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Hmph!

Still not eased the pain totally...thank goodness for the TENS machine...can you get addicted to electrical impulses?! I wasn't sure whether the codeine-like medicine that I take 10 of a day was doing anything. By accident I forgot to bring them to work yesterday. By 4pm my pain was at about 8.5/9 (crying point) so I guess they are doing something! I didn't fully recover and get my pain below about 5 until 9 this morning. A bit miserable that I am reliant on these tablets and that the pain is not diminishing. As I said before, I am told the pain increases before it finally fixes itself. Had a letter from the consultant confirming her diagnosis and stating how unusual my case was.

Had a phonecall a few weeks ago about Josh's eyes. We said that we still believed he could see very little. They said that they would bring the appointment due at the end of the summer forward so that they could try and decide the extent of his problems and put actions in place as soon as possible. We hadn't heard so Claire phoned the department yesterday. The lady (a secretary) was very abrupt with her telling her that how could she possibly expect to get an appointment letter in 2 weeks and that it would be at least five weeks before she got the letter and then the appointment would be sometime after that. This is bad news as we want to know what the situation is with Josh so that we know that we are stimulating him in the right way and making allowances for what he is able to do. It just annoys me that the secretary was so rude to Claire, I want to go and 'box her ears'. Guess she must have to put up with lots of whinging people, but a bit of empathy for our situation wouldn't have gone amiss.

The weather continues to be wonderful. The lawnmower has broken, so I have to take that to be mended quickly. I will very soon have a meadow to tend with due to the sun beating down on it. I am quite jealous of Claire being able to spend the day in the garden. It will be lovely especially as the children prefer to be outside rather than cooped up in the house. They are off to my grandparents in Cheltenham tomorrow, which will be good for all of them. We have nearly fixed the greenhouse and Abby and Claire filled the growbags with tomato plants yesterday evening. Fingers crossed for a good crop. We also have aubergines, blackberries and rhubarb. It is a slow start, but we have so much else on this year, that we can't contemplate growing our usual wide array of fruit and veg.

Back at the specialist on Friday; will keep you informed.

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