It’s Negative πŸŽ‰ — Covid 19 Test Update

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ Just a quick update message!

After a somewhat tense 36 hour wait, we finally got our results through & thankfully both were negative — yay us 😁

We thought that would be the end of it & life would resume as normal, or what has become the new normal. However we’re both still running temperatures, although Susan’s showing signs that her temp is returning to normal. Mine, however, remains stubbornly 1.5-2℃ above normal. I have to wait till my temp returns to normal levels & stays that way for 48 hours before I can head back to work.

A huge thank you from us both for all your thoughts & best wishes, they made one hell of a difference πŸ˜ƒ A massive virtual hug from both of us 😘

The Waiting Begins — Covid 19 Test

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ Just a quick message!

My wife, Susan, hadn’t been feeling 100% for a couple of days (98% in her own words) & started to get a bit of a niggle in her throat today; so we started monitoring her temperature & found it was about 1.5℃ up from normal throughout the day πŸ€’. I checked my temperature as well & found I was about 1℃ higher than normal πŸ€’. I’ve also experienced a change in my sense of taste today — all in all, not good 😷

So, we’ve just been down to the local walk-through test centre in Cumbernauld to get tests done & are now isolating & awaiting the results, hopefully within 48-72 hours 😩. Fingers & toes crossed that this is just us being a bit under the weather 🀞

A Huge Thank You πŸ™

As I continue to recover from my appendectomy, & dip my toes back into WordPress, I’d just like to say a huge thank you to all you awesome folk out there sending their best wishes my way.

I had hoped to be back up & running on WordPress earlier. However, my body had a different idea; it would seem that recovering from an operation takes a lot more brain power than I had anticipated & quelled the creative spirit.

I must be getting back to normalcy now & I have my weekly Fan Of… & Water Water Eveywhere challenges back up & running. I look forward to getting back into photo taking & taking part in all your inspirational challenges. I will get round to all your great comments that have come in over the last few weeks.

Again, a huge thank you & have a great week πŸ˜ƒ

Best Wishes — Fan Of… #83

Hi all 😁 Feel free to join in this weekly challenge whenever you find yourself thinking “I’m a fan of…” (see below for how to).

This week’s Fan Of… is best wishes & being home. A massive thank you to all you awesome folk out there around the globe sending me your best wishes πŸ˜ƒ

For those of you that follow me, you’ll know about my recent unscheduled visit to the hospital. It all started last Wednesday with what I believed was a simple stomach ache. Come Thursday morning, it was still there but not really any worse. It was my day off so I’d already decided to head to Cumbernauld Park to boost my autumn photographs, & a bit of a sore stomach was not stopping that. Still no real issues, until lunchtime, & my first inkling that all was maybe not as it should be.

Horsechestnut leafs
Horsechestnut leafs
Cumbernauld House Park
Cumbernauld House Park

At midday, I decided to phone work & let them know that I wouldn’t be in for my 5 o’clock shift the following day & then everything (including my pain levels) started to accelerate. Within the next 3 hrs, my wife filled out the patient questionnaire on the NHS Scotland Website, was prompted in a huge red box (seriously, you can’t miss this big red box) to call an ambulance immediately & I was blue lighted & nee-nawed to Monklands hospital & there diagnosed with suspected appendicitis.

I put up a quick blog on Thursday evening (from my iPhone — ain’t technology a wonderous thing), just to let you guys know I’d be off the scene for a while.

In Monklands Hospital
In Monklands Hospital

Friday was a day of being prodded & poked by various knowledgable looking people, a CT Scan, & a lot of blood tests. Apparently the norm for appendicitis is an age bracket of 20-30 years old; since I’m kicking down the door of 50, they wanted to make absolutely sure that there wasn’t something else going on.

1730 rolls around & I’m off to theatre, a new one for me. Now time didn’t just accelerate, it disappeared. I’ve never had a general anaesthetic before, so wasn’t aware of what it was like. To my mind, it seems like a switch was flicked off, & some time later flicked back on. The anaesthetist had told me to think about something good as I was going under, so I remembered back to the Jurassic Park ride in Universal Studios, Hollywood, that my wife & I went on so many times, & in particular the theme music. I was humming this in my mind when I went to sleep, & was still humming it when I woke up again, wierd 😲

Friday night was pretty uncomfortable & sleepless & Saturday afternoon I was discharged & back home. In all, I went from a sore stomach, to being back home with no appendix (and an increased sense of smell–what the?) in a little over 48 hrs (did I mention they shaved my left thigh 🀣).

I’ve still a long way to go before I’m back to normal. Although the procedure was done using keyhole surgery, it is still very invasive & I have 3 entry wounds to heal (I’m held together with upwards of 20 clamps at the moment).

I’ll be taking it quiet for a while & hope to start getting back to normal with more regular Fan Of… & Water Water Posts in a couple of weeks (sometime in November).

Again, a massive big thank you πŸ™ for all the support & best wishes from you guys, makes everything a bit better when you know you’ve got folk rooting for you.

How To Join In

1. Create a Fan Of… Photo Post.
2. Add a link to your Fan of… blog post in my comment box or create a pingback by linking to my post.
3. Title your post Fan Of… or add Fan Of… tag.

Take care & I’ll see you all in November πŸ˜ƒ

Sporadic Posts

Hi all 😁

With COVID-19 well and truly on the rampage, my own posts and paticipating in challenges will be a bit sporadic at best. I work in retail, and with the craziness going on in shops at the moment, and the possibility of colleagues phoning in sick, I’m pretty slammed with work; photography has to, unfortunately, take a bit of a back seat.

I will endeavour to keep up with all your awesome posts, and join in where I can.

Keep safe,


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