Monday, 18 July 2016

Not a good day

I was enjoying doing some gardening on a sunny day at my daughters, the sun was out and we all had a good laugh during the morning

I knew that I should have stopped early because I was feeling dizzy, but after a break I carried on going.

Eventually I knew I had done too much, but the number of times this happens these days are few and far between. I think I have gradually learnt to do things in moderation, but it's taken a long time, because I kept pushing myself too far, and then paid for it later on.

I went to sit down while lunch was being made, and the next thing I knew I was looking at the sky.

My daughter had put one chair to one side so that no one would sit on it, but I did not hear her say anything because I did not have my hearing aids in.
So it was my luck to sit on it

After a while I could not move and tad completely seized up.

We all learn by our mistakes we made.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

No place for racism in the UK

After the European elections I felt staggered by all of the racist hatred which had been whipped up by the Politicians involved.

Now we are seeing what happens when these over paid and well educated politicians try to cause trouble

We don't need to listen to the likes of Donald Trump here in the UK, we have our own set of idiots involved with the BRITEX team like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, who have done so much damage now that its unacceptable to modern day society, or the society that I grew up to love and respect  
   

I feel totally sick at the treatment and abuse being thrown at the Polish community over the last few weeks.

Many ignore or forget that many Polish people came here to fight along side the troops of this country during the last world war.

Many gave their lives for this country and they have my total respect
Some stayed on and worked along the British people and were respected
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They did not come here to scrounge or demand benefits as many of our racist politicians tell us these days.

Yes they may have a different culture and like other foods, but so do the British when they go abroad either to holiday or to live.

But these people work along side British people, and they pay their taxes here, which is something that many politicians refuse to do.

They do not bank abroad or hide their money abroad well away from the British tax authorities.

Yesterday I was in Newcastle where I saw racist signs in telephone boxes, which had been ripped down, because they caused offence not just to the Polish people but also to many British people.

It was still obvious what had been written, and I feel offended that some in this country, need to do this for nothing more than pure hatred

I admit that many hate those who come to this country and who refuse to work and want benefits, but that is for the government to sort out.

Mr Blair opened the flood gates and allowed this to happen when he was in Power

He himself go rid of the barriers, and allowed anyone to enter the UK including the notorious case of the one legged roofer?
This was not the European Parliaments doing but Tony Blair.

Besides which there are hundreds of thousands of British people who have refused to work, all of their lives, yet they get away without and abuse

Over the years I have known and lived near to many Polish people as well as people from other nationalities, all of who have worked hard in this country and done their bit.

So it's time that these racists were named and shamed, in the hope that we can stop this disgusting behaviour.

The British always had pride in everything they did, but now it seems that some what to force changes.

This country was one of the worst countries in years gone by, because they invaded other countries and exploited their wealth, yet this is largely forgotten or hidden away.

This is who our commonwealth started up, and this covered vast areas of the world.

So before we complain about some coming to our country we should remember our history.

You can not exploit other people's countries, then try to stop them coming here.

Just remember that many of these politicians who talk about mass immigration, are usually immigrants from other countries themselves.

As the old saying goes, " Those living in glass houses should not throw bricks"

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Bronchiectasis Foundation


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The foundation

Improving the lives of people with Bronchiectasis is central to everything we do. We want everyone with the condition to live as full and unlimited a life as possible, until we find a cure.

Being there for our community when they need us is paramount - we do this through our helpline and our online platforms. We aim in the near future to run a yearly conference to bring people together.
We are driven to make real progress towards more effective treatments a better quality of life and ultimately a cure. We invest in innovative research projects at the forefront of the field.

We also aim to make our voices heard with decision-makers within the NHS, pushing Bronchiectasis further up the health and social care agenda. The lack of awareness, late diagnosis and often years of wrong diagnosis ''Asthma in the case of many'' is simply not acceptable in the year 2016.

Who we are

We are the Bronchiectasis Foundation, the only UK Charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with Bronchiectasis.

We are here to improve awareness and understanding of this condition, to support those affected, and ultimately, to find a cure through research.

We aim to support the 100,000 people who have Bronchiectasis in the UK. Our aim is to reach out to every single person who has a Bronchiectasis diagnosis, providing them with the information and support they need.

By creating connections between people with the condition and professionals, we aim to build a motivated community that shares knowledge and support, works in partnership on research projects, and speaks up about Bronchiectasis. We have a much stronger voice together.


Our vision

Our vision is to bring together and support those effected by Bronchiectasis, raise awareness and strive to improve treatments

Our mission
Our mission is to improve the lives of everyone affected by Bronchiectasis. We do this by investing in research, improving awareness and understanding of the condition and providing information and support to all those affected.

What we do

Improving the lives of people with Bronchiectasis is central to everything we do. We want everyone with the condition to live as full and unlimited a life as possible, until we find a cure.
Being there for our community when they need us is paramount - we do this through our helpline and our online platforms. We aim in the near future to run a yearly conference to bring people together.
We are driven to make real progress towards more effective treatments a better quality of life and ultimately a cure. To invest in innovative research projects at the forefront of the field.
We also aim to make our voices heard with decision-makers within the NHS, pushing Bronchiectasis further up the health and social care agenda. The lack of awareness, late diagnosis and often years of wrong diagnosis ''Asthma in the case of many'' is simply not acceptable in the year 2016
The most important considerations for patients with bronchiectasis are the following:

1. They need to perform regular lung clearance techniques to prevent phlegm and bacteria accumulating in the lungs. Except for patients with mild bronchiectasis, this will probably need to be done once or twice a day.

2. When an infection develops, the patient needs to start antibiotics as quickly as possible as this allows the infection to be brought under control more rapidly than if the antibiotics are delayed. Most patients should therefore have a reserve course of antibiotics at home. And it is important that the antibiotics are taken for 10 to 14 days to ensure the infection is well-controlled and less likely to return when the antibiotics are stopped.

3. To help prevent infections, the patients should have an annual vaccination against flu, and be vaccinated against pneumonia. And they should never smoke cigarettes.

4. Some patients may need to take inhalers, nebulisers or continual low dose antibiotics as well.













Monday, 30 May 2016

Lovely day in Richmond

The other weekend we had a lovely day in Richmond Yorkshire where we went to the market, followed by a walk around the town, and then finished off visiting the castle built in 1071.

We travelled there on a small service bus, from Barnard Castle where we have a static caravan.

The journey takes longer than expected, but you do travel through many small and beautiful villages, and see places that would be missed or never seen if you went there by car.
To be honest it's well worth seeing these lovely villages and the countryside while you are in this area, because it shows Yorkshire as it should be seen.

The market was smaller than we expected, but the people in this area are lovely and friendly.







The castle is owned and run by English Heritage, and we decided to have a look around especially as I had taken my camera.
I never expected to climb the tower, but as it was a good day, I decided to see how far I would get, because I was feeling much better than I had been. However I did reach the top which was a surprise birth to me and my wife.
I realised that I would probably pay for this the next day, because of the effort used to climb the steps but I realised that it may well be my last chance of doing it, so why not throw caution to the wind for once.

Main hall

Looking back at the tower



The view from the top was spectacular and well worth the climb, looking down on the town and market place etc.

Staircase up

Stair way down





Looking down at ground level 


Looking down towards the market place shops and  museum