Image from Google Images - BBC Good Food - Porridge Bowl
Am I the only one who looks at a bowl of 'porridge' like this and thinks 'for God's sake just give me a bowl of porridge ... please'.
Google Images - Stock photo
Just nice warming, plain porridge made with water in my case but occasionally with a splash of almond milk to finish. Some days I do take the more healthy road and add a sliced banana or a dollop of apple sauce but I make sure that gets eaten up in the first few spoonfuls so that I can finish on a nice plain porridge taste.
A Health Update
I thought I'd do a quick one-off health update as lots of you have been very kindly enquiring about my health, and I have now finally got the results of the x-rays I had a month ago. They had not been forwarded to my doctors office but after managing to get a telephone appointment and speaking to him last Thursday he sent for them immediately and then I had a face to face consultation for over half an hour the next day - yes actually in the surgery with a doctor!!
Basically my initial problem was with L5 (circled in green) and started with stress tissue damage and inflammation causing damage to the vertebrae. This then led to my muscles reacting and protecting that area which in turn caused a fracture higher up in my back T12 (red circle). This has now collapsed and is triangular shaped instead of being square.
I am really lucky that the radiologist at the hospital noticed the now very pronounced curve to my back and made a point on one of the three x-rays taken, of x-raying higher up than he had been instructed to. This cleverly captured both the fracture that was higher up as well as the damage in the lumber area that he had been asked to x-ray. If he hadn't done that I would now be waiting for an x-ray on the thoracic area of my spine. It's nice when people work together to save the NHS time and money.
I am also very lucky in that the particular doctor that I have been talking to and finally saw on Friday also works at a specialist spinal clinic, as seemingly GPs these days cannot request MRI scans but in his position at the clinic he can. I am now waiting to hear firstly about a DEXA scan and then afterwards if necessary an MRI. This is to see if I have osteoporosis, which is quite likely as my Mum has it and possibly my gran also had it. So more waiting but this time with more painkillers and at least knowing that the doctor finally knows most of the extent of my problem.
While I wait I am doing everything I can to help myself including a healthy diet, mild exercise, lots of rest, losing weight and learning to meditate. The latter will help with my high blood pressure as all the tablets up to now that the doctor has tried me on have given me serious side effects that meant I had to stop them. All this off my own bat but now with the doctors full agreement. There now I've turned into a moaning about my health type of blogger - BUM!!
Anyway enough about all that .... what is your opinion on porridge?