Tuesday 21 December 2021

Christmas, PIP, New Car & Vaccine No4

 3 weeks have boomed by again, sorry about that.

So what's new in the Doust house ? Well I logged into my banking app on Saturday to pay the lovely man who valets our cars and there was far more money than I'd been expecting to be there - I had a slight panic thinking work had paid me early and I'd accidentally spent WAY too much on Christmas and knackered myself until the end of January. A quick check on transactions in and there was a payment from DWP PIP - I GOT APPROVED and for the higher rate too 😀

It means I can get a mobility car with a hoist to get RoboBob in and out myself without having to always have Gareth with me or ask lovely people to help me. I am beyond thrilled - it will make such a difference I will be fully independent again 😀 such a huge weight off my mind.

My Physical trainer appointments are cancelled for the rest of the month, the poor man has covid so I'm doing daily tests to check I've not got it - today is day 5 and I'm all clear thank goodness. 3 vaccines and the thought of catching it still scares the crap out of me.

On the subject of vaccines, I've had a letter through saying because of my Ocrevus treatment I should have a 4th vaccine - it has to be 3 months after my 3rd one so that will be due January 11th but I'm booked in at the end of January to have it at my doctors clinic. I was hoping for a Moderna one this time - call me daft but it would give me a 'full house' at vaccine bingo and that amuses me. Sadly I'm not going to get my full house because Dr B has told me it's 99.9% likely to be another Pfizer *shrugs and doesn't mind at all*

I also got a letter yesterday saying that I'm being sent a PCR test kit for home use at some point soon - again a 'vulnerable' person thing (If you're not in England that probably sounds like I'm talking code - a PCR is the name for the one that you have to have done for permission to travel or to confirm infection after testing positive on the usual home Lateral Flow Test that we have here in the UK)

Work has become very quiet this week, a lot of people off in the run up to Christmas but it's really given me a chance to catch up on paperwork and get my inbox cleared down so I can hopefully start the new year without wincing and wondering how I'm going to even begin to clear down 100's of mails.

I had another MRI on Sunday at Hammersmith hospital.The appointment was at 12:45 and I had arrived by 11:15. A nice lady buying a parking ticket helped me unload Bob from the car and I got up there well over an hour early but I'd rather wait around than be late. Happily they called me straight through, the did my back (which the previous MRI didn't cover) I was done and out the door before it even got to my appointment time and there was a nice man in hi-vis setting up a lifting platform outside the hospital so I told him he looked big and strong and could he help me put bob back in the car - result.

I got home nice and early which gave me a chance to pop back to Ford and order my mobility vehicle - it won't arrive until the end of April but they'll sort out extending the agreement for my current car - the Tourneo through until it gets here - happy days 😎 

All the christmas shopping is done - if you've been reading this a while you'll know this is VERY unusual - I'm usually flapping around in the last week before Christmas because I've forgotten stuff. The meat order to go up to Halifax is due for collection between 12 & 1pm on the 23rd. The dogs are booked into the private hire dog field in Halifax on the 24th, 25th and 26th for a run (it's on the top of a bloody big hill so it's probably going to be extremely cold and windy but they'll have a good run and get some energy out of their systems)

We both off from Thursday and are not back into work until January 4th - so after tomorrow I'm taking the rest of the year off - I really do like saying that - shame it's not the summertime really 😂😂

The Ensuite is finished (well the painting isn't done yet but thats's scheduled now for the end of February and pretty much the whole house is being done all in one go) the non-slip shower tray is an absolute game changer I feel safer when I'm in there for the first time in a very long time.

All things considered life is really good right now (I'm assuming that by Friday I'll still be testing negative for C-19 and Christmas can actually happen - the optimist in me is saying it will all be fine) 

I hope that you have a chance to enjoy friends and family or just have a rest (both would be better)  over Christmas time, whether you celebrate it or not. 

Take care, stay safe and love and best wishes from us



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