Hiya, sorry for being MIA - I'll explain in just a minute, but before I do I just wanted to give you all a heads up about some things that are going on in and around blogland....
Jane has some fantastic Sassy candy to give away here. And while you're there you'll want to have a nosey at her fabulous creations from the cupboard under the stairs :)
And if you are a Sassy fan then you might want to enter the Simply Sassy blog's latest challenge where you could become one of their header girls or boys.
There's also a fantastic DT Call over at Sugar Nellie that's not to be missed - who wouldn't want to work with Sugar Nellie stamps ??
Have you seen the new Flexmarkers from Letraset? how do you fancy the chance to win a complete set of 72? Pop on over to the Letraset FB page to enter - you do need to "like" them to enter.
And before I go I just want to thank everyone who has left get well messages. As some of you know I went into hospital on Tuesday to get treatment on my hips. For those that don't know, I have a congenital condition that has resulted in osteoarthritis in both my hips, it has deteriorated over time and in the last year my mobility has been seriously affected. Because I'm 38, the doctors have always been reluctant to give me a hip replacement operation but they have at least acknowledged that I do need it. So as a stop-gap measure they suggested that I try lubricant injections. And so I went in on Tuesday as a day case patient to get hyaluronic acid injections in both hips.
A needle is inserted into the joint via the groin, first they put down a local anaesthetic, then a dye is inserted so they can check the needle is in the joint - at this point they take several x-rays, and once the surgeon is happy that the needle is in the correct place he injects the hyaluronic acid.
I was told that the procedure would be uncomfortable but not painful, but my experience was probably the most painful thing I have ever experienced and having had 3 kids I know what pain is.
Back on the ward I was told I had to eat, drink, pass urine and walk before they could discharge me. So I did all those things and was allowed to go. At that point I felt quite good - but I know now that the local anaesthetic was still having an effect.
Once that anaesthetic wore off I was in a huge amount of pain and had to take the max dose of paracetamol and tramadol for 2 days.
And it's only today that I can move without excruciating pain. I am still having problems with my left leg - which was actually the better of the 2 in the first place ironically. But at least I'm more compus mentis now.
So, thankyou for all your comments and well wishes, I really appreciate them