17 May 2014

Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

I'm feeling almost as sick as Sherlock (he says I'm not, that's ridiculous, he's ACTUALLY ill.)

Arsenal will soon be kicking off against Hull at Wembley. I am terrified. We haven't won any silverware since 2005.


Shit...Sherlock has pointed out he wasn't BORN in 2005. (He's next to me, reading this. He says hello and thank you for all hoping he's better soon. He's REALLY ill. And it's boring.)

Anyway, yes, for the next short while I will be on the edge of my seat (no, probably not liter...actually, yes, probably literally.) because...well...the FA Cup. It's actually a new cup this year - the third, I think? ever made.

I feel so ill. I am so nervous.

To be fair Hull have never won anything..ever. So they're probably more nervous than I am.


For those of you not interested in footy, you can ponder upon whether John actually lied to us all, and learnt his Doctoring in the Navy, not the Army. He certainly seems to have taken note of their training...and he often seems to think I'm in need of artificial respiration...



Sherlock says I'm being stupid :)

He's very poorly, he asks me to remind you. He's a heap of blankets and pyjamas at the moment, with a waterbottle and some fruit within reach.

John's out right now, I sent him out, told him to try and take a bit of time to enjoy the weather, in amongst getting a few bits. He'd do well to stay out while I shout at the TV, really....


And I have a dilemma.

I want to take some time off to spend with John. If I do this next week, then I'll be tending to a sick Sherlock, which I also want to do! But...it won't exactly be the time together with my husband I was hoping for. but then I also feel terrible going to work and leaving John as full time doctor to the small spotty one...

Maybe I'll take a couple of days, to give Danger a few days respite...I don't know. I'm sure someone will tell me what to do ;)

116 comments:

Greg Lestrade said...

oh shit. 3 mins in.

John H. D. Watson said...

Didn't Arsenal lose to Hull around the time you started this blog? I seem to remember mocking you for it.

I can look after Sherlock. Take the time off later - or, well, whenever you like, really, but don't worry about me. He's must less trouble than some patients I've had.

Greg Lestrade said...

oh my god...8 mins.

Sherlock said...

Lestrade is crying.

Greg Lestrade said...

only a bit. there's 80 mins to go.

J, always worry about you. I'll see what court dates are like for my team.

Greg Lestrade said...

YEEESSSSSS!!!! Two more like that please.

Nicky said...

Oh John, I feel for you now - you've got one ill child and one over-excited man-child who you won't get any sense out of for the rest of the day (win or lose).

You can always call for a chat if you want adult conversation.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha, thanks Nicky. I have a feeling some of the words he's using are fairly adult anyway...

L - I'll be home soon. Good luck.

Sherlock said...

Can I have more ice lollies and Lestrade said he needed a drink but I don't know what sort he just said a strong one.

it's only a stupid ball game.

pandabob said...

The number one way to make things worse is that line Sherlock ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

Did you have them all already? I can get more, yeah. Anything else? I'm willing to bet Lestrade won't move far enough from the telly to get a drink or anything else unless it's an emergency...

Greg Lestrade said...

I will at half time. Or if Sherlock needs anything (within reason)

He hasn't had them all, but he's getting there. he prefers them to having a drink... I'll make some in a bit, with fruit in. I might need a wig. tearing my hair out here.

AnonyBob - worse way would be to appear on the sideline in a Tiger's strip and go on to score!

Greg Lestrade said...

half time. I can breathe. Sherlock can have an apple cut up for him. I may need to go and put my head under a cold shower.

Joolz said...

They've still got plenty of time to come back. They'll get a right rolicking at half time and come out fighting.

Hope you enjoy your fruity drink, Sherlock, it'll do you good to get some good vitamins, and the lollies will be good to keep you feeling cool.

Fingers crossed for second half.

Kestrel337 said...

Aren't you a lucky one, Sherlock. When I had pox (closer to Mycroft's age than yours), I didn't like a drink either, because I had the sores inside my mouth and throat. But I lived in a very-low-sugar environment, so no popsicles. The best I could hope for was finger gelatin with fruit in.

Greg Lestrade said...

REFEREE!

John H. D. Watson said...

I'm going to get him a cool cloth for his forehead.

Lestrade, that is.

Greg Lestrade said...

most of the ice lollies we make for him, so not too sugary. All blended fruit and a bit of juice - natural sugar, I guess I mean, not added. But he gets them from the shop too right now as he eats them faster than they freeze!

Greg Lestrade said...

YYYEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! 2-2

COME ON YOU GOONERS

Sherlock said...

Lestrade lifted John right up in the air and span him around when they got a goal

Greg Lestrade said...

oh god.

Greg Lestrade said...

come on come ON

Joolz said...

At least they're stilll in it by pulling one back, but now we've got to go through another 30 mins!...

Greg Lestrade said...

jeeeees.

(Sherlock is completely incredulous that they can't share the trophy, and now have to play for another 'whole match' as he put it...)

Greg Lestrade said...

oh christ, off the bar!

Greg Lestrade said...

please not penalties, please.

Greg Lestrade said...

YYYYĊ¸YYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS


3 - 2

COME ON ARSENAL COME ON

Joolz said...

Just hold on...a few more minutes...so tense!

Sherlock said...

Lestrade took my blanket and put it on his head

Greg Lestrade said...

oh my god

(i saw the replay. just...)

Greg Lestrade said...

YES YES YES!!!

WE WON! We WON!!!!

pandabob said...

Congrats Greg :-) enjoy your celebrations :-D

Joolz said...

Finally! Brilliant. I bet you've got a happy Lestrade there tonight, Sherlock, ask for the moon I'm sure you'd get it right now. ;)

Sherlock said...

I want to go to the moon!

Greg Lestrade said...

I do need a drink now. What a match.

I've just told Sherlock about the World Cup. He is SO unimpressed.

Joolz said...

My family have a little competition every 2 years for the World Cup And European Cup where we predict the results of each game and get points for wins and exact score at each stage and then we have a little trophy which we get engraved and we have chocs for the winner and also for the last place as a consolation prize. It's great fun even for the ones who aren't really into footy. Maybe you could do something similar with Nicky and her lot and Murray and anyone else who was interested and that might tempt Sherlock into following it if he has a bit more of a stake in the outcome. (Maybe we could even do something on here if anyone was interested - I wouldn't mind doing it with the same set up that I do my own. That's just a vague spitballing idea, don't worry if you think it's stupid)

Enjoy your evening anyway everyone. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Joolz - so much more interesting than the usual sweepstake we do at work!

Anyone want in? Just for fun! Can't promise to be sending chocolates all over the world ;)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your football, Greg. And if tension, suspense and excitement are any measure, you got good value. ;-)

My advice on time off was going to be ask John. And he already weighed in.

Enjoy an evening in the glow of victory whilst administering hydrating substances to the patient.

fA

Nicky said...

I'm pleased for you (and everyone around you), Orio. Hope you have a nice evening.

Becca said...

Congrats on your victory - and I totally understand not watching, I skipped watching the last two tennis tournaments because I was afraid my boy wouldn't win.

On an entertaining Sherlock note -is he much into any movies? I would think the making of features on some dvds would keep him entertained. Ones that come to mind that have great extended features are LOTR and the Matrix. While I think he might be on the young side for the Matrix, the extended features on the dvd are a lot about choreographing the fights, which he might find entertaining.

When I have my surgeries, I watch a lot of special features to keep myself entertained.

Greg Lestrade said...

he's not wildly into films, although he'll watch a few - at the moment, he isn't up to much else. He quite like documentaries, and telling them they're wrong...And he likes delving into the internet a lot. And sleeping a bit. He is being very, very good, considering how bad he feels.

Anonymous said...

I feel badly for you all during the period when the patient begins to feel better but still has to restrict their activity. Sherlock especially.

Becca! How's walking been? Is all going smoothly?

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

He's still only really feeling better after a dose of drugs and the cream to stop him itching.

Although right now, he's not toooo spotty. We can only hope he gets off lightly on that bit, even if he isn't on the whole fever/feeling bad.

I feel Danger is being very silent on the query about his medical training....

John H. D. Watson said...

Are you saying you're in need of artificial respiration?

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm saying you seem to enjoy performing it on me... and I can believe you're navy, not army, all that rum, sodomy and the lash....

John H. D. Watson said...

Only two out of three...

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha.

You sure you don't mind me waiting for time off? I'll still get a day or two, give you a break. And I can probably swing some more working from home.

John H. D. Watson said...

No, I don't mind. He's really no trouble, especially when he has Mycroft on Skype and an infinite supply of ice lollies.

Greg Lestrade said...

he has been very good, considering he feels so rotten.

He did eat an entire sausage, a spoonful of mash and some peas and sweetcorn earlier...admittedly probably a quarter of what he normally puts away, but at least it's something.

And water melon, naturally...

John H. D. Watson said...

Not filled with vodka?

Greg Lestrade said...

...didn't think of that. I probably should have, made him sleep through the second half of the footy!

Greg Lestrade said...

...Mycroft has sent me a screen shot of him getting 16384 on that bloody game I gave up playing weeks ago, having never even got to the first goal!

Becca said...

Hey fA - walking is going very well, thank you. Still in the boot, but will see my surgeon in 2 1/2 weeks to talk about getting out of it.

Today I went to a farmer's market for the first real test of walking. Got a bit tired - need to build up my endurance - but overall no bad signs from the foot. Tomorrow we have plans to see about 5 open houses, but I may skip some of the stairs depending on how I feel.

Anonymous said...

I hope sherlocks (and, therefore, everyone else's) night is moderately restful.

Yay for walking, becca!

My run is tomorrow. I've got my bib and my clothes all laid out, and just need to sleep well tonight. Sort of nervous? Mostly excited.

Ella

Anonymous said...

Go Ella!
And Becca, yeah. You know at this point to err on the side of caution

(I do like Mycroft. My son would taunt me like that. Face all full of innocence, too if you could see it, I bet.)

fA

Becca said...

It's all fear of my surgeon. He gets so upset with me when I fall down stairs and break his work. :P

Anonymous said...

Whatever it takes, Becca, to give it time to heal!

fA

Joolz said...

Morning. Hope the night went well. Hope you're feeling a bit better today, Sherlock.

Well done on your score, Mycroft, I'm afraid I didn't even do the first level either.

Good luck with your run, Ella.

The sun is shining and all is well. ;) Have a great day everybody. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Glad it's going well, Becca.

Good luck, Ella!

It's another glorious day here. We threw open the windows wide for Sherlock, but it's not much consolation.

I've been called outfor a case, and John said I should go, so...well, yeah, I'm out in the sun and they're not. Hopefully I'll be done in time to let John enjoy a bit of it later.

Small Hobbit said...

Good luck on the run, Ella.

Great to hear the foot is improving, Becca. But yeah, probably best not to upset your surgeon.

I'm up for this football thingy, so long as no-one expects me to know anything about whose playing.

L - is there any reason why your blog should cause my phone to freeze?

Sherlock - hope the spots and the grottiness start to ease up soon.

Sally said...

Just in case any of you were wondering, if you wear bright purple boxer shorts and no trousers under a light blue tyvex forensic suit, everyone can see them. You know, if you ever find yourself in that position.

Greg Lestrade said...

Like to remind my sergeant that some of us weren't due at work today.

Anonymous said...

There is no way for someone with my feeble powers of innuendo to do this situation justice. Plus, it would be disrespectful of the sacrifices made on our behalf by Our Public Servants. So I'll have a moment of regret for the absent DW, and move on.

If he hasn't seen it, Sherlock might be interested in the website of an organization in Tanzania that trains "large, highly social" rats to detect land mines (by scent). Which they can apparently do at a much faster rate than can humans. There's a related effort to have similar rats detect TB in sputum samples. Google "apopo project Tanzania"

Hope you get home soon, L.

fA

Sherlock said...

You can sponsor a rat on there and I think we should and we should call it Mycroft unless it's really good at finding them and then we should call it Sherlock.

It is really really sunny outside and I can't even go swimming or anything and it isn't fair.

REReader said...

No, it's really not fair. Are you feeling any better today? (I hope you get all the way well quickly.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks, fA. I don't think I'll be here for too long now.

It did at least solve my dilemma about popping along to the victory parade.

Greg Lestrade said...

On the way home, Danger!

Sherlock, do you need anything?

Sherlock said...

chocolate ice cream please

Greg Lestrade said...

Are you well enough? And don't we have enough ice cream?

how are you feeling?

Sherlock said...

bad so i should get ice cream

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha! You sure know how to tug the heartstrings, kiddo.

John H. D. Watson said...

We probably do have enough ice cream, yes. I don't think he'll actually want to eat it anyway. He hasn't had much of what we already have.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, it's odd, getting home and finding the fridge still full of food!

I'll be back soon then.

Sherlock said...

Lestrade bought me a fruit called a Cherimoya and I've never had one before! and flowers.

Greg Lestrade said...

Sorry, Danger, I didn't bring you an interesting fruit...

John H. D. Watson said...

The flowers are beautiful though. Thank you, love :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Not even a fraction of what you deserve.

I think you can have Sherlock's, too.. I'm glad I got a back-up interesting fruit, or he'd have felt very hard done by!

REReader said...

It was a lovely thing to do, bringing him flowers, though! (And interesting fruit, of course. :))

Sherlock said...

Lestrade said ill people get flowers but I'd rather go to the park and see flowers than see ones that have been cut and will die inside because I can't go outside it's not even fair Lestrade could carry me to the park I think.

REReader said...

But there will be people in the park who haven't had chicken pox yet, and then they would get sick too.

Sherlock said...

We could make them all go away and Lestrade could make like a crime scene where no one could come in my bit unless they had had chicken pox.

REReader said...

I don't think Lestrade is allowed to do that. (Unfortunately!)

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you're still feeling bad, Sherlock. I hope there is ice cream aplenty.

I have run! It was fun. I forgot to look at my watch when I took off so I'm not sure how long I took. I have been rewarded with a very poor quality beer. Also a very poor quality barbecue sandwich. I will reward myself in a more suitable fashion later today.

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

sadly not. Although the public should quite often be kept away from you...

Well done Ella! I hope suitable rewards are coming your way soon.

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Ella!

What does cherimoya taste like, Sherlock? I've seen one but never tried one.

fA

Anonymous said...

I have pepperoni and good beer and chocolate. Which I understand is a very strange combination, but it makes me happy.

I have also showered. So much happy.

And just found out I was running a 10:36 minute mile. Which might be a personal best? I don't keep very good track of my pace, but I think I've been more in the neighborhood of an 11-minute mile.

Hope all is well over thataway!

-Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Brilliant news, Ella.

fA - Sherlock said it was nice. I'm afraid you'll have to wait for a better description - he was quickly overtaken by finding out the seeds could be poisonous.

John H. D. Watson said...

Pepperoni and good beer and chocolate sound like an excellent reward!

Anonymous said...

Thanks gents. I'm glad someone approves of my snacking choices. :)

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Next time I'll get you an interesting sausage/beer/chocolate combo when I get Sherlock an interesting fruit.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha. I'd take any one of those, but I like the flowers too.

Greg Lestrade said...

Good. You deserve a bit of the summer in here.

It's odd, Sherlock going off to bed so early. Makes me confused about what time it is.

John H. D. Watson said...

It is odd. It's been very quiet here today.

Greg Lestrade said...

I don't think I've heard him declare himself 'almost dead' as many times today. And he isn't as spotty as he could be...I guess.

And he is being good about not scratching.

Rider said...

https://www.facebook.com/DJUSA.PHOTOGRAPHY might take his mind off it for a bit.

Fascinating insect portraits and a spider identification guide based on eye arrangement

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks Rider, I'm sure he'll enjoy that in the morning!

Kestrel337 said...

Ella, you are an inspiration. Starting over tomorrow; my allergies prevented me doing much of anything outdoors this week. That sounds like an excuse, but I think I could easily sleep as much as Sherlock is right now. Darn trees, blooming all at once like that.

I hope Sherlock continues to be 'less spotty than he could be' and good about not scratching. It stinks being ill and housebound just as spring is springing.

Anonymous said...

L. - Poisonous seeds! I didn't know that. I can see that must be of interest indeed.

Ella - Good going, you! That seems to me a pretty good time for someone who's just training for this distance for the first time! (If you were my age, I'd have ended after "a pretty good time," but I gather you're a bit younger and probably can have loftier aspirations.)

Hope it's an undisturbed night and an easier day tomorrow for the sick and the caregivers.

fA

Anonymous said...

Go, Kestrel, go! I lost a few days when I first got started, too, to illness and such. (And, truth be told, it took multiple times of starting and then falling off the wagon and starting the app over again before I ever got through it.) If you have access to a gym or a treadmill, that might be an easier place to run until the trees get over themselves. (Of course, if you're feeling bad whether you're indoors or outdoors, it doesn't make too much difference.)

Ella

Tina said...

I hope you feel better today, Sherlock!

Greg Lestrade said...

Beautiful day...and I am in one of the last places in earth I want to be.

I'd almost rather have chicken pox! ;)

pandabob said...

That doesn't sound good Greg!!

How goes the chickenpox Sherlock?

How goes the sanity John? ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

Oh...about as well as one might expect ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

So you're running around the park with pencils up your nose and pants on your head?

rsf said...

Sorry to read you've been sick, Sherlock. (I have been too, and it's no fun at all.) Thank you for being so good and patient about staying inside and away from people while you're contagious. Chicken pox is minor for most people, but it can have complications sometimes. I hope you're much better today.

Do get the shingles vaccine when you're old enough. Chicken pox isn't any fun, but shingles are really painful and anything that increases the odds of not spending three days on the couch not wanting anything heavier than a sheet to touch you ever again and maybe not even the sheet is worth a try.

(Not me, but my kid brother got chicken pox a second time when he was eighteen (he'd had it as a baby) and now he loses days to shingles at least once a year.)

I hope everyone else is well.

Anonymous said...

So you're running around the park with pencils up your nose and pants on your head?

I saw a magazine the other day that was advertising "50 New Ways To Wear Jeans!" on the cover, and no lie, on the head was one of the ways that came to my mind. Have I been doing pants wrong all these years?

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - how old is old enough? The NHS don't give it to anyone until you're 70. Only 62 years to go, kiddo ;)

REReader said...

L, according to my doctor at my checkup last fall, the CDC recommends it for anyone who has had chicken pox and is 60 or older, and most insurance companies (and Medicare) should cover it then. They have also deemed it appropriate for people 51-59, but most insurance companies won't cover it yet, and even if you want to pay for it yourself, it will depend on whether your doctor can get the dose for you--there's a shortage, and people over 60 get it first. (I really need to call my insurance company and ask, so that if they do cover it, my doctor can put my name on the waiting list. I'm not holding my breath.)

Anonymous said...

Depending on the state of things indoors, I imagine both Sherlock & John might view running around the park with (spare) pants on their heads favorably. The accident-aware Doc might take a dim view of running with pencils in the nose, though.

Hope you get to go home on time, L.

Hang in there Sherlock. (And John.)

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm free!!

Been in prison all day.

REReader said...

I'm sure the company was less than pleasant. Have a good rest of the day/evening!

Greg Lestrade said...

Only just got back to the yard! Traffic is absolutely stuffed.

Danger, I'm comin' home! Anything you need? Interesting fruit? Donkey sausage?

Anonymous said...

Donkey sausage and chocolate.

(Is "donkey sausage" something I should not be googling?)

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

It's just salami, Ella, nothing dodgy!

Anonymous said...

Well, that's a first, coming from you. ;)

Ella

rsf said...

L, I figure by the time Sherlock is old enough for a shingles vaccine the age will be different than it is now anyway.

We have pictures of my brother wearing his pants on his head -- I shall have to tell him that its come back into fashion.

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