Sunday, 27 November 2022

Try again

Try, try, try again so here goes.   More hospital visits which were a waste of time, still gradually changing my drugs which is making me very tired - coupled with very dull and wet weather which is depressing anyway and leads me to speculate on what I would feel like if I didn't live in a so-called temperate climate.

I have spent Christmas in Moscow when  they were shovelling snow off the roads and into canals, in Beijing when you could barely walk because it was so icy,  Mongolia up in the mountains.   What they all had in common was a lack of wind  and often plenty of sun. Here for the last fortnight it has been cold, wet, windy and no sun to speak of and jolly cold and miserable.     But would I rather spend my days somewhere very hot?   No thank you.

I suspect that round here everyone's resolution to turn their thermostat down a notch has flown out of the window.   What about you?

 

38 comments:

Barbara R. said...

Glad to see you posting here again! Sorry tests leave you feeling tired...hope they come up with just the right combination so you feel better. Yes cold grey days are no fun, and any bit of warmth is such a delight!

JayCee said...

You are right, Weaver. Our thermostat has been turned back up to 19C and is staying there for the foreseeable future.

thelma said...

Wretched tests lets hope they produce something in the end. The weather is endlessly miserable but it does fill up the reservoirs so we shouldn't be too critical.

Karen said...

My daughter is half your age and also suffering with a form of epilepsy. Changing medications is horrible for her too. They always want to do it under medical supervision in hospital.
No snow to speak of in my part of Canada. But i too despise the dark days of November.
Brighter days ahead!

Anonymous said...

Long time reader but first time to comment
I do enjoy reading your blog , and enjoying the amazing community you have grown around you
I hope you have some better health news very soon
Siobhan x

the veg artist said...

So glad to see a post. The weather has been foul here in West Wales - I'm still waiting for a crisp autumn! Make sure you keep warm. It's important!

Derek Faulkner said...

Similar dark, wet weather here on Sheppey but it has at least transformed our countryside from a six month drought back to normal water levels. I do wonder if we are being too conservative with our heating levels and after suffering more cold than usual indoors this winter, find that we end up with raised credit levels by the Spring.

NewRobin13 said...

It's been unusually sunny here on the northern California coast, but we're in for a very long rainy week here. I would choose the gray rainy weather over unrelenting heat any day. (NewRobin13)

Susan said...

It's cloudy and due to rain late afternoon today. Prior to this, it has been sunny and mild during the day. Generally, it freezes overnight and returns milder during the day. I love the four seasons that Massachusetts offers. BTW - it is good to hear from you!

jinxxxygirl said...

I have turned my thermostat down some this year.. From say 74 F to 68 F.. Time will tell if i keep it like that or if it will even help the bills.. I've just been dressing warmer in the house and its been ok.. Fell better Pat.. Christmas card on its way to you!! Hugs! debs

Granny Sue said...

Rainy, then bright sun, then rain here in West Virginia. Looks like a whe week of the same. Your climate is so very different, affected by the sea, no doubt, the mountains and your more northern location. I noticed when we were there once on October that the days were quite a bit shorter this time of year, compared to here. With free natural gas we can stay as warm as we like, a gift for which I am so humbly grateful.

Debby said...

We haven't had any terribly cold weather to test our resolve, to be honest. It sounds as if it has been quite different there. When it gets well and truly cold here, we will light the wood burner and close the french doors to the livingroom. It keeps the room we are in the most nice and cozy. We have a room heater for the kitchen and the bathroom which have not yet been turned on. I find that baking something keeps the kitchen warm enough.

I am sorry that you're having such struggles with your medications. That's enough to depress anyone.

Cheryl Seaman said...

Just a thought but have you tried natural daylight light bulbs - they do help. It has been warm, rainy and humid here in Florida. I long for crisp, non-humid days but we rarely get them!

Damselfly said...

Tinkering with meds and dosages to get it all correct can seem so tedious and disheartening. Never fear, once finalized you'll be so much better. Keeping you in my thoughts and wishing you the best.
Rainy & dreary here today, and I'm thankful for the rain.
The coming week looks like it's going to be clear, sunny & much cooler.
Stay safe & well.

Barbara Anne said...

I'll scoot over so you can sit beside me on the Too Tired bench! Hope yours will go away after the medicines settle to an even keel. Mine are sadly permanent as lupus fatigue. Makes for a good time to read as I rest thought.

Brighter lighting helps, too, and is necessary as our eyes age. So says a chapter in my "Rx for Quilters" book.

Hugs!

LouC said...

Oh my. Adjusting meds can certainly be an exhausting process. You’ll get there and we’ll still be here rooting for you! We’re way, way up near the California coastal Redwoods so the fog and drizzle is no stranger. It’s amazing what a little sunshine even indoors can do to raise spirits no matter the temperatures. A few well chosen blogs (yours is my favorite) bring me comfort and company as my fragile DH is pretty much housebound. Good books are good friends as well. Take it one step at a time and know that spring flowers (another joy) are one day closer. :)

Ellen D. said...

Hope they get your meds sorted. It can take awhile some times. It is chilly and rainy here today and I set the thermostat up another degree to warm the house. Hope you have a good week, Pat!

Heather said...

I can sympathise as I am taking tablets for a sinus allergy which 'may cause drowsiness' which is an understatement. For the first three days they were like knock-out drops, but they do seem to be working. Glad you felt up for a post today.
I think our climate is so uncomfortable in it's extremes because it is so damp. In Canada it is dry cold so not so bad, likewise in summer with dry heat. Our extremes of weather come with humidity or rain. Thank goodness for woollen sweaters.
Sleep well.

Anonymous said...

Sue, I had been wondering whether you still had your free natural gas. I'm glad you do!

Anonymous said...

Pat, we have had so much wind this fall here in iowa. We usually get it in March but I think it has blown all year here. Also we still need rain. Thinking of you while they adjust your medications! Hope they get honed in on that very soon. Regards from Nancy, Iowa USA

Red said...

There are side effects to medication to control seizures and some of them aren't pleasant. With me it's hard to mess around and try different medications because it takes a while to go off and onto a new medication. That is because I drive and they won't let you drive when you're in the process of changing.

Joanne Noragon said...

My daughter told me to just turn up the heat! I explained that only makes it hotter; it does not solve cold air from the windows." "Oh" says she.

vic said...

It is good to hear from you even though you feel so low and out of sorts. As everyone has said once they get your meds straightened out you will be feeling so much better. It just takes time to try one and see what happens and then regroup if necessary with a different dosage. Frustrating for you but surely for the best in the long run.

A cold, grey, drizzly day here, but I can't complain with the nice warm Indian summer that we have enjoyed through most of November.

Keep your chin up, better days are ahead for you.

Brenda said...

In West Virginia I kept it on 65. House well insulated …in the apt Indiana where my neighbors had their heat so high, mine was 62. Here in Florida, central air is on. I do not miss the bad weather…feel better…

angryparsnip said...

I have a small space heater that I use in my studio at my desk. I did have the AC on just a few days ago. I don't mind the rain or some grey days but the wind... i don't like.
Hope your feel better soon.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your posts when you are able. Take care of yourself. Long time reader but don’t post often. Thinking of you. Kathy near Chicago IL

Virginia said...

Lovely to hear from you Pat, but we'll just remember you and pray you're getting the care you need to get better if you're not posting.

I agree, damp grey or windy days are depressing, aren't they. And add to that the FRUSTRATION of waiting for the drug variations to be tried (and rejected) until the right ones finally work! You NEED to keep warm - to heck with turning the thermostat down! When you're well again and more mobile is the time for that, not now.

The weather is better over here in New Zealand, but still unpredictable - there was such heavy rain slips caused both roads into Wellington so we were cut off. It's our capital city, right at the bottom of the North Island, so no other way in except plan or sea!
Fortunately they were cleared within a few hours, but it was a reminder of our vulnerability.

Keep warm

Hilde said...

We had mild temperatures, between 4 and 10 °C, and a lot of sun for the last two weeks. The weather was actually much better than expected.Our house is open plan, so we have to heat living room, dining room, staircase to the first floor and hallway together. I never thought that would become a problem, but now it is one. WE have a wood stove, but it is very difficult to get firewood and the prices are three times they were a year ago. So, we are haping for a mild winter, like everybody does.
Hilde in Germany

Cro Magnon said...

We haven't turned the heating on yet!

Bovey Belle said...

Sorry your hospital visits have been rather a waste of time. It's got cooler here of late, but we were glad to have such a warm autumn. My husband would have the heating on all the time, as he is sitting so much, but it gets suffocating in the living room and I have to turn it off at intervals. Below 18 deg. is the temperature at which elderly people start to suffer health problems apparently.

Librarian said...

As I live in the same country as Hilde, our weather has been similar. Yesterday's walk in the early afternoon was beautiful with the sun lighting up what's still left of the yellow, gold, amber and rust coloured foliage.
I have never made a resolution to feel cold in my house - I have a small flat, good insulation and easy to heat. Not every room needs to be as warm as the Third Room where I work from, or in the living room in the evenings and the bathroom in the morning. It is important to let fresh air in regularly, as oxgen-saturated air is not only more pleasant to breathe, but also warms faster than "used" air.

Joy said...

I'm tending to resist turning it up which is what has usually happened in the past. Thank goodness, it hasn't been too cold - yet. xx

Rachel Phillips said...

Relax, chill and pretend you are on a desert island and imagine all the things around you. Write a shaky handed poem about what you see. Then have a sleep. All epilepsy drugs will make you a bit more drowsy than normal and the new normal of sleep comes. If the grand mal episodes have not returned then you are stable. Get the feet up and the head back and drift into that desert island. Have fun and don't fight the weather, just turn the heat on to whatever you want and gather the furry slippers and the woolly cardigans around you. Nurse Rachel

Helen said...

Helen from Bend Oregon checking in .. we awakened this morning to gently falling snow. Bend sits at 3,600 feet altitude, protected somewhat from weather extremes by the Cascades range to our West. It is lovely this morning however I am not anxious to get out there on snowy streets and I have two appointments I cannot miss. Wish me luck.
Sending lots of energy your way for getting through this adjusting meds period and hoping your skies turn bright soon.
I don’t comment often but want to tell you how much, in addition to YOU, I enjoy reading comments from your International followers!

Melinda from Ontario said...

I grew up in a cold, drafty house. If we, (the children), complained, we were told to put on a sweater. My husband grew up in a house so hot he'd wake up in a sweat in the middle of winter. He claims the hot house of his childhood ruined his body's ability to adapt to the cold. He is always cold! I just checked our thermometer and it is set at a toasty 21 C. Guaranteed, the first thing he'll say when he gets out of bed this morning is, "Brrrr, this house is cold."

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you for your comments. I am trying very hard to get going again and keep making mistakes.Shall have another go now.

The bike shed said...

Nice to see you back blogging - hope those drugs are settling down.

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