We are back in the UK! And now back in Bristol.
We have been busy. So far we have got ourselves a (used) car, a rental flat and have had our offer for a rather nice flat on the Downs accepted. All this in just over two weeks!
However shortly after moving into our new flat I started to get some back pain. Despite efforts of a physiotherapist and lots of painkillers it continued to get worse. Our GP took blood tests which suggested that it was not a simple bad back, so I was sent into hospital for further tests. First stop was the BRI for a scan then Frenchay for treatment.
I got out of Frenchay on Friday the 10th February equipped with a formidable corset to keep my spine stable. While I was in there they worked out that I had discitis. In particular the disc between lumbar vertebrae 1 and 2 was inflamed with an infection caused by staphlococcus aurea. How it got in there I do not know. The infection could have got in while in the UK – it is not necessarily an infection of foreign origin!
Anyway it has been bombarded with strong doses of antibiotics and the inflammation is going down. We expect that it will be completely gone in a few weeks and that I should be back to near normal. In the meantime I am confined to barracks, which is tough but infinitely better than a hospital ward. I have still got some back pain but it is getting better.
Chris has been looking after me very well with scarcely a complaint!
I hope to be up and functioning in a couple of months. Keep in touch and hope to see you soon.
In the meantime we are now the proud owners of a flat on the downs. It is being extensively refurbished under the eagle eye of Chris and we will be moving in in late March.