Saturday, August 22, 2009
So since I've last blogged there has been a mixture of good things and bad things happening.
As I write I have currently been dating somebody for 17 days (woop woo!) and we are very happy at the moment :). We have taken a daytrip down to great yarmouth! His parents were away on holiday and had forgotten some medication, so we took it down to them, had a game of mini golf and a carvery before heading back home again. On this particular trip he learnt that I am a rubbish navigator!! I was supposed to be helping him with directions from about King's Lynn, which is all he really knew upto, but I fell asleep within about 20minutes of the journey and didn't wake up again until about 10mins away from Great Yarmouth-oops!! Good job he had borrowed a sat nav!!!! :)
The not so good news is that my brother and his partner were expecting a baby and she sadly lost it on thursday. They believe it is a miscarriage but there is still a slim chance that she is actually still pregnant but it is an ectopic pregnancy, which means it isn't a viable pregnancy. She is still having some more blood tests done to confirm which it is and whether more investigation will need to be done or not. I felt so sad for both of them, when they came to my parents house from the hospital after hearing the news. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do is comfort and hug my twin brother while he is in such obvious distress. My mum didn't know what to do either- they were both crying and she didn't know whether to go her son or his partner, she ended up hugging her and holding her, while I had my brother. I was so close to tears but we had someone else in the house and my little rational head kicked in and I went and kept them occupied in the garden (they are only 4), while the others all had a good cry together. To be fair the young one was very good and responded very well to a bribe of a gold penny (£1) if they played outside until me or mum said they could come back in and even more so when offered a biscuit and some apple juice (big treat!!). Although this pregnancy hasn't been successful they did go for carrier testing and found out that both are free from the CF gene, which means should they try again they know that CF is something they never have to worry about. I was pleased for my brother knowing that it means its not something he had to worry about. Before the results were back he had had some serious thinking to do anyway as if the baby was born with CF, I would never of been able to spend anytime with it knowing that im chronically colonised with pseudomonnas, as it just wouldnt of been fair on the baby. I think that really hit him, as I know he goes into denial about alot of aspects of CF, which isn't overly surprising and I think he sometimes feels guilty that he doesn't have CF but as his twin I do. So while I was happy for him to not be a carrier I also had a very selfish moment (and quite a few tears) over the fact that I ended up with CF and that he wasn't a carrier and it seemed so very unfair!
So that's all the sad bits ( I hope!).
Today I went to see the Bikers Branch of the Royal British Legion set off on a sponsored bike ride for the RBL. I got to have a ride on of their bikes- very exciting:
And the other two photos I've just tried to add have just disappeared! So I may try again later with them :)
My best friend is coming today as well to stay with me until tuesday-extremely happy and excited about this. I haven't seen her in nearly 3months!!!! Then on wednesday its my birthday-woop woo!
Will try to blog more regularly
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Saturday I went on a coach trip to London with my parents and we had tickets to see Oliver! It was a really good show and I also enjoyed that very much. I was abit disappointed that the boy playing Oliver wasn't one from the search for an oliver bbc1 and also felt a little bit let down by
Jodie Prenger as Nancy, the acting in a couple of bits was overly melodramatic and just not good!! but overall a very good show. I was very happy to of got the opportunity to see it on stage at the west end.
Sunday was a quiet day as was monday. Tuesday I had a meeting with the group I'm part of. The result of that meeting meant I spent all of tuesday evening and most of wednesday afternoon scanning in sheet music and sending it to various cast members, so we can all start to learn the words for out next show. I still have a few little bits left to do, which I will do tomorrow evening.
Today I was at clinic and was some mixed results. Positively my lung function had increased by 4%, so I am now at 76%. Whilst this is still good its still not the best it has been, especially in comparison to this time a year ago. In not so good news my weight has dropped 4kg in a month (Definitely not good!!) but still higher than it was 6months ago. So thats abit of a mix there of good and bad. The final result is definitely not good! My dietician finally told me today the results of my blood tests in regards to vitamin levels from my annual assessment in february. They are not good. My vitamin a, e & k are all low and my vitamin d level is dangerously level. Apparently everbody should have a vitamin D level of at least 75%, mine is 12%. Which is quite a big difference between the two. She didn't say what my scores were for my other vitamin levels just that they were low, but nearer the normal range than my vitamin D level is. This needs to be resolved by adjusting the doses of my vitamin tablets and will prob work out at an extra 7tablets on top of what I'm already taking. The dietician is going to work it out and then send the new prescription to my GP for them to prescribe it.
So overall a mixed clinic but quite a quick one for them - out in an hour and a half!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
but I wish that I could see your face,
I know you're where you need to be
Even though it's not here with me.
And I still shed a tear every once in awhile
And even though it's different now
You're still here somehow.
My heart won't let you go
And I need you to know
I miss you.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Celebrating my win against my mum at air hockey: (pic is abit dark sorry)
Abit lost and confused and not knowing which way to go in the maze:
I watched these playing for about 10mins in the zoo, they kept dive bombing into the water and pusing each other in:
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
We had a really nice caravan, one of the nicest I've ever been in (which is saying something considering we owned a caravan for 10years!). When we arrived on the saturday we went to the seafront for a little bit before getting some tea and heading back to the caravan for an early night.
Sunday again was spent around the beach in Yarmouth, with a stroll along the seafront to a craft fair that was being held and then back again to the main pier. In the afternoon me and my dad attempted to fly a kite- to the amusement of the rest of them! In the evening me and my mum went into the club and played bingo before heading back to the caravan again.
Monday we travelled all of two minutes down the road to Hemsby and went in the mega maze!which was truly huge! Half of them gave up at the halfway exit point but I really wanted to complete it. So me and my mum continued on round (getting quite badly lost alot of the time!!). There were meant to be 10 boards hidden in the maze with stamps on that you had to collect to be able to work out a code at the end to find out the name of the robot (it had a junkyard/healthy environment/recycling theme thing) and what the robot could do to be more energy efficient! Well after 2hours of going round the maze and reaching the end (they estimate it will take about an hour and a half) we had only found 3 of the boards!!!!! We decided it wasnt worth going back into it and finding the others. In the afternoon we went onto Thrigby Wildlife gardens, where we had a picnic lunch before going to look at the animals. There was a very cute baby monkey who kept swinging round the cage and falling down it (not hurting itsself!) which kept us very entertained!! In the evening again me and my mum went and played bingo in the club after going into the onsite arcade and playing on the 2p machines!
Tuesday we went to Lowestoft for the day. As it was raining when we got there and discovered the car park was closed because they were setting up for the air festival (We didnt realise it was on at the end of this week) we had to park further away than we normally do, so when we had walked back down to where the fountains were we went into the cafe next to the soft play area. me, my mum and dad then headed into the town centre for a walk while a couple of the others remained behind at the soft play area for an hour. Then we had lunch in the cafe again (the burger with bacon and cheese on top was very yummy!) before being very british and heading down onto the beach near Nemo's cafe. There we were taking cover under the pier because it started to rain again! for most of the afternoon I was wearing my coat but had rolled my jeans up and taken my shoes and socks off and was making sandcastles. I just felt it was very british, it was like "you are on your holiday, you are going to be on the beach and you are going to enjoy yourself- i dont care if its raining!". some of the others were playing bowls with a game that we had brought (the multi-coloured kids one, not the serious kind that you see people playing in the white outfits!). In the evening me and my mum thought about playing bingo but when we got there the place was empty and it wouldnt of been worth the amount we paid out for the tickets even if we did win! So instead we took a walk along the road to a different arcade. Where we played 3games of ice hockey and I beat her in all of them with scores of 7-6,7-1 and 6-1 (we ran out of time on the last game!). We then continued a little bit further down and I ended up buying a sun hat!
This morning we went to Yesterday's World which is a museum/exhbit thing along the seafront in Yarmouth which sold old fashioned sweets and had a full-sized carousel inside the building! After we had gone round there me and my dad came home ready for my dad to go to work tomorrow.
Pictures will follow when i get my camera back at the weekend as I've left it with my mum!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Since I last blogged:
On friday I did a food shop with my mum and grandma. My grandma still isn't (and is highly unlikely to ever be) well enough to be able to manage food shopping by herself like she used too, so we now take her food shopping and my mum doesn't have a car as my dad takes it to work so she borrows mine. Which is why we all go food shopping together on a friday morning! Friday evening I was at my breakthrough rehearsal. I was asked to create the programmes for the show (which is on the 25th so next friday!!!!).
Saturday I created most of the programme for Breakthrough, its just a very basic simple design so was quite easy but was missing a few peoples names so couldnt complete it.
Sunday I didn't really do much-went to my parents house for some tea.
Monday I went to work for a couple of hours to have some training on how they run the card shop for when I do some holiday temporary cover. I knew most of it, just had to be trained on the paypoint machine that is mainly used for paying gas or electric bills and phone top-up.
Tuesday I was at the RBL branch meeting. There was an argument between two of the members and one of them stormed out! It made it a little bit more interesting, usually the meetings are quite boring because I'm just not interested in most of the branch stuff such as the accounts!
Wednesday I went upto my brothers and had some lunch with his girlfriend and her little girl. Who absolutely adores me! We seem to have a game whenever I go up there where we play "picnic". Which involves her putting her blanket on the floor and tipping out all her play plates and things and some play food and I have to sit on the floor with her, while she pours me a cup of tea and makes me "sandwiches". That just seems to be our little thing and theres no convincing her otherwise not to play the game. It was a nice couple of hours. I also got the programmes sent off to be printed/photocopied and they are now all ready for the show. In the evening I went kickboxing and got my new gloves for when we do the pad work and some kickboots, which just protect the top of my feet. Again this is useful when we do padwork as otherwise feet get very red quite quickly when practising the kicks. I'm enjoying doing kickboxing again and is a good chance to meet some new people.
Yesterday I didn't really do alot and haven't really done much today either except food shopping again.
Monday, July 13, 2009
This picture isnt so good but is of my congratulations cards and 2 new home ones on the left handside of my windowsill:
Then finally, my collection of Slyvac:
These were my grandmas but she knew I liked them and gave them to me as a house-warming present. Until I can get a proper shelf or something put up to display them better they have to stay in there, but it is a bit low to the ground, so not 100% happy with them there but at least they are out of the box!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
- On the 17th June I got the keys to my bungalow and moved some stuff in!
- On the 22nd June I got a sofa and armchair delivered so I had furniture to sit on!!
- I went away for a weekend to Brugges between the 3rd-6th July
- On the 6th July I also found out my degree results and got a 2.1!!!!! (Insert massive smile here!). So that means I now hold an Upper second class honours degree in Pyschology With Clinical Psychology and can be known as Helen Turner BSc.
- On the 8th July I spent my first night in my bungalow so have now officially moved in.
Ok, so thats all caught up extremely briefly to today!
Today I was at normal CF clinic, where things went well. My lung function has gone up from 68 to 72%, which I was happy with as am recovering from a cold and halfway through a course of oral antibiotics. So for it to of gone up is alot better than I was expecting.
I dont really have much else to say, so will leave this one here for now.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I went into town this morning and brought myself some things to occupy myself with on the train. This was a magazine, a puzzle book and I was also browsing the ds games and ended up getting 2 new ones in an offer of 2 for £30. These were 101 games in 1, which I've already had a play on and seems good, its essentially lots of minigames and you have to get high scores on them to be able to unlock more of the games-you start with 10 unlocked games, so lots of potential in that to keep me occupied. I also got the book collection, which I thought would be quite good. As that gives me a 100books to read but takes up less than space than a normal book would. So that will be something that will be used more for when I go away on holidays, especially with ones that involve long journeys to get to my destination such as this trip and the one I have got to Brugges at the beginning of July!
I also picked up a couple of snacky things (some pink wafer biscuits!) and I already have some strawberry jaffa cakes, which are going into my case for if we get peckish in the evenings in the B&B! My friend went into town (who I am going away with) as well abit later on and came back with an awesome card game that I have talked about before for us to play on the train and in the evenings in the B&B.
We have got so much planned, so I think we are going to be extremely tired when it comes to the evenings and not doing much more than sleeping!! I have also charged up my camera batteries, empty my memory card and sorted my purse out so I am only taking the cards I will need with me for the weekend, which I've worked out is just my ID, student card (to get discount admissions) and my bank card. my suitcase is already essentially packed, except for the final few items that cant go in until last minute! I have almost packed my bag for the stuff I will want on the train but not quite gone that far!!
Anyway I will stop talking about Edinburgh now and will probably blog again once I am back as I'm not up to anything between now and then to talk about anything else.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
So you can just see the shed in the background, which is at the bottom of the garden, but mainly you can see the drive and the front garden
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I now have a busy couple of weeks, I go back to my student house on saturday. I am going away for a long weekend on thursday 11th to Edinburgh with one of my housemates. We come back on the monday, on tuesday my old drug company (Clinovia/ BUPA) are coming to collect their drugs fridge (Which I dont really understand why as they cant use it for anyone else so will just scrap it, but because my care is no longer with them they want it back- plus we've had this fridge for well over 10years as well!). I have been using this fridge at uni for all my milk and ensure plus etc., so I have delibrately been ignoring their calls since the middle of April. However as I have now finished uni and dont need it I rang them and getting them to collect from my uni house. Then on the Wednesday I will be back in my home town to get keys to my new house. Also somewhere in that week before going to edinburgh and getting back before the wednesday I need to finish packing my uni room up as I most likely won't be staying there again after this week. I'm just so unbelievably happy and excited over this right now.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I havent been upto lots really except for tidying up my student room and packing up all my books and dvd cases to be brought back home for storage until I have somewhere to live of my own (or alternatively to be sorted and unpacked back in the family home if I end up staying back there). My uni room is now pretty much empty of everything except the things I still need until I move out of there permanently (which has to be by July 10th). I am at home for a week as got somethings to do, but when I go back there on saturday my dad will be taking my computer desk and chair back, leaving me with the rubbish plastic chair to sit on but I can cope with that. I've transferred my computer to the desk that came with the room as I dont need that for writing on anymore and wont really be in my uni room much more anyway.
Tomorrow I am at the legion caseworker information day, which is the first stage of me becoming a caseworker for The Royal British Legion, I think I've talked about it before but essentially tomorrow is a 20minute ish powerpoint presentation followed by a 5minute "interview" where I will also be given forms to fill in for a CRB check at a later date. Then the actual training will be in september sometime, which is a 2day course.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Monday and Tuesday I didnt really get upto loads, watched some dvds and spent some time with housemates just relaxing and enjoying that we have no more essays or exams to do still!!
Wednesday I was back at home for the day for some house viewings. I liked the first house I saw but the estate agent person who showed us round told us "unofficially" that "if I was her daughter she wouldnt want me living in this house on my own" as they have had trouble with the neighbours (believe from speaking to people afterwards they are possibly known drug addicts!). Which was nice of her to tell us, but it was good to see another house and what was being offered for the amount of rent. In the afternoon I saw a flat and it was horrible!! As soon as I walked in I turned to my mum and was whispering "no no no no no no"! It had a kitchen cum living room thing, which was essentially along one wall of the living room kitchen cupboards, sink, oven, washing machine and fridge freezer! Which would of been fine if the cream carpet had not gone up to the kitchen sink!!! The bathroom was also immensely tiny, in fact it was being advertised as a wet room, there was literally only just room for the shower cubicle, toilet and sink!! and you couldnt shut the door without first stepping to the side where the shower was- highly unpractical. I am looking for a small ish place but there is small and there is just ridiculous!!! After viewing that we drove round to see the house that I am most interested in. I dont know if I said but the last time I viewed it the kitchen and bathroom had been gutted and all the doors were laying on the floors as they had been taken off their hinges for doorframes to be painted and the doors to be restained. Well we stopped by to see if we could possibly peer in the windows and look at the new kitchen but the builder was there and let us in to look properly!! I fell in love with it all over again when I saw the new kitchen- its just beautiful!!! I also got to help pick the new lino for the floor-very exciting. (I am viewing this house again 'officially' on friday and handing in the forms to apply for it at the same time-yay!!!).
Thursday three of us went to a local home made ice cream parlour called 'daisy made' and the ice-cream was absolutely delicious!!! We also played a round of crazy golf that they had there, which was interesting as it was broken up by a short spell of rain where we had to run back inside, where we sat the rain out before going back out to play. The weather was fine apart from that brief spell of rain! We had ice-cream before and after the golf!!! I tried cinder toffee flavour, cream tea (scone and swirls of jam in vanilla icecream) flavour and lancaster bomber (chocolate and vanilla icecream with chocolate balls) flavour. All were extremely yummy! None of us were quite brave enough to try the bubblegum flavour though due to its bright blue colouring!!!!
Friday I met up with friends where we had a very long lunch (3hours!!!), it was really nice to catch up and one of them just talks for england! She really does, thats why it took so long. As we had finished eating by half 1 but didnt leave the pub until 3 and we had met up at 12!!! After that two of us went to see Angels and Demons at the cinema. Which was a good film but in comparison to the book was abit disappointing, my friend got quite lost because she hadnt read the book and I had to explain somethings to her afterwards so she could understand it. As they had cut out some of the important central points to the plot in the film so was easily confusing, so if you want to see the film, definitely read the book first!!!!
Yesterday I was back home again for my mums birthday and we had a BBQ!!!! Which was my first one of the year- yay!
Today I have been packing some of my things up in my uni room but also taken a nice walk in the sunshine along the river where I saw some swans nesting!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
They have quite a variety of different animals. We started off looking at the outside animals, incase it did start to rain so we didnt miss out them. These included eagles, owls, goats, geese, racoons, many different types of birds, a peacock, curly coated pigs! (they looked like a cross between sheep and pigs), llamas, shetland pony, sheep and falcons.
It was very very humid in the butterfly house! We managed 30minute bursts in there before it got too much and we had to go back outside again to get some cool fresh air. I think between the 3 of us with cameras we managed to get some good pics of most of the different pretty butterflies!
This is one of the birds in the walk-through aviary. That was good to walk through as the birds were flying freely within it and some were sitting on the path and everything! There was a bird-spotting guide that you could take at the entrance to try and identify all the different varieties that you could see flying around. Some of the birds just really werent bothered and wouldnt move out the way when you were walking near them, so had to be careful we didnt step on any!!!
The photo below is me in the butterfly house!
On the way back, we also made a slight detour and randomly stopped at Moulton Mill, which is apparently the largest mill in Britain. We saw a sign for it and thought why not!!! We had finished at the Park at about 2pm, after getting there for when it opened at 10, so still had plenty of time to go and visit the mill. The tour takes about 1hour and we got there at about 2.45, and it closed at 4! So maybe we didnt have quite as much time as we thought, but luckily there was a tour guide available who could take us round when we arrived. We had just missed the last tour group by about 5minutes!!! So if he had been the only tour guide we wouldn't of been able to go round. It was a good tour and also had a lift installed to take disabled people upto the first floor of the mill, which they had converted to make it wheelchair friendly. It had tv screens so that they could then stay on the first floor, but still see the rest of the tour via tv screen while those were able continued upto the 7th floor!! It is the only mill in britain that also offers that kind of service, and also had some exhbits for people to have a go on, like a mini grinding stone that you can operate by hand, like the ones that actual grind the grain into meal in the mill. Definitely a good little diversion to of made!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I am now back at home for the weekend and looking at a couple of houses for rent, and hopefully one of them will be suitable and I can apply for it and have somewhere of my own to move into once I move out of my student house!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Ok, so I am now just 7days away from finishing my undergraduate degree! I have completed all essays and am now busy (ish) revising for my last exam. This is on tuesday 12th May at 2pm and will last 1hr10mins!!! Then after that I will have technically finished with university and just be awaiting my results which will be out early July!!
I am also busy looking for a place to live for when I have to move out of my student house, as I have grown out of living with my parents and while I still love spending time with them, I have grown to value my own independence even more. So on friday I have got a couple of house viewings booked in, which I am quite excited about. One of them I will be viewing for a second time, this time with both parents in tow to get their views in case they spot something wrong with it that I don't!!!
My diary is starting to get pretty full over the summer months with holidays and appointments and other more exciting things. Most excitingly I am going to see Bill Bailey in July and then 3days after seeing Bill Bailey I have tickets to go and see the West End Production of Oliver! Which I am extremely excited about, I watched the BBC programme for the search for Nancy and 3boys to play Oliver. While I didnt really like their choices for the Olivers I did like that Jodie Prenger won the role of Nancy, so looking forward to seeing her in the role!!! Lots more things are happening but I will talk about them all abit nearer the time!