October 3, 2014

It was another good day

In just about every way, actually. The weather was glorious – another beautiful still, sunny day with the sky a clear blue all day and temperature again around 25 degrees Celsius. Just how long can this go on for? Long enough for me to get my wood store finished, I hope. After a quick shopping trip this morning I was able to enjoy another very productive day, because I felt no Lyme effects to speak of (in fact after only a couple of days, I’m already considering not mentioning it at all, it’s become so insignificant) and the work on the wood store just flowed. After today, I’ve got very little to do to finish the frame structure, as the following pictures I took this evening just as the light was beginning to fail, show.

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Like any structure of its type, the frame will not be fully rigid until the sides and roof are all on, but as I’ve been able to pin one of the roof cross-members with a screw to one of the stairway uprights, it’s already much more rigid than I’d expected it would be at this stage. The two little corner trusses that I’ve fixed in the bottom right and left corners have also helped and I’m going to add two more tomorrow in the corresponding top corners, which will help even more.

With the progress I’m making, I’m becoming optimistic that if the weather holds, I might even be adding the roof and starting to apply the wall boarding over the week end. However, rain is forecast for overnight tomorrow and the early hours of Sunday, so I’ll have to wait and see how things go. The rain will only last briefly and it’s then forecast to return to similar weather to what we’ve been enjoying for another several days afterwards, so even if I have to leave the wood to dry out for a day before continuing, it looks as though I’ll have time to finish the job off before the weather starts to turn really bad. So it’s fingers crossed for that.

And the other good news was that after getting hold of some insect repellent this morning, I did a right proper ‘Enry Cooper’ and splashed it all over before going outside. I didn’t really expect it to work, but even after spending quite a while with my shirt off, I don’t appear to have been troubled by any insect bites at all. Frankly, I’m amazed because my experience is that these things usually don’t match the hype that goes with them. However, on this occasion it appears that I was wrong – and it was one of those times when I was glad to be 😉

October 3, 2014

Recovery – day 3

Well, I don’t wish to appear complacent or over-optimistic, but so far at least this Lyme Disease thing is turning out to be something of a non-event. I’ve just taken number 7 (of 30) of my course of Doxycycline tablets and although I won’t claim to be feeling 100%, I’m not far off. I am experiencing a bit of a loss of appetite but that’s no bad thing as I never did manage to lose the weight I put on when I had family and others visiting me over the summer and anything that helps me to shed a few pounds will surely be a good thing. However, it’s not the way that I’d necessarily have chosen to do it if I’d had the choice.

I mentioned yesterday that I planned to spend the whole day working on my new wood store but in all honesty, I really expected that I’d have to call it a day by late afternoon at the latest, as I’d had to last week while the disease was taking its grip. But that couldn’t have been further from the truth and I ended up working until nearly 7.00 pm, until I’d finished what I wanted to get done, having suffered no major ill effects the whole time. So this is more ‘continue with your life more or less as usual’ rather than ‘fighting your way back from illness’ and I hope that that gives some encouragement to anyone who might read this in the future who is worried after they have contracted Lyme Disease and have been alarmed by all of the horrendous stories they have read on the internet about it and the effects that it has. I’m convinced that the key is early diagnosis and treatment and then hitting the bacteria hard with antibiotics and so far at least, I am sure that that’s what has done the trick in my own case. I won’t show any pics yet, but even the characteristic ‘bulls eye’ rash on my ankle where the ruddy tick obviously bit me has also started to change and whereas the ‘bulls eye’ was originally highly pronounced, now it has already turned into more of a ‘port wine’ patch which, weirdly, seems to be regaining its original skin colour from the centre outwards.

But enough of that for today and what about the wood store? I wanted to get the basic framework up and secured and that’s what I managed to do, despite one or two setbacks. A chunk of the edge of the new concrete base split out while I was drilling it to take a plug and also one of the stones on the house wall, so I had to make both good as I went, which slowed me down a bit, but at the end of the day, here’s as far as I managed to get.

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I was very pleased with the progress made, especially under the circumstances, and I have to say that I doubt that I’d ever have got that far without my new little Black and Decker ‘Visseuse Sans Fil’, which turned out to be a godsend.

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So today’s plan is for more of the same. As I type this I’m scratching away at insect bites that I received yesterday as well as at least one on my left calf that I’m sure is from this morning. I gave my whole house a spray with Raid ‘anti mouches et moustiques’ yesterday and ran out while I was spraying my bedroom, so I’ll have to get some more of that as well as a few other things. While I’m out I’ll also drop into the Pharmacie and pick up some spray-on repellent because I’m getting a bit of sick of presenting myself as a free lunch to every passing insect every time I go outside my door and quite frankly, I need to find a way to stop it 😐