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Keeping it brief…’

 

Please excuse the brevity of this edition and the pithy sentence construction.  My eyesight in my left eye is still not crystal clear and spending any time reading or typing is still painful.

 

In a nutshell, my GP sent me straight up to Treliske Hospital last Thursday with a grim headache that I could not get rid of. My left eye had became droopy and very bloodshot and I lost some of my ability to find the words that I wanted. I felt as if I was rocking around on a boat which impacted my balance.

 

I received excellent care in the Same Day Assessment Unit and was diagnosed with ‘cluster headaches’. One of the lead nurses also suffered from ‘cluster’ headaches and recognised the symptoms.

 

I had a brain scan (and yes, they did find one…) and other tests which, in turn, tested my phobia of all things medical and needle related!

Chris was able to stay with me, which was a blessing.

 

After trying various painkillers and headache blockers an hour having high flow oxygen finally brought the pain under some control and I was allowed home.

 

I’m off to see the GP tomorrow for a follow up and to find out what my next steps are. I have never suffered from ‘cluster’ headaches before and I hope that I will find out some more information about them.

 

Just as their name suggests, ‘cluster’ headaches come one after the other, based around the eye. They are still coming and going but I do feel better than I did last week.

 

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been in touch and sent get well wishes and prayers, they are very much appreciated. I do miss seeing you all and I am not a very ‘patient’ patient! I appreciate that I do need to do as the doctors have told me and take some time to rest and help the headaches to pass.

 

Yours in Christ

Revd Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Eye, eye…’

 

Well, dear reader, I have been doing as I am told/practising what I preach and heeding the GP’s advice. I am not a very ‘patient’ patient I have to confess and it is something that I am working on. They do say that if you ask God for something He may not give you what you ask for in the manner that you may have been looking for it!

 

Enforced rest is not my ‘thing’ at all, as some of you may know! I have seen my GP again this morning about the ‘cluster’ headaches, which takes some time to diagnose apparently.

The good news is that the headaches seem to be easing off but I still have some sight loss in my left eye. Reading and using screens are still difficult so this is going to be another short missal. I still occasionally ‘lose’ my words when a headache kicks in. Chris tries to fill in the missing thought or word for me which has ended up with us both laughing as he guesses incorrectly.

 

My ‘fit note’ takes me up until this coming Friday (when I have another appointment with the GP and he agrees if I can resume work). My hope and prayer is that I am able to lead the services this coming Sunday.

 

I have really missed seeing you all and to being amongst you. I am looking forward to catching up with you and to hearing your news.

 

Being away from my usual routine does not really suit me but I have had to acknowledge that I have not been fit to be at work whilst the bout of headaches was ongoing.

 

I have gone as far as the Supermarket once and into the garden, wearing the advised large dark glasses and huge sunhat to shield my eyes. I am living in hope that I look like a mysterious version of Sophia Loren but I have an idea that may not be the case….

 

Whatever your week holds, may it be blessed and I look forward to being amongst you again very soon.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Revd Karen

Revd Karen ‘Not looking at ‘Dr Google’… ’

 

 

Well, the good news is that I should be back to work for the weekend. Once I have had a check in with my GP at the end of the week I should be good to go. I am very much looking forward to getting back out into the parishes and to leading services again. Most of all I am looking forward to seeing you again and to having a catch up.

It is now feeling like a very long time since I have been with you and I have missed being amongst you.

 

My regular routine of being a Priest for six days a week and then having to have time away from leading services and to being with you has felt incredibly odd. Being a Priest is not just a job, it is a life and to suddenly not be part of that life has felt quite ‘detached’ from my own reality.

 

This final week will be to make sure that I am tolerating the new medications and a final check in with my GP. I have been diagnosed with Temporal Arteritis. I had no clue what this was and was grateful to my GP for sending me a link explaining all about it. I avoid going onto the internet and using ‘Dr Google’, it never comes to any good! I guarantee that I would keep on scrolling through the various websites and scaring myself….

 

My plan is to lead the Eucharist Service on Sunday 16th June in Perranarworthal as per our rota if all goes as expected.

 

It will be very good to get back to church and to share Eucharist with the congregation. Being at home to pray and to worship via the internet is not quite the same thing in so many ways.

 

I would like to thank our church wardens and church officers for holding the fort whilst I have been away. I had not expected to be off for quite so long. Our CW from Devoran, Anne, took me out for coffee this morning so that I could have a change of scenery. It was very much appreciated and it was good to have a chat and a catch up with her.

 

Thank you to everyone who has sent cards and messages, they have really cheered me. It is very thoughtful of you.

 

Please excuse the short ‘Karen’s Corner’ again this week. I still have a bit of vision loss in my left eye and reading/typing is still a bit of an issue. I have been using a magnifying glass to check product labels and I have to take issue with companies who use such tiny print! Bathroom products are the worst (especially if the packaging is the same colour) and I have almost conditioned my hair before shampooing and moisturised my face before washing it as the bottles are the same colour!

 

There have been times when I have guessed how long a food product would take to cook as I have not been able to read the label without the magnifier. I have played a bit of a guessing game and hoped that I would not incinerate our dinner…

 

Yesterday I attempted to have some shopping delivered and now we have two kilo bags of granulated sugar in the cupboard instead of one 750gm bag. The irony is that I don’t take sugar in anything…. Chris can sugar his tea and coffee with complete abandon for at least a couple of months now.

 

Once I am back at work the dogs won’t know what has hit them. They have had me at home for a few weeks now and have got used to me being around all day. Marnie (our Bulldog) is a very sensitive soul and has been glued to my side when I have had headaches. She doesn't realise that she weighs almost four stone when she decides that the best way to help is to sit on my lap or wrap herself around my head! I don’t have the heart (or the strength!) to lift her away when she is convinced that she is acting as my nurse.

 

I look forward to seeing some of you on Saturday at the fete in Devoran church. I have promised to bake some cakes (I promise to use the magnifier to read my recipes!) and pop along to the fete. Do come along to this fundraiser and support the church. A lot of hard work, time and energy goes into it and I am sure that the church family would appreciate your support.

 

Whatever your week holds, may it be blessed and I look forward to seeing you all over the weekend.

 

Yours in Christ

Karen

The best laid plans and all that…’

 

I had planned to return to ministry last weekend but, as has been the case for a few weeks now, plans changed. It was a case of ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…’

 

During a visit to a Rheumatologist I told her that I planned to go back to work at the weekend. She looked up from her screen and told me that it wasn’t a good idea and that she wanted me to have another week off, to acclimatise to a new set of medication. The best laid plans of mice and men…

 

Thank you to Janet Thomas who led the service at St Piran’s at 10am on Sunday morning, I am very grateful to her and her ministry.

 

On Sunday morning I sat in the garden after Chris had left for Devoran church. It seemed very peculiar to be listening to the Cathedral bells and not to be heading off to lead a service. We will see where this week takes us after a conversation with my GP about resuming work. I have had two false starts so far and do not want to count my chickens… I am always hopeful but it is not in my own hands. ‘Let go and let God’.

 

The Rheumatologist believes that she had a sound diagnosis now and I have a strategy for moving forward. It has felt like a long haul and I am looking forward to getting back to being amongst you.

 

Chris has led services in both Perranarworthal and Devoran whilst I have ben away. He has come home with messages of love, which has been so supportive and I am very grateful. They have upheld me and given me huge comfort.

 

My prayers have been with you all and I am sorry that I have not been able to be with you for the past few weeks. I am doing what I am told by the doctors and Chris has been doing a wonderful job of looking after me. By looking after me, I mean that he has been making sure that I am doing as I am told! He knows me too well….

 

I have been able to get back to doing some reading and screen work and things are gradually returning to some kind of normal. I have been taking a high dose of steroids. Now, as anyone knows who has been on them, they do impact sleep. They are known to make your thoughts race and keep you awake.

 

I awoke the other night singing aloud, 'I’d like to teach the world to sing’. I don’t know if I was dreaming that I was in an old Coca Cola advert with the New Seekers but there it is. The song reverberated around my head for about two hours before I went back to sleep. Luckily Chris sleeps with earplugs in so missed by rendition of this old classic.

 

When I told Chris about my nocturnal warbling we both laughed. Laughter is one of the things that keeps us going and we were able to see the funny side.

 

Having the dogs at home for company has been a huge blessing. Marnie is a particularly attentive nurse. She is very intuitive and has a knack of knowing when I don’t feel up to par. The morning that I started to take the steroids she came and sat on my lap, pushing her face against my mouth. Apart from the abundance of whiskers (her, not mine) ticking my mouth it was as if she was sniffing something out. She looked me in the eye as she sniffed around. Once she was satisfied she sat next to me and landed a paw onto my hand.

She is a knowing old soul in a four stone adolescent bulldog body.

 

I do hope and pray that I am able to join you next Sunday but, as I said, I am taking things as they come and listening to the doctors.

 

Whatever your week holds, may it be blessed.

 

Revd Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eye, eye…’

 

Well, dear reader, I have been doing as I am told/practising what I preach and heeding the GP’s advice. I am not a very ‘patient’ patient I have to confess and it is something that I am working on. They do say that if you ask God for something He may not give you what you ask for in the manner that you may have been looking for it!

 

Enforced rest is not my ‘thing’ at all, as some of you may know! I have seen my GP again this morning about the ‘cluster’ headaches, which takes some time to diagnose apparently.

The good news is that the headaches seem to be easing off but I still have some sight loss in my left eye. Reading and using screens are still difficult so this is going to be another short missal. I still occasionally ‘lose’ my words when a headache kicks in. Chris tries to fill in the missing thought or word for me which has ended up with us both laughing as he guesses incorrectly.

 

My ‘fit note’ takes me up until this coming Friday (when I have another appointment with the GP and he agrees if I can resume work). My hope and prayer is that I am able to lead the services this coming Sunday.

 

I have really missed seeing you all and to being amongst you. I am looking forward to catching up with you and to hearing your news.

 

Being away from my usual routine does not really suit me but I have had to acknowledge that I have not been fit to be at work whilst the bout of headaches was ongoing.

 

I have gone as far as the Supermarket once and into the garden, wearing the advised large dark glasses and huge sunhat to shield my eyes. I am living in hope that I look like a mysterious version of Sophia Loren but I have an idea that may not be the case….

 

Whatever your week holds, may it be blessed and I look forward to being amongst you again very soon.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Revd Karen

Revd Karen ‘Not looking at ‘Dr Google’… ’

 

 

Well, the good news is that I should be back to work for the weekend. Once I have had a check in with my GP at the end of the week I should be good to go. I am very much looking forward to getting back out into the parishes and to leading services again. Most of all I am looking forward to seeing you again and to having a catch up.

It is now feeling like a very long time since I have been with you and I have missed being amongst you.

 

My regular routine of being a Priest for six days a week and then having to have time away from leading services and to being with you has felt incredibly odd. Being a Priest is not just a job, it is a life and to suddenly not be part of that life has felt quite ‘detached’ from my own reality.

 

This final week will be to make sure that I am tolerating the new medications and a final check in with my GP. I have been diagnosed with Temporal Arteritis. I had no clue what this was and was grateful to my GP for sending me a link explaining all about it. I avoid going onto the internet and using ‘Dr Google’, it never comes to any good! I guarantee that I would keep on scrolling through the various websites and scaring myself….

 

My plan is to lead the Eucharist Service on Sunday 16th June in Perranarworthal as per our rota if all goes as expected.

 

It will be very good to get back to church and to share Eucharist with the congregation. Being at home to pray and to worship via the internet is not quite the same thing in so many ways.

 

I would like to thank our church wardens and church officers for holding the fort whilst I have been away. I had not expected to be off for quite so long. Our CW from Devoran, Anne, took me out for coffee this morning so that I could have a change of scenery. It was very much appreciated and it was good to have a chat and a catch up with her.

 

Thank you to everyone who has sent cards and messages, they have really cheered me. It is very thoughtful of you.

 

Please excuse the short ‘Karen’s Corner’ again this week. I still have a bit of vision loss in my left eye and reading/typing is still a bit of an issue. I have been using a magnifying glass to check product labels and I have to take issue with companies who use such tiny print! Bathroom products are the worst (especially if the packaging is the same colour) and I have almost conditioned my hair before shampooing and moisturised my face before washing it as the bottles are the same colour!

 

There have been times when I have guessed how long a food product would take to cook as I have not been able to read the label without the magnifier. I have played a bit of a guessing game and hoped that I would not incinerate our dinner…

 

Yesterday I attempted to have some shopping delivered and now we have two kilo bags of granulated sugar in the cupboard instead of one 750gm bag. The irony is that I don’t take sugar in anything…. Chris can sugar his tea and coffee with complete abandon for at least a couple of months now.

 

Once I am back at work the dogs won’t know what has hit them. They have had me at home for a few weeks now and have got used to me being around all day. Marnie (our Bulldog) is a very sensitive soul and has been glued to my side when I have had headaches. She doesn't realise that she weighs almost four stone when she decides that the best way to help is to sit on my lap or wrap herself around my head! I don’t have the heart (or the strength!) to lift her away when she is convinced that she is acting as my nurse.

 

I look forward to seeing some of you on Saturday at the fete in Devoran church. I have promised to bake some cakes (I promise to use the magnifier to read my recipes!) and pop along to the fete. Do come along to this fundraiser and support the church. A lot of hard work, time and energy goes into it and I am sure that the church family would appreciate your support.

 

Whatever your week holds, may it be blessed and I look forward to seeing you all over the weekend.

 

Yours in Christ

Karen

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