Marmiteboy - Urbane Warrior.

Friday, November 04, 2005

TENS Machine


After a wait of over 9 months I finally received a TENS machine from the pain clinic on Wednesday. The TENS machine is potenially a clever bit of kit as it offer drug free pain relief. What it purportedly does is send a tingly sensation to the area of pain. This sensation tricks the brain as it reaches it before the pain signal. If it works properly this will help the pain considerablely. I have been advised by people who have used one (thanks Mumpy) that two hours on and one hour off is a good way of using it and I'm going to give it a go.

I have one problem though. It doesn't work properly. One of the leads isn't sending any signal at all so I'm going to have to go back to the clinic with it and see about getting it changed.


Introduction Agency Update.

Thanks for all the comments you posted last week in reply to my Introduction Agency post. I received details from them on Wednesday and I'm not going to able to go ahead. The main reason for this is that they want an upfront payment of £499!! This is a great deal of money, which I haven't got. Even if I did have it I would be wary of paying someone this kind of money for not very much. They take your photo and put it in a book with a little description of you and that's about it. Also on closer inspection of their bumpf it seems they want to introduce me to 'ladies' and that they have several 'gentlemen' on their books. I'm not happy with their terminology at all. I don't think I'm going to find a young(ish) woman into gigging etc with them so I'm going to have to think on.

19 Comments:

Blogger pete said...

Hi MB,
Bloody hell £499!Why do they never say £500 or 200 instead of 499 or 199!

Hope Twiglet has come thru' the operation ok without any side effects.

5:06 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Pete,

The only side effect is that it has made him even more of little git than before ;-)

Last night when he was meant to be resting he was doing leaping from the sofa onto the clothes horse that was drying my sheets. He had the thing over three times. I think he is fine as a fine thing. If not finer.

9:05 pm

 
Blogger pete said...

That's fine then!;-) This sterilation thing is always worse for the other sex.

Enter him for that race at Aintree!

9:55 pm

 
Blogger w1ld child said...

They wanted how much???

Our cat seems to have suffered from the same side effect, and he was done about 7 years ago ;-)

10:18 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get on an internet dating site - bout tenner a month n fulla booty! you wont look back

10:34 pm

 
Blogger The Goldfish said...

I love my TENS machine. I wrote a poem about it. Doesn't work for everyone, but really made a huge difference to me. I really do hope it does the same for you. :-)

As for the Dating Agency, hmm. Maybe there are other avenues to explore? Certainly for £499 I would want them to pay for the wedding and send the first child of any successful match through college. Or at the very least guarantee I got laid. ;-)

10:57 pm

 
Blogger Charlesdawson said...

Hi Marmite

I hope you'll forgive me sticking my oar in here. All I can justify it by is that I've been a frequent casualty in the dating stakes so ignore me at your peril. I'm an Awful Example.

The first thing strikes me is that you come across (OK OK, I'm the wrong sex to judge this) as a nice friendly intelligent guy with a good sense of humour and who doesn't take himself too seriously. Someone, I think you mentioned this, that a woman could talk to. Count all that as a plus and don't think that you need to adopt a "chatting-up" stance instead whether or not you do get introductions through an agency.

Second, do think about what I said earlier about interests. In the course of a chequered lovelife I have found that it is a tendency, as we get older, both men and women, to hear time's winged chariot hooting and to try to move things along maybe a little too fast. There's no thing more guaranteed to kill a budding relationship than that. Even if a woman has gone on the pull herself, she will still be turned off if she feels pressured. Hence the importance of having something to do and talk about and think about together, besides where the relationship is going. You are more likely to forge a long-lasting bond that way.

Remember When Harry Met Sally? That always struck me as essentially true - that they were friends long before they became lovers.

Excuse me for trying to teach my granny to suck eggs - I always think I must have been Marjorie Proops in a past life. Best of luck with it anyway.

TENS rocks - I would have graduated to the hard stuff long ago if I hadn't had that as an alternative. Is your machine on permanent loan or are you rationed to so many weeks? I was - ended up buying my own, once I'd decided it was working. If it doesn't seem to work right off, persevere- try changing sites.

12:16 pm

 
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

Lady Bracknell feels duty bound to ask the following question, in defence of the more mature members of her own sex.

Can Master Marmite explain exactly what, if anything, is so repulsive about women who are not "young(ish)"?

3:01 pm

 
Blogger marmiteboy said...

Dear all,

Thanks for all your kind comments.I did think £499 was a bit steep and as Goldfish so politely points out there is no guarantee of anything;-)

I'm not going to give up there though. I'm going to put something on Yourable under the guidance of Lady B. She is concerned that won't 'sell myself'. I do have a tendency to under play myself so she has insisted on checking my profile before I post.

On the subject of Lady B I don't recall being repulsed by anyone. I also didn't state any age. Youngish could be any age. I don't think that a 50+ ear old would be interested in someone like me anyway so somebody under that age would suit me better. I'm sure she wouldn't want someone youngish (i.e. under 25 for the same reason).

As far as the TENS machine is concerned now have one that works properly. Tne pain clinic replaced the broken one straight away yesterday. It seems to be having some effect already so I may be able to reduce my meds a bit with any luck.

Thanks again folks you're all rather lovely.

By the way, glad you've got your kitten boxing Wildchild.

4:13 pm

 
Blogger w1ld child said...

I quite like the delay on here between Pete's kitten and mine.

5:39 pm

 
Blogger marmiteboy said...

Yours winks as well. It's really cool.

6:12 pm

 
Blogger Gimpy Mumpy said...

MB, I am glad they were able to replace your new TENS unit.
I too am trying to cut back on my meds (my new doctor is actually supportive of this!) and wish you the best of luck with cutting yours back.

499 pounds is a staggering amount of money! I'm glad you decided not to go with that agency. Geez, with that amount of money you could go shopping for a new wardrobe and still have money left over to wine & dine! I agree with CD that finding women who share your interests, becoming friends and then going from there is a good course of action.

Glad to hear that Twiglet is on the mend :)

LB, perhaps it is not age that matters but who can pull off wearing a lovely hat? ;)

WC, nice avatar!

7:31 pm

 
Blogger melbamae said...

I must say Marmite, I am quite shocked you aren't aware of the several dating sites that are set up for disabled people. Most are free or charge a nominal fee and are frequented by both disabled and non-disabled people.

Do a google search under Whispers4 you and Disabled United if you'd like to cast a wider net.

Best of luck!

4:37 am

 
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

If Master Marmite is determined to alter the generally-accepted meanings of words, he can hardly be surprised if his readers misunderstand him. How are they to anticipate that, according to his response, "Youngish could be any age", when "young" is generally defined as being the opposite of "old"?

Presumably, then, he was, in fact, talking about youthfulness of demeanour, rather than about chronological age?

12:40 pm

 
Blogger marmiteboy said...

Thanks folks,

CD and Mumpy, I have tried the 'finding interests in common, making friends and going from there' game most of my adult life. That's the trouble it never becomes anything more than friends. I'm not complainin that I've got loads of female friends, far from it. I would like to feel fancied now and again though.

Melbamae, I wasn't aware of any of these sites. Yourable is the only site I have come across that has anything similar via it's penfriends page. Thank you for the tip.

Lady B, it does, of course, depend on your view of what is youngish. Your point about youthfulness of demeanour is a fine description. I know several people who are younger than me who seem like old men, where as I look (of which I'm thankful) and have an outlook on life that is much younger than my age.

12:45 pm

 
Blogger Charlesdawson said...

MB, could it just be that you are not good at reading signals - that maybe you haven't realised that someone(s) would like to take things further?

I only ask because it has happened to me; friends tell you about it, when it's too late and the lady has given up in disgust, of course. "Course, you do know that so-and-so fancied you rotten, didn't you? We all wondered..." No. I didn't dream she'd look twice at a git like me, thanks ever so.

Probably you are best advised by those who know you personally and think a dating agency is the way to go - at least, both parties know what they're there for! Best wishes for it.

5:14 pm

 
Blogger marmiteboy said...

Charles,

This is certainly true. I'm shite at picking up any signals. The best way to get my attention would be to hit me over the head with a large mallet I'm so bad at it.

On the couple of occasions I thought I had picked up signals I was either sadly mistaken or taken for a ride and ended up fucked up by it. It sort of put me off.

Thanks for your best wishes,

MB

8:16 pm

 
Blogger Gimpy Mumpy said...

Is it just me or does your TENS unit have a clown face?
Perhaps they did put something in my coffee :P

9:31 pm

 
Blogger marmiteboy said...

Hi Mumpy,

Well it's not strictly my TENS unit. It's just one I found a picture of on the net. It's does look a bit like a clowns face though. It's those little triangles that do it. Maybe I've been drinking out of your mug ;-)

9:55 pm

 

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