Thursday, 2 August 2012

Blood testing or letting

Had to go take my 2 monthly blood samples today nil past the lips  for 12 hours  it is also the time to give a urine sample. so if I passed water that I usually do on getting up it meant no sample in the surgery. and by the time I held on until 9.20 I was almost bursting. never mind its all done for another 2 months  I have to go see the doc to get the results in 4 days. And I hope after all the pills and food trials its better than the last results. not that near death comes into the equation with todays NHS. last time they made an appointment for me to get a kidney and liver  scan. they the whoever do not inform us of our date of scan until at least 17weeks. and that can mean another 17weeks wait until the scan??
 just like when I came home after 8 years in Egypt  I went to see the doctor about the groin pain(hernia)
 this as it happened to be was very painful sometimes if it popped and I would have to hold the groin and try pushing it back in. can you imagine this old guy standing in the high street holding his groin and sweating profusely. anyway The doc said I had an appointment to see a specialist in 12 months then you may get a bed in another 12 months, So I made an appointment with the nuffield hospital Shrewsbury(private hospital)   this was a Friday I was booked in for the following Friday and had to go in on the thursday for pre opp tests. this is when my whole world was turned upside down.
I knew there was something more than the hernia problem  as I was constantly tired, giddy my eyes where getting blurred and constant headaches. feeling sick on the thought of food.I lost 4stones in six months,one would think the doctor would have picked this up  as these where the symptoms I had and the reason I  left Egypt, to see a proper doctor.
 The reason I say proper is,,all the doctors in Egypt see a foreigner as money even the hospitals.
 I went to a doctor In Luxor who happened to be my landlords cousin  and I thought Its ok  as they were Coptic Christians, I should have realised with a name like Dr Hassan the quack was a Muslim.   he diagnosed me with Histaminosis  a disease carried by pigeons . because he knew being a not so for away neighbour we had pigeons on the roof ( as do most egyptians)
He also prescribed medicine for its cure at £15 per week. the pharmacist strangely enough was the quacks brother in law and he too had a shop a few doors down directly opposite the Luxor temple entrance. why was my medication so expensive I asked. and just like all the liars in the arab world they have an answer to everything,  its called taqiyya.
 we have to send away to India for such things was the answer.  and of course It must have been cos I was white infidel  that the pills did not work!
 IT took 3 weeks of strict diet and some awful pills to get my blood levels down from 15 to 4.5. and I had the operation . My son took me to the nuffield  at 7.30 I had the op at 9.00 and was back home at 17.30,   what my quibble is. I have  worked since I was 14 took an apprenticeship at 15 where I received a pittance of a wage and had to take evening and weekend jobs  after I got married at 18 years of age. paid all my dues tax  insurance health stamps and whatever else the government decreed fit to take from us.  only told after I retired and at the age of 68 if I need to feel better I have to go private  this opp cost £2.500.00. twelve months on ok I have no pain in my groin,  but I sure do feel awful some days. like after visiting the surgery I decided to go for a bit of an extra walk its about 200 yards from the surgery to the river so the extra bit I walked was 400 yrds and by the time I got back home I need a rest the only thing I carried was my pocket camera. so a few shots of the walk back home.
It seems the water board now have specialist surveyors to mark the area where the water is leaking from the blue arrow must mean,, This is where the water is coming from.
This water feature on broad street has been here since the week end, and its not just a leak
the Herring gull still keeping lookout on the briscoe building,Newtown as you can see is in full bloom , 
This is what the say about this bush growing on w h smith wall.
Buddleja davidii is a fast-growing and undemanding shrub from China. It is ideal for a wide range of positions in the garden, providing they are sunny and the soil is well-drained. The long, heavy flowering heads transform the bush and make a stunning display for four to six weeks, attracting clouds of butterflies. Prune hard in spring to keep plants within bounds. To propagate,
 the tre take hardwood cuttings in winter.  the tree on the briscoe tower is the Elderberry. but how anyone is going to collect the berries to make wine is another question?
 Newtown must be getting quite short on maintenance funds they are now having to rely on bags of cold tar to patch up pot holes,  no sign of a vehicle or a vibrator roller  so the shovel had to be used to tamp a smoothish surface to the laid tar macadam,

2 minutes later Job done, if they did this in my drive they would be called traveller bodgers,


This is the second flush of the daisy type flowers on the

Sago Pondweed (Potamogeton pectinatus)

Sago pondweed is one of the rivers submersed native grasses. I seem to run across this more often in shallower areas (less than 6’ deep) in Powys rivers  that allow it to grow up to the surface of the water. This stuff can make fishing difficult unless using a weedless lure or flipping stick is used
 A sit down would have been in order at this point in the walk never mind walk on there is another oak seat near the Longbridge.
Ah well must sit on the river bank .

Newtown Powys. oil found in Wales.

 this strange  fungi is at ground level on a beech tree near the council buildings
 Not sure how this corn is growing in the severnside car park area the path leads to the duck feeding area by the river
Little and large oak sign posts,
 Only four mallards waiting for food today there can be as many as 200 especially on the cold winter days
 doesn't the Himalayan balsam look lovely this time of the year. must be exactly what that person thought back in 1839, when they brought it over here  now its become one of the most evasive plants in britain
 Himalayan Balsam is sometimes cultivated for its flowers. It is now widely established in other parts of the world (such as the British Isles and the United States), in some cases becoming an invasive species weed. The aggressive seed dispersal, coupled with high nectar production which attracts pollinators, often allows the Himalayan Balsam to outcompete native plants. In the UK the plant was first introduced in 1839 at the same time as Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed.[1][2] These plants were all promoted at the time as having the virtues of "herculean proportions" and "splendid invasiveness" which meant that ordinary people could buy them for the cost of a packet of seeds to rival the expensive orchids grown in the greenhouses of the rich. Within ten years, however, Himalayan balsam had escaped from the confines of cultivation and begun to spread along the river systems of England.[1] Today it has spread across most of the UK and some local wildlife trusts organise "balsam bashing" events to help control the plant.[1] However, a recent study (Hejda & Pyšek, 2006) concludes that in some circumstances, such efforts may cause more harm than good. Destroying riparian stands of Himalayan Balsam can open up the habitat for more aggressive invasive plants such as Japanese knotweed and aid in seed dispersal (by dropped seeds sticking to shoes). Riparian habitat is suboptimal for I. glandulifera, and spring or autumn flooding destroys seeds and plants. The research suggests that the optimal way to control the spread of riparian Himalayan Balsam is to decrease eutrophication, thereby permitting the better-adapted local vegetation that gets outgrown by the balsam on watercourses with high nutrient load to rebound naturally. Regarding stands of the plant at forest edges and meadow habitats, they caution that these conclusions do probably not hold true; in such localities, manual destruction is apparently still the best way to stem or slow the expansion of Himalayan Balsam.

The Bionic Control of Invasive Weeds in Wiesbaden, Germany is trying to establish a self sufficient project to conserve their local biodiversity by developing several food products made from the Impatiens flowers. Eventually, if all goes well, this project will have the Himalayan Balsam financing its own eradication.

The next photos are of what the environmental lot in Welshpool call natural pollution in our rivers by micro organism. and if this is the case I have found a new source of energy its called natural waste engine oil. 
Its not only the Arabs who know how to tell porky's

 more on the pollution .


  1. stories like this make me so cross - certainly shouldn't have to go private like that, it's not right!

  2. I hope you are feeling better each day. I can't believe all the crap you have to go through as far as doctors. Take care Tony.