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post 11th Sep 2021, 12:37am
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welcome Sumac,board is nearly deid ! 9/11 today,so the telly has been full of it all week,and sad to say we never get tired of seeing it and hearing how things transpired in the 20 years....,Nice for you to get out and enjoy a meal,we`re in Stalag 17,the worst lockdown we`ve suffered in the 18 months. Beautiful shopping centres with nothing open except the grocers and banks,although there was one big $2 dollar shop,(misnomer that some stuff is hundreds )anyway I got a Brabantia garbage bin,I`ve always wanted one since I saw my daughter`s in England,the one with the press top lid,imported to this country of course,,and I got a smallish one for $65 ,a steal. so not all bad eh. We waited 30 years for our daughter to come back to Australia to live and now we havent seen her for 3 months,and her latest new grand daughter April 27th and we cant get to meet her ,with all thats been going on in lockdown plus I got whooping cough at 82 ! who`d` believe it ,very very dangerous for the baby,so we hope to get to meet her before she starts school tongue.gif imagine getting excited over a new garbage bin,a boring tit ,thats me

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post 13th Sep 2021, 02:45pm
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Oh, taurus, it’s so lovely to hear from you again. I hope GG can rally if a few more people join in. I’m going to try and add a wee bit every day, in the hope that the Boards can be revived.

Welcome to the Lockdown era! We have just been let off the leash in Scotland after a year and a half, despite the Covid cases being over 6,000 a day, a week ago it was over 7,000. Despite that, Wee Nick still won’t lock us down again. Lots of people, my family included, have now had Covid despite being double-jagged, and we’ve been told our 2 jags are wearing off after 6 months and we desperately need a booster.

Would you believe that, since March 2020, no-one can see a doctor here - if you are VERY lucky you might eventually have a telephone conversation with a nurse or, be still my beating heart, a Zoom call! Cancer operations and treatment, outpatient treatment and non-emergency surgery have been cancelled. Nobody can get into a hospital. I haven’t seen a dentist in almost 2 years and it may be another 2 years before I see one. I need regular monitoring of my BP plus an annual CT scan. I had to cause a fuss to get my BP checked after 18 months, but can do nothing about my scan which has just been cancelled for the 2nd year running. God help us all!


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post 13th Sep 2021, 08:42pm
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yes Sumac things are bad with the medical profession,my sister in law in Kirkintilloch has been telling us for years before all this they couldnt get beyond the nurse to see the doctor,and she`s now nearly 90,in 2 days time, She just paid and went private this year and got her new hip right away then had to get up and down her stairs in crutches with her family not allowed in to help . we are not so bad,we only had a few weeks of phone consultations now we get in to our GP when we like. Alex got the worst flu after the 1st vaccine,gave it to me,and we both ended up with a horibble cough,months now,so he has to see a specialist for the lungs as the xray wasnt good,so the specialist will do a phone consult,for the lungs ??? how the hell can he. He has his own heart monitoring wee machine,and just a minute ago he said his BP was 178. took mine 127,so I`m barely alive biggrin.gif biggrin.gif .just you and me on here so far,hope some others are well enough to join in.
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post 14th Sep 2021, 08:23pm
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Poor you! The after-effects of the Covid vaccine can be bad. Yours sound awful.

We’ve had a year and a half of not being able to speak to or see a doctor. Same with the dentist. We don’t know when we’ll be able to see either of them. I know what you mean about a phone consultation for your lungs!!! How ridiculous! I couldn’t see or speak to a doctor for my vertigo which went on for 3 weeks. I finally ordered more of my medication, knowing I would get a phone call as it’s not on my repeat prescription. A nurse phoned me and upped my medication which I’ve been getting for about 10 years. A nurse changed a prescription given to me by doctors! Heaven help us!


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post 7th Dec 2021, 08:01am
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Jist popped in to wish everyone a safe, healthy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. smile.gif


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post 7th Dec 2021, 09:38am
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And to you, too, Java. Long time no speak.

I’d like to send my wishes to everyone, too, for a lovely Christmas and a very healthy, happy 2022. 😍


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post 12th Jan 2022, 01:24pm
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QUOTE (sumac @ 14th Sep 2021, 09:23pm) *
...We’ve had a year and a half of not being able to speak to or see a doctor.

That's crazy, are you on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic? unsure.gif
I can, and do, see mine any time I like; realy just a phone call and a short appointment away.
His misses, also a doctor, answers the phone and greets me in English with a with a smile that you can see over the phone and a Hello Tom. I called her last Friday, 8 o'clock, for a referal for the Eye Clinic which I'd forgotten about until the day of my appointment; we have to renew them every quarter, told her I'd come in at 10 o'clock for it before I headed off for my train.
Gets up there and a few people are stood outside the surgery but I went straight in and asked for my referal.
"Which referal?" from Doro, his assistant; and old friend of Mary's teen years.
She looks in the computer, says OK and asks me to wait outside. Doctor, dressed in a sky-blue cover-all - never a good sign - races past me from one room to the wee room where he has all his equipment that makes all those beep-beep sounds, saying Hello Tom, how are you? on his way past.
"Fine Doctor, fine."
"Good ... good ... good." as he disappears into the beep-beep room - I've been in there with him once so I know he'll be seriously busy but he took a second to scribble his signature on my referal 10 minutes later and I did catch my train.

Last December I was out with Dylan and met this old guy and his old dog Sam. We spoke about the Covid jabs; I was getting my booster on the Saturday morning of that week. He asked me if I could ask my Doctor if he'd be able to take on another patient which I knew; from experience, that he couldn't but I promised I'd ask. So when I was getting my booster shot (the Germanisation of the English language is great these days: when you've had your `booster' shot you've been Geboostert biggrin.gif ) I told him I was honouring a promise made by askin' if he could take old Herr Basler on as a patient.
"Ask me again in January, Tom. It's really difficult now." So I'll ask him again next time I'm in.
Basler's previous family Doctor had gone into retirement 7 years ago and he's had no GP since then so when he's ill he has to try and get an appointment where, or when, he can.
So there are difficulties in some respects. but face-to-face with the GP, when you have one, is no big deal here.

Hi, Java, long time no see (that's good coming from someone with Macular laugh.gif )


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post 13th Jan 2022, 10:22am
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Oh, TeeHee, how I envy you! I sometimes feel we are on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic!

Our situation had s-l-I-g-h-t-l-y eased with my being able to see the practice nurse, in person (!!!), to have my BP taken. I’m supposed to have it taken regularly but, due to Covid, it had been 2 years since it had last been taken. It was no surprise to me that it was too high and my meds were increased. My annual visit to my cardiologist, which had been cancelled 2 years ago, was suddenly on again because of this. Cardiologist wasn’t happy but that’s just how it is. Meanwhile, I’m now trying to get a return appointment, 2 months after my last one to check that my BP is controlled. Aye right! I’ll keep trying, though.

My dentist has basically said, “Don’t call us. We’ll call you.” Only emergencies are being seen.

My friend is in hospital just now, having had an operation to remove cancer on her colon. It has only taken 6 months since her diagnosis. She is allowed one designated visitor for half an hour a day. BUT she says her experience has been excellent, so maybe we’re getting there.

My eyes are very bad (cataracts) but the optician, who we can see, says the hospital situation is too bad to even think about sending me to have them done. I could go private if I had at least 3 000 per eye to have them done.

Ah well, it is what it is, but it is so frustrating knowing that our friends in East Renfrewshire (very posh, very wealthy area) have your situation, phoning up, seeing doctors face-to-face. East Ren is only about 8 miles away from us in East Ayrshire, but it’s a million miles away as far as the NHS is concerned.

I hope 2022 is good to you, TeeHee. Take care.


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post 13th Jan 2022, 01:57pm
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When I was first diagnosed with Macular my Doctor asked me if I fancied taking part in a study at the Freiburg Uni Eye Clinic. I took part at least once a montht and it lasted a year with all the tests, injections etc. I was paid door-to-door travelling expences. After that I continued to be treated as a patient getting three injections with 28 days between each followed by a control check. After each injeection have an appointment with my local optician within 5 days of the jab to make suree everything's OK.
She suggested I ask the Uni Eye Clinic about doing something for the cataract on the `good' eye: the one I get the injections in: the othjer is past bothering with.
No sooner said than done: I was fitted with a Zeiss Lens to my right eye which made an improvement over distances - helpful when I'm out with Dylan smile.gif - and with reading glassses makes life easier there too.
The lens cost me 10 - for the paper work as do the injeections which are over 2,500 a hit.
So I have an appointment at the Uni Clinic every month, even during the Covid crisis, and that's been for about the last 5 years or more.
OK, I pay my own way now which is 20 for the train and another 20 for taxis to and from the station but that's a small price to pay in the long run.
I'vee been puting off a hip-joint replacement operation for about 16 months now. Regular appointments with the consultant, x-rays included, who's happy enough to let me keep puting it off as long as I'm happy with that.
Sometimes I'm limping when it gives me gip, sometimes I'm limping on both legs when it gets too much for the good leg and once in all this time it got so bad that I had to take pain-killers so I could take Dylan out but after 3 days it was back to being OK for traipsying through fields again.
Last time I spoke to the consultant he was satisfied that I could handle it and said I should call back no later than Feebruary to have another check-up and see how we go from there.
Ican even chose which hospital to be operated in, including up at the Freiburg Uni, when I finally think it's too much to be puting up with.
So, all in all, we have it quite good here.

Do you not have a BP kit at home to keep a reegular eye on your BP. Mine has an adio reesponce and always tells me I have a heart-rythm irregularity but I have a low pulse anyway; about 50-55 but my GP has had me refeereed to just about every specialist he can think of but they all agree on two things: I'm OK but I should quit smoking ...
Heh, sex and drugs and rock-n-roll are out, don't take ma fags off me as well laugh.gif


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post 14th Jan 2022, 09:46am
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TeeHee, you’re a hoot! You’re always so positive.

Yes, I’ve had my BP monitor for years now, ever since they discovered my aneurysm. That’s why it was no surprise that my BP was too high. I keep a record of my BP and was able to give that to my consultant who was annoyed that I had been unable to “see” a doctor or nurse. He sent a note to my Health Centre and I was seen, face to face, by the Practice Nurse 2 days later. That was at the beginning of November. It has taken most of the past couple of months for my increased meds to kick in and my BP still fluctuates. I was told I had to see someone after 2 months to see if I needed any further action taken. I’m still trying.

Dylan’s a lucky dog, having you as his dad.


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post 27th Jan 2022, 01:48pm
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QUOTE (sumac @ 14th Jan 2022, 10:46am) *
TeeHee ... Dylan’s a lucky dog, having you as his dad.

Su, A'm a lucky dog having Dylan as ma dug biggrin.gif
When he was lying on my side of the bed that was OK - till it came to shuvin' him over - 'cos it was nice and warm where he'd been on top of my bed cover but now he's taken to lying right up at the top with his head on my pillow. tongue.gif
When I tried shifting him away from there he played dead and so I thought if I go and fetch him a nice tasty treat that'll definitely make him open his eyes and move his body.
As I was leaving the room and half way through the doorway I'd just cast a quick glance back and saw that he'd just cast a quick glance in my direction and dropped his head back onto my pillow rolleyes.gif
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post 28th Jan 2022, 10:01am
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😂


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post 29th Jan 2022, 03:45pm
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QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 27th Jan 2022, 02:48pm) *
... His mum raised no fools laugh.gif


As further proof just wait till you hear this one which I posted on FB yesterday laugh.gif

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This had me laughin' the whole afternoon:
3 weeks ago I bought one of those dog training whistles to see if I could get Dylan to come running back to me regardless of what ever else had caught his interest.
Some days I forget to take it with me but he answers my own whistle tone... when he's not busy with something else.
Today I told him to `Sit' and `Stay' while I walked away through a field - he does that with no trouble and has done since the first few weeks that we've had him with us - so after about 50 or 60 meters I blew on his new whistle and he came racing towards me and was given a couple of treats for being a good boy. I continued with this another 4 times with equal results.
Good boy Dylan.
On the way home and crossing the last field I noticed he wasn't beside me looking for treats: his usual method is to block my path and look directly at me while wagging his tail but I usually tell him then to `Walk On', so I looked behind me to see where he was and he was still at the edge of the field and in his `Wait; position.
I whistled on him and he didn't move from the spot. I called out, "Dylan, Come On" but he stayed perfectly still so I took his new dog-training whistle from my pocket and gave a blast and he raced towards me, past me, spun in the air and ran back to me and I gave him his treats, patted his head, `Good Boy Dylan' and walked on only to ind after about another 50 meters that he was still back there where I had given him his treats.
Whistled and called again ... nothing1
Blew on his training whistle and he raced on to me ... and his treats.
I walked on and Dylan stayed. Repeat last action, Dylan comes running.
He has worked out in short time that although he doesn't always get treats when he barrs my way to ask for them, he'll get treats every time he answers the dog-whistle so he hangs back till I whistle 🙂
This is one smart kid 🙂 ❤

The kid sure aint no fool laugh.gif


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post 1st Feb 2022, 08:39am
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I think our Staffie was related to Dylan. He went out every morning with my husband out the gate and straight over to the headland,where he could run and poop and meet his other dog pals. On a Sunday I went out with them to walk to the shop for the Sunday papers,BUT,when we got back to our street we would go to walk down to our house,he stood like a statue,nothing could budge him,no way was he going in that street when the headland was further on.He`s dead nearly 20 years but his memory will never die. I don`t know what`s happening but I can`t seem to post on the right page.
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post 1st Feb 2022, 10:14am
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Aren’t our “pets” wonderful. Dylan is definitely one clever dog. Your Staffie sounds pretty switched-on, too, Taurus. I miss our dogs so much but Colin reckons another dog will probably outlive us, so we’re dugless now. 🥲


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