Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sunday Snippets - 24th July 2016

The last week has been fairly busy, so I’m feeling quite wiped out at the moment. There have been good times and not so good times, so I’ve just been trying to get through one day at a time. It’s been super hot, which has made things a bit of a struggle. I love the sunshine and I don’t mind it being warm, but there have been a few days when it’s really just been too hot. Still, I guess we shouldn’t moan, as we’ll only be complaining in a month or so when it’s cold and rainy!

Last Sunday I didn’t wake up until around 11am, which means I slept for around 11 hours, so I must have been really wiped out after the blogger event on Saturday! I had a pretty quiet morning sorting out my medications for the week ahead and doing a bit of blogging. I sat out in the garden to drink my Ensure at lunchtime and listened to Ellie Goulding and Adele, which was nice. My brother and sister-in-law (David and Emma) came over in the afternoon and showed us all of their wedding photos, as they’d been sent the link for the proof copies. There are so many beautiful ones; I don’t know how they’re going to choose a few for their album! I then popped over the road to see my friend Sarah, who was visiting her parents for the day. We had a good chat, which was lovely. My Grandma was over, so in the evening we had a family dinner together.  

This month’s Crown and Glory Glitterati subscription box is pretty awesome. Just look at that light-up hairpiece! It would be perfect for a festival (if only I was going to one!)

I woke up fairly early on Monday and went to have my hair coloured at the hairdressers so it’s nice for the wedding. I came home and rested for a bit, as I was still feeling pretty wiped out after Saturday. I ordered a couple of birthday presents for friends and watched TV. In the afternoon my Dad took me to see my GP again. I pretty much spilled out everything that’s been happening with my mental health. I told her what happened last Friday and that I just can’t keep dipping into these crises every few days. We also discussed the fact that I and my family don’t agree with my diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and that it’s been disputed by other professionals, who believe I actually have Bipolar. My Dad and I feel that my old psychiatrist hasn’t taken it seriously and based her responses on incorrect information about Bipolar (she said I couldn’t possibly have Bipolar because I haven’t been arrested by the police!) My GP was fab – really understanding and seemed to get what I was saying. She’s going to refer me to a different psychiatrist for a second opinion. I popped into Waitrose next door afterwards and picked up an Innocent Smoothie to have as part of my afternoon snack.

I also opened this month’s Birchbox, which is in collaboration with Millie Mackintosh. I absolutely love the design of the box, and am excited to try some of the bits inside.

Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far, and boy was it hot! I was seriously melting! The heat hasn’t been great for my POTS unfortunately, but I’ve tried to muddle through and keep as cool as possible. I wanted to do some blog work in the morning, but my desktop computer that I use for blogging is in my attic bedroom, which is a sauna in this weather. So I went downstairs, dozed for a bit and then wrote a couple of letters to my penpals (including this adorable cat card). In the afternoon my Mum and I went round to see my friend Katy from Katy Jane Rose Beauty. While my Mum had her nails done I replied to a few messages on my laptop, then I had my eyebrows done, followed by a lovely relaxing facial. We popped into Waitrose on our way home and then I finished off my letters.

This month’s My Little Box was coconut themed, which I’m very happy about, as I love coconuts!

With it being ridiculously hot and humid, poor Freddie was really struggling. But he seemed to find a comfy position stretched out on the sofa!

Wednesday was another hot day, but a tiny bit cooler than Tuesday. In the morning my Mum, Dad, sister and I went to B&Q. They pushed me around to look at light fittings. We then went over to Pets at Home to get the dogs a couple of beds for the lounge, and I bought Jaffa a new little toy to play with. I was pretty exhausted by the time we got home, so I crashed out on the sofa and rested for a while. I spent the afternoon watching YouTube videos and writing penpal letters. In the evening we had my brother and his fiancĂ©’s (Richard and Lisa’s) wedding rehearsal, and then all went to the pub for dinner, which was nice. Unfortunately I felt really ill afterwards and had another mental health dip.

I gave Jaffa his new toy, and to begin with he seemed far from interested! But I popped my head round the door a bit later and found him playing with it, so I think he was just trying to play it cool!

On Thursday morning my Mum, Dad and sister (Bekkah) drove me over to Basingstoke to my friend Charlie’s house. They headed into Basingstoke to do some shopping so I could spend a few hours with Charlie and her two little ones, Izzi and Joe. We spent a while chatting while Izzi and Joe played and watched Big Hero 6. Charlie then made us all some lunch, with the help of chef Izzi! After lunch we sat out in the garden watching Izzi and Joe playing. Joe drew a cute picture of me with chalk; they did some hula hooping and played swing ball. We all enjoyed an ice-lolly, as it was still pretty warm. A Change for Life letter came through the door, and spookily it had a game on it called Charlie and Jenny’s Hide and Seek! My Dad and the others then picked me up and we all came home. I spent the rest of the afternoon just chilling out.

I hadn’t really planned on doing much on Friday, but my Mum offered to take me into town to do a bit of shopping. How could I refuse?! So we went into Camberley for a little while. I picked up this beautiful skirt from Quiz and then had a look in Primark but couldn’t really find anything I liked apart from a hat, which was reduced to £2! I think I’ll have to go back to Primark in a few weeks when they will hopefully have more of their new stock in. We popped into Next on our way home so my Mum could pick up a present for someone. I spent the afternoon resting on the sofa, watching some programmes I had on record and catching up on blog e-mails. The evening wasn’t too great unfortunately, as my mental health took a bit of a dip.

Yesterday morning I woke up fairly late – I seem to be so tired at the moment. I spent the morning just pottering around and not doing an awful lot really. At lunchtime we went over to my sister-in-law’s parents’ house for her Dad’s 50th birthday BBQ. We sat out in the sunshine and chatted for a few hours before we had to come home, as my Dad was going out in the evening. I rested on the sofa trying to cool down a bit, as I’d got a bit hot sitting out in the sun. I also binge-watched some YouTube videos and wrote some penpal letters.

I bought these beautiful sunflowers and stocks this week, and they’re looking lovely. Sunflowers always make me smile and stocks smell so dreamy.

If you haven’t read my blog before, I just wanted to let you know that I have a second blog, which mainly focuses on my health in more depth than I talk about it here. It’s largely for friends and family to follow and keep up with what’s going on, but if it’s something you would be interested in reading as well, you are more than welcome to follow me over there. It’s called ‘Zebra Crossing’ and you can find it by clicking here. I’m trying to keep it updated fairly regularly, so hopefully there will be something there for you to read!

You can also check out my YouTube channel here, where I have recently uploaded a few new videos (and hope to continue doing!)

I’m also trying to post on Snapchat a bit more, so if you fancy following me, my username is Jennycole44.

What have you been up to this week? I always enjoy hearing about your news and adventures!

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  1. Hey Jenny, I'm so glad your GP took your comments seriously and you'll be referred to a different psychiatrist - you definitely have to trust your instincts when you don't agree with what a 'professional' is saying - so good for you for speaking up. Man it really was crazy hot this week wasnt it! I'm sorry to hear things have been difficult for you and your POTS - I'm glad you've been taking things easy. I often find my mental health goes through phases of being good or bad, I'm sorry yours has been dipping. Sending you lots of positivity, as always, and like you say, just take each day as it comes. You are extremely strong, don't forget that <3 xxx

    1. Thank you Katie - I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this new psychiatrist will really listen and take my concerns seriously. I totally agree about trusting your instincts. They might be professionals, but we live in our bodies 24/7 and have more understanding of what things feel like. Yeah I'm glad it's started to cool down a bit now! Thank you lovely xx