All posts by Steve

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.

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.

Best wishes

After all the alcohol has stopped flowing and the bad head has kicked in, well a little bit anyway, I would like to wish you all a happy new year. May 2011 be a good one for you.

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Ho Ho Ho lots of snow

Hi. I hope you are all gearing yourself up for the Christmas festivities. I am off work for about a week and really enjoying chilling instead of the stress of work. The snow is causing chaos in my area. Plenty of tailback and delays. At the moment its only a thin covering but with -6 temperatures. Even though the heating is on full, I can hardly feel it.
This week myself, D and G were at a friends 40th birthday party. We haven’t seen Jennifer for years. It was good to see her after so long. It was a very good night. Plenty of my favorite Guinness was consumed that night. The drive home in the near blizzard conditions was a bit scary.This is a video I took out of the back window of the car.

Well, this afternoon I’m visiting work for our Christmas buffet and secret santa. Wonder what I will get.

My recieved gift

Last night, I spoke to my Uncle Tappy on the phone after receiving a Facebook message to ring him. He explained that he had just got a phone call to return back to the USA to do a book signing. He told me that he had a book for me and wondered how he could get it to me as he was leaving at 04.30 the next morning. Even though it was 21.30 at night I agreed to pop down to his flat which is a good 10 mile away. It was a nice relaxed drive down with hardly anyone on the roads. I got his and was given a signed book which he had wrote in partnership with another man. The bit I have read so far is enthralling. I couldn’t put it down. The only reason I did stop reading it was that it was 02.00 in the morning. I would really recommend reading this.

The Wildcats

Friday night saw me and D go to Cullercoats Crescent Club to see The Wildcats play. The Wildcats are basically a band that started in Cullercoats / Whitley Bay in the late 50s early 60s. The are partly responsible for The Animals coming to fame. The Wildcats guitarist, Hilton Valentine left and joined The Animals and my Uncle, Tappy, left and became their Road Manager.
It was a brilliant night. Fantastic music that brought a smile to everyone’s faces. It was great to see so many people that I had not seen in years. I also got to spend a couple of nice hours with my dad.
D was expecting it to be a bit boring with lots of old people but was pleasantly surprised to find the night really enjoyable.
Apparently they may do another gig next year. I cant wait.