Quietly diagnosed

I had a fairly long-awaited appointment at the hospital this morning. It’s been nearly a year since the eye consultant I was seeing about my uveitis said ‘you know, this HLA-B27 gene you have is probably why you have all these lower back problems as well’ and referred me onwards.

Following a two-hour process of tests, having stuff measured, long discussions with consultants, more tests and a trip to the X-ray department, I have begun the long and experimental process of finding a semi-effective treatment for my ankylosing spondylitis. I officially have ankylosing spondylitis now… I think. Doctors never seem to out-and-out state ‘YOU HAVE X’ these days. But I was given two booklets about it and a prescription for the first of the many treatments that can be tried in the effort to mitigate it, so it looks like they’re fairly certain.

I’ve had this chronic pain for about twelve or thirteen years at this point and having it finally taken seriously is an incredible relief. It might take a while to find something that helps, but at least I’ve got the ball rolling now.

Phone Box Thursday: Norwegian Red

An interlude today! Normally I only focus on classic red K-series British phone boxes (because I’m less interested in the KX-series boxes that came in from the mid-1980s onwards), but I had read about Norway’s equivalent while preparing for my trip last week, and was delighted to come across a Norwegian red phone box when Geth and I were exploring the museum district.

Norwegian red phone box
Norwegian red phone box, Huk Aveny, Oslo, 18th June 2022.

(Coordinates 59°90’43.5″N, 10°68’63.2″E.)

Phone boxes in Norway generally seem to be treated with a bit more care than they are here, and there was an interesting plaque inside this one explaining the history of this series of boxes:

Phone box plaque

Like many village boxes in the UK, this box is used as a book exchange:

Book exchange
‘Ta en bok – gi en bok’

Still a phone inside as well!

An interesting wee example.

Slightly feeling the crunch

I’ve still got quite a bit to do on my game before the deadline next week, but hopefully the transcript-reading will speed up soon. Once you’re a few testers in, they start (mostly) repeating the same already-fixed bugs 🙂

Will try to get out earlier for tomorrow’s run as today’s was a bit hot for me. I like the idea of summer weather but I’m not very well adapted to it!

A regular day

A nice normal day at home, including properly starting my GNR training! I’m doing three targeted sessions a week in this block, in addition to my rest day streak savers. All the runs on the plan have particular average paces I need to hit, which is a new thing for me – usually I just follow one that says ‘slow’, ‘easy’, ‘tempo’ etc. and go by feel. It went okay today so I’m quite excited about it. I also got back to my full-length strength training session now that I’m back home with all my equipment.

After work I was then able to get a good chunk of game-tweaking done. There’s only nine days until the deadline and I’ve still got a lot of testers’ transcripts to go through, so I’m really glad this week is fairly quiet and I can get on with it.

An even quieter day tomorrow 🙂

Monday, I think

Home on my sofa! For a little while until the next trip, anyway. Drove back to Newcastle today and am enjoying my home comforts again.

I have really enjoyed getting back to travelling though. Now thinking about where we could go in the future 🙂

Palace Park
A picture of my favourite part of Palace Park in Oslo, discovered while doing my run loops.

parkrunday: Tøyen #143

My first Norwegian parkrun and only my second ever non-UK one!


Also my first sub-35 in many months. It was a tough five-lapper with lots of ups and downs, but I felt like I could go a bit faster this morning and it was a very freeing experience. Hot day too!

I intend to return to Oslo in future – not solely for parkrun reasons, but it’s exciting that there are a few different ones to do here!

Oslo wanderings

I’ve spent quite a lot of the trip so far working indoors, but there have been a few nice walks as well. Here’s the waterfront, which is generally my favourite part of any city.

Oslo waterfront

More wandering tomorrow – the whole place is very pretty.

And pause… for now

I am in Oslo! Which is my fourth different place in four days. Time to stop travelling and enjoy being in (and running around) a new-to-me place.

It’s a working holiday so I won’t be doing much tourist stuff, but I’m looking forward to having a good mooch around when I can.