MOT report

I went for my annual outpatients appointment with the cardiologist on Monday. By coincidence one of my friends who has a similar heart condition had her appointment with the same cardiologist around the same time, so we sat in various waiting rooms together and had lunch once we’d both finished our appointments, which was nice. It made the waiting times go much faster, which was good, as it turned out we’d both got their quite early and our echo appointments clashed with our appointments to see the cardiologist for some reason (I think the computers had gone wrong).

Anyway, the good news is my heart function is fine so that’s unlikely to be causing the tiredness. The sort-of bad news is that she doesn’t really know what could be causing it, although she agreed that it could be the beta blockers. She suggested reducing the dose for two months to see if that makes any difference, so I’ll try that and let her know if I don’t feel any better. If reducing the dose doesn’t work she said we could try stopping the beta blockers and/or changing my pacemaker to a bi-ventricular one . Changing the pacemaker is something we will do anyway sometime in the future, but (unless I don’t feel better after reducing the beta blockers) my cardiologist said we would just (haha) do it at the same time as I was having something else done (although she didn’t specify what his would be – I should have asked but assumed valve replacement as this and pacemaker changes are the only thing I’m aware I’ll need doing in the future…).

I’m reducing the dose of the beta blocker from 7.5 to 5 mg. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Chronic life?

Definition of chronic in English [from Oxford Dictionaries online]:


1(Of an illness) persisting for a long time or constantly recurring:chronic bronchitis*

I’ve been following Britt AKA @HurtBlogger on Twitter for a while now. She lives with debilitating conditions of various kinds (or unkinds) and, along with other bloggers/tweeters, uses the hashtag #ChronicLife to document the way these conditions affect her life. It has been slowly, very slowly (over 38 or so years) dawning on me that perhaps I too, live a “chronic life”.  Even now my life is pretty easy compared to Britt’s (I know it’s not a competition, I’m just saying) – it’s just the constant tiredness/near-exhaustion that’s getting to me at the moment, so things could be a lot worse. But it (=mainly my heart condition with an occasional side of migraine) is affecting my life in ways it hasn’t before – at least not on a long-term full-time (chronic) basis.

But now it is. I have to plan my energy use, which means I can’t always do things I’d like to do. Despite having a congenital heart defect, this is fairly new for me (which is one reason I keep writing about it, sorry about that). Whether the lack of energy is caused by my heart or ‘just’ the medication, the end result is the same – re-planning, rethinking, restriction. Just simple things like ‘do I have enough energy to go to take B to the library today?’ (yesterday the answer was ‘no’). It’s annoying. And, yes, I am whinging.

I’m going to see the cardiologist on Monday. I don’t think there’s much that can be done about the tiredness, especially if it’s a side effect – I can’t really stop taking the medicine! -but at least I can let them know about it and makes sure it’s not the heart itself. I don’t know what we will do if the meds aren’t working (or not working well enough).

Here endeth today’s complaining.

*It’s actually not that easy to define chronic conditions/illnesses etc.

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Pom-pom hat!

My latest crochet creation is this pom-pom hat; another pattern from Ros Badger’s Hook, Yarn and Crochet.

pom-pom hat

If I made it again I would make the main hat bigger and the pom-pom smaller. It doesn’t fit me or its intended owner, which is a bit of a shame. I’m not sure whether that’s due to my crochet-ing or just that we have particularly large heads! (It’s supposed to fit a “medium-sized woman’s head”).

I think the last time I made a pom-pom was in the Brownies! (Which were a lot less pink then…)

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Cheerful granny cowl

The pattern is Bee and Buzz’s Easy Peasy Granny Crochet Cowl, and it really is easy! Definitely worth having a go at even if you are a very new crocheter, and it is very good for using up yarn leftover for other projects.

granny cowl 2

granny cowl 1

I’d like to make another one which is narrower and longer, as I like my cowls wrapped around a couple of times, but this one isn’t for me anyway. Hopefully it’s the right length/type for the recipient! I will find out tonight…

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Screen printed mermaid

When I made the screen printed cushion I was given a bag to take it away in –  a paper bag with a screen printed mermaid on it (the theme of the summer’s arty activities at INTRA is Under the Sea). I liked the print so much I decided to frame the bag (or at least the printed part of it). Here it is now, hanging up in the front room:

Mermaid screen print framedMermaid on the wall

I’m not entirely sure that it goes with the other pictures on the wall, but it’s a change, anyway.

Thanks again to Xtina for her lovely print!

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First crocheted wrist-warmers

Following the dubious ‘success’ of the crocheted cowl I made for my friend S, I decided to make her some wrist-warmers to go with it. The pattern is “Wrist Warmers” from Hook, Yarn and Crochet, by Ros Badger. Unfortunately, I, in my wisdom, decided the wrist-warmers looked too short when I first cast on, so I increased the number of stitches. This should have been OK, but somehow they came out different lengths! They are also Quite Large.

crochet wrist warmers

crochet wrist warmers

Never mind, S seems to like them and at least they’re warm!

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That Bloglovin’ thing

I had to resist the urge to write thang instead of thing…

You may have noticed the little widget in my sidebar and at the bottom of my last couple of posts where it says “Follow me on Bloglovin'”. Bloglovin’ has been around for a while and is basically a blog discovery/reading tool – another way to follow this blog if you’re not on WordPress.

In August, Bloglovin’ are encouraging people with fewer than 10,000 followers to enter a competition to get the most new followers during this month. I currently have one (1) follower, so I thought I may as well give it a go.


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