Up at 2.07 am this morning. Not too bad maybe as I managed to turn my light out at 11.30 pm last night. I know my legs haven’t been treated since Thursday last, but I swear I caught a whiff of damp goat as I was waking. So it’s either my toesies have halitoesis or Somnos has been sending his brother round again. At 3.00 am I went through to the kitchen to have my meds then some breakfast. Just some toast again but it was enough. I set the washing machine going, then made a coffee to take back to work. I was keeping an eye on the time to put the clothes on a drying cycle. I remembered in time and set it for an hour and a half. I carried on working until 6.45 am then decided to try 40 winks in my chair. I woke just before 8.00 am and went straight back to work completely forgetting the dry laundry. It was 10.00 am before I remembered and went to get the stuff out, no longer hot and pliable, but cold and wrinkled. I hung it on the airers. At 10.45 am the nurse arrived. I took the remains of the dressings off and my feet were soaked and washed. I hate that bit because of the pressure applied, ouch, ouch and ouch. No, not three legs just lots of discomfort. I had her take a look at the soles of my feet too and she said there were quite a few ‘cracks’ there. She treated them. I wonder if they normally just do the tops because that problem is obvious. Anyway, she decided my feet were a little wetter than before and it was probably due to not having been done since Thursday, so for now we’re going back to every day changes. I cheated and had an easy lunch then worked till 3.00 pm. Watched Escape to the Country then worked till my 4.30 pm antiques show. After that I had tea with Joey and nodded off for an hour. I watch a programme called Babylon 5 that I’ve heard about for years but never seen. At 9.00 pm I called it a night and came through to work. At 11.20 pm I decided bed was a good idea.
I probably got to bed about 11.30 pm and managed to read until midnight last night. It took a little time to get the feet comfortable enough to sleep, but once I did………………….. It was 3.45 am before I woke up this morning, my longest lie-in for ages. I’ve no doubt someone interceded for me with Somnos. Meds and breakfast were done straight away before bringing my coffee back to work. And work there was this morning but by 7.35 am I was nicely on top of it. I decided to celebrate with a sit down in my chair but the 40 evaded me so at 8.00 am I returned to work slaving over a hot keyboard. At 10.50 am yesterday’s nurse returned with another. They are both nursing sisters by my guess at the uniform and it was to clarify a new care plan based on the change back to daily. Daily for two weeks they agreed before one took out her tweezers, gripped a piece of black flesh across the top of my foot and pulled. She celebrated one continuous piece that had defeated others by removing even more flesh from between my toes. My crossed fingers worked and she didn’t try the big toe which is more wood than flesh now. They left at 11.30 am and my stinging feet were grateful. My nephew came this afternoon to see if I wanted shopping. He answered the doorbell for me and in came a podiatrist. As Lee went out shopping she started in on my feet. She checked the pulse rate to ensure a good flow of blood. she even cut a couple of nails on one foot but she used a scalpel to clear even more debris from the feet. Talk about sore afterwards. My shopping arrived and Lee put it away for me. Once he podiatrist had finished I cleared her debris and Lee and I enjoyed a game of scrabble.He went home to his wife and sons leaving me at the mercy of the budgie.
I was in bed for 11.45 pm (post mail) and only read for half an hour before extinguishing the light. Perhaps I should have put the book down first? The stinging had stopped to a large degree and I suspect sleep came readily because I was still holding the book as I woke, and my glasses were twisted at an awkward angle on my schnozzle. I slept until 3.37 am which was again unexpected. I wondered why my female companion was hushing me until I realise she’d sprung a leak. After using the puncture repair kit I took my meds and had some breakfast. I brought a coffee back to work and kept going until 7.41 am when things slowed down. I went looking for 40 in my chair. Phew, I found them and they kept me going until 8.30 am(ish) when I returned to work. I was in the lounge about 10.30 am when I noticed a nurse going pas the window carrying a large box. I went to the door but saw that she was at a neighbour’s house.I closed the door and walked back to the lounge. i’d just reached there when the bell rang. I asked if the box was because she was selling my supplies door to door. Luckily she had a sense of humour. I unwrapped my legs being careful not to ladder my stockings while the nurse prepared herself. She was very gentle with me so she obviously knows I’m a virgin on the ridiculous. After she’d gone it was getting on for lunchtime so I had a beef dinner from the bing machine. It was surprisingly nice. I saw Bargain Hunt and at 1.00 pm I went back to work . I’d missed a fair bit. At 3.00 pm I was clear so went through to see Escape to the Country which involved inspecting my eyelids from within. At 4.10 pm I just had time to clear the mail box before Dil arrived. I made him a cup of tea and we watched Pointless before the gaming began. Tonight was another honours even so he said we could part friends. I wasn’t sure why we’d change the habits of a lifetime. I tidied up and came through to work finishing at 11.40 pm.
3.25 am this morning. Reverting more towards what was the main time before.There was a message waiting for me that another blogger has made Somnos an offer so he’s having to leave my side for a while. Our ‘Friendship’ will not be forgotten though. ( shame). I dealt with breakfast and meds straight away before bringing a coffee back to start work. I had a difficult letter to write to someone who considers me ‘stubborn’- me of all people? And who is full of suspicions when I try to be the most reasonable of men. I get the feeling I’ll never win. At 7.41 am I was temporarily clear so decided to occupy my chair in the lounge for forty. I was a little up set to get just twenty as someone knocked on the door at 8.10 am and by the time I gingerly got there, they were long gone. I tried calling out ‘Hello’ in case they heard and came back but all I got was a kind passerby asking if I needed help. I returned to work. At 9.30 am my neighbour Margaret came to the door. She came in for a chat then kindly went to do my shopping. On my return to work I found an email telling me I had direct message on Twitter. Here’s how it starts……… …. My name is Mr. Suvo Sarkar, I am Bank Officer here in Emirates Bank of Dubai NBD. I have a business proposal for you which is in connection with your name and you are going to benefit from this transaction which will be of our interest and benefit to our both families. Yet another con that’s finally moved away from Nigeria so naturally I’m going to fall for it now. Nursey arrived at 11.30 am and was very gentle today except when she was apologising for prodding the wrong places to ask if they hurt. She left at 12.15 pm so I found myself trying to watch Bargain Hunt as I was cooking my dinner. Te afternoon alternated between periods of work and periods of sitting down with my legs up. Mike arrived before 6.00 pm so we nattered until 9.00 pm when it was clearance time for the mail.
I didn’t do too well this morning though I was desperate to stay where I was, wrapped in the warm with a beautiful dream lingering on the outskirts of memory. But here it was 1.46 am and I was wide awake. Nothing had woken me and I felt no threat so maybe even Somnos wasn’t on the prowl. The only thing to do was get up and start work. That carried me through until 3.00 am when I went through to the kitchen to have a fix and prepare my drugs for the next week. Then I was able to have breakfast and make a coffee to bring through with me. I worked until nearly 10.00 am then fell asleep when I would normally watch Homes Under the Hammer, luckily Mike likes that too and remembered to turn on albeit late. I was expecting the nurse around the time it ended but she didn’t show, I wondered if it was due to the doppler I was supposed to have. At noon I gave up waiting and made lunch to ear while I watched Bargain Hunt. I’d just started the washing up afterwards, when I didn’t expect the nurse to appear, when she did. Sana doppler which they will now do on Saturday at the hospital for ease. Once the legs were done I finished the washing up and started on the mail again. Mike arrived back about 6.00 pm and the lazyitis was so bad he had to make his own drink. We watched Antiques Trip from 7 to 8 and then Mastermind before he washed my hair and left me taking a bath in the sink.. At 8.30 pm I went back to the evening mail and got caught up. It was just gone 11.30 pm before I got near bed and 12.15 am before the light went off. Sleep was along time coming.
Despite it being past 1.00 am before I got to sleep I was not to be allowed concessions. I woke at 2.27 am and was able to take a full minute getting up. As I turned my screen on a message appeared. Somnos, (your) God of Sleep invites you to join him for an evening of fun and gaiety from Midnight 18th November. Bring fruit. Finally I may be about to get to the bottom of his renewed interest in me.I worked till it was time for breakfast, I had just enough butter for two rounds of toast which I had, somehow managing to cremate one of them I held a very quick service with a knife over the waste bin until it looked edible. After taking all my meds I returned to work until 5.30 am. Then I got dressed. Have I mentioned I’m having to make sure whatever I wear on my lower half (excluding my kilt) has legs wide enough to take both legs and dressings. At 5.50 am I was ready and had managed to wedge my feet inside my old velcro slippers. I put the kettle on for Mike and as soon as I heard his alarm I took a coffee through to the lounge for him and went and shouted him. I then started to get all the rubbish and recycling outside. The weather was cold enough to give me my own Newton’s Cradle so I was glad to get back in the warm and shout him a second time. His alarm must have gone off four times as he got up pretty quickly. I retreated to my room and the computer as someone wandering around in just their shreddies at that time of the day requires a stronger stomach than mine. Shopping went well and was pretty successful in more than food as I picked up a Christmas present for one of my nieces. We went for breakfast (Yes, I don’t need reminding I’d had one, I just can’t see him eat alone). A couple of things in the Morrison’s where the cafe was and we were ready for the off again. I was paying the price for the outing by having to occupy the wheelchair and he was enjoying every moment of the power. In Flint I got another present but not for Christmas this time. I escaped his clutches on my sticks and forced him to follow me into Temptations before doing the last of my shopping, for the freezer and then going home to put it away. Mike refuses to do that because I won’t let him spend on a new freezer for me. We headed into town to get some special cards then eat at the chippie. Then off to the hospital for the Doppler and new dressings.I was on my way home again about 3.00 pm after a good laugh with the nurses both of whom I know. Work till 5.00 pm then investigate my eyelids for 2 hours in my chair. I finally came back here for catch up at 9.00 pm.
My light went out at midnight and despite a terrible itch across the top of my right foot I was asleep in no time at all. And there I was on the top of a mountain with a bag of tomatoes in my hand and a very cool breeze around my kneecaps. I think the tomatoes were a little rebellion on my part but not recognised as such by Porcinus as he came round collecting tribute to his brother. Was it my imagination or did Porcinus himself look a little bigger (and smell even more of damp goat?). I saw Somnos heading towards me and was tempted to run but I was far too inquisitive as to the reason for this bash with it’s accompaniment of shepherdesses on what looked like pan pipes. ‘Ah David’ he said, ‘welcome. This is as much for your benefit as mine. My name is slowly growing towards that of Hypnos, Somnus and Morpheus his son. I am on the verge of becoming a big god and in part it’s down to you. You have my thanks. I would ask for one last effort on your part. Make my name a household word and I shall reward you.’ ‘With sleep’ I asked. ‘Whatever your heart desires’ was his answer. I knew I was returning home then and my knees began to warm. The last thing I heard as I left was ‘And by the way, I noted the tomatoes, most humorous.’ I woke up and it was 4.00 am. I sat on the edge of my bed and couldn’t move for an hour as the thought of Somnos directing the World’s sleep hit home. At 5.00 am I went for my meds and some breakfast carrying an immense sadness inside me. As I ate my Weetabix I was trying to see ways to succeed and get him off my back forever or ways to fail that didn’t look like I’d done it on purpose. Somnos the Musical? But I’d never get one of the hugely talented musicians to write the songs. How about if I disappeared and got him blamed for my murder, ridiculous, not enough people believe in him to get him charged and as a god he wouldn’t have to appear. About 9.30 am Mike got up I left my plotting and went to say good morning. We decided how to proceed with the day. Accordingly we set off at 10.30 am for Prestatyn and went looking for some Christmas presents he wanted help with. We got what he wanted and were nicely in time for lunch at the Cookhouse with the carvery. Afterwards we took a run back to Holywell and checked a shop for a few toys for Christmas presents we both wanted. At 1.45 pm though we headed for the hospital. Anne Marie was on duty again and changed the dressings including the top-socks I now have to keep things from unraveling. She was really pleased at how dry both feet were and no seepage through the bandages. Things are looking rosy though there’s still a way to go. We headed straight for home so Mike could get away for the birthday party for one of his grandsons. It must be the jelly and ice cream that made him rush. I did some catching up then somehow at 7.00 pm found myself in front of the TV watching a Miss Marple programme. That took me to 9.00 pm when I packed up for the night and came to work.
May you all have a great new week. There will be those who need you to share a smile and maybe those in whom you see a greater need. If we bring sharing to the forefront I think Love will follow and then without the politicians and weapons manufacturers maybe the world will be secure for those to follow us. Hugs to all,
55 responses to “The Wrapper Returns.”
Aw, big hugs to you too, David. Here’s to you healing quickly… All the best.
You’re very kind, thank you. It’s been a slow job but I can see real progress.
xxx Huge Hugs xxx
Sending healing thoughts your way – and glad to read that feet are getting better.
Thanks so much Madelyn. Such progress to see this weekend alone.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Great to read that, David. Onward and upward!
You have an interesting life and an active imagination. Both can bring much happiness and also tire a person out. Hugs
I think you’re right in both cases Scottie, bur I’m not too tired.
There seems to be progress…may it continue.
Lovely photographs again…they seem to be wrapped up warm as the weather changes.
Plenty of progress all of a sudden Helen. The open wounds which were like Pound notes before are now more like crowns. Yes, with some very low temperature starts no-one takes chances. I hope you’re well.
xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx
Another great week, David. Had to laugh over the eyelid inspections. I’m so glad you finally got some nurses’ care. Wishing you a lovely week with more healing. Beautiful photos (beautiful subjects) and super music.
You’re a real gent John thanks so much. I was glad to get my wrappers back too. Healing picked up speed now. Thanks for the lovely comments on both photographs and my music/
The babies are showing signs of cooler weather coming – aren’t they getting big!! Keep warm David, don’t let the budgie boss you around too much and enjoy your visits with the lovely nurses!
Those zero degree mornings have arrived so out come the coats. Yes, the kiddies are getting big now, it’s scary. I’m warm and I don’t let the budgie turn the heat down. I’m really going to miss the nurses when they go. But I don’t want the sores to stay either.
xxx Ginormous Hugs Pauline xxx
I always look so forward to seeing the pics of Reuben and Amelie … adorable as always!
But I simply cannot imagine why ANYBODY would call you, of all people, stubborn! You, the most reasonable of men! If you will let me know who was so brazen, I shall smite them!
Glad your feet are finally healing and hope you are back on them very soon! Thank you for the smiles …
xxx Cwtch xxx
Thank you, the kids are adorable. I agree with you (of course) that I’m the most reasonable of men who wouldn’t know stubborn if it smote him. I’m sure it was something said by a sarcastic possible vituperous person whom I would not expect you to smite (fortunately).
Feet healing so more smiles to come perhaps.
xxx Hugs Galore xxx
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Get well David 😉
Many thanks Jack, making good progress now.
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Thank you Jack, I’m very grateful
Somnos the Musical! Now, that’s a thought 🙂 Wishing you smooth healing David with lots of hugs
Thanks so much Ina. The healing is going well now. The Hugs are enjoyed.
xxx Huge Hugs xxzx.
It’s good to know that they’re keeping a close eye on your legs and things seem to be slowly improving. Take care and have a good week, David.
Thanks so much Olga, they’re doing well and the Doppler results were great,
xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx
I’m glad your feet are making progress, David. Wonderful photos as always. Have a wonderful week as you head into the Christmas season. Shopping already! You are way ahead of me. 😀 Massive hugs.
Feet nearly made for walking again Diana. Thanks, the photos were fun. Heading into Christmas is causing panic because I only have the net to make choices from.
xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx
Huge (soft) healing hugs for you David. We were in Parkgate yesterday and I sent extra sparklies across The Dee to you. I love the pics of the children…the light shining from them is a joy. xXx ❤ xXx
The hugs are wonderful thanks Jane.I hope you had a good time in Parkgate, I’d have waved back had I known you were there. Thanks for liking the pics. The kids are a joy.
xxx Hugs Galore xxx
Sorry you’re still having problems with the legs, but I’m glad the nurses are seeing to you and [mostly] gently. The photos of your grandkids are great–I love Reuben’s expression on the playground equipment.
Thanks so much Merril, the bribery with chocolates pays off.The kids are little live wires and attack everything in the playground to get the maximum fun.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
You never cease to amaze me, David.
I’m not at all sure what for Robert but you’re welcome.
Your work ethic.
Your love for your family and friends.
Need I go on?
They all bribe me.The perks of dark chocolate biscuits.
Things sound a little more optimistic this weekend, David, so I’m hoping the next week will be a really good, pain-free one. I wonder if we could write to Boris Johnson and ask him to mediate with Somnos on your behalf? I’m sure he’d know more about the old fella than most…
Much more optimistic still this week. I just wish they’d get their act together and decide every day or every other day as my head is spinning now, I’m none too sure about asking Boris to concentrate long enough to act on my behalf, he needs to concentrate on Brexit. I’m working on something that should get Somnos off my back.
Keep well, be happy
I’m so happy you’re seeing progress – wet goat is not good except on a farm! Norwegian Wood- how I love that song, but I don’t know why. I’m off to sleep in the tub. Hugs to you!! Xoxo
Thanks so much Pamela. I agree that wet goat has it’s place which isn’t here.It’s funny how a nonsensical little song made such an impression on so many. I think it’s just a great little tune. Don’t go tap dancing in the tub.
xxx Humongous Hugs xxx
I only READ in the tub. 🙂 xoxooxyou’regreatxoxxo
My glasses steam up to much.
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I solve that problem with lots of BUBBLES. They cover up the steam and keep it from ruining a good read. 🙂
Feel better soon, David. Hugs!
Many thanks Damyanti, I’m actually feeling pretty good. I’m sure a couple more weeks and it will be so far along I’ll be able to walk with no problems.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
That’s very heartening to know, David! All the very best.
I am sorry that you are still struggling with your feet, David. I hope it improves soon.
A vast improvement now thank you. I’m sure I’ll be free and walking by Christmas.
xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx
Looks like you have a little gymnast on your hands there!
Yes, if all else fails I’m going to make him into a cat burglar like in the Pink Panther.
No cats will be harmed in the creation of this role.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Your feet seem to be coming along nicely. Lovely pictures of the children. Thanks for the music. xxx Huge Hugs xxx 🙂 — Suzanne
I’m not ready for tap dancing yet but who knows, Christmas maybe.The kids are very photogenic, It’s great to share the music with you.
xxx Unlimited Hugs xxx.
Hugs to you!
And to you Margaret Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda.
Massive Hugs xxx