This Chinese New Year (CNY) did not have a good start for me. I fell and slipped and twisted my wrist 2 days before Chinese New Year, that is on Valentine’s Day!! After phoning 111, and made known to the customer service lady that I do not wish to go to A and E, I informed her that I just need her advice on how to take care of my wrist. She assured that she will need to ask some questions to determine whether I need to go to A & E. After answering her questions, her recommendation was that I go to A & E within the next hour. I was past 11pm!!
Nevertheless, I and daughter number 1 took a taxi there, to Nuneaton George Elliot Hospital. The lady at the reception was ever so friendly. After that I checked with her when would I get to be seen by the doctor. ” 2 hours, according to our schedule here”. “It may be longer , but 2 hours is the estimated time”, she said. So we went to the waiting area and daughter offered me a hot chocolate from the vending machine. She also had one herself. Then I was called in! In less than 15 minutes!! I only had a few sips of the hot chocolate!!
I was seen by the Doctor and sent for X-ray. There was a wait at the X-ray. There were not so many people but they were just busy trying to tidy up things and catching up. Then was my turn and the x- was thorough, many different sections of my wrist was x-rayed. Then I was sent to the waiting area. In a few minutes, another doctor saw me and told me that nothing was broken and all I need to do is to rest.
All this takes less than 1 hour!!
So who says NHS is horrible?? Not Me , not this case. This is excellent. Well done George Elliot Hospital, Nuneaton.!! ?? ❤
There was no cooking on the eve of CNY, which traditionally is a must as it is the reunion dinner. We ordered pizza instead. On the 1st day of CNY, we had nuke food from Waitrose. However, I have planned with my friend Caryn to host a CNY lunch on Sunday. This is for close family members and a special friend, Holly, whom we have not met for some time.
So poor me had to start preparing a few days before.
I was to cook/ prepare Vegetarian Yu Sheng ( or Yee Sang in Cantonese), Roast Pork or Sio Bak, and a dessert.
Caryn made Sweet & Sour Chicken, Bok Choi with Oyster Sauce and a Home-made Ginger cake.
Since the roast pork does not require cutting and shredding, it is ok for me. However, I need to shred the vegetables and fruits for the Yu Sheng. My wrist was still sore, but I did manged to cut and shred by trying to do so without moving my wrist . I was surprised that I could do that.
Here is what we did for the lunch.
We had Yu Sheng, but It is vegetarian, or rather vegan or plant-based.
Doggy Yu Sheng or Yee Sang.You can get the recipe here.
That was a great evening shared with friends and family.
Huat, Huat, Huat!! ( prosperity, prosperity, prosperity!! –in the Hokkien dialect).
I will still be hosting a few more dinners, so it will be a busy period.
I hope you enjoy this read as much as we enjoyed the evening.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
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