Wednesday, 17 April 2013

April Intro..a little late..


 
Disclaimer: I wrote this a while ago and forgot to hit publish.
Welcome April..how lovely to see you and you have brought some sunshine..how kind. Despite March being an eventful month I can honestly say that I am glad to see the back of it..it just didn't seem like spring at all with it being the UK's coldest March since 1962. Of course us 'hardy Scot's' are used to a colder climate but this year even the newborn lambs just south of the border are being trussed up in little sweaters..I kid you not.

So, looking back on my March (freezing temperatures aside)...

First up, we went to the theatre to see 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert'. The Mister & I are both fans of the movie version so were a little sceptical that the stage adaption could live up to that. However, it was absolutely wonderful from beginning to end..the music, the costumes, the whole performance was a kaleidoscope of fabulousness. Such a change from when we went to see 'Joseph' and were bored to tears..lol.
The next day I attended a long awaited hospital appointment to see a scoliosis specialist. Many of you may know I had a series of spinal surgeries in my childhood but for those who don't..I have multiple curves (scoliosis & kyphosis) which were fused to prevent them getting worse but unable to be fully corrected.
After many years of being 'okay' the last few have seen me slow down due to considerable back pain. Last year I joined SAUK (Scoliosis Association UK) and attended a great seminar and it was there I met the consultant Mr Tsirkos who advised me to see him so we could check things over. Thankfully, there were no noted changes to my spine or metal implant and the pain is predominately muscular from years of gravitational pull against my curves. Surgery has advanced so much since the 1980's but the risks in my case are too great to proceed in that direction.
After some initial disappointment at no 'miracle fix' I am currently looking towards hydrotherapy and acupuncture for pain relief alongside medication.

I see life from a different angle..lol
Yarn is also a great therapy and it was a great thrill to finally have our very own yarn festival here on the East Coast (of Scotland). The very first Edinburgh Yarn Festival was astounding with great vendors from all over the UK and visitors coming from as far as Switzerland to attend. I don't think the organisers had any idea how popular this event would be..rumour has it they expected a conservative 500 people through the doors when infact over 1600 squeezed their way through the yarny goodness that was on offer. It was a feast for the eyes (and of course yarn fondling fingers!) but it got a bit much for this pocket sized woman after a while. I purchased what I could and left while I could still get a breath..not before a photo opportunity with Ysolda of course.
I think that's my embarrassed expression..oh dear!
Other shizz that went down in my March...
  • We got a new car and we have named her 'Doris'
  • The date has finally been set for the Scottish Independence Referendum
  • My baby brother reached the age of 33!
  • I taught my first knitting class
More about some of these things in later posts..I've ranted on enough for one day.
Happy April Everyone!
 

1 comment:

Hazel Tindall said...

You might be interested in looking at www.stitchlinks.com. Fascinating information there about knitting and pain relief.