Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sunday Snippets - 4th September 2016

How is it September already?! This year is just flying past! I can't believe it's only a month until my birthday! It’s really starting to feel more autumnal now, with chilly, darker mornings and misty days. I’ve actually started feeling a little bit Christmassy (I know, a little early!) and have enjoyed curling up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea. Saying that, I’ve seen the forecast for next week and it looks like it’s going to heat up again! I always find it hard to know how to dress at this time of year. One minute I’m shivering, then the next I’m boiling hot! I am looking forward to autumn fashion though – snuggling up in cosy jumpers, bobble hats and boots.

Last Sunday my Dad asked if I wanted to go to church with him and my Mum in the morning, but I thought sitting through a service would be hard with my pain as it was, so I declined. I didn’t sleep that well on Saturday night, so it was probably good that I said no so I could have a lie in. I had a fairly quiet morning pottering around and doing my medications for the week ahead. I also managed to do some blogging and watched a bit of TV. In the afternoon I decided to try and chill out as much as I could. Despicable Me was on the TV, so I popped that on and sorted through a load of old magazines. I’m one of those people who like to cut up old magazines to use for crafts, but my pile was getting a bit crazy! Thankfully I managed to get through the whole lot, which was a job well done. I felt absolutely exhausted though, which seems to be an everyday occurrence these days. I had a Lush bath in the evening to try and relax, which was nice.

As I mentioned in the previous couple of week’s Sunday Snippets, in August I was joining in with the Crown and Glory Glitterati 2nd birthday celebrations, which included a photo challenge on Instagram! If you want to see everyone else’s, simply search the hashtag #CGGlitteratiTurns2. Day 28 is ‘Everyday’ – I find the majority of pieces can be worn as an everyday piece, but I find hairbands like this one particularly easy to throw on.

I woke up on Monday morning with a really awful pain in my head and neck area. I’m guessing it was an after effect of the injections, but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. I had hoped to get a lot done in the morning, but it took me a long time to get round to doing anything. I did manage to get one blog post written though, despite being in tears because of the pain. On Sunday one of our neighbours brought round a huge punnet of blackberries she’d picked, so on Monday afternoon I somehow managed to make a blackberry and apple crumble. I was actually quite pleased with myself, as I’m not the best at cooking! But it was probably a mistake, as my pain was even worse afterwards.

Day 29 of the August Crown and Glory photo challenge is ‘Advice’ – I’m terrible at giving (or following!) advice, but I thought this quote, beautifully drawn by Jilly Jilly was pretty good. It’s one of my favourites – a good Disney quote!

I had a fairly quiet morning on Tuesday doing some YouTube video editing and watching TV. Around lunchtime I rested on the sofa for a while and caught up on a few emails. Then my Dad drove me to the hospital for my appointment with my local gastroenterologist. When we got there they said that my actual consultant wasn’t there and that the wait to see the person covering her was over an hour, so I was a bit worried that it was going to be a waste of time. But after about 15 minutes I was called through to see a different consultant who had finished his clinic and came down to help out. He was really helpful and thorough. He is referring me for a gastroscopy because he’s concerned I may have a stomach ulcer. My acid reflux and pain has been getting so much worse, so I’m glad he took it seriously. He also wanted me to have some bloods done and to go back to the Dietician as well, to see if we can get to the bottom of why my blood sugar levels keep dropping. We came home and I rested for a while, then Richard and Lisa came over for dinner, which was nice.

Day 30 of the August Crown and Glory photo challenge is ‘Giving Thanks’ – I have so much to give thanks for. Life might be incredibly hard trying to fight chronic illnesses every day, but I have a loving family, beautiful friends and a roof over my head. I am able to push myself to do things, and although I constantly feel unwell and in pain, I can still do these things. I have access to (mainly) free medical care and support, which keeps me alive and as comfortable as possible. It’s very easy to see the negatives every day, which is why I always make a point of posting my happy photo each day. Because no matter how crappy life is, there is always something to be thankful for.

I was up quite early on Wednesday morning for my first session with my new counsellor. I was feeling pretty nervous about it but she was really nice. My Dad brought me home and I spent the rest of the morning sorting out some of my clothes drawers. After lunch, my Mum and I went round to my friend Katy’s. I caught up on some emails on my laptop while my Mum had her nails done. Then I had my eyebrows waxed and had a massage. When we got home I set up this little 30th birthday spread. It’s to help my friend, Karen, celebrate her birthday, as she’s very poorly and unable to leave the house. So she’s asked all her friends to take photos of us celebrating virtually with her.

Day 31 of the August Crown and Glory photo challenge is ‘Party Time’ – I can’t believe I actually completed the whole challenge! It’s been so much fun being creative with the prompts we were given, and also so lovely to see what all the other girls have posted. I feel very lucky to be part of such a supportive community.

So I finally gave Richard and Lisa and David and Emma their wedding presents, which means I can now share them with you all, as I think they’re awesome! The lovely Amy Rose Studios drew this beautiful wedding portrait of David and Emma. I’m so pleased with how it turned out and hopefully they like it as much as I do!

On Thursday morning I woke up not feeling too brilliant. My POTS seems to be playing up a lot at the moment and it’s making me feel really rubbish. I did a little bit of clothes sorting, and then had a reflexology session. It definitely helped me to relax and I actually had a little doze after she’d gone. The rest of my family went out for lunch, but I stayed at home and rested. I watched TV, snuggled up with Freddie and browsed ASOS for a while. David and Emma popped over, so I had a quick chat with them and gave them their wedding present. I didn’t do a huge amount else apart from resting, but I did open some post. My driving license finally arrived! It’s been over a year since I had my seizure (I was meant to be seizure free for six months) so to have it back feels amazing. It only lasts for three years, and then I have to reapply again, but at least it’s something. Now I just need to re-learn to drive!

This was the second portrait Amy Rose Studios did for me – this time of Richard and Lisa on their wedding day. How beautiful is it!!

I didn’t get up as early as I’d hoped to on Friday morning, but spent the rest of the morning editing some photos and writing a blog post. My Mum, sister and I popped over to Homesense to pick something up. The car park was crazy busy though and as we were trying to reverse into a disabled bay, the car behind us drove up so close that it nearly went into the back of us! I don’t understand why people can’t just be patient and give people room to park, especially when trying to get into a disabled bay! When we got home I rested for a while and caught up on some emails. My Mum then took me down to the doctors’ surgery for a blood test. I had a different nurse to the one I usually go to, so was a little worried as I’m so difficult to get blood out of. But she managed to get some on her first attempt, which is unheard of for me! For some reason though I felt a bit lightheaded, so when we got home I lay down for a bit. In the evening I opened my September Crown and Glory Glitterati box, which has a 90’s theme. It brought back so many childhood memories!

I had a lie-in on Saturday morning, which was much needed. I managed to get my blog post up and then sorted through another drawer full of clothes. I’m trying to do a little bit of sorting/tidying here and there in the hope at some point it will make a difference! My Mum and I popped round to my neighbour’s with her birthday present, then my friend Lilli picked me up with her boyfriend. We went to Starbucks and I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year. I had it made with coconut milk, but probably shouldn’t have had the cream. We had a nice catch up, but when I got home I wasn’t well. I was a bit of an idiot and totally forgot to ask for a decaf latte, which I think was the main reason I felt so bad, although the cream probably didn’t help. I spent the rest of the afternoon lying on the sofa resting.

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

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  1. Mmmm, pumpkin spice latte! The weather is actually warming up where I am, so I've been making the most of it with walks and drives by the beach. Nothing like a bit of sun to make you feel better.

    1. It was very yummy - just wish I'd asked for decaf! Ah walks and drives by the beach sound so lovely. You're so right - I love feeling the sun on my face xx