Wednesday 31 October 2018

Up to my arse in alligators

Life continues here, visits from assorted therapists, trips to hospital, trips out so CHS doesn't go stir crazy and two walks a day around the marina.

To add an extra layer of joy to my life, my tenant phoned yesterday to say the dishwasher has stopped working. My first instinct was to tell her to buy a pair of marigolds, but common sense prevailed.
I will get someone out to look at it but I will make it clear to her that if the problem is caused by her misuse, as the bath was, I will be charging her for the callout and any repairs needed. Cunningly enough I haven't had a single complaint about the bath since the plumber told her she'd caused the problem with it and that she didn't need a new suite!

Saturday 27 October 2018

Change of name

Wean, CHS stands for Captain Hot Stuff. I nicknamed my beloved this when we moved on to the boat. I spend the day layered up and looking like the Michelin man, my beloved, on the other hand is wandering around wearing just his underkeks complaint that he is sweating cobs.

The tables have now turned, not sure if it's the medication, the result of the stroke or because he's not moving about so much. But the log burner is stacked high, my beloved is layered up and I'm wearing a top and leggings, just one top, not the three or four I usually wear.

Wednesday 24 October 2018

He's coming home

CHS is coming home in a few hours, from Friday he will receive help from the Early Supported Discharge Team.
There is a stroke survivor group that meets in a nearby village hall.
So onwards and forwards.

Monday 22 October 2018


CHS has been moved on to a side ward, he was having trouble sleeping in the main ward. The lights were on full all the time, patients were being moved in and out and machines were beeping constantly.

It's beginning to dawn on him that he won't bounce back from this in a couple of days.

All I can do is keep reassuring him that it will be ok eventually.

Friday 19 October 2018

Another update

Another scan yesterday, it looks good.
He is still wobbly and having balance problems.
I'm to shower him today when I visit.
Yesterday I took one of the DGS's in to see him, they did each other good. 
DGS is a worrier so seeing his grandpa talking, albeit laying down, has put his mind at rest.

Wednesday 17 October 2018


CHS had a Ischaemic stroke this morning at 7:20, he was at work and someone found him immediately.
They phoned me and also phoned for an ambulance.
He was in A&E by 9:15, he had a brain scan and because he was within the 4 hour window he was then given alteplase.

I stayed with him until he was admitted to the ward and went back to see him this evening.
Because of the speed of his treatment the prognosis is good, he has full  use of all his limbs and there is no slurring of his words.

He is having another scan tomorrow, I will update my blog with the results.

Thank you all for your kind words and healing thoughts and prayers.


Has been admitted to the acute stroke unit.

Thursday 11 October 2018


I'm still not blogging regularly, too much going on.

This week I'm cat sitting for DS, it means I get to use his washing machine, and I get to have a long hot shower, woo hoo.

CHS is having his shifts changed yet again, and they will change again after Christmas.

In other news, we have decided to sell our boat and buy...................... a bigger boat.

Sunday 7 October 2018

Yesterday it rained

It was wet and chilly, it was dismal out and I got wet when I was shopping.
Fortunately I have some thick socks knitted for me by a friend and the lovely Paul on the fuel boat delivered some coal and logs so I was toasty warm on the boat.
CHS was shrammed when I collected him but he soon warmed up after a hot meal.

Friday 5 October 2018

How much does free cost

Today I had to book a hotel room, I needed a specific hotel on a particular date.
A list of prices came up, I had a choice of paying £140 with free WiFi or £150 which included free breakfast and free WiFi. 
How silly is that.

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Oh the joys of predictive text!

The stern gland is leaking on our boat.
CHS contacted the engineer who fitted the engine to ask if he could come and tighten it.
Unfortunately he didn't check the message before he hit send.
So the message read, could you please come and check my stern mistress as I think it is leaking!!


George's boat has finally been refloated with help from the boating community, money has been raised to help him, he was offered so many tents and sleeping bags he was thinking of opening his own branch of Millets.

Boaters are still left dealing with drunken stag do's.

Mind you some sober people are no better, someone on a hire boat hit my boat very hard a few days ago, she carried on going, no apology, nothing.

What she didn't bank on was me waling past her a while later as she was returning to her car. I offered to kick her car like she's hit my boat, until then I don't think it had occurred to her that I may have been upset by her behaviour.

Fruit and veg box

 This is what was in my box today. Carrots, cabbage, spinach, avocado, apples, oranges and a huge beefsteak tomato. I've already eaten a...