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Under The Weather? Not For Long…!!!

July 14, 2009

As it has been well over a week since I last blogged, I now feel that I can think straight enough to play catch up.


Over the last few weeks, lots of little things have been coming together to drag me down to that nasty black place where nightmares dwell….or where they are created…Crying  So here is a quick summary…


In early May, I went to Nottingham City Hospital for my long-awaited radioiodine treatment, for the over-active thyroid.  I am now feeling the effects like heavy tiredness and getting out of breath, and last weekend, my period was so heavy I was doubled-up with the cramps…and the heat didn’t help!


At work, the trouble-maker was getting more argumentative and arrogant, causing an atmosphere that has affected everyone including his fellow workers, my boss, the company, and the client.  I have noted everything that he has said and done, so my boss had him brought in for a disciplinerary.  His behaviour didn’t change even then, and he gave my boss the same as he has been directing at me…much to her disgust.


His reaction to this was to file a grievance against me, getting his girlfriend and her friend (who was a relief) to sign his very badly written letter.  He also managed to trick my stand-in supervisor to sign it, by not letting her read the whole thing, but making out that it was about starting and finishing times.


She made it clear to my boss, then to me that she only signed because of one small thing, but feels that she had been duped, and was quite angry about it, and when she also received a letter asking her to meet with the lady from HR, she phoned the company to explain her situation.  But she now says that she is glad to be able to go along and put the record straight about him and his bad attitude and sly tricks.


When my boss found out about that one she said that it was good, as it’s something else they have against him.  She also told me that she has fired the relief for signing the letter…basically because she had only done a couple of weeks work for us.  More fool her!


Last Friday, I went into the doc’s to try and get an appointment, explaining about my radioiodine treatment, and the fact that my appointments with the specialist keep getting put back.  The receptionist arranged for me to have a phone consultation…which happened while I was at work.  Anyway, I had my blood test at the surgery yesterday morning; I received a phone-call a little while ago with the results, and have an appointment to see the doctor tomorrow morning.  So I will be able to get my prescription and start on the new course of treatment a lot sooner than I expected.


At the weekend, Robert got a job that allowed him to pay a chunk off of another debt, and he said about making an arrangement to pay the rest.  Also, I am now meeting up with my crazy friend again, who I haven’t seen since February due to her work commitments…and boy, have I missed her!!!! Left hugRight hug


So, yes, things are beginning to look up, again, and I am regaining my sense of well-being.  Thank you, my very special friends for your kind words and support while I have been ‘below’….Wink Red heartRed heartRed heart

62 Comments leave one →
  1. Curiosity permalink
    July 14, 2009 2:23 pm

    Not surprised you have been feeling down in the dumps! Just focus on the things that please you and leave the other s**t to other people who are better equiped to deal with it. You do have to push the medical side of things yourself to get anything done, keep pestering them. Hopefully the new meds will help and our Sunny Sandi will be back on track!!

  2. Sandi permalink
    July 14, 2009 2:34 pm

    Thanks, Anne. I went for the blood test yesterday, and was surprised to get a phone call with the results, today!! I was told that, out of T3 and T4, not sure which way round…but one is high and the other is low, so I will definitely get my prescription for Thyroxine tomorrow. Thyroxine is free, and any prescriptions from now on will also be free….which is also good news, as prescriptions are not cheap!!Because of new legislation, brought in in April, the company won\’t just sack the trouble-maker, but are making sure that they have him good and proper before doing so…and my boss sounded very happy when she phoned me earlier…which makes me feel happier, too…!

  3. commander permalink
    July 14, 2009 2:39 pm

    How a person \’feels \’ is a cycle isn\’t it .We go up and down slowly like a sea swell.the problems are worse at the low point if some thing comes along to stress us at the same time.I guess you were unlucky this time as you got hit by a total bastard on your way down making it worse. You are on the way up the next wave now ,and feeling better i am sure .I recognise the signs in my self and no longer fret when i feel low .I just say "not my fault" and wait for the wave to lift me again as it always does .Work well but save some thing for yourself and enjoy the spare time .You have many interests as you have shown on here and that is great proving you are still a smart cookie how ever shy you are .Be happy when you can sandi and let thewaves wash over you and fade away."the sun is out the sky is blue , you have loved one\’s and friends who care for you …" :o)

  4. Mike permalink
    July 14, 2009 2:46 pm

    Glad you\’re feeling better Sandi!Even though you sounded pretty down sunday, there was still an underlyinghumour and strength to what you were typing……..proof that you can\’t keep agood woman down for too long…..hmm sounds a bit kinky, but you know whati mean! 🙂 xxx

  5. Sandi permalink
    July 14, 2009 3:07 pm

    Thank you, my bestest of friends…I love you all for being there, not just for me, but other friends, too. That is what makes you so special.This \’downer\’ for me was probably due to the treatment and lack of medication when needed, and the rest just got sucked in, like a black hole. Those cycles haven\’t been so bad for me, this last year…again, thanks to all my special friends on here, Robin, Mike, Anne, Rachel, Natalia, Eileen, PF, Bran, Lucy, Chris, Kayley & Phil, Chip, Simon, Pamela, Poppy (Val)…and those of you who are still there (I think), but I don\’t see much of at the moment….!Right, time to get ready for work…that does not make me feel black and despondent any more, and we had a laugh at work yesterday without the \’toxic one\’ around…what a big difference his absence makes!((((BIG, BIG HUGS)))) for you all…XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  6. Cornish permalink
    July 14, 2009 3:16 pm

    Times have indeed been tough for you Sandi but you\’ve held your head high and tackled it all. Hats off to you for showing such courage and forbearance in difficult times. Someone pass the tissues please, I\’m off again!!! It may feel like such a huge weight on your shoulders but I can guess you\’re now walking a lot taller now than before. Keep smiling and well done. xx

  7. Sandi permalink
    July 14, 2009 3:29 pm

    I did tell my boss that I almost phoned her to tell her to…er…shove the job…but I didn\’t want that scum-sucker to win!!! Besides, that would be letting the team down, wouldn\’t it!I hope you are smiling bit more now, too, Rachel….all together now…a-a-and…always look on the bright side of life…te tum, te tum te tum te tum…!

  8. Natalia permalink
    July 14, 2009 3:35 pm

    What can I say that will nor echo anything that others have already said. I remember all to well the consternation at reading you didn\’t have enough money for your prescription. It horrified me. Despite all of this you have battled through. You really are a tough old boot and I am proud of you and all that you manage to achieve. As for Mr Coniving I can see the exit door opening as I type. What\’s the saying? give enough rope……… ;o). xx

  9. Touch permalink
    July 14, 2009 4:16 pm

    Things really are looking up! Here in the States we have the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC, a federal government organization charged with ensuring fair working standards for all regardless of race, color, creed, gender or age. I\’m very familiar with their rules and regulations having worked several years in blue collar positions, serving as a union shop steward for 7 years before I was promoted into management. The actions of your troublemaker fall under what is known as creating a hostile work environment. This is not only a justifiable grounds for termination, it also leaves the company involved open for government fines and sanctions if they fail to take corrective actions in a timely manner. It\’s too bad you don\’t have a similar organization there; or do you?

  10. Eileen permalink
    July 14, 2009 6:16 pm

    Just glad to hear it\’s all coming good hunni ((((HUGS))))Money worries, dreading to go to work, not feeling very well, major cramps all at the same time?! I\’d have grabbed my quilt and gone back to bed!Let\’s hope with work being on top of the trouble maker and notching up more points for termination, the new meds and everything that we\’ll have our good ole trouble maker back and in full form soon! ;-plove n hugsxxx

  11. Princess permalink
    July 14, 2009 7:19 pm

    Big ((HUGS)) Sandi, u WILL get thru this & looks like there is already light at the enda the tunnel. Now u have urself a worry free evening, the unbossy frog has spoken, Luv PF XXX

  12. Sandi permalink
    July 14, 2009 8:11 pm

    Natalia…tough old boot…?! LOL! Chip…employment law ins and outs…I couldn\’t begin to explain it to you…that\’s what them at the office are for! I do know there is new legislation that is supposed to be in faour of employees, that was brought in in April…otherwise he woulda been out of the door for gross misconduct. Sacked on the spot…but we can\’t do that now, so my boss is having to cover all thingies so he has no ammo to fire back with…if you know what I mean. Basically you have contravened this rule, that one, that, that and this…goodbye!!!Eileen…our new relief was on the warpath at the state of his floor, so I told her that she could see the boss tomorrow and vent her anger then…more ammo for us, I guess!! And I start on Thyroxine tomorrow, so I\’m hoping I don\’t put too much weight on before the begin to work!PF…a worry-free evening it is! (Unbossy? Nah, doesn\’t suit you…LOL!!!)All of ya…c\’m \’ere for a GROUP HUG…!!!!! Loves ya all lots….XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  13. Touch permalink
    July 14, 2009 9:05 pm

    Ammo? Well now, take up a collection, tell him he\’s getting a special award of a trip to visit Virginia\’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain\’s and book him a flight to the Mountain Empire Airport. I\’ll be happy to meet him at the plane and take him on a tour of the Lead Mines Region. Some of those mines have been worked out since the American Revolution. I will insure he gets the IN DEPTH tour if you catch my drift. No need to thank me; just call it an exercise in Anglo-American relations!

  14. Sandi permalink
    July 14, 2009 9:45 pm

    I like it! Of course, it is cheaper to send him on holiday to Cornwall…all those disused tin and copper mines littering the landscape…what joyful thoughts…!

  15. Touch permalink
    July 14, 2009 11:04 pm

    Okay, you can borrow a gun but I want it back wiped of fingerprints and reloaded when you are finished "giving him the tour".

  16. Bran permalink
    July 14, 2009 11:29 pm

    Leave our mine shafts alone Sandi; need to keep room for the bodies we need to dispose of!

  17. Curiosity permalink
    July 15, 2009 4:53 am

    If it is of any use to anyone, we have a lot of disused quarries that have been flooded. The resulting lakes are very very deep, the still water is a beautiful bright blue set off against the white chalk cliffs. Not even fish or plants survive in them because of the alkalinity of the water. Although the top few metres is clear it becomes white and cloudy in the depths and probably hides a multitude of misdemeanors.

  18. Cornish permalink
    July 15, 2009 8:53 am

    Aren\’t we a kind lot? 🙂 Throw him down the mines Sandi and let the knockers take care of him. Moooohahahahahahaaaa.On the topic of Lead Mines (my little eyes really opened when I read that!), one of my relatives died there. We did have the newspaper clipping that told us about his demise but it got lost. The other day I found it on an old floppy disk that I plugged into an even older laptop and copied it down again. Funny how you brought that up. I think he\’s buried in Lead Cemetery now. Us Cornish get everywhere and wherever there\’s a whole in the ground, there\’s a Cornish man inside!Have a great day Sandi. What flavour are the pills, chocolate or strawberry? (I know they\’re not really flavoured but I pretend they are depending on the colour)

  19. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 9:33 am

    Just getting ready to go to doc\’s now…I hope they\’re chocolate (oh….shhhhh….mustn\’t mention the \’C\’ word! Anne might be listening!! Don\’t want to upset het diet, now, do we, when she\’s doing so well.)Talking of Cornish….I fancy a bowl of icecream now…!Hmmm…if every disused mine or quarry were investigated….I wonder what kind of things would be found…?!!

  20. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 9:34 am

    Darned keyboard!!

  21. Poppy permalink
    July 15, 2009 10:51 am

    Hi Sandi, sorry to read about your ongoing problems, medical and \’other\’ wise!! I am on Thyroxine for an under active thyroid problem, and have been for a couple of years now. Its no problem whatsoever, but it may take a little time for the Dr to get the right dose for you 🙂 Oh and I have a brilliant idea for that um \’troublemaker\’ (can think of lots of names to put there, but decided to keep it polite!) send him down to me, I will organize for him to go and walk on the Goodwin Sands, which you can do at certain tides, drop him off on the sands, and er \’forget\’ to go back for him…….lol xxxxxx

  22. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 11:26 am

    LOL! Have heard about the famous (or should that be \’infamous\’) Goodwin Sands!I know about getting doses right, as it was the same when I was diagnosed as over-active, and any permanent medication takes time to get right. At least I have my prescription, which will start me off until I see the specialist again next month, then he will probably send me to see their resident vampire and adjust my dosage accordingly. In the mean-time, I have picked up the form to see if I can get free Thyroxine…as it\’s not an automatic thing. Will have to pay for this prescription, then claim it back if I can get it free…fingers crossed.

  23. Eileen permalink
    July 15, 2009 12:19 pm

    Oh we have plenty of mines down here also 😉 Bath is quite hollow under places like Combe Down.. honest you ask the home owners there!And Holcombe quarry is an excellent place.. you could drop him off the cliff top there (see photo\’s). He\’d be quite lost but there are bbq\’s and plenty of fish so he could become self sufficient.Hope it all went well at the docs and the pills aren\’t horse pills!

  24. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 12:51 pm

    I\’ve read about it, Eileen…all those stone quarries and mines, especially the one known as the Cathedral!! It looks HUGE!!!As for the pills…I have no idea until I\’ve been to the pharmacy to get \’em…but they will probably be those tiddly little things in a blister pack that you end up dropping when you try to push \’em out….then heaven knows where they end up!!

  25. Eileen permalink
    July 15, 2009 12:59 pm

    Yeah now they\’re trying to work out how to fill them properly and responsibly because of the holes turning up in peoples gardens! I really can\’t think why they built the houses above the mines in the first place! Oh I know.. it was because they were social housing (the only one\’s stupid enough to think they\’d get away with it).Ah push them out over a side plate, then you can pick them up easily too.

  26. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 1:52 pm

    Ye gods! I\’d be terrified of the ground opening up and everyone disappearing down a ruddy great hole in the ground!!! Actually, if I lived there…I\’d be terrified of ending up in a hole!

  27. Bran permalink
    July 15, 2009 2:07 pm

    If you want to be scared of the ground opening up beneath you go and live near Cornish mermaid, all sorts of unmarked mine workings under her place and peoples gardens suddenly disappear when the ground opens up underneath!

  28. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 2:18 pm

    That is scarey! Do unpopular people suddenly go missing, too…?!!

  29. Cornish permalink
    July 15, 2009 2:31 pm

    Anyone we want to.I know a story about a plumber that was fixing the waste for this little old lady\’s sink and he wondered where the water went from her bath. He took the bath out and found out ……………. straight into the open mine shaft beneath. The plumber that put the bath in for her must have known it was like that to have just left it there too. Then there\’s the whole housing estate up the road that had to be evacuated one afternoon because the houses started sliding down into numerous shafts. Fascinating stuff.And then there\’s the knockers! Thankfully I know what keeps them quiet.Smarties then Sandi if they\’re tiny ones! 🙂

  30. Eileen permalink
    July 15, 2009 2:40 pm

    Oh now that was a nice plumber! Rachel that\’s what happened up here with one of our estates (the council are still arguing over who has to pay to shore it all up). For the time being they\’ve got weight restrictions on traffic etc so the foundations don\’t get any weaker.

  31. Cornish permalink
    July 15, 2009 2:53 pm

    This estate belonged to the RAF; no planning needed or ground searches for the land. They learnt the hard way. Thankfully no one was hurt or worse still, killed!We\’ve had them go down in the middle of roads before. I\’m sure there are a few waiting to go down still as the road keeps sinking.There\’s a row of houses around the corner from here that have a tunnel running under them. Every time it\’s windy, the carpets lift!I think my house is ok but you never know around here. Each time a house is bought or sold you have to have a mining survey but they only show the known tunnels and shafts. As a new shaft appears, you can guarantee there\’s a tunnel nearby. All good fun and it keeps us on our toes.

  32. Eileen permalink
    July 15, 2009 3:00 pm

    Oh how odd! Ours are under the MOD site too! Estimated at a cost of over £90 million pounds to shore up.Glad I don\’t live on one of those sites mind!

  33. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 3:51 pm

    Eeeek! You guys are scaring me!! Nothing like that is ever heard of here…no mines! Although an old sewer did collapse in one of the little side streets earlier this year, and a little hole in the ground became a bigger hole in the ground…but apart from that…not a lot. Because this area is clay, ground can dry out rapidly and shrink, causing minor subsidance problems…nothing entertaining ever happens here!

  34. Eileen permalink
    July 15, 2009 4:06 pm

    But Sandi.. where are you supposed to put the bodies? Do they expect you to actually dig holes?

  35. Curiosity permalink
    July 15, 2009 4:21 pm

    Where I lived a few years ago was a bit risky. Three times in 3 months holes suddenly appeared. One neighbour four doors up opened her back door to let the dog out and her garden had gone! It had dropped 6 feet down right at her doorstep. Another and equal distance away the road sank 3 foot down as did another road a few along. There are a lot of caverns underneath this area and the the collapses seem to run in a slight curve. It does not deter the developers though, they still keep building.

  36. Curiosity permalink
    July 15, 2009 4:25 pm

    Hang on!!!!!!! CHOCOLATE tablets……careful Sandi they could be Exlax! Even I would give those a miss. Have been a good girl and not had any sweeties this week.

  37. Eileen permalink
    July 15, 2009 4:27 pm

    It amazes me that this little island manages to stay afloat! mind with all the holes I suppose it makes it more like a sponge…

  38. Curiosity permalink
    July 15, 2009 4:57 pm

    If they keep letting people come over here to live our little island might sink with the extra weight!

  39. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 8:10 pm

    And they blame global warming and the Polar ice melting for rising sea levels…! It\’s not rising sea levels but us sinking under the weight…and all the holes!!!The tablets are tiny little white ones…no chocolate…no Exlax…don\’t need that stuff at the moment!!Bodies…hmmm…good point. Maybe they take \’em and dump \’em elsewhere…?!! Like all those deep dark caverns and mine shafts and quarries and sichlike…?!!

  40. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 8:12 pm

    Hey ho…lift the bath up and…tip \’im in….!! Er…body? What body…?!!!!!

  41. Cornish permalink
    July 15, 2009 8:29 pm

    Mint sweeties Sandi. Yummy.I didn\’t see no body hoccifer. Don\’t know what you\’re talking bout.

  42. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 9:05 pm


  43. Curiosity permalink
    July 15, 2009 9:14 pm

    I hope you have managed to get your medication fee free? Ps\’s me off cos I have to pay full whack for just ONE little tablet a MONTH for my bones each month! All those years of being on the Pill, which was free, was a contributing factor in my early osteoporosis and now I have to pay. If it were not for \’the change\’ and no reason for taking it, I would still be getting it for free so by my reckoning why don\’t they just swap it for what I do need now.Next \’body disposal\’ for proposal is those who have an injection to be given once a year to solve my problem but will not let me have it until I become almost crippled by bone loss even though it can stop it in its tracks. Derrrr! prevention better than cure springs to mind, but wait a minute…..thats right my surgery does not have the funds for it and until I am worse I will not meet the criteria!

  44. Curiosity permalink
    July 15, 2009 9:16 pm

    Ooops! soz for that outburst, don\’t usually get so worked up, soz.

  45. Sandi permalink
    July 15, 2009 9:30 pm

    You go ahead and get it out of your system…things like that are a great frustration to many, many people just because of where they live, or whether their surgery is affluent or not, or gets the relevant funding, etc. And why is it that this is free, but that is not? Surely that is more important than this…? Who decides? more importantly, how do they decide what is free and what isn\’t?!!! It\’s crazy…!!!!

  46. commander permalink
    July 15, 2009 10:07 pm

    Looks like the blog pub has reopened to me .Bin a while .

  47. Curiosity permalink
    July 16, 2009 4:46 am

    We not only have deep underground caverns – where else would they be but underground dum dum!- but the county abounds in man made cave systems like the Napoleonic defences in Chatham and the historic ones at Dover and Hastings to name a few.

  48. Sandi permalink
    July 16, 2009 9:17 am

    Pint of best, Robin? Feel free to grumble…!Dum Dum, Anne? Oh…I see! You said there are a lot of caverns \’underneath\’ this area…with you now! LOL!!It\’s funny how people always state the obvious without giving it a thought, and no-one else notices either. 😀

  49. commander permalink
    July 16, 2009 9:28 am

    grumble ….?….mmmmm apple crumble ……;o)

  50. Sandi permalink
    July 16, 2009 9:29 am

    Apple crumble…?! With lashings of ice cream…drool…!!!

  51. Eileen permalink
    July 16, 2009 10:21 am

    mmm… hungry now!

  52. Sandi permalink
    July 16, 2009 10:26 am

    So am I! No lovely apple crumble and ice cream for me…just wholemeal toast and honey at the moment…! 😦

  53. Eileen permalink
    July 16, 2009 10:37 am

    Me neither.. I may try some toast in a bit but I\’m still in bed atm!

  54. Sandi permalink
    July 16, 2009 10:46 am

    Apetite is all to cock at the mo…I want something to eat, but don\’t know what, or get something, then can\’t eat it! I get a cup of tea, but it ends up stone cold…then can drink it!

  55. Eileen permalink
    July 16, 2009 10:55 am

    mmm.. what I need is some one to come and feed me!

  56. Sandi permalink
    July 16, 2009 11:20 am

    Having a lazy day, today, Eileen? \’Me time\’ is very important…enjoy it and don\’t feel guilty.

  57. Curiosity permalink
    July 16, 2009 12:21 pm

    I am having a bit of ne time too if only for half an hour break, am sitting on bench in lovely park. He owned up to forgetting its my b/d on saturday…. Could not grumble cos i forgot its our eighth wedding anniversary today!

  58. Eileen permalink
    July 16, 2009 12:39 pm

    Aw! I was up all night and feel rough as today so having a sick day today :-(Happy Anniversary Anne x x

  59. Curiosity permalink
    July 16, 2009 7:07 pm

    Just had 4 pieces of KFC, which we walked right into town to get therefore burning off a few calories, so I don\’t feel so bad about eating the chocolate cream b/d cake my workmates presented me with on the minibus home with a b/d song and loads of candles! (yes it is on saturday but they are not working again this week so won\’t see me). Perfect anniversary romantic night in though, he scoffed his dinner and has gone to sleep on the sofa. Fell asleep on the big day as well and every anniversary since, creature of habit!

  60. Princess permalink
    July 16, 2009 7:34 pm

    Yo Sandi, hope ur feeling better 2day, Big Hugs, Luv PF XXX

  61. Eileen permalink
    July 16, 2009 7:44 pm

    lol.. well happy birthday for Saturday.. just incase! mm KFC!! yum!

  62. Sandi permalink
    July 17, 2009 10:22 am

    Oh…Happy Anniversary for yesterday, Anne.Neither of us got the other a card this year, and we only received one card altogether…from our friends in the north. Nothing from either family, or any of our other friends who came to our wedding…oh, well!!Just remembered…the Miasma is back today (sinking feeling) One of the girls commented about how there was a good atmosphere this week, without him! His girlfriend asked for a holiday form, and my boss wanted to know who it was for…we both guessed that it would be for him to try and get in his holidays before he leaves..not gonna happen…pro rata and all that jive…he booked the week I\’m off…I enjoyed turning him down! Hehehe…!!

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