Sunday Scenery

I am rather pleased with these photographs because I had no picture on my phone screen when I took them. I simply pointed my phone in the direction of the darkening clouds and tapped the button, et voila, two pictures of a rain soaked morning. I was rather thrilled to discover that I’m better at taking pictures blind than when I can see the end result.
Anyhow, I did get soaked. Maybe my phone is broken because I keep getting it wet?

Should I get a new phone???

I have not recovered from Christmas and I’m rather grumpy that it’s now all over. I am also grumpy because I have a Frozen Shoulder. I had heard of this affliction before having it myself, but didn’t realise how painful it is. IT IS BLOODY PAINFUL. And, of course, it’s something that the doctors can do little about. They say it’s something I should be free from in a couple of years time. Well, isn’t that good to know?! Meanwhile, I am finding ever inventive ways for getting dressed and undressed. I blame incorrect injection technique from my last Covid booster in December 2021 – NOT THE VACCINE, but the way the injection was given. The pain from the jab seared down my arm and into my hand – I don’t think that’s supposed to happen. My arm has hurt since then. Throughout the summer I waited for it to get better, but instead I gradually lost mobility in my left arm. I am waiting to see a physio. The problem is that I’m now rather fearful of injections, given that my first Covid shot was also painful. I just want one of those ‘didn’t feel a thing’ jabs that everyone else has been raving about.

Anyhow, this is why I haven’t blogged much. I am grumpy. So my New Year’s resolution is to perhaps try to be a little less grumpy. Maybe a new phone would cheer me up?

A tune…

45 thoughts on “Sunday Scenery

  1. Eryl Gasper-Dick

    Ouch! I’ve never had a frozen shoulder but I’ve known people who have and it’s never looked a bundle of laughs. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that physio helps with immediate effect.
    Meanwhile, happy new year 🥳

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Eryl – Yes, it’s a bit of a struggle! And not being able to do the things I used to do easily – like putting a coat on and taking it off – makes me flipping ratty! I don’t know when I’ll get to see a physio, I think it might be a long wait. Sigh.
      Happy New Year!
      Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Jon – Spot on!! I’ll be more cheerful in Spring/Summer when I don’t have to struggle with so many layers of clothes, or heavy coats. Getting older is grim!
      Sx

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  2. batarde

    Very atmospheric, Scarlet. Perhaps it was the same load of murk that rolled through here this afternoon and deposited a load of hailstones – it’s been positively Turneresque, if JMW had run out of everything except for Battleship Grey, that is. I seem to remember hearing of someone dying from a frozen shoulder … ah no – it was a leg. Of lamb. Blipped on the head by a disgruntled spouse. Sorry to hear it’s no better: must be quite a bore after a year and a bit I shouldn’t wonder. Hope the psychotherapist helps.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Hahahaha!!! Yes, Mr Batarde, I think I do need a psychotherapist now!! Some CBT to get me over the fear of injections!
      Still raining here. We had a brief respite at lunchtime and then it started up again. Yes, I am a bit Turner like with a camera, especially with a completely black screen. Stupid phone only works indoors.
      Meanwhile, I wrote a post about that leg of lamb murder weapon many moons ago, I’ll have to dig it out.
      Sx

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  3. The Mistress

    Was it the same person who gave you the previous jab? If so, change pharmacies or wherever it is you go for your jabs. That’s what I did. I had a bad experience with one pharmacist (massive muscle twitching, pain, blood spurting, and bruising.) So I’ve changed pharmacies even though I have to travel farther to get there. I’ve had good results since.

    Also, tell your next “jabber” about the previous bad experiences in case they have ways to make your jab less traumatic.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mistress MJ – Different jabbers. I tried to explain to the third one about what happened with the first, but it didn’t help. They have a queue of people to get through, and they seem to try to get through us as quickly as possible. My second jab was okay – I’d let her do it again as she was kind, and listened. The first jabber blamed me for my arms being too thin!
      I’m sorry to read you’ve also had a bad experience. I have read that small women have had the most issues re jabs.
      Sx

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  4. Inexplicable Device

    Although I applaud you for collecting all these ailments so that other people don’t have to have them, perhaps it’s time to give them away and let someone else take over? I mean, surely you’ve done your bit by now?
    I would offer, but I’m busy on that day.

    (I hope your shoulder “thaws” soon – or whatever the term is)

    Anyway, yes, remarkably good photos – esp. considering shoulder woes and not being able to see the picture on screen. I don’t suppose you’ve thought of getting a new phone, perchance?

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mr Devine – Yes, I do now have an impressive array of stupid ailments!! Perhaps they will prevent me getting anything serious!!! I live in hope. Still! Don’t start such a collection, Mr Devine, it’ll make you really, really grumpy.
      Meanwhile, do you think I should get a new phone???
      Sx

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  5. dinahmow

    What The Mistress says. Most definitely!
    Right, now we’ve all given you medical advice…about getting a new phone. I’d be very happy to give you mine! I cancelled the account a few years ago as we were planning to go to NZ.But I kept it simply for its camera, which is very good and easier to lug around than the big one. But, before I send it to you, I must [full disclosure] tell you that I can’t get photos onto my computer! I thought I might need a new cable, but the phone still re-charges through the laptop so the cable must be ok.
    And , moving from shoddy cameras to frozen shoulders…you have my sympathy. I suspect it’s to do with my collection of hard life years, but my Hokey Cokey days are over. I might be able to put my left hip in, but once in. it’s staying there!

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Hahaha! Sorry, Dinah – it was the hip line wot made me snort! I’m a little bit worried about getting any older, so I will try to preserve what I’ve still got by taking up yoga, and yoghurt, and suchlike.
      Bluetooth? Some phones won’t talk to some computers – they can be incompatible. I wish I could come round to your house and help, I’m sometimes good at working these things out. The ultimate workaround is to email the photo from you phone to yourself and then open it on your computer. This might help?
      Sx

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      1. dinahmow

        Um… not really, as I don’t have access to email. It’s just a Samsung Galaxy, but I cancelled the phone account so I can’t do anything other than take photos. It has been fine for years;this just started a few weeks ago.

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      2. Scarlet Post author

        Dinah – Odd. But now I want to get my mitts on it to make it work! Does it not connect to the internet via Wi-Fi? Obviously we both need new phones!!
        Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Dinah – Can you use it as a mini tablet? I don’t think you need to connect it to a phone company to use the internet on it. Indoors I disconnect my phone from mobile data and just use Wi-Fi. Have a go, connect it to wi-fi and see what it does!
      Sx

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  6. lisleman

    “couple of years time.” – wow that prognosis sucks. I have heard shoulder problems being called a rotator cuff problem. Of course, you can always get diagnosed on Facebook by non-trained people giving medical advice.
    I had a shoulder that was bothering me a few years ago. I kept moving my arm around when not in public. Waving your arm up, down and in circles might draw too much attention. Unless you paint your face white and dress like a mime. Do you have nice red beret? Maybe a red scarf and striped top?
    Hey if you try this mime idea, please post about it. (while I think it’s not a terrible idea, I confess I never tried it)
    Oh yeah, the pictures taken blind. I see a silver lining in at least one of them.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Bill – A sliver of a silver lining!
      I’m hoping the physio will be able to shed more light on what’s going on with my arm, but I probably won’t get to see one until April/May, or later. I wish I could swing my arm about – it doesn’t even go halfway up any more – but it does go forward. No star jumping then! But I can still point.
      Sx

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  7. savannah49

    One more “aliment story” I had a frozen shoulder, told my Doctor it was interfering with my golf swing and he promptly gave me a steroid shot to loosen it! Go figure? was that standard for a frozen shoulder or was it because he was also a golfer? I have no advice about phones because mine is an 8+ that takes lovely photos, and functions fine as a phone if I use the speaker function! I wish you well, sweetpea! xoxo

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Savvy – Yes, I might be able to get the steroid shot – though they might have to work on my fear of injections first. My head thinks it’s a good idea, my heart is saying not on your Nelly! I’m very pleased to read that you recovered from your frozen shoulder – blinking daft ailment – comes on slowly, and goes away slowly [hopefully it will go away!]. I flinched my left hand away from something hot the other week – my god, the pain in my arm for a minute or more – and then it settled.
      I will probably get a new phone soon 🙂
      Sx

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  8. Nick Rogers

    The frozen shoulder sounds nasty. Perhaps the steroid shot suggested by Savannah might help? Thankfully all my vaccinations have been fine, no unpleasant after-effects. I can’t give you any advice about phones as all I have is a rarely-used dumb phone. Hopefully 2023 will be a better year for you, with fewer medical problems and some improvement in the long-standing ones.

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  9. melaniereynolds

    I like these pictures!

    I know people who have had frozen shoulders and the steroid shot worked for them. In the meantime, you might try a heating pad on for 15min at a time, definitely stretching it and moving it about, carefully (obviously), slow and purposefully. Eat some fish (or fish oil) for the omega-3 fatty acids and blueberries or other anti-inflammatory foods.

    Tricks for shots: Tensing up the muscle in expectation of the shot it what makes it hurt so bad. This is hard not to do when you’ve had bad experiences! So go get your shot while drunk, make sure someone drives you, or take acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) a half hour before your shot. Remember to move your arm around after getting a shot, it helps a lot. We’ve had 4 covid shots in total (2 shot initially & 2 boosters). Moderna hurts like hell and made us sick the next day. Pfizer was a dream, except this last one did have a bit of a burn to it and the nurse said there was no way around it. I just hope you feel better soon no matter what you choose to do or don’t do!

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mels – I think I’m doing all the right things (other than getting grumpy, that helps no one!), I eat plenty of Salmon, and I have cut my inflammatory foods to the bone now that Christmas is done with. I could write a whole post about how inflammatory foods cause arthritic flare ups, but I will save that for another grumpy day.
      Meanwhile, I’m hoping that I will get access to a therapy dog that would sit with me and distract me from the needle – it’s what they use for wary children, and I think I might well be in this category now. But I will try to get my shots as soon as I feel up to it – I will keep myself to myself, and mask up if I have to until then.
      Sx

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      1. melaniereynolds

        I wish I could go with you as your emotional support tiger. The weight of me trying to lay in your lap would certainly be distracting. If only I lived closer!

        (Yes, I am a tiger commanding an army of foxes. The story is writing itself. I’m just the scribe. I wonder how it will turn out?)

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mitzi – I do not need a burnt butt hole to add to my collection of ailments! But thank you for your suggestion.
      Also, my prediction is that we’re in for a wet and windy time until April, it will be hot in June and July and then rain until Christmas. I will wear my shorts three times and get through half a bottle of fake tan.
      Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mr Mags – I am waiting for Proxima to come over and march me to the carpark! As it will be in a carpark. Probably a flooded carpark. I’m safe for now as I have no desire to go anywhere!!
      Sx

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