It’s been a long time . . .

Well – I didn’t realize it’d been so long since my last blog!
I’ve just spent the previous 5 months battling ill-health, due to the onset of Lymphodaema in my right leg, as well as my Fibromyalgia getting worse than ever due, a nursing friend tells me, to the battle the two are causing in my body!
To make things worse, my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is playing up something chronic and, as I’m not allowed any more injections of Cortozone, as too many can cause Brittle bones, I am now on a concoction of various drugs to ease the pain of the three different things wrong with me! (I’m very greedy, to have three things wrong with me, aren’t I?) lol
Due to this, I have only just got around to checking my blog – I really have lost track of the time, haven’t I?
To get back up to date – I passed my last course with a decent Pass3 (only a few points off Pass 2, much to my disgust!), and I started my A210 (Approaching Literature) course in February.
I don’t think I’ve done too bad so far, especially considering that I’ve done the first two TMA’s whilst on morphine!
I got a great 76% (my best mark so far with the O.U.) for TMA 01, which dealt with doing a close analysis of an extract from Pride & Prejudice, and I got 68% for TMA 02, where we had to assess a particular novel (in my case Frankenstein), as to whether it was, as a novel, written to draw us into thinking ‘this is fiction’, or not.
Considering the pain I was in, and the medication I was taking, I am very pleased with this result – I fully expected to either fail, or only to get a bare pass!
Our next section is the Romantic Poets, and I have to confess that I haven’t even looked at it yet, although I’ve checked out what TMA 03 is – it’s a close analysis of the poem ‘Washing Day’ by Anna Laetitia Barbauld. I think I’m going to need the course work to appreciate this, and am trying to get myself well enough to concentrate on it fully.
I’ll get back to you as I go along, and let you know how I’m doing – both health-wise, as well as in the O.U!

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