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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.

A lovely windy and sandy day

Today was a day I have been looking forward to for the last week, maybes longer. It was the day that we, as a family went for a drive to Whitley Bay. Not much new there but this time it was to vlog about my childhood area. Well some of it anyway.
Recently, as some of you will already know, things have been hard, what with my brother being terminally ill in hospital. Today was a day to take time out and chill. Even though I still couldn’t stop thinking about my brother lying there in his hospital bed, I still tried to enjoy myself. I found myself, occasionally ‘zoning’ out, which didn’t go unnoticed by Denise, my better half.
Anyway, this little excursion out was nice. It was sunny, but at the same time very windy. My flip cam microphone has picked it up. You can here more of the wind than my voice. I tried public vlogging. It was too busy but still a little nerve wracking.
When we got to Tynemouth for the coffee I had promised at Crusoes, which is literally on the beach, we were sat outside and got sand blasted by the clouds of sand blowing along the beach. The thing about this cafe is, no matter what the weather or time of year, it is always very very busy and seats are a premium. Still, we love sitting outside watch people on the beach with their dogs, and surfers etc. All nice relaxing fun.
So despite the weather, it was a nice afternoon.
Now for a bath to try and getthe sand out of all the nooks and crannies lol.

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My Mothers cat

Some horrible person kicked this cat causing it to always have it’s Tongue out. Old but friendly cat who always welcomes strokes.


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Back on the sick

My back went again. OH NO!!!! I here you say. Yep, this time I woke up in pain with it. Didn’t actually have to do anything this time. It’s been a couple of weeks so far, and I’m already up to 50mcg of Fentanyl every 3 days.
Today I went for my third lot of MRI scans since all these problems arose. Those machines are so noisy, even with foam earplugs in your ears. I was told by the lady there that since my last scans were done technology has improved greatly. Where I used to get a huge envelope containing your scans, now you get them on a DVD disk. Can’t wait to get them.
My car goes in for it long awaited service tomorrow. I’m dreading it. It’s my own stupid fault but my car hasn’t had a service since I got it nearly 3 years ago. I’m dreading the bill. On a brighter note, once I’ve got this done, I can arrange for the car to go back to the lease company and collect my new car, which is sitting waiting for me. Now that, I can’t wait for.
A few days ago, we had a phone call from the hospital where my brother is a patient. They told me that he had been rushed to intensive care as he couldn’t breath. They said it was best if we went in as he was really poorly.
When we went in he was rigged up to a non invasive ventilator. Obviously he was also rigged up to the normal heart monitors etc. He could badly speak, and what he could say was differcult to understand because of the ventilator mask he was wearing. The nurse advised us that his kidneys were failing and his lungs were collapsing due to too much acid is his blood, so his lungs had been trying to compensate for this but had decided to give up, hence the need for the machine.
The next day when we went in, he was like a different person. During the night, he had been given dialysis and put on a proper ventilator. This had worked wonders and his blood was sorted and lungs working again. This time he was able to speak better.
He has been improving each day. Hopefully this will continue.
It’s been a stressful week which I’m glad is nearly over.
I have decided to set up a channel on YouTube to do vlogs on. I only have a couple of experimental ones on there at present. I have been trying to research how people do there vlogs and make it look natural and interesting. I’m gonna have to get my finger out and try it properly. My channel is coffeeandasliceolife go check it out, subscribe and sent me a message of encouragement to spur me on. Thank you.

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Overdue post

Hope everyone is ok today.
All my jobs done, bills paid etc. Thankfully. Thought it would be a bit tighter for money than it is this month after Crimbo.
Life at the moment is going ahead normally. Had a drama this week when we bought a new bed for our daughter only to find we could not get it round the bannister post on the stairs. She was soo looking forward to sleeping in it. After a lot of attempts trying to force it round the bend on the stairs, we eventually got it up there. Or should I say D, and our neighbours did while I was at work. G’s bedroom looks lovely now. More like a young girls room rather than a kids room. D did a great job sorting stuff out and tidying up etc. She’s worked hard bless her. Was all worth it in the end. We now have a happy daughter.
Work is manic at present. It seems like everyone wants to ring up and complain. You would think we were under staffed the amopunt of calls we have coming through. Got my appraisal this week. Not sure if I’m looking forward to it though. Time will tell.
Our neighbours, who we all get along very well with have all but eventually sold their house. They are very excited about moving to their new home. I cant blame them. For a young couple, they have done very well for themselves and deserve it. They will be missed a lot.
On a final note. My thoughts go out to those people in Australia where there are major floods. I do hope my friends on Twitter are not caught up in any of it and that their families are safe.