Today started early (again) - I must remind Katie and Millie that 5:15am is not a suitable time to wake me up! Despite laying in bed until 8am and trying to snooze it just didn't work. So - after a leisurely breakfast, I did the weekly job of sorting out the medication. I never imagined that I would be on such a cocktail - let alone need a pill box - but it works so I can't knock it. I was diagnosed with temporal arteritis last year and started on a high dose of steroids (40mg a day). Gradually they were reduced by 10% a month until we reached 10mg and then by 1mg per month from then on. By April 1st I was reducing to 2 mg and the headaches came back in force. Allegedly there are two possible reasons - stress and a flare up of the condition - so they raised the steroids back to 10mg. However they did say that when my headaches subsided I could cut them down myself to 6mg. Having taken no paracetamol for four days I feel ready to start tomorrow with 6mg and we will see what happens.
Today's mission was to start the painting of the conservatory. Its a large conservatory so I have divided it into two - I will paint the two coats for one end and then move the furniture from the other end and start again - if you see what I mean. I am pleased with the colour - even after one coat - although it does feel rather grown up! However I just couldn't find masking tape anywhere in the house - yet I knew that I had had some for the quilting I did several months ago. I managed the first coat but really need it for accuracy tomorrow so embarked on a mission to buy some - without venturing into Louth (20mins drive). After trying two different shops I drove to the next village where the garage proved third time lucky. I was so pleased I could have hugged them. However I got into the car and drove the dogs to the beach for their walk. I opened the glove compartment to store my purse out of sight - and found the infamous masking tape that I had used for the quilting. DUH!
All that is now left to do is to feed the dogs, do a little weeding out front, make dinner and sort out some sewing for tonight in front of the television. Foodwise I have been really good - the other half of the baked French toast and yoghurt for breakfast, the feta cheese salad for lunch and bacon & butternut squash risotto with eton mess for afters (squirty cream not clotted!) After a day like yesterday where my slimming world filter was turned off, its nice to get back into focus.
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