Figueroa Mtn Freedom: Violating the COVID-19 Lockdown Order — Jack Elliott’s Santa Barbara Adventure

29 03 2020

Jack is spot on with this post! It’s far, far safer being spread out over wide areas in the mountains than it is cramming together on the lanes as I was today – never walked with so many people – and so closely!

A vernal pool on Figueroa Mountain. A male and female mallard were seen in the pool. March 27, 2020 I find it difficult to live in a society governed without reason. My mind operates logically. I am irascible by nature. I am not submissive. I am free thinking and independent. I do not subscribe to […]

Hip Op – Back to Work

22 10 2018

I’m now back at work after my hip replacement… I was mostly okay but decided to take the train as I’ve only had a couple of very short attempts at driving and it’s over 100 miles to drive to work – even the short journeys don’t seem very comfortable so far! Going over there worked out okay on the train – coming back off my set of nightshifts, not quite so well… Read the rest of this entry »

Post Hip Op – Week 2 Onwards

8 10 2018

My ankle, the last of my swellings, had gone down and my hip was now unbruised. I still had two weird and nasty scratches across my bum parallel with the scar – we all wondered about those including the nurse who took my clips out at the end of week two. Maybe the surgeon was frustrated by how it was going at some point and took it out on my bum? who knows… Read the rest of this entry »

Post Hip Op – Week 1

26 09 2018

One week post-hip replacement and I was back home but suffering… Getting up and walking around was actually great as it got your circulation moving and stiffness decreased but sleeping all night in one position in a normal bed was pretty awful and my heel pressure sores continued until I found a little cushion for under my ankles. I admit to getting plenty of sleep but I was on quite a few pills, one of which might have been inducing sleep… Read the rest of this entry »

Hip Replacement Op

17 09 2018

22 August 2018
My first night in hospital – a night early because they wanted me there for 0745 on public transport for my operation the next day and all the way from Skipton, North Yorkshire – my hospital was in Blackburn in West Yorkshire – approximately 40 miles away and at least two trains and a taxi…

Unusually for me, I had a shocking night for pain from my sciatic nerve – one of the parts which gets severely abused by unstable hips! I was therefore looking forward to the anaesthetic… Read the rest of this entry »

Normal Service Will Be Resumed…

5 09 2018

Hopefully – just not sure when. I’ve had my hip replacement done and it hurts like hell to sit at a computer for any time typing stuff so might be a while!

I had planned to do a week by week description of my progress but can’t face it right now. Maybe I’ll write useful stuff up into a few posts later when I can sit down! Luckily, walking around and pottering are fine…

Don’t go away. Plenty of great older posts to read 🙂

Oh No! Not More Health Cr@p!

18 08 2018

Whenever I have a birthday, soon after, I get more bad news on my health. This year’s was a humdinger! 😦 Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes it’s Okay to say You’re Not Okay

13 06 2018

I was at work the other night and, because our coffee machine wasn’t working, had to take a trip out of our restricted area to get one. I bumped into a nice cleaning lady who I know by sight and she said hello and asked, traditionally, if I was ‘alright’. Now, normally, I’d end the whole conversation, as most of us do, by saying automatically; “Yes thanks” and continuing on my way. However, this time, I decided to be truthful and said “No, not really”… Read the rest of this entry »

Dormant Bottom Syndrome!

30 06 2016

I’ve been meaning to put out another post on my wearing-hip problems and how I’m dealing with them. Suddenly though, the Daily Mail Online put out an article on it beating me to it.
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