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… although the microblogging is happening over at Twitter, it is just not getting copied here to LJ by LoudTwitter for some reason.

I seem to be blogging and microblogging far less than usual, at least partly because I seem to have the sore throat and ear infection of DOOM!!!! This s meant that I am sleeping a lot and so doing less.

In other news, Pixel has a growth between the toes on his back right foot. He is licking it non stop. We have him booked into the vet tomorrow afternoon.

In other-other news, my new (used three or four times for very small jobs) sewing machine has died. It no longer seems capable of picking up the bottom/bobbin thread with the top/nneedle thread and so is also incapable of sewing. I have had to resort to hand-sewing. A lot. Hubby needs a number of new pairs of trousers taking up 3". I am okay hand-sewing having done a lot over the years, but my eyes tire very easily right now (The MonSter, I bet) and so I can only really manage one leg hem at a time before needing a break.

Note to self - make optician appointment as soon as you are able to use the phone again.

In health news and in reference to making phone calls, my good ear for the phone (the one that is usually the least deaf) - the left one - is currently swollen shut and PAINFUL from yet another ear infection. I get them quite often because the dermatitis inside my ears gets infected. The pain does respond to ibuprofen + cocodamol (codeine and paracetamol) eventuallybut the swelling does not reduce much and so I am still, to all intents and purposes, deaf in that ear. That and the attendant sore throat make phone calls almost impossible - they can't hear me and I can't hear them with my right ear - hence why I usually use my left ear for the phone! I already had an appointment with the new GP this evening and so It will have to wait until then.

"Hello new primary care doctor, I am the awkward one with a long list of meds and pre-existing 'conditions'. Now, the question is;

- are you a doctor that believes that I am the expert patient with respect to my my own unique subset of MS (and other) symptoms?
(in which case I will happily see you again)

- or are you, instead, one of the doctors that believes that patients should be seen, not heard and told what to do - they should definitely not have a mind of their own, a BSc Biochemistry and be able to do research for themselves into their symptoms and conditions on the internet let alone want things to be explained to them and be able to understand?
(in which case I will avoid you forever even if you are the last GP on the planet)"


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Jul. 21st, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
I've had that with a sewing machine and it was dust and lint - vacuuming and oiling rescued it. something in there is very sensitive to lint and goes out of alignment in a way that seems sub-atomic...
Jul. 21st, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks - we took it apart and cleaned it (but did not think to vacuum it) but there was no lint in it. Turning the hand wheel in order to try to pick up the thread there is a noticeable tough part to the turn where we have to force it round.

There is a 2 year warranty on the machine and "privileged service" based in Bradford but for a £60 machine it is almost cheaper / quicker to buy a new one! Heh.

BTW, once Simon is home and recovered, we should talk about meeting up - he has a purchase for me and you have not seen the flat yet... ;-p
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I couldn't see the lint - or if could there was so little I couldn't believe it had an effect - but it stopped it in tracks. I've had the same feeling of having to force it and I think that was the oval ring in the bobbin holder having slipped and needing a grommet tightening, but they're not like the old hand machines that went on for ever...

he has the box safe - I'll prod him about connecting
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
I totally understand your footnoted section. I've had problems with my endocrine system and auto immune issues since young adulthood. Most doctors don't believe me or get irritated when I end up well informed. I just lost another endocrinologist because of that.
Jul. 21st, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah - the problem is that I lived in my last place for 17 or so years and so the main GP that I saw there is the one that was the one that pushed to get me referrals to specialists and helped me get diagnosed. He used to regularly say, "YOU are the expert about your MS! I am 'only' a GP and you probably know more than I do about MS!"

The doc I had been seeing most recently there was similar - happy to explain stuff, happy to listen to my theories and very supportive.

There was one other doc at that practice, however, that told me off (!!!) for looking stuff up on the internet. I never saw them again, needless to say!

I have had to change neurologist as well. I now see one of his subordinates (at another doctor/specialist's recommendation) because he is SO arrogant and unapproachable. DINOSAUR!

I sometimes wish that we were the consumer in the UK when it comes to doctors, like in the US. Sadly we are not allowed to pick our own doctors and have to like or lump what we get. If I could pick my own I would stay with the ones at the last surgery (only a short drive or train ride away) or go to the closest surgery in this town (which I am not allowed to do because where I live is not in their "catchment area"). Instead of going to that surgery (walking distance) I have to go to one in the center of town (a bus or car ride away - much larger carbon footprint)! Stupid red-tape.
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