Tuesday, 30 March 2021
There cant be many who missed the events in America last May. It changed us for ever. It made us less. The story that was put out by the press was a pack of falsehoods. Lets start with the infamous picture of Officer Chauvin with a knee on Floyds neck. Why is this picture so tightly cropped? It is to highlight the knee on the neck, but it doesn't do that. What it shows is that Chauvin's knee is not on Floyds windpipe. Floyds spine and neck muscles would prevent him from asphyxiating, No this picture is cropped so you do not see what is happening around Chauvin.
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Here I am moored just below Lock 15 at Marston Doles above Napton on the Oxford Canal. On Tuesday I took a walk down to the bottom lock to get rid of my domestic rubbish. I didn't realise it was a tad over 2 miles one way which meant I then had a 2 mile hike up hill to get back to the 'Milly M'. Going wasn't too bad its down hill, but coming back was a bit of an effort!
On Wednesday @1800 I started to feel a bit odd. My pulse started to race. I dont mean just speed up a bit I mean raaaaaaace! I got out my BP monitor and checked my BP Systolic 169 Diastolic 97 Pulse170 bpm.
|Text book figures are 120/80 and below 100 bpm.|
Mmmm, thought I that's not right so I checked it again, it was similar so @1806 I sent this picture to my good friend Dr Bones with the message 'what do you think'. She came back with, "Seek medical help and call Dr Kate.......unless it's the dog."
Well I called 111 @1809 I was lucky there is almost no signal here but they picked up and entered in to a diatribe of recorded messages and button pressing. After the sixth button press I thought I don't have time for this so I hung up and called 999 @1815 and explained the situation and the said they would get a Clinical Tech to call me which they did @1855. I again explained the situation and after a discussion of the fine details they said they would send an Ambulance.
Well it was over two hours after my first concern before they arrived. I didn't worry I was in an awkward place and I knew not to worry and get stressed lest I should exacerbate the situation.
The Paramedics arrived about @2020 with more gear than I could carry, on a good day, and proceed to stock my boat with bags of tech/med kit. There is a pinch point in the kitchen that is 9". One of the girls was a bit embarrassed that she couldn't get through with out a struggle. I assured her that I had a friend who made her look like Twiggy that managed it with a struggle.
The girls set about their business checking and recording everything. In this situation it is a bit embarrassing for me because after 2 hours it had mostly calmed down. The 'best' they got was 146/88 66 bpm, which given I normally read high on the systolic measure was not a real cause for concern.
We discussed the situation and decided that they would take me to hospital if I wished or I could call my GP in the morning. Given my view of the whole picture I decided to go with the latter option as I couldn't leave my Molly dog on the boat all night.
They were amazed at my calmness given my initial worries, as I was, but over the last 9 years I have been counseling a bereaved chap of my acquaintance and I have seen what stressing over stuff has done to him, and still does, so I am a bit more prepared to stay chilled than most.
Epilogue: On Thursday morning I tried contacting my GP to no avail. On Friday I did manage to contact the surgery and booked a call back from the GP. However the signal being bad after several attempts we gave up. Why am I telling you this? Well there is a very obvious problem for people who are not in the 'phone zone' getting help if needed. Why is this so in 2021?
I remember in 2010 when David Cameron became PM, he said, "We are going to bring Superfast Broadband in to every home in the capital. I remember thinking at the time, Why? I thought this is odd because not every home in the capital wanted SFBB and felt this was just a way of using public money to fulfil a corporate/industrial need.
But more especially there were large areas of the country that didn't have a basic GPS phone signal and this was a bit of a slap in the face to the people in those areas. I am sure we have all, at some time, been frustrated when we can't get a phone signal when we are out and about. Often in the area we are in there is a perfectly good signal, but not from the company with which we we are connected.
Now the electric and rail companies have a good system. One company is responsible for the infrastructure the over/under ground works, the supply if you like, and many other companies are responsible for "providing the service". Why cant that happen with the phone service. One company responsibly for the transmitter/receiver masts and all the others for "providing the service". Makes sense to me! What do you think?
Monday, 8 March 2021
I am having trouble with this virus and the vaccine. I have had my letter asking me to make an appointment, and that's wonderful! and as soon as I get the answers to my questions I will make an appointment. However getting answers to questions of this nature is not easy.
1. I am concerned about mixing antibodies I may already have from my first infection with the vaccine?
2. I am concerned about mixing antibodies I may already have from a second infection with the vaccine?
3. Given 1 & 2 is there a preferred vaccine?
4. If the second virus was not the same strain as the first will any vaccine be effective?
5. Why can I not be treated with Hydroxychloroquine? Following the political ousting of Trump, some doctors have started suggesting "It will work".
6. And finally what is the effectiveness of my own immune system?
These are all questions I have tried asking. I cannot get my own surgery to even pick up the phone, 119 a very extended diatribe from a recording telling people that they will not answer these types of questions. The Internet is great at telling you how to prevent catching it.
I am not an anti-Vaxxer but I think it is only fair, given an A&E told me I had the virus back in February and a cancer specialist told me only a few weeks ago what I thought was flu over Christmas, was on the balances of probabilities Covid-19, that I should ask these questions.
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
One is prepping for a trippette. I shall be setting off at the weekend heading to Gayton. I shall be travelling with my dear friend Mortimer Bones who is also on a trippette. She can only do weekends so I am baby sitting her boat during the week.
Whilst at Gayton, if I can get in touch with a champion boat fitter of my acquaintance, I intend to a have kitchen refitted. I have had the boat for fifteen years now and the kitchen is getting a bit tired.
You may remember a few years ago I had the bathroom done, by the same chap as it happens! He did a splendid job of that so it would be folly not to use him again.
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
For those of you who don't know I am at moored at Tooley's. I mention this because you will all start moving soon and some of you will head down to Banbury. I am moored right next to the lift bridge on the outside of the shell of a 1911 boat called KILSBY.
This is an official mooring and I pay to be here so now that you know maybe we can come to an arrangement whereby you don't tell me I shouldn't be moored here and I wont tell you you need lessons! Yes I know its a bit tight, but I ask three things of you when you come through,
1. Which ever direction you are going, moor up on the bridge mooring, don't use me as a fender!
2. Don't come through the bridge from the lock side if there is a boat waiting on my side to come through. Its tight and you ain't good enough!
3. Please do not use your bow thruster to fend off my boat. What you have, given the limited depth of the water, is a hi-power sandblaster eroding my blacking. I will not be happy.
One important thing for you to know about the lift bridge is last year it was very stiff to wind up/down. They came and installed a new hydraulic ram and now it is even harder to wind up and down. Kids will find it very difficult.
It seems the contractors who 'sorted the hydraulics' don't understand lift bridges. The give away was that when they were manually lifting the bridge for boats to pass under no one noticed it took three heavy guys on the beams to do the job. That's about 500lb. A lift bridge only needs to be balanced to about 20/30lb on the beam the same as it would be if it was a manual bridge.
What's really annoying is the CRT inspector who came to sign off on the job said it was OK. He didn't even have a windlass with him to test the bridge. When told about how hard it would be to lift for and older person they said it would "wear in" it hasn't! It has gotten worse If I had an hydraulic system that need to wear in that much I would be going to court.
Monday, 15 February 2021
Hi peeps, Its been a while but I have been poorly and busy.
About the 19th of December I had a meal in Oxford at the Chateau Chavagnon, I only managed one mouthful. That is unusual for me. On the Twentieth I took to my bed on the Good Ship 'Milly M' I decided to stay there as the old body was not functioning properly. I dosed my self with all sorts of potions and remained there for three weeks. During this time I lost nearly 2 stone.
Now I am thinking it was the flu, but I am not discounting the Virus as I was told back in May I had had the virus during a visit to A&E to attend a fractured clavicle. I only rose to let Molly out on the wharf and to heat a can of soup. When I finally decided to get up and have a normal life it was somewhat difficult. The body was not willing! I would get up about 10 and by 12 I have used up all my available energy and needed to retire to my bed. This went on for a few weeks. Not funny I can tell you. In fact I still have a lay down for half an hour most days.
I have had my letter for my C-19 jab, but I have a question to ask and cannot get someone to answer. Before I have the vaccination I need to know if I have already had the virus and what effect it will have taking the jab. I don't think that is too much to ask but no one seem to want to pick up the phone let alone answer the question!
What to do?
I trust you are all as well as you could be, given these troubled times we seem to be in?
However, I will come back trust me!