Monday, October 31, 2005

I'm baaaack

Hello my friends, I have MISSED you. I have had a bit of access to the internet over the last couple of weeks and I've tried to check in and see how ya'all are doing, but I'm waaay behind.

I love England. What a beautiful country, even when the weather is grayer and wetter than I care for. The air was so clean and I could read all the street signs and the advertising. It was so easy to get around by walking and taking the underground. People watching was a great activity - fashion victims left and right. Looked like the return of Abba with pleather and fake fur. Lots of pointy toes and spike heels. And knitted boob holders? Can't believe women do this to themselves voluntarily.

I saw several doctors and while waiting for various test results to come in had free time to go visiting museums (my favorite far and away - the British Library) and see movies ("Serenity," which just made me overwhelmingly sad that it went by so quickly - this should have been hours and hours of quality tv - and "Wallace and Gromit - Curse of the Were-Rabbit" which was fun, but "Wrong Trousers" is still my favorite) and eat some excellent food. I loaded up on the salads, which have come a long way since my first trip to England in 1982 when all you could get was iceberg lettuce with something called "salad creme" but which seemed to be mayo.

I didn't work on any of the needlework I took with me, but I did read a lot. I finished Ian Rankin's "Fleshmarket Close," another excellent Inspector Rebus mystery set in Edinburgh Scotland, and "Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell" about 19th century English magicians. The writing style fits the period and I expected it to be a harder read than it actually was; I wouldn't say I loved it, but it was enjoyable.

We were all set to come back home last week but then the radiologist giving a second opinion on my MRIs said he thought I had a certain kind of arthritis that can only be taken care of surgically. D'oh. I ended up having arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday. They did some biopsies as well as scraping out some of that pesky synovium (the knee lining that is causing me all the trouble). The results haven't come back in. Here's hoping I do have Ankylosing Spondylitis (the tentative diagnosis the rheumatologist gave me and which is treated with meds) and not the icky kind of arthritis that has to be removed surgically over and over again. Anyway, the doctors and nurses took excellent care of me and I'm recovering much quicker than I expected to. I managed to get around the airport just fine yesterday tho I was thankful my sweetie was there to help me.

Now I have loads and loads of laundry to do and kitties to be loved on. And lots of blogging to catch up on.


Sarah said...

Tonya -

Glad you made it home safely. We all missed you!
Take it eay on your knee!

Sarah N

Catherine said...


Yeah, our fashion is currently rather "frooty", and not in a good way. Salad cream is so not mayo (well maybe it is) but it has something in it (mustard? who knows) to make it spicy. My partner eats it with twiglets, a bovril/marmite encrusted crisp type snack.

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, although London isn't the nicest neck of our woods (there, I said it!), so maybe next time youll be able to escape the m25 and see some countryside :)

And I'm so upset you saw Wallace and Gromit - everyone's seen it but me, even my mother! x_x lol

My partner is 25 and has had Ankylosing Spondylitis since he was 17, so I sympathise ((hugs)). He has it in his back and swears by Pilates (gentle stretches), anti-inflamatories and lots of hot baths.


Catherine x

Tonya R said...

Hey Catherine X, thanks for stopping by. My brother relies on deep tissue massage for his A.S. - sounds like so much less work than Pilates :)

I have actually visited England before and seen more than just London. I've been to Bath (inc the American Museum that has quilts in it), York and the dales, and the Lake District. I LOVE your part of the world.

Mayo or not, Salad Cream is disgusting. And marmite? Ack.

Dawn said...

Oh I hope it is Ankylosing Spondylitis too then! Although the words themselve sound nasty!

I might have asked you this, but have you read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series? I think you would love it from what you've said in your post. Plenty to read - 6 books, 1000 pages each! I'm on book 5 and only 250 more pages to go!

Tonya R said...

Dawn, I think I read the first 2 1/2 books of the Outlander series. I got so fed up with the unbelievable coincedences that I quit. Do love that whole time travel thing tho and Scotland.

Darcie said...


So happy that England and its doctors treated my Tonya well! ;-}


Bonnie said...

Welcome back! I loved your updates on England..I've always wanted to go there and have never had the chance...It sounds so wonderful! I'm glad you are back. I hope too that you don't have the kind of arthritis that has to be scraped out...icky!! I'm sure the kitties are getting a backlog of petting and loving too..


dogquilter said...

Glad you had some fun in England too in spite of the med. stuff.

I didn't get a chance to see Serenity either and don't know if it's still in the theaters around here. I adored the short lived series too...maybe they'll bring it back.

Samantha said...

"Sew" glad you are back! Ouch, bad pun! Glad to hear the trip was fun, though I admit to a) being hugely jealous that you were in my favorite place in the world and b) being very curious to see a "knitted boob holder"! Hope the test results come back both quickly and favorably.

Missed you!

Sewcatherine said...

Yeah!!!!! You're back. We missed you here. Now I will go and read all of your posts to see how London and your knee are doing.