Sunday, 23 March 2014

Hong Kong

I was in HK last week on business.  I was humbled by how hospitital my colleagues from HK are.  I was taken out to lunch every day (Dim Sum) and I have come home somewhat heavier, though I daren't get on the scales. Three things I learn't last week:
1.  Chinese do actually make very good desserts - especially sponges.
2.  You don't see the number 4 (e.g. hotels don't have a fourth, fourteen etc floor)
3.  There are sooo many people in HK - the noise level in malls and the street take a while to get used to.


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Been a long time

Yes. Here is a quick catch-up.

Didn't get back to work full time until April 2013. The rheumatoid Arthritis is a bugger but controlled by drugs. I have had to stop physical activity like DIY. My wrists are not that strong and hurt easily. We lost our beloved Holly in May and our beloved Ben in July. We are still grieving them. Ben actually visited me in my dream last night and it was wonderful.   The day i retire is the day we will get more dogs.   Being off sick made me realise i wanted to get more joy from work. So i changed job, the house is up for sale and we are moving to London. I now spend a week a month abroad. I have visited Dubai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata so far. Malaysia in a few weeks.  i am working really hard but i love my new job. And now i realise how unhappy i was in my last one. 
So i am not intending on writing prolifically, but maybe i will post a short vid from each trip. 
Keep up the good fight my friends. Sometimes life is cruel and a bitch, but try and keep putting your best foot forward. 
Here is a short drive in Kolkata.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Thankful and Happy

When I woke up this morning at 7am I remained as still as a doormat. I braced myself then tentatively wiggled my left foot....nothing felt. My hand..nothing to note. No. Bloody hell, I couldn't believe it. I sat up and swivelled around with my feet on the floor. I stood up. Only a small ache. Fucking hell a miracle. I was so excited to tell Mrs K. I am going to buy a T-shirt with the words "I love Steroids" as it is a miracle drug! I felt so much joy. I have been off work for a while now virtually bed bound. I cannot describe how bad the pain has been in my hand, wrist, shoulder, ankle, foot, neck...etc.... I have been waking in the night and crying because of the pain and my inability to reach the painkillers without being in more pain. I have even struggled to wipe my own bum clean after using the toilet. I have been scared about my loss of independence. I saw a rheumatologist yesterday. yes I have inflammatory arthritis. yes I am starting a drug in 2 weeks - a low dose of a chemo drug - which I will have to take for years and am not allowed to drink. hey I will be a tee- totaller, But he gave me a jab yesterday of steroids It has taken away my pain. And I feel hopeful and lucky and happy... because + my pain has lessened so there is not reason why I can't continue to be pain free and get my life back + he does not think it is rheumatoid arthritis which would be a worse form of arthritis + I am lucky I haven't got anything more serious or debilitating. And I cant wait to get a back to work. work is important to mental well being. So hoorah to being pain free and independent.