Monday, 12 November 2018

Doctor Seen!

This morning I was still in pain when I moved my head, so Marcela rang my Medical Provider, because part of my extra Plan is Home visits, and she wasn't taking no for an answer.

Unfortunately it turns out that the cover doesn't extend to rural areas, which seems ridiculous, as that is where it would be most needed, but after she spoke to a Doctor, we packed up our things and made our way to the Mother-in-Laws house in Bello, and she rang again whilst we were on route, we were given a two hour waiting time, so when we arrived, I settled in for the wait, but fifteen minutes later the Doc was on the doorstep.

He decided that the collapse was probably as a result of low blood sugar, why it should come on now is anyone's guess, but he recommended that I eat a biscuit or have a coffee before taking the dogs for their morning walk. The head pain, he put down to concussion, and gave me a rear end injection to relieve the pain, although I have to say, I haven't noticed much difference as yet. A former Colleague has told me it could take three to four days for the symptoms to clear, so I guess I will have to try and be patient.

Once the Doc had left, we took the Mother-in-law out for lunch, before returning home, and having committed myself to doing some decorating for her, well I guess it is a while since we have done any work on the house, and it is ours, since I am winding down on any projects here, it is an ideal time to work on that house.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Falling to Bits

What is happening to me... This morning I woke later than usual, which I am not complaining about, it was nice to have a lie in until 6.15am, that might still seem early to many of you, but that's an extra 45 minutes for me!

I then took the dogs for a walk, out into the country, it was lovely, but on our return, I was passing one of the Bars up the road, when I blacked out, I remember my head hitting the road and then nothing for a second or two. I managed to get up, but had no sense of balance, and had to hold onto the fence. Two men from the Bar (having their morning coffee) ran over, and asked if they could help, I thanked them for their concern, but said I would just stand for a minute or two then make my way home. They could obviously see I was bleeding, both arms were scraped, and my hand was covered in blood, it looked worse than it was, fortunately.

Both Pepe and Tito, were as good as gold, and just stood alongside me, instead of running off. We made our way slowly home, and then I couldn't open the gate, because, I thought I had lost my keys in the fall. Not wanting to return with the dogs, as my balance just wasn't right, I tied them up, and went back up the road...slowly!  The two men who had come to me before, came to help me look, but  we couldn't find them. I then started to walk home, and realised the keys were in my back jeans pocket all the time. I arrived home to find a 'friend' from down the road sitting talking to the dogs, when he saw the blood, and that I was having trouble standing in one place, he offered to help, but I was home, so again thanked him, and called Marcela from her bed, she is a fantastic Nurse.

Some three and a half hours later, and I am still wobbly on my feet, I think from the bang to my head, but what caused the blackout in the first place, it came on without any warning, that is what worries me.

Marcela says not to worry unless I have a repeat 'episode', and she is probably right, but you can't help it. I seem to go from one disaster to another, and that is more concerning to me.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Is It Me?!!

OK, the end of the banking saga, I sent my penultimate email to Azimo, once I had calmed down, and received a very nice and apologetic reply, but confirmed they don't use BBVA Colombia, but BBVA Spain, that really set the cat amongst the pidgeons, I was told that when they state the funds are sent to their Partner in Colombia, that doesn't mean they are in Colombia, they could be anywhere in the world! forgive me, but does that really make sense?

They also stated that the fact that they advertise, and repeatedly state that the funds go into my account in Pesos is true, the fact that BBVA sends US dollars or any other currency is neither here nor there, it goes into my account in pesos, even if it is exchanged by Bancolombia (my Bank), that really doesn't make any sense, it couldn't end up in my account in any other currency, because it is a peso account. They are really clutching at straws, and I pointed out that on both counts, in my opinion they are misleading Customers, and it is just a marketing ploy to attract people like myself, and it obviously works, but is it legal, I believe that under UK law it isn't.

I was then asked how I managed to obtain my funds, having gone over the limit, I was tempted to tell them where to go, but if it helps anyone else out then fine, so I sent my final email with the details.

I haven't yet decided whether I will continue with Azimo, their exchange rates are excellent, and fee low, it is whether I want the hassle that being with them entails.

This morning I went downstairs to find that I had left the water pump on in the swimming pool all night, I had put it on about 5pm, to remove about an inch of water, and forgotten, so it had been on about fourteen hours, it was red hot, and not working, I thought I had fried it, and would have to buy a new one, but on the off chance... I put it to one side until it cooled, and surprisingly it worked, I doubt I will get away with that one again.

I then set about cutting hedges, whilst the sun was out, and the dogs made the most of the sun

Pepe is not rolling, he is lying on his back tanning his tummy! hahaha they love it, I am not surprised because by early afternoon the clowds roll in and the storms follow, I will be glad when we are back to summer, hopefully in the next two to three weeks.