Monday, 1 November 2010


Well, it has been a very long time and I am afraid it is going to be even longer.

I am still having health difficulties. About three and a half months ago both my knees swelled up and I was in agony, unable to hardly take a step. The doctor kept coming home and prescribing various things. He did tell me I had fluid on both knees that needed draining and yet he did nothing about it. The medication did little to help.

I had assumed he would refer me to the hospital but nothing happened. I know these things take time so put up with it. Then, a few weekends ago my left leg was so swollen and painful I had to go to the out-surgery at the hospital. I found myself put in the critical care room where I waited until around 4 a.m. to see a doctor. They suspected I might have a DVT. However, no scans can be done over the weekend so instead they gave me a precautionary injection into the abdomen in case it was a DVT. I had to go back the following night for a follow-up injection. On the Monday morning I was back at hospital where had a deep vein scan done. Happy to report that no clot was found. I was sent home. They told me they would write to my surgery reporting their findings, cysts on one knee and fluid on both and that my own surgery would contact the orthopaedic department to make me an appointment to have the fluid drained and to try and find what is causing it.

Weeks went past, I heard nothing. Turns out the hospital did not even contact my doctor until last week. I now have appointment very shortly but whether I shall be able to get there, God alone knows.

You see in the meantime, constantly having to use my arms to haul myself around and already having arthritis in the neck, that started playing up, a nerve is now trapped so apart from painkillers and anti-inflammatories I am now on tablets for vertigo until the swelling in my neck subsides and the nerve frees itself.

I can honestly say this is the worst year I have ever had. I never thought I could think that, say it or write it after 2007 but it is truly the worst year. I cannot get into the bath nor into the shower which is over our bath (we do not have a separate shower cubicle), I cannot wash my hair because of my neck.and I can only move around with a zimmer frame. Even then I yell with the pain in my left leg. I cannot sit for very long because I cannot get up again. So,having to make do with wash downs sitting on a chair and putting dry shampoo on my hair which is horrible.

So now you know why I have not been around. I just do not know what is going to happen. I am hoping to God I can keep that appointment on the 11th November as I need this fluid drained, then I have been told by my doctor that I might need at least one knee replacement, maybe two!!

I spend most of my time lying on the bed because I can do little else. I have shed more tears than I ever have in my life. Tears of pain, of frustration, tears of fear.

I ask all those who believe to pray for me please. At least if I can keep that appointment and get the fluid drained it will be a start. I hardly sleep at night because of the pain in my knees.

So, I probably I will not be back with you until the New Year dependong on whether I can attend that appointment, what they do when I attend and what further treatment is needed and how long it will all take.

So although, we are still in November, I want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year I have missed you all so very much. I hope that you are all well and that life is treating you kindly.

There is little else I can say. However, I will leave you with the latest picture of our two Grandsons. It was taken on their return to school after the summer holidays. Their uniform used to be red but the school decided to change its name and also the colour of the uniform which is now blue. How grown up they look.

God bless you all. I truly hope to be back with you all when I can.
Jeannette xxx


  1. Oh Jeannette I am so sorry to hear this. My prayer is that God will give your body a special touch & you will be pain free enough to be able to get up and around again. I can't imagine how horrible it must be for you. {{{Hugs}}} The boys certainly have grown up! handsome they are. Remembering you in my prayers, Linda in Washington state

  2. so sorry to hear of your poor health Jeanette...nothing is right with the world if you haven't got good health..I'll say a little pryaer for you tonite..i have missed we speak I am home after an allergic reaction to a wasp sting...have cellulitis

  3. Jeannette how quickly your grandsons have grown into young men and how handsome they both are ~
    I hope your health problems are resolved soon and your surgery/GP takes care of you ~ Ally x

  4. I believe in God
    I will pray for you
    it's a shame the doctors
    are not on the ball
    your grandsons look very smart
    next year has to be a better one

  5. You are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. You have been missed and I've wondered how you are doing so thank you for the post. I do hope those doctors will be able to help you. I know a good shower and a head wash would do you worlds of good. When my mother was having problems we would sit a plastic bench in the tub so she could sit while bathing. It did help. Take care and keep in touch while you can. The boys are looking so grown up. How time flies.

  6. So sorry to hear you are having such problems with your knees. I just hope you can get some relief. Until then will be thinking of you and praying you aren't too miserable. Nice to see your grandchildren.

  7. It's good to hear from you, Jeannette, but I am very sorry indeed to hear how badly you have been treated by your local NHS. A formal complaint should really be lodged, but for the moment I can well imagine that all you want is to be rid of the pain. I hope that you feel well enough for another post before the year is out, but failing that: Merry Xmas and a better 2011.


  8. I had the feeling that you were still unwell and you have been in my thoughts and prayers always..I am just glad that you managed to get in and give us an update. even if it is only a few words any time Jeanette we will all be grateful...You certainly have had an awful year...I havn't been around all that much myself this last few months as my dear BIL died after only 10 weeks knowing he had pacteatic has been awful for us all but expecially my sister as she had COPd and since the funeral has deteriorated and is now on oxygen 16 hours a day...I am so so tired nyself..
    Take Care an ectra hug to these gorgeous boys.
    Love Sybil xx

  9. Yes, that qualifies as a very bad year. Hopefully the next one will be better.
    You will be included on my prayer list.
    Having been hospitalized recently and unable to shower for a week I know what a bother that can be. My hair bothered me the most.
    Here in the USA we have an attachment that can be hooked up to the shower. It is a six foot +- hose with a shower head attached. I have heard several people say it works well for them.
    Love and prayers for you. Bill

  10. It has been a dreadful year for you and I am so sorry to hear you are no better. Try to get to the hospital for your appointment it is the only way you will get help, you have done it before and I am sure you will be able to do so again, will be thinking of you and saying a prayer too. Love Joan

  11. Jeannette.. my friend I've not been around like I should and reading this makes me sad. I know you have such inner strength and I also know you will fight with all you have to get things back in order. We are here for you and I will most definitely be sending prayers, strength and good vibes. Just try to keep in touch here and there so I know you are ok. Hugs my friend ♥

  12. Dear Jeannette,I remember you had problems with your knees a while ago but I had no idea how bad things have become. I have wondered about you lately as I`ve seen no sign of you online and even though I don`t use my journal I look out for yours. Nathan and Daniel DO look so grown up, its amazing where the years do isn`t it. I`ll be thinking of you and hoping all will be well for you very soon. Take care my friend.

    Love and Hugs

    Sandra xxxx

  13. Jeannette, I am so sorry to hear your knees are still causing you so much pain. I will keep you in my prayers that you make the appointment and that they fix you soon. I know too well how painful knee pain is. Your grandsons are so cute and getting so big. Take care.

  14. Oh-Bless your one should be left to suffer so long.If they had taken care of your right away you would be on the mend instead of getting worse/ I feel so badly for you..wish I could give you a hug and help you around. I shall pray for you that they hurry and get this taken care of and you are home with your grandkids and enjoying Christmas with them.

  15. I am so sorry that you have been and still are in so much pain. I am sending up prayers for you. I pray that your surgery will be a success and that you will have quick healing and soon be pain free. Hugs,Helen

  16. So sorry about your endless pain. I do hope your health returns quickly. you're in my thoughts and prayers...great photo of the boys!

  17. so sorry my friend...I pray your health finds you better soon, So we may hear from you before the new year...Oh my, how the boys have grown...
    sending ((((( hugs )))))

  18. my blog is in mothballs at moment love,just cant write these days,but i am so sorry to hear about you.can i suggest you contact your local social services as soon as possible.they can refer you for a wet room,and any aids you need about the house.there are grants,and in many cases those grants are 100%,available to help you.won't stop the pain,but may make life a bit my thoughts,take care,love mort xxxx

  19. Oh Jeannette... Always Special Thoughts for you and Gentle Hugs... Such a trying time for you this year... I'm wishing you only the best through the upcoming holiday season and a blessed 2011 of happiness... the boys are so handsome.... :)

  20. Jeannette...sending you big hugs over the internet as best as I can. I will say a special prayer for you for relief and for health. I am so sorry that you are feeling so bad. I wonder if you kept calling the docs if they would fit you in sooner? Thanks for making the post. I can see by all the comments how much you are loved! A lot of us have blogged together for many years now. I'll be checking back on you!!!! Much love.

  21. My prayers go up for you. You have some mighty good looking grandsons and I know they are a joy to you.

  22. sorry this year seems to drag on without improvement, with lucj once the fluid has been drained that will provide some relief for you.

    I agree with Mort try social services to help provide services to help you around the house.

    Your grandsons look so handsome in their uniforms.

    Thinking of you

    Take care


  23. Oh, Jeannette, honey, I am so deeply sorry. So deeply sorry. I knew in my spirit something was deeply wrong with you. I can empathize. I have been in bed for months at a time not knowing my fate as well. That is when we of faith talk to God. I will be praying for you as I never have before. Can you get any help at all from any social services there?

    I loved the pictures of your grandsons. I remember when they were born! How happy! Do know my email box is always open for you.

    Sending you a million hugs and prayers, Val xox

  24. I feel your pain in your words my friend, I am so sorry that you are in such agony...especially when no Doctor seems to care...Please know that we care and God cares HE will sustain you until the doctors can cure you. I am sending my prayer for you.

    Your boys are so sweet and have grown so much!

  25. Jeannette, I am so sorry to hear of all your problems. I pray that things will get better for you. Take care Joy xxx

  26. Take care Jeannette! I am so sorry you've been having such a difficult time. I can't imagine being in that much pain daily. I hope you are able to get to your appointment and get that fluid drained. Wish they had taken care of that sooner, even. Hang in there!

  27. Jeanette, your in my thoughts & prayers!

  28. Hello Jeanette, I am sorry to hear that your not feeling well. I do hope that you get to feeling better soon. I hope that you know that your in my thoughts. Do keep us posted. Take care.

  29. I am so very sorry to hear about your health issues. I do hope by now something has improved for you and your medical team has gotten themselves squared with one another. I will Pray for you.

  30. So sorry to hear of all that is going on. Sending hugs and love. I see how the health system in England is not the met efficient. Makes me nervous for the USA.


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