Sunday, May 17, 2009
Photos from our friend's holiday in Angelesey, Wales.
The Isle of Anglesey (Welsh: Ynys Môn pronounced [ˌənɨ̞sˈmoːn]) is an island and principal area off the northwest coast of Wales, with a predominantly Welsh-speaking population. It is connected to the mainland by two bridges spanning the Menai Strait: the original Menai Suspension Bridge (carrying the A5), designed by Thomas Telford in 1826; and the newer reconstructed Britannia Bridge (originally designed by Robert Stephenson); which carries the A55 and the North Wales Coast Railway line.
Historian and author Dr. John Davies argues that it was during the tumultuous 10th century that the Norse name for Môn, Anglesey, came into existence; the name was later adopted into English after Anglo-Norman occupiers arrived to conquer the island during the Norman invasions of Gwynedd.
The name Anglesey was later used in the English language as a county name which included Holy Island and other nearby small islands. Once the Welsh language was granted equal status in government with the Welsh Language Act, the representative constituency names for the island were changed to the Welsh name of the island, Ynys Môn (UK Parliament constituency) in the UK parliament, and Ynys Môn (Assembly constituency) in the National Assembly for Wales.
With an area of 275 square miles (712 km2), Anglesey is the largest Welsh island, and the fifth largest surrounding the island of Great Britain.
Slept very well until I suddenly woke and felt extremely warm, no not warm but hot boiling hot in fact.
Threw the duvet off the top of my body and cooled off eventually and even dozed off for abit.
When Richie got up asked him for some THC for the pains I was experiencing also asked him to check the catheter bag.
I thought he would have to empty it that it would be full but this was not so in fact there was hardly anything in the bag.
Richie checked everything he could check, there were no kinks in the tubing so the next step was for him to fetch one of the little bags used to rinse the catheter.
It would not work there was a blockage no wonder I woke feeling so hot this was because I could not pee.
Richie got me the phone and I called the emergency doctor and explained the situation to the helpdesk, who was extremely efficient and assured me someone, would be with me in an hour.
Took the pill to relax the bladder and settled down to wait for an hour in the meantime Richie took the dogs up the road for their morning pee and poo.
Just before he got back the door bell rang suspecting it was the emergency doctor I phoned Richie f, found out later he had not heard my call as it seems they all arrived at the door more or less together.
Amazingly it only took the emergency team 20 minutes to get here and after about twenty minutes they had removed and inserted a new catheter and everything was flowing well again.
They were a particularly pleasant team, had a good conversation with the doctor who seemed a very nice woman.
Lovely person to have to meet like that very pleasant, calm person nice face and charming to talk with.
She was telling me she had worked for three years in London and had also been in the Maldives helping after the Tsunami.
She has not got her own practice prefers to work as emergency and locum doctor which is good news for the people who need out of hours help.
Have never met someone unpleasant on the emergency teams but also no0t too many as nice and calm as well as interesting as her.
Thanked them both profusely when they left and wished them a good day and said I hoped everyone they went o would be as happy with their help as I am.
So within an hour it was all done and dusted and now the catheter is flowing freely again and we can get on with our Sunday.
Not quite the start to the day that I was expecting but never mind it happened and it is all sorted out now.
It is a huge relief in more ways than one now that the problem has been dealt with both the doctor and Richie told me that I dealt with it all very well.
Got Richie to repeat it to reassure me that I had done ok, funny that we need reassurance but it was needed.
What a relief it’s all over really glad that we got good nights sleep and it was not a problem in the night.
As soon as the doctor and her assistant had gone Richie massaged my legs and did the leg exercises.
The he got me a delicious smoothie of orange, kiwi, banana and apple as well as a krentenbol(currant roll)and lancashire cheese and half a liter of water.
As well as getting me the 13 pm pill as I had the baclofen just after calling the emergency doctor.
Tasted like the best breakfast ever I am abit euphoric just now as there is always a chance that one has to go to hospital and once again that was not nessesary.
Brilliant that the emergency doctors team could be here so quickly and despite the grey overcast weather as far as I am concerned this is a good day one of the best in fact.
Hope it is a good day for everyone everywhere.