Yesterday was another day in London. I'm so glad I don't commute any more - although it's ok doing it once in a while, I got a bit stressed when there was a huge queue to get down to the Northern Line platform at Euston, making it very claustraphobic in one of the tunnels. And the NOISE of all those people! Those are the times when I realise I'm so not back to how I was "before".
I was due for a visit with my Rheumatologist at Guy's Hospital at 9.20am. I had hoped I'd be seen in the combined dermatology/rheumatology clinic, but I wasn't. The doctor I saw did say he'd try and get me onto that clinic because my psoriasis has really flared up recently. He wants me to continue with the Sulfasalazine until he increases the Methotrexate enough to bring down the inflammation. He is sending me for an ultrasound of my joints, and then when I go back, if the inflammation is still there, we will "think of something else". I think by that he means we will be looking at anti-TNF treatment, which is weekly injections. Horrendously expensive, so I'm not sure how my local Primary Care Trust are going to feel about that... In the meantime, I had another blood test and made my follow-up appointment. This time I made sure I asked for a later appointment, so it'll be 11am next time. At least I'll miss the rush hour!
Just to the left of where I'm standing taking the above picture, there are huge windows with these two signs, and behind them you can see all the pipework for the power plant that runs the hospital. Pretty fascinating stuff.
I thought, well I'm in London, I might as well make the most of my day out. The weather wasn't brilliant but at least it wasn't raining. I decided to get the bus from London Bridge over to Covent Garden to have a mooch around there. I was thinking of going to the King's Road but with not much money to spend that would have been a bit of a waste of time.
The bus drops you off just before the Covent Garden plaza, and just handily across the road from one of my favourite fragrance stores, Penhaligons. I decided to treat myself to this beaut of a solid perfume called Artemesia.
The packaging is always so beautiful there. The salesgirl said when she handed me my bag "I've sprayed the tissue paper" with one of the other scents I was thinking about getting. She also gave me a sample of Peoneve.
Next I popped in to the Apple Store. It's quite different from my local one, because it's in this really old building.
Then I thought I'd go and buy myself a sandwich for lunch. So I walked past Ladurée...
...and went to Marks & Spencer where I bought a yummy smoked ham and coleslaw sandwich. I also got this for Claire, because it's the first time I've seen one with her name on it
My last stop was to get some ideas for storage. I heart Muji, what more can I say!
I thought these modular units would work in my bedroom, which has a sloping ceiling. They are also quite cheap, being made of what they call "pulp", or a very strong cardboard-type material.
So that was my day in London. I got home tired as anything but luckily I can sleep it off on a Tuesday ;)