Saturday, August 1, 2020

TWO DAYS AT HOME

It was good that we caught up with all the things that needed doing away from home on Thursday.  Doug has now got Gout.  (Yes, David, it could be diet related).  He has had it before but last time was 18 months ago (I know because of the date on the pills he was given for the pain).

While he put his feet up yesterday, a very rare occurrence,  I got some jobs done in the garden.  Doug piled up some large prunings in the trailer a while ago and, as they were dry, I cut them up into the wheelie bin for Monday's collection.  I then removed all the cauliflower plants.  Because of the weather I left the plants in place when I picked the caulis.  Anyway, I pulled them out and cut them up into the compost bins.  

We are pleased with this year's vegetable garden.  The carrots have done really well and, when I have weeded and got some ground ready I must sow another lot.  All the greens did well and I was amazed at the sugar snap peas, I picked some for lunch yesterday and today.

I also had a long phone conversation with my stepdaughter in New South Wales and then went for the usual walk and had just got home when Doug's eldest daughter called in so we had a chat with her.

Today we have had squally showers and Doug has got his foot up again and was joined by both Kim the cat and Sophie, the Labrador.  I made an apple upside down cake.  I think it must be reasonably healthy as it is made with ground almonds and not a lot of sugar.  The only butter is in the topping.  It doesn't look as attractive as previous ones, a bit pale but actually tasted better.



As I had the oven on I made Doug a batch of Anzac biscuits and we put some in the freezer.  After lunch I went for the usual walk and then we had a cup of tea and small piece of cake.  Very tempted to have a second small piece but will resist the urge.

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  1. Ouch, gout can be so painful (my dad had it - more from beer than diet!), Hope Doug improves soon.
    Your cake looks delicious. After all that work in the garden I think you could easily enjoy a second piece :)

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    1. I had another piece tonight. Yes, gout is very painful.

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  2. I had one really bad bout of gout, once only, but they had to inject steroids directly into my toe to get rid of it since it did not respond to conventional medications. The strange thing is what the doctor thought might have been the cause. I do not drink beer, but we had been on a trip through Vietnam and Cambodia where it was incredibly hot and humid, and at the end of the day, before dinner we would each have a beer. That was what they narrowed it down to. I drink red wine two or three times a week, but it has never given me a problem. I have not had gout before or since.

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    1. We sometimes share a small bottle of beer on hot summer days but not this time of year. We also have a very small glass of red with water with our midday meal although didn't have it on Thursday as we had a pot of tea with our meal out. Doug is still feeling miserable and has decided that the special painkillers were not doing any good so is reverting to paracetamol which I doubt will do any better.

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  3. Poor Doug, does he had to change his diet at all or does he eat pretty healthy? My dad use to get it and had to do that.

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    1. He has a pretty good diet. As I said he had it about 18 months ago. He is just taking pain killers, drinking lots of water and hoping it improves.

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  4. Poor Doug. You both walk and keep fit eat so much of your fresh homegrown garden produce . I wonder what really caused it. Hope the pain subsides quickly

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    1. Unfortunately, it got worse overnight and he didn't get much sleep. The whole foot is swollen so I took him to White Cross (the after hours or "when you can't get an appointment with your own doctor" surgery). He has some anti inflammatory pills to take.

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