Late again.

Well, as I said, because I was busy. Not quite as late as last week though. There was some family drama intervened at the weekend too. These sort of things are part and parcel of running your own business, it’s a lifestyle and there are fewer compartments to keep things locked in.

I was in Middlesbrough for my regular clinic there then had a meeting to explore offering our excellent HGV service there and then I had to get to the RVI for a lecture at the Medicolegal Society. Both events well worth the effort even taking into consideration the 30 mph road works zone on the north side of the Tyne Tunnel. Have you ever come across such a similar significant restriction elsewhere? Isn’t 50 usually imposed?

Mind, I also went to Berwick for my first regular slot there on Friday. That worked well and I am hoping to offer Taxi medicals there now. However  I still find it a little amusing that the main highway between the capital of Scotland and the main city of the North East should look so very like a country road in places and that we are often restricted to 40mph behind an HGV.


Busy Busy

We have put a regular slot in the diary (Monday morning) for me to blog. I’m late with delivery of this service. I realise it is actually because we have been really busy. A mixed blessing for the self employed. I feel gratified things are going well with the business but a bit sorry for myself if I feel as if I can’t draw breath.

Whenever I examine people’s chests with a stethoscope I ask them to ‘Take some deep breaths’ then I say  ‘Keep breathing’. It always occurs to me that this is probably the best advise I’ll ever give anyone.

Radio Interview

I’m quite intrigued to know how many people actually noticed I was on Radio Newcastle for two minutes last Thursday. It feels like a big deal and I was thinking to myself ‘I hope I’m not saying something I’m going to regret later’. No wonder politicians don’t give straight answers.

One Minute Managing

I met up with Andrew again at my niece’s recent, very lovely, wedding. He has successfully  built up his business ‘Stoveco’ and told me he listens to inspiring and instructive tapes when he’s driving. I thought I should do the same.

I have begun with ‘The One Minute Manager’. Digesting this a bite at a time and we are focussing on writing down the three main areas of responsibility each of us has. Not as easy as it sounds.

Try it!

Back from Holiday

We had a wonderful ten days in Nessebar, Bulagaria. Wandering, eating and drinking in the sunshine. Also discovered Sozopol which I think we liked even better especially as we had a nights bed and breakfast in a beautiful boutique hotel- £19 for two. Returned refreshed and ready to take on challenges.


Have discussed websites this weekend with my splendid son in law, a multimedia designer of some repute, (see leedeecarroll ) we are ready to begin building the next exciting addition to our online presence. However our server is having a bit of a relationship problem with Gill’s camera. We will all have to wait until tonight to see the promised photo  on Facebook.

Banner headline

I’ve got the banner up but have asked Gill if she would bring her super-duper camera in so we can post a good picture. Watch this space.

Today is Kebab Friday.Normally Second Opinion brings lunch in on a Friday from ‘The Harbour View’ in Seaton Sluice. They do a great wrap. However, Gill is instructing me on Slimming World eating so we are doing our own today. Gill is the better cook so she has arranged spiced chicken, quark based dips and the diet friendly wraps. I am Salad Lady. Leaves and cucumber from the allotment, mind.

You may wonder what all this has to do with medical practice. Healthy eating of course. I’ve tentatively ventured into encouraging lorry drivers that it may be possible to drive for a living and be fit too. Not a great response as yet but I’m inclined not to give up.


A chap knocked on the door when I was at home on Wednesday morning asking if I wanted to buy some fish. In my eagerness to support local enterprise I had a look in the back of the van and saw the cooked Lobster. Thought it would make a great present for my husband . The price for this and some smoked haddock were a bit steep but when he offered a kilo of sea bass in with the deal I agreed. When I got in and went to put it away-no sea bass and no van outside any more.


I feel honoured to have been accepted into a facebook group ‘North east haulage companies old and new.’  Gill having been  busy circulating our details to interested parties. I introduced myself to the group as the doctor who does affordable HGV medicals. The founder of the site was upset that I might be using their site to advertise business. It made me think how we feel about people selling. We don’t want to feel exploited.

Trade is not meant to exploit us but to enrich us. I would like to find the best way of doing that.