Swine Flu? (by )

Ok I have loads of nice happy posts half written and waiting to go live but I've been sick again 🙁

After Rob's 40th and Ulrike's birthday I was clearing stuff up when like a switch flipping I sudddeny got a runny noise, sneezes and coughing but most of all a damn great headache that felt like the mother of all storms was happening in my head.

Rob hadn't come up to set stuff for the party on Thursday as he was trying to make sure he hadn't could swine flu from work colleagues who are currently off work with it down in London.

But it turns out that the initial comments on incubation periods where wrong and are still unsure and could be more like 5 days than the 2 he was told.

I have to confess I did have a nightmare the night before people started to turn up that instead of it being the Masquerade of the Red Death written by Edgar Allen Poe, I was holding the Concert of the Swine Flu.

Not that it mattered holding a party for London people, and a nursey type person in a flu epidemic or pan demic or what ever it is, as all of this was negated by the fact that a grumpy, fevery Jean came home from pre-school brandishing a letter saying that one of the children in her group was down with suspected swine flu and here where the guidelines - they had the previous week sent out what the education board and health people were suggesting.

I also received a leaflet informing me I was a high risk category due to my general health stuff. Looking at Jean and feeling like a complete hypochondriac I went on the NHS website and there was a link through to the panflu site.

Al, it turned out, had already done their questionnaire and thought I should - he'd come out as fine so it's still his post-viral asthma from the last lot of flu he had acting up - poor thing's still on an inhaler.

I'd spent a lot of the day asleep in fevered dreams on Monday so Al was a bit concerned as he'd woken me up several times and I'd just gone straight back to sleep etc...

It was like being hit with a sledge hammer - I was clearing up and then wham! Sick - Monday night also saw me being sick sick in the tummy way of things and then the key thing my teeth started to hurt - this only ever happens when I have a viral infection.

Anyway I digress I did the questionnaire and it was - the patient appears to have complications contact your GP - sigh.

Jean was not in a good way Tuesday morning either so after some faffy medical stuff Alaric was dispatched to get us antivirals I'm on the 75 mg Tamiflu and Jean's on the 45gm Tamiflu along with instructions on how to make sure it gets into her.

Poor Jean keeps bursting into tears if you tell her off for the slightest things and she keeps having nightmares and doesn't want to be on her own - she reckons she's scared of everything which is a bit puzzling but, bizarrely, it was one of the symptoms asked about on the form.

Jean has a great way of describing things; she said she has fire in her bones and that she had shapes that hurt in her throat.

I suddenly had a back flare up but it turned out that its inflammation from the flu - I couldn't sit up by myself 🙁

Having said all this though - this is not bad flu for me - I only checked because I was concerned as I always get chest infections and stuff from flu and really don't want pneumonia again to be quiet honest and it coming from two sources and Jeany being sick meant I had to do something.

About the only thing I did when I came down sick was email high risk people from the party to tell them. I slept most of yesterday, too, and have only just woken up today, and - are ribs supposed to hurt?

I have had lots of people telling me I shouldn't be taking or giving the Tamiflu to Jean but I'm trusting the Drs with this one and am hoping they know what they are doing.

I was still quite surprised they where giving the antiviral out as I thought it was being rationed.

HYDROGEN: Conclusion (by )

As promised, here is the sixth and final part of my series on HYDROGEN, where I draw some conclusions and discuss the road ahead.

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Knitting a Giant Poem (by )

I found this interesting project run by the Poetry Society to knit a giant poem - this is so cool and fits straight into the mixing things, topics, mediums up all together and seeing what you get!

They still need people to knit the blanks squares.

Rainbow Flower Party Platter (by )

Below is the picture of a paint oven that me and Alaric constructed out of tin foil and lamps with the old filiment bulbs in - I have improved it since he went to London and have invoked a fan heater too.

Paint oven

The reason is that I have made this rainbow flower party platter centre piece and want to use it for my friends 40th birthday celebration that is happening on Saturday!

Rainbow flower Rainbow flower party centre piece

It is made of papier mache and so was a bit soggy it is a lot less soggy now and I'm hoping will hold up during the party - it is going to be a portfolio piece for me as I want to go for guild membership.

Still the result of all this is that Dad has a new best friend called Foil

Dad and his new friend

When I finially get round to it I will put how I made it onto Salaric Craft. I also want to vanish it etc...

And a Horde Descends (by )

30 cubs and 18 odd scouts descended on us for their end of term BBQ and backwoods cooking!

Jean thought this was great 🙂

2 rogues together

Edam sponsored the event and provided these great chiefs hats which I sort of made everyone including dad wear 🙂

chief Ferfer Chief Alaric and minion Pual

I had to include this picture of JEan and Al - Alaric was marching along trying to get everything ready and Jean took up his perposful stride 🙂

Jean and Daddy on a mission

The only issue with the event was that obviously there were alot of cars involved and so we were on the watch to make sure Barbara's lawn wasn't ripped up with manuvours.

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