Thursday, 26 July 2012

Writers Block

I've started and discarded about three posts this evening.  I have subjects in mind and can't seem to get them to come together without rambling unnecessarily.

Guess you'll have to make to do with a brief note; hot weather has finally hit the UK and I'm melting, cowering in the shade and praying for winter.  [I'm not a sun worshipper by a LONG shot!]  A medical emergency with a friend has kept me running all over the place to play nursemaid, then back to work at both my jobs, and back again, repeatedly for the past week.

I'm knackered and have had no time to job hunt.

So I sat down about an hour ago, having had a few ideas for some good and hopefully interesting posts and my brain is refusing to cooperate.

I'm getting a cup of tea and ... oh, I was about to put 'pick up a good book' but I'm out of books to read.  Everything I have has been read at least twice and the only new book I have I finished yesterday.  Oh well, I don't think I could concentrate in this heat anyway.  Perhaps I'll put a film on - that doesn't require much, just sit and veg.

I'll return with something more interesting next time. Promise!

PS - My friend is on the mend now :)

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

A reply!

I actually received a response!  Sometimes it feels like such a rarity and I'm sure anyone who is job hunting will appreciate how surprised I am.

Sadly, there are no vacancies at my most recent place of enquiry, but I have just received an email saying that they'll happily keep my CV on record.

That's a result!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Another Letter

Sent another application off this morning.  This one is for a private practice not far away - tucked away in a recent development area with plenty of free carparking in the area!  Bonus!   I would have to drive although I could always consider getting a bike; that's assuming I can find a place to lock it securely.  I didn't think to look for bike racks when I scouted the area the other day.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Speedy Delivery

I'm impressed - I only requested my second coupon from Aquafresh on Wednesday and it arrived in this mornings post!  It's only 30p off this time, but it's good until the 10th August.

I have so much toothpaste it's starting to get a bit silly.  Maybe I ought to start brushing three times a day ...

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


I finally used my Aquafresh coupon.  Found the Ultimate variety in my local Tesco and dutifully chose the + Whitening version.

As I'm standing in the queue for the self-service tills, I spot in the tiny text that the coupon is for the 75ml tubes.  I double-check the box.  Ah, I have picked up the 100ml.  But now I'm stuck again since 100ml was clearly the only size on the shelf - there wasn't anything smaller in the Aquafresh range.  Great - now where am I supposed to find the smaller version?

Well, I'm now standing in front of a till.  It's worth a try, just to see if the coupon will work.  If it doesn't, I can just say I didn't see the 75ml in the tiny text ... it's small, I wear glasses, that'll fly if needs be.

"Please scan your coupon!"  ... *hold up barcode* ... beep ... "Coupon accepted"

Mwahaha!  It works on the 100ml!

So if you happen to get a coupon that specifies a certain size, turns out it's worth giving it a go on the larger product!

I don't think I really need to buy any more toothpaste for a while

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Coupon from Aquafresh

I've been emailed with another coupon from the Aquafresh Club.

It's 30p off their Aquafresh Ultimate or Ultimate + Whitening toothpaste.

If you have a printer, you can obviously print it straight off.  If you don't have a printer, they've done the sensible thing of giving you the option of requesting it being sent to you in the post - which I have requested since the computer I'm using isn't connected to a printer at this moment in time.

Nice to get a coupon, although I still haven't used the one I recieved with the free toothpaste sample yet!  I must use it soon as it's only valid until the end of the month.  It's a shame that my current employer does not stock the Ultimate toothpaste - guess I'll have to take a look in the local supermarkets, see who has it.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


An Overview of the Differences

When a toothache comes on, a painkiller tablet or two can serve as a stopgap until you can get to your dentist for treatment.  More than likely there's a box of paracetamol or ibuprofen in your medicine cabinet, or perhaps some aspirin.

They're all painkillers, or to use the correct medical term: analgesics.  The word analgesia is Greek in origin, meaning painlessness or without pain.

But in spite of being in the same group, paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin do have differences.  They do not do exactly the same thing.
One of many brands available
Paracetamol - this analgesic has what is known as anti-pyretic effects.  It will work to bring your temperature down if you are suffering from a fever.  What is does not do is treat inflammation.  If you have any swelling, paracetamol isn't going to do you much good other then dull the pain.

The primary concern of taking paracetamol is the potential damage it can do to your liver.  If you read the instructions that come with your pills and follow the guidelines, then you don't have to worry.  The liver is a sturdy organ that can handle the odd course of painkillers.  Serious damage is much more likely to occur if you take too much by mistake (elderly people in particular can forget when or if they took a painkiller recently).

Plenty of supermarkets do their own brands
Ibuprofen - unlike paracetamol, ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory.  You have swelling, go with this analgesic.  It's also considered to be safer than paracetamol since it doesn't have the same effect on the liver.  However, there are dangers with taking any medicine excessively.  In ibuprofens case, it's the risk of stomach ulcers.  Stick to the guidelines that come with your pills!

It's recommended that people who suffer from asthma don't take ibuprofen since it can make asthma worse in a small number of cases.

All pills will come with guidelines for the correct dosage
Aspirin - the use of aspirin  perhaps has more limitations to its use than the other two.  Like ibuprofen, it is an anti-inflammatory but it is also an anti-coagulant: it prevents blood from clotting.

This is the primary reason that you will be advised not to use aspirin as a painkiller after you have had surgery such as a tooth extraction.  It won't help your mouth to heal if you simply keep bleeding!

Similar to ibuprofen again, taking too high a dose of aspirin will put you at risk of stomach ulcers.  It is also strongly advised not to give aspirin to children under the age of 16 because of links with the rare but often fatal Reye's Syndrome.  Aspirin is by no means the sole cause, Reye's has not yet been found to have a definitive cause, but you should not allow a child to take aspirin unless it on the advice of your doctor.


As with any kind of medication, always listen to the advise your doctor, dentist or dental nurse gives you, read any pamphlet that comes with your pills and keep to the recommended dosage.  If you are ever in any doubt, ask for advice.