Even though my holiday finished last Friday I’ve actually had a more relaxing week this week than when I was supposed to be resting, even though not everything has gone to plan.
I thought my leaking loo would just be a washer, but sadly it’s turned out not to be the case. So, having taken the cistern apart, I decided I couldn’t fix it and have had to claim on my insurance and they’re sending a plumber out on Tuesday morning.
Speaking of insurance, the Adjudicator from the Financial Ombudsman’s office who is dealing with my new PHI complaint rang me on Thursday. He said he agrees totally that my insurers should not be reducing my money and he’s already contacted them to ask them to explain why they’ve done so. He’s hopeful they will reply some time this week. He’s such a nice chap, keeps me fully informed of what’s happening and is obviously on my side – such a huge difference to my last complaint in 2011 which was a total nightmare. So I’m more hopeful the issue can be resolved quickly and my money re-instated (famous last words!).
I’m still plodding on with my ESA renewal forms. I have 6 letters from consultants as my “supporting evidence” so if that’s not enough I give up. I haven’t even started on the actual form yet though, as it’s taken all week to get the medical evidence together and write the bit about “how my illnesses affect me” which runs to 4 typed pages!
I had a bit of a crisis on Tuesday morning. Bertie woke unable to put any weight on his front leg. After a bit of deduction I decided he’d sprained/strained his front “knee”, so gave him some Calpol (at a dose recommended by the Vet, he can’t take anti-inflammatories like Metacam as they make him sick), strapped it up with a compression bandage and only gave him short walks for 2 days. Thankfully it’s much improved and he’s no longer limping.
I’ve lost 4 followers after posting my Scarlet Woman piece. I expected it, as women don’t like to hear that it’s the man’s fault when he strays. Women like to blame the Other Woman even if that makes absolutely no sense. It’s like having your house burgled and being blamed for leaving the door open. You should be able to leave the sodding door and every window you possess open without some random stranger pinching your stuff. Burglary is always the burglar’s fault. Just like infidelity is always the married cheater’s fault, even if the person they strayed with came on to them.
My weekly roundup is a day early this week. Today (Saturday) I was supposed to be at a wildlife photography workshop. I can’t normally afford to go on these things, but someone dropped out and I was offered a half-price ticket. But yesterday The Curse arrived and I started with a dreadful migraine and awful back pain. I got hardly a wink of sleep last night and still had my migraine this morning although it’s thankfully fading now. I’ve also had the worst hormone-related back pain I think I’ve ever experienced, with shooting burning nerve pain in my left hip which stabs me every minute or so. I can’t sit, stand or lie without awful pain so have had to cancel. Bloody typical. They’re holding a 2nd workshop tomorrow and have held a place for me, which is really kind, but I have no idea how I’ll feel in the morning so will just have to play it by ear.
As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve tried doing some portrait pictures this year having never photographed people before and not possessing any proper studio lighting or equipment (I don’t even have a proper flash for my camera!). I’ll leave you with ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’, which I’ve entered in a competition this week – won’t find out if it did any good for some time yet but will keep you posted.