Where’s my body gone?

Oh fine, before anyone says anything I know my spine is damaged, that my knees have been damaged for decades, and that recently my wrists seem to be showing the wear of time, not even mentioning all the arthritis and stuff. And yes, I know, I’ve recently cut back to a 3 day working week because of my back issues, but even so…

Up to the last week or so, if I gave the body a bit of a break, I wouldnt say that I’d fully recover, but I’d be a lot less sore at the end of a rest day. But in truth, I may have run out of luck. I woke up Saturday morning, still sore from Friday’s work, but I thought, I’ve got a couple of days rest, I should be fine by Monday. Yes, me and optimism, and all that? I got through work yesterday, though it hurt, even more so by end of day. Indeed if the bus hadnt been so late in leaving Bradford last night (7 minutes), it might have been a close thing to get it. I would have done, narrowly, but not so long ago, I could do that with about 6 minutes to spare! Yes, and still sore tonight, unfortunately.

And before anyone says anything, its not the weather. Its been dry, been warm by day at least, and yet still the soreness wont ease. No, not been overdoing it either, lol! I hope its nothing more serious, but it seems now that its just not my back that aches, its every part of me!

Yeah, has anyone got a new mechanical body that they need a human guinea pig to give a long term trial to? Just imagine if we could trade in our old body for a new one, like we do with cars! Younger model, pretty, with good dancing skills, name me the price! Or fine, a nice metallic silver, shiny robot body, probably even better for me!

So, if anyone wants to offer…? Quite happy for a full AI interface if its a robot body, if that helps? 😉 Ah well…

OK, video time. I’d love to say this is live, but it isnt. You can tell that, because when her ‘track’ finishes, and Sally actually sings, its not hard to tell the difference! I know, honey, its hard when you’re old, though I can never remember her actually singing live, in truth. 2 tracks for the price of 1

I got…infra red heat

OK, I know I dont have to do a blog here, every time I do the other one, but I do generally feel sort of duty bound to do so. So, to save on guilt…

I mentioned the discovery of the availability of an infra red sauna relatively on my doorstep (same place as flotation tank), but I hadnt planned on having to experience it quite as soon as today. Unfortunately, add in the combination of the lack of Physio, due to the holidays, the cold weather, and my back was totally locked up this morning. But yes, thats right, an interesting new ‘toy’ to try out, if available, and it was, at noon today.

Now, remember I have never been in a sauna before, of any kind, so had no idea what to expect, other than that it would be hot in there. And yes, thankfully, it was. I decided to protect my ‘modesty’ by keeping bra, and panties on, as it wasnt totally secluded, but fine, I might have been better off in the nude! The bra will live, but fine, maybe it was a bit damp when I put it back on, after post sauna shower!

Much as I expected, the heat did make a lot of difference to the state of my back. Yes, at the end of 30 minutes of being ‘cooked’ at 150 degrees, I could stand up with ease. Thanks to a bumpy bus ride or two getting back here, I have a little bit of soreness again, but nothing more than is standard after a day at work, at worse. So yes, a good improvement, for sure.

It did amuse me that I got an apology if it wasnt as hot as it might have been, but I was first customer of day, so therefore it was heating up from scratch, and no latent heat in the room. Honestly, it was fine by me, as once it gets above about 80, my back starts to loosen up anyway, and was definitely above that. I have been tipped off that next time, I should use their sauna suit, as my sole aim is to heat up my body, especially my back, and I’m told that will enhance that effect. I might well do so, but I’m glad I started with a simple technique for the first time, anyway.

Will I do it again? Yes, probably. And yes, definitely, if a similar issue occurs, though thankfully I should be able to get back to a more normal therapy routine again now. But fine, typically curious ‘kitty’, now I know there is such a thing as a Sauna Suit, I want to try it on, in a sauna! So, one more time, almost certainly. Might well do it the day before the trip to Blackpool later this month, before I go in the flotation tank to be brainwashed. Sorry, for my float session!

But yes, its cleaner, and a lot easier than the more traditional saunas, I must say. And yes, this ‘old bird’ enjoyed her roasting in the oven, lol!

Right, video time. Strictly, this isnt true in this kind of sauna, but in a more standard one…?

In a silent world

Oh fine, I hope I know what everyone wants to hear about, so lets have a duplicate blog tonight, so I can cover all events.

OK, the flotation tank experience. I did check, and double check directions on Google Maps before leaving, but still managed to turn the wrong way when I got off the bus, but realised that in seconds, so no great issue.

The owner of the business quickly made me feel at home, and after the necessary form filling, I was soon in the room with the flotation tank. A shower, then in I went, and ‘laid’ down. If the roof was meant to come down to seal you in the pod, I never worked out how to do it. I’ve certainly seen enclosed pods, but whether this isnt set up for that, or was just me being blonde, no idea? Would have loved that, but in truth, once I turned out the lights, it was very dark, and apart from the whole enclosed sensation, would have been hard to tell the difference.

Yes, I relaxed easily, and just lay there enjoying the whole sensation, and loving the lack of any pressure on my fragile back. Anyway, once comfortable, settled, and everything else good, I decided to do a little experiment with self hypnosis, try to empty my mind a little (or ideally a lot) and see what developed from there.

It took me a while to get there (about 5-10 minutes too long, as I was to discover), but when I did, I tried to get a little bit of robot into my mind and body, but couldnt really get it to work, probably because robots dont generally float in water, lol.

So I went to Plan B, this time with startling success. Having emptied my mind of myself, I tried to self regress myself back to Clara Johnson. Incredibly, it worked. Snag was, Clara wasnt quite certain where she was, as these new age things werent around in the 1930’s, and panicked a bit finding herself seemingly floating in a dark room. I did set to trying to calm her down, and had just succeeded, and was just beginning to let her take control when I heard something I didnt want to hear, the music starting up again, which meant I had only 5 minutes left. So unfortunately, I had to say ‘goodbye’ to her, start to switch back to me, so I was back in control at the end of the session.

In truth, I have no idea if I was just going to let Clara experience the float, or whether I was going to ask her questions, as I never really reached that point. Not quite sure if I could ask her questions anyway, or whether someone else would have to ask ‘me’ them, in truth? I suspect would have to be the latter, as my mind was in Clara mode? So asking questions of herself, without a script?

So yes, I’m going to have to go back again, for sure, and this time get her involved far more quickly. If nothing else, seeing life through her eyes, and feeling her thoughts, for more than a few seconds will be amazing.

Another shower, a glass of water, then back to real life. Yes, cold, wet, and lousy services by First Buses!

Oh, and by the way, yes, the back feels a whole lot better too! So 2 pieces of good news, for the price of 1!

I can hear you asking, is she still going to try acupuncture now? The answer is yes, got to give both a chance, lets face it. And besides, they might use the needles loaded with robotising nanites! Yeah, I wish! 😛

But yes, the whole flotation tank experience, truly amazing for me, and maybe Clara needs to try it again, just to see how she really feels, lol?

Right, video time. Well, I was floating, not running, but otherwise it was certainly silent when the music stopped.

 

In my brainwashing pod?

No, not really, I’m not fortunate enough to own one of them, and sadly, I’ve never found anyone else with one either, that would let me be brainwashed by it, at least. Oh fine, as far as I know, strictly, they dont exist. But one thing that has been compared to them, is the sensory deprivation tank, better known as a flotation tank.

You know the things I’m sure, you lay down in body core temperature water, with tons of salt in it, so you literally cant do anything but float. But then you shut the lid down, and you’re in a soundproof chamber. Then you turn out the lights, just lay there, and relax… Yes, its meant to be good for me, and not just in a weird way, because it will quite literally take all pressure off my back while floating, and the sensation should help with the pain.

No, sadly, no one is likely to play a tape or anything telling me that I’m being brainwashed, or processed to be turned into a robot, but the chances of me imagining that, while laying there, well, it might happen!

To be honest, I dont know if, within an hour, even if someone did do that, whether it would make any difference to my mind, who knows? Several hours, or an overnight (and seemingly where I’m going, they do an all night float once a week) stay in the chamber, with said messages being fed to your mind, who knows?

In truth, I’ve fancied trying one of these things for years, even before my back went, for the ‘other things’ it might do to your mind. Now I have a legitimate reason for doing so. And thanks to a couple of wonderful guys (extra prize in year long golf competition), I can now afford to do so. So yes, assuming the booking is still available now (it was a few hours ago), I’m planning to go and get brainwashed, sorry, help to heal my back in a flotation tank on Tuesday! Ooh!

OK, video time. A real Beach Boys oldie, seemingly live!

To let me step out?

OK, firstly, to annoy all my US followers (or a few of them at least), let me just follow up on the last blog, by mentioning Europe’s narrow (ha ha) win over the US in the Ryder Cup by 17.5 to 10.5 points! 😛 Got it wrong, but thrilled to do so!

Right, to the meaningful stuff. Yesterday was just one of those days when everything that could go wrong during the day, did go wrong. Weather, work, public transport, and some idiot that nearly accidentally knocked me over…Yeah, you name it, it happened! So as you can guess, my back reacted accordingly, and at one point yesterday, on a pain scale of 1 to 10, my back was about 25! Thankfully, rest, and numerous painkillers (more than normal for a non working day today), and its probably down to about a 6 or 7. As to work tomorrow, I’ll see how it is in the morning.

In truth, the thing that created the issue, was the weather. The others just added to it, but…it was cold, and frosty yesterday morning when I went out. Might be expected at end of September in Svalbard, but not the UK, lol. As you can imagine, fractured spines, and very cold weather arent good friends!

So fine, I guess tonights blog from here, is most suited for scientists, and fashion designers, I suppose? What I ideally need is a full body suit (given I also have arthritis, and knee issues), that supports the whole body, especially the spine, while at the same time, not being so stiff that I can walk in reasonable comfort. Would be lovely if it could be worn as under clothes item, as catching a bus, in Yorkshire, wearing something that looks weird, and fetish, probably wouldnt work, lol. It also needs to be something that self cleans, or that I can have a few of, as I will need something like this throughout the winter.

I mean, if someone wants to come up with something a bit more kinky, for wearing at home at least, feel free to design, and suggest away. 😉 If so, metallic silver look might be fun!

Oh, and if some ‘mad scientist’ wants to design something that actually interfaces with my busted spine, oh please do! Yes, full interface, and more, just bring it on, I’d love it!

Yes, practically, I do have a budget, so designing 6 suits, at about £100K a piece, isnt going to work, unless I’m the guinea pig testing them for free! But equally, for a pain free life, I’ll listen to offers, and costs.

So yeah, if you, or someone you know might fancy this as a challenge, pass my details on, or theirs to me, just saying…

But yes, if life gets much more crazy, I need something, or I’ll have to start looking at disability benefits, and I’d rather have something fun to wear, than that. Of course, disabled benefits, and something fun to wear, hmm?

Right, video time. No, not Joe Jackson, someone more my era, Betty Grable! No, not when she was young, but still stepping out with a fine pair of pins!

PS, I have a friend in Hollywood, by the name of April, who’s the spitting image of young Betty. So if she wants to know how she’ll look in about 30 years time, lol…?

Might not just be my back thats a problem?

Yesterday, here at home, most of the windows here got replaced for more modern ones, and unfortunately I discovered that it might not just be my back thats my health issue.

Given they arrived slightly early, we had a bit of a panic, and had to, more hastily than planned, get the curtains down from in front of the old windows, so they could change them over. Now, fortunately, by this time, I already had my back brace on, which helped. Unfortunately, trying to unclip the curtains from the curtain rail, and get the pelmet down, set off the arthritis in my fingers pretty badly, but I got there in the end. Not a problem as such, as they didnt get to my room until after I’d left for work, but I’d already sort of got the room ready for the work to be done, so yes, things werent in their normal places as I went out the door, so…

The one thing that unsurprisingly I quickly realized was that I’d left my wrong glasses on, was when I walked out the door, and peered in front of me. So hasty return, long distance glasses on, short distance glasses in handbag, fine. What wasnt fine, is that in moving stuff around, I left my painkillers, and my back gel (both strong, darlings) where I’d moved them to, and it wasnt in my bag!

The funny thing was, my back wasnt too bad, until near the end of the day, and just as I was looking forward to getting out at the end of my shift, and get some beloved pills in me, the phone rang (2 minutes before end of shift), and 12 minutes later, bus missed! Fine, get next one, but then I got to Huddersfield, back up bus never showed, and I was about 35 minutes late home, and extremely sore by then! 3 pills (legal, just about?), and 2 bouts of gel later, yes, I slept well, lol, probably knocked out.

The irony was, the arthritis in my fingers, and hands was painful all day, and I was having plenty of issues with my legs too. So yes, I’m now wondering if they’ve been bad for a while, just been hidden by painkillers for my back, but I sure found out about them yesterday! So yes, I joke about needing a new cybernetic back, seems I might have a genuine claim for a full new cybernetic body, lol. Yes, dont I wish!

But if anyone should have one, just laying around, looking for a guinea pig willing to try it out, give me a call, urgently!

Right, video time. Once windows came into the equation, I thought of this. Hard to believe its over 50 years old, but anyway… Oh, minor trivia, Hollies were first group I ever saw live, at the age of about 5, at Chessington Zoo. No idea what they were doing there, but anyway…

Running out of time?!

No, dont panic, or celebrate, if so inclined, no seriously bad news for me, just another fine example of how old age, and physical health is beginning to run me down. Yes, mainly my back!

As regular readers from the past know, one of the outcomes of my back issues which first showed up around this time last year (though it was September before I knew just what it was), was that I eventually had to cut back from a 5 day working week, to a carefully balanced 4 day working week. Monday to Thursday works fine, one day on, one day off, helps with the pain issues, on top of all the lovely meds I need. Snag is, to financially survive, I have to work 2 days in a row, Friday, and Saturday, which only sort of works, even with Sunday off afterwards. Fortunately, up to now, with flexi time build up at work, and holidays, every couple of months or so, I’ve been able to charge the batteries (I wish, for real) by having the odd Saturday off, to give me extra recovery time. Snag is, I dont take time off in height of summer, most people do, and I’m getting older, so…

To be fair to work, most of my issues arent related to there, its the bus journeys to, and from work that are the killers for me. Bumpy roads, less than well padded seats, and even with a brace on, the back aches because of it. Even more so, when, as of late, buses that are supposed to turn up, dont!

Normally, on a non working day, I’m able to cut back the level of meds I need (still not baby stuff), but the last 2, nope, too much pain, even with the brace on. I know, getting older, and it shows. Now, if anyone knows of any form of transport they can provide me with, that could give me some nice, smooth journeys to and from work? (Yes, aliens, a space craft/flying saucer would be wonderful, just saying…Yes, I wish!) Going to be even more ‘fun’ this weekend, as I’m working Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday as per normal, and going to a meeting in Sheffield on Tuesday! Yes, think I might be aching a lot after all of that, just hope I get through! No, not enough in Saturday to at least get a break then, unfortunately. Its Summer holidays, lol…

But yes, believe me folks, getting old is just no fun! And this is all when the weather is lovely and hot! So when it gets cold, and wet, I dread to think? Another term you could use, as well as no fun, is a one word answer, a shame. Which is a very corny lead in to tonight’s video!

Ain’t missing you

To be fair, I’ve never been a big drinker of alcohol at any point in my life, though I certainly have enjoyed the odd strong drink from time to time, mainly when eating out, or flying somewhere. Generally a glass of wine, or a vodka and coke, but that really is about it for me.

So fine, when I was told last July, that because of the strong(ish) pain killers they were putting me on, I had to stop drinking alcohol, it wasnt the end of the world for me. Yes, there have been a few air flights where I’ve missed that drink, or when celebrating my 60th (twice this year), that it might have been nice to celebrate a bit more, but such is life. Christmas, I had non alcoholic wine, and last September, I stayed off the pills for 3 days (period to clear system), so I could drink at my friends wedding, but that really has been it! And yes, then, I was taking them again as soon as I got back to the hotel. I wasnt in real pain (non stressful activity, and hot weather for a week helped), but I quickly got back to the pill plan, and was grateful for them!

What struck me this week though, was when I took in a couple of bottles of alcoholic wine type drinks for a tombola as prizes at work, was that I didnt miss not being able to drink them. There may be a time when I dont need the pills again, and can have the odd drink again, but in truth, I’m not sure that will happen given the state of my back, but we will have to wait and see.

And yes, flying to and from Seattle last month, I did think it would have been nice to have had wine with the meal, but did I really miss it, probably not? Fine, I know people on the same pills, and same strength pills as me, who do drink, and have no issues with it. But me, I’m a good, obedient robot (I wish) type, who does as I’m told, so…

Now, if only I could find those robotization pills to take, lol…? 😉

Right, video time. A Brit, who found fame in the US is tonights pick. Sorry, booze, but…

Just be good for me

Alright, seeing I’m lacking for inspiration, and given that I’m sure that people who come here for robot stuff arent interested in diversity issues, so lets talk pills instead. No, sadly not robotization pills, or anything interesting like that, just useful painkillers, for ‘old crocks’ like me!

Its fair to say that over the 9 months since my back got seriously damaged, I might have spent a fair bit of money on the prescriptions for all the painkillers I need. Even more so, with the need for the extra ones I took to help me get through the winter. Thankfully, my Kofi campaign earned me one big one off donation, and another generous patron has been helping to top up my funds for me through there, because having had to cut back on my work days, I really havent had the money for them, in truth. Ironically, now, I wont have to pay for them!

No, sadly, no mad scientist has transformed my back from damaged bone, into perfect cybernetic material, if only! No, the reason I will no longer have to pay for them (starting this week) is a simple one, I’m old!

I assumed that like everything else for seniors (or pretty much everything, at least), the age for free prescriptions had risen along the lines of retirement, pension, and the like. No, it seems that like railcards, coach cards, and oh, meals at some places, you still qualify for free prescriptions at 60! Yes, annoyingly, last month, I would have run out of pills on the weekend I hit 60, and as I was away in Blackpool, I had to pay for them. In truth, I only found out they were free after I got back anyway! Given they last about 4 weeks, I’ll be getting my first free prescription on Thursday! Sadly, the gel I have to use on my back isnt prescribed, but as a workmate is providing me with her excess at present, I’m not paying for that at the moment anyway!

So, there really is one blessing of getting old I guess? Still rather not need them, but anyway…But fine, they’re not going to do much with a damaged back, unless they really have to, far too many risks. So I guess I’ll have to put up with it? Well, unless a mad scientist has a nice rejuvenation, or robotization chamber he wants to test out, and then…? 😉

Tonights video is a song that will probably mean nothing across the Atlantic, and was a one hit wonder over here, so how many remember it? But yes, you might recognize Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook, in one of his numerous line ups over the years.

Lets all buy a camera!

Fine, anyone who can work out the video from that blog title, without looking, I’m stunned. Why? Because the song is over 40 years old, was only ever a B side of one of their more famous hits, but I loved it, and it fits, so… Yes, if anyone has heard the song before, please let me know! Well, unless you’re a fan of the group, but…?

Given that I’m now just under 6 years from retirement, and that my doctors have already advised me that I ideally need to move somewhere where its warm (or hotter) all year round, to ease my back issues, and to allow the fact that until today, the temperature here hasnt hit 40 degrees since heaven knows when, let alone where it should be in April, I thought I’d take a look into the possibilities.

So, if I start looking for somewhere where the temperature doesnt drop much below 60, all year round in Europe, you start looking south, a long way south! From what I see, Malta, Canary Islands, and possibly a few other places could work for me, if I can afford it. Also, for those, I have no idea if Brexit is going to make it more complex to move there, than it is now. And unless someone is prepared to offer me a job, or position there, suitable for a 60 year old woman, with a questionable back, its not going to happen before retirement day! No, I’m not considering the possibility of any wealthy person falling in love with me, and making me their partner there, lol!

Anyway, being curious, I had a look on You Tube, to see what places are recommended for retirees that would fit my needs. I cant see me moving to Asia, or South America, to be honest, but there was one country that seemed to regularly come at the top, or near to the top of all these charts, Panama. Yes, that gives a clue to the video, now name the group!

It seems the temperature is somewhere between 60, and 75 the whole year round, and though there is rain, its going to be warm rain, which surely isnt as bad as the freezing cold stuff here in winter! There are definite advantages, you dont need a fortune in savings to reside there (just as well really, short of a lottery win), and most speak English, though seemingly learning Spanish might be a wise move! There is also the Catholic country, and LGBT issue for me, but I’ve seen a lot worse countries for that to be honest. And fine, I’m single, and probably staying that way, so…?

Yes, ideally, I’d move to Florida, Southern California (San Diego is supposedly the perfect place for me to live), or Arizona (maybe a bit too hot in summer?) but as a UK citizen, that has issues for permanent US residence, unless there really is someone of either gender crazy enough to marry me! But all reasonable offers, lol…? Maybe a non sexual courtesan type might be more apt lol, or a marriage of convenience type! Not that they’re needed nowadays, unlike the Golden Age days, so probably not?

But yes, its all 6 years away, so I have plenty of time to think about it, but if its going to be done…?

Right, that video. Sailor had a few hits in the mid 70’s, but I have no idea if they crossed the Atlantic with popularity, or were just a UK thing? Either way, they had a catchy number, that ties into this blog quite nicely. You even have a choice tonight, the original line up, clearly miming…

Or a live version from 2002, with their line up at the time, which is surprisingly good, in truth