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  1. Hi Tara Check out our Omlet US forum & read about Brad's experience introducing day-olds to his very broody hen, Coachie. Might be an alternative you want to consider.
  2. Glad you are getting your own chair, Helen - they are great aren't they. It is strange how differently people react to a chair. When I first got one, I felt like you - thrilled with the freedom it gave me to live my life. I remember hauling it out of the boot that first day & then whizzing across the parking lot to the grocery store, cackling gleefully like a maniac! Whheeeee!!!!! My husband finds it quite difficult to accept a wheelchair - I think for him, it is more a symbol of what has been lost - without the experience of relief & giddy freedom that it provides for me, to temper his perception. Get yourself some fingerless bike gloves - they have padding in the palms- invest in the best quality seat cushion you can afford & have fun! WHHEEEEE!!!!!!
  3. I hope this helps. But please do not hesitate to email me directly - james@omlet.co.uk if this does not work, Yours, James Thanks for the instructions, James. Still no joy with the link you provided. I shall have to wait for his lordship to get home from work before trying the 'flushing' thing. I'll let you know if it works or not. (Now, can I hold on forum-less until 7-o-clock? )
  4. US forum still down- aarrghh The thing is, we are a small community, & it has taken us quite a while to stimulate the forum into a lively discussion hub. A long hiatus could kill it dead. In the US we face unique challenges in raising chickens - extremes of climate that are hard to appreciate when you live in the temperate climate of the UK. While the UK forum remains a source of friendly advice, there are areas of expertise we have garnered, on our little US forum site, that are invaluable. What am I going to do without doctormom when I need her veterinary experience? How are Annabelle & Missalee coping in Colorado, with the new chicken? How is LindaN doing in her epic battle against the Chicago city chicken-ban ordinance? If any of you moderators (especially those looking after our US site) have any pull with Omlet . . . . . .PLEASE MISSUS, CAN WE HAVE OUR FORUM BACK!
  5. well that was my first thought too, chookie!
  6. Your (little) sister forum in the US has been inaccessible for the last few days. Anyone have any info?
  7. (coughs) hh-hem glad you had a lovely time.
  8. If I didnt have chickens. . . . . .I wouldnt have to check the bottom of my work shoes for dried-on crusty poos when I clock-on for my shift (NOT that I have ever had to do a swift,surreptitious, kick of the offending item, under the X-ray table, as I bring a patient into the room, you understand! THAT would NEVER happen! ) (radiologist walks into empty room later - sees me on my knees with a flashlight searching under table "did you lose your marker?" "err, yes, my marker!" (fishes in scrub pocket for marker) "oh good, here it is!" )
  9. Now that is interesting. . . I used to spend the summer at my Nana's seaside home as a girl - and my ecsema would improve dramatically - until I returned to dirty old London . . . so sea salt products,hmm.
  10. Sorry about the MS diagnosis. I have been diagnosed for almost 6 yrs now - doing better with Tysabri. Encourage him to make contact with his local MS society, even if only online - and then get out of the advice business and just be his sister. A diagnosis like this seems to inevitably inspire an overwhelming tide of well-meaning, but under-informed, urgently profferred 'miracle-cures'. This is a journey he needs to take himself - my experience is that the 'helpful' advice acts more like a roadblock. If he has confidence in his neurologist (I am sure he is smart enough to determine if it is a good dr-pt fit) & has access to current, proven, reliable information from a trusted source - he will work out his own path to accommodating this diagnosis. Expect him to do all kinds of u-turns & re-appraisals of how to live with MS & do what you can to listen & support him in whatever current approach works for him. It is exhausting enough to deal with this wretched disease every day, without having to feel it necessary to defend your current approach to family & friends. He will find links to many sources of support online if he wishes, for example http://www.mssociety.org.uk/ For what it is worth, I continue to work in radiology, since my diagnosis (6yrs) & in close conjunction with one of our radiologists - diagnosed almost 20 yrs.
  11. My dear little niece died in Sheffield Childrens Hospital last June. First symptoms to irretrievable coma was less than 6 hours. Please, if you have children, please, check out the recommendations for available immunisations at http://www.meningitis-trust.org/ Please. Please. The website also has link to info for teachers & parents - perhaps this may be of help in your situation. I can highly reccommend the helpline. I sat & cried on the phone to the most well-informed and sympathetic volunteer - completely unfazed that I was calling from the US It helped. We can all be a stand against meningitis. What it takes is concerted public efforts for vigilence & to maximize protection for our children.
  12. love it! In the same vein. . . . How many menopausal women does it take to change a lightbulb? 8. huh? It just does,OK!!!!
  13. It makes me sigh England truly is such a green & fertile land, you can grow almost anything - especially if you have a greenhouse. Here it is high mountain desert & a struggle to keep my flowers from frying to a crisp in the summer or irretrievably frozen in the winter I avoid Gardeners Question Time
  14. dunno anything about 'internet radio'? I listen to Radio 4 online lots - just with the laptop & regular broad band connection. Ours is the wireless thingy so I can cart the laptop around the house while I do the housework - 'The Archers' are helping load the dishwasher at the moment! Seems very deja vu to me, I remember carting a big radio around the house in England - vacuum valves and all -to distract me from the washing-up! Plus ca change. . .
  15. Me too! I still think about some of the things we learned - back in the mists of time, 1980 or '81, if I remember right? Would love to go on something similar now - but there are not too many w/chair accessible mountains are there
  16. "Open the door, HAL". . .beep "I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave" . . .
  17. So it was super-windy here Saturday morning. A storm blew in from California, fortunately, so fast that it was in-and-out without too much accumulation here, and dumped most of the snow on Colorado (heh, heh ) Maybe it just kept going across the Atlantic?! Anyway, funny story: I was up early Saturday morning when I heard the trash truck coming up the other side of the street. By habit, I checked out the window to see if I had remembered to set the garbage can out. I had, but. . . . . .every trash can down the street was blown over and garbage was flying around, stuck in trees, plastered to the blacktop, rolling around on snowdrifts So here am I, in the dark, a gale blowing snow & trash in my face, in my nightie, chicken coat & boots, yellow rubber gloves, wading through puddles of slush & ice, uprighting cans furiously before the truck returns. It was so dark that I had to keep going back in my yard, to retrieve more trash that I missed the first time. Angry, and suburbanly-embarrassed, I even caught myself shaking my fist & cursing uselessly at the sky, when a trash-laden tree branch ungratefully snatched my soggy hat from my head I kept checking over my shoulder, hoping no-one else was out to see what a spectacle the crazy-chicken-lady was making of herself But as I was peeling my neighbors half-eaten pizza off the road, I realised that they would probably be mortified to know that I now knew all their 'garbage secrets'! And all of a sudden the ridiculousness of my position struck me. When the trash truck rolled up, the driver found me, sitting on the cable box at the side of the road, laughing hysterically, holding onto my hat with one hand & waving a collection of escaped plastic bags like a flag in the other, as the blizzard whirled around me! I can only imagine the conversation in the break room back at the sanitation works
  18. I dont like skiing either, I went to Italy with the school when I was about 15 - the italian instructor hit me over the head with the ski pole I was so useless at it! I don't ski anymore (wretched MS!) but had a yummy Russian teach me. . .to ski (goodness, I'm a little frisky this morning it seems )
  19. well we can't do 'hot' just yet. . . but sunny - you had better bring a quality pair of sunglasses! Bright sunshine, clear blue skies, fresh powder glittering like diamonds and deep green firs loaded with mountain snow - breathtaking, and absolutely guaranteed to lift the spirits! Sign up your your young man with snowboard school (he will think you are the coolest Mum ever!) sit back in the sunshine with a drink and enjoy the attention from delicious hunky ski-types as soon as you open your 'exotic' mouth. . . The dollar is weak right now and the Sundance Film Festival is coming right up. . .(man, I sound like Judith Chalmers ) but even if Utah doesnt appeal, I'm wishing you all the best for the New Year in getting out of your funk I've done the whole single parent thing (remarried to a lovely American now ) so I do know how disspiriting it can get Hang in their kiddo!
  20. I saw this on YouTube. I wasn't too bothered about the doll bit - each to his own. Maybe the editing deliberately played up the 'is he dead?' grandson aspect - but the grandmother certainly acted as though he was, in effect, dead to her - at least partially - much creepier than women playing with dolls!!!!! I do understand how wrenching emigration can be. When we left the UK, my son was 3. He was the first, adored, grandchild. His leaving was particularly hard for my mother-in-law. She yearned for him. But this is not the 19th century - when you said farewell at Liverpool docks & never saw each other again. Instead, she took another housecleaning job, secretly saved her money, and, against her family's disapproval, bought an airline ticket to the US to visit her beloved grandson. She had never flown before, never traveled alone before, never defied her husband before - but she was quite clear that Tom was not dead to her. Honestly, families can live in the next town and never see each other, it is a matter of commitment. I think the grandmother's oft-repeated phrase that Harry "fit right in" to her former life, was telling. Now he clearly doesn't 'fit' anymore. Poor little poppet. I suspect the daughter might have had good reason to want to take him as far away as possible from Granny. . .
  21. I'd be merrily stringing up an electric fence, cackling gleefully as I hooked it up to the super-duper-mega-plus-sized energiser after all you've been having a terrible time with 'foxes' haven't you? And when they get thrown across the yard by the mega-volts, I'd tell myself 'how lucky they are!'. Out here in the Wild West, chicken-nappers better be wearing a bullet-proof vest. . . Here's hoping the toads get bored with your hens . . . and sending you best wishes - from the home of Butch Cassidy
  22. 'Fraid it is exactly the same deal this side of the pond, also I raised my 2 older kids as a single mum. The extra training days that litter the calendar , the note found in the backpack Weds "school will let out at noon this Friday due to. . ." & most of all, the parent/teacher conference appointments that are helpfully assigned to you at 11:15am next week I know that the staff work hard, professionals dealing with often ambivelent, frequently absent parents with an I-could-care-less or frivolous attitude, and they have to come up with some methods to cope with increasingly complex & bureaucratic demands from the state. I just feel that the way to coax more overworked, overstretched, well-meaning parents into regular direct involvement with the childs school is not by pretending that Mummy is at home doing housework all day. Now I am remarried & have my little 5 yr-old going through the school system again. My husband has his own business & can rearrange his schedule to accommodate her school. I'm afraid my previous frustrations & stress often play across my face when we get another of these scheduling challenges My husband says I am too rigid & should look at it from the schools point of view I guess my reactions come from the past - this is his only child, so its hard for him to understand how overwhelmed I used to feel, when needing to accommodate unexpected schedule changes from my older childrens schools. Maybe as a society we could look at our children holistically - they are not schoolchildren vs sons & daughters - but whole human beings, whose development & education is only harmed by trying to segregate the needs & interests of school-life vs home-life. There. Done with my rant state-side I feel much better now! I wish you all the best as you attempt to pull off yet another last-minute miracle without losing your job I surely know just how you feel
  23. do I detect just the teeny-tiniest hint of frustration?

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