Saturday, March 14, 2009



I am a master packer. Believe me, I can go away for 2 weeks with hand luggage. However, I am looking at a mountain of stuff I am required to take to hospital, and you know, they even say "Do bring your duvet if you want to.". Hah. That would mean I would have to rent a truck. A step too far. I do hope they actually provide sheets and a blanket. Hmm. Oh well, I have always got the pink marshmallow type dressing gown. Which may well need a bag of its own. It seems to have grown after the wash and tumble.

I have been out trying to tie up the loose ends this morning, doing things like paying bills, and returning library books. And visiting Julia, bless her, who is prostrate on her bed with a neck in spasm. Not nice at all. And now I have some croissants in the oven, as I seem to have forgotten to eat all day and this is not good when one is on industrial strength meds. And once I have squished everything into the suitcase (a real suitcase, for crying in a bucket) and amassed the books I want to take, and the chargers, and quilt and paraphenalia, I will relax and do nothing.

I have a suspicion that doing nothing is not on the cards for Bath. I am going to have to work very hard, and I am more than ready for that. So there we are.

No, there is no internet access, and as I don't own a laptop, it would be pointless anyway. However, you never know, I may escape and find an internet cafe somewhere. Or a library. That is, if escape is an option.

The hospital I am going to is over 200 years old. It is an ancient building in the centre of Bath and is apparently affectionately referred to as the "Min". I am going to the Royal National Hospital for RheumaticDiseases, and part of it seems to be the Royal Mineral Water Hospital. It was opened in 1742, can you believe it. And, what is more, it is just around the corner from the actual Baths in Bath. You know - the Roman Baths. Well, if you google it you can see a bit about it.

And I am not there for an operation, to recap for new readers. This is the centre of excellence in the UK for CRPS and they have a special unit for this and do a lot of research and utilise all the disciplines. So there will be hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, cognitive therapy, occupational therapy, mirror therapy, and heaven knows what else. I think they admit 3-4 patients at a time for 1-2 weeks therapy, and one of this lot is me.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrone (it used to be called RSD) is not pleasant. It means a huge amount of pain, and discomfort, and the only chance of getting better is in the early stages, if treated properly, so that is why I am going. It is progressive, and in the worst case scenario, which I refuse to believe will happen, you can lose the use of your leg.

I don't care what it looks like, or if I have to take meds for the rest of my life. I just want a strong leg which works. I would prefer to be totally healed of course, but I will settle for strength and movement. So if you would please pray while I am there, it would be a huge blessing to me. I will not come home healed, but I could be on my way there. Nothing is instant. However, miracles do happen!

And now I am off to squish and squash my stuff.


Susan said...

Know that I will be praying for your COMPLETE healing.

zztop357 said...

I hope you come back at 110% Linds!!!
Good luck and I'll pray for you!!
God bless Donna

Rosaria Williams said...

Linds, I know a bit about your situation now that I suffer from bursitis and have to be on strong meds that interfere with all other functions. I will go through physical therapy to regain the use of my arm. It will tough and long, not as much as you will have to endure. So, you are packing and going to get better and stronger. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Needled Mom said...

Many prayers will continue to be said for your healing, Linds. I know that this will be no vacation for you, but your determination will get you through the trials.

Having been to Bath, I know where you are going to be. I can visualize your stay all the better. We will look forward to your return and hear all about the torture you endured.

Take care of yourself while away from our communication and know that we are all thinking about and praying for you.

Laurie in Ca. said...


Please know that I will be praying for you while you are away in Bath. I am praying for complete healing too. Nothing is too big for our God. Just remember that sweet Bump as you quilt for her and know you will be back to her soon. Love you girl. Looking forward to your report when you return here.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Janine said...

Good luck - hope that the treatment produces spectacular results and you can once more do the can can!

someone else said...

You will be very much on my mind and in my heart while you're away!

Vee said...

My dear Linds, you are in my prayers daily. The Lord can do more than we can even ask or think. I'm going to miss you, but I know that you have your work cut out for you. I only hope that you have a moment or two to call your own for the reading of said books and the hand sewing on the quilt. Take good care and know that this gal is very proud of your grit and determination.

Mary said...

ok Bath - here we come!

I'm off to Bath to fix my leg
I hope they have a comfy bed
I'll listen to what the experts say
work and work and work and pray.

Poetry is my strong suit ;)

Susie said...

Hi Linds,
I think I understand a bit more what you'll be doing there in Bath. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the mini recap of what is going on in Bath. I will keep you in my prayers. Just remember, miracles are instant, healing is progressive.

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, surely he bore our sorrows and by His stripes we are healed. Check our Isa. 53 and I Peter 2:24.

Margaret Cloud said...

Well Linds, that is what we will pray for, a miracle for you. I will pray also that your pain will not be too bad. Sounds like you are ready to go, good luck.

Barbara said...

Without question I will be remembering you and praying for you Linds. As we know God can bring a miracle about in whatever way He chooses. Blessings and Good wishes dear friend.