Muddle-headed Kay (mhw) wrote,
Muddle-headed Kay
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*wince*

The pain management's been so good since I started on the patches that I'd almost forgotten how bad the pain can be. I went to see my shrink yesterday (who's pleased with my progress, wants to review me in six weeks, and thinks I may benefit from some psychotherapy), bimbled around town shopping, caught the bus back from town, and stepped awkwardly down from the bus.

That hurt REALLY badly for about ten seconds, but it seemed to fade, so I walked to the local shop, bought some milk, and went home. Half an hour later I'd retreated to bed and was reaching for the morphine. It's taken 120mg since then to keep it under control. The fentanyl's helping a lot, of course, but every so often I get searing bursts of quite horribly intense pain. Bah! It does seem to be letting up now, though, thank goodness. Sleep would be good, since I didn't get any worthy of the name last night - at best brief drowses - but I don't think I dare just yet.

The very good thing about yesterday was buying a lot of good music from the Oxfam shop - and when I say "a lot", I mean it :D We're talking sixteen CDs here, all of which are cover discs from the BBC Music magazine. They were selling them for £1.99 each, or £5 for three. I thought I might pick up three, and then I saw what they had there, whimpered, cherry-picked, and ended ponying up for:

Five Bach motets (BWV 225-230)
Renaissance love songs (Machaut, van Ghizeghem, Hayne, Josquin, da Milano, de Sermisy, Compère, de Narváez, Flecha, Festa, Patavino, de Rore, Bovicelli, Rognoni, and Dowland)
Handel's Messiah (Lynda Russell, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Thomas Randle, David Wilson-Johnson, Huddersfield Choral Society & the BBC Philharmonic under Harry Christophers)
Byrd & Tallis Masses and Motets
Music for Christmas 1998 (Praetorius, Gabrieli, Pearsall, Rutter, Llewellyn, and Charpentier's Messe de minuit)
Handel's Dixit Dominus & Vivaldi's Gloria
Bach violin sonatas (BWV 1015, 1019, 1021 and 1024) and Toccata and fugue in A minor (BWV 565)
Italian Baroque Concertos (Corelli, Castrucci, Scarlatti, Handel, Vivaldi, Geminiani, and Stradella)
Haydn's The Creation (Nancy Argenta, William Kendall, Michael George, BBC Phil and the BBC Singers under Harry Christophers - and in German, thank goodness, so I don't have to giggle at the "flexible tiger" :D)
Purcell's Hail! Bright Cecilia!, and Bright Cecilia: Variations on a Theme by Purcell by Colin Matthews, Judith Weir (yay!), Poul Ruders, David Sawer, Michael Torke, Anthony Payne, and Magnus Lindberg - the world première recording
The Glory of Venice (Willaert, Gabrieli, Merulo, Donato, Ganassi, de Rore, Bassano, Silvestrino, Ortiz, and Verdelot)
John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Harmonium, and Louis Andriessen's De Snelheid
Fairest Isle: a two CD set of British music (Anonymous, Pycard, Dunstable, Taverner, Sheppard, Tallis, Byrd, Dowland, Tomkins, Lupo, Jenkins, Purcell, Handel, Arne, Stanley, Dibdin, Wesley, Mackenzie, Woodforde-Finden, Elgar, Stanford, Parry, Bridge, Holst, Gurney, Bliss, Walton, Bantock, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Arnold, Tippett, and Tavener)

I know that I already have some of the better known stuff in the list, but it's nice to be able to compare performances, and many of them have CD-ROM Extra material as well. And I also know that it's an unwarrantable indulgence, but I haven't bought any other CDs so far this year, and I know that at least one other person in Coventry will enjoy listening to some of it.

In other news, Justin's ear infection seems to be getting better: he slept through the night without waking for painkillers.

Cov people - is anyone Brownsing tomorrow? Jus will be late, since he has to do Saturday morning cover due to Simon forgetting that he was going away and thus also forgetting to find someone to cover for him until the last moment, but I'll probably catch the bus in if my back has returned to sanity again. If you're going, Judes, I'll bring the Cumbrian Privies book.

Right, I'll see if I can get a little nap now without throwing up. Toodles!
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