I’ve had another busy week. I still can’t work out why my life is so constantly hectic, though the fact that because of my energy limitations I have to fit an entire day into 7 hours probably has a lot to do with it!
Tuesday was long, stressful but ultimately exciting. I picked up my new little Yaris electric hybrid car!!! I found it at Toyota online but it was at a dealership 60 miles away, so I faced a 1¼ hours drive there and back on a notoriously crap road to collect it, but I love it and think it was worth the trip. The dealership have been a bloody nightmare though. From day one they have lied and tried to rob me. The car hasn’t been serviced for 15 months and had the wrong tyre pressures. At one point on Tuesday I had a heated argument with the sales manager after he stood in front of me and lied to my face, which made the whole thing incredibly stressful. So after I got home I made a formal complaint to the Managing Director of the group at their Head Office. The car itself is fab though, if a little complicated, and I’m still figuring out how everything works. When on full beam the headlights dip themselves when they sense oncoming traffic, the car also senses road speed signs and warns me if I’m driving too fast, it has automatic climate control, keeping the car at a set temperature, and it senses if you’re about to crash and automatically applies the brakes (would have been handy back in October!). It practically drives itself 😉
Wednesday night was the first Camera Club after our Xmas break and I gave a talk on my DPAGB distinction experience. I’ve had a dry, tickly cough, which I think is reflux related, for about 6 weeks now and it’s driving me insane so I bought some Pholcodeine cough medicine to try to suppress it. Knowing how I react to painkillers, and knowing the medicine contains codeine, I tentatively tried a couple of 5ml spoonfuls during the day and all was fine, so 20 minutes before my talk I took another 5ml spoonful……………and had an anaphylactic reaction. FFS. So I gave my speech with my heart hammering, my face flushing, my brain in cramp and feeling like I was going to pass out. I just told everyone I was having a hot flush because it’s easier than trying to explain about MCAS The shitty thing is that I’m still coughing and can’t take anything to settle it.
The positive news of the week is that I’ve slept brilliantly 😀 This happens so rarely it’s been like a mini holiday from my illnesses and mentally I just feel so much better after having several 5 to 6 hour blocks of blissful uninterrupted kip. Whoop whoop.
Friday I took Bertie to a new groomers to have a haircut. When I first got him I tried a groomer in town but had a bad experience, so for the past 8 years I’ve been clipping him myself. However my joints, and back, are now so painful I simply can’t do it any longer. The new groomer seems nice and Bertie seemed happy enough when I collected him, so hopefully I’ll be able to use her again.
Today I’m hoping to finish off a talk on studio lighting I’m booked to do next month. It’s taken ages to put together and during the next couple of weeks I need to practice it with my lighting props so that I can do it to time, but it’s been fun to do and because I have to know the ins and outs of the subject it’s also forced me to learn new stuff which is always a good thing.
I’ll finish with a little teaser. I have an update on home testing for histamine in foods to share with you this week, so look out for that post!