…has been completed!
This one was on the list because it’s a book that I read part of many, many years ago on a train back to uni (and given that I graduated almost six years ago, you know how long ago that was) and it’s sat there ever since to be re-read and finished at some undisclosed point “in the future.” Plus, I love to read and so I like to put some reading ones on my 101 in 1001 lists because they are “easy” for me in some ways. I have one very long book to read left on this list (War and Peace which I started a while ago is seems quite good) and one other book related goal uncompleted I think.
I quite liked Catch 22. It’s a good book but in a way it’s quite hard to understand. I tried to explain to my mum what it’s about (as the back has reviews and not a synopsis) and totally failed. All I managed to do was confuse her with my attempts at explaining what Catch 22 is and therefore what the book is about.
A Catch-22, coined by Joseph Heller in his novel Catch-22, is a logical paradox wherein an individual finds him or herself in need of something which can only be had by not being in need of it. It is often spoken in regards to rules, regulations, procedures, or situations in which one has knowledge of being or becoming a victim but has no control over it occurring.
It’s a bit of a dystopian book in my opinion and I’ve really got a thing for dystopias over the last year or two. I enjoyed it although it did leave me wondering a bit just exactly what had happened in the book – I found it a bit confusing in many places/ And as is often the sign of a very good book – it left me wanting more, wanting to know what happened next to the main character.
It was a good read although it took me over a week as I kept only having time for 50 or so pages at a time and sometimes not even that. When I put my jacket potatoes in to cook today I wrapped myself up in a blanket, sat in the lounge and picked it up and then read until I finished it – over an hour of uninterrupted reading which was lovely. Haven’t managed much of that lately although I did spend a goodly chunk of Monday morning under my duvet reading when the snow stopped me going to the bureau. Must find more time for reading.
>For about the past year (I think it’s actually 10 months give or take), I’ve been seeing the nurse every month or six weeks or thereabouts to chat about how things are. More specifically it’s meant to be to discuss my weight but it’s proved a useful thing in terms of keeping tabs on my depression and has also allowed me to easily fit in some “Emma maintenance” at the same time. Flu jab, blood test, swine flu jab etc. Should probably get my blood pressure checked next time.
Not the last time I went but the time before (October I think, it may have been just November though) she measured my waist. Which was 147 cm. Or to put it in other terms, really fucking huge.
Today she measured it again for me. And it was 131cm.
She also commented that I’ve got a definite waist now. Yay!
I do need to work on my maths skills though. I said about four times right after that “that’s 4 inches” in a shocked voice. Um, no Emma. No it’s not. it’s 6 inches and a bit.
Most best thing about it though? I text my sister and told her – and she text back that was 1 cm longer than a small ruler. Wow. Talk about perspective.
>Being that it’s over a week since I wrote a “proper” catch up type blog entry I thought I better see what I could do about that right now. This entry contains items which fall under the category of TMI – you have been warned!
The goals I wrote about a few weeks ago are… OK but kinda stalled. My TV license is renewed, I’ve e-mailed or called or spoken to on facebook chat most of my friends I wanted to catch up with but not all. I have looked briefly into changing my ISP but need to do more for that really. I haven’t even started my shawl I want to knit. And the no coke and no chocolate thing went really well. /sarcasm. I gave it up Sunday afternoon and was back on it Tuesday lunch time. Yeah. Need to work on that one a bit harder! Although I am pleased that the Monday was a terrible day and I was really upset about something that happened and I felt ill from the lack of my treats but I still stayed strong. Working on my emotional therefore I eat link is probably more important.
I went to the doctors last Tuesday to get my prescription renewed. It was actually only my fluoxetine that needed doing but she’s done both. My baclofen dose is now written differently so I get more each time I get a script and I can take it up to four times a day instead of the twice I was taking it. I need to read up on that a little because I’ve got a feeling it works on building up to get the full effect so taking an extra here and there on bad days may not be the best way to do things. Anyway I’ve been taking three a day since then.
There was some discussion when I last went that I might have polycystic ovaries. Which is a wonderful condition which little is known about I believe. I am assuming she means PCOS but since then I’ve done some reading which suggests it’s possible to have the syndrome without the cysts or the cysts without the syndrome. Basically I’ve been skipping periods and then having really long heavy ones and then getting another period really soon (too soon) after the last one and lather, rinse, repeat, basically.
For example I had a period mid October. Didn’t get one again until 1st Jan which lasted until the 14th and then got it again on the 31st. That lasted my usual five days only which I was relieved about. I must admit that I was beginning to get concerned that I could end up anaemic. And yes, I do know that this is TMI for a lot of people but 1) I believe in sharing because it could help others (or me) and 2) I find it useful to have this noted down for my records.
Anyway she said the hormone levels I had done in August weren’t particularly worrying (she used a different phrasing but that’s what she meant) – I was concerned about their validity as I got a period two days after they were drawn but she didn’t seem concerned about that. There was some discussion about ways that we could treat it (i.e. regulate my hormones) which would be difficult as I can’t take the pill – if you took a list of possible side effects and contraindications of the pill you could cross out contraindications and retitle it “reasons Emma can’t take the pill” I have that many of the contraindications.
The suggestion was Noreisterone for so many days between certain days in my cycle each month to make me bleed. But in my situation she prefers a wait and see approach and to see if my losing any weight makes a difference in the situation as she thinks my weight is probably what’s caused the polycystic ovaries. That makes sense to me as it treats the probable underlying cause as opposed to just the symptoms (screwy periods mostly).
So I’m to see the nurse again on Tuesday to chat about my weight progress (I set that up before I saw the dr) and then I’m going to be getting on with this with a vengeance again. My Dr did comment that I look a lot better than the last time she saw me and also that I look slimmer too. She also commented that I’m sitting better in my wheelchair which is interesting. Plus on the same day my sister commented that my tummy looked smaller. Progress!
I’ve played on my Wii everyday apart from one since I got it – I use it for exercise and I really think that’s got a lot to do with my current success. I do wish that I had my scales back already though – so frustrated that they broke and I’ve not heard from them (returned for repair or replacement due to the warranty). But it’s not been long enough really to chase it yet.
The games I have are Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Just Dance and Samba de Amigo. I play the Sports Resort and Just Dance the most really and Samba de Amigo is probably the one I play the least. That’s hard. It kills my arms. Fun though.
I’m going to be doing some accessibility and/or disability awareness type work with my housing association it seems. In fact I met with my housing officer on Friday and we spent half an hour walking around the estate I live on so I could show her areas where access isn’t great. I think the fact I nearly came out of my chair going down a slope at one point (a part I don’t go to usually) really highlighted the fact that a better ramp is needed there! Plus she asked about things I hadn’t considered too. There are two more things I’ve been asked if I’ll do (but not arranged) and a few more possibilities so that’s good. I won’t go into how that came about because it’s not all resolved but I’ll just say that it seems like good things come to those who complain!
I think that’s probably about it for now