I am writing this on a computer that has, according to the date of the last file I saved, not run since 2012. It has been switched off so long that we had to reset the clock before Google would allow us access. And, to even get to that point, we had to find the yellow cable that connects it to the router, as it has no wireless capability.
It runs on Vista and Microsoft Word 2010 and is a pleasure to use after so many weeks on the netbook.
The netbook was a mixed blessing, but it kept me going and I have been very grateful for it, despite my more than occasional criticism of its lack of speed.
All I need to do is wipe away six year’s supply of dust and spider webs, and it will be almost as good as new.
I say “almost” because there is the question of the On/Off switch.
There isn’t one. It broke and for the last six months of its active life I had to start the computer by hotwiring it, or, for those of you unaccustomed to the vernacular of the street (well, the 1970s street) touching two bare wires together.
It works, and more important, it cost nothing to do. These are two factors that are close to my heart.
That’s probably the biggest news of the day, though my three-centre medical excursion seemed big until we got the computer running.
It started with a visit to the doctor at 8.00 to discuss the pain in my little finger. At this point I’d like to say, because I have difficulty getting this point over to the medical profession, that although I don’t like to complain it is very difficult having an arthritic little finger. It doesn’t seem like much but it can be remarkably painful and it makes everyday life (like tucking my shirt in, packing parcels or washing up) painful and difficult, though the washing up water is very soothing.
So far it’s taken me a week to get the X-ray appointment, ten days to get the results and ten days to get this appointment (that could have been a week, but it would have meant missing work, and I don’t want that).
So are they going to give me anti-inflammatories, you ask, or an injection, or even a new wonder drug?
The X-ray, I’m told is not typical of osteo-artritis so they need to find out exactly what is happening. Two arthritic fingers, two different types of arthritis. What are the chances of that? I can’t win a lottery, but when it comes to medical curiosities I lead the field. Having said that, I just looked up the different sorts of arthritis and am feeling slightly less blase about it now.
They sent me for blood tests. Eight blood tests. That’s nearly an armful. (I put that bit in for you Derrick).
After the blood tests I went for my 9.30 chest X-ray appointment.
In a week or so the results will be in.
At that point, you ask, will they give me anti-inflammatories, or an injection, or even a new wonder drug?
At that point they are going to get me an appointment with a specialist.
If this carries on much longer I may have to resort to drastic measures.
We went for a drive in Derbyshire after the excitement of the morning and ended up buying raw milk from a farm. I’ve been meaning to get some for a while to see if it has any effect on my health.
When we got home we found a Painted Lady on the front garden, which gives me an opportunity to re-use the pictures I took earlier in the year.
We had more poppies too.
WordPress is a lot easier on a proper computer.