Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here once again. Please come in and make yourself comfortable. Willow has plumped the cushions and started a cozy fire so we can warm ourselves while we have a cuppa and chat. As usual, I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy ourworld-wide readership. Also available is a large selection of spirits for addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

Well, this week has been basically a recuperating time for me after my operation last week. I seem to be healing well and had the nurses remove the dressing from the incision in my neck last night in dialysis. It looks great and has healed nicely. We are watching my meds closely with blood tests during each dialysis session (this is very simple and just involves taking blood from the dialysis needles before/after/during dialysis depending on the particular test). So far everything is within normal range and we have tweaked two meds slightly – adding an extra pill here and deleting one there. I am starting to notice a number of small improvements already that indicate that we are on the right track. I’ve noticed that any scrapes or scratches on my skin are healing much faster and cleaner than before. It is easier for me to stand up and sit down and walking is getting more fluid and pain free. So far these are all small changes but it has only been 10 days since the operation, and if the improvements continue the procedure will have been very successful.

One of the outcomes is a serious positive improvement is my ability to sleep. Which is actually why I am late getting this post to Willow this week. Because of medical issues, I haven’t been able to sleep more than 1 1⁄2 hours at a time for many years now. I will get up for a short while and then go back to bed. I am getting my total sleep necessary but never in periods long enough to get to REM or achieve the rest that I really need. Well, it turns out that the chemical imbalance that my recent operation targeted has been a contributing factor in the inability to sleep. I was up most of Friday night after dialysis, and then went for a nap early Saturday a.m. I slept for 5 hours straight – something that hasn’t happened for years now. Surprised, I had a bite to eat, wrote a bit and went back to bed and slept another 3 hours. To get 8 hours sleep in two sections is a major improvement. However, I wasn’t expecting it and that put me behind in getting this post out to Willow. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Ha! Do you sleep well at night? Do you take naps during the day? (I enjoy this.) I haven’t slept normally for so long that I forget how it works.

Have another cuppa? Oh, while we are on the topic of personal medical issues, I came across the funniest (and oddest) piece of medical information in a post by a good Doctor that I follow. Victo Dolore on her blog “Behind the White Coat” recently wrote an hilarious post https://doctorly.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/the-antidote/ that included the somewhat obscure information that flatulence may actually be healing. Apparently the smell component –Hydrogen sulfide – has medicinal properties. ((http://time.com/2976464/rotten-eggs-hydrogen-sulfide-mitochondria/ and http://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2014/jul/14/silent-not-deadly-how-farts-cure-diseases ). I thought I would mention this piece of obscure information because I would have delighted in knowing this at the age of 12. And even if it is a bit later in my life – the information is still delightfully indicative of the absurdity of life.

what;s my secret

Would you like another cuppa? A sweet perhaps? So, that’s about all he news on the personal front. Pretty tame but positive. On the national front here in Canada it has been a slow week as well. Sadly today we are burying a member of our special forces who was killed by friendly fire on Iraq – Sgt. Andrew Doiron. There are a number of other local stories as well – the usual reports of fraud by a public official and discussion of our bill C-51 (a piece of legislation that allows our secret service to spy on citizens for purposes of addressing terrorism). On the international front, the story of the week seems to be the disappearance of the Russian president – Vladimir Putin. Very strange and not even a sign of explanation yet. Time will tell. Personally I think he has always been a construct of the old KGB and they have been hiring actors to play his role for years. (Just kidding!) That explains his occasionally odd behaviour and changes in looks and attitudes. I suspect they have run out of money to pay the actors who play him and so now find themselves without a president. (Ha!)

On that note, that’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and watch the fire. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for sweets and beverages of your choice again next week.

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38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 11:35:03

    Hi Paul, so glad to hear that things are improving and you are getting better by the day! I do hope you continue to heal so well and that that naughty evasive sleep decides to behave!!
    I shall look up Dr Victo Dolore looks interesting. As for Putin… Sutin!
    Hugs Paul great to know you are oksy!!


    • Paul
      Mar 15, 2015 @ 11:45:57

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes Willow. Definitely getting better. I may actually develop super powers. ha! Thanks so much for the opportunity to guest post and i hope your special Mothering Day goes well.


  2. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 12:48:18

    Wonderful to hear you’re doing so well, Paul. Stay warm. I love sleep and get grumpy if I don’t get my eight hours. Now you will too.


  3. Victo Dolore
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 13:33:36

    Ha! Thanks for the mention, Paul! 🙂 So glad the farts tickled your fancy!


    • willowdot21
      Mar 15, 2015 @ 16:47:50

      Welcome Paul will be with you shortly. xx


    • Paul
      Mar 15, 2015 @ 17:01:28

      Hey Victo! Thanks so much for dropping by. Yeah,I found your post hilarious and just had to mention it. It is so how the world is built that we sit turning our noses up at farts and come to find out they are good for us. Ha! Thanks again for dropping by. please come again.


  4. tesscol
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 13:53:47

    Well here we are again…coffee and cake!! Most welcome. Good to know Paul that things are really improving for you on all fronts. We all agree that we need our sleep. My sleep patterns have definitely improved of late and I know it makes such a difference to my days.
    However i am here to chat about things other than my health….Friday morning I went to meet a friend for: guess what: Coffee! As I am missing out on my wednesday afternoon singing session she suggested we get together for a coffee! Not wishing to refuse the hand of friendship i was delighted to accept.
    My journey there was somewhat fraught due to roadworks but I got there on time!!
    We had a wonderful 2 hours chat about families and Music and travel.
    In the afternoon i relaxed with my knitting.

    Earlier in the week…i think it was Tuesday afternoon I had a surprise visit from another friend in the village. As it happened I had been thinking about her that same morning! she has not been too well for several months and had not been out and about much for quite a while. Well we relaxed over a cuppa and chatted about knitting and films and Tv shows.

    Saturday was my Scrapbooking Club day. I had planned to complete a special page showing my youngest Grand-daughter as a New Born. it was a good day spent with like minded friends, cutting and sticking and writing comments and labels. We listened to music on my ipod and I discovered one of the ladies was an Elaine Paige fan so we agreed to go to see her concert celebrating her 50 years in Showbiz. it is to screened in cinemas around the country in April.

    As I write this I am listening to Elaine’s Radio show…..a regular Sunday afternoon ‘s entertainment
    Mothering Sunday it may be but i haven’t seen any of my offspring! However they have all sent greetings so I can’t complain!
    Time I think for another cup of coffee….thanks for your hospitality. have a good week.


    • willowdot21
      Mar 15, 2015 @ 16:46:35

      You are very welcome tesscol Paul will be along any second. xxxx


    • Paul
      Mar 15, 2015 @ 17:09:17

      Hello Tess! Thanks so much for dropping by for a chat. It sounds like you had a busy week this week. I am so glad that you got out for coffee with your friends. I find, being on disability, that it makes such a positive difference to me to get out and see others and chat. I am glad that your friend who hasn’t been around much got to have coffee with you as well. Elaine Paige is not common over here. She has had a long career at 50 years – great that you are going to see her.

      Please have another coffee and a sweet if you desire. Thanks again for dropping by to chat, it was wonderful to see you again. Please drop by again.


  5. markbialczak
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 14:48:21

    Healing and sleeping straight through for chunks at a time. I can’t wait to see your writing once you get back to REM stage, Paul. You’re going to win some major awards. Seriously, that’s great news, my friend. Keep on the mend and learning how to sleep straight!


  6. Diana
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 20:15:51

    Glad you’re feeling better after the surgery, and hope you continue to!!


  7. Corina
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 01:27:06

    I’m glad you are healing well. Sleep makes all the difference in the world. I have injuries to my back, neck, and shoulder, all from an automobile accident. It keeps me from sleeping more and about 90 minutes. At that point, I have to get up, move around, read a bit, then try again. It will go on all day if I let it but I usually give up after the second time around. I know what it would mean to sleep for five or more hours in one stretch! I would even be happy to have a three hour stretch! I’m so glad your sleep routine is improving! I’m sure it will help other health issues, too.


    • willowdot21
      Mar 16, 2015 @ 09:04:05

      Paul will be with you asap.;)


    • Paul
      Mar 16, 2015 @ 11:30:46

      Hi Corina! Thanks so much for dropping by for a read and comment (and a cuppa). Yes, I did the same thing – up and down gets frustrating and I just stay up and ignore the tiredness. It would build until when I did go to sleep and then woke up – I would feel disoriented and weak. It is hard to deal with and my heart goes out to you. Five hours sleep was mind blowing to me – what a difference. I hope that you find some relief.

      Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you come again.


  8. ~ Sadie ~
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 06:06:17

    Hi Paul! So glad you are recuperating well! Getting some good REM sleep is also great for the healing, too! Take care of yourself and I am making a point to join you next Sunday, as well – hopefully a little earlier in the day 😉
    Sending you a hug!!



  9. Outlier Babe
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 23:34:20

    Wow, Paul–I knew you were up at night, but I had no idea. I pray your restful slumbers continue. What a gift this would be for you, and for your health. Such a blessing.

    I have a special thanks to give you: That d#mned blankety-blank WordPress! I had added a follow of Victo Dolore not TOO long back, and–you know how I drop out and pop back and try to play catch up–I just hadn’t noticed that WP had dropped the follow–and done so almost immediately–the effer. So I’m SO glad you included that link. I’ll re-add the follow, and eventually catch up on–weeks of posts? Aiee….

    Funny coincidence, the fart thing, because a friend just posted on the same topic. And there was another funny coincidence there, because you know your other post gave that Hindu saying? Well, the friend’s post used an expression that, had someone else used it, would have caused me to…respond poorly (it is a racist phrase, and made my hair stand up). But I don’t think s/he is racist at all, and, partly thanks to your post, I was able to respond with a calm question–the friend belongs to another culture. And now, the possibility of a dialogue is open.


    • willowdot21
      Mar 23, 2015 @ 05:43:53

      Paul is on his way with coffee.;)


    • Paul
      Mar 23, 2015 @ 05:57:48

      Hey OB! How’s it hangin’? Ha! I see you popping up all over the place tonight, getting caught up. Thanks so much for dropping by here to visit with us.. Cultural differences can be wildly varied. You know how a circled thumb and forefinger means OK in the Western world? Well, I have a Russian friend and when I did that to him one day, he was quite upset. Apparently in Russia it means “Go F**k yourself” Ha! Have to keep that in mind. But anyway, cultures can be extremely varied. Great to see you out and about in the blogosphere.

      Anyway, thanks for the read and comment. I am pleased that you enjoyed the post. I hope you add us to your regulars on your blog tours.


      • Outlier Babe
        Mar 23, 2015 @ 06:04:54

        With my sieve-like mind, I could say “I will”, and forget entirely by tomorrow that this conversation ever occurred.
        Today has been much fun, though, even if my inactivity is hellish bad for my veins with this disease. It really is vital I live like a shark: Always moving.
        Shoot: Now I’m starving. That’s the problem with staying up late: Eating late. Good way to blow insulin levels out of whack, and mine are off already. Guess it’s time for an exciting apple. Whoop-whoop. What I really want is a GF pizza, with onions and peppers!!! WHOOP-WHOOP!!
        Have a great night, Paul!

      • willowdot21
        Mar 23, 2015 @ 06:09:10

        Apples are boring but we don’t want you in a coma! Paul will bring you some calorie free virtual cakes. 😉

      • Paul
        Mar 23, 2015 @ 06:20:44

        Good night OB! Happy munchies.

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