How odd, up again today, despite an extensive bathroom visit…
The lingering discomfort in my middle region still hasn’t quite gone away, but by the early hours of this morning, I was able to lie flat rather than propped up on the v-shaped pillow, which was better. Still got a nasty twinge when I tried to lie on my side, though.
After the usual thing of waking up several times in the night, I was properly awake at a little before 6am, so I got myself a coffee and brought to back to bed to do some reading. That went well, so I got a repeat coffee at about 7:30, and carried on reading. I was quite comfortable, so decided to stay where I was and didn’t get up until after 9:30, which is very late for me.
Breakfast was the usual and lunch was a couple of pancakes.
Not much appetite again, so dinner was a Pot Noodle again.
I bought this more or less on impulse in Waterstones a while ago. I say a while ago, but it’s probably over a year. It’s been sitting on my pile of things to get round to ever since, but as I needed a sanity break from the Great Robert Rankin Re-read-athon
, this seemed like a suitable occasion.
This large selection of H P Lovecraft stories has been selected and annotated by Leslie S Klinger, who did such a sterling job with the Sherlock Holmes stories and Dracula, so I was very much inclined to give it a go. It’s worth noting that it isn’t a complete collection of the stories, but does include most of the familiar pieces such as At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow out of Time and so on.
Perhaps inevitably, Klinger has taken a different approach to the notes here – there’s no pretence that the stories are disguised accounts of real events, but he does attempt to identify the possible locations for settings such as Arkham and Innsmouth. Other notes pick up on some of the more (and less) obscure references in the texts, and some of HPL’s vocabulary. There are loads of photographs of buildings which may be those mentioned, plus pages of original manuscripts, magazine and book covers.
There’s also a bunch of appendices which include an attempt to arrange a chronology of the events in the stories and and nice look at H P Lovecraft’s influence on popular culture.
If you’re at all interested in H P Lovecraft’s work, this is a well-above average collection, printed with the same quality as the Sherlock Holmes books on heavy paper.
 Big book – large pages, and lots of them
Hmmm, weight down again today, mutter.
The day began without my usual coffee, or indeed breakfast, as I had a appointment for a CT scan at the RVI. The instructions for this were no food and clear fluids only for five hours before the scheduled time of 11am, so water was what I had.
I got to the X-Ray department in plenty of time, and sat down to wait. After a while, I was given some water to drink, and a bit later I was taken through to have a cannula installed. And that turned out to be interesting. I’ve had issues with this kind of thing before, where it takes even the best trained medical professionals multiple attempts to find a vein that actually wants to work, but today was an all-time record, with it eventually working on the sixth try by the third or fourth person to try. This involved some comedy moving around, as I started in a prep room, then moved to the scanner and was even nicely lying down while someone tried again before deciding they needed to get someone else to do it, which took me back to the prep room. I then had to sit in the waiting room for a bit as I’d missed my turn in the scanner. But soon enough, my name was called again and I was scanned, then had to wait for a bit (I think they like you to sit for a short time to make sure you’re not going to have any odd belated reaction to the dye or drug that went into the cannula) before having the cannula removed and being told to go home.
I popped in to Tesco’s on the way home to buy a few bits and pieces, then had three pancakes for lunch. I wasn’t feeling very hungry, so dinner was a Pot Noodle, but it was followed by the usual Solero and Mars bar.
And now an early night beckons…
Yes, it’s a weightless report today because I sort of forgot to stand on the scale this morning.
As I mentioned in my morning report, yesterday’s major pain issues have receded today, but I haven’t been taking any chances or doing anything that might provoke a flare-up. The shoulder has now got to the point of just nagging a bit, and twinging when I move, but it’s a lot better than it was.
I managed my usual breakfast, and had three pancakes and apple juice for lunch. I even had a bit of honeydew melon later in the afternoon.
Dinner was one and a bit chicken breast thingies (frozen, done in oven). More than a bit of the second one felt like it wouldn’t be a good idea, so I stopped at that point. I was able to follow up with the usual Solero and Mars bar later.
Well, there’s good news and bad news
The good news is that the pain in my guts has calmed down hugely, and is now just an occasional twinge when I move – nothing like as bad as yesterday, so I think it is going away.
The bad news is that my dodgy shoulder is still owwwwwwwww. Again, that’s mostly when I move, so time for another relaxed day, I think.
Back down again today, which can be attributed to an extensive bathroom visit this morning.
And talking of this morning, it didn’t start too well. I’ve been having an intermittent return of my old shoulder problem, which is a rather nasty pain in the shoulder. And the neck. And it was particularly nasty this morning.
Just to add to the joy, I woke up with a very nasty pain in the guts. Not your usual digestive discomfort, as it seemed to be more of a muscular pain on the right side just below my ribs. It started off hurting generally, though became a lot worse when I did anything silly like, you know, moving. Standing up was a major effort, and walking required a kind of doubled-over pose that made it just about bearable.
Eating breakfast didn’t seem even vaguely possible at the normal time, so I just had some soluble paracetamol, yum, yum. That took the edge off it for a while, but didn’t really make it go away. And it was really tricky finding a sitting position that didn’t make my shoulder or my abdomen feel any worse.
So, at 12:00, drastic measures were called for, and I gave myself a dose of oral morphine, which I’d been given for contingencies. That did a much better job of taking the edge off, to the point where it now only hurts when I move, and my shoulder is just vaguely annoying.
I’ll be attempting a light dinner and definitely having an early night in the hope that this will settle down, otherwise I’ll be seeking medical assistance tomorrow.
 There are no prizes for the first one to say “so don’t do that”
Up just a teeny bit today…
Breakfast was much the same as usual.
Lunch was more of that spread Brie stuff on Ritz crackers, with a bag of Quavers and some apple juice.
Dinner felt like it needed to be a small portion, so I had a bit of fish in sauce with cream soda, followed by the traditional Solero and some chocolates.
Back up today, which is probably the effect of those Yum Yums I had yesterday.
I had one of those nights when sleep wasn’t what it might have been, which might account for me dozing a bit after breakfast (which was the usual).
After I’d finished dozing, I took myself to Gateshead to collect a prescription and then came back home.
Lunch was some soft, spreadable Brie-based cheese (thanks to Aaron for that!) on Ritz crackers, a bag of Quavers and a glass of water. A little later I had a Time Out and some more water.
Dinner was a Thai curry with rice and a glass of cream soda. This may have been followed by a Solero, and quite possibly a Mars bar.
Oh dear, down a bit today to a new low. Which used to be the kind of thing I’d be happy about, but these days it’s not so good. More calories needed, obviously…
My stomach was feeling a bit wobbly this morning, so breakfast was just Frosties with milk, followed by some medication.
Lunch was some Philadelphia on Ritz crackers, a Time Out bar and some apple juice.
Following a Tesco delivery, I decided an afternoon snack was in order. And I’m happy to report a new addition to the “things Les can eat” list: Yum Yums. If you’re not familiar, they’re donuts in the form of twisted fingers, rather than the usual circle. They’re sugar-glazed and very tasty. And went down very nicely. Any suggestion that I managed to eat the pack of four will not be denied, because I said I needed more calories, didn’t I?
Dinner was a portion of fish in sauce, which was indeed followed by the traditional Solero and a Mars bar.
Down a wee bit today…
Breakfast was much the same as usual.
Lunch was two pancakes and some apple juice.
Dinner was a chilli con carne, washed down with cream soda and which may have been followed by a Solero.