My visit to the doctors and a gift of roses…


Alison's elbow Never mind Forza Claw or Alan Key Arm, it's official!!I have Tennis Elbow! Thank you all so much for your help in trying to self-diagnose this affliction, you are lovely! My GP was very impressed when I told her of some of causes you'd given me for your own symptoms, but I still don't have the foggiest what caused mine!  

After gently pressing and moving my arm around, she decided that an anti-inflammatory gel plus a support bandage would be the best course of action. Not the most attractive looking thing as you will see, but a means to an end. 

If it doesn't improve we may have to look at a steroid injection… well I wouldn't look as I can't bear needles, but hopefully it won't come to that anyway.  Actually I did have one once in my shoulder and although it felt ghastly, when given it solved the problem. I'd pulled the deltoid muscle in my arm lugging Sam's wheelchair in and out of the car boot, but as he needed almost constant care then, I needed something that would work rapidly! It did, and all was well πŸ™‚

We are very lucky to have an excellent GP surgery, but as it serves at least four of the surrounding villages, trying to get an appointment to see someone is pretty tricky. My own doctor, who is lovely, only works there half of the week and then they swap surgeries to somewhere near Tring on a Thursday, so I was lucky to get to see her at all! 

She has a fabulous bedside manner and never makes you feel as though you're wasting her time. That can of course sometimes be the case when you've waited so long that the problem has all but disappeared!

I remember many years ago in another part of the country taking a two-year-old Sam to see a doctor, as he had been sick about 12 times and I was very worried. The GP told me that when HIS son had suffered with the same kind of bug he'd sat him in a corner with a bucket and told him to get on with it! He then suggested I do the same with Sam! That was a bit of advice I didn't take πŸ™‚

Roses from Colin The support's not that uncomfortable, but I have to admit to leaving it in its box on Sunday night when Colin took me away to a fabulous country house hotel and spoiled me rotten with beautiful flowers, a sumptuous meal and an overnight stay. Bliss πŸ™‚

Actually, a wee favour to ask, if you can recognise the name of the pink coloured rose in the bouquet, I'd be really grateful, as I'd like to buy a rose bush with the same flowers on it. They're a kind of pinky purple colour. Stunning.

Must dash, to get this to my editor and then into work, so I will literally SEE you later πŸ™‚

Have a lovely week and I hope the sunshine has warmed your souls. 

Love Ali x


  1. Julie February 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad you’ve “sorted” your elbow problem.I mentioned in my last message it could be Tennis Elbow do you think I should consider a career move!!We also have very good GP’s at our village surgery but you never seem to see the same Dr twice. I think it’s very important for them to have a good bedside manner-we’ve needed that this week. Hope you’ve received another message!
    Sorry can’t help you with the Rose query-I know nothing about gardening-just contact me if you have any other ailments!!
    Take Care, speak soon
    Julie xx

  2. Chris Page February 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    That support doesn’t look as good as my blue one! Hope you’re pain-free soonish. xx

  3. alison keenan February 18, 2010 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Julie – clearly another one of your talents, and you along with many others were right. Any other problems I will of course consult the oracle that is you – unless it’s to do with flowers! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your mail, please give my love to Rebecca and I’ll keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  4. alison keenan February 18, 2010 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Chris, I feel cheated!! Maybe that’s what comes from living in the sticks – less colour choice in surgical supports! One of the only downsides I have to say πŸ™‚ Hope all’s well with you Love Ali x

  5. babs February 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I am very happy your elbow is on the mend. Hope you are feeling better and less pain.I wish i could say the same about my doctors, mine are like the one you took Sam to when he was 2yrs old. Puts me off going when i really should go. Colin is a very nice thoughtful person, when i read about him taking you away and giving you a bouquet of flowers i felt very emotional. Did’nt you ask Richard Jackson what the rose is, it looks beautiful, i love roses. Love babs xxxx

  6. Teresa February 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I wish you a speedy recovery. I suffer from RSI which can be very painful at times. I hope you don’t require an injection. I too do not like needles but I ended up having seven in one go on Tuesday as I had serious pain with breast cysts and had to have them drained. I feel a little like a “tea bag” with all the holes at the moment!
    If you are desperate to know the name of the rose contact the florist where the flowers came from as surely they will know.
    Best wishes

  7. Rhona Fenton February 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison well you will be glad I got your elbow wrong no surgery needed:) glad you got everything sorted mind you with your elbow I would milk it a bit longer mind you just to get more cuppy’s:) only kidding!! sorry I can’t help you on the Rose did you ask Richard Jackson he might be your best chance:) but I bet the word Blue might be in the name I know that sounds funny because it’s pink but you would be surprised how many pink flowers have Blue in there name:) I had to laugh last night when you were on with Richard and flower power as first picture up from Betty Wilkie Glamis I was just waiting on you saying oh I was there:) Heads up thats my mum by the way and it was me that took and sent the picture in for Richard:) Also so glad you had a lovely time away with colin what a treat it must be something to do with colins how they love to spoil us eh:) hope you are getting my emails ok? have a lovely weekend love to colin and the family lot’s of love Rhona xx let me know how you get on with the Rose? xx

  8. Marg February 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    So pleased you got your arm swelling sorted out Alison, I think the protector is very ‘of the moment’ as Jan would say, it is neutrals all the way this spring with a little sheen to the fabric, so I am informed. This seems to be the time of year when all our weak spots show up,post winter wear and tear.Joe went for his yearly check up only to be casually told he has diabetese so he is now up and down to the docs for tests of every fluid in the human body, isnt ignorance bliss.
    I was very envious when I heard you say you were going to see Michael Boubly,(spelling) He is superb,did you see him do a session with the finalists of x Factor,he was so good at putting them at ease.Oh you are lucky, I am going to see Ceasar Milan, swap?
    Be careful of your arm, hope Sam is getting things sorted out,
    take care,

  9. Iris February 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear about your elbow. I know how painful Tennis Elbow can be. When I had this problem, caused by windsurfing, I was cured by acupuncture.

  10. dorothy February 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison
    pleased you got sorted with your elbow, hope you dont need injectoins as they can be painfull.YOU are such a lucky lady getting whisked away hope it was a romantic break you deserve it. I didnt get flowers for valentine’s nor a card laura needed a new computer so davy said he did’nt have time, buying computer came first but seeing her happy made me happy.
    As for chicago excellent show BUT really disapointed we had a box and could only see left hand side stage when people were laughing we just sat there looking at each other will not do that again. And marty fellow’s could not hear a word he was saying, thought i was going deaf but others said the same.
    hope all is well and SAM is doing well.
    love best wishes.
    dorothy xxx

  11. Steven February 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sounds sore indeed. Hope you are on the mend now.
    Take care xx

  12. alison keenan February 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Babs I have to say I felt very emotional and very spoiled too. We have had some lovely times away – even nights in – so I’m lucky πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear your doctors aren’t the easiest to visit. I used to take a little piece of paper with all the things I wanted to ask them written down and worked my way (bravely) through it. In truth tho’ it’s much easier when it’s for someone else rather than yourself isn’t it. You must take care though Babs, and thanks for writing. Forgot to ask Richard about the rose – will do next time πŸ™‚ Love Ali x

  13. alison keenan February 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Teresa you poor thing! That sounds very painful. I do hope you feel better soon and don’t have to have a repeat procedure. I used to have fibro cystic problems too and it was a particularly uncomfortable condition. Thanks for writing and between you and me, the flowers were from a well known supermarket… some of the finest flowers I feel πŸ™‚ Love Ali x

  14. alison keenan February 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, fancy that picture being the one you’d taken! I have to say I love my hours with Richard. He is a lovely man, passionate about plants, and truly professional to work with…. also very funny πŸ™‚ Glad you were watching and that your Colin spoiled you too. Feeling a little under the weather at the moment with a chest infection so only just got round to reading other mails but have replied. Will make a point of asking Richard about the rose next time we work together. Love Ali xx

  15. alison keenan February 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Marg, lovely to hear from you, and so sorry to hear about Joe’s diagnosis. I’m sure once all the tests are run it will be easily controlled, and then he’ll feel better. You’re right about this time of year. From tennis elbow to chest infection….happy days! I sound like an old boiler wheezing away πŸ™‚ Hoping to be into work tomorrow fingers crossed. Yes Michael Bouble is a real spoiley for me and my sister Jenny, but you must tell all about Ceaser Milan….. not too sure I know who he is?? Take care and stay warm, love Ali x

  16. alison keenan February 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Iris, and how envious I am of your windsurfing! I couldn’t even get up on the skis for waterskiing, and I’m sure windsurfing is even harder! I do hope your tennis elbow has improved and no longer causes you pain. Love Ali x

  17. alison keenan February 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy your Davy sounds like a very kind man and although he may not have done the card/flowers thing I know from what you’ve told me he makes it up to you in other ways πŸ™‚ What a nightmare being stuck at a show where you can only see half the stage! I would be have been as disappointed as you. Worse still if you couldn’t hear what was being said! I went so far back it was Sasha Distel in the lead role, then Marty Pellow and Duncan from Blue and the chap from Eastenders….loved them all. Sam’s doing very well and thank you for asking. On the last part of his college course, so university may beckon….Love to you, Ali x

  18. alison keenan February 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    It’s much better now thanks Steven, and good of you to ask. Hope all’s well with you and you’re managing to avoid all the coughs and colds that are sweeping through this part of the country…. along with more snow! Love Ali x

  19. heather March 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    dear alsion
    how are you doing sorry to hear about you elbow
    and the whell chair i know as i have been in one for 45byears
    i hate neddles to im havev been to college to day and in so much i have got yet anther op on leg as thery can take care

  20. alison keenan March 21, 2010 at 9:51 am -  Reply

    Dear Heather, so sorry I hadn’t checked back so missed your message, but it’s great to hear that you manage to get to college, and can manage there in your wheelchair. I was impressed with all that Sam’s college had in place which helped him for the 10 months he was on crutches. Sorry though to hear that you may have to have another operation on your leg. Do let me know how you get on and do take care, with love, Ali xx

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