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Date: 16.07.2020
From: Lois

Subject: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Guys, started a new thread as our friendly posters have tagged onto our post.
Hope you are both well
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Date: 17.07.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , sorry been a while , we are ok sort of , the virus just leaves a nasty few things like post viral fatique , my son is worse than I am , just blad I had my immune suppressants to stop the worst of th virus & now they are starting trials on the drug Xeljanz to treat moderate covid ,

hope you guys are well , lucy been thinking of you , we got some idea what you are going through , but still got the stuff to clear , my brother died in 2010 , he was single so we was all next of kin , he had only a small flat & was easy to clear , wish we could have done the same with in-laws stuff or done what you have , I live now in there part of the house as cant get up the stairs , the house is to big & so is the garden but to much to do to move house

Lois , pleased you have had chance to see your Mum , must be good for her , & hope she stays well

stay safe & best wishes xxx
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Date: 18.07.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

I saw Mum yesterday. It was really good she looked well. I went with my two brothers and hubby. She was ok very chatty for about 15 mins then went off into her own world. We stayed for over an hour as there wasn't any one else visiting until the afternoon.


Colin so pleased you and your son are getting there. It does take a long time to get back to your old self after Covid. I hope it won't be to much longer for you both.

I know about emptying out someones home not good. I did my mum and dads bungalow then I had to do mums flat. Not the two best experiences. Lucy made the right choice. I feel for her so much. The treatment she has recieved from that care home is a disgrace. Bless her.

I have seen my three children now. Not supposed to we social distanced in the garden. I am hopeful that at the end of the month we will be given some kind of normal. Lockdown has been over 4months for us. I know its for our own good but I just want a bit of freedom now. Safely of course. Got masks gloves sanitizer at the ready.

Take care x
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Date: 23.07.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Guys,

Hope you are both doing alright. Pleased that you got to see your Mum Lois. We are now allowed out on buses etc from tomorrow and of course masks in shops. Just don't understand why it has taken them four months to do it.

Hope you are over the virus Colin. We went down to get my brothers house cleared out last week, it was a shame to have to all his stuff dumped and it cost 400 to get the house cleared, it was just a one bedroom he had. He had a new single bed and it was a good one, although his neighbour took the mattress. I'm still angry with the care home Lois, and I think they played a part in his death, he had no fluid or food for days as far as I could tell and yet the hospital said when he was in that he was eating fine and the care home kept saying he couldn't swallow and yet on the Friday before he died one of the staff said he was walking past eating a banana and that was the last he had as far as i know. When i asked about a drip for fluid they said they don't have them.

Weather has been so wet here although think tomorrow to be better.

Take care xx
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Date: 23.07.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, clearing your brothers flat must of been tough. 400 costly. What isn't costly. Still I think what you have done was the right choice.

Lucy I would be upset with the care home as well. You got so many mixed messages about your brother. Bless him. Did you manage to get the things you wanted?
Lucy put all that in a box and just remember the good times.

I think I will be out of lockdown officially next week. I did pop to the garden centre today. Masked up and gloves I felt like a bank robber. LOL
I need a bit of normal. I have booked a hair appointment for the 19th August.

Iam seeing Mum again onthe 3rd August with my daughter. I hope the rain stays away that day. The weather is strange we had a lovely day then it rained about 5ish.

Well Lucy take care XX
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Date: 23.07.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , hope you both are well & staying safe

we are slowley getting over this , I am having a bit of breathing problems , dont know why & sometimes my oxegen levels are very low ie 72 & think will need to get it checked out , my son been left with some nerve problems around his neck , & causing problems with arms , one strange virus , he started helping out for a children's cancer charity to get back into work

Lucy , I am so sorry about your brother , cant believe a care home can be like that but the one we used was not any better , the small ones seems to be ok & dont deal with anyone that is ill , you hear of some being brilliant & staff living in during this virus so to protect everyone

Lois , pleased things are getting back to normal , seeing your Mum etc

guy take care xxx
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Date: 24.07.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin , this covid has so many after affects it is real weird. I hope your chest will be ok.
Your Son doing a great thing helping with a childrens cancer charity. It will help him I am sure.

Colin I do class my self as lucky with my Mum's care home. The staff so far have been great. I hope this continues.

Take care Colin x
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Date: 26.07.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, I hope your breathing is better today. Is it your asthma that is causing it? perhaps best speak to your doctor if it's still bothering you, that's if they are seeing patients, it's still just telephone appointments with ours.

Hope you are alright Lois. No, I didn't get my brother's things back and they didn't call me back, perhaps I am being unfair on them as it must be difficult for them too, just wish he had had better nursing care at the end but as you said it's best to forget it now and put it to be..

I don't know what's happened to the summer this year up here, we have had so much rain these last few weeks.
Hope you are allowed regular visits to your Mum now Lois.
Take care xx
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Date: 26.07.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, so pleased to hear you are feeling more positive.

I am booked in again for the 3r d of August only thing that will stop it is the rain. They will shut down again if the local area reports high rates of covid.
So keeping fingers crossed.

The weather doesn't know what it wants to do.
My daughter came today she had picked up our meds.
We did manage to have a Sunday roast in the garden. Just trying to get a bit more
Normality. We social distanced. It was nice to spend a few hours with her. She works such long hours.

Take care Lucy xx
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Date: 04.08.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , hope you are all ok(ish) , much the same here at moment , son started charity job two days a week but gets him out the house & covers for the charity for those working full time,
I am waiting for a chair to be delivered , this one is wrong for some reason & they had to get one made , could have done that a few years ago ,

Cornwall is packed out with tourist but I have not stepped outside our house for six months now , not seen anyone apart from nurses etc , it must be very hard on anyone living alone & cant get out ,

Lucy , hope you are well , dont expect you to feel better for a long time , life is crule sometimes ,

take care xxx
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Date: 05.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin glad to hear your Son has started his charity well done to him.
Colin believe me you are not missing anything staying home and safe.
I went to a small garden centre the other day. I felt anxious the whole time. Most people were being cautious wearing masks the whole time. Then you get the ones who didn't bother at all.

I saw Mum again Monday. She looked ok. They are having trouble getting her to eat. She has lost more weight she is already underweight. She is also angry all the time. She did say to me all this virus is taking so long and I hate it. Maybe it is having a bigger effect on her than I realised. It is all really sad.

On a brighter note at least the weather is good.
The Tourists I guess are needed for the local economy but lets hope they all stick to the rules. I don't know how that will happen on the beaches.

Take care Colin. X

Lucy I hope you are doing ok. Thinking of you.xx
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Date: 05.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

I hope the new chair helps Colin. A comfy bed and comfy chair makes a big difference.

That's good that your son is feeling well enough now to get out.

Cornwall is beautiful so I guess it's natural people want to visit but perhaps you are safer staying indoors until the crowds disappear.

I have put a complaint in with the care inspector as I still can't get it out of my head the way he looked at the end, I feel if he hadn't been given anti-pychotic drugs he may still have been here. I didn't realise that care homes don't use drips when they need fluids or meds.

I had a call from the hospital about the ankle replacement, just to tell me that they have started surgeries again and they have not forgotten about me, i asked how long but she couldn't say, probably months yet but to be honest i am worried about it.

Hi lois, I do feel for the people in care homes, just glad that you can now see your Mum. Glad to hear that you are getting the nice weather, it has been raining here for weeks and some places are flooded now, it does get you down a bit. We went back to Troon where my brother lived for a couple of days, we had a day that wasn't too bad but the rain yesterday and today was torrential, I wanted to take my grand daughter away for a couple of days before she starts school next week. The hotel had everyone well spaced out at mealtime and we stayed in a little mews cottage so weren't really around anyone and the staff all wore masks.

My daughter has a terrible burn mark on her leg, she is diabetic and it was caused by little pads that she bought that are used for removing hair, her ankle is a right mess, I couldn't believe she used them as they are like sand paper. She is now on antibiotics and attending the nurse at the clinic, I just hope it heals ok. I thought she would have had more sense at 42.

Take care and speak soon, oh and enjoy the sunshine, you are making me jealous lol xx
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Date: 06.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, you have every right to complain. I hope you get some answers at least.
Sometimes you just need to put your mind at rest.
Lucy these kids never seem to grow up really. I hope her leg heals quickly.

You know you need that operation I would be aprehensive but you will be so much better after. It wouldn't have been so bad if you hadn't had so much time to think about it.
Sound like you made the best of your little break. Your Granddaughter is growing up quick. Is she still staying with you. I dont see my grandchildren at the moment i do miss them so much. My eldest granddaughter is 21 0n the 15th she is coming round tomorrow to pick up her degree certificate. She studied law just like her Dad. She got a higher grade than her Dad but we won't talk about that.lol.
I won't even be able to give her hug.
I see the little ones on whatsapp but its not the same at all.

I will try to blow some sunshine up to you.
Lucy take care xx
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Date: 06.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Yes, she is still with us and to be honest it is hard at times, she was fine to start with but is now getting quite naughty, just hope she settles down when she starts school. she can be so sweet and looks so cute but she can also be very hard work. My daughter has mental health problems, it was all quite sudden and a shock when she became ill and I hope some day she can get her back, she seems ok at the moment but not well enough for her to return to her.

We had a dry day today for a change and I even managed to get a washing outside and dried and tomorrow is forecast to be nice, so that's a bonus. I do like to see the sunshine and a blue sky.

My goodness, your grand daughter is 21, that is great that she is studying law, what a clever girl. You must be proud.

I think I best get to bed, I have been so tired lately. Take care and enjoy the sunshine, and do try and blow some up to me. xxx
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Date: 07.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I didn't realise that your granddaughter was permanently living with you. It must be hard at times but what a fantastic Mum and Nan you are.
Mental health issues can knock anyone sideways. I hope your daughter is well enough soon to care for her little one again.
School should help her. She will be full of it I'm sure. New friends to play with. She will probably be tired as well after her long day.
Glad you had better weather today.
I can't sleep it is still hot. Its not all good when the weather is hot. Lol.

Best wishes Lucy xxx Take care.
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Date: 07.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Thank you Lois, I hope so too, she lives just round the corner so she sees the wee one every day.

I was listening to the forecast today and it looks so hot where you are. The sky is very cloudy here today and very humid. I don't like it so hot at night, makes it hard to sleep. I had my fan on last night in the bedroom

Enjoy your weekend and stay cool xx
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Date: 07.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy,
Thats good that she sees mum every day. Bless her. It must be tough on all of you as i said yesterday I wish your daughter a speedy recovery.
It is so hot here too hot for me. It is 34 and rising. Tonight it is going to be 22 so no sleep for me. I have a fan in the bedroom. It just goes so still at night.
When it rains I will moan about that as well.LMAO.
Take care Lucy when the little one is at school remember to take some you time with your hubby.
X
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Date: 07.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

I hope so Lois, although my middle daughter is going back to her work next week part time, she is a teacher and we have to collect her wee one from nursery 3 afternoons a week so will have her until her Mum comes home.

My oldest daughter had to go into hospital this afternoon as the infection in her ankle has got worse and the nurse at the clinic messaged her doctor, it is a worry as she is diabetic, just hope they can manage to clear it up. It seems to be one thing after another.

It is so clammy here tonight, I actually thought someone had put the heating on. Thank goodness I have a light duvet on the bed, although a sheet probably enough tonight. xx
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Date: 07.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy you really do have a lot on your plate.
I am sorry about your oldest daughter. At least in hospital she will get stronger antibiotics. I hope she is ok and is home soon.


I saw my granddaughter today. She told us her brother who is 18 is waiting for an operation on both of his big toes. He has had infections in his toes for two years on and off. It all started with an ingrowing toe nails. Because he won't leave them alone this is the outcome. They will remove both toe nails clean it all and remove the dead skin. Kids what would we do without them.lol.

It is so hot here. We have a fan on not much different thou. It is going to be22 degrees all night so not much sleep going to be had.

Take care x
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Date: 08.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Oh that is warm Lois, I hope you manage to sleep ok.

That sounds sore, I hope that removing the toenails sorts it all out for your grandson.

My daughter got sent home tonight from the hospital, they are saying they think it is a burn and not an infection, they have told her to stop the antibiotics and if it gets any worse she has to go right back in.

Off to bed now, think we have to have sunshine tomorrow...yeah!!!

Sleep well xxx
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Date: 08.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy, hope your daughters leg heals soon. I don't know what to think any more. The trouble is people are not being treated the right way at the minute. Now she has been seen properly lets hope it all goes well.

I didn't sleep until gone 2 but i did sleep until 8 so not too bad. It is not so hot today and there is a breeze. Hope that sun is shining for you.

Take care
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Date: 09.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Beautiful day. Picked the Damsons yesterday having a try at making Damson Gin. Plus the rest Damson Jam.
Picked my first Cucumbers yesterday along with tomatoes to add to salad. At least my hard work is paying dividends.LOL

Made gooseberry jam and blackcurrant. The grandkids love it. I bet the Gin will be shared with the eldest two grandkids.

I have a lovely neighbour I share with her and her husband. Hes awaiting his marmalade. Homemade is really good but a bit long winded. I did say I would just need to get the oranges.
Oh well watering the green house is next.
Speak soon.x
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Date: 09.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

The temperature has climed to 32 degrees too hot for me. Sitiing in the shade. I really don't want to be inside.
Hope you have the sun also Lucy.
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Date: 09.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Oh my goodness Lois, that is hot, best be careful and sit in the shade. It was very warm here yesterday but nothing as warm as you had it and today has been nice, sunny with a bit of a breeze.

Lovely, home made jam and marmalade, sounds lovely and the gin will certainly add a wee kick to it lol.

I painted a table yesterday that was in my living room and was getting a bit tired looking and today a wee chair of my grand daughter's. I tried Frenchic paint for first time, it is so easy to use, no stirring and no smell. I find painting relaxing and love seeing the end result and it was lovely doing it outside when it was warm, although in the shade.

My daughter's leg is still so sore, they told her on Friday they will call her tomorrow (Monday) and give her an appointment to be seen at the burns unit. I just hope they know what they are doing as three different nurses had said it was an infection and it is hard not to worry especially when she has type 1 diabetes.

Enjoy the jam and take care in the sun xx
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Date: 09.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, i like painting furniture as well. Takes your mind elsewhere. I upcycled a welsh dresser to put in our summer house. Just that satisfaction of a nice piece of furniture saved..
I hope your daughters leg is not too long healing. Must be a worry for you.

I sat in the shade all day needed to put some plants in containers but lucky we have a gazebo to sit under.
I am laying on my bed with the fan going so muggy and still in the 20s again.
Maybe a storm is needed to cool it down a bit. Heres feeling hopeful.

Well i suppose I need to try to sleep.
Nite x
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Date: 10.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, did your daughter get her call about her leg?,
It is 10:30 and 23 degrees. So hot for sleeping. Just laying on the bed watching tv.
How is your little geanddaughter coping with this hot weather. My grandkids seem to coping just about. So hot for them.

Not much news just wondering how your daughters leg was doing.
Take carex
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Date: 11.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Thank you for asking. The Royal called her at 9am this morning to say that she has to go to the local clinic tomorrow, not ideal as she thought that they would see her there today. They took a sample at the clinic last week for infection so hopefully she will get the result of that tomorrow. She has herself worried sick, she is as bad as me for reading scary stories on the internet. I will let you know tomorrow what they say.

It is humid here tonight too Lois, the fan will be on again tonight. You must be finding it very uncomfortable, no duvet tonight i bet.

My grand daughter is starting school on Wednesday, she is quite excited about it, They start at 10am until 2pm for the first few days, I just hope she enjoys it. I still remember my first day at school, I went in very happy as I had been told I would have toys to play with etc and wondered why some of the children where crying. The next day all the children went in quite happily and I was the one crying lol. Hopefully she will go in happily.

I best get myself to bed, I had bought a load of book from ebay but I am so tired when I go in that I am lucky if I manage a page or two.

I am thinking of your home made jam, I think you should send me some lol. Would be lovely with some home made bread, you could make some of that to go with it.

Hope you manage to sleep with the heat.xxx
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Date: 11.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy I was still tossing and turning at
4 this morning. I woke 7.30 that was it. The humidity today is awful and I hurt everywhere.
My neighbour bought me some really lovely victoria plums. I have made crumbles and some more jam. I gave her jam and apple sauce to go home with. So two happy ladies.
Good luck with your granddaughter with school I am sure she will be fine.
Please let me know how your daughter gets on.
I am hopeful we will get some rain my gardens could do with it. I just heard the hose go on and my other half had hIS head under it. LMAO.

My Mum has an appointment at the hospital. The care home have left it to me sort out about how she is getting there. I am semi shielding and will not be going anywhere near a hospital. I am fed up with the way people thinking this is my job. I don't have power of attorney over her health.
The letter went to them I didn't know that until they mentioned it when i phoned today about a visit.
The problem is you can't get Mum in a car and the carers can't go with her any way. So i called the hospital today. They are not picking people up because of covid. I hae been left with no answer at all and this appointment is so important.

I will have to ask my younger brother to take her but I know what the answer will be. I am trying not to stress.
Take care x
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Date: 11.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

I seem to waken very early now Lois, usually around 5am for a visit to the loo and then I toss and turn until it is time to get up and like yourself I hurt everywhere, not so bad when I get up and move about.

Those plums sound lovely, Lois, I wish I was your neighbour lol. Our house is a bit alone, about 50 yards or so from nearest neighbour.

My daughter has to go back on Thursday to get her dressing changed, they are calling it a chemical burn. The nurse from the Royal is coming to see her on Thursday, i thought it was today.

That isn't fair on you Lois, they take the money and just do what they have to do. It is becoming ridiculous that people can't be treated because of the virus, that's the reason they gave to my daughter for not seeing her at the Burns unit.

Oh my daughter has just come in so chat later xx
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Date: 11.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, your poor daughter i hope they help to get it sorted for her.
Lucy I waited all day for a call back. I will ring again in the morning if i get no joy i will ring her social worker and let her sort it out. They are saying if Mum goes for a hospital check they will isolate her for 14days. I am going to check that. It seems a bit over the top.
Considering they are trying to tell me it is safe to go to the hospital with her.

I think we would be great neighbours we could put the world to rights in no time. LOL.

Speak soon.x
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Date: 12.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping up
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Date: 12.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

That is what they used to say to me about my brother Lois, they sent him to hospital 3 times in the last 6 weeks or so of his life and then said he had to isolate for 14 days, although they couldn't keep him in his room as he liked to move about.

Very warm here today, seemingly we had bad thunder storms during night but I didn't hear a thing.

My grand daughter started school today and came out very happy saying she loved it, long may it last.

My daughter has to see the nurse from the hospital tomorrow at our local clinic. I have told her if it isn't any better to get referred to a burns specialist.

I think we would be great neighbours too Lois lol, we would certainly get all affairs sorted. WE could be the new L&L Party. xx
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Date: 12.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, aww so glad the little one enjoyed school. It takes pressure off when they are happy.
I hope tomorrow will bring good news about your daughters leg.

The Consultant is doing a phone consultation with Mum and the care home. Lets hope the sort it out. You will here me up in Scotland if they don't.

It is so humid it is making my joints hurt and is very unpleasant.
I am off for my third shower before bed later.

Speak soon.


COLIN how are you. Well I hope. Take care
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Date: 12.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

That is a good plan, Lois. I think this seems to be what will be happening for a while. At least your Mum won't have to isolate, would it be possible for you to take part in the phone consultation and if not you could maybe call the doctor beforehand with your concerns?

It is very humid here tonight again, most uncomfortable.I will be going to bed shortly and hope I manage to sleep, I can't believe I slept through the storm last night, People have been talking about it and how loud it was. I thought I was a light sleeper too, I think I sleep sound for a few hours then toss and turn for hours, it will be the same tonight with the heat.

Hope Colin is ok as it has been a wee while since he has been on. Sleep well xxx
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Date: 13.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, well after another sleepless night the temerature has dropped. I can hear the thunder getting closer. The sky looks full of rain.
I'm holding on to my hat I think when it does storm the rain is going to be heavy.

I am going to let the telephone call happen and see where we go from there. I need to stress less. It will get sorted believe me. The girl at that care home that deals with the medical emergencies hasn't let me down so far so fingers crossed.

Let me know how your daughter gets on today.
X
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Date: 13.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, just had confirmation my Mums Consultant is going to be ringing me on the 19th not the care home. I hope it is right.
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Date: 13.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, I am pleased to hear that, at least you will know what is going on. I think that's better and any questions you have then you can ask.

The nurse from the hospital saw my daughter at the clinic this afternoon and said her leg seems to be healing, I was so relieved to hear that, she told her she will need to get it dressed twice a week for at least a month. They are treating it as a chemical burn. It is still very painful but as long as it heals then what is a bit of pain lol.

My little grand daughter came rushing in to tell me people were dancing at the park across from us and she wanted to go, my daughter took her over and it's Irish dancing, the girl was kind enough to say she could join in, they have a class just round the corner but because of the virus they not going there until September she hopes, so think she will be wanting to join them.

Take care xxx
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Date: 13.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy, how lovely that they let your granddaughter join in. Seems like she will be signing up forafter school activities.
I like watching irish dancing. I went to see riverdance years ago. One of the best shows I have ever seen.

Good news about your daughters leg. I am sure the pain will be a reminder not to do anything like that again. Poor girl. It doesn't bare thinking about.


It is so mmuch cooler tonight. We had a storm this moorning. Nothing since.

I am not mentioning to the care home the Consultant is ringing me. I don't want them changing it. I know it sounds a bit underhanded buf sometimes how it is.

Take care x
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Date: 15.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi lucy and Colin.i had a letter from Cardiology today. It is an offer of a small wireless box that sits plugged into the electric in my bedroom.It can read my pacemaker to save me visits to the hospital and pick up anything that may be wrong. They were going to start using them next year but because of Covid are introducing them early. Then send all readings back to cardiology data base. I have agreed straight away anything to keep me away from the hospital.
Any changes needed to the pacemaker would have to be done in the hospital of course.
Technology is running way ahead of anything I know.
I am quiet excited. Small things and all that.
Take care
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Date: 15.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Oh that sounds good, lois. Technology really has come a long way and if it saves trips to the hospital then that is a bonus. I think they will be reducing and cancelling as many appointments as they can now.

It was my birthday today so we went along to the local Italian for a meal, it was lovely and nice to get out. I just feel we can't hide forever although it is still a worry and we have to be careful

Take care xx
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Date: 15.08.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , sorry not been on for a bit , much the same here , still left with some problems with my breathing because of this virus , my oxegen levels are not great around high 80s most the time , son still not right with post viral fatique

was my birthday few days ago & one of my late brothers on the 12th , was thinking of going for a jog & go down on the beach but woke up & stayed put ,

trying to catch up on your post , Lois did not know you had a pacemaker , sound a goo idea what they offered , thier treatment of your mother is shocking , but they all seem to be like it .

And Happy birthday Lucy , hope you are doing ok , hope the school works out , not sure I think its a good idea , we dont have much virus here now but packed out with tourist (emmets) as we call them & sure they will spread it a bite

guys take care
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Date: 15.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Happy birthday Lucy. Happy belated birthday Colin.

Lucy i was unsure as well about going out but we have to try to get some normal back. Glad you had a good evening out.

Colin you did put a smile on my face going for a jog. The most I can do is go for a stroll.

Colin I have had a pacemaker for 11yrs. Got a new one not long ago. It is a family thing we have shares in the business
Mum Me and my eldest brother all have pacemakers. Now my younger brother is having issues. So looks like he might be going that way.

The trouble with Mums appointment is she cannot get in and out of the car. So ambulance pick up is needed this has been cancelled because of covid. They want people in and out an an ambulance can take hours to collect patients. Hopeful I will get it sorted Wednesday.

Colin sorry to hear you and your son still have ongoing issues due to covid.

Well I should be getting to bed so goodnight and sleep well.
XX
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Date: 16.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Happy belated birthday Colin, I would have loved to have had a jog with you in sunny Cornwall lol. That would have been a lovely birthday present. Sorry to hear that you are still not right with your breathing, I hope things improve soon.

I must admit that I am a bit concerned with the kids now back at school. My daughter is a primary school teacher and I look after her little one three afternoons a week as she is at nursery in the mornings so I have germs probably coming from the school my daughter works at and also the nursery and the one that lives with us is now at school so I must admit I am concerned with the germs that may come in from them all. I too think it is all very risky and maybe too soon.

Hope your weather is a bit cooler now Lois and that you are managing to sleep better. I still have my fan on although it has got cooler at nights here too. I can't believe we are into mid August now, time does fly.

Take care and speak soon xx
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Date: 16.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy,
I understand your concerns about the little ones bringing germs into the house.
I worked at a childrens nursery for 10yrs I never had so many colds before or after I worked there. LOL kids sre germy but as long as the schools are keeping to the rules all should be well.
I haven't seen my two youngest grandchildren for over 4 months. They are at school and my Son just won't bring them here because of me. I just miss them so much. I talk on skpe but its not the same.

We had a storm today and the rain was unbelievable. Everwhere was flooded.


Our central heating and hot water has broken down. Luckily we have an immersion heater so we can keep clean.
No definate date yet for repair they are so busy. We have air source heating. Don't ask me I'm not sure how it works. It's complicated. So it needs a specialist engineer.

Speak soon x
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Date: 17.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping up
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Date: 22.08.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

lol snap , btw got bug at moment , atleast can be this bloody virus but still need antibiotics , lol got think they tried hard with 10 big post
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Date: 22.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

LOL they can post as much as they want. We will always bump up again.

Sorry to hear you have a bug
You are not having a great time of it lately. I hope you will turn the corner soon.


Mum is having her pacemaker changed in 2months time. The consultant was really helpful. No choice but to get it changed if her battery goes flat she will die she is so dependent on it. Because Mum is up and mobile they have to do it. So the decision was taken out of my hands.
I saw her on Tuesday she seems happy enough but is real picky with her food. Something the staff will have to sort out.

Lucy I hope you are ok.

Speak soon.
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Date: 23.08.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hope it goes well with the pacemaker , dont know much about them , my father had one but dont think he had it changed , he blacked out when driving so they fitted one , but he died about years later from cancer
we all here had this bug , hoping it will only last a week or so , had a year of it with everything , son enjoying helping out at the charity shop , they was short of staff because the virus ,
here we got a problem with drugies , to get something from the chemist you got to queue & they be asking for money & pestering , the council seems to think its alright to send them here + most towns have closed the DSS office & they come here to collect their money

ok rank over , take care xxx
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Date: 23.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Sorry to hear that you have another bug Colin, that's the last thing you need. Happy to hear that you son is enjoying the work, just hope he doesn't bring any more bugs into you. It's hard to avoid though, unless we hibernate and don't see anyone at all. I'm not feeling great but think it's the RA, my shoulders are hurting and I feel tired and a bit unwell (probably a flare).

We have a hotel about a ten minute walk from the house and they put what we were told homeless people into it during lock down but someone else said it was prisoners released early that they moved in but either way there has been a few break ins in the area, I should say attempted break ins as they were caught and they had been staying at the hotel so I know where you are coming from Colin.

That's good that they are looking after your Mum Lois, I hope they can get her some nice food to entice her to eat more.

Well another rainy day here, it is ridiculous the amount of rain we have had, very hard to believe it is still August, with us being in the West we get so much rain and today I just feel like curling up with a blanket and watching a film but that won't happen, This is when I find it especially hard with the little one, and she can be a right wee devil.

Take care and look after yourselves. xx
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Date: 23.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin and Lucy,
So pleased your Son is enjoying helping in the charity shop.
Colin I know exactly where you are coming from. Where we used to live they built a block of homes for care in the community patients or so they said. They filled it mostly with drinkers and drug addicts. They were so much trouble. Eventually the council decided the homes would be used for the disabled instead. So much better.

Hi Lucy we have had a lot of rain as well my joints are playing up so much. It must be hard for you at times with the little one when you feel unwell. I guess you wouldn't change it for the world. I know when my youngest two are here it is like a tornado landed. LOL.
I went to my daughters today my hubby was doing a couple of things for her.My eldest son popped in. We had a really nice day her neighbours were chatting over the fence gave us some indoor plants they had grown. We call them money plants. Not that they grow money.
My daughter made us a lovely dinner. We have just arrived home PJS on. Cup of tea thats us done for the evening.

Well take care speak soon x
Lucy forgot to ask how is your daughter's leg?
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Date: 23.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, My daughter had to go back to the out of hours last night as her dressing had come off, although I think she may have been tampering with it as she said she was in agony. They dressed it again and she has to see the nurse again tomorrow and also has a telephone appointment with the hospital tomorrow, hopefully it is improving but a burn is horrible.

Sounds like you had a nice day with the family Lois, now wouldn't that be nice if we could grow money, although i think the biggest gift of all is having your health and that is what money can't usually buy although it is helpful lol.

I haven't been across the door today, I made a nice roast dinner, hubby and my daughter took the little one out on her bike, I was glad of the break to be honest. I feel a little better tonight, perhaps I just needed a restful day. Can you remember when a Sunday was classed as the sabbath day and shops were all closed? How times have changed, although things have changed considerably with this virus so goodness knows what normal life is now lol.

Take care xx
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Date: 23.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy, burns can take a long time to heal. Lets hope it heals soon.
I can remember as a child Sunday was classed as family day. Everyone had to be home for Sunday roast and Sunday tea. How times have changed you are right.

Who knows what our new normal will be. Better I hope.

XX
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Date: 24.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Good morning guys....just bumping up x
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Date: 24.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Morning. Have a good day!
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Date: 24.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

It is becoming so annoying with those posts. Was a lovely day here today but heavy rain and wind forecast for tomorrow xx
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Date: 24.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy I would of thought the moderator would keep an eye on the forum. I am fed up reporting it to him/her. I will email again. They are annoying but if they were taken off quicker they would give up.

We also had a beautiful day here we have the same storm on the way. Getting fed up with the rain I dont know who to report that too. LOL.

I slipped in the garden today and I have hurt my back again. It seems I am not picking my right foot up as far as I think I am. My daughter noticed my foot drags sometimes. I guess it is all coming from my back.

Tommorow I am going to look at a sofa my daughter wants to buy. She also wants a new table and chairs. She needs a second opinion because she is going more modern.
I just hope my back is a bit easier in the morning. Still out of the car into the store not really much walking.
Take care X
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Date: 25.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

It's a shame as it probably puts people off using the site and why they come onto an arthritis site goodness knows, free advertising I suppose.

Oh I hope you are ok, I am always terrified of falling as I wouldn't get up again and I always break something. I think I do the same with my left foot as that legs now shorter because of the hip operation.

It's a right miserable morning here, very wet. Hope your daughter finds something she likes.

Take care and hope your back is ok xx
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Date: 25.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, good day shopping new sofas bought. Now we are looking for new table and chairs she didnt see anything she liked. Looking i line now. I feel whacked out.

Ifeel really stiff today I struggled a bit but no way am I going to be beaten.

It rained all morning here the wind is awful. Summer needs to find its self again

Take care.
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Date: 26.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Oh that is good your daughter got what she wanted. Shopping does tire you out.

Perhaps all this rain is contributing to your stiffness. It's another wet day here, it would be nice if we could maybe get an Indian summer now although can't see it happening where I am.

I'm feeling sore too but been worse so shouldn't complain.

Take care xx
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Date: 26.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping up...they are really going to ton with these posts
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Date: 26.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy,
I am sure the weather isn't helping. It wasn't so bad here today. The weather is strange this year.

I have reported the posts. I will do it again if it's not done soon.

Take care x
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Date: 28.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi , well the rain is relentless. I am hurting everywhere.
Well I have my pacemaker reading box. All set up sent my first reading ok. It is small so not intrusive in the bedroom.
My Mum will have one when her pacemaker is redone. I think they are amazing.

Not much to say apart from have a good bank holiday. Maybe we might get some sun.
Take care x
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Date: 29.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy I forgot to ask how is your daughters leg?
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Date: 29.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Trina has removed all the messages again.Lets hope they give it.
Thankyou Trina.
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Date: 29.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Well done Lois, how do you contact Trina? Hope all is well with you. It's a better day here today (no rain). Not been doing much, just went to M&S got a dine in and a few bits of shopping.

Ankle sore tonight so just taking it easy although I best go and get the dinner organised, just a case of putting it into the over.

Take care xx
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Date: 29.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

meant oven lol x
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Date: 30.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, if you need to contact Trina on the home page left hand corner is a contact us email. Just click on it thats the email address.

Pop in the oven job done I like those dinners. If I make stew or shepherd's pie I make extra for the freezer.
I like M&S dine in meals. So easy.
I like a day off now and again after 50yrs I think I deserve it LOL.

I'm good still sore but that will always be.

Lucy try to rest that ankle as much as you can. I know it's difficult with a little one to take care of.

Speak soon x

Colin I hope you and yours are all okish.
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Date: 30.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping up AGAIN. They have been at it again Lois, I tried doing what you said but it saying I need a GMail account to email and it's google I have my emails with. Hopefully they will get fed up as what the heck does anyone on an arthritis site need with their rubbish. IDIOTS.

Hope you are having a restful Sunday xx
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Date: 30.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

I have emailed Katrina again asking is there anything that can be done.
I am not surprised people come for a chat and then leave.
It is such a shame this used to be a busy forum.
I was thinking about bsk the other day. I was wondering what happened to her. My mind thinks it knows but I am unsure. Do you remember her?

Anyway on a better note the sun is trying to shine. How is your daughters leg.
XX
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Date: 30.08.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Yes I remember bsk well, I just hope she is ok, it would be lovely if she came back on and some of the others too. I remember Lynn and Lara and a few others, would be lovely to hear how they were doing now.

My daughter is still having a lot of bother with her leg and still finding it very painful, she gets it dressed twice weekly. I can't help but worry about her, she has had quite a few problems with her diabetes. Eye operation etc. I just hope her leg heals.

The sky was beautiful tonight here, it looked like it was on fire, hopefully be a nice day tomorrow.
xx
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Date: 31.08.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy I know I worry about my kids all the time. I hope her leg heals soon the poor girl. Burns are so painful.

We have had a really nice day here. The sun has been out all day. It wasn't hot more like a warm spring day.

I did some weeding and dead heading my back feels like it is so damaged. It is hurting so much. I am so fed up with it. I can't go for a run now LMAO.

My dinner is in the oven so I can put my feet up for an hour.

Take care and try not to worry.
XX
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Date: 01.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping ip
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Date: 01.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

That's the worst part of gardening Lois, it's hard on the back. The weather has certainly cooled down here and the nights are now getting dark, winter will be here before we know it.

I went for a wee swim today, the first in 5 months, I have put some weight on so am trying to get a wee bit exercise as it can't be good for my ankle carrying extra weight.

I am sitting here having a cuppa tea and now going to get into my bed.

Hope Colin is ok.

Take care xx
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Date: 02.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I can't remember the last time I went swimming. On holiday I think that was a long time ago.
We sat in the garden yesterday as my son and daughter came. We went in at about 4ish the temperature just suddenly dropped. I have noticed how it is getting dark earlier. Winter is close as you say.
What a year so far. 2020 we won't forget in a hurry.

I am doing washing today so far sunny out.

Take care speak soon.x
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Date: 02.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

I am suffering for it today Lois as my shoulder is very sore. I struggle getting into the pool so have to take my stick down the steps then I leave it at the side. I was wandering what was wrong when water was pouring down my leg later on in the day then realised the pool water had went into the holes in the stick. I thought I had wet myself lol.

My daughter will be here any minute with my wee grand daughter so chat later, another wet day here xx
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Date: 02.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, you made me laugh Thought you had wet yourself.
After soreness is such a nuisance for us. The same happens to me when i do anything different.

Ahhh bless the little ones bring so much joy.

XX
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Date: 03.09.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , hope you are ok ,
we are alrightish , son still helping out at charity , he is still not right after hiscovid earlier this year , I about recovered but left with some lung problems , how the boss got away with nothing is strange as we are not the most careful people
my brother-in-law coming down from Bristol , he works for NHS out of hours services , we not seen him this year , was coming down just before lock down but we called it of because of the risk .

Lucy I wish I could swim , do they have a hydropool in your area , they are very good & so good with our joints & lois we got a garden here you could do , our gardener is being selfish & not working , or recovering from cancer with opp & chemo , just think there are people worst of than ourselfs , my niece is going a run to raise money for McMillan nurses

guys take care xxx
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Date: 03.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, pleased to hear you are okish. That is so nice you son doing his bit for charity. Well done to him.
Covid is odd my sons girlfriend was so unwell with it but no ons else in the house had it.
My son used to run for the childrens cancer charity after a friends young daughter passed away. He raised a fair amount of money.
Hats off to your niece a very worthy cause.

I can just about keep my garden straight.
We have a very big garden 350 foot long.
Then we have the front garden as well.
Oh dear the poor gardener. That C word is awful. Lots worse off.

Take care x
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Date: 04.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi guys well I am not a happy lady. Mum is having her pacemaker battery change on the 30th of this month. Great so I ask my brothers can you go i have been advised to stay away from hospitals.
My eldest brother said all good I will go with her. Form to sign and just so she has someone she knows. The next morning he does a 90 degree turn around. All the reasons he can't go. Not one of them good enough. So the care home will send someone. My brother rang me to say he will pay the bill I said no its fine. I was furious. I never ask my brothers to help and I won't be in the future.
Rant over.
I hope you guys are fairing better than me today.
Take care xx
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Date: 05.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi guys sorry for the rant yesterday just needed to get it off my chest without any judgement.
Well the sun is shining today. Not too warm thou.
I hope you have a good week-end xx
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Date: 05.09.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lois , no problems you can rant all you like , I want to sometimes but not allowed to , got to ask the boss first , got no idea whats invilved with changing batteries but with her other health problems she could do with someone there with her

I the bosses brother came down from bristol for couple of days & stayed at Mevagissey , seen one of my brothers twice & they are the only people I seen since mid feb , apart from some nurses etc , was good to see someone , strange we having had this virus but still dont know if we are safe , the anti-body test dont work afer a couple of months , dont know if we can have the vaccine when it is out but would be pleased if things went back to normal

take care & carry on ranting !! xxx
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Date: 05.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin I find it hard I haven't seen my youngest gradchildren yet. My son is going to sort it for us but he has to explain no cuddling or kisses. The are back at school so we have to be careful.
So glad you have seen some family we all need normal.

I have sorted it with the care home Mums main carer is going with her. I feel bad but what can I do. I am going to arrange a visit before she goes. I am worried about her so maybe if is better for me not to be there. I didn't like the procedure at all it was pretty painful. I don't want her picking up my stress.

You take care Colin. xx
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Date: 05.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, I'm sure your Mum will be fine with the carer, she knows that you are there for her all the time. Sometimes families can disappoint. I have been there with mine.

Hope you are getting over the virus Colin, it seems to take its time.

Well I had a call from the company that were doing my brother's headstone to say they had erected it and to go and check it was to my satisfaction. So today we went to check it out and the first thing i noticed was it was much smaller than it was meant to be. I am going back tomorrow with a measuring tape but i know for sure they have made it much smaller than I asked so no doubt there will be problems when I call them on Tuesday as they are closed Monday. The man from the company called me yesterday to say they had put it up and to inspect it before paying them, although they were given a 500 deposit when ordered but it is definitely smaller than I was told. It was something I wanted just right so I am very disappointed.

I wasn't in the mood for cooking when I came home so we had fish suppers from the place across the road, it is a good fish and chip shop, it it new people that took over a few months back and much improved, although very fattening lol

My daughter that is a teacher has a bit of a cold, she said there is so many things going around her school, chicken pox too, so no doubt she will be carrying the germs into us as I have her little daughter 3 afternoons a week. I must admit it is a worry.

Take care xx
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Date: 06.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy I am over my brother to be honest I should never have asked. I thought maybe just once.

I am really sorry about your brothers headstone. This is so important that it is right the first time.
Try not to stress measure it then have a chat with them. I hope it all sorts its self out for you. X
The little ones are so germy.I used to work at a childrens nursery and I always had colds and sore throats. I used to say it's part of the job.
I guess it is worrying for you that it might be brought back to you.
My youngest son won't bring his two little ones near me now they are back at school. I haven't seen them since February.
I said they will be teenagers before I see them. I miss them.

Take care and try not to stress too much as my Mum always used to say it will all come out in the wash.
Xx
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Date: 07.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, I will call tomorrow when they open and see what they say. We went yesterday and as I thought it is a good bit smaller than what we asked for.

My little grand daughter had a bit of a cold the other day when we were looking after her and now I have it. I've been coughing quite a bit and not feeling good, I sweated a lot during the night. Hopefully it will pass soon.

Your son is probably right in not bringing the little ones now they are at school. I was just saying to my husband that they seem to expect too much from us, the little one is no bother when her Mum is at work but it is risky for us with our illnesses and the germs that they bring back with them. I just hate refusing them but it may come to that if things get any worse.

Another wet Monday here but I won't be going anywhere today, I will be taking it easy today xx
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Date: 07.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy,
Sorry you are not feeling so good. I hope it passes soon. Lucy make sure you put yourself first. And of course your hubby. It's not good for you to pick up all and everything. It is hard saying no but sometimes we have to. I am sure they will understand.

I hope you get the headstone sorted out. It is a shame if there were crossed wires somewhere.
Take care Lucy I hope you feel better soon.
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Date: 07.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Thanks Lois, I will let you know tomorrow what they say. I am a bit worried as I wasn't given a copy of the order form but I know what was agreed. Hope all is well with you. xx
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Date: 08.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Just as I thought Lois, they are saying the size that is up was what the woman said it would be and that is a lie but I can't prove it, it was foolish of me not asking for written confirmation. I have checked prices and the price is about right for what we got so I don't suppose I can complain too much although I feel they have been deceitful in telling me it was a different height.

I'm sitting here in my dressing gown and it after 12, i'm still not feeling very good, I just hope it isn't the virus as there has been a big increase here in cases.

Take care xx
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Date: 08.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy just as i thought they would say. To be fair I am with you as long as they haven't overcharged you .some times we have to take a deep breath and let it pass.
I am sure you have done your brother proud.

Can you get a test done. I hope you have not picked up the virus.
Rest up I know its hard with a little to take care of.
Wish you well take care x
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Date: 09.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Good Morning...just bumping up.

I'm hoping it's just what my daughter and Grand daughter has had Lois, my daughter got tested and was negative. Hope you are ok xx
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Date: 09.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I am glad your daughter tested negative that must give you a little peace of mind.
The trouble is when our immune systems are rubbish anyway everything seems so much worse for us. I have noticed even when I get the slightest thing wrong it knocks me sideways.

I am ok Lucy plodding on.
You take care x
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Date: 09.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping up
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Date: 10.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping up. I just can't believe they areback.
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Date: 10.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, They are right pests, surely they can take the hint, no one on here is interested.

Was quite a cold day here today, winter is on it's way. It would be nice if we could have a few warmish days before it comes but not looking like it here.

I had my little grand daughter this afternoon, she will be two in January, she is a little angel and so good, not like the older one, she is a right handful, she is sitting next to me at the moment making a racket so I best try and get her into bed.

Take care, night night xx
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Date: 11.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping up again

Hi Lucy, well they have really gone for it this time.
Children are all so different it must be hard for you at times.

Our weather is not too bad at the minute.
Just as well our next door neighbour is having an extension a small one. Kitchen extension and bedroom above. It started last October and they are still banging today. It is the longest build ever. It is getting on my nerves now everytime i think they are done a week or so later they are back. Just get it done!!!
We were told 12-16 weeks. So out in the garden it will be again today.

Lucy take care I will report the forum pests again
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Date: 11.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Yes, they are becoming ridiculous Lois. I see Colin's post has been lost, he is in hospital with suspected sepsis and pneumonia. I hope he recovers quickly.

Very wet again here, puddles everywhere. Oh I can imagine the noise would be annoying especially after so long. speak later, little grand daughter needing changed xx
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Date: 11.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I didn't see a post from Colin.
I hope he is ok and wish him a speedy recovery. He has had it rough for so long it just doesn't seem fair. I feel for his wife and son what a worry for them.

The weather here is dry but a bit chilly. My daughter and eldest son popped in today.

Take care Lucy xx
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Date: 12.09.2020
From: COOLIN W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi guy's,hope you both are OK. Had a really bad day yesterday, and tempt from over 39 to 35.3 but had a bad effect on my heart, but a lot better today, been told I got pneumonia with secondary sepsis, was not well enough for CT scan so hope over the weekend, guys take care, find this hard on. My phone xxx
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Date: 12.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, Sorry to hear you had such a bad day yesterday, I hope now that they have your temperature down things will start to improve. Is your wife allowed in to visit you? I hope the staff are looking after you well and it won't be too long until you are home again. Take care and we are thinking of you, try and keep us updated. xx
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Date: 12.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, so sorry you are so unwell. Chin up best foot forward as they say.
I hope you are feeling better today.
I guess you are being looked after well. You are in the best place fingers crossed you will be home soon.
Take care xx will be thinking of you.
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Date: 14.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping up. Hope you are feeling a bit better Colin. Hope all is well with you Lois. Quite warm here today and no rain...yeah. xx
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Date: 15.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, good to hear you have some nice weather. It is really hot here
I am doing ok a bit disappointed Mums care home is in lockdown again. I was hoping to see her before her little op. I have booked a skype but not the same.
I am really sore in my joints tonight. I think it is the humidity.

Well take care Lucy xx

I was hopeful we would hear from Colin.
I hope he is well. Thinking of him
X
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Date: 15.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Oh that's a shame that your Mum's home is in lock down again. Are you not even allowed to see her outside? I hope that changes soon. There has been an increase in cases here and they are saying not to visit other households. There will be so many businesses unable to survive this.

I'm really needing to get my hair cut, perhaps I will try for next week unless things get any worse.

I was hoping Colin would have come on to let us know if he got the scan and how he is feeling. I hope he is getting better too Lois, he has had so much to deal with.

I am going to bed now, I seen to get tired much earlier now, I used to be a late bedder but not anymore.

I don't think it's to be warm here tomorrow but at least the forecast is saying it will be dry, at least I can get a washing hung out if it's dry.

Take care xx
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Date: 16.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I think it wont be long before we will be shielding again. To be honest I'm not shocked.
No visits at all with Mum they have done the right thing for sure. I just miss the visits and I know Mum does, that makes me feel worse.

I have a hair appointment booked for next month I am hopeful it won't get cancelled.

I am worried about Colin he has gone so quiet. I hope he is ok. You are right he has been through so much. His wife must be so stressed she also has had a tough time lately.

Well I am struggling today so I am going for a shower and then taking it easy today.
Take care hope that washing dries. Lol
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Date: 16.09.2020
From: colin w

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi sorry guyi , quick update , had a bad weekend , maxed out on oxegen , temp very high and close call , temp has settled but long way to go , they found the bacteria in my bloods but.still very unwell , Will update later this week xx
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Date: 16.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Thanks for letting us know Colin. I've been thinking about you. I really hope you improve soon. You are in the best place but hope it isn't for too long. Take care xx
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Date: 17.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, good to hear from you.
Sorry you had a bad week end. I hope your recovery is speedy for you.
Will wait for your next update.
Thinking of you and you take care. XX
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Date: 19.09.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi guy's, quick update, told I got double pneumonia with secondary sepsis, a lot better than I was, off oxegen now, did max out at one point last weekend, going to be sent to a Community Hospital today, it's bit of a distance but no visitors allowed, take care xxxx
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Date: 19.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, I'm so pleased to hear that you are getting better, you certainly don't do things by half measures. No wonder you felt so bad with all that going on. I hope the community hospital look after you well and it isn't too long until you get home. It's a shame that you can't get visitors but at least you can speak to your wife and family on the phone. Take care and keep in touch to let us know how you are getting on xx
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Date: 20.09.2020
From: Colin w

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Well the community hospital went well not, they don't want anyone needing rehab for some reason and I am until they find some where but not far off going home anyway, hope you guys are good xxx
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Date: 20.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, firstly so pleased to hear your are on the mend. So much for your body to go through you must be a real tough cookie.

What a mix up with the community hospital. So what does this mean for your rehabilitation.

I think you will forge ahead at home. Maybe you will get care at home. Who knows with the covid on the rise I am sure they are emptying out the hospitals ready.

Take care xx Best wishes to your little family you have all had a tough time. Xxx
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Date: 20.09.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Thanks ☺️ the need for jumping or something
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Date: 20.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

No doubt it is because of the virus Colin (any excuse) they are saying my daughter's leg is a leg ulcer now and with her being diabetic it is taking so long to heal and she is in a lot of pain with it but they say she can't go to the hospital to get it seen to. Our doctors are not seeing anyone at all and it worries me that so many illnesses will become serious because of the virus as people are not getting the care they need. Really hope you get home and get some help at home, at least the nurses came in to take my blood during lock down, i'm going to the clinic tomorrow for B12 and blood checks, strange the nurses can see people but the doctors surgeries can't.

Hope you are well Lois, my ankle is very swollen but the weather has been decent the last few days so that's something to be grateful for.

Take care xx
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Date: 20.09.2020
From: Cambourne Village College student

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hello,

Sorry for writting in this thread but it was the only active one I could find.

I'm a year 11 student currently working on a project for my GCSE's this year. My project aims at creating a product that aids the movement of people who suffer from mobility affecting diseases such as arthritis. Currently I'm trying to gather information about what problems do these people face in their everyday lifes, big or small, and what they would like from the product.

I would like to ask for your stories and personal experiences and any replies would be very much apreciated. I aim on using those replies as basis and evidence for my project. Please post your reply as a comment.

Thank you
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Date: 20.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi, There are many different types of different types of arthritis. I have Rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease and it affects many joints, it causes inflammation, stiffness and can affect mobility. At the moment I am waiting on an ankle replacement and I use a walking stick for stability. Regardless of what type of arthritis a person has it causes pain and can make doing every day things very painful. It can affect people of all ages, even children can be affected by it. I am not sure if this is of any help to you. Good luck with your GCSE's.
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Date: 21.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, your poor daughter she has been given a different diagnosis after all this time. You both must be fed up with it all.
It looks like another lockdown is on its way. I am sure that's why Colin got sent home.
What is going to happen about your daughters leg. Surely they will look after her still.
This is all so worrying. I am glad I stood my ground about sitting in a hospital all day with Mum. I do feel guilty but my Mum.needs me around.
I'm taking her some new clothes undies and pjs tomorrow.

Well I guess I should go and load the dishwaser.
Take csre xx
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Date: 21.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, My daughter attends the local clinic twice a week where the nurse changes her dressing but it is going to be a long process as it is deep in her leg, she sent me some photos of it when they took the last dressing off and it looks horrific. It is really getting her down, I really feel for her.

I think you are right, we have been told that we will hear what further restrictions will take place within the next 48 hours. It is a worry and probably get worse when the winter comes in. They say that vitamin D can help, I get it in my calcium tablets anyway.

Are they allowing you into see your Mum Lois, or do you have to hand her items in?

Hope things are improving with you Colin.

Take care xx
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Date: 22.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy,

No visits with Mum that all stopped 2 weeks ago. Funny you should ask that I have just come back from dropping her new underwear and some winter jumpers. I thought a few little bits might cheer her up.

So glad your daughter is getting help with her leg. I feel for her too, it has been going on so long.

I'm sitting in the sun right now taking in the last rays before the rain tomorrow.

Speak soon xxx
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Date: 22.09.2020
From: Cambourne Village College student

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Thank you very much for the response, this really helped!

Thanks again
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Date: 23.09.2020
From: C Webb

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

There are some big rheumatoid forums on Facebook and Versus Arthritis is the biggest UK forum, would you be a place to try, or contact the Rheumatology DEPARTMENT AT Truro, there was a friends of rheumatology, hope it goes well
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Date: 23.09.2020
From: Colin w

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

I am back home at last, knackered but pleased to be out, came home late Monday night, they was thinking rehab but chanced there minds.

Can't believe how thing's went wrong after I went in, but need time to to recover, take care
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Date: 23.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, so glad to hear you are back home. To be honest being home with your family will be so much better for your recovery.
You really did have a tough time. You do need to take things slowly and take time to recover fully.
I wish you well and take care.
Just let us know now and again how you are doing. ,xxx
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Date: 23.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, That's good that you are home, probably safer at home. I hope now that you are home they will still be looking after you. Will the nurses come in to see you? Take it easy and look after yourself.

Hope you are doing alright Lois. The cases of corona are rising fast here, just hope we can avoid it. How is your Mum doing? My daughter is in terrible pain with her leg and I feel so helpless as she is in tears with the pain.

Was quite a nice day here, like an Autumn day, sunny but fresh.

Take care and stay safe xxx
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Date: 24.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, the virus is on the increase here also. People are still dying and the younger ones carry on as normal. I was reading about your two universities that have outbreaks. I guess it will be around for some while yet.
We are off to get our flu jabs done today.

My Mum they said she is fine I haven't seen her though. I will be seeing her on Skype on the 28th.
Can your daughter take pain killers for her leg. The poor girl it has been going on for so long. I wish her well. I don't know anything about ulcers I only know they take ages to heal.

Take care Lucy speak soon. X
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Date: 24.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Well flu jab done pretty painless. Just another job ticked off.
Hope you guys are ok.xxx
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Date: 24.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

That's good Lois, we haven't been offered it yet. My husband and daughter always get it but I didn't get it last year so not sure whether to get it or not as with the infusions it can make it a waste of time (the infusion removes B cells (memory cells) so by body maybe wouldn't remember getting it if i got flu. I have a telephone appointment on Wednesday with the Rheumatology so will see what they say.

My daughter has been getting food delivered from Hello Fresh so she referred me for a free box, it came today, they send all the ingredients and a recipe card to follow, it was actually quite nice so I may order again.

My sister in law is in a hospice (husband's sister) her son called yesterday to say the hospice called him so he has travelled up from Coventry, I couldn't believe it when she called me today, she was very difficult to understand, she is very weak so I think she will pass away very soon,I think she was calling to say goodbye.

Hope you are doing alright Colin.

Take care xx
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Date: 24.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

PS. I meant to say Lois, they have now prescribed tablets for nerve pain for my daughter, as they said that is what is probably causing her pain, she took photos of it when getting it dressed and it looks awful, it is very deep. xx
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Date: 25.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy thats good your daughter has some form of pain relief.
Bless her it sounds awful. I feel for her
I feel for you as well.
Take care XX
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Date: 26.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

It is so cold here my other half has just light the log burner.
So today the shopping has arrived. Put that away. Had a shower. Clean PJS on and netflix here we come.
Chilling out day.

Take care have a good week-end xx
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Date: 27.09.2020
From: Colin w

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi guy's, hope you're well, I am getting there, bit slow but no rush, still tired, had physio and they are doing a assessment, gave. me a brace which helps and trying to lose some weight

Lucy, there is a drug called out pregabalin which they give diabetics to treat nerve pain, not easy to get because they use it to boost the effect of illegal drugs, but it helps along with getting her legs up

Lois hope your Mum stays safe, wish we knew if people like your mum is immune to this virus now

Take care and stay safe xxx
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Date: 27.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Pleased to hear that you are improving Colin. Is the brace for your leg? it's understandable that you will be tired after what you've been through, just take it easy and look after yourself. I'm sure your wife will be taking good care of you.

My ankles are getting very sore again, the Rituximab does help but it must be wearing off now and not due again until December, just wonder when I will hear about the replacement.

I can't remember the name of the tablet they have given my daughter Colin but it's not pregabalin, if the one she has doesn't help I will say to her to ask for pregabalin.

It's a nice bright day here Lois but getting colder too, the log burner will be so cosy on the cold nights.

Take care xx
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Date: 28.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi, Colin so glad to hear you are getting there. You are absolutely right no need to rush. Take it s bit each day. So glad you have a brace and you are getting after care.

Lucy, that is the drug my GP said he will put me on if Gabapentin doesnt work for me. Well at this very moment nothing is working this is my second day on the sofa. I hurt everywhere and my feet are a nightmare. I will give it a couple more days then I will have to call my GP.

I hope your daughter gets some pain relief that works well.
It has been nice here today sun beaming through the window.

I skped Mum today it was awful. She started crying when she saw me and said can I get her house next door to me.
She said they are good to me here but I miss my family. I kept it together but it was really hard.

She has her procedure on Wednesday. I am worried about that as well.
Well my dinner is nearly ready so I better go and feed my other half. He has been in the garden all day cutting grass and tidying away some stuff for the winter.
Take care both XXX
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Date: 30.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Just popped in to let you know my Mum had her pacemaker battery changed today. She is back at the care home and is doing fine. Another worry over.
I hope you are both ok.
XX
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Date: 30.09.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Was just thinking that your Mum had her appointment today, I'm glad it well went. I hope she has settled a bit more now, I feel so sorry for people in care homes not seeing their families the way that they should.

I had my appointment over the phone today with my consultant. He wants me to go back on the methetrexate. My ankle has been so sore so I will try it again although it didn't help before so will be surprised if it does.

I have been so tired lately and come 10pm I'm ready for bed. I was always a late bedder too but can't stand the pace now lol.

Night night and take care xx
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Date: 30.09.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, give it a go anything is worth a try. So any news on surgery date.
I used to be a night owl bit not any more either. I need my bed around 10 as well.

I can tell the rain is back I hurt everywhere.

My Mum said when she got home can I have a wash clean pjs and a cup of tea.
She did say it was a little bit sore. Yes I remember it well. I hope they have painkillers for her.
Still its all done now.

Take care xx speak soon
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Date: 02.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi guys hope you are both ok.
The forum is begining to get busy again.
Have a good week end
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Date: 02.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Awe, your Mum likes her home comforts just like the rest of us, bless her. Hopefully she has recovered from it. Are you allowed in to see her?

My sister-in-law died this morning (hubby's sister) she was 82 and had been in a hospice for the last few weeks.

My ankle has been so sore but no word on the operation yet, this virus has put a stop to everything it seems. I was reading today that there are going to be more accidents on the roads this year as they won't be able to grit the roads as often as they usually do. I really can't make sense of that one.

Have a good weekend. xx
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Date: 03.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, sorry about your husbands sister. Not matter what age they leave us it is still a wrench at the heart.
No visits to Mum I took her some flowers on Thursday. She was up and about so that was good news.

I guess all non urgent operations will be cancelled. Which is not good for you.

I dont know why they wouldn't be gritting the roads unless they don't have the grit.
Who knows. Everything seems to wrong.

Well it is raining here and it seems it will be in for weeks maybe that will keep people indoors. Who knows.

Take care xx
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Date: 05.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Hope all is well with you. That's good to know that your Mum is up and about, she is doing great for her age. It's just a shame things are the way there are just now.

It has been a decent day here, quite sunny. I haven't been across the door today though, I had bad pains in my stomach during the night and terrible indigestion so I didn't sleep well.

It is my little grand daughters 5th birthday on Wednesday, she is so excited at going to be 5 lol, pity there can be no party this year.

It's my sister-in-laws funeral on Thursday, her son lives in Coventry so he and the family
will come up on Wednesday, he said that twenty people are allowed to attend.

I hope Colin is ok as it has been a wee while since he has been on.

Well it's my bedtime now, if I manage to read a few pages of my book before I drop off I will be lucky.

Stay safe and sleep well xx
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Date: 06.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, the weather here is none stop rain. We had thunder earlier.

How exciting 5yrs. It is a shame no parties. I am sure you will all give her a lovely day.
I will be thinking about you all on Thursday. God love her.

I was thinking abour Colin as well.

I read when I go to bed it helps me fall asleep.

Indigestion at night time is so awful. The price we pay for what we eat. Lol.

Take care speak soon xx
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Date: 08.10.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , sorry been so long , tried posting on my phone yesterday but failed , having problems breathing so asked for doctor to come out , at 7pm yesterday phoned them again asking why they did not come out , anyway gave me some nebules and antibiotics and promiste to call today , which not sure they will

Lucy sorry your family is having such a bad year , just hope there is no more your family will have to suffer , & hope soon you can get you ankle sorted

Lois , please your mum got her pacemaker sorted & hope they sort visiting again

guys take care
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Date: 08.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, sorry to hear you are having breathing problems. I dont know what is going on with GPs at the minute. I know it is difficult times but people still need medical care.

This year is going to be a year to remember for all of us all different reasons of course. I really hope next year is a better year for everyone.

My mum is on anti depressants now because she is missing her family so much. She stopped eating at one point. Her appetite is back but she is so low in herself.


Well Colin it was really good to hear from you. Take care xx
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Date: 08.10.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lois , I am sorry your mum feeling depressed , its so hard on people who sheiled & live alone , people like myself who cant get out even if they want to , and those stuck in hospitals/care homes & not seeing love ones

I seen the doctor & checked me over & think I got a blood clot on my lung , CT scan tomorrow & on blood thinners , next is to check my legs for what is causing blood clots , but breathing is a lot better

take care , all fun & find next thing in medical book xxx
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Date: 09.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Oh dear Colin at least Dr saw you and treated you straight away. At least you are getting the treatment you need. I hope the blood thinners have done their job.
So glad your breathing is better. I have asthma and I know exactly how it feels when the breathing is hard.
Colin take care and please let us know how you get on. xx

I am sure Mum will be ok. It is her 95th birthday on the 5th November we are hopeful we might be able to see her from the garden at least. Watch this space.
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Date: 10.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

I hope you are feeling a bit better Colin, sorry that your breathing hasn't been so good. I hope the antibiotics are helping. You haven't had the best year either.

Hope you are ok Lois. I think everyone is feeling a bit down at the moment. I hope your Mum is alright.

Was quite a good day here today, I'm hoping it stays dry next week as my little grand daughter is off school for the October break.

We have had another partial lockdown, restaurants, pubs etc have all closed again.

Going to bed now. Take care and look after yourselves xx
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Date: 10.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I think most of the country will be in lockdown soon.

My grandchildren are off as well. Hopefully it will at least stay dry.

To be honest I am ok pain easing off a bit. I have been monitoring my blood pressure it is a bit all over the place. I am going to try to get a phone consultation with my GP on Monday.

I need to make dentist appointments i broke a tooth now hubby has broken one . So much fun being had.
Then hubby broke his glasses today oh well might as well have it all. Lol.

Take care sleep well xx
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Date: 15.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Hope you are doing ok. Oh no, I hope you have managed to get a dental appointment. I suppose it is classed as an emergency but our dentist isn't doing routine check ups. It is starting to annoy me that doctor's and dentists won't see patients, I think that is ridiculous. It means so many people will be missing things that are urgent and could cause more deaths. That's just my opinion. At least the opticians are open here as I had my eye test last week at Boots.

I have a blood monitoring machine too and my BP seems to vary a lot. I was getting worried as I had a lot of high readings and called doctor a while back and she said to monitor at different times of the day and it seems to be a bit better.

Hope you hubby gets his glasses sorted.

Hope you are ok Colin.

Take care xx
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Date: 15.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I had a telephone consultation on Tuesday. I had a chest infection. I wasn't worried I knew what it was . My hubby passed it on to me. I have to say it was a new GP he was really nice. Gave me some new cream for my psoriasis and it is working a treat.
My chest is feeling much better hubby and me have a emergency pack of antibiotics to keep for any further infections.
I have bought a blood pressure machine as well. Make sure you rest a while before you use it. I was doing the cuff up too tight and it was reading really high.
I also bought an oxygen reader for my asthma so I can check myself.
What we have to do. No drs to be seen just getting ridiculous now.
I skped my Mum yesterday and she cried again and said she was lonely and was missing us all. Lucy I don't know how I kept it together. It is so cruel for them all in care homes.
Now it looks like a full lockdown might be on the cards again. I have noticed it is quiet bad oin Scotland I hope your area is ok.
We are low where we are at the moment. How long that will last who knows.
Lucy take care xx

Colin I hope you are Ok xx
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Date: 16.10.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , trying to catch up on whats going on ,

I spent friday last week in hospital , down for 15 min CT scan & endded up in A&E , at least they checked every thing , my GP thought blood clot but no , had flu vaccine day before had asthma problems & they thought my problems was asthma , getting better now but still not right

lois do feel for anyone like your Mum alone in the carehome but every where , no visits in hospitals , its cruel on them , those realy sheilding like myself sees no one apart from carers & nhs staff ,

as for the kids at uni , I would lock them all up & catch the virus , or be vaccinated because they will never do as they are told & would allow them to have a pretty much normal uni experiance
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Date: 16.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin,good to hear from you. You have really had a tough time of it. Good no blood clots. Colin I know all about asthma I have just had a chest infection and my asthma is still not good. Just rest when it is bad and make sure you take inhalers when you need it. I have learned not to keep waiting in the hopes it will settle on its own. I am pleased you feel you are getting better now.
It is tough when anyone has to shield. We haven't really come out of shielding properly. It makes me nervous to be around people.

The young ones think they are invincible. I suppose we all did.
The trouble is they are mixing with all and everybody. You are right lock them down for a while.
At the minute our area is good but it wont be long before it isn't.

I am trying to see what can be done for Mum's 95th on November 5th. Nothing I bet. I will keep you posted on that one.

Take care Colin xx
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Date: 17.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois & Colin, Sorry to hear that you have both have been unwell. Glad to hear you got the chest infection under control Lois and a new cream for your psoriasis.

That's good that you had everything checked Colin, just take it easy, after what you have been through it can take time to get over it all.

Your mother has the same birthday as my daughter Lois, I hope they allow you to see her on the day, as Colin says I too feel it is cruel. It is outwith our control though. They have closed most things here as there are high numbers of the virus here. I have been doing online shops at Tesco and noticed that they are getting harder to get.

That's good that you got your flu jab Colin. We have no idea when we will get ours. I even called Boots today as thought if I could pay I might get it quicker but they said that there is a shortage and they are not taking any bookings just now. I have my infusion due in December and my grand daughter gets the live flu spray in her nose on 2nd November at school and that worries me a bit but not a lot I can do if they don't have it.

My ankle is really hurting now, I use my stick when I go out but even at that I am finding it hard. I have no idea when I am likely to hear now about getting it replaced. I am a bit frightened too of getting it done so not sure what is best lol.

Take care and stay safe xx
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Date: 18.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I got my flu jab done in my Tesco. You have to book on line and there is no charge if you qualify age or health issues.
Our GP gave us an appointment but Tesco had appointments weeks earlier. Not saying much for GPS when Tesco offer a better service.
Lets hope your infusion isn't disrupted as well as your ankle treatment.

Covid is rising everywhere. All these stupid people protesting Lead on by Jeremy Corbyn's brother. Man flu they are calling it well its not just men getting it bloody idiots.

I had a call from the care home today. Just letting me know Mum is doing well and is eating again and has put a bit of weight on. I have to call on Monday to chat about her birthday.
The care manager that called today is really lovely. It is her daughters birthday on the 5th of November as well. Celebrations all around.

Take care Lucy. I will let you know the outcome on Monday xx
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Date: 19.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, I tried Tesco but they are not doing it here at the moment, I think there is a shortage of it, I don't know why. If I don't hear very soon then there is no point when I have the infusion in December.

I hope the call went well today and they will allow you in to see your Mum on her birthday.

It's a damp miserable day here, been raining all day.

Hubby is away to collect the little one from school so they should be in any minute so will chat later Take care xx
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Date: 19.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, they are still getting vaccine down here. Sorry you have a problem getting it done.
It has been ok here today weatherwise. I have been in trouble with my joints today.

I spoke to the care home today and we can see Mum through the office Window on her birthday. Better than nothing. They are going to do a birthday cake for her at tea time. All the residents will be there. So thats good. Hopefully she will have a good day.
I have been buying little bits that she talked about having as a young girl.
Lavender perfume-soap and the old fashioned powder with the fluffy puff.
I managed to find her a ceramic heart with 95yrs on it. I am going to send her a bunch of balloons. It is so hard trying to find things that she will identify with. Just hopeful we don't go into full lockdown and it changes the care homes mind. Fingers crossed.

Hope your hubby didn't get too wet. Winter seems to be here now.

Take care chat soon.x
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Date: 19.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, I'm not sure if the shortage is all over Scotland or if it's just this area, as I think some people have managed to get it.

It's a shame you can't get into see your Mum but as you say it's better than nothing and perhaps you will still be able to speak to her. That is a lovely idea getting her things she liked as a young girl. It will bring back nice memories and i'm sure she will have a great day. It's funny how seeing something we remembered as a child can bring back memories. I remember as a little girl going to my grandmother's house and she had willow pattern plates and when I see them anywhere it reminds me of her.

I can hear the rain outside, that's all day and night it's been on.

Take care and speak soon xx
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Date: 20.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I always remember my Nans knitted toilet roll holders that looked like dolls. They still sell them.

It has been ok weatherwise today. Went out to a garden centre today it is a really big one. The whole place is decorated for Christmas it was really nice to see something cheery.
We had tea and toasted teacakes. For lunch. Then we picked up fish and chips on the way home.
Both of my brothers are coming to see Mum. We will be able to chat with here as some of the glass is slated. Five mintes or ten I will be grateful for that. I just really want to see Mum on her birthday.
Well I am going to get settled in front of the TV for the evening. It is starting to get dark already.
Take care x

COLIN I hope you are still doing ok. X
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Date: 20.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, I enjoy a trip to the garden centre although I haven't been this year, to be honest not been very far this year at all. I see some of the shops have Halloween items on one side and Christmas decoration in the other.

I love a toasted teacake and a fish supper so good for you, saves cooking, we need a wee change and a rest from cooking now and again. I had lunch at my daughter's yesterday, just tuna and today I opened a tin of red salmon for lunch and my joints actually feel a bit better, coincidence perhaps, or perhaps watching diet could help.

The nights are getting dark so much earlier now, I think it's next week that the clocks go back.

Was another wet day here again, it would be lovely to waken up to a blue sky in the morning. I think I must live in the wettest park of the UK.

__Didn't sleep well last night at all so getting tired now.

Hope you are alright Colin.

Take care and stay safe xxx
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Date: 20.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy, nothing worse than a bad night's sleep. Hope you sleep well tonight.
I love tuna very good for us. Salmon not so much. I think you could be right about diet. When we have salad with tuna pilchards fish I seem to get less aches my hubby says the same. We eat a lot of it in the summer.

Well if it makes you feel any better we are getting rain for the next two weeks.
Off to bed now. Nite Lucy sleep tight x
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Date: 22.10.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , I am ok (ish) sort of a big ish ,

hopr you guys are ok , Lucy any update on your ankle , have they given you a time or they going into lock down again , know some parts are very bad but others must be good like here in Cornwall where with East Anglia got the lowest for the virus but some stupid idiots still get it even if they stay at home & never go out !!!!

Lois hope you get your wish & see your mother on here birthday

take care xxx
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Date: 22.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin,
Glad that you are OK, I really hope you keep a bit better.

I've had no word at all about the ankle, when I saw the surgeon back at the beginning of year he said it would be a few months but since the virus I guess it could be a while yet. I had one phone call a few months back just to say they hadn't forgotten about me. My area is quite bad now, the central belt and north lanarkshire have had all pubs, restaurants closed for the last two weeks and it has to continue. My daughter said one of the teachers at her school has to isolate for 2 weeks as her mother, father, brother and sister have all been diagnosed so it is likely she will have it too, my daughter was in the staff room with her yesterday so that is a bit of a worry.

Hope all is well with you Lois.

Take care and stay safe xx
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Date: 22.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, pleased to hear you are still ok. One step at a time. I hope you improve quickly.
I come under east anglia Hertfordshire we are ok at the minute. Just hopeful it stays that way.
I didn't realise it was the area you live in Lucy. It is worrying when family have been in close contact with someone. You really have to put you and your hubby first. Lucy take care I hope your daughter is ok. Will your daughter be tested.
My Son and Grandson are tested every week through the companies they work for. I think this should be done for evey one.

I am fine Lucy. Just taking it easy. My joints seem to be settling down.

Xx
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Date: 28.10.2020
From: Denise

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi you three
I have been in and out of this site for some years now but not on a regular basis. Just thought I would pop by. Now are your names really Lois and Lucy. I know you changed them some time back. Noticed you live in Hertfordshire Lois. Me too, Puckeridge, nr Ware. Have RA and had problems with my knees and ankles for over a year so now trying Idacio but not feeling great, Dont think I have any trust with the consultant now !! Do drop me a line and let me know where you are in Herts. Take care xx
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Date: 28.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Denise, Sorry to hear you are not too great at the moment. This disease isn't nice at all. I am waiting on an ankle replacement and can't say that I am looking forward to it.

I seem to remember your name. You are right, we did change our names. as the site is not private I feel safer this way (just in case i am bad mouthing someone and they know who it is) lol. xx
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Date: 29.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Hope all is well with you. A wet day here again, I am sitting with my little grand daughter on my chair with me, she will be two in January and such a well behaved little girl, the older one is much harder work though.

We are level 3 here. They only test here is you have symptoms so my daughter hasn't been tested, when she had symptoms about a month ago she was but was fine.

speak later as little granddaughter wanting a story now xx
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Date: 29.10.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Denise , good to hear from you again , I have had RA since 1995 - maybe earlier , was tested positive in 1996 & endded up having to give up work a few months later , dont know Hertfordshire as live in Cornwall , sorry your ankle & knees are playing up , mine have needed opperating on for ages but got other health issues stopping me having them done
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Date: 29.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Denise, I don't want to say too much on an open forum about exactly where I live3. It is such a small world.
Sorry to hear you are not so great.
I fell out totally with my Consultant and now I am managing on pain killers only.
Take care.
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Date: 29.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I am doing ok. My Niece is now on level three she is on the outskirts of London. I can see Christmas in Lockdown for everyone the way things are going.
I spoke to my niece she is so fed up.
I hope you are getting your shopping delivered ok.
Stopping the supermarkets selling non essential items is a bit of a joke. How will it make a difference to small shops when Amazon is sitting there waiting for eveyones orders.
I am still on for a visit with Mum on the 5th. We will be able to chat through the window. I am really looking forward to it.
I have to wrap her presents still.
Well thats about all. I am laying in bed I can feel my feet throbbing. I have support bandage for them. I better go and put them on otherwise they will keep me awake all night.
Take care x

Hope you are ok Colin and your little family. Take care xx
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Date: 29.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy I forgot to ask how is your daughters leg doing now?

Secondly I laughed at your explanation why you changed your name on here. In case you bad mouth someone. LOL

xx
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Date: 30.10.2020
From: Denise

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi you three
Nice to touch base with you all. Interesting you fell out with your consultant Lois. I haven't actually seen mine since October last year when this all started. Did have telephone appt with him in July when he refused MRIs and he got RA nurse to see me. Then cock up getting prescription for biologicals signed off. So I am the one hobbling up the stairs with a walking stick and use of bannister and a zimmer frame around the house (oh that makes me sound old). All I have done for the last year is go round and round in circles. Now have apt for 3 Dec when I hope I can get MRIs. If not I might be totally falling out with him too. Hm wonder if it is the same consultant !!!

Takke care all x
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Date: 30.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Denise, I had a lady consultant. I think she was nuts. Told me I needed to wear the same shoes as my Husband on the first visit. We both just looked at each other. Added a new med saying my RA was in overdrive. 3 months later told me I am going to take you off the meds I don't think you need them.
Chatted with my GP he said he would support me all the way so I came off all the meds and manage with Gabapentin and Co Dydramol. If things get bad again GP has assured me he will send me somewhere else.
I hope your appointment goes well on the 3rd MRI is the only way to go.
Take care x
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Date: 30.10.2020
From: Denise

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Oh Lois,had to laugh at the "need to wear the same shoes as my husband" .... it's a classic line. Podiatrists love it and then flash a brochure for a shoe manufacturer under your nose. I have worn sensible Hotter shoes for years. Hasn't made an iota of difference and hubby wasn't impressed with the price tag. When lockdown eased (for a while anyway) got an apt with podiatrist. Ha, in the wrong place - "you need to go to surgical appliances for made to measure inner soles". It was news to the RA nurse too.
xx
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Date: 30.10.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Colin & Denise, Well that's us into the weekend again and Halloween tomorrow, I have my pumpkin all ready for the candle lol. Heavy rain and winds forecast for tomorrow so I won't be going far.

My daughter's leg still hasn't healed Lois and still has a long way to go. They have told her she will have to dress it herself from now on as the virus is so high here and safer for her to do it herself. Not an ideal situation, makes me wonder if things will ever get back to normal. I can see doctor appointments being over the telephone or computer as the new normal.

You are right Amazon is sitting waiting on the orders flowing in. I do feel sorry for the small businesses just now and so many won't survive this.

Take care everyone and stay safe xxx
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Date: 30.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, we just have to make the most of what we have I guess. We have so many little local shops in all the villages around where I live and I can't see them surviving another lockdown.
I have just been texted to say I have an appointment over the phone for my cardiology appointment next week. So I guess you could be right that this is the way forward.
Your poor daughter I was hopeful she would be nearly there by now. Bless her.
Take care Lucy x
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Date: 31.10.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Denise,
I have tried so many different pairs of shoes. Including clarks shoes that nurses wear all day.
I just buy what ever is comfortable now.
We just have to go with our own instincts really.
Take care x
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Date: 05.11.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Guys, just to let you know had visit today for Mums 95th birthday. She was so overwhelmed by it all. She was so happy as well.
I sent her balloons with her picture and happy 95th birthday apparently she cried when they showed her. She new I had sent them and thought that was it. She looks really well. I feel so much better.
Boris has told the care homes they all need to put something in place for visits. So I am just waiting to see what happens.

I hope you are all keeping well. As well as can be expected for us.
Take care x
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Date: 06.11.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Bumping up.
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Date: 06.11.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, So pleased to hear that your Mum had a lovely birthday and you will be relieved to see that she looks so well. I do hope things can improve for all the people in care homes as they do need to see their family. It was my youngest daughter's 30th birthday yesterday too but unfortunately we couldn't do much so just had a Chinese take-a-way, not my favourite food but I was kinda outvoted.

Things seems to be getting harder again for everyone. I hope you are coping ok with the lockdown, we are not quite at the lockdown level but not far from it. It is very worrying and I had hoped by now things would have improved but looks like it will be a while yet.

I hope you are keeping relatively well, my ankle is giving me a lot of bother but I am still managing to get out occasionally to the shops although I do most of my shopping online as it is much safer and more comfortable.

Take care and stay safe xxx
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Date: 06.11.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, to be honest I am ok with being in lockdown. It was obvious it was coming. I have some decorating we are going to do went to B&Q two weeks ago had a little stock up on paint. Such excitment.
Lucy sorry to hear the ankle is so painful.

Lucy take care and stay safe. X

Colin how are you doing.
I hope you and your family are ok. X0
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Date: 07.11.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, The painting will keep you occupied and it's something I enjoy. I wouldn't be surprised if we go into lockdown too as the numbers are very high here.

I'm just about to go to bed, I didn't realise it was so late (after midnight)

Take care xx
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Date: 07.11.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, you are up late. I have trouble sleeping lately. There is plenty to see on TV and luckily I have a spare bedroom
No point in keeping hubby awake tossing and turning.
I feel safer in lockdown to be honest.
Take care x
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Date: 08.11.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois & Colin, Hope you are both doing ok. It has been another rainy day here and the forecast doesn't look great either but then it is November. It will be Christmas before we know it. This has been a strange year and a sad one too.

I have been doing some Christams shopping online, I even ordered a Christmas tree from my catalogue, I have a fibre optic one and had it for years so felt it time to renew. I just can't be bothered going into town anymore, I remember I used to love shopping in town. I am annoyed at our council as they are not putting xmas lights up in our village this year or a tree and it is the gala committee that pay for it but they are not allowing it. I would have thought this year of all years a bit of cheer is needed.

I made a big pot of soup today. I got a ham hough delivered in my Tesco shop this morning and it is very tasty, my daughter could smell it from outside and had two plates of it when she came.

Take care and again stay safe xx
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Date: 09.11.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I can smell that soup from here. Nothing nicer than a bowl of homemade soup when the weather is miserable.

I have ordered some of my presents on line as well. I cannot imagine what the shops will be like when they reopen down here.

The weather here is not great grey skies and plenty of rain although its not cold like a normal November.
What a shame they are not allowing the Christmas lights in the Village. You are right we do need cheering up what a miserable lot.

Take care Lucy xx
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Date: 09.11.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys hope you are good , nothing much is happening , our chippy stayed open which is good , we only get something once a week , ie: big spenders .
did see one of my brothers this week which was good , I am youngest of eight but eldest only lived a few weeks with hole in heart & getting a infection so we grew up as seven , he is the oldest of us & dont realy has anything to do with the others

lois , pleased your Mum's birthday went well , hope they sort out visits , cant be that hard with a screen & check tempertures etc: I found it hard in hospital for two weeks with no visits allowed

Lucy have had any contact about your opp ? realy hope they dont delaiy it any longer
take care & remember vaccine is coming some time
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Date: 09.11.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, lovely getting to see your brother. Family is so important at tough times like we are in now.
I am going to get in contact for a Skype with Mum and will ask what they are putting in place.
I can only imagine what it must of been like for you not seeing your Wife and Son
For two weeks.
Well Colin it is good to see your posts to know you are on the mend.
You and your family tske care and stay safe x
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Date: 10.11.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, No I haven't heard anything, I did get a courtesy call a few months back to let me know there would be a delay with the virus and nothing since. It is strange as the main problem with the ankle is when I sit down and then go to get up I can barely put my foot on the floor but once I'm up it isn't too bad but he did say it had to be done and he thought the shin could break again within a year, I'm hoping that's not the case and I use my stick all the time now and get up cautiously as the last time I jumped up and moved too fast so now I do things at a slower pace.

That was good that you saw your brother, was it all brothers you had or did you have sisters too, I had a sister in Canada and two brothers but just me that's left now.

I'm not too sure about the vaccine Colin, do you think it will be safe? with me being on rituximab it makes me a bit wary, I would like reassurance it was safe before getting it. My daughter and husband are keen to get it.

It's been very mild here today but a little showery.

Hope you are well Lois.

Take care xx
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Date: 15.11.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy and Colin,
I hope you and your famillies are all keeping well.
My daughter was in a car accident 12 days ago the car is a write off. She has a lot of shoulder and hip pain. She was side swiped by a car that also pushed her into some bollards. Thank God no one was badly hurt.
Like this year hasn't been bad enough. 2020 will definately go down in history.

I have spent the last three days in agony with my back. I missed a step coming out of my daughters house and jarred it. I just knew I was in trouble the pain that shot down my leg at the time was enough to make me let out a big gasp.
It is easier today so fingers crossed it is on the mend.
I have done most of my present buying for Christmas. No idea what to buy Mum. Any ideas?

Take care xx
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Date: 15.11.2020
From: ;ucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Oh, so sorry to hear that your daughter was in a car accident, thank goodness it wasn't more serious, although her car being a write off is bad enough but at least cars can be replaced. I hope her shoulder and hip are ok. I know when we had a bump in a taxi a few years ago my neck was painful for a while. You are right this year has been a bad one.

I hope your back is a bit better Lois, It can happen so easily, I still think of me missing a step in the hotel when we were in Dubai and falling and breaking my hip, it can happen in a second.

I have still quite a bit to do for Christmas although I have ordered most of it online. What about a collage for your Mum with all of the family or some music that she enjoys put together for her. It is difficult, perhaps some nice perfume or a soft fleece. I think I will give my girls money, my sister used to say that it was the gift that was never returned, although it is nice to unwrap a gift.

I have a feeling we might be going into level 4 on Tuesday although I hope not as I have a hairdresser appointment booked and also a little tag on my eye to be removed so possibly be put on hold again if it happens.

Take care and speak soon. xx
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Date: 15.11.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Lucy we are in lockdown as you know. I just give up with the hairdressers. Although I did get it cut a bit shorter last time. So it still looks ok.
I spoke to my daughter today and she has been signed off sick for another two weeks. She is waiting for physio.

My back is much easier today. As long as I don't twist to far. Lucy I remember when you broke your hip. Poor you. Is your hip ok. My Mum had a hip replacement when she was 84 never mentions it. She always said it was no trouble.

Well it coming up midnight so I should be getting to bed. It takes me ten minutes to get comfy. LOL
Nite Nite xx
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Date: 30.11.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , thanks to the admin , they sorted the problems with the forum ,

nothing much changes for me , not realy looking forward to xmas , we will not be in lock down & tier 1 but dont matter if you cant get out , not sure if we will put a tree up but would only be a fibre optic one if we did ,

not back on my RA drugs , just steriods , not keen to go back on them with the risk of infection & keep getting sepsis , third time not so lucky & what about the vaccine for those on biologic drugs , them dont know

take care & good to be back
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Date: 30.11.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, Christmas this year is so different for everyone. I am putting the tree up because decorating the trees is something I love doing. I have one in the lounge and one in the dining room.

You must be getting fed up with staying in. Have you thought about a disability scooter. I have one now so I can still go to all the out door flower shows and vintage shows. My husband used it for two days on holiday when he hurt his knee..
I don't blame you not wanting to go back on the drugs. I have felt better in myself since I stopped taking them.
Life is tough with this disease. Take care Colin chin up keep smiling. X
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Date: 02.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Guys, Pleased to see the site is back on, I had typed a long message out and it didn't go through. Hope you are both ok. I am alright, I go in for my infusion on Tuesday, I am so grateful that the nurses are still working. Seems strange that they are working away and yet the GP's here are not seeing anyone, I must admit that it does make me angry.

It has turned so cold here over the last couple of days and they say we might get some snow tomorrow...brrr.

My daughter has just popped in so will catch up later xx
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Date: 04.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, well we have had snow quiet near to us. It is very cold here.
I hope your infusion goes well.

Things seem to be going in the right direction with covid at long last. I can't wait for a bit of normality.
Lets hope we all get the vaccine soon.
Take care Lucy and stay safe. X
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Date: 13.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hope you are all doing ok. I got my infusion on Tuesday and now loaded with the cold, just hoping it doesn't go into my chest or they won't do the other one next week.

It has been very wet here today again.

Take care xx
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Date: 14.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, good to hear the infusion went ok. I hope that cold goes away soon. Plenty of hot lemon and honey.
It hasn't stopped raining in weeks here. It has warmed up a bit so something to be glad about.

I got a call at 3:45 this morning to say Mum had had a fall and was on her way to A&E. I couldn't sleep after that. I called at 6. They did a head scan because she had a big lump. That is all clear. Chest clear. The checked for heart attack that was clear but something else was raised so double checking the heart bloods. They did say it was raised like that before when she was in there. So really just double checking. All things being well she should get back to the care home today. Just so tired now. Maybe a sleep this afternoon will be in order.

Well take care and stay safe. X
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Date: 15.12.2020
From: Cambourne Village College student

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hello,

I'm a Cambourne Village College Y11 student currently working on a Design & Technology project that aims to design a product that aids the movement of people with mobility redusing chronic diseases.

About 2 months ago I asked for information on the subject in one of your forum's threads and I got a lot of useful information about how your disease effects your everyday activities.From those stories I gathered that canes are used oftenly by people suffering from arthritis as well as some of the everyday difficulties that you face, such as pains.

My current ideas aim to help my 79 year old grandma who is quite prown to slipping and hurting herself due to her chronic back and leg pains but, I would also like the products to help different cases of chronic diseases aswell.

Therefore, I would like to ask you to review some of my prototype ideas that I developed over the past months in order to further improve them. Please critise them and post what you like and don't like about them as well as giving feedback on what you would like to change about the product. However, also please take into consideration the fact that the products also aim to appeal to people who do suffer from a chronic disease such as back pains but not a specific type of arthritis.

Currently, I do not have a direct way of showing you the prototypes because the chat doesn't seem to allow posting of any image file. However, I can supply you with overviews of the 3 basic ideas I decided to design

1)A small, portable tripod extension that can screw or fit onto existing canes and can be folded for storage use. This idea aims to help arthritis patients that use a walking stick by being a cheap and versatile alternative to the already existing Quad Base canes that cost around 40.

2)A 15cm vertical handle that can be stuck with ease at flat surfaces and acts as a pivot aid when moving in close spaces such as bathrooms or kitchens. It's supposed to aid balance and grip so that users may get around easier with reduced pains and not get injured or hurt.

3)A telephone shaped handle that you can take anywhere and use to stick it to walls as a pivot or mobility aid. It aims to be more versatile than the idea above and to also be used in many different indoor spaces.

Any response or feedback is very much apreciated!
Have a good evening
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Date: 15.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi, I like the idea of number 3. It could allow people with mobility and back problems to get on and off a toilet seat with more ease and if the handle is shaped for them to grip easily then it would be useful, as long as it was safe and didn't come off when a person puts their weight on it and also easy to remove too. The other ideas seem useful too. Anything that improves independence is worthwhile. I have seen similar things from some catalogues that have gripper handles that stick to the shower but if your idea is a better shape for gripping then it could be a seller. Good luck and well done.
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Date: 15.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Sorry to hear about your Mum, what a shame, I hope she is recovering well. It's horrible when the phone rings at that time in the morning as you always know something is wrong. No wonder you were tired, I hope you got a sleep but if like me you probably lay awake for hours worrying.

I pulled a big back filling out today, I vowed I wouldn't eat anymore of those hard gums they are called football gums from Home bargains and my favourites but no more, luckily I managed to get a dentist appointment for Friday.

I popped into M&S food today and surprisingly there were no queues, I don't know why they were so quiet, it's a retail park that I go to, I just went into Next, Home bargains and M&S oh and Boots where i bought a few wee gifts.

I just hope things don't get any worse with allowing visits at Christmas, I see the number in London are getting very high.

I meant to say to the message above to start a new thread as then more people would reply.

Take care xx
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Date: 16.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Dont worry about the thread above it does say any one else who wants to join in.

Lucy, I am fighting with the care home they told my daughter Mum is in isolation until the 28th December. I called and said I hope your not leaving her in her room on Christmas day. They said they were. I reminded them goverment rules for isolating is 10 days not 14. She had heard that but head office had not changed rules. I said these are goverment rules I appreciate you have to keep them safe but you didn't isolate Mum when she had her pacemaker changed. Covid and A&E patients are in total different areas. They are going to e mail head office. I reminded them you haven't put anything in place for visiting behind screens either. Another guidline they have ignored.
I said you are doing a good job of ruining my Christmas as well.
I wouldn't have known if my daughter hadn't had asked for a skype.
My Mum is already feeling it. They told her Lisa called and sends her love. Mum replied I don't care I just want to go home. This is not in her best interest at all. The could sit her on a table of her own Christmas day.
I am waiting for a call back. They only have 48 hours then I will be ringing again. So fed up with it all.
Good to hear you had a shopping day out. We went to our Matalans and Boots at our retail park and it was quiet there as well. It must be Amazon shopping eveyone is doing.

Well take care Lucy x
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Date: 16.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Colin, how are you doing. I hope you are relatively good and your family of course.
Not much to say really. Sick of Covid and Brexit. Just get them done with now.
New year new diet. I have put on an unhealthy stone. I have put it on since end of August really isn't good for me at all. 2021 I really must ring some changes.

Well Colin Take care. X
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Date: 16.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, It upsets me so much when I hear about the residents in care homes being isolated. They did that with my brother, they sent him to hospital 3 times in the month or two before he died and each time they isolated him in his room for two weeks, although they did say it was difficult as he wandered out his room, I thought it was so cruel and his meals were served in his room. They gave him drugs to make him sleepy and their work easier and he often sleep through meal time. You are right to be angry with them. This has went on too long for them not to see their families and surely with proper safety measures there is no reason not to see relatives, it is so cruel. I do hope you get somewhere with them and that you see your Mum for Christmas.

Take care Lois and hope things get sorted with your Mum xx
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Date: 18.12.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , sorry been so long , talked to my consultant over the phone , my leflunomide was stopped because the risk it could do damage to the lungs , so switched it to sulfasalazine,

still on steriods 20mg & asked to stay off my biologic because of the risk of infections , had sepsis twice in a few years with it , got very lucky to still be alive after the last go & the biologics are part of the problems

lois , I hate what they are doing to your mother , this is so cruel , they can test her + they changed it to 10 days , you got to fight for her

Lucy , pleased you managed to get your infusions , will be thinking of you , first xmas without a loved one , we went through this with my in-laws & two brothers over last ten years

take care & stay safe xxx
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Date: 18.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi nice to hear from you Colin. Good to see they are getting your meds sorted.

Well now for the care home Mum will be joining every one else on Christmas Day. So looks like my mentioning the isolation is only 10 days now worked. They are still not allowing visits as the area is in tier three. I understand that. After the New Year I will be getting on the case of why they are not setting up the room for visiting as promised.
I have just had s skpe with Mum God love her her face is a proper mess
A large bump on her forehead and two huge black eyes. She was in good spirits. She said these thing happen.

Well we are in tier 3 a bit harsh considering the north and west of hertfordshire is better than ever. They decided to lump us all together feels like we are being punished because the south east part don't know how to behave.

My youngest brothers wife has covid and is quiet unwell at home. Now he needs another test because he has developed a cough. He was isolating anyway because of exposure from his wife. It is such a worry.

Stay safe xxx Lucy and Colin xxx
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Date: 21.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Testing
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Date: 21.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, has the site been playing up. I just wondered as i saw your testing post.
I hope you are ok.
What a sorry state this country is in. I just hope the goverment can get enough vaccine to go around pretty quick. When this virus is over the whole of the UK needs to pull together and make this country a great place to be again.

Christmas is nearly here again and we all just need to make the best of what we can do. I hope your little grandchildren have a magical time.
I will pop in again before Christmas.
Take care and stay safe. X
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Date: 21.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, I hope you are getting on ok and managing alright with the sulphasalazine, I know you have been on them before, I still take them and also plaquenil (now hydroxy) My infusion was due tomorrow but I called them today as I still don't feel great so it has been cancelled until 31st, so fingers crossed. You have been through a lot, sepsis must have been so scary. Let's hope the New Year will be better for us all.

I see you have went up to level 4 now too Lois, I had hoped by now things would have started to get better now they have a new strain At least your Mum with have company at Christmas with the other residents so try not to worry, not a lot we can do. I just hope people don't start panic buying again. The Tesco I use is now open 24 hrs until xmas.

Take care and look after yourselves. xx
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Date: 22.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Yes, I had typed a long message and it didn't go through this afternoon so before I started again tonight I wanted to check.

You are right Lois, I dread to think the mess the country will be in when this is all over. So many people will be out of work and businesses will close, I just hope our NHS can handle it all.

It's now midnight so I best get myself into bed. Did you notice how dark it was today? I went to Tesco and when I looked out it was pitch black and just 4pm. This I believe was the shortest day.

Take care xx
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Date: 22.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

I called the doctor yesterday to ask for an antibiotic just in case this virus or whatever I have doesn't clear up in time for 31st for infusion and doctor wanted a telephone appointment, he called today and said I had to go for a covid test so went this afternoon, although I don't think it's covid as no temperature, hopefully know tomorrow. I actually feel bit better today but have to isolate until results, hopefully get them tomorrow. xx
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Date: 23.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I guess the Gp would have to take this measure before he can give you anything. Nothing is straight forward.
My brother has now tested positive for covid. He says he feels wiped out. He sounds so unwell.
It is all such a worry.

It is so dark here today just like every ones mood.
I think it will be months before this vaccine will be rolled to everyone. 2021 will be another struggle.
We all just need to be careful and stay safe.
Lucy take care and let me know the result.

Colin how are you and your family?
X
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Date: 23.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, I got a text at 8am this morning to say the test was Negative. I hope your brother is ok, bad enough being unwell but seems worse at Christmas.

I went for a wee swim today as feeling a bit better and pool was so quiet, that will be the last until goodness knows when as they close tomorrow.

Take care and have as nice a Christmas as possible. xx
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Date: 23.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy so glad you got a negative.
Going for a swim lovely to be able to do that as you say before it all shuts. Good luck with the infusion.
You take care and have the best Christmas you can xxxx

Just to mention I have a window visit with Mum On the 30th December so looking forward to it.
Visits didn't go ahead because Mums care home still waiting on the tests kits.
Well at least I have an answer now.

Speak soon.


HAPPY CHRISTMAS COLIN AND YOUR FAMILY. XX
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Date: 29.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Well Christmas is done. We had a quiet one with my daughter. She stayed over luckily being in our bubble she was allowed.
It was quiet but we laughed about so many things. I really enjoyed the few days.
New year of course will be quiet. 2021 needs to bring something beter
I am saying please nicely. LOL.

I hope your few days was good for you also.
X
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Date: 30.12.2020
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , sorry been so long , we are in tier three now but wont change any thing for myself .

we had quiet xmas , but we always do , we got so many people from London etc: staying & bring the virus here , just wish they done full lockdown but atleats the Oxford vaccine will help us get out of this

hope you both are good & had good xmas , Lucy dont know how you stand for this vaccine but hope you can have it , thought it was only LIVE vaccine you are not allowed , take care & happy 2021
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Date: 30.12.2020
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Guys. Well that's Christmas over, we had my two daughters for dinner and of course my little grand daughter, her wee face was a delight on Christmas morning seeing her toys. I am not a fan of New Year and will be glad to see it out to be honest.

I was meant to go for my infusion tomorrow but can't seem to shift this virus or whatever I have and had to get an antibiotic so the infusion has been cancelled again.

We had a light snowfall yesterday that has now turned to ice as it is so cold so I haven't ventured outside as terrified that I fall, luckily I had a Tesco shop delivered tonight but a few things that I wanted were unavailable so will probably have to get to a shop tomorrow, we have a Co-op close by so hopefully can get few things there unless this panic buying has started again.

Take care and Best wishes for the New Year, let's hope this one is much better than what we have experienced. xxx
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Date: 31.12.2020
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy and Colin,
Christmas this year I suspect was quiet for most.
I miss the little ones faces at Christmas. Magical times. Nice you had yourtwo girls there as well.
Sorry your infusion has been put off again. Lets hope those antibiotics get to work.

These tiers will never work. My Son Lived in tier 2 but was travelling into tier 4 for work. He is Management no working from home this time for him. Now he is in tier 4 also. So if you are travelling to work it will be passed around. The trouble wth London it is a commuter place of work. I know people work in London Monday to Friday then go home for the weekend.
So the the vast exit out of London was mostly people panicking to get home. You are right Colin it should be a total lockdown everywhere to make it work.


Lets hope the vaccines are rolled out fast and help get this under control.

Take care.
Wishing both of you a healthy 2021. X
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Date: 03.01.2021
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois & Colin. Happy New Year to you both and hope it's a better one than the last one we have have experienced. It is so cold here, I haven't been across the door since last year as it is so slippy outside, my husband slipped on the path today and fell but luckily he didn't hurt himself, now if I had fallen it would have been a different story so until it thaws out I won't be venturing outside.

I hope you are both as well as can be expected. Take care and best wishes for 2021. xx
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Date: 04.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I bet your husband got a fright falling over. I bet you did too glad to hear he is ok. I hate it when its slippery outside. I stay home as well.
I hope you have a fantastic New Year.
You also Colin have a fantastic New Year.

Take care both. X

Whilst I am writing this my phone flashed up Scotland going in to full lockdown. I think we will be very soon.
Stay safe. xx
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Date: 05.01.2021
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , hope you all had a good new year , as we are about to go into lock down , the infection rate in Cornwall is realy bad , before xmas my niece becided to have a xmas party at her house which caused huge problems with my brothers family
But now in the new year she has been tested for covid & in her early 30s , her friend has tested positive & she has symptoms of it

I am having problem with my chest again , not sure here this will end but they got 1 in 12 beds here with covid but not sure if I would get lucky again like last time , Stopped my biologic hoping would not get sepsis again but covid damaged my lungs & worried I will get pneumonia again , gonna try using my nebuliser to stop it

guy take care & stay safe
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Date: 05.01.2021
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, It's the same here, all in lockdown. It has went on so long but this new strain is meant to be more contagious. Sorry to hear your chest is bothering you. I am finding it hard to get rid of what I have, was given a 5 day course of antibiotics but think i should have been given more.

Are you taking Vitamin D Colin? it is supposed to help. I think tomorrow has to be minus 5 here so will be staying in again although no where to go and my ankle is sore to walk far anyway.

Hope all is well with you Lois.

Take care and stay safe xxx
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Date: 05.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy and Colin,
Firstly Colin sorry to hear your chest is playing up again. Don't leave it to chance maybe a chat with the GP to get some medication. Definitely use the inhaler it will help ease that breathing.
Colin the younger ones think they are invincible. They just don't seem to get the fact they pass it on. I hope things have settled in your brothers family.
Take care wish you well.

Hi Lucy, I never understand 5 day antibiotics not long enough never seem to work for me either.
I was watching your weather earlier today. I said to my hubby I didn't envy any of you. I hate thd cold. It has been raining and hailstones here.
my joints have been playing up and my back feels broken. I have been taking it easy and sitting by the log burner.
Every one in lockdown again it is beginning to feel normal now.
Lets hope this vaccine will do the trick.

Stay safe xx
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Date: 07.01.2021
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Poor you suffering with your back, I hope it has eased a bit. Are you able to have a hot bath? and then perhaps a rub onto it. I can't get into a bath anymore and haven't managed for years now so just make do with a shower. It is so cold here and very icy so I am quite happy to stay inside. It would be lovely to have some nice sunshine and heat into our bones, ah well we can always dream. Talking about dreaming I am going to bed now with my hot water bottle. Take care and stay safe as this is getting very worrying now with this new strain xx
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Date: 08.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, I only have a walk in shower now. Like you I can't get in a bath any more.
I have been using heat pads and hot water bottles. It does help.

My eldest Granddaughter has passed covid to her Dads partner and her Mum. (My son is divorced)so two household affected. My son is taking a test today. Both of my eldest grandkids work in NHS hospitals so I'm not shocked this has happened they are tested every three days. I can't believe she went to my Son's at the weekend feeling unwell and having a cough.
My grandaughter lives with her boyfriend so that's another house that needs to be tested. So that's how fast things can escalate.
I am glad to say I havent seen any of them since before Christmas. I had only seen my Son briefly to exchange presents.
It is scary now.
No sign of vaccine yet. I know it will be a while before we will be anywhere near safe. It would make me feel better when we can see things happening on a larger scale.
Oh well i suppose i need to go make dinner.
Take care Lucy xx
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Date: 09.01.2021
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, I don't think the young ones take it too seriously. I just hope they get the vaccine out as fast as they can and we can get some sort of normality back. I see the Queen had hers today.

I received an appointment in for my infusion for Friday so just hope I'm ok to get it this time.

The weather has been so cold here, I think there has to be a bit of a thaw tomorrow so here's hoping.

It's 11.30pm so I am going to get into bed now. I bought 25 books from Ebay a wee while ago so they will keep me going lol.

Take care and stay safe xx
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Date: 10.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, my granddaughter got her result back positive. Just waiting for my son and his partners two teenage childrens results. It is such a worry this new strain is spreading like a wild fire. These younger ones need to start taking it serious a Consultant was saying on the news they are admitting 19 to 30 year olds with this new strain.
My older brother got his vaccine today at his GP surgery. Mum hopefully got hers friday. Just hope they get round to all of us soon.
I have a few new books to read you have just reminded me. I put them away just before Christmas. I will get them out tomorrow.
Take care hope the infusion goes ok.xx
Stay safe
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Date: 10.01.2021
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, I hope your granddaughter isn't too ill with it and of course your sons family. Is she feeling ok? It does seem to be spreading much faster now. My oldest daughter is terrified that she gets it because of her other health conditions. Safer staying away from everyone. Take care and stay safe xx
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Date: 10.01.2021
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

hi guys , just read with shock lois family , realy hope they are all ok , the GPs have got some drugs to help like steriods etc.

as for myself , I am getting better , had some antibiotics which have helped & told to do a covid test which came back negitive

lucy , any of our immune suppressants will help stop the virus doing it worst , no help for you on your drug , just hope they roll out the vaccine very quick , take care
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Date: 10.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy and Colin
My granddaughter and my Sons partner seem to be doing ok so far. My Son had a negative result and so did his partners two teenagers. My Grandson was negative.
My youngest brother and his wife have both had Covid and are suffering long term effects. His wife is constantly tired my brother tired cough lingering and a bit of shortness of breath. Unfortunately my brothers wife picked it up at work.

Colin so pleased to hear you feel better. Thank goodness you are covid free. It is such a worry now.

Lucy, I get where your daughter is coming from my Eldest brother has Diabetes but luckily he got his first Vaccine on Saturday.
I hope this vaccine gets out there pretty fast.
Your daughter will be ok as long as she shields.
I have had a rough day my feet are so painfull and nothing I do seems to help.

Well take great care both x and the
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Date: 15.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Guys, so I thought 2021 was going to be a better year. My daughter as you know was involved in a car accident at the end of last year.
My eldest Son was involved in a hit and run today. Car is a write off but thank God He and his partner are both ok.
He is just waiting to see what the Police are going to do. My sons partner got the registration number.. seems like the other driver had no tax or insurance.
My grandson that tested negative is now positive.
I would just like a bit of a break from all the drama.

On a good note My Mum has had her vaccine the only problem now she thinks we can go visit her. Bless her.
Take care both sorry for dumping my rubbish on you.
XXX
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Date: 15.01.2021
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lois, Oh my goodness, your luck is as bad as mine at the moment. As you say, as long as they are both ok but not nice and very stressful. The police should be able to trace them. I hope the insurance gives him another car to use. This virus is very worrying the the way it is spreading, I hope your grandson isn't too bad with it.

My daughter lives in a mid terrace house and has a shared chimney with her neighbour and bits were falling off it, her insurance isn't going to cover it so a bill for us as she hasn't got the cash. Part of our wall is falling down and the builder is looking for over 4,000 and our garage door is broken, lucky white heather. True what they say that is comes in threes.

I managed to get my infusion this morning so hope no ill effects this time.

Such a shame for the people in care homes, I hope they start allowing some sort of visits soon if they have all been vaccinated.

That's good that you are feeling better Colin. Keep well and stay safe xx
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Date: 15.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, glad you got your infusion. Fingers crossed no after affects.
Oh dear these insurance companies and the small print. I hope it's not too expensive for you.
4,000 to fix a wall that is expensive.
My moto I will never be rich but I am happy worth a million dollars.

Keep smiling Lucy what else can we do.
Stay safe.

I think I have to have my vaccine as well before I can see Mum.
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Date: 15.01.2021
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

omg guys ,
lois hope the police gets them , but mane thing is they are ok , these things dont happen very often so hope dont put them off driving ,

Lucy , when we had our roof done in 2014 we took of stack down , as we did not use it , every thing is so expensive when you own your own house

we are going on ok , Cornwall is very bad at the moment with parts as bad as London , not sure about the vaccine but not on any immune suppresants at the moment,

guys take care xxx
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Date: 16.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Colin, well the car was written off. My son has to pay his excess as there is no one to claim from. He has a hire car from them so at least he can still go to work.
Not much going on with police enquiries.
The cost of house repairs is a joke. Just because you are a home owner doesn't mean you have pockets full of money.

I didn't realise Cornwall was so bad. Cornwall was one of the least affected areas. Such a shame it has taken hold.
This new strain is so infectious.

The vaccine roll out needs to hurry up.

Take care Colin. XX
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Date: 18.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Guys,
Well my Son is down with Covid. I spoke to him today he couldn't speak without coughing. I am worried about him. He said his breathing is ok. He has been in bed for two days and said he just keeps sleeping.
Well it looks like I may be getting the vaccine within the next couple of weeks. Just waiting for contact from them.

I hope you guys and your families are keepinv well.

Stat safe speak soon xx
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Date: 18.01.2021
From: lucy

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Guys, This is the third time I have tried to send a message, the last two just disappeared when I pressed the send button, so fingers crossed this time. Sorry to hear that your son has the virus now Lois, it seems to be spreading like wildfire, I hope he recovers quickly. I have been reading a bit on the vaccine in people on Rituximab and it is saying it is not very effective so I am now wondering whether I should get it.

You are right Colin, when you own your own house there is always something that costs money. They have removed the stack as neither her or her neighbour used the chimney. Her house is over 100 years old and still has a slate roof so hopefully it will last a few years yet as it has been one thing after another.

Look after yourselves and take care, I just hope when I press the send button it doesn't disappear again. xx
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Date: 19.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: New chat lucy colin and lois and anyone else who wants to join in.

Hi Lucy, my Son is still in bed resting. He said he feels so washed out. Tired all the time and his body hurts from the coughing.
Oh dear if they call you I would have a chat with them about the vaccine. So many different things being put out there. I just don't know what to believe anymore.
I hope you can have it jusg fir a bit of peace of mind. Fingers crossed for you.

It's good that they removed the chimney stack if its not in use. At least that won't be an issue any more. Hope it wasn't to expensive.

Take care Lucy stay safe.x
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