I’m already torn

Well, more snapped than torn, but anyway, minor details…

I got a follow up call on Thursday, while at work from the surgery, and no prizes for working out what it was about, my back. In fact, I was going to ring them on Friday morning to get the update, but they actually beat me to it! No, they’re not waiting a few weeks to see how the back settles down, I’ve already been referred for a bone density scan check, so that doesnt sound good? No, still waiting to hear when it will actually happen at present.

So yes, MIT, if someone reads this, and you need a guinea pig for some back strengthening robot type thing, I’m your girl! Chrome body would be an additional bonus lol! If reprogramming comes as part of the package, thats not a put off! 😉

One snag I’ve since worked out, given that I’m due to fly to the US in less than 6 weeks time, is my inability to stand still for more than a few minutes at present, without the back giving way, even on painkillers. I can walk fine, though not quite as fast as normal, I can sit relatively comfortably too, but just standing still, no!

The issue, I hear you ask? Simple one, US Immigration! The last 3 times I’ve been through, the average queue time would be almost an hour. I know, some of that time is shuffling along in the queue, but I suspect that will be nearly as bad for my back as standing still! There is one obvious option to take, but typically me, I feel guilty about it, though several have already told me not to be. Yes, for want of a better term, especially in my case, the ‘medically disadvantaged’ situation.

Let me say that up to now, I’ve only ever needed to use a wheelchair once in my life, about 50 years ago, when both knees were first operated on. Yes, they were soft on children back then, though yes, it wasnt long before I had to use them again. But fine, I needed one for a while, I simply couldnt walk! But now, I can walk, and I can sit just fine. I can even stand for a couple of minutes at a time, but any longer…nope!

I know, arrange a wheelchair to meet me at Logan Airport, get whisked (relatively) through Immigration and Customs at the airport, thats fine. But what I know I would then feel guilty about, is getting up, and walking away, relatively normally. I know, cant be helped, just do it, but this is me, so…if anyone wants to mind control me not to feel guilty about doing it, it would be appreciated!

For now, I’m going to give it a couple of weeks, see if I get any more medication, and how that works before contemplating booking the service, but I will have to give notice, so…Its funny, I was reading an article that a number of people pull the assistance trick to get through security quicker, but thats not my issue, I hope! Rarely is the queue that long, that I couldnt cope, especially as you’re not actually stationary for that long, but the Immigration queue, eek! I know, I’m 59, I’m crocked, just do it, but its not my nature to do so! But yes, I suspect I will, all the same.

Right, video time. This is not the version of the song that everyone knows. No, Natalie Imbruglia covered this song! I do like her cover, but this is the far more rock laden original. Sadly the only live performance I could find was awful quality, so settled for this

Fake news has its moments!

Generally I find all these ‘fake news’ websites about as entertaining as watching paint dry, yes, really that good. Generally, for me at least, they are so ridiculous that even if you dont know they are fake (some are less subtle about the matter than others), that anyone with half an ounce of sense can see through them. Unfortunately, at times there seem to be more than a number of people who clearly lack that half ounce, but in a sense, it doesnt matter, I just laugh it off, and move on…

But yes, sometimes, they just get scary!

Let me just say that it didnt take me very long to spot one big difference between the UK, and the US, its the playing of the national anthem at sporting events. Over here, generally, unless its an International match (or a cup final) of some kind, the national anthem doesnt get played. In the US however, its played everywhere, and every time! Fine, each to their own, and I always sing the US anthem when at a sporting event over there, and indeed the Canadian one, when I went to a baseball game in Toronto. Oh, and an Ice Hockey game in Seattle, when the opponents were from north of the border too! In truth, I prefer both to our own, but anyway…

Last year, rightly, or otherwise, a quarterback from San Francisco (though the team actually now play some distance from that city) decided not to stand for the US national anthem, to protest against police violence, or something. Personally, I think he was wrong, but if it was his stance, and he was free to do so…?

Anyway, to keep it brief, end of last season, he, and his team parted ways. I believe he was a free agent, but as a ‘fair’ player of his position, you’d expect him to be snapped up by someone as a back up at least. No, they havent! Related issues, quite likely, it seems!

OK, as a follower of the Buffalo Bills (no, I dont get passionate enough about any sports team to really qualify as a fan), I sort of follow a few related pages about them. Last night, on Facebook, someone posted an obviously fake news page saying that this quarterback (Colin Kaepernick, if you hadnt already worked it out) had signed for one of their divisional rivals.

Basically several hundred comments erupted on the thread, and if ten of them could be read by children, I’d be amazed! The vitriol relating to what they would do to Kaepernick, Jets staff, or in general, anyone even who supported the Jets was awful! Let me say that I dont know if this is a general rabid NFL fans syndrome, specifically a Bills one, or what? Given its only a fan board, I’m not expecting the team to comment on the matter, but if that kind of Neanderthal thinking sums up Bills fans only, I think I want to support another team! I suspect its worse than that, but hopefully not! Equally, I guess this is the reaction only of a small minority, but it makes me sad, all the same.

So no, I might not agree with Kaepernick’s stance, but if this is the reaction of others, to a piece of fake news, then yes, it scares, and depresses me!

Video time. A piece of 70’s kitsch, and not even a good one. But given what his original protest was about the treatment of, by police, I couldnt resist. Yes, clothes were really this awful in the 70’s believe me!

Falling Apart At The Seams

And in this case, I’ll be very impressed if any readers have heard this song before, but some of us still have long memories lol.

Yes, strictly I am beginning to fall apart at the seams. Not literally just yet, though apparently bone thinning, and osteoporosis is to blame for my back issue. Yes, I’ve got my X-Ray results back already, which was surprisingly quick, but maybe they rush the bad news ones faster than the OK ones, who knows?

But yes, my back issue is actually a wedge fracture at the bottom of my thoracic spine, relating to weakening of the bone there. Yes, because its really just an old age issue, there isnt a lot they can do. So pretty much, they just want to give it a few weeks, see if it improves, stays the same, or gets worse before deciding on the next step to take. In the meantime, stick with the painkillers, use the (mild) steroid cream, and just survive as best I can. Oh, and seemingly I have colon issues which may be related to this, so need to get something to, err, clear them out of the way lol.

But yes, if any surgeon, scientist, or indeed mad scientist (probably most fun) has a new replacement cybernetic back unit they want to try out on a willing human volunteer, let me know. I would have said yes, regardless of this, but definitely will now. No, dont mind if it comes in flesh, chrome metal, or other material either! Though if its chrome metal, lets go the whole hog, and do the full body, OK? 😉

Yes, work know. I rang them shortly after I found out, as I suspect I’m going to need a chair to fit in with my needs, regardless. Ideally something that puts no pressure on the back, but anything better than a standard chair has to be good. No, I dont think First Buses will provide me with one lol!

Irony is, today was my last day of self certification for medical reasons, so plan is to go back tomorrow. Of course, I probably now could get a certificate for my back, but I’m going to see how it goes, subject to how I feel in morning. But yes, nice to know that even before 60 (just), that I’m beginning to fall apart at the seams.

The video is a lesser Marmalade hit from over 40 years ago, that just seems apt

Inside the repair pod

Yes, I know, I only wish that was true! No, I didnt even get to be slid into one of those scanning machines for my X-Rays, just laid on a bed, in a couple of positions, and then, that was it. And no, I dont know how ugly the pictures of my back, and side were, will be a week or two before the doctors get the results of them. Of course, if they dont like what they see, I might get a whole new cybernetic back. Yes, in my dreams only, I’m sure. But yes, I would, given the chance, and 2 new knees to match too! Hopefully I wont need major surgery on my back, as well as my knees, but if I do, so be it!

To be fair, I did realize that I wasnt going to get slid into any of the more interesting scanners, just to have first images done of my lower back area. So yes, just got to lay on a bed, firstly on my back, then on my side while they took some pictures, then back home. I know, those scanners where they slide you in, and I could have fantasized they were doing something wicked to my mind would have been a lot more fun, but anyway…never going to happen, was it?

And to be fair, I’m probably the only person who would prefer to be sealed in a pod, while the pictures were taken, or while having my body healed, especially the former, aren’t I? Not sure that sort of thing even exists, beyond my wild imagination, but oh my, that would be wonderful!

In truth, that was my first X-Ray for 30 years, though I’m pretty sure the next one will be a lot sooner than that, as I’m sure they will take a look at my knees, before the inevitable joint replacement surgery gets done, which I can put off for now, but I suspect not a lot longer!

But yes, if anyone wants a volunteer to try out a radical new healing pod, that requires a human volunteer to stay in, for some hours, while the work is done, please count me in, I’d love it!

OK, the video. Well, inevitably, if a pod was created that could heal your body, it could probably do interesting things to your mind as well, if desired. And this video is just so out of left field, that concept is more an excuse to use it, than actually tampering with my mind, not that I would mind if someone did. Oh, and the next time they need someone to wear that cat outfit, to make a video… 😉

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…

Thats life?

I know, a couple of pieces of real life whimsy, that wont hold much meaning for my mainly US readers on here, but anyway, just for once, you’ll have to live with it. Yes, I know the other blog makes more sense, but they were due the Dr Who, and Huddersfield comments, so…

Put it this way, yes, I know I’m feeling old. Even more so the last week and a half, or so, as the back pains that normally last 1-2 days at top, having been giving me hell since then. Finally, after nearly 12 days, it seems to be easing at long last, as I had managed to go 17 hours since last taking a painkiller, but just given in now, as back is starting to ache a bit more now, but yes, even then, still better than its been in a long while!

But what struck me today, was a friend, and ex work colleague announced it was her 60th birthday today. Incredibly, up to just over 7 years ago, she could retire now, if she wanted to! Now, like me, she’s got another 6 years to go before she reaches pension age. Before anyone says anything, raising the retirement age made sense, people now live a lot longer, so understandably we have to work a bit longer before retirement. Oh, and 5 years of it at least was the equality we wanted, as until that time, for many years, women retired at 60, men at 65! Now, by the time I retire, it will be 66 for both genders!

The people I feel most sorry for, are those, slightly older than me, who for the sake of a month or less, end up working a year more, just while things equal out. That would all be reached by the time I retire, for those wondering.

But yes, the last 10 days or so, I’ve been wondering if my back had decided to retire without telling me! Now, if anyone is doing research on cybernetically designed replacement backs, the answer is yes, I’d love one. Knees too, or even more ideally, a whole new body, but yes, at present, the back is the urgent need. So…?

Right, video time. I have to say that before tonight, I’d never heard of this group. But within an hour or so, I’ve become a huge fan. So no, please dont ask me anything about them, because I dont know. But yes, once in a while I love to try to make someone a star, and this is one of those moments. Their cover songs are brilliant, but this is one of their own. Enjoy!

Who’s the Doctor?

Well, yes today, after months of hype, expectation, and everything else, they finally got around to announcing who would would be the (unlucky?) 13th person to portray Dr Who on TV, in said TV series. Well, today, finally, after today, not only will the Doctor get to regenerate yet again, but this time around, the good Doctor is going to discover that deal includes some gender reassignment too!

Yes, something I never thought I’d see fifty years ago, or even far more recently than that, the new Doctor will be a woman, Jodie Whittaker. And before you ask, despite coming from only a few miles from here (Skelmanthorpe), I know nothing about her. Yes, I know, me, and modern TV lol…

One unique claim I can currently make is that I’ve seen at least 1 episode of every actor to play the Doctor (one only made 1 appearance) so far, so yes, I suspect at Christmas, I’ll be watching the new one, to see what I think, and to get her reaction to the dramatic change, which should be fun! My favorite (easily) of the new group would have to be Tennant, and of the original group, Pertwee, and Tom Baker would probably be the ones.

I know, at some point in the future, I’m not going to see the new Doctor, because I’m pretty sure they’re going to outlast me! But for now…Yes, fine, I’d still rather play a Cyberman, anyway! 😛

Right, the video. Nothing very original, though the tribute was out of date, even before now, as no Capaldi in it.