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31 May 2015

It's Been a While

It has been a while since I have been able to post photos.   My son and his wife have now settled into a house in Surrey in  the UK, and are thoroughly enjoying it.
This is the back yard of the house they are living in since moving to the UK.  It is in Surrey and the pups are having a lot of fun in the lovely garden, and intrigued by all the new types of wildlife.
This is the front of the house.

They were feeling the cold when they arrived

Since I last posted I have had my operation for the hernia, and also more heart troubles. Think the poor old ticker is getting a bit tired.  Last Thursday week I was admitted with heart failure.  An xray showed and enlarged heart and fluid , which was caused by the specialists in Brisbane changing my medications in February and taking me off the bloodpressure/fluid tablets and reducing the bloodpressure one to half the strength.

 I had been to the doctor with a choking cough and gasping for  breath, weight gain, and high blood pressure........only to be told it was a cold night, that I had asthma, and my BP monitor was faulty I couldnt possible have readings so high 170-180...when hers only read 166/whatever.

Anyway I insisted on something else being done, and she sent me for xray and a nuclear imaging test for clots in the lungs.   She was in a panic when I phoned her for the results, and told me to be careful and come back in the morning when she would contact the cardiologist because I had heart failure...........hello?  .......I wonder why she did not ring the specialist when she received the results to have me admitted to the cardiac ward......

I want to change doctors, but would I get anything different.

I must be a pretty tough old girl though because I have come through all this.......a lot weaker and more breathless, but alive.

 Does anyone remember the gum tree in the park next door behind number 3 unit at the back of where I live now.   It dropped heaps and heaps of leaves on the patios and did the same here.  I was forever raking up leaves and twigs, and could not walk outside for gumnuts sticking in my feet if I was barefoot.

Here is a photo of when a branch dropped onto the roof and the fence during one of the storms.

Well guess what!!!!   It has GONE!!!!!!  Evidently the council got tired of the complaints about the damage to the units with blocked up gutters.  To say nothing of the cost to the owners and their insurance.......
Yippee here it is now....
No more rotten leaves and blocked drains and gutters....wonderful.....happy face.

I cant understand why anyone would plant gums anywhere near buildings anyway.  So hope this does not upset  the was damn dangerous  and finally someone saw some sense.

Since I came home from hospital last week I am feeling better, but still having trouble breathing.  Thankfully Blue Care come and do my vacuuming and mopping for me and himself took me to do a stock up shop before he left.  

My new desktop is chugging along nicely and I have so much more space on my desk.  I have had all my files transferred over now, so have access to them.  My young tech Anthony did a wonderful job, and I learned so much from is good to have everything working again.

For now I am just resting and doing a minimum of things.  Cant walk to the shops on my own  yet, because of the breathlessness,  but that will come.

The good news is that as I lose the extra fluid I also lose down to 64.5 kg from 68.5 kg when I went to hospital.

Bye for now, thanks for visiting and listening to all my health problems once more.  I will try to behave in future.


  1. so sorry you have been so poorly Shirley and in hospital Good to read you are feeling better, and that you are being good and taking things slowly. The house in Surrey looks lovely and yes it is cold over here.Good to see the gum nut tree has gone, it will make the house lighter too, take care my friend

  2. Glad you still seem to have your sense of humour. keep well.

  3. Oh Shirley, there is just no end to it, is there, so sorry to hear about all your problems. Lets hope they "sort you out" soon so you can "hop" about again :-)
    By the way, I have planted a gum tree, LOL, but it is a slow growing variety and it is in a pot, so can be controlled :-)
    Take care,

  4. Dear Shirley ~ I am glad you are doing better. I pray that the breathlessness will go away soon.

    Congrats on the weight loss.

    Don't overdo things and BE WELL SOON.

    Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

  5. Glad you are under control now, and feeling better! Geeze. Enough of that crap, Shirley!!!!!

    Glad your Gumtree is gone! Yay!

    Have a great week, and happy June starting tomorrow!!!!
    Love, Julie

  6. So sorry you've been feeling poorly, but very happy that the doctors have finally gotten to the root of the problem and hopefully things will turn around now. Do take care of you!

  7. Oh my dear, dear problem child!! Please look after yourself and rest when required. Glad to see that ok'd gum tree gone for good

  8. Hello Shirley hope you start feeling much better every day and able to start to get out and about again. The house in England looks very nice, so different from the homes here.

  9. Oh dear Shirley I am so sorry to hear of your health problems but that you are on the mend, it is concerning about how your doctor dealt with things though.... The gum tree although sad to go if it is a danger to homes then it should definitely have to go. My neighbours have gum trees in their yard and it always makes me nervous when it's windy not to mention all the mess it makes!!! Take care I hope you continue to feel better everyday. xx

  10. I am very late catching up with this post. What a drama you have had, thank goodness you are feeling a lot better now. I would certainly be looking for a new doctor.
    The pups certainly seem to be enjoying themselves in the UK. Did they have to spend time in quarantine?
    Great new computer you have. I want to show everyone my computer, but I can't access my photos for some reason, so I shall have to wait for Bill to sort it first.