On the up-and-at-’em.

I don’t appear to have had much time for blogging lately but there’s lots going on in our lives right now and I’ve been a busy bee. I’m also feeling more myself, and though I AM still determined not to be walked upon, I’m a little less defensive.

Work is still stressful, and we’re now entering the period of changeover from our old hours, clinics, deliveries and routine, to the new. However I am making a determined effort not to let it get to me and to leave it all behind when I finish my two days. With the lunch time education meetings going on, this has been harder as I tend to call in to the office afterwards whilst I’m at the hospital. This means that I am not really able to switch off from the job until Wednesday afternoon, whereas now the meetings have stopped for summer, I will be free from Tuesday night. πŸ™‚

In my own clinic, one of my patients has been trying to get the PCT to fund her treatment since she cannot tolerate conventional medicine yet is in need of help. To this end, I spent four days writing up a report for her regarding all the herbs she is using and the clinical trials that back up their use. At first I tried putting it all in a clip file, but soon there were far too many pages and I ended up using a display folder. It was so thick that when i handed over the report to the patient, she asked when the book would be published πŸ˜‰ Let’s hope those four days hard work achieve the desired result. Naturally, I have also been seeing my other patients too, and my next task is to get on top of the accounts again.

Billy is starting a brave new venture – he is also going self employed as of the end of July. He’s been working for the same company for ten years or so now and it’s time to spread his wings. It was also getting very gruelling working 5.5 days a week, every week, and being unable to do much else. This new venture as a locum, is a bit scary but is hopefully a positive move and I do think it’s better to be in in control of your own life than always dependent on the whims of others. Billy alternates between being terrified and being optimistic, but nevertheless, is hard at work planning, buying his own equipment, and passing that all important driving test. Other than give him all my moral support and the odd little bit of advice about being self employed, I can’t really DO much, but it’s lovely to see him focused on something positive for a change.

One other POSSIBLE change in our lives, is that Stephen is considering moving out and sharing a house with friends in Newcastle. He seems to have thought it out, and, as he says, he’s far more likely to get a job in town than here. I’m pleased that he wants to be independent, pleased that Newcastle is just a short drive away if he needs us, and pleased to think my house might be a tidier, less power-consuming place. But I’d miss his funny jokes, comments, and generally amusing ways. Nothing definite yet, so we’ll see what happens. (Nel is already asking if she can have his bedroom for an art room! (NO!) :P)

The garden is still blooming, and I seem to spend a fair bit of time watering all the pots. I’ve started being able to harvest the salad leaves for my lunches πŸ™‚ – though everything else is still growing and not yet ready. I’m LOVING the warm weather and finding it gives me energy and a sense of peace, so I hope it lasts a while longer yet. It also means I’ve been able to turn off the heating for the last month or more and our latest gas bill looked much healthier as a result πŸ™‚ Electricity is still high though, what with all three men in the house having a tendency to leave on lights and TV’s all night.

As for the World Cup – I’ve watched a few games since the last round, but not all. I have seen Spain play a few times and thought they were far from convincing so was amazed at the performance they turned on against Germany. Well deserved finalists indeed. I missed Holland’s game but the final should be good tonight πŸ™‚ I’ve enjoyed the football when I’ve had time to watch, but I shan’t miss those blasted vuvuzulas πŸ˜‰ Oh, you want me to show that I know less than an octopus about football again don’t you? OK – a prediction then – but I happen to agree with Paul this time – Spain to win the final. πŸ˜›

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