Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas from Sharon and John

I heard a really nasty - and lazy - piece of dire DJ chat on the radio the other day (just before I leapt out of bed to switch it off - radio works well like that!) - two smug morons bemoaning Christmas letters ... Don't get me started on the internet habit of "I'm not sending cards. I'm [insert sanctimonious activity here] instead. I don't care about elderly friends and neighbours who might be lonely and love to get a card."

So with that preamble I'm going to repeat most of what I said in our Christmas letter, leaving out what I think about John's employers. You can guess what vein that bit was in!

Once again our yearly report is mostly health miseries. I still don’t walk properly and have a lot of pain after double arthroscopy  knee surgery last year so I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone. John was diagnosed with Type 1 LADA - late onset in adults- diabetes in the summer and is now on two injections a day, it may be more later. He lost four stone and was very ill for longer than he should have been since our GP refused to do the blood test which would have shown he is Type 1 (pancreas packed up completely, no chance of staying alive without insulin) as opposed to Type 2 (pancreas not working as well as it should, body resistant to insulin). In the end we were glad of private medical cover. An earlier diagnosis would have stopped him being so ill for so long.

He has very good care from the local specialist team although unfortunately Southampton is the worst place in the UK to get an insulin pump, despite denials of a postcode lottery. As in “There’s no postcode lottery but if you have a Southampton postcode you can’t get one”.

We were lucky to have fantastic weather for our week’s holiday in Bournemouth in July. We didn’t go too far in case John wasn’t well but we had better weather than most of Europe and stayed in a fabulous apartment with a sea view. There are LOADs of scrapbook pages on the sharonhorswill.com website. Click HERE to go straight to the Bournemouth one. There are also several day trips and yearbook albums on the site and a sad tale on the blog about our failed cruise HERE.

So a dull year for us, here's hoping for better health in 2014. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Here's the view from our balcony during our holiday:

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