Blog upgrade

by Nick  

You may notice a new theme to the blog, which strikes me as a bit Night Garden... I've just upgraded the blog software to a new version, and this is one of the styles that's available. I'm going to bed now, so I'll leave customising it any further to another day...

They say that in life it is important to focus on the big picture...

by dr-nick

They say that in life it is important to focus on the big picture...
Originally uploaded by Vimrod1

I subscribe to the daily dose of Vimrod. Today's cartoon made me laugh rather too loudly...

Passing sentence

by Nick  

I'll try to be brief (but will inevitably fail - bear with me)...

After new year, I had a bit of a sore back when I got back to work. On Saturday 5th (i.e. after 3 days) I woke up and couldn't walk. I did some stretches on our pilates machine, and that seemed to settle things (enough even to go to IKEA in Coventry, which was very super).

Sunday not so good. Again, I woke in a lot of pain - this was deep and low in my back, just above my pelvis, and was sending zaps down my left leg. Oh pants, I thought: sciatica. Pilates didn't help much, so it was pretty much painkillers and not doing much else. Monday morning I tried to go to work, but the car journey was tortuous (the seat was just the wrong angle/area unsupported), and I had to go home at lunchtime and try to get a doctor's appointment. The GP agreed with me that it was a muscle spasm which was pressuring my sciatic nerve.

Tuesday morning, I got my newly prescribed Diclofenac (an anti-inflammatory), but it didn't seem to touch the pain, so I went back on Wednesday and was prescribed Diazepam and Tramadol. The name diazepam sounded familiar, so I googled it to discover it's the generic name for Valium. OK, that's a solution, I thought. To be fair it is a muscle relaxant, and it did work. It also made me near insensible for the four days I took it. I slept around 16 hours a day, and was apparently in more of a daze than I realised. Oh yes, and the one event I clearly recall was the withdrawal I had on the Thursday morning after a full night of sleeping through (low blood pressure, sweating, shaking, puking and all before 8am. Super.)

As I say, it did stop the acute back pain, but I wanted off ASAP. Although somewhat out of it, I knew that I didn't want to stay medicated any longer than necessary, so I cut the dose down over the weekend and was off by Monday morning when I was able to go back to work. I will keep this week's resume short and sweet: long week, much work, server problems and deadlines for high profile work contributing to stress. And a stinking cold. And Jess waking up around 5.30 every day. Blogging hasn't been high on the agenda I'm afraid.

Still, there is light at the end of this tunnel. Cos you see, after Val and Rob left after visiting for the weekend, Jess said her first sentence this evening. She trotted across to us carrying a sketch (I'm highfalutin here, it's a scribble) that she'd done at nursery and said "Mummy, I made a paintin'" :p

Happy new year

by Nick  

Christmas is over, and we've just done a bit of sales shopping. We also cashed in our Boots Advantage Card points on a new pocket digital camera: a Casio Exilim EX-Z77. What a thoroughly memorable name. Anyway I've given the battery a half charge and taken a first couple of shots. I'm somewhat scared by its face recognition which can allegedly tell the difference between 'Dad', 'Mom', and 'Baby'!

Surprise!

Anyway, it's time to tak' a cup o' kindness, for auld lang syne. Here's to 2008!

Will it iBlend?

by Nick  

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