Yes I am back after a few months of doing very little in the way of blogging and reviewing due to a very rough patch of health, yes ….. I’m alive!

It has amazed me that although I was very unhappy with my level of health before the months of flare up, I am now very content to be back at that level and now consider it to be good health (for me).

I have to admit that I was a tad scared, I was worried that it was the new normal and I would never return to my old normal level and because of that, it also affected my mental health!

Today I am laid on the settee because yesterday I managed to have a push along the seafront at Thorpe Bay, unfortunately so was the whole of Southend. Clearly everyone decided that the mild weather and the fact it was the first day of the new year, it meant that a walk along the seafront was mandatory.

So yes I am feeling rough today, but I feel good about it because it was something that I did rather than a flare up that was totally confusing.

To make it all even more confusing, I expected to feel very rough after the Christmas period. We had been at my Mum’s Christmas Eve with our daughters and grandkids and then they were at ours Christmas Day and then the in laws were here Boxing Day and the day after my sister and her family visited.

So that should have really thrown all my spoons out the window and yet I feel okay?

I have had some more bloods taken for testing, well obviously for testing, they don’t just take them for the fun of it or for some weird NHS ritual!

I have also been referred to Vascular for the loss of sensation in my feet, and the fact that my left food is always cold was identified by the physio as vascular and not nerve related as the GP had said every time I questioned it for the past few years.

Unfortunately, this referral for a vascular consultant to check my feet, is and yes you have seen it coming, it is a telephone appointment!

I realise this is the new normal but it seems like a complete waste of time because even though I am only a Google Doctor, even I know that they cannot assess me over the phone!


This week I will be reviewing some of the products that I have sat here and that are long overdue for review.

I hope you are all as well as can be expected, and let’s hope 2022 isn’t so shit!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

3 thought on “I’m alive!”
  1. Hi Zec, sorry if the question I’d like to ask comes across as intrusive, that’s not my intention at all. I’ve had numbness/tingling sensation in both my feet (and up to my knees) for just over 12 years, and they are always cold too. I was referred to a rheumatologist and got diagnosed with Raynaud’s, even though I’ve always been sceptical of the diagnosis. Anyway, may I ask if you experience anything else which has led to your referral to a vascular consultant?

    Totally understand if you don’t want to answer, feel free to tell me to do one 🙂 I look forward to reading your product reviews.

    1. Hi Ami, it isn’t intrusive at all!
      The loss of sensation and cold has just been in feet for a few years but is now also in the lower part of the left shin. It was only the fact that the physio ruled out any nerve damage and me telling the GP that got the referal. I also think my blood sugars are on the high side which may also be a factor in the referal?

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