Give us this (many) days?

As that date gets nearer, its hard to believe that just 25 years ago, or so, I’d have 22 days to go until retirement. For reasons relating to life expectancy, and other related stuff, its now going to be 6 years and 22 days! Or is it?

No, I’m not getting political, though there are a group of women that are trying to get the age adjusted, or get compensation for the extra period of time before retirement, but given my job, not getting into that in the slightest.

But at the same time, I do wonder if my body is going to last that long, at least in a physically strong enough state that going to work, even my current 4 days a week is beyond me? Especially given that as a non driver, I have to use public transport, and you cant enhance the seat on a bus on a long term basis lol! Car seat, yes I’m sure I could work something, but on buses, and trains, not going to happen.

Theoretically, I have a pension I could claim at 63. Snag, its only a matter of £2-3 K per year, and I certainly couldnt live on that! And thats before you get into all the matter of name changes since I worked in that job, so…? Technically my Insurance number hasnt changed, so they should be able to track it, but anyway…not going to be enough to give up work!

Its not quite as bad as that. In practice, if I was unable to work because of my physical health, I would get disability benefits, but really, in truth, that would always be a last resort for me. But yes, I suspect it will happen at some point, in truth, but hopefully I’ll be wrong. But given the state of my back, even now… And again, its not a fortune, so…

I suspect that as with so many medical treatments, eventually they will catch up with back issues, and be able to repair them, or replace them. But for now, understandably, they’re a bit nervous about doing much to the spine, because there is a big chance of only making it worse, not better. Yes, 30 years from now, back replacements will probably be like knee, and hip replacements today! I hope so, for others at least.

In the meanwhile, I guess I’ll just have to see how long I can take the pain. Or until a major lottery win… Oh fine, I’m laughing at that last comment too!

Video time. Only surprised I’ve never used this, as its one of Ultravox’s bigger hits, but anyway, you get it now at least!

 

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Ancient, and bound for Mu Mu land?

Or wherever the train for those of us fast approaching 60, with backs that are beginning to seize up completely need to go? Those who are old enough to remember this gem will know what the video is tonight, at least!

Yes, extra blog. No, its not for a good reason. Yes, as hinted at, my back is playing me up, and has been doing so for a lot longer than its usual 1-2 days max. No, sadly, I havent yet been offered a new back designed like this, but hopefully, after the X-Rays lol…?

Yes, I really would love that!

Yes, today was pretty much the day I accepted that my human self is getting ancient, and I guess you could say that comment is justified? I have been given some cortisone related cream to put on my back, and other related joints, as well as the obvious painkillers. Given it has a mild steroid, I suspect thats the end of my non existent Olympic career lol! I also have to go up the hospital tomorrow, and get some X-Rays done, so just as well the Occupational Health people have advised me to stay off work until Monday. I could have done it this afternoon (at a push), but given I’ve got nothing planned other than that for tomorrow…? I’m sure I can get my imagination going while they’re being done, lol!

“Well, Miss C…, we can fix your body for you, but the surgery is a little radical (see above), but if you agree to it? Yes, see above, and know that they couldnt get me booked in quickly enough! 😀

Video time, I guess? Firstly, this version of the song is so different to the better known version, I had to include it

Secondly, a fun little burlesque video version. So yes, if you’re under age, this is where you click away, back to that other video, or the comments section, or…

2017, some things will, some things wont (probably)!

Yes, I’ve looked back at 2016, which was a pretty unexceptional year, in so many senses, but now, as that year comes to an end, its time to look forward at what 2017 might hold.

The three things, everything permitting, that will happen, are passing probation at the end of February in my new job, returning to Hollywood in May, and returning to New England in September. Passing probation, providing I keep my nose clean, and do my job, all should be fine. Hollywood, well, I will visit that modelling/acting agency this time around, though in my heart, at my age, and having not done a lot in a while, no great expectations. But who knows? Beyond that, meet up again with some old friends, hopefully meet a few new ones, and just see where life takes me. One person I’d love to meet while there? Well, assuming Jean Harlow’s ghost isnt for real, it would have to be Vin Scully. Yes, I have no chance of meeting either lol!

New England, will be nice to go back, and see Kate again, after a couple of years, and again hopefully meet a couple of new people I’ve talked to online as well. The other person I’m hoping to meet is the hypnotist who ‘discovered’ Clara Johnson, and get her to give up a lot more secrets about herself. Unfortunately, as I suspect she’s probably buried in LA, is that if I do discover where she rests, it will be too late to take action on it, but all the same…will be nice to know! Given I’m planning on this trip to LA being the last one for a while, as it will be 3 visits in a row on US trips, I might get back there some day, assuming the body, and health holds up, but…

Talking of which, as I approach my 59th Birthday in March, my body, most critically, my knees! I have a horrible feeling that my right knee joint is just about gone, its what 50 years or so of little, or no cartilage in the joint will do for it. And fine, the left knee isnt a whole lot better. So I’m suspecting that come the Autumn, I might have to give in, and put myself in the hands of a surgeon, but I’m not looking forward to it. I dont like pain, I dont like incapacity, so all in all, I probably dont make a good patient. But fine, I’ve got to that point where putting it off much longer isnt going to happen.

What I’d love to happen, but I’m 99.9% certain wont, but a girl can dream. Yes, the arrival of a flying saucer/ space craft I can jet about in, would be handy. Equally, the arrival of a fully functional robot suit, or enveloping alien suit would be nice, but none of those are really likely to happen. Equally unlikely to happen, I’m sure, is finding a partner who is prepared to love me, or a Master/Mistress who fancies dominating me! But yes, for 365 days, I can hope!

OK, video time. Totally out of left field, other than that the lady concerned has recently joined the flood of people who have died this year. One of those songs I probably shouldnt love, but secretly do.

Now, if my surgery was being done like this?

I might be a lot keener to have it done! A clue to what I mean by that?

knee-surgery

Thanks go to ‘Legion’ for finding that picture, and posting it somewhere I would see it, has to be said. I know his real name, but for here, that will do.

Yes, there might be one or two here that know, but I suspect dont, that in terms of healthy joints, my body would fail most tests! My wrists, and fingers are riddled with arthritis (not too severely, thankfully), and my knees are a total surgical mess, with little, or no cartilage in either knee, if we are being truthful. No great details, beyond an accident as a child, but the pain is getting worse, as I get older, and I am now. So yes, a new robot body would be handy in more senses than one.

In truth, I’m already suspecting that next year, I’ll have to get at least one, if not both knee joints replaced, but I’ve been putting it off as long as possible. Yes, the pain, and general discomfort around the op doesnt thrill me, along with the time I would need off, having just got a job, but anyway, it will have to be done I suspect, especially the right knee, but as things stand, it wont be before October, as I have a work probation, and 2 holidays planned before then, and nothing is getting in the way of those!

But yes, fine, if it was all going to be done like in that picture, I might be a whole lot keener on the idea, to put it mildly! I know, I know, if only…Yes, I’d get all my joints sorted out if that was the option! 😀 If anyone can arrange that, as a Christmas present…?

Oh, yes, its Christmas! Actually got a week off this year, the longest break I’ve had while working, in a very long time! Finished last night, and dont go back until next Thursday. Then 2 days in, then 4 more off for New Year, wow! One of those is my day off for the week, but even so…

So yes, I got driven home for Christmas last night, even if it was only a bus driver, who couldnt get to Huddersfield quickly enough for me to get my perfect connection home, but I survived. Yes, thats a clue to tonights video, one of those Christmas songs that gets less attention than some. And being a Chris Rea fan…