Pull up a cuppa, get comfy and I can tell you what has gone on...
It turns out that all of my old school pals class at Westminster City School are turning 60 this year.
We are very lazy and see each other infrequently, but Nick's 60th Birthday Bash in Brighton on 3 March gave us an excuse to get into the same room once more.
I ventured out to the Merkaba club / bar at the allotted time and tried to chat with three old friends while music blared out. Enough said that we all struggled to make ourselves heard over the not so mellow mixes being played.
It is always good to catch up with the boys of WCS, although in truth I think that when we were there, we never thought we would still be around at 60 years old, let alone still meeting occasionally !
Perhaps wisely, I have seen no photographic evidence of the evening (!), but here are some photos of our <the Sunday morning stroll>.
We had a nice, enjoyable, easy day with a few presents and a Home Cooked Meal rather than her normal Meals on Wheels fayre. <more photos here>
Unrelated I am sure, but later at about nine thirty that evening, I was laying on the bed watching TV when my nose started bleeding gently.
What follows may be a bit
too graphic for some
We decided that a call to the National Health Service Non-Urgent Helpline was in order. After hanging on for what seemed like an hour (actually about 15 minutes), Jenny spoke to them and then passed the phone to me as the bleed was stopping.
As I was speaking to them, it suddenly started again with some vengeance, so they told me to go straight to A&E.
After changing into outdoor clothes, things were looking bad - after I pinched my nose for a while, I thought my eyes were watering, so asked if I could have my glasses.
When she got downstairs to me, Jenny calmly told me that she would put my glasses in her bag and we would get to the hospital as quickly as possible as "you are bleeding from your eye".
It turned out that my sinus cavities were full of blood and the easiest exit route for the fluid was through the gland in the corner of my eye.
I was only released on the understanding that I make an appointment to see my GP regarding my Blood Pressure which was very high at 172/105 when I left.
Needless to say, I am monitoring my BP at home and with my GP. Daily checks at home have shown between 135/85 and 158/107.
At the doctor's surgery it rose to 195/117 so I deduce that I suffer a bit from "White Coat Syndrome".
I went to have blood work, pressure taken and also an ECG on 21 March, and I will be going to review the results next week on 29 March.
I should thank Jenny for all her help during this trauma.
There have been no reoccurance of the bleeds, but my pressure is still a bit high.
It was stunning. <more here>
Could the sender have used more stamps ?
I have a few days R&R from now until after Easter, then a 4 day week before having a week long break with Jenny and Layla in the Isle of Wight.
Watch this space, and "Let's Be Careful Out There"
Pip pip !!