Monday, September 01, 2014

Lot has happened in a day

Goodmorning everybody.

Better start with an update on Jan.
As you know we had an interview with the vasculair surgeon on Friday. Well, we went there with the thought it would be an interview, but we were completely wrong!
We spent about 3 1/2 hours in the hospital(and was i glad i went with Jan there!).
We didn;t have to wait to enter the room of the surgeon and after a little explanation, it was obvious jan would have a vasculair operation and it would be quick too, Somewhere this week or at the latest early next week. Yeah, that made us startle. It seems Jan has a blockage in his right-leg vain, and they want to fix that, removing the narrowing and putting in a piece of another not important vain there to keep it open again. But he also has one in his left leg. So the surgeon proposed, or more advised, they do that at the same time.
And as it looked rather urgent they want to do it as quickly as possible. Gosh, that was quite some news.
So after the interview with the surgeon(handsome looking guy, I must say LOL), we went through all kind of things, like ECG, bloodtest, interview with the doctor for the anesthetic, then to counter for operation appointment, and some more everything went suddenly accelerated!
So we can expect this week a phonecall with the exact date of operation.
Well, you can imagine Jan was quiet nervous when he heard all that, and he doesn't like hospitals a bit, but this time he will have to stay there for at least two days. If there are no complications he could go home then again but will have to recover some weeks at home, of course.
The operation will be done by a whole team, two vasculair surgeons, one radiologist and then the "usual"crew added to that and might take 3 to 4 hours!
 So that is news, or not?
I must say I feel rather relaxed, I think Jan is more nervous at the moment, which I can fully understand.
But if all goes well, after some time he might have much less problems walking for a longer period(he has cramps or whatever after walking ten minutes or so, then he has to stand still, give a leg a bit of massage and then he can walk on again, so that already was a sign).
Today Jan will go to an interview with his "own"doctor in hospital, perhaps not completely necessary, but she said he could come if he had still questions or whatever, and I advised him to go. I think it will be good for him, to talk about the operation and all around it again.

So all other problems disappear for the moment, this is important and we'll see what happens with the disability payment and such after the operation again. Health is number one, money comes later.

We tried to be calm and not talk too much about the upcoming event this weekend, although it is in the back of our thoughts all the time. I think we managed to do that, by being a bit in the garden and watching some series on tv we like etc.

Lately we had lots of rain, and temperatures that were too low for the time of year, but if we can believe the weather forecast this week we will have again lots of sunshine(perhaps a little rainshower here or there) but also temperatures could go up again to 23-25 C, which is very nice.
And sunshine makes you feel a lot better and more cheerfull, isn;t it?

Well, today I will certainly have to do some stuff, like ironing some laundry, want to put already some things aside for Jan, for his hopital adventure, must go to the bank to leave a bill to pay there, if there is time left, perhaps some shopping( or i can do that tomorrow), and there are all kind of things I want to have done.
I think keeping busy will help me to keep calm, and it will be a strange thing to undergo, to be suddenly alone for a couple of days, don;t you think?
Okay, I still have Brodski to take care off, I am curious to see if he notices there is something different in the house, when Jan will be in hospital.

Right, this is about all I have to tell now, but I think it is enough for one day.

Have all a wonderful day and stay safe!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Enervating week and today even more.

Goodmorning everyboday!

Gosh, it was a rather busy and for all enervating week with all those interviews and health checks and so on for Jan.
Yesterday he got a phonecall from his doctor in hospital that he has to go toan appointment today to another surgeon. It seems they have seen some narrowing vains, I think in his leg(s) and area around. So he will have to undergo a surgery to widen those vaines again, if not done, it could have rather serious consequences in not too long time.
Wow, that wasn;t news we were waiting for. We have the appointment this afternoon at 13.00 a.m. and then we get to hear the how, and when of it all.
Perhaps we shouldn;t be all too nervous about it, but i found it a bit scary and Jan even more, but as usual he tried not to show.
Before making all kind of suggestions and putting ideas in this post, I first wait what the doctor has to tell.
But this all is happening suddenly very fast.
Then he also had this interview with the occupational health lady, for now it looks as if he has a percentage of 32 for disability which isn;t enough for a proper payment, but she told she had a report of the doctor there, in which was taken a review of his health history only of last year. They have permission to ask for it with Jan's hospital doctor. So I think that isn't a good thing. A lot can change in a year's time.
well, we will get lots of paperwork send home and then we can apply for a review or even an interwies with another doctor and such.
First we will have to know now what happens with the surgery, then Jan can call the occupational health lady to tell about it and perhaps that can change a lot.
In between Jan also went for a new identity card to the council, so all week was filled with appointments and not the nicest ones.
You can guess I am not really in the mood for trying out new things on the computer and designing and such, first we will have to know more of the things that are important for the near future and first of all hopefully the surgery won;t be to heavy.

Of course we try to keep calm and forget about it all at moments and have a good laugh during a fun program on tv or so. But on the background in our heads a lot is going on.
Okay, have to get almost ready for the appointment( want to have a sandwich and another cup of coffee first, there is still time for that.
I will let you know how things evolve on Monday again.
Pretty gloomy post I think, sorry for that, but life sometimes plays funny tricks with us.
Still wishing you all a lovely weekend, and thanks for your support.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I´ve uploaded some more on my laptop.

Goodmorning everybody!

Yeah, I´ve managed to upload a few programs on my laptop. and oh, that wasn+t without a little struggling.
Some programs have install cd´s, okay, I know how to use the dvd reader, hahaha, but when I tried to put in one of the cd´s, it didn´t read it. Oh bummers, I was sad and angry at the same time. Well, I went back to the shop on Monday, and then I felt sooooooooooooooooooooooo stupid. The girl there was rather a wizz kid and had no trouble reading whatever cd or dvd. What was the matter= It was me, not placing the cd as it had to. I just had to wriggle a bit with the cd to click it on place. On the other hand, although I felt like a 4 year old, I was glad there wasn+t a failure in my laptop, so home again I treid it again and yeah, all worked.
Pfffffff, what a relief LOL.
I even installed my PSE 8 again and made already two papers. I only have to get used to the smaller screen, working in PSE8, cause the new files aren´t showing up very big. I was used to my big screen with the laptop, you know.
Now I just stumbled over an article, that shows very easy how to connect a bigger screen to your laptop. That would be awesome!! I will try that out on a quiet moment, for sure.

Yesterday Jan went for his scan to hospital, it was quickly done. Monday he was at the Health security office, and had a ohonecall yesterday for an appointment with the `occupational health employe`.
Hmmm, then they will try to figure out, if or for how much Jan will be able to do work)not talking yet about finding it on almost 62 years hahahaha'. But they are not so smart, cause they better had waited a few days, after Jan had his evaluation from his doctor next Monday.
But their conclusion(od the health security) is important, because that will tell us how much money Jan will be payed if he gets any from them.
we´ll see how this will end and what actions we might have to take.

Today looks to be a slightly better weather day, sun is shining, may be we will even reach around a 20C temperature! And we do need some more time with a bit of warmer weather and sunshine)had enough rain the last two weeks, but mostly because we still have tomatoes on our plants that need to color.
Yesterday we had some paprika as vegetable at dinner, and I collected some of the seeds. Will try to plant them next spring and see if they will do anything. I succeeded once with my pear tree, so why not give it a try with paprika?

Well, it is about time I make some fresh coffee and then wake up Jan) I wanted him to have a long sleep today, after his visits to hospital and Health security office.
If he feels okay, may be a visit to the market could be nice.
So girls, I hope to start soon posting some freebies again, but may be it will take another week, or may be even two before there will be something ready. Also depending on life gives us time and on how soon I will have back some stash for designing.
It takes some time to search around the net to find nice brushes, or styles and such. I know some places where I can find them for free, but I want to be picky about them, to not have loads on the computer that finally I will not use.
And I want to have an external harddisk first too)for as less money as possible of course LOL), so that i can put all the scrapbook stuff there.
Next couple of weeks will be kind of exciting( or oerhaps a bit stressing), due to the allowance Jan might get or not.
we´ll see how all will progress, and we´ll cross our fingers very hard.
For now I say bye bye, till the next post.
Have a fantastic day.

Monday, August 25, 2014

I do a lot of reading about windows 8

Goodmorning everybody!

Yes, I am a bit learning my own windows 7 too, but it is not so hard. On the other hand the windows 8 jan has, is a lot different, and so I do a lot of reading on line about it, to find out how to use it. Then I should explain that to Jan, which isn;t an easy task. I hope one of these days Heidi will have some time to come over and show us a bit about it, may be she is more patient than me LOL!
We had a quiet weekend, and our anniversairy yesterday was just like any other Sunday, but I made a nice dinner and we had some belgian bonbons with our coffee yummie.
Now i soon will have to wake Jan, so he has his time to shower and have something to drink and eat, before going to his interview with the Health Security about his future. I do so hope he will get a decent disablity payment, but you never know with those guys!

Then tomorrow he has to go to hospital again for another test, a scan again, his doctor wants to have that done for extra information. well, Jan surely has enough to tell about his health problems when he has that health security interview!!
He isn;t the complaining type at all(sometimes I would like he talked a bit more about it), but I can see he has pain moments during the day, from both his back(something that will stay I guess) but also his belly bothers him at times. He can take the painkillers, of course, but he wants to use them as little as possible.
If he takes too many it feels like he walkinn on misty clouds. So they help, but aren;t the best things to have in your body.
getting older sure sometimes can play tricks with your health.

With all those new thinggs on the market, like the computers, mp3 players, phones tablets etc. it isn;t easy to cope with all that, LOL! Now yesterday i saw something funny on tv. Do you remember the fantastic walkman we used to have? A tv crew gave some "old-fashioned"walkman's to some kids with the task to get them working. Oh my, they didn;t had a clou! Just one or two managed to really get it playing! How quick all things change nowadays.

On that note I will end my post now, and i rwally need to get some things done today. We've been lazy the last two days, but the house wants attention, hahahaha.
may be it will stay dry more or less, we had some thunder and lightning again in the weekend and some rain, I think we had enough rain for now, but still some more is expected. Brighter news is that the temperatures might rise with a degree or two, ccannot wait till thaat happens! I am not done yet with summer.
Have a lovely day,

Friday, August 22, 2014

Progress is going slow.

Goodmorning everybody!

It's already good to be able to read my mail and do some blogreading and then write a short post here.
But I am just progressing very slowly at the computer, have still to install some programs and such, and have to learn how windows 7 is working, although it's not so much different from the vista.
But Jan has windows 8 on his laptop and that is completely different. It all comes down to practice and such, but at the moment I cannot say that I like the way of working with it.
But as I said, it needs a bit of time and when knowing how to get around in windows 8 probably after some weeks or so you ask yourself: "why did I had trouble getting around in it?"LOL
Now the only thing I want to buy is an external harddisk, so that I can do backups and also have more room for scrapbook stash and things I want to keep. I just have to discipline myself in making every now and then a bbackup, if only from files that change a lot.

Not spending as much time at the computer as usual, there is time to do some other stuff, of course and so I do. Most of the time I am working on a kintting project, cannot be too specific about it in case Heidi will take a look at my blog. But when it is ready I will make aphoto.

Yesterday I went to heidi's home to take out the doggies(she phoned me the day before to ask if I had time).
As Séverine still has school holiday, they go out on some daytrips but cannot always take the dogs with them.
Oh my, they were so happy to see me and they really needed their walk to do some urgent business!
Sunday will be a little bit of special day, cause then we will be married for 7 years already!
I think I will cook us a tasty meal to kind of celebrate it. How quick time passes, it looks to me if we had our wedding day about 3 or 4 years ago.

Then Mondau Jan has his interview with the Health Security council and hopefully there will be good news, like getting a disability payment, cause at the moment he really isn;t able to do any work. Struggling still(which always will stay) with his back but also with his belly and all that kind of thing, he still is under treatment and adding his health problems to his age, I hope they will be nice to him.

Weather here is still not to really cheer about, temperatures are too low, on and off we have rainshowers and a little bit of sunshine, guess we are paying back the good weather we had in June and July.
But who knows, it could be the sign of real good autumn weather, Have to do some shopping today, but must really choose the moment that it will stay dry for a while.
Although there is happening enough around here, not all is really worthwhile talking about, so I think I will end my post now.
Wishing you all a terrific weekend and thanks for your support comments!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer is gone here for a while

Goodmorning everybody!

The last week we didn't have real nice weather. Lots of rainshowers, sometimes the sky is clearing up though, and we have a bit of sunshine. Nevertheless the temperatures are really too low for this time of the year.
They say that next week it will be somewhat better, temperatures will go up a few degrees, so we keep up hope.
Concerning my laptop, I think it works rather well, but I am very slow with installing software on it, I first want to see how this laptop will hold on, before i get a lot of stuff uploaded again.
Yesterday we went to Heidi and Danny, where Danny showed us their interactive digital tv modem, and it looks ever so nice. We have a modem for digital tv, but not yet possibility of recording or rewatching programs. We still register on and "old"dvd recorder and video, but we only can register channels that are also still on analogue broadcasting. But I think that soon will be over completely, so we will have to change our modem and digital receiver.
Now we have to look into two or three different suppliers for that stuff, to see which one would be bst for us.
Our supplier is okay, but if we want interactive, we will have to buy the receiver and that is a lot of money. If we change of supplier we get all for free. May be next week Heidi will come over and do the negociating for me, it seems she is a crack in that LOL.
If we change supplier it may happen that I am off internet for a short while, I don;t know yet, but it could happen.
and there is also the price to consider, although I think there will not be much difference between them, it's more question of offer of channels and such that may differ a bit.
Oh my, choices to be made, aweful! LOL.
Heidi gave us also a laptop they had kind of spare,(isn;t that sweet of her? we can borrow it for a unlimited time, at the moment they don;t need it, cause they have several ones at home) now Jan also can learn computering, only trouble will be that I will have to explain to him all kind of things and both of us aren;t the most patient, hmmmm, you get the idea????
Ladies, there is no freebie yet for you, and it may take some more time before I get into designng again. I hope you will bare with me.

That's it again for today, I am already glad I can post on my blog again, the rest will come too.
Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I am still alive!

Hello everybody!

I was soooo pissed off this week! just had the new windows installed, all seemed fine and then Tuesdaay it crashed again! No way to get windows started again, so disaster.
Having not much money at the moment a new computer would be no real option.
So we went looking around and yeah, I found a second hand laptop with windows 7, with even more gb on harddisk than i had(this one has 500 GB)and for a price we still could afford.
So yesterday I wanted to try it out, and at least make a little post, internet.
Hmmm, that happens sometimes with the modem for tv, internet and phone we have, but then I noticed I also had no phone.
Went looking at the modem, all lights out. No way to reset, so now that seemed to have died too. Oh another disaster. Phoned the company, and to make it short, the adapter could have died. Friday evening, so hard to have a new one quickly. But had a great option to go to a store here in our town to get me a new one.
So early this morning i went to get it(even have a better one now, with more internet connections and even possibility of wireless, whooo). And yes, all works again.
I am back on the net, only will have to do AGAIN all installing and such, but we will survive that.
Glad at least I could imform you about the situation.
May that i will not post yet Monday, depends a bit on how I make progress.
But soon I will be back in full working order, promised!
Have a great weekend.