It’s been a while since I last posted anything on here - truth be told, I’ve been extremely busy with a combination of voluntary work (two mornings a week at About With Friends) and what seems to be a never ending round of job hunting activities. The last Jobcentre-backed course at Avanta in Norwich shut down at the end of November due to funding issues (surprise, surprise), so for the last few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of my job search at home (mostly via Universal Jobmatch). Still no luck as yet but with talk of training being offered to the over 50s - and yes, I will fall into that bracket in a couple of months’ time - I am still hopeful of finding something that I can do before too long.
Then there are health issues to deal with as well - after a particularly bad panic attack last month, the paramedics who helped me suggested that I get a blood test at Cromer Hospital - as they thought I might be diabetic. Anyway, after recovering from a flu bug which I had for a week or so, I duly went over to give the sample. A visit to the doctors’ a week later confirmed the paramedics’ suspicions - I have type 2 diabetes. In a strange way I was relieved - at least now I know what I have to deal with, so I can adjust my lifestyle accordingly. I’ve also got a few check-ups to attend as well in the next month or two, so I’ll be learning more about how to manage the condition, having come to terms with the fact that I’m diabetic. I’ve even had some moral support from the folks at AWF, as I discovered that some of the members are in the same situation as I am, so I might be able to get a few pointers as well.
I’m not sure about what I’ll be doing over the Christmas period, but I can say this - after what’s happened this year, I have a feeling I could be about to turn that elusive corner.
- Mark Radbourne
- Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom
I'm a former hospital radio/club/mobile DJ, avid record collector and amateur musician (playing guitar, keyboards, recorder, harmonica and percussion.) I've even filled in on bass guitar for a couple of local bands as well (although that was quite a few years ago). Also interested in Motorsports, Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts and Classic Television and Radio from the 1960s - 1980s.
Why am I on here? Well, I'm just trying to make some sense of life before it's too late...but who cares anyway?