I am a normal ( in the loosest possible term) Dad from the North East of England. I have a few interests such as BTCC Touring Cars, Football, photography. My favourite hobby though is to just relax and chill out.
I suffer from stress, depression and anxiety and possible PTSD. I am coming to terms with it these days where its not something I need to hide from people or be ashamed of. I also suffer from chronic back problems and live each day in pain in varying degrees.
I am the sort of person that wants good for other people and always tries to help if I can. I can be really soft natured and sensitive, which sometimes surprises people when they meet me.
We received a phone call from my 23 year old son John this afternoon. His girlfriend has been taken into hospital once again with pains. She is about 34 weeks into her pregnancy. She has been in a few times up till now, for what has been diagnosed as a water infection. This time the hospital have told them that she has Group B Streptococcus ( Group B Strep ). I had no idea until now what this is.
( From http://www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnancy/antenatalhealth/physicalhealth/groupbstrep/
Group B streptococcus (GBS), also known as group B strep, is one of many different bacteria which live inside your body. About a third of us has GBS in our gut without even knowing it.
About a quarter of women also have GBS in their vagina. If you do, you won’t know it’s there, as GBS doesn’t have any obvious symptoms.
GBS bacteria can be passed from you to your baby during labour. But this doesn’t usually cause problems, and most women who carry GBS bacteria have healthy babies. It is thankfully only in rare cases that GBS can cause serious illness and, even more rarely, the loss of a newborn baby.
Though it’s unusual, GBS is the most common cause of severe infection in newborns, particularly in the first week after birth (early onset infection). In the UK, about 340 babies develop a GBS infection every year
The site also states:
Most babies exposed to GBS before or during birth are healthy and suffer no ill-effects.
However, about one in 2,000 babies in the UK develops a GBS infection shortly after being born. Sadly, about one in 10 of these babies dies. It’s a very rare event when a baby does not survive a GBS infection.
As you can imagine my son is really worried about this and that his girlfriend is in lots of pain
Please keep your fingers crossed that turns out ok.
What a weekend. While lots of you in the UK are off for the bank holiday, I had to endure work yesterday ( Good Friday ) and also tomorrow ( bank holiday Monday ). Today, I had a lovely lie in. Then this afternoon we went for a family walk in the local Nature reserve. Grace fed the ducks and swans. While we were doing this, a dog came past while being walked by his owner, and decided to jump straight in to try and get the swans, while his owner was shouting at it to get out of the water. One of the swans stood its ground, spread its wings and give an almighty hiss. The dog soon backed off and scarpered. It was very funny to watch.
One bonus of going for this walk was using my Casio EX-ZR100 camera, and finding out by accident how to do macro and super macro shots.
I’m really enjoying getting back into my photography after not doing it for so long due to ill health. Roll on my other blog being set up. It will eventually be a place to show some of my photos. Currently there is a problem with the domain name, so I’m waiting for GoDaddy getting back to me.
My name is Steve, and I’m a father of a now teenage daughter, G and a twenty something ( chip off the old block ) son, J, and the partner of one very patient and caring lady, D. I love to have a rant about things, so you are warned.
I intend using this blog as a form of record about my life, and all the little and sometimes big, things that go on. We are just one normal family.
I have, for years wanted to write my life story, and after recent events in my life, I have decided I need to do this while certain stuff is fresh in my memory. I will over time, continue to add stuff to the blog relating to years gone by and try to keep them in order by adjusting the dates they were posted.
Anyway, enough of my rambling. Thanks again for popping by, and I hope you enjoy what you read and find it interesting. Please feel free to post comments relating to my posts.
Yesterday I went to a reunion for all the staff that worked at one of the bus companies I drove for. It was great seeing the ‘old’ faces again after so long. I was the same as a lot of other people there, remembering faces but not the names and remembering names but not faces. The old directors, who organised the do put on a free bar. Unfortunately, I had to drive so wasn’t able to have copious amounts of beer like some of them were. The free food was very nice indeed.
One of the old directors, had put on a display of all the old memorabilia that he had saved from his time at the company. Amongst the photos of buses ( some of which I drove ), were old company newspapers. It was great to see loads of my old workmates in there, as well as photos of myself, when I was younger, slimmer, and had hair.