Tuesday, 30 December 2008

It's that time ....again

Well! as we reach the end of another year, thought I should explain my absence, and try to update. My Journal has been very neglected,not that things don't happen ~just haven't had the inclination to write them down. I do visit some of you from time to time, and sometimes even comment!

I dread the dark nights, and the winter chills, and I think it gets to us all at times. I used to love Christmas, and would really get into celebrating after my Birthday on the 14th....but as some of you will remember, my Son Michael was killed in a Car accident on the 10th December, it is now 10yrs, but as the date comes around again.....forgive me, but I love this Picture,and some of you will have seen it before on my previous Journal.

I try to keep up for Allan's sake. and he loves the Christmas Holiday....and a couple of weeks off work. But this year I haven't enjoyed much of it. My health hasn't improved, and as there isn't a cure for 'Pemphigoid',in brief my Immune System doesn't work I have some dark days,It is uncomfortable, but outwardly I look fine.Being on so much medication...along with the Diabetes, there are obviously 'side effects'.I've had a 'tingling/itching feeling all over my body for a few weeks now...just thought it would go away.Sleep is very limited, and we all the know the effects of that. Anyhow, I had to phone my Surgery on the morning of Christmas Eve, and Allan picked up a Prescription, was told to contact them if no improvement.I've been so uncomfortable, and I think that is one reason I couldn't get into the Celebrations.I waited until the Surgery opened yesterday, and they saw me straight away.I've now been given Antihistamines, and a Blood test, and may have to attend Hospital.Some of my main medictaion can affect the Liver, and that apparently can cause the 'itch'...I have Blood tests every 4 weeks,because of some of my Medication. I was due for my HAb1c (Diabetic), but that is on hold until mid January.

It's not all doom and gloom though (lol) Allan bought a new Car that we both can drive. I've been learning on and off for some time. He even bought me my own Fiesta Ghia,( pictured here)to encourage me, and I was quite near to Test, but because of my health, gave up for a time, had passed my Theory, which has now expired (2yrs) and I have to sit that again also. We were running two cars,and Allan's Renault Laguna was expensive to run, and I didn't like driving it. So we now run the one Car.I want to sort out my Health problems, then try to gain my independence...driving. I'm hoping to get back with an Instructor....soon!

We had a Holiday in October, and went to Northumberland...the Cottage was owned by a Lord and Lady... no less, and was quite wonderful. A lovely large kitchen with an Aga, which I'd never used one before. Daren't even try to post any pictures,or I may lose this altogether,maybe another entry.

I hadn't done any Knitting for about 15yrs, and some of you may remember,baby James Edward was born in June...six weeks premature. I knitted a Baby Jacket, and it turned out quite well! He's quite grown now, at six months., and here he is! Not bad for a premature Baby (lol) Oh! and I bought him the Teddy (Baby's 1st Christmas)

Oh! Yes and I bought myself a new SOFA in November, and it fits in great with my small Cottage suite...

Almost forgot the main reason I came online tonight!...... To wish everyone a 'Happy and Prosperous New Year'



  1. Happy New Year Aileen! I am so sorry you have been so plagued over the holidays with these health problems. Lets hope they get it sorted soon. I must be incredibly uncomfortable and annoying! Loved the pictures and catching up with all that's been going on in your life. XXOO

  2. hope the new Year will be better for you...love the car and the sofa..I have missed you!!!

  3. I can understand how you feel, in a small way at least Aileen. I too have had an allergic rash on the back of my neck since before Christmas and I managed to get some steroidal ointment,Betamethasone valerate cream, which helped enormously. I had tried everything but the kitchen sink before that!
    I too am diabetic and take lots of pills for other ailments so maybe one of them has played up on me too.Sister's in suffering...yes?
    I wish you could get some respite from your main problem as that would be such a relief for you.
    Maybe 2009 will be your year and our prayers will be answered my friend.
    Cheer up...we are here for you to vent how you feel. That's what friends are for.
    I hope you do get to pass your test. That will mean you don't have to rely on taking long bus journies. Go for it and try your best then you will have freedom to do things in your own time.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year too.
    Your sofa looks wonderful by the way and so do your photos. The little cardigan is lovely.
    Well done you!
    Much love
    Jeanie xxx

  4. Happy New Year to you too my friend. I hope 2009 brings many good things your way.
    hugs to you

  5. Hi Aileen, Happy New Year to you and Allen, I hope it will be a good one for you both. It must be such a sad time for you when your son`s anniversary comes round, I can`t even imagine how it how awful it must be for you, he was such a beautiful baby.

    I`m sorry your health hasn`t been too good lately but I`m glad to hear that you are going to take your driving test, it`s the best thing I ever did as its so liberating. All I did was wait for buses while my friends had cars and in the end I took the plunge. Take care. :o)

    Love Sandra xxxx

  6. 'Happy and Prosperous New Year' to you Aileen ~ May it bring you everything you wish for yourself ~ Ally x

  7. I understand you not liking this time of year Aileen, my daughter died on New Years Day 16 years ago ~ it's just never the same without them is it? I hope you get to retake and pass your test. Sorry about that itching, I've just been taken off meds which kept me awake coughing for ten weeks! I hope this next year will be a happy, peaceful time for you and Allan. Jeannette xx

  8. Just popped in to wish you a Happy New Year. Love Joan

  9. Happy, happy New Year Aileen. So good to see you and loved your entry. Sorry I've been not very good at visiting journals at the moment. Thank you also very much for your Christmas card. Was lovely to get one from you. Lainey xxxxxxx

  10. Sorry I'm late reading m'dear, have been otherwise occupied with Mr B being here for Christmas :o) Am here now though, wishing you a happy new year, belated though it is. ((( huggles ))).

  11. Hi Aileen my name is Trees, first time reading your blog, I really enjoyed it, I love your garden, I too love gardening. Sorry to hear of your health issues, I understand, I have fibromyalgia, arthritis and some other things, also diabetes like yourself. I love your cars, I visited England a few years back and really enjoyed it. Your sofa is also very nice.


  12. Hello Aileen, that was a very nice synopsis of where you are health wise, but what a year its been for you, i can well imagine how frustrating it must all be. Lets hope that 2009 will be a much healthier New Year for you.
    Love to you both,
    Jaynee X

  13. happy new year. hope 2009 will be bright for you. :)

  14. Have tagged you in a meme on my blog - Happy New Year


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