Back Troubles

I’ve had on-off back troubles which usually resolve themself after a day or two with a lot of rest – but over the last few weeks, particularly at work I’ve found my chair and work area to be so uncomfortable that while the pain has gone on the way home in the car, and resolved itself, it suddenly didn’t. This happened last Monday, and by Tuesday at 5pm I was left laid on the floor of our living room asking H to pass me the remote controls so I could put the tv on to distract her, as 1. she’d have jumped on me, she likes jumping on people lying on the floor and 2. I couldn’t lift my head to see where they were anyway.

Fortunately she did, and an hour later Shaun arrived home, and I headed straight to bed. The following day I was unable to move – at all. It actually got to the point where the out of hours doctor wouldn’t see me, my GP wouldn’t do a home visit as she had nothing she could administer anyway, so it was suggested I rang 999.

I’m no timewaster and it felt like I was, but that was my only option offered by the professionals, so I did… and after being told by the people on the line I’d get a car with someone with an injection to help loosen up my back so I could move (as by now it was about 4pm and I’d been in a similar spot in bed for a lonnnng long time and was needing the loo, let alone anything else), and I’d get a follow up call. Not long after that there was a knock on the door… and they’ve only gone and sent an ambulance. Lordy.

Gas and air were my very best friend when giving birth to H, and they became my very best friend again, I went into a high kind of happy chatty life is lovely kind of mode, the paramedics eventually were able to sit me up and walk me out (but oh it hurt), and off we went to hospital. I’d like to say that being in an ambulance was a bit exciting, although last year when Rachel went into labour early I went in hers with her, but it’s just Not Like Casualty.

Got to hospital to wait and wait and wait until I was pushed into a cubicle, transferred to a bed (with more gas and air) and seen by a really nice nurse who took my blood pressure and pulse and all that stuff. Who also told me women aren’t meant to carry anything above 8kg! (Just a guess, maybe she’s not a mum? How on earth do you get around that?!) By then the gas and air had gone, a doctor came, sent me home and told me to get out of my bed – all well and good but I couldn’t actually move – and I was on my own as Shaun had to stay at home with Holly.

The nurse/sister in charge wasn’t the most sympathetic – I got it though, they thought I was wasting their time. I was only acting on what the professionals had decided, it was out of my control! She wouldn’t help me out of the bed, couldn’t get why I couldn’t sit up and swing my legs over (err because my lower back was where the pain was?!) and pushed up the back of the bed to help (when I suggested it) so jerkily it was just pain, pain, pain.

Eventually Shaun arrived and we got out with me yelping in pain (not letting H see, who was in her buggy which made a good prop for me to walk with as I don’t know how I’d have done it otherwise), nice nurse ran off and found me a nice strong painkiller which was enough for me to get myself in the car, sat down and we headed off home.

What a pain though. If only my GP had been able to do that I’d have probably saved a LOT of people’s time. Apparently GP’s don’t carry these as they’re likely to get mugged, so refer you higher up. Why I didn’t get someone in a car who could administer it rather than an ambulance I’m not entirely sure either.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m grateful that I was dealt with, I just think it was done badly. I’m not sure whose fault it is, all I know is I’m now signed off work for two weeks and it’s giving me a lot of time to think about it all..

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It’s been a while.

So much going on these days, far far too much, and oh old blog, how neglected you are.

There’s all sorts going on at Mum Friendly now – I did an interview with The Bopps the other day and slowly my urge to ask people questions about things is returning. This is a good thing.

We had Holly’s 2nd birthday – and a grand total of four parties – it would have been five, but we couldn’t get back to York. Possibly a good thing… it’s not like she’ll remember much in years to come! The house has been slowly taken over with pink again, despite retiring many toys… a Peppa Pig wendy house has taken over a large section of the room though, so it balances out a tiny bit.

Work is busy right now… lots of things going on, and lots of good records coming out (the This Mortal Coil box set is so lovely and shiny I dare not play it and have a fear of my fingertips spoiling it).

Just last Saturday the three of us sat down for a photo session with a friend of mine, and oh the results are lovely. I’ve never been happy with the majority of photos which feature me, and to have some of the three of us (granted, one of us is pulling faces on at least one of the pictures) is lovely – we now have a problem trying to work out which photos to order…

As I continue my must-keep-H-busy thing going, I’ve signed her up for Dramabuds classes locally. There’s a class every Saturday morning no more than five minutes from here and it’s even walkable (ie without the buggy), I’ve just paid for her first term, so we’ll see how it goes. Next Friday is her last day in the Bumblebees room at nursery – she’ll be moving into the 2-3 year olds room – it only feels like yesterday she was starting in that room (and to be fair, it was January – so she hasn’t been in there that long really) – but she’s so confident and chatty and can say exactly what she means to you (pretty much) that I know she’ll be fine. It’s all fine really, just very tiring.

Ahh, and I almost forgot. Rachel started a group of knitters/crocheters and we’re called ‘Hooky Knitters Carshalton’ – so I made a little website too. We meet, drink and knit. Occasionally people point and laugh at us like we’re weird, but we don’t care because it’s kind of sad someone’s got to single you out for being in the pub doing something and minding your own business.

Work-wise, I finally got a job title – I’m officially Digital Asset Manager, whatever that means… I’m not entirely sure myself apart from the things I loved doing before I went on Maternity Leave I no longer do. Sadface.

The Christmas range of cards are now in at Phoenix – some nice ones, I’ve placed my first order now, and just want to send them out… September’s probably a bit too early…

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Proud little lady

and her Duckling 2 badge and certificate after yesterdays swimming lesson

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Raced For Life

we did it – it was an extremely hot day, and by the very end I felt so giddy with lack of food and needing more water, but we all did it.

Jule and I did it in exactly 59 minutes, and Rachel and Heather did it a couple of minutes later. I even ran a tiny bit at the end, to make sure I was under an hour. Oh the hills, the hills. It was okay until they arrived, and then you really felt every muscle in the back of your legs.

The dads all sat in the shade with the kids, Shaun with Holly, Lewis with Molly and Joe with Jesse – and oh thank goodness they were there – although DJ man seemed to have run out of music and was playing the same songs we had when we started the race – so we escaped to the quiet and calm for a picnic.

Rachel has started a local knitting group – we meet every other Wednesday in the pub, more info is over here.

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Carshalton Mumpreneurs

We’re in the paper.
Carshalton Mumpreneurs

What I actually said (in case you’re one of my bosses) was “Was lovely to meet everyone last night too – I was talking to some ladies saying how I feel like I’ve really lost my confidence since going back to work, and just talking to some of you last night really restored it, and made me feel like I could do something interesting with my life – you were all so inspiring!” Just for the record, and all that…

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tum te tummmm

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Guinness Fudge

Guinness Fudge

Where to start...

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Things…

The new website is coming along just lovely now – it’s still in the early stages and needs me to do more coding – which I’ve never done before, so it’s all a slow learning process done when I can grab a few minutes here and there.

I’ve also signed up to do some Phoenix Trading, selling cards. If anyone is interested, then I have a site over here which shows you the kinds of things offered. I’m just waiting for a delivery of my initial sales things, and a first order so I’m kind of excited about this, as it could be fun (plus I’ll get to meet more people which is always good). So I’ll add a new tag in here for Phoenix related things as I’m sure there’ll be various cards I’ll really like and want to recommend. Stay tuned. Plus it was an excuse to get my favourite picture of me and H up too.

I’m also going to set up an Online Petition soon (when they reopen them) to try and do something about the lack of access at Carshalton Station for people like me who’ll have buggies, or even people in wheelchairs, or who can’t climb the necessary stairs to get to the platform. Go me! See, less time on internet forums is equal to more time doing good stuff!

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More housekeeping…

Back when my dad sold his business and bought a new domain for his other things he’d like to do (whitedog.org.uk) he stuck with the company Easyspace – so I took out a domain there too, as it was a good price and he’d been really happy with them.

Fast forward four years and the renewals for a co.uk and an org.uk came up, and the overall price had increased… I was on maternity leave, not much cash but not much time to do much else than renew and deal with it (you don’t think about these things when you have a small child)… but after some careful research most other companies don’t stick a markup on your domain renewal, and then point out something in the small print (my own fault? Maybe, possibly, probably – but still, advertising sites at a low price, then adding these extra charges later on seems a bit unfair and not that clearly pointed out) – or rather, to quote Easyspace

“When the initial period has expired they are subject to a price increase of £1.50/yr +15%. A 3% RPI increase has also been applied to all packages since August.”

Ouch.

When I asked why, my answer was

“Sorry for the delay in replying. Our terms and conditions do state the we have the right to establish and review renewal prices at our discretion. Additionally, all invoices are available for viewing in your control panel 60 days prior to the renewal date.”

So at my discretion I’ve moved one of my domains, and am moving the other to a new provider who doesn’t whack on extra charges at their own discretion. Who’s to say in a year or so I’ve not another small child and again no time to actually check this stuff. Better I go with someone who sticks with the prices advertised, it’s much more honest…

Oh, and I didn’t say, you’re charged £15 plus VAT per domain by Easyspace when you transfer out as they don’t trust you to do it yourself (and had I not been able to, the people who can help me weren’t either, and they’re experienced in this, it’s all blocked), so instead I took the Nominet route – it’s still £12 all in, and it was quick and it’s done.

Freedom…

So to celebrate I bought a new domain (not with Easyspace) and now I’m working (with help) on something I’ve been thinking about for a while… we’ll see how that one goes.

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Speed Walking For Life

I’m doing Race For Life in Epsom with my friends Rachel, Heather and Jule.

Over here.

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