Jerry our new oven cleaning Leeds franchise for OvenGleamers is now on his last two days of training. Last week we had quite a hectic week and it continued into this week and we went out both on Monday and Tuesday. We were going to spend some time in the office training on Tuesday but one of our employees had a lump appear on the top of his hand. He went to the local cottage hospital where they’ve got a minor treatment centre and they told him it was a ganglion. Alan has been with us for nearly six years and this is the first hint of any such lump. They told him to take three days off work. So myself and Jerry had to do his jobs on Tuesday.
So in all last week Jerry cleaned two ovens on the Monday, with me cleaning the other one, on Tuesday we cleaned an extractor and a hob in a local home for the elderly for job one, then we cleaned a single oven in a nice housing estate for job 2 (nice lady very dirty oven). Job three was a double oven with hob and extractor and job four was a single oven (but as it was at the end of the kitchen and the sun was blazing through the door it was very hot).
On Wednesday we cleaned a four oven AGA, just outside Pewsey, together which came up very well. I tried out a steam cleaner I took with me to clean oven 3 and 4 and it did help a bit in some of the cleaning of the detail of the
ovens. Then we went back to the office.
Then on Thursday we did a 2 oven AGA, again in Pewsey (an advert in a local magazine had bought us £600 of business in a few days when it had been delivered, with a couple of AGAs, a AGA module and a few single and double ovens) and a single oven in the same house. I cleaned the single and Jerry cleaned the AGA and because of this we finished the job earlier than expected and then we drove to the next job hopeing to start earlier but had to wait for an hour an a half as they were moving out and we had to wait for the removers to pack away the contents of the kitchen.
On Friday Jerry cleaned a double oven, hob and extractor all on his own with me hanging around outside ready to give support if he needed it – he didn’t.
On Monday this week we cleaned a double oven, which I had cleaned last year and which had then been a nightmare, but this year it wasn’t so bad and Jerry learnt how to strip a Creda oven down and clean it properly. Jerry then cleaned a range cooker. We popped into the AGA shop in Highbridge so I could show Jerry how AGAs look when they are new and look at some of the other brands the AGA Rangemaster group make such as the Falcon range, the 6:4 and the Rayburn cooker. We then went back to the office in Bristol.
What is a ganglion? Well from the NHS site (I noted on the site that the old recommended method of bashing it with something heavy isn’t to be recommended now):
A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled swelling that develops near a joint or a tendon. The cyst can range from the size of a pea to the size of a golf ball.
Ganglion cysts usually appear on the back of the wrist. They look and feel like a smooth, soft lump under the skin. They are made up of a thick, jelly-like fluid, called synovial fluid, which surrounds joints and tendons to lubricate and cushion them during movement.
Ganglions can occur alongside any joint in the body, but are most common on the wrist, hand and fingers.
Ganglions are harmless but may cause mild pain, especially if they are next to a nerve. If they do not cause any pain or discomfort, they can be left and may disappear without treatment.
It is not clear why ganglions form, but they can be related to ageing or injury to the joint or tendon. They occur when the synovial fluid that surrounds a joint or tendon becomes damaged in some way so it collects and forms a swelling beneath the skin.
Treatment is usually only recommended if the cyst causes pain or affects the range of movement in a joint
The two main treatment options for a ganglion cyst are: