Many of you are heading to the 50th Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells this week. With over 50,000 people attending each day it's sure to be a bustling affair, showing off the best that Wales has to offer - livestock, food, produce, crafts and entertainment - there's something there for everyone!
However, whilst this glorious sunshine will help to attract people (particularly as there is no danger of cars getting stuck in the quagmire of parking as in previous years!) it can add to the overall exhaustion experienced by some people at this huge event. I'm hoping to get to it myself over the next couple of days and I'm planning a few things to help me enjoy it all the more...
It's sure to be a fantastic event and I'm looking forward to going - who knows, I might even bump into a few of you there (amongst the 49,999 other people!).
Inspired by this fantastic weather, the glow of the impressive Snowdon range in the hot summer sun and my friend Alastair's blog, I headed up to the hills yesterday evening after clinic. Armed with a couple of bottles of water, some fruit and nuts and the all-essential flapjack, a friend and I did the long slog up the Llanberis Path to the Snowdon summit in a couple of hours.
We took our time - plenty of breaks were needed to admire the absolutely stunning view down across valley to Llanberis (obviously nothing to do with the fact that we were both puffing nearly as much as the train!).
It was worth the trek, and refreshed with another bottle of water and piece of flapjack at the top, we headed down a different way - starting off on the Snowdon Ranger Path and then headed cross- country - we were back at the car fairly quickly and home, hungrily tucking into to barbequed sausages and chicken kebabs, by 9.30pm.
I'm stiff and achy today but in a good way; like many of us the '9-5' grind can wear us down and it sometimes seems that all we do every day is wake up, go to work, come home, have supper and go to bed. However, this little 'micro-adventure' (and my achy legs!) have reminded me that it is definitely worth making the effort to go out and DO things. That way, you feel as though you've achieved more in the day than just exist. It makes you feel as though you've actually lived.
So, whilst I might not be climbing Snowdon on a daily basis I've made a pact to try to DO something every day - a short walk after supper taking in the cool of the evening as things settle down after a long hot day, or a quick splodge on the beach with my morning mug of tea before clinic. It doesn't have to be much, but it really is the little things that count (although I can see my resolve breaking if this fabulous weather turns!).
It was a pleasure and a privilege to attend the grand opening of the new Peter Maddison Rheumatology Unit at Llandudno General Hospital yesterday afternoon. Opened by the eminent Professor Maddison himself, together with his team of consultant rheumatologists, researchers and healthcare specialists, it was a great opportunity to see around the new unit.
The new centre has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the multidisciplinary team and its patients. Housed in a fully-refurbished wing of the Llandudno General Hospital, emphasis is placed on a patient-centred, evidence-based multidisciplinary approach to aid the complex management of rheumatological disorders - lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome - and many others. The unit has specific purpose-built rooms that can be used by research staff, clinicians, administrative staff and patient-focus groups.
The unit will be staffed by a team of healthcare professionals - rheumatologists, specialist nurses, researchers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists - so that rheumatology patients will be able to receive appropriate specialist care for their complaint all in the one location. This centralised hub will receive patients from across North Wales, covering the North Wales coast line, and the area encircled by Holyhead, Bangor, Caernarfon in the west, down the coast to Pwlheli, Portmadog, Barmouth and Dolgellau, inland to Machynlleth and Welshpool, and as far east as Wrexham. This will be ideal as patients will be able to see all the different specialists in one place, rather than having to attend for many different appointments with different people at different locations. It is one of the first multi-disciplinary rheumatology centres in the UK and it is hoped that similar units might be rolled out across the country.
Eich Ceiropractydd yng Nghlinig Ceiropracteg Llangefnii