In every 24 hours things can change from good to bad to good again!

A normal school day for both boys in fact after all the rain we have had it was quite nice and mild so we thought we would get the boys from school wrap them up warm and go straight to the country park for a walk as we are on the “friends of the park” committee” We went home, usual stuff,  have dinner and after some time on the pc or laptops the boys go to bed ready for school.

Ali in very good spirits

Ali in very good spirits


My youngest Ali  had a bit of a cough in the night, Nothing really worrying but we put some vapour rub on his chest and he went back to sleep, Tuesday morning when he got up he says his back hurt and he had a bit of a snotty nose so as both he and I were going on a school trip on Wednesday I decided to keep him off school so he would be ok for the trip, 
During the morning he perked up a bit and even had some sausages in a bap, in fact I kind of felt a fraud for keeping him off school, by dinner time he hardly touched his dinner and then went back on the laptop. Allan had a cub leaders meeting up at the scout hall in bexon lane so he left about 7pm within about half an hour Ali’s breathing got a bit heavy so I gave him his inhaler, It helped a little and he said he was tired so instead of putting him to bed upstairs  I pulled the sleep sofa out and told him to rest there propped up instead. 
By the time Alex had gone to bed  Ali’s breathing was getting worse and worse.. I was just about to call Allan to come home from his cub meeting when he came through the door.
By now its about 9.15pm, now you can tell how long it is since I have called the doctors out of hours because I had to look up online and found out that the local memorial hospital closes at 9pm and after that the out of hours service finishes and you now call 111 instead of NHS Direct.
 So I called 111 and a paramedic came. checked Ali over and said he had a very  high temperature & was Tachycardic now, because of the strain of trying to breathe and that it was serious. he put him straight on a nebulizer and called for the “Van with noise and lights”  they asked if there were any other children in the house so we told them that Alex was in bed so while I waited for Amber to get in to watch Alex, Allan went in the ambulance with Ali and the paramedic who first came as he wouldn’t leave Ali.. he even left his car outside and was going to get a lift back later on with the ambulance crew.

Once Amber arrived I drove up to Medway hospital and Ali was in A & E hooked up to loads of bits and was very poorly, they were giving him dose upon dose in the nebulizer and nothing was working.
he was looking really poorly and we had to wait for them to take a xray of his chest… (the x-ray people came to him)

Tuesday Night in A & E waiting for bed in HDU

Tuesday Night in A & E waiting for bed in intensive care


We were told that he would have to be admitted to intensive care but there was no space at the moment,  So for the time being he was going to be put in HDU on penguin ward (children’s) at Medway hospital.  So he was moved up there and straight away they decided that after 12 lots of medication put in the nebuliser back to back,  it wasn’t working so they hooked him up to two drips, Allan went home around 3am as he had to come home and get some sleep and be there to get Alex up for school the next day plus he had to go out and get some of the important cardboard bits done in the scout van.  I stayed with Ali and the consultant came around about 6am and explained that Ali had been very tacicocardic and his heart rate was still very high, He was also concerned about the amount of steroids Ali had now received and it still wasn’t helping, he tried finding a bed in Intensive care but there was still no space so he decided that Ali would have to stay on HDU.  He told me that the next few hours were crucial and that Ali was very  very seriously ill.

By 9am Ali was awake and starting to look a bit better.. well to me anyway.. he wanted a sip of water which the nurse gave him and he immediately threw it up …..  every hour they tried with just 20mls of water and each time it came up again… this was probably because of all the medication.. Ali was still on oxygen all the time and then the nebulizer every hour but he was starting to get bored just lying there..
So they turned on the what he called Lego man tv and put children’s programs on… He was not impressed to say the least lol good job I had his ds in my bag so he played on that…  by Wednesday evening they moved him to the ward and they had got him on 4 hourly nebulizer and off the oxygen and drips and told us that if he was ok through the night Wednesday he could go onto the inhalers on Thursday and if that was ok he may go home once he was stable.   So As I had done the night shift with him Tuesday Night Allan stayed Wednesday Night, He had the good shift as the ward had room for a Z  bed down the side of Ali’s for Allan to lie on they even used cylinder oxygen for Ali so not to disturb Allan when they did his obs and medicine.

After getting a relatively good night sleep at home, I got a call from Allan to say the consultant had been around and that Ali was improving well and they were going to start the inhaler early on him.  So they used a spacer and he had to have ten hits of his ventolin at a time every two hours and then extend it to every 4 hours..  and had his Prednisolone   If he was ok he could go home either Thursday night or Friday.. So I went shopping and picked up some bits just in case he did have to stay the night again as it would be my shift again.  But when I got to the hospital he was looking ten times better than when I had left him the night before.

If fact if anything he was bouncing off the walls….. and bored….. bored … bored…
Thankfully the medication worked a treat and in the evening they said we could take him home provided he took his medication every 4 hours and took his Prednisolone every day and we kept him in from playtime at school and pe for the first week he could go back to school on Monday.
As we were leaving a doctor came to sign the discharge forms and sort out his prescriptions for stuff he will need to take and turned to me and said…

He (Ali) has done remarkable considering we were close to losing him the other night………. 
I’m so glad they didn’t tell me that at the time !!!

So everyday there was a rapid change… What a difference 24 hours makes.

And Now… Now is Saturday… I have Shelby up in bed for her nap (my lovely little weekend visitor from Friday till Monday ) I am sat here at my pc and Alex and Ali are on the Xbox playing Minecraft……… 

Normal service has been resumed!

Tuesday Night to Thursday Night......

Tuesday Night to Thursday Night……


It’s all about the Fur Kids………


Following on from my what I would do with the lottery win….. I would love to get my dream dogs……

It is  another dream but this wouldn’t be hard to do

If only I had just a little more space in the house

The problem is both Ali and I suffer from Asthma and of course dog hair aggravates it.
However I couldn’t live dog free… I did for about 6 years from when I lost my five dogs when I had to leave them behind and the new life started.. until Allan decided we needed a dog…
Now I have had many dogs over the years… From When I was little we had a Border Collie called Panda, this dog was well-travelled as we took her abroad with us when my dad was posted to Germany and she had to do 6 months in quarantine to come back into the uk where sadly she picked up an infection and had to be put to sleep not long after she had done her time,  this was heart breaking for me as I don’t remember a time in my life when we didn’t have her.  I was promised another dog straight away and my dad decided he wanted to choose the next dog we had so we got a cocker spaniel called Bobby which is the only dog I have ever owned that was kicked out of obedience classes.
I remember taking him to a hall in Milton and he disrupted the class so much he was expelled… the three-month old puppy was a handful and continued to be,  he ate his way through two-three piece suits and the kitchen table, carpets and even a bed before my mum and dad admitted defeat when he was about two and re-homed him to someone they knew who had a farm where he could live happily with their dogs..   

Now my brother and I have always suffered from Asthma although horses seemed to be the worst thing to trigger off any chronic attacks but we were still always wheezy.  It was only after we re-homed Bobby and actually had a dog free house for a few years that it proved that the dogs hair had also affected us because we were both relatively fine, in fact the only time we ever got chesty was when we were full of cold other than that no problems.   So my mum decided that was it… No More Dogs Ever!!   

This lasted about four years until I begged and begged for another dog… She then did some investigations and found out there was a breed of dog we could have because they didn’t shed and lose hair as it wasn’t like normal dogs hair…. a poodle!  I had  visions of this huge white poncy thing with pom poms and to be honest I think I preferred to have no dog.  But she took us to see a lady who breed miniature poodles and they were apricot in colour which was actually a nice colour… one look and I couldn’t resist…Although I did make my mum promise that it would never be clipped into a poncy pom pom haircut so we just had what they called the puppy clip… I haven’t got any pics but here is one exactly like the first one we got…. actually its like the second and third… as we ended up with three over the years All miniature and all apricot.. Mitzi, Nikki and Tasha, miniature-poodle-1a 

I have to confess that yes I was fairly healthy with these dogs, No problem with dog hairs everywhere………  

Then I left home and of course wanted something other than a poodle… I knew better… of course I wouldn’t get ill. 

I looked at puppies and have always had this thing for either fluffy dogs or ugly dogs lol   I knew the fluffy dogs would make me worse so I went for the ugly dog breed and saw the most delightful puppy for sale going. 1388357328_569734403_7-American-pit-bull-terrier-puppies-for-sale-UKCADBA-

I saw the parents who were the most friendliest dogs I had seen, a lovely short coat and I couldn’t resist… I bought the puppy,  What was it you ask,
It was an American Pit bull Terrier…..   I called her Mina and she was loving and loyal and loved the kids to bits.. I had my three oldest at the time.   I soon got another one,  and then took in three rescue ones.. I became good friends with the dog warden and I soon became a designated and registered rescue for them they had become a breed for all the so-called “hard” people to have as a status symbol and nine times out of ten needed re-homing because their owner had  been sent down for something.. Others used the dogs for fighting…….. 
In the end I must have had over 8 but managed to rehome some to good homes and had two which were mine… Mina and Arnold…   I breed them once and then the law came in about how dangerous they were and so the dangerous dogs act came in and I had to get them spayed and neutered, Had to get insurance for them, both had to have a tattoo and both had to be muzzled in public and could not be walked or owned by anyone else..    eventually I had to have Mina put to sleep because her stomach turned and the vet could do nothing for her… or said they couldnt.. I often wonder if she had been any other breed of dog if they would have done more for her..  Then a few years later Arnold got cancer and despite being ill lasted another year before it was kinder to let him go.
I  had another two children before I decided I wanted another dog… again going for the ugly dog I went for a shar pei.  I got a black puppy called Zelda who while loyal to me and the kids was a feisty little thing with everyone else….   They are the wrinkle dogs… however it was only after I got her that I found out that they too were originally Chinese fighting dogs..   although over the centuries that had stopped and in fact they are now quite rare.. The problem is while they look lovely and wrinkly when they are puppies they grow out of it as they get older and end up with just a few wrinkles, at which point the owners get bored and want another dog because they have lost the cute look.  and yes I took in rescue dogs again… I had five in the end.. I did have more but one got killed on a road by a field as he saw something on a long walk and chased after it straight in front of a car..  I buried Ben in the garden.  Over the years I lost two more due to health problems so it was down to another one who looked like ben and zelda still  . I split from the ex and he had one and I had zelda as she hated him  *good doggy*  sadly I couldn’t take her with me but she is still happily living  with my oldest daughter…….  the whole time I had the dogs I was ill  I mean seriously ill I lived off my in-hailer all the time..  but refused to get rid of the dogs.  after I moved in with Allan
I said then no more dogs…………. until…………..   of course he wanted to get a dog and we got Teal’c from Foal Farm Rescue Centre… my only insistence of us getting another dog was it had to be short haired.. and  a puppy as we had the boys and I prefer puppies when you have kids..

and now we have Molly otherwise known as Moo Bags as well (another rescue) and they love each other to bits lol they both have a crate for a bed with a huge leather cushion in it but both still like to be together..  and love cuddling up


Teal’c and Molly having a cuddle…….. She much prefers getting in his bed with him

So back to my dream dogs… I would love to get another collie and I have always wanted a Dogue de Bordeaux but just need a house big enough with a big enough garden………

Maybe if I get my house with the 11 acres …….

PicMonkey Collage

The dream dogs

Dream On! Part 2

Because I hit the wrong button typing this up on the tablet instead of on my pc…….  So  part of the rough draft got published by mistake… apologies..  


So as I was saying  the place I would love would be a home but also part of a business……. 
Can this dream be achieved……….  
Well YES….
As I get older I find myself watching more and more tv programs like escape to the country

And in nearly every episode there is a house which I would quite happily call home if I had the finances.

On average I could get what I want for about £600k with about 50k for alterations or additions such as my pool lol   It just depends on what part of the country I would want to go to..
Well with the exception of my dad (but then something could be sorted or he may not even be around by the time this could ever be a dream come true)
I have no ties that would keep me in Kent..  Seriously I learned a long time ago that you can live anywhere and still keep in touch with friends and that was before the internet.   So if I can keep on contact with friends via snail mail for years from America to the uk

I’m sure I could keep in contact with anyone I wished to via skype or facebook or another means of communication.

To be honest I sometimes think I could do with a clean break especially from this house and village..

That covers Dream  with the sensible hat on!

Dream On!

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I guess it all depends on how much you win.

Say for instance I won 3 or 4 million or more It would be total life changing to the point of maybe even leaving the country in search of a warmer climate.

If less but still enough to live a good life without being silly with the money I would love to move somewhere where there is lots of open country side for walks  and climbing, but close enough to civilization that the boys would be able to get to friends and school without being miles away from anything. 

A house in the country with about 11 acre’s of land with woodland, a stream or brook with a little waterfall would be nice.

It would have to have 5 or even 6 bedrooms a couple of which must be en suite with bathrooms with of course another upstairs,  a huge kitchen, utility room with a little shower and loo off it so when the dogs and anyone else comes in all muddy they can be cleaned off and somewhere to store the muddy wellies   Yes we love the outdoors and Peppa Pig is not the  only one who likes jumping in muddy puddles.

What else hmmmm oh yes,  two front rooms one for the kids to hang out and one for us lol  a games room with room for a darts board and bar oh and a pool table.   speaking of pool table a pool is another thing on the wish list.
One that is indoors, heated of course but it also leads to outside  so the dream of swimming in the snow can be achieved without freezing to death, with a jacuzzi next to it. 

Ideally I would love somewhere where I could turn an outhouse into another kitchen area for baking or cooking for a little business to keep things ticking over. 
A separate holiday let on the grounds to generate income.   maybe even some of the land could be turned into a back to  basics camp-site,  with features like climbing walls and other activities. 

In the meantime I can dream


I Have been blogging here since May 2009 so for some strange reason I decided I needed  a change in the look. 

  I have used the same background since I first started………
So I have now gone from this


To what you see now……..
There are some things I would love to change in my life……..
Some in fact most are just dreams because they will never happen.

But This is one thing I can change…….
So here you are………….

But watch this space !!

Wow What, Who, and Why me?

Seriously I wonder why?

I am a nobody,  what am I talking about you ask
well to explain I got a phone alert and email alert to say….

Someone recently requested that the password be reset

To reset your password please click this button:

If this is a mistake just ignore this email – your password will not be changed.


Well for obvious reasons I don’t want my password reset so you didn’t get very far on that one,
but seriously why would anyone want to hack my account…

Hey I am boring as fuck……….

Can a long weekend be classed as a holiday?

If the answer is yes then I have booked a holiday for three nights in May to our usual place.

Yes I know people slag Pontins and camber sands off big time especially the accommodation but you get what you pay for..

If they pay 45 pounds for a 3 night break for 6 and go for the popular or classic  then the chalet you get is going to be pretty dire,  If you pay more and go for club accommodation then hey it’s lovely and for the last three years that is what we have done they have not long refurbished them all so I have never been able to fault anything, usually I go for the upstairs  club two bed.

One with bunk beds  in one bedroom and the other bedroom  has two single beds which  we push together and sitting room that has a sleep sofa which we don’t use  so we keep it as a sitting room with the sofa and digital tv, then of course you have the rest of the chalet which is a fitted kitchen, dinning room and sliding doors to out on the balcony, but this time I went for club ground floor, I’m hoping I have gone for the usual  sleeping arrangements in the bedrooms, but the pc froze before I could  check I do know it’s two bedrooms and sitting room so three bed altogether, I’m not sure if I booked two single beds and bunks or two sets of bunk beds  or one room with a single bed and the other bunk beds, oh well if I did we can always sleep on the bed sofa .

The good thing is the boys know their way around they have been 5 or 6 times before and as both can swim they can go to the pool on their own, which means relax time for us and there is a beautiful beach there as well which we take the metal detectors to the dunes,  Even when the weather  is  bad you can walk for  miles along the sandy beaches or stay indoors while the kids are off to the swimming pool and enjoy a nice glass of wine.

As long as I remember to take a  bottle opener and a corkscrew with us we are happy and the boys love their weekend of freedom . 

Even better is the fact that the blue cross price   price was halved for us because we were such loyal customers over the last few years so we went again for the club class
It may not be much but to us it’s a holiday .  not told the boys yet I will leave it as a surprise until we get them in the car after school when we leave straight from school to go there