Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Day on a Fact Finding Mission (with more pics)

Down back alleys

Across the park

Terraces at the end of Belmont Road

Tiverton is dotted with pretty terraced cottages like this.

More terraces further down Belmont Road

Found this a few yards down the road.

And these two reprobates are continuing to make themselves very comfortable.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Day 5 in Tiverton

Junction of Newport Street and St Peter Street, Tiverton this morning.

A much needed bucket of red
last Wednesday night.
For those of you not following on Facebook, our move to Tiverton last week has been something of a whirlwind. After years in the barren desert called New Milton, we've been inundated with things to do over the last few days including seeing the infamous pants (Christmas lights), meeting Mango (the Tiverton Tesco Cat), having a fun Friday night out at the karaoke, adopted some moggies, spent Saturday evening at Electric Nights Streetfood, went to the Tiverton Annual Christmas Market and out for Sunday Lunch.

As I've already said, we've done more in four days in Tiverton than in four years in New Milton - because, obviously, there actually is stuff to do. And it's all in walking distance.

This morning, I walked into town again to go to the weekly Antiques and flea market. (With luck, I won't have bought too many fleas!) I did buy a scarf for £1 and a blue enamel teapot for £4. In one charity shop I bought two large books (Nigella's Christmas and a Tuscan cook book) for £1 (the pair) and in another, a small table / plant stand (to put the Christmas tree on) for £4.

Massive haul and just a £10 note spent! :)

The other reason for going into town was to register at the doctors, the dentist and the vet.

Dentist was no trouble, took both registrations and made me an appointment. Their appointment card says "Thank you for choosing our practice for your dental needs", which is a whole lot better than the unsaid, but very apparent from the attitude of "we know we're your only choice, so we can be as crap as we like" that I certainly always got from the dentist in New Milton.

At the doctors the queue moved quickly, the receptionist was efficient and friendly (!?!) and I came away with registration forms for both of us. When I asked if I could bring in Richard's ID in for him, she said that I could. Was never allowed to do that in New Milton!

And the vets were even friendlier. Took Noah and Myles' details and even volunteered to call the Blue Cross themselves to get the rest of the cats' medical notes!

Everyone I came across was friendly, helpful and gave a shit. I should not be shell-shocked at this discovery, but it's a sad reflection on attitudes elsewhere that this difference too is so noticeable. 

Clyst is the name of a river, which accounts for the many of them.

Then this afternoon, I drove down to Clyst Saint Mary to collect a leather footstool I'd won on Ebay. It just fit in the car, by which I mean, once it was shoehorned in!

An inch bigger and it wouldn't have fit!

Yeah, I successfully got the car out of the garage and back in again, all without an adult present!

The drive down - I deliberately went via the scenic route - included some single-track roads with passing places, crossing lots of bits of river over impossibly cute, narrow stone bridges and some of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking landscapes with colourful autumnal foliage.

What I didn't manage today: to phone any tradespeople, to find the printer.

But we have a phone and broadband - on schedule and that works!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Healing the rifts between mental health workers and psychiatric survivors

Just two examples will suffice. First, many survivors report their stories of abuse – both prior to, and subsequently within, the system – are not believed and seen as a ‘symptom’ of their mental illness. Second, the psychiatrisation of conditions like Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) where organic and physical conditions become ‘all in the mind’. Here, whilst there is a complex inter-relationship between the mind and body, psychiatric reductionism has resulted in a catalogue of instances of maltreatment, neglect and abuse.

Most ME/CFS sufferers are female, many of whom have been referred to as ‘hysterical’ and ‘irrational’ by doctors and psychiatrists. The medical and psychiatric establishment has yet to come clean, admit to or apologise for these abuses.

Healing the rifts between mental health workers and psychiatric survivors

Via: Dr Speedy 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Exercise Intolerance in POTS, ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Explained?

"... a significant subset of patients with exercise intolerance and heart abnormalities have simply slipped through the cracks. No diagnosis has been able to explain their low energy production (VO2 max) during exercise; they don’t have heart failure or arrhythmia or cystic fibrosis or known mitochondrial problems. Aside from telling them that they’re deconditioned or depressed, the medical profession hasn’t known what to do with these patients."

The Exercise Intolerance in POTS, ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Explained?

Friday, 11 November 2016

The "Starvation" Disease? Metabolomics Meets Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Down Under

Armstrong speculated that an infection or autoimmune process may have triggered a sepsis-like condition which then lead to a state of chronic starvation. During sepsis immune cells rely entirely upon glycolysis to proliferate wildly. They are so energy hungry during this process that they can deplete the system of essential cofactors perhaps leading to a state of chronic cellular starvation.

The "Starvation" Disease? Metabolomics Meets Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Down Under

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Claimants Rights Systematically Violated Says UN, Plus Support Group Under Attack

There may be an alternative universe in which it troubles the UK government to find itself accused by the United Nations of “systematic violations” of the rights of disabled people. Sadly, it isn’t this universe. A UN report published this week documented multiple violations of disabled claimants’ rights, including the way that they are portrayed as being lazy and a burden on taxpayers, the harm to health caused by unfair assessments, the cuts to legal aid, the imposition of the bedroom tax and the ending of the Independent Living Fund. The secretary of state for work and pensions, Damian Green, however, gave not a moment’s consideration to the detailed and carefully worded report. Instead, he dismissed it as “outdated”, “patronising” and “offensive”, insisting that it’s not “the amount of money poured into the system”, that counts but “the work and health outcomes for disabled people”. Likewise, the plot to force many, probably most, support group claimants to take part in work-related activities - even though they are in the support group precisely because the DWP doesn’t think they are able to undertake work-related activities – is enthusiastically supported by Green.

Claimants Rights Systematically Violated Says UN, Plus Support Group Under Attack

Monday, 7 November 2016

Could Fibromyalgia Be A Low-Endorphin Disease?

Exercise studies indicate that exercise is generally helpful for people with fibromyalgia but that’s not the end of the story. Most FM exercise studies focus on either mild or short duration exercise protocols. Sustained, high-intensity exercise, on the other hand, is often poorly tolerated. A recent study may suggest why that might be so.

Could Fibromyalgia Be A Low-Endorphin Disease?

Friday, 4 November 2016

Sleep Problems for People With Chronic Diseases

There are many flavors of this particular hell that go around with folks who have chronic conditions, and each of us has different ways of handling the situation. It never gets easier, either, because we’re either too sleep-deprived to be human or we’re out like a dead thing because our bodies have finally given up the ghost and let us rest.

Sleep Problems for People With Chronic Diseases

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Summer, Sasha & Shadow

Happy pack on a walk.

Dogs that come to stay together in ready-made families find it so much easier to adapt to new surroundings and people looking after them and are often less trouble than single dogs.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Minimal exercise can prevent disease, weight gain in menopausal women

Past research has indicated that metabolic function is critical for women to prevent cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes after they reach menopause. Now, according to new research from the University of Missouri, minimal exercise may be all it takes for postmenopausal women to better regulate insulin, maintain metabolic function and help prevent significant weight gain. These findings suggest that women can take a proactive approach and may not need to increase their physical activity dramatically to see significant benefits from exercise.

Minimal exercise can prevent disease, weight gain in menopausal women
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