This year starts and ends on a Friday, so I’m going to do the same with my weekly post. 2021 got off to a good start for us. We’ve been out and about, the weather is perfect for long walks, breakfast, lunch and dinner outdoors and just sitting in the garden drinking tea or a glass of wine. That was until day 5.
Sadly it won't last long. I'll be back in the UK the end of the month and by the time I return in April/May it'll be getting too warm and we'll be forced back inside under the air con.
I got my £500 refund from the packing company, unfortunately I ended up yelling at them down the phone and threatening them with legal action. I have raised a file with Dubai Consumers to see if I can recover the costs of getting my sofa from the neighbours garage into the house via the removal of a uPVC door and the removal costs of all the packaging and boxes, this however is now a matter for the courts. Financially all I need to chase up now is the final closure of my bank account and monies owed from the landlord company and car insurance refund, as in I just need to collect the new cheques written out in Peter's name as my account is closed.
1 Friday Happy New Year and the day was spent walking along the Dubai Water Canal, taking photos for the construction projects I've been following. We stopped for lunch at the Hamptons along the beach road, where they even suggest what food you'd like to order from the menu to get the maximum response from Instagram, mmmm a tad pretentious of them and as a result, nothing was photographed. In the evening we went back to the Beach for dinner and then to watch the fireworks (so good they do it twice) and drone light show, meeting up with a friend and her daughter afterwards for a coffee.
2 Saturday We visited Al Seef in the Old Town of Dubai by the Creek for a coffee and a walk. It was very quiet in the Souk area and many stalls had closed. We visited the coffee museum and then home for a late lunch and the afternoon and evening spent watching football. Al Seef was constructed in 2017 to recreate the area from the 19th Century. There was a guy in the Coffee Museum who was telling his captive audience how they could keep the Burj Khalifa and the Malls as being back here in the original old buildings was a far better experience. We didn't have the heart to tell him where he was was only 3 years old.
3 Sunday Peter was back in the office today and I spent the morning putting the Christmas decorations away and paying some bills online. The new metro line opened on Friday, so I decided to give it a whirl and took myself off in search of coffee and more construction photo opportunities.
4 Monday Had the first of 2 injections for the covid vaccine today. I've opted for the Chinese version, Sinopharm because the 2nd injection is due in 3 weeks time, making the timescale just right for me before I return to UK the following day. I'm concerned that the UAE may make it mandatory for visiting here before I get chance to have it done in the UK.
5 Tuesday My back has been hurting for a few days, sitting down has been uncomfortable but last night I had no sleep due to the pain on every movement, so I finally managed to get to the Doctor who after examination and x ray said I had a herniated disc. Medication and bed rest was prescribed, but by 8pm I was admitted to hospital with the pain.
6 Wednesday Very little sleep, Dr won’t let me home until I have the pain under control. Had an MRI late afternoon. Dr will review and implement treatment plan tomorrow.
7 Thursday Less pain but max meds, at least now it only hurts when actually moving. It is improving slowly. Was released mid afternoon, another PCR test and swabbed for MRSA ahead of Saturdays rearranged surgery.
8 Friday Woke at 3.30am after 5 hours solid sleep, feel so much better for the sleep. Every part of my body aches and moving is such an effort. Day spent on my back swopping between bedrooms for a change of scenery and I managed to sit down to eat my lunch and dinner rather than standing up. Spending my time working through emails, paying bills and submitting the medical claim forms.
Bit chilling during the night but loving snuggling up under the blankets.
On the blog this week:
Spot the difference with Dubai's every changing skyline. 5 years apart.
Getting vaccinated against Covid 19 in Dubai with Sinopharm
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