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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 6th, 2017 10:37pm (Aug 6th 2017)
     
    I'll be both where I am now, and at the Birmingham office (which I'm not looking forward to). Haven't started yet but suspect I'll be picking bits up through the next month. Most difficult task will be finding someone to take over the other stuff I do!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2017 5:22pm (Aug 7th 2017)
     
    I expect they'll need three people to replace you - that's what often happens! Makes them appreciate you more - we hope!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2017 6:08pm (Aug 7th 2017)
     
    Wow, Kate..I hope they won't take advantage of you on this new job, sounds like a lot of work. Do you get paid more???:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 10th, 2017 5:00pm (Aug 10th 2017)
     
    It works out to about £5 more per week, but I'm told I should be "glad of the opportunity". Looks like they're not replacing me, in fact it seems like they're taking it as an 'opportunity' to dismantle the team.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2017 2:49pm (Aug 11th 2017)
     
    £5 a week? Will it change your life? Porsche or Maserati? They're blooming lucky to have you at all, Kate. They're such cynical gits, aren't they?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2017 4:35pm (Aug 11th 2017)
     
    The first "Best" is having Red back on Hencam complete with chickens too!
    Second is my grand daughter has fought off her fear of riding motor bikes on the road after her accident and passed the required driving test with no faults. Then bought herself a 600cc motor bike!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2017 12:07am (Aug 12th 2017)
     
    That's great news Ollie! Don't hear about many ladies on motorbikes, so she's keeping the female end up for us!,
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2017 2:47pm (Aug 12th 2017)
     
    Oh well done...can't remember her name, Ollie, sorry! She'll be fine as long as she looks out for idiot motorists - the first time I was knocked off my motorbike was the last - I was extremely wary of motorists after that. Congratulations to her... :flowers:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2017 6:36pm (Aug 29th 2017)
     
    She had her first "off" on this bike, misjudged a grassy corner. The bike hit the grass, she hit the road...
    No serious damage to either of them.
    Yesterday thoroughly enjoyed 250 miles to stay with boyfriend a few days.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2017 11:20pm (Aug 29th 2017)
     
    Glad she's OK and that it hasn't put her off!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2017 8:50pm (Sep 4th 2017)
     
    I'm glad she didn't get hurt badly, Ollie.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2017 1:22pm (Sep 5th 2017)
     
    I think her name is Georgia so happy to hear she is ok and very determined to conquer he fears. Well done xxxxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2017 10:34am (Sep 16th 2017) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My best: So within the last few weeks, me and Lyle have been rocking life!

    That sounds weird, but for 18 months I couldn't go anywhere. I didn't leave the village, I couldn't travel, I couldn't even go in shops. If I tried, I would have back-to-back seizures.

    But we found ways to manage my seizures ourselves (because y'know the NHS isn't going to help!); CBD oil has taken my seizures down from 30 a day to 15, polarized lenses mean I am able to go on buses / trains and into shops - I still have seizures, but they're manageable and don't leave me messed up for hours. A wide brimmed hat is also hugely helpful. If I need to sit or lie down whilst out to recover, I will.

    It's only been the past month we've been able to have a life, and we're really enjoying it. We've seen friends we haven't seen in 5 years, taken the train places with Kasper, visited Lyle's parents. We've found new hobbies that I can do with seizures (seeing as I'm basically unable to enjoy reading or video games anymore), and every single day I'm getting more and more confident with my seizures.

    Used to be we'd have our friend round to our house, and every time I had a seizure I'd ask Lyle to cover me with a blanket because I found it so embarrassing...yesterday I had seizures on a beach and some cliff tops in front of dozens of people. I chatted to a stranger about my goggles and my seizures. I had seizures in a pub in front of our friend's mum who I'd never met before. I wasn't ashamed at all.

    I come out of seizure fog / clusters smiling (most times!) and me and Lyle have never been more in love. I am so grateful to have him in my life, and we help each other with every single thing. I don't feel like I'm a burden to him anymore, but at the same time I'm so thankful for how much he does for me and the effort he puts into keeping me safe.

    So, that's my best. Life is full of shit, but we are really happy and we're managing it the best we ever could :bigsmile:

    (pic is me having a seizure yesterday, what a view! And second pic, having recovered afterwards I'm ready to go again (: )
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2017 6:48pm (Sep 16th 2017)
     
    Awwe that is so fantastic Red and I am so mega happy for you both. Ive been thinking of you and this is the very best news I could have wished for. Hope you can post again real soon xxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2017 7:22pm (Sep 16th 2017)
     
    Fabulous, Red...are you sharing all this with people who have similar problems? It must be such a beacon of hope for them. You're brave, clever and funny - keep writing about this and getting it out there. I'm so glad your life is on the up at last. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2017 9:17pm (Sep 16th 2017)
     
    What a wonderful post Red, so glad to read how happy you are! It's an old phrase but life is what we make it, and despite not having much you're doing great! Lovely view too! xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2017 8:41pm (Sep 29th 2017) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah thank you guys :bigsmile: Life has taken an upwards turn, and we're fighting hard to keep things good! Yes CC I have a blog aimed at MH / 'spoonie' stuff...basically covering everything to do with my illnesses and life, and also trying (- usually failing!) at helping others/offering advice :P

    Got a cracking wallop to my head yesterday in a seizure tumble...least it'll be gone by my birthday, I'm just getting it out the way????
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2017 4:14pm (Sep 30th 2017)
     
    Lawks, that looks sore!! Hope it feels better than it looks - poor you! :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2018 8:15pm (May 14th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Best: getting a chair in time for Lyle's birthday!!! Now I know whatever we choose to do I should be able to enjoy it and not drag him down :cheerleader:

    I've been getting creative with gifts as we have no money to spare, at all. I'm going to make DIY ice lollies (he loves ice lollies).

    So far I've got: frozen smoothie lollie, mohito (with real bits of mint leaf!), ginger beer, fruit mix with sweets mixed in :bigsmile: He already knows about this, because obviously I can't shop on my own, but he'll still enjoy it ;)

    Can anybody think of other DIY things I could do?! He loves food, but I can't cook/bake as it requires too much time upright...anything super quick or easy I could try?! I have until 23rd May, please help as he deserves something as special as possible :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2018 10:01pm (May 14th 2018)
     
    A scrap book of memories? Write a short story or a poem?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2018 4:32pm (May 15th 2018)
     
    Excellent idea, Kate; Red's so eloquent that a poem should be quick(ish) to do. Or one of those wordsearch grids that you like...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2018 10:20pm (May 15th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I love the scrapbook idea...I'd worry I'd be terrible at setting it up though!! Omb CC, I've not written anything in so long but guess I could try bash out a poem!! :bigsmile:

    Best: took my wheelchair out to Tesco this evening! I haven't been able to go since last autumn as it's 15 minutes further than the other shops. Had a great time out and was able to buy all the stuff in for Lyle's birthday lollies :smile:

    Also the difference in my HR was quite amazing!!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 10:17am (May 16th 2018)
     
    it will make a huge difference to your quality of life, small steps lead to bigger ones so at last you are on the right road. Brilliant xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 6:08pm (May 16th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northit will make a huge difference to your quality of life, small steps lead to bigger ones so at last you are on the right road. Brilliant xx


    Thanks NN!! I need to get this nightmare week over with & then I can really start looking forward to future activities that have opened up to us :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 6:15pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    :woohoo::yay_jump::clap::cheer::rofl:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 7:01pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    " I need to get this nightmare week over with & then I can really start looking forward to future activities that have opened up to us"


    Such wonderful news Red!!!!!!!!!
    :cheerleader::clap::cheer:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 7:07pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    yes I'm over the moon for you both xxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 5:57pm (May 17th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you everybody!!! Another advantage of a chair - today I'm in a lot of pain that would normally have me in bed all day, but thanks to my wheelchair we can get out for a little while despite this. It's a glorious day so Lyle can push me about this evening & we get to see a bit of the world!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 7:56pm (May 17th 2018)
     
    Fantastic have fun xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 8:23pm (May 17th 2018)
     
    Awesome, being able to get outside instead of having to be in bed, Red..I hope you have a wonderful time!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 7:57pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Best: I have a few busy days coming up, which is always concerning when I'm doing so badly haha. BUT on Saturday my parents are coming up; we're meeting them at the pub for a meal (lazy sods decided they couldn't handle the 15min walk :rolling:) them dropping Finley at home & going to a farm show. I've been excited about this show for ages ^_^

    And on Sunday a friends arriving late at night then staying with us until Tuesday...we're hoping on Monday I'll be up to going round a few museums, but other than that we'll just be chilling at home playing games (:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 10:07pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     
    Yay that sounds like fun so hope you have a good time and am looking forward to hearing all about it xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2018 5:16pm (Aug 3rd 2018)
     
    Have a brilliant time. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2018 12:14am (Aug 5th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks guys, the farm show was fab!! My parents got here late so we missed a few bits, BUT the entrance fee was half price because of the time, so it was totally worth it!! :tooth: Also my dad is ridiculously in love with Finley...he was trying to take him home with them :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2018 9:30am (Aug 5th 2018)
     
    So glad you had fun xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2018 1:01pm (Aug 5th 2018)
     
    <blockquote><cite> my dad is ridiculously in love with Finley...he was trying to take him home with them</blockquote>

    Given your mum's problems with furry fings, Finley would have to be kept shaved!

    Glad you had a good time. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2018 6:06pm (Sep 13th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Best: Lyle has an article published on The Mirror's site! How awesome is that? :heart: He's been reviewing wrestling events for about a year now, slowly moving up in the world (first site had 1000 followers, the second had 14000) - & now, look at him! What a star :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2018 7:16pm (Sep 13th 2018)
     
    What an excellent thing, Red - well done Lyle! Can you do a link for us? I love the new /old World of Sport wrestling - I'm taken back to being a kid watching with my gran!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2018 11:39pm (Sep 13th 2018)
     
    Well done Lyle!! Let's hope he gets published again and becomes a regular!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2018 12:01am (Sep 15th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks both :heart: CC here's the link! :bigsmile: And that's awesome haha! You & Lyle could chat wrestling :tooth:
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/wrestling/wwe-mae-young-classic-2018-13235796.amp?__twitter_impression=true

    Kate his second article should be going up tomorrow!! The tournament goes on for another 7/8 weeks I think, & he will hopefully be reviewing each episode (:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2018 6:45pm (Sep 17th 2018)
     
    Fab! I hope they're paying him for his contributions - could be the start of a fantastic journalist career!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2018 5:15pm (Sep 22nd 2018)
     
    Fantastic Lyle!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2018 2:17pm (Sep 29th 2018)
     
    That's really good lets hope they ask him to do more work for them. Im rooting for you Lyle
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2018 3:10am (Sep 30th 2018)
     
    Way to go Lyle!!!!!! That's awesome!!:woohoo:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2018 11:30pm (Sep 30th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks guys :bigsmile: :heart: He's got 4 articles up now!! He's really hoping they'll want him to cover something else once this tournament's over NN :smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2018 7:11pm (Oct 1st 2018)
     
    That would be splendid I am sure they would be really pleased to have him on board.