (what us pharmacy types call GSL – General Sales Licence) are only 200mg – so you can take two of those three times a day. The ibuprofen you buy from a pharmacy (P for Pharmacy – genius, ain’t it!) or get on prescription will usually be 400mg.
    Choose enteric coated or e.c, as these are easier on the stomach, and *always* take them after food. A glass of milk doesn’t hurt either.
    Here endeth the message from the ex-pharmacy personage. Some days, I quite miss the NHS and being vomited over by patients who can’t use their inhalers! 😉
    Oh and I’d recommend Deep Heat – it now comes in two strengths but I’d go for the stronger one, the weaker one doesn’t seem worth the tube it’s squeezed in to me!


    • Diane 27 November 2015 / 4:26 pm

      I’ve often told him he should only take one of the “big pink ones”, but he insisted, and yes, they did rip his stomach to shreds. I didn’t think we could drink milk, mind – although I do have milk on my cereal when I have the first one of the day. Thanks for the other advice. The co-codomol is for osteo-arthritis, so any suggestions to ease pain are very welcome. 🙂


  2. carol Warham 30 November 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Ouch. Hope you are on the mend now. x


    • Diane 30 November 2015 / 3:57 pm

      Yes, thank you. It’s much better this week. 🙂 x


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