Happy Birthday to me …

February 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 7 Comments

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday Polly Penguin, Happy Birthday toooo me… and a very jolly birthday it’s been in spite of the cold, the snow, the lack of water supply and the intermittently painful wrist.

On the bright side, the day started well with coffee in bed and some lovely pressies, including a complete surprise pair of lovely earnings from hubby (as well as the book I’d asked for, which is splendid),  followed by a leisurely trip to Norwich to visit the new Art Nouveau exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich. Most definitely worth a visit, especially as I’m planning to enter an Art Nouveau themed embroidery competition. Their new cafe (very nice indeed apart from dodgy milk jugs) had just opened too so we were able to get a nice coffee there. (I’ve over-done the coffee a bit today and won’t be sleeping tonight I fear!)

We then went into the city centre seeking lunch and decided to try somewhere I must have walked past a hundred times – and it was FAB! (More coffee, of course!) It’s called ‘The Library’ and details are here for anyone passing through Norwich. We will definitely be going back!

Then dragged poor hubby round a couple of shops ’cause it was my birthday and he couldn’t say no … and that’s where things started to go fractionally down hill. Coming out of one my right wrist suddenly twinged, and it’s been twinging every since. Now a twinge sounds pretty mild but I don’t know how else to describe it – it hurts like blazes for a second or less, so painful I sometimes cry out involuntarily, stops and starts a few times, and then is alright for several minutes. There’s no redness of swelling and I have full movement so I don’t know what the heck’s going on! Any ideas anyone? I have it wrapped in the wheat-pack bro and SIL got me for Christmas, which seems to help a bit.

Also when we got home and went to make tea like a true Brit, I discovered there was no water coming out of the cold tap in the kitchen! Having got poor hubby emptying out the under-sink cupboard, unscrewing the tap, shoving wire hangers down the pipes, checking the cold water tank in the loft etc. I finally thought, ‘Perhaps I should check with Anglian Water to see if there’s a general problem …’; at roughly the same time, hubby thought, ‘Perhaps I should check with the neighbours to see if they have a problem.’ Again at roughly the same time I established there was and he established they did … currently Anglian Water are hoping it will be fixed by 8:30 … let’s hope so. Fortunately as we’ve been out all day we have a pretty full water tank!

All in all though, in spite of minor tribulations, a damn fine birthday. Off to read one of the super books I got. Probably the plant evolution one and not the crochet one, as I can’t crochet too easily with one arm wrapped in a wheat pack …



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  1. Happy Birthday PP… sounds like a fun day,,, (all twitches and lack of drips aside)..LOL
    Sounds like me… when the hands or the mind can’t work… (because of stress)… read a good book…. Enjoy… (i’m coming up on the “Medicar” B-day),, Here in the states that’s OLD…65, but it’s ok.. i can still move pretty well.. :)Barbara

  2. Oh, Penguin, what a gorgeous book! Absolutely perfect for a birthday, perfect for having been given to you by someone you love so much. It sounds like you had a really fabulous day out, even if your wrist did start twinging.

    I know exactly what that feels like. It’s the kind of pain I get mostly in my large joints these days. Hurts like a you-know-what for just a few startling seconds, then stops like it wasn’t there at all. A little while later, it does it again. You can’t help but yelp, it’s so shocking. I have no idea what “kind” of RA flare this is, but I’m surely familiar with it.

    A very Happy Birth-Day to you, dear Penguin. I hope that annoying, disgruntling flare has gone by now–and that the water is working again! Be well… 😉

  3. Happy birthday!

  4. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like a wonderful day despite the wrist pain (I know exactly what you’re describing). I remember once brushing my hand against a scarf hanging on the wall and yelping in pain.

    I hope you’re enjoying your new book and earrings and that the pain cools down soon. And I want to hear more about your embroidery competition!

  5. I’m sorry this is so late, but a very happy birthday (and many happy returns of the day). February 9 was my father’s birthday as well as his twin sister’s (my favorite aunt!), so it’s a very special day for me. Now I have another reason to celebrate. May the coming year bring you much pleasure and good health.

  6. Thank you – and nice to know I share a birthday with a favourite aunt! 🙂 I saw my favourite aunt (actually my only aunt so she doesn’t have a lot of competition) a week or two after my birthday. She said, ‘I’ve bought you a decade present rather than a birthday present, since we haven’t seen each other for ten years!’ We have kept in touch, just not actually met up. Hopefully now she’s retired from a VERY demanding job we’ll see more of each other!

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