Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Just An Update

Hi to anyone who reads my blog,
Please leave me a comment... even just "Hi" is enough.... just so that I know I am not talking to "thin air".
I am just updating this blog, sorry it is with health news again.... but I have been in hospital for a total of 5 weeks and 3 days, and only came home from hospital a week ago.
Again it was due to a chest infection and asthma.  Quite bad again.  Last time I was in hospital for four weeks, so this time was a bit longer.
I was blessed to have a private room in the new part of the hospital, with a private bathroom.... so even though I was a private patient I couldn't go to a private hospital as my new specialist doesn't visit any.  As I said though, it really didn't matter as my room was very good anyway.
I think the only real advantage to a private hospital is perhaps the food.... as hospital food is pretty ordinary, whereas private hospital food I have noticed has been just that bit nicer and a bit more to choose from... but "hey" it that is the only thing I had to complain about, I am a blessed person!
It is funny how quickly you get used to being in hospital, and the routine that goes with it.  I got used to the nurses' names too... I was in there for so long I didn't have to ask them what their name was after a little while.
The staff, from the kitchen staff, and porters, and volunteers right through to the nurses and doctors etc., were all excellent, and I truly feel blessed to live in a free country where I can receive top health care like that virtually from the moment the ambulance brings me in, until the day I leave.
There is no cost either, until you go past day 36 I think, and then the Federal Government have brought in a new fee that you have to pay $55 per day after that unless you are still classified as "critical".  Thankfully though, I was able to leave a couple of days after that day, so it shouldn't cost very much, plus the cost of the medications I was ordered while there too.
So... I am home again... Praise God!  Thankful for absolutely everything.  Walking into my beautiful new home the rooms seemed huge after being in a little hospital room for so long.  The garden is overflowing with gorgeous roses and lavender, the hanging plants under the pergola have grown about double the size they were, and it is just WONDERFUL to sleep in my own bed again, and to sit in my lovely comfy leather chair (with push button leg lifter) to watch tv.
I keep falling asleep... as I am SO tired.  Having been on regular nebuliser's at least every 4 hours for so long, it has been impossible to get any proper sleep.  You need to sit up fairly straight when you have asthma too, as lying down makes it impossible to breathe.
So, all in all, I haven't had a very good year so far due to my asthma, but I have a lot of confidence in this new specialist, and he has me seeing a couple of other specialists soon too.
They did find out that I have a new kind of "super bug" which has colonised in my lungs now, it is called Serattia... and will unfortunately always be there, and there are only a couple of new type of anti-biotics that work on killing it off.  They don't want to give me a long course of these new anti-biotic, as if my body gets "used" to it, and then I got really unwell with perhaps pnuemonia the anti-biotic would not work as well.  So they gave me a 7 day course of it, which has certainly helped, but I was still unwell when I came home, so I am now on my 2nd lot of a different anti-biotic that is not so "special".
Well, that is all from me for now.  I do hope the next post I put in will be a bright, happy one with lots of photos of my upcoming 60th Birthday.... which is coming up very soon.  I have a few fun things planned, so I am really looking forward to them all.
Bye from me for now...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Fractured Scapula??!! and a Baby!!

Well Hi to Everyone out there in Blogland,
I just thought I would put an update on about what has been happening in my little part of the world.
Firstly, as my post title suggests.... yes, I have a fracture of my left scapula, which to all of us non doctor's is our shoulder blade.  How on earth did I fracture my shoulder blade I hear you ask.... well it goes like this....
Since being home from hospital (on and off all year) I have had very sore shoulders, especially the left one.  I went to my GP who thought it was due to long period of inactivity and also coming off the huge doses of Cortisone as that is, among other things, an anti-inflammatory.
Also, having gained about 12kg from all the Cortisone puts more pressure on all your joints, and I noticed getting in an out of bed, I would reach behind me and sort of "push up" to wiggle my large bottom into a more comfy position.
I went to the Physio who did some ultrasound and mild manipulation but they were too sore to do much else and he felt x rays were warranted.  I asked my GP to give me a form for an x ray but he didn't feel it was necessary, and that the increase in pain was probably from Bursitis.
Then about 10 days ago I reached forward from my comfy leather chair in the Family Room to my little table which has my Nebuliser on it as I was due for another neb, when I felt a strange sort of "twang" almost like an overstretched rubber band breaking, and it really hurt.
I went back to the GP a couple of days later and told him the pain was worse, and what had happened, and could he PLEASE send me for an x ray... so he finally gave me the form for an ultra-sound.  I think I got in the following day, and they wanted to do normal x rays before the ultra sound, as that is their standard practise.
I had about 5 rather uncomfortable views done, and went back to wait for my ultrasound to be done.
The Radiographer sat me in a chair to do it, and although she was trying to be gentle it was hurting in various places, and there were certain movements I just could not make.  She went to get another Radiographer and they tried a few things, and I could hear them whispering and they kept asking me "does that hurt?" etc.
I asked them did it look fairly bad as my GP thought I might have had a Rotator Cuff Injury and Bursitis, and they said, "hmmm...yes it is quite bad"  so I laughed and said well as least I could justify to my hubbie why I have been grizzling about the pain all the time (as I think he was getting sick and tired of hearing about it).
Anyway, after a while they said, "we are just going to get the Doctor" - they were gone for ages, and of course you start to think "oh dear what have they found?"
Finally he came in and asked if I had a recent fall? - no - "Had I had a car accident?" - no - just the reaching for the table etc.  That was when he told me "Well you actually have a significant fracture of the left scapula or shoulder blade!"   I was really surprised, but it did explain why I was in so much pain at least.  He wanted me to wait for the reports and see my GP straight afterwards.
It was a different GP this time and he put the x rays up on his light box to show us the fracture, and it is about 8cm? or about 3 inches long, and wide enough at the top to put a match in it!!
Of course you can't plaster your shoulder blade, so I just have to wear a sling during the day for about 4 weeks and then start some gentle exercises.
Having Osteoporosis has contributed to it of course, and I was diagnosed with that many years ago, brought on probably by a life of asthma medication of steroids (cortisone).  I am on medication now and have regular Bone Density scans and the levels have improved a little bit at the last test a few months ago.
All this has put a stop to my knitting... which is a bummer!!  I was really enjoying knitting again, and had decided I might give the little mouse Caja I have already finished to my oldest granddaughter for her 7th birthday next month, and then give each grandchild one when they are about 6 or 7 so they will look after them properly, as there is a lot of work in making them.  They are not hard, but it does take time.
I made a mistake in my earlier post about where I got my pattern from.... it is from Mary Jane's Tearoom on Etsy (not Craftsy) and that particular pattern is called Cornish Mice.  They are just adorable, and the designer, who has the very pretty name of .... Susan.... he he is very talented.  Check out her dear little knitted dolls.  I have just bought that pattern, and also her very cute little Rabbits.
So... craft wise I am a bit "stuck" until my shoulder heals, and then I will be back into it again.
Hopefully too I will feel better asthma wise and be able to run my Stitching Group here each Friday fortnight where we all do our own thing, but I teach quilting and embroidery if anyone is interested.
I miss the group and the chatting is as much a part of the fun as the sewing that we do together.  I also want to get back to going to Dawn Hay's Tuesday Sewing group, Dawn is a friend of over 26 years.... she has the blog As Sweet As Cinnamon.if you want to look there too.
As mentioned before Susan of Mary Jane's Tearoom also has a blog if you want to read about her designs and see the lovely things she makes.
Well, that is all from me today.  Wherever you are in the world, drop me a comment, and better yet become a Follower, I love to hear from you all.
Big Hugs and Blessings from Sue xx
Oh!!  Almost forgot my very exciting news... I am going to be a Nanny again to Dear Daughter Number 2 (the one in the bridal gown on the right).  Baby is due next February.  I can't wait!  She and her husband already have a darling little boy who will be almost 3 when their new bub arrives... so watch this space early next year!  Bye xx

Monday, August 18, 2014

My Oscar

Well I just had to show you all a few cute photos of my dear little dog, Oscar.  He is an apricot Toy Poodle, and hubbie and I just adore him.  I got him in May 2004 when he was about 10 weeks old, so he is over 10 years old now.
Actually for a toy poodle, that is not very old, as they can live up to the ripe old age of 17 or more, but our dear little Oscar has a "leaky valve" to his heart, so we could lose him at any time really.  Every time we take him to the Vet (for various reasons)... the Vet is always concerned at the "significant" heart murmur he has, and he has been on medication for it for quite some time.
It causes him to cough quite badly, as his lungs basically have fluid in them all the time.  When he has been in one position for a long time, he does cough a lot when he gets up to move.
He still acts like a little puppy though, and loves us to throw the ball for him to retrieve.  He has learnt a number of tricks, and the Residents at my dear Mum and Dad's Nursing Home used to love us bringing him in to see them, and watch him perform his tricks.  Last night, I just could not miss out on this photo opportunity of Oscar "helping" his Dad on the computer!
When I got him in 2004 it was not long after we had lost a little black Toy Poodle called Sophie.
I had been given some news concerning my health in August the year before, which meant I was unable to drive, to work, to cook, to hang out washing, and a number of other restrictions.
So dear little Oscar became my companion, and my reason to get out of bed every day.  Consequently he does have separation anxiety when I am not around, so this year has been hard for him, with me being in and out of hospital 6 times.  One admission was for 4 weeks and 4 days... so I guess he was wondering if I was ever going to come home again!
He gets quite upset when we go out and have to leave him at home alone, and has quite an "indignant" bark when we return, almost as if he is saying "Hey! You went out and left me behind!!  What was I supposed to do??  Huh?!  I didn't know when you would be coming back!!  Now please don't go anywhere again without me!"
Since my hubbie retired late last year we have thought of a number of holidays we would like to do, but we have to keep them on the "back burner" for now, as little Oscar just would not cope in a kennel, and both our girls have dogs themselves, and small children - although he is great with the little grandchildren, and they all love him too.  Oscar is an inside dog, so we can't expect them to have him.  He would fret for us anyway.
So, our holidays will just have to be put off for a while.  Oscar's unconditional love and devotion makes up for waiting to have a few holidays by a mile.
So this is my dear little dog Oscar.  He follows me everywhere, and sleeps on a towel on my bed, until I am ready to turn out the light, and then he jumps off and gets into his own bed, as I think I have accidentally kicked him off the bed one too many times for him to stay on it all night!
Hubbie and I love all animals, we are both softies.... but I have only had Toy Poodles since I was 21 due to my asthma originally, because they don't molt, but then because they are just SO intelligent.
I have had, Penny, Sophie, Mandy, Teddy and now Oscar.
Years ago we joined the Canine Association, and paid for a kennel name etc., and did breed white Toy Poodles for a while.  It was wonderful when it all went well, but it was heartbreaking when it didn't.
Even though my hubbie was a bit "oh no - not a little fluffy lap dog" when we first met, it did not take him long to be converted to realising how clever Toy Poodles are, and that also, having a small dog instead of a large one had a number of good points.
So here is my little cute dog Oscar... my constant companion... he loves me unconditionally, and I love him too.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Knitting Fun

Well, I must be feeling a bit better, as I have been doing some knitting.  I am not really well enough to get back to quilting, as I am still needing regular nebulisers etc., but a week or so ago I decided I could manage to sit and knit.  A friend of mine, Dawn of As Sweet As Cinnamon had put a dear little mouse photo she was knitting on Facebook, and I thought it was very cute.  So I found the pattern on Craftsy, and bought the pattern from Janes Tea Rooms.
Fortunately Spotlight were having a sale on knitting wool etc., so I chose the colours that I wanted, and got started on the little girl mouse called Caja.  Here I have stuffed & sewn up the head, and I am about to sew on the little ears.
It has been a lot more work than I thought it would be, but I have enjoyed making it all the same. Here is the little head, all finished with her cute little eyes and sewn on pink nose.
Here is the body all sewn up, ready to have the head sewn on...
So here she is, with her little head sewn on, just waiting for me to sew her little dress and red boots.
I finally finished sewing on her little boots just as Midsomer Murders finished on tv last night... so here is the finished product - I am really happy how she has turned out, so I might make another one, perhaps the little boy one this time.  It is the same pattern, but he is wearing little overalls instead of a dress.
We have been having quite cold, rainy weather here... so it has been nice to be inside in the warm, just watching tv and knitting.  One of the many joys of being retired I guess.
It is great now that my hubbie is retired too, although the days of the week do just fly by as we seem to be quite busy.  On Mondays we look after our youngest grandchild... a dear little boy.... he was 2 in March. Here he is with my hubbie.
 Actually I have not been able to look after him at all this year, due to my 6 hospital admissions, and then even when I have been home I have been too unwell to go with him to look after our little grandson

 I did plan to give it to him for his 2nd birthday back in March, but of 
course as mentioned in previous posts I have been in and out of hospital ever since New Year's Eve.  So I have done no quilting or sewing on my machine at all this year.  
 Here is a photo of the quilt I am making for him.. I hope I can get it finished in time for his 3rd birthday next year.  It will be almost a single bed size when it is finished.  I made up the design myself, and I used my Accuquilt Baby Go to cut out all the tumbler blocks.

Here is a photo of my 2 little granddaughters, sorry the photo is a bit blurry - my hands get shaky from all the Ventolin.
My daughter & her 2 little girls came to see me one day while I was in hospital, and while we sat and chatted the girls lay on my bed watching the tv - I thought it made a good photo opportunity.
I did finish a quilt for my friend's 60th birthday in October last year, and I was really happy with how it turned out.  I made it from Moda's "Summer's Breeze" Jelly Roll with some plain white jelly roll pieces too. The design is called "Summer in the Park" from the Missouri Quilt Company.  I love their tutorials... they have some really great designs using pre-cut fabrics.  I was really pleased with how it turned out, and my friend was really happy with it... so it makes all the hard work worth it when you see the look on their face when they first see their quilt.  I had chosen the colours to suit my friend's holiday home, and she was really thrilled with it - a number of people at the party admired it too, so all the hours that you put into making a quilt & putting a hole in your finger from sewing on the binding (!!) just fades into the background when you get all that positive feedback!
I really do love doing quilting, especially ones with stitcheries.  I have made a couple that are almost finished, they just need to be put together.  Libby Richardson's "Teddy's Garden Treasures" was one of the first quilts I ever made, and it is really a gorgeous design so I must get that one finished too.  I do have lots of UFO's - do you?  I seem to get side tracked by something else I like, and so I don't always finish the one I am doing before I start on the next one.  Do you do that too?
Bye for now....Cheers!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

On the mend - at last!

Well "Hi" to anyone out there who still takes the time to look at my blog.  I appreciate you following me. Especially considering that the last time I said anything on this blog was almost a year ago!
Life got a bit hectic, especially this year....  I remember I had to go to hospital for about 8 days in July last year due to a chest infection and asthma, and then I guess I just got busy with "things".
Anyway, on New Year's Eve, (after battling a chest infection and asthma at home and seeing my GP etc., for about 10 days at home), I needed my hubbie to take me into hospital as I was just getting worse.
We thought it would be crazy busy when we went in, although it was early in the evening, but it was very quiet actually.
After all the normal things that they do when you have bad asthma... give you a nebuliser, put you on oxygen, do an ECG, check all your vital signs, put in an IV gelco, take blood, do a chest x-ray, and and ABG (Arterial Blood Gas test) *ouch* (which showed I was Hypoxic - too much Carbon Dioxide in the blood).... they admitted me.  So eventually hubbie was able to leave me in their safe hands and go off to babysit our little grandson, which was what we had already arranged for that evening.
I think they kept me in that time for about 8 or 9 days, and I was sent home still on Prednisolone (Cortisone) which is what they give you in large doses when you have asthma.  Great medication, but has horrid side effects of a puffy face, and gaining weight.  Anyway, sent home and sort of started to get a "bit" better, when a couple of weeks later I became worse again, and eventually had to be taken back to hospital, and went through the whole thing again in the Emergency Department before they decided to admit me again.
Well... that was the second admission.  In total this year I have been admitted FOUR times with a chest infection and asthma by April!!  Basically every month!!
Although this last admission was by far the worst one, in as much as how I felt, and how they really had trouble trying to get me better.
I went into our local public hospital on the 14th of April, and they transferred me to be under a private specialist and in a nice private hospital on the 16th of April... and I did not come home until Friday 16the May.... 4 weeks and 2 days later!!
It is the longest I have ever been in hospital, and it really does make you appreciate when your health is good, and you can go about your daily "stuff" each day without feeling unwell or so incredibly lethargic.
I was on oxygen for 4 weeks... and needing hourly nebulisers for about a total of 7 weeks, as I had needed them hourly before I went to hospital, and then still needed them for about a week when I finally came home as well.
In between all this, I lost my dear Mum as well.
On March the 7th I was being discharged from the public hospital after admission number 3 I think, when my mobile rang.  It was the RN from the Nursing Home where Mum was, and she said she just wanted to update me on Mum's condition.  I didn't think much of this, as they would occasionally ring to check I was happy with how Mum was being treated, and the care she was being given etc.  So I just though that was why she was phoning, and I explained I was just being discharged from hospital, and could I please phone them back in half an hour when I got home.
She suggested that she phone my sister (who lives in Queensland) and because I thought it was just an ordinary update, I agreed that perhaps she could do that, and then I would speak to my sister later.
What I didn't know was that she was actually phoning to advise that Mum was not very well, and they were concerned that she would not last the long week-end, so they wanted to let us know.  Her breathing was very shallow, and she had been refusing food and drink for a number of weeks, and also spitting out her medications... so they were struggling to keep her nourished.
Anyway, I arrived home about 10.45am and at about 11.15am I got a phone call from my sister to say that Mum had just passed away!
Obviously it was an awful shock, because I knew she was not very well, but she had been taking some thickened fluids, and some ice cream, and the last time I had seen her she had not looked too bad.
It had been about 4 weeks since I had been able to see her, as I had been so unwell I didn't want to take the risk of passing on my chest infection to her (or anyone else in the Nursing Home) - so I had just been phoning to see how she was going, but had not been to actually see her.
Thankfully my sister had been to see her recently as they had been on a cruise which docked in Adelaide for a few days, so she and her husband had disembarked here and stayed a couple of days before flying home to Queensland.
It made me feel a bit better to know that Mum had at least seen one of us in her last couple of weeks... as I did feel very bad that I had not been to see her.  We usually went every week.
Consequently, the hospital telling me to "go home, but take it easy for a couple of weeks" was a bit impossible, as all the arrangements had to be made for Mum's funeral.
We had our Pastor Laureen do the funeral as she had done my Dad's (he passed away on March 29th last year) and she did a lovely job, but of course she didn't know Mum so it was up to me to type up details of Mum's life in some sort of order for her to speak at the funeral.  I had done the same thing at Dad's funeral last year, and I was pleased with what Pastor Laureen said, and the piece that I had said about my dear Dad, plus the song I chose to be played after I had spoken.
I also wanted to speak at Mum's funeral, so it took some time, and some sleepless nights to work out what I wanted to say, and then to find a beautiful song to have at the end of my eulogy.  I was happy with how it all went though, and I am sure Mum would have been pleased with everything.
Consequently though, Mum passed away on March 7th, and by April 14th I was back in hospital!  Even though I had tried my best to fight off the infection at home, under my GP's advice.  I was onto my 3rd course of antibiotics, and using the Prednisolone myself etc., but just getting worse.... so that was why I ended up back in the hospital... again....
It wasn't quite so bad once I was in the private hospital, although I was very unwell at least I had a nice big private room, and the staff were lovely.
I had to have a Picc Line put in for the Cortisone to be given IV, and then eventually the anti-biotics too.  That was not much fun, but not too bad.  I had more chest x rays, and eventually my Physician referred me to a Pulmonary Specialist too, who did a Bronchoscopy on me, but he wouldn't do it straight away as he said I was too ill... so I had to wait a week for that to be done.
It was not too bad as they give you a light anaesthetic so you don't remember anything.  After it was over he said to me "I am not surprised that you could not breathe" as there was a lot of old "mucky mucous" in my lungs that had obviously been sitting there for quite some time, and I was just too weak to be able to cough it up and get rid of it.  The antibiotics would temporarily make the infection subside but it would flare up again time and time again.
Anyway, I am finally home, and beginning to feel better as each day goes by... Praise God... over the past couple of days I have not had to use my nebuliser anywhere near as often as I had been... so that is really great.
I am still quite tired, and still have to "take it easy" but I am certainly on the mend now, and hopefully will have no more admissions to hospital for years and years to come!!
I must be getting better, as I am itching to get back to my sewing, and to go to my friend's craft group on a Tuesday (I have not been at all this year!), plus keen to have my friday fortnight ladies over here again for sewing and craft.
We have been out a couple of times, as the weather here in Adelaide has been really lovely.  Just nice for a drive, and we had to pick up our new lamps for the Family Room, and we also chose the tiles for the Alfresco while we were out too.
Really looking forward to getting the front verandah and the alfresco tiled soon.  I am getting the front verandah done with tessallated that is what I have always wanted and it will suit the heritage style home we have built.
My roses are looking just beautiful out the front, as we have been having some lovely sunny days and plenty of rain.
I was in hospital for Easter and also for Mother's Day... but on Mother's Day I was allowed to go out for a few hours to my youngest daughter's house to see our girls and their families.. which was just lovely (although I was only there for about 2 hours, and I was exhausted afterwards).  On the drive there I could not believe that I was seeing Autumn leaves on the trees already!  I feel like I want 2014 to start all over again, as I have not had a proper chance to enjoy it!  I still have some brand new Summer clothes I didn't even get to wear.
So people... that brings you up to date a bit.... and I hope you don't think I have just written a "pity party" about myself.  I have given you my health details, but I think the main reason I wanted to let you know what has been happening is because I want you all to realise how precious our health is, and I urge you not to take it for granted... things can be going along quite okay, and then *wham* something can hit you to knock you off your feet for a while.
So... love your family, your friends, your life.  Tell the people who are important to you that you love them... and appreciate your health every day!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sunshine and Blessings!!

Oh what a beautiful sunny Winter's day we are having here in Adelaide, South  Australia today.. with a top estimated of 18 degrees Celsius (about 65 degrees F) - we are so blessed here in Adelaide, as our temperatures are very mild each season.. although sometimes we do have blistering heat waves in the Summer.
I became a Follower of a very nice blog today called Nannynotes2u as I was just browsing through some various tutorials, and blogs, and she has a great little tutorial for a little girl's bag... go have a look.  She made it without a pattern, and she explains it really well.
I am inspired to have a go at making a couple this weekend perhaps for my two little granddaughters who are 5 and 3.  They could take them to Church with their pretty dresses.
I have been feeling a bit better today, so I might even do some more knitting while still recuperating.  I recently bought some really interesting "wool" while we were on a holiday at a seaside town here in South Australia called Victor Harbor.  Here are some photos of the "wool" and the shawl/scarf that it makes
It has a variety of interested wools, and threads to knit with on large needles, Size 10mm.  It comes to you all wrapped up tight in a ball, but oh my goodness, as you knit it.. it becomes more and more tangled!!
I spent a huge amount of time untangling it every time I had knitted a few rows... so in the end I found the very end of the wool, and wound it backwards onto some stiff cardboard.  As you can see I still have a big knot to untangle, although I am on the home stretch with my black and silver one now.  Yay!!  I love knitting in front of television in the Winter.  I hate to have idle hands.. do you?  I am happy with how this is looking, and then once it is knitted.. you go back and stitch by hand the little knots and bits that might be sticking out to make it look neater.
Well, I must be feeling better if I am wanting to do some craft as I have just been sitting in my comfy chair watching television or reading since I got home from hospital.  Praise God for my nebuliser, and my medications, but most of all for all the prayers from my loved ones... as I know I will be back to feeling much better very soon.
Hope that you have some sunshine and blessings in your day today too.
Hugs from me to you xx

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Hiya Gals,
Thankyou so much for your encouraging words :0)  -  it IS great to be back in the Blog world too.  I am hoping to show you some projects I am working on at the moment soon.
I have just come home from hospital.. (yes.. again!)  I think I said I had a chest infection, well that made my asthma worse, so ended up having to call an ambulance last Sunday morning, and I just got home late yesterday (Tuesday) - I will always remember where I was the day the new Prince Of England was born!
Anyway, I am on the mend and thankful to be home in my own comfy bed and big comfy chair again... one of the first things I did was to fall asleep
Ha.. ha.. very hard to sleep in hospital when you are on oxygen, regular obs, and having ventolin regularly too.  I had not been sleeping well before I went in either because I was having trouble managing my asthma... probably left it too long to go into hospital again.  (I got "told off" again... naughty girl... many people die of asthma every year, and it is SO preventable)!!   I have to start taking it more seriously.
I just always keep thinking.. "oh.. I'll be okay,  oh... I'll be okay..."  until very suddenly I am NOT okay, and then I need the ambulance pretty quick.
They were great.  I was home alone, as hubbie had been sleeping in another room as I was unwell, and up at all hours of the night using my nebuliser, and I should have left him a note not to go to Church, but when he woke up I was asleep, so he didn't want to disturb me, and off he went.
When I woke up, I did not feel too great, but typically wanted to have a shower etc., and ... well anyway I tried to contact hubbie a few times, then gave up and rang the ambulance. Which is much safer anyway, the ambulance guys told us last year to ring them, that you never get into trouble for calling an ambulance for breathing problems or chest pain.  Even if they settle you at home and don't need to take you to hospital, they would rather you ring them, than die in the car with your spouse.
My local hospital were brilliant.. again... and I was admitted until as I said, late yesterday.
So just have to take it easy for a little while until I can get back to doing stuff... but hopefully might feel well enough today to do some knitting.  I can't do stitching just yet as the ventolin makes my hands shake too much.
Hope you are all well out there in blogger land.
Oh.. by the way, can anyone tell me how to take off my "do not contact by email thingy??"  cos I don't mind if you contact me by my email..
Sending you all big hugs xxx