All the decorating is finished in the utility room, OH has fitted the new (to us) worktops, and the new Venetian blind is up. Today he's fitting new hinges to the last 2 cupboard doors, then we're covering all the cupboards with Fablon and fitting different doorknobs (we already had a bagful of those, can't remember where or why we got them). Tomorrow the vinyl flooring will be laid, then everything can go back in and I'll get my dining room back and my lovely new utility room will be finished. I'll take photos when it's all done.
I'm so grateful to husband for doing it all (well, the bulk of it) - he's getting older (66 now) and has arthritis in his hands and knees, and the dyslexia means he's disorganised and makes the occasional mistake with measuring. But nothing stops him, he carries on regardless as he's not the sort to sit around doing nothing. He'll give any kind of DIY thing a go, the fact that he's never done something before doesn't put him off, he'll have a look online or in one of his DIY books for help. And he watches loads of the DIY type programmes on TV, he's always seeing something that he thinks is worth a try. He really is a treasure (even if he does get on my nerves with his untidiness!).
I had to go to the hospital for tests last week, as I've been having some trouble with my hearing. The tests confirmed I have quite significant hearing loss in both ears, and I need hearing aids. This came as a bit of a shock - I'm only in my 50s, I feel far too young to have hearing aids. The specialist said it's not age-related, and he couldn't see a problem with my ears themselves, he said it may possibly be tied up with the raging tinnitus I have had for a few months. Well, I've actually had tinnitus for donkeys years, it's never really bothered me before though, it wasn't there all the time and wasn't particularly obtrusive. But over the last few months it's become very loud and is constant, I now have it literally all the time. The specialist was at a loss to explain this as he said tinnitus usually gets better over time. I have to say I'm not at all keen on the NHS aids he showed me, which are the only ones they prescribe. I have looked into private ones, but good grief they're expensive! I told him I didn't really want the NHS ones (I have short hair and they would be visible), and he said he was going to refer me to a hearing therapist (to learn how to cope with tinnitus and general hearing loss) but didn't know whether they'd accept me if I hadn't tried hearing aids first.
I'm feeling a bit numb about it all - I was really expecting the doctor to say that the hearing loss was temporary and related to an ear infection or wax, perhaps, but he said I didn't have either. Oh, and I've got a wobbly front tooth which I expect will have to come out sooner or later. So what with my ears, tooth, diabetes, Achilles tendon and bad back, I kind of feel like my whole body is wearing out way too early :-(