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What's nice about me being newly returned to work is that every day there are a number of co-workers who have to do a double take, and then heap gushing praise on my slimmer and shorter-haired appearance. Please God I do not succumb to the lure of ready-meals again when I go back to working fulltime in a week or two.

I should be resting this afternoon, but Mick, my nephew, has just texted me to ask if he can borrow my crutches. Apparently, he's tripped over a loose paving slab, and has badly sprained his ankle. The person in charge of the medikit at his school has bandaged it up for him, but he says he's having trouble putting any kind of weight on it. Poor darling! I hope this is a one-off and not an indication that he's inherited his auntie's problem with weak ankles.


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Oct. 8th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
then heap gushing praise on my slimmer and shorter-haired appearance.

Bet that feels very good!

Please God I do not succumb to the lure of ready meals again

It is possible to eat some ready-meals on a low-carb regime - especially if you keep some frozen vegetables in to have with them. I have been known to get a ready curry without rice, and then put a big dollop of yoghurt in it to take the edge off the heat, and eat it with a spoon....!
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
Bet that feels very good!

It feels wonderful! As does the fact that I can now wear trousers I last wore two years ago, while none of those I've bought since fit ;-)

I still don't know how much I've lost exactly, as I haven't worked up the courage to step onto the scales in my mum's house. But I'm so happy that you've inspired and encouraged me to change my dietary habits, as I'm now reaping the rewards; so, thank you!
Oct. 10th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am so pleased to have been of help.
Oct. 8th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Awesome on the compliments! It's so nice when that happens.

And poor Mick! I hope it's just a one-time affair, too.
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
When Mick showed me the doctor's note he'd received, it was almost as if I was reading my own medical file. And with him, it's the left ankle, too. I'm sure he'll be fine in a couple of weeks, though. It looked bad, but he's young and this is the first time he's hurt it; there's every chance it will heal quickly provided he allows himself plenty of rest and gives up chasing girls for the duration (which is how he injured himself, chasing after a girl).
Oct. 9th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
*snerk* I'd thought he was more interested in chasing boys? Although chasing anyone on a bum ankle is probably not a good idea.
Oct. 9th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'd thought he was more interested in chasing boys?

He's got a girlfriend now, a Chinese girl called Mei. They've been going out for the last month or so; but as to his sexual preference, he's still not sure. At the moment, he seems to be swinging both ways. I'm sure he'll work it out, eventually.
Oct. 9th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
Well, good for him on the girlfriend front. There's nothing wrong with keeping your options open, and he's a cutie. ;)
Oct. 9th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
He is, and he's a real sweetie too. Too bad though, he never sticks at anything for very long. He's switched schools and career choices three times now, and his musical tastes and hairstyles change with the weather almost. But the thing that worries me most, is that his moods tend to go from one extreme to the other -- he's either insanely and quite insufferably happy and (over)confident, or deeply depressed and insecure.
Oct. 9th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Has he been checked out for bi-polar (manic depressive) disorder? It certainly sounds like he could be a candidate.
Oct. 10th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
Despite the fact that he's been in counseling on and off for years (his parents went through an acrimonious divorce and custody battle, during which the courts ordered the children to go into therapy), none of the psychiaters and\or psychologists he's seen have ever made that clinical diagnostic...but then I guess they weren't looking for that kind of thing. Personally, I've always suspected that he might be.

The problem with Mick now though, is that he's had his fill of shrinks, and now that he's 19, we can't make him go to counseling any longer.
Oct. 10th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
That's too bad, and a story I've heard all too often. Therapy is one of those things like religion, that if done badly, it chases people off. Usually the ones who need it most.

It could easily be that he's got a disorder that doesn't quite rise to the clinical level, or that it wasn't showing itself while he was in therapy.
Oct. 10th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Possibly...or maybe it's just the normal, if exaggerated, moodswings of a teenager...Only time will tell, I suppose ;-)
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