A Testing Birthday

As you can see I have had a birthday. Quite a memorable one for quite a few reasons. Jamie bought this cake for me, and Sue and Jamie sang ‘Happy Birthday’. It is probably not true but I don’t remember having a cake on my birthday, even as a child. I had quite a lot of presents and they ranged from an axe to underwear and of course a selection of beers etc. (No Ferrari this year, again).

A couple of weeks ago I had started having a problem with swallowing my food, it went down ok, but caused a little pain. After a visit to the Doctor’s it was thought wise to set up a series of tests to find out why. Test One: was an ECG, that looked fine, and should of, as I had taught the nurse that conducted the test. I would have taken a dim view of anything else. Test Two: that was a Gastroscopy. It took place at Melton Hospital (very nice and new) on the morning of my birthday. They are supposed to be quite straight forward affairs. It was a nightmare, extremely painful and brought tears to my eyes. However, it was found that I had a couple of ulcers in the gullet just before the stomach. Probably caused by too much acid being produced. A biopsy (painful) was taken to be sure. The Doctor gave me a prescription for some tablets to sort the acid and ulcers out. Having taken them for a couple of days, the symptoms have gone away.  The good news is that he is making an appointment in 4 weeks time to have a look at them again. Can’t wait! Test Three: This is yet to come (10th), it will involve looking at my chest, running on a treadmill and other things. Test Four: This happens on the 17th and involves a camera and the other end of the body. Can’t wait! People seem to knock the NHS, but I have no complaints. I think I am getting my money’s worth. I am pretty sure we already have discovered what the cause is, but it is wise to have the other tests done, and I shall (I think). After the  Gastroscopy, Sue took me to Zizzi’s for lunch. It was very nice (I had Lasagna), but my throat was very sore and I stuck to soft food.

Last Sunday Charlotte, Suraj and Lucas came down (to bring my axe and install a larger drive on the Media Centre in the lounge). We had promised Lucas that we would get him a little car to play with when he next came, and of course he was very excited when he arrived. Sue and I had bought him a car that he could sit in and drive around the garden (electric motor). He loved it. They took it home with them and he eats his meals in it now.

Nan has been out and about. This week-end she has gone to Aunty Edna’s to stay. She lives in Sheffield, so it will be handy for the nightclubs etc.

Sarah has had a week in Cornwall on a Geography Field Trip. The weather was very kind to her and by all accounts she had a great time. Certainly came back very tired. She seems to be planning to have a University taster week over the summer and she is sending away for brochures etc. She still has another year to go with her ‘A’ levels.

Jamie is still working and has had his first wage. He now has a new exhaust on his car (some things never change). He broke his phone. The company he works for were fined over a million pounds for burying some waste, and the effect of that is that Jamie’s hours have been cut from 9.30am to 6pm. He seems ok about it. Yesterday a friend came around for a coffee before we went to the club to watch the 2nd Team. Jamie and Jim had a good chat while I was getting changed and Jamie was persuaded to play rugby next weekend, I was surprised. I will be even more surprised if does play, we shall see.

Sue is fit and healthy and took me to see a film called ‘Starbright’. Do not under any circumstances ever feel the urge to watch it. The man in front of me fell asleep, I squirmed and yawned and managed to get through it. Having a tooth pulled out would have been more pleasurable, but Sue enjoyed it and I suppose that was what it was all about.

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