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Week 7

I appear to have little luck with mp3 or media players. Four months to the day of the acquisition of my Zen Vision, the hard disk has seized up and despite all my efforts to reboot, reset, reformat, remains stubbornly unrecoverable. And I had only just finished transferring my entire music library to it last weekend!

Yesterday, some X-rays were taken of my shoulder, and I can ring for the results halfway through next week. I don't expect them to show up anything to change my GP's view that all it needs is time to heal, though. After some discussion of certain morphine lite-based painkillers that might do the trick, it was decided not to prescribe me any as the risk of possible dependency was too great -- the same argument that condemned my stepmother to go down to her grave in agony eight years ago. Diagnosed with terminal cancer of the liver in November, she died in March; but we could only persuade the doctors to give her some morphine when she was already in extremis, so that her last two hours here on earth were comfortable. Before then, all she had to combat the pain was paracetamol.

Spring must be in the air, as I've started on a bout of cleaning and decluttering of epic proportions. I've done the floors and the windows, and have given three bin liners full of unwanted clothes and footwear and another filled with bedclothes and table linens to charity shops, yet still my wardrobe and linen cupboard seem too full to me; and I've mucked out the kitchen cabinets and thrown out two bin liners full of dried herbs and spices and packets of instant puddings/custards/sauces and the like. The best before dates on some of these read 1997!

Unfortunately now, I feel like I may be coming down with a cold either today or tomorrow.

Comments

suze2000
Feb. 17th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Have you considered marijuana? It's supposed to be an excellent pain reliever. ;)

I don't understand such a puritanical attitude to pain relief. It's ironic, as you point out. Here you can buy codiene in lots of formulations over the counter at your local pharmacy. Seriously there should be more available than just paracetamol!!

Piano key at least sounds like an interesting injury! It's less fun than it sounds though. :(
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
Marijuana? Not while I'm in gainful employment! I don't think my boss will be very impressed if I turn up at work stoned! Actually, I think there's a HP rule that says you can't, or you'll risk immediate dismissal.

No, there's nothing for it but to just grin and bear it, and hope it won't last for too much longer.

And I don't know why they're so over-cautious re: pain relief here. We may hold the record for the lowest percentage of pain killer addiction in the western world, but that's hardly surprising seeing as how they won't prescribe them in the first place!