I probably think this all the time, but surely I’m not alone in wondering where the heck the year’s gone? Seriously November, how did you sneak up on us so quickly?! I thought I’d just do a brief run down of what this month is looking like for me. You’ve been warned – it’s going to be a pretty dull month by the looks of what I’ve written (great news if you’re reading this and needing something to help you nod off).
[ Remember The Good Times ]
I ordered a whole bunch of photos to be printed from Snapfish plus one larger collage print – I highly rate them if you want to get anything printed as they do photo prints plus lots of other personalised goodies, they’re reasonably priced, and I’ve always found the service and quality to be fantastic.
[ Tests & Appointments ]
I should hear back about the results of the smear test I had last week in the next week or two. This is just to check the treatment I had for severe pre-cancerous changes was successful and that no other changes have been found. Very important to get tested if you haven’t already ladies, or if you’re nervously putting it off. Of course, it’s your own individual choice and your own body so don’t let anyone push you in to it, but when the tests can be so useful and the treatment readily available to help in preventing cervical cancer, it makes sense. I did a post of my experience on smears after my last test/treatment here.
I’ll be having my first appointment with the Pain Management Clinic after the assessment I attended nearly 2 months ago. This is to see someone regarding mindfulness, which I said I wouldn’t mind getting back in to with a little help from a professional. It’s something I’d started, and do every so often, but don’t stick to. Also, I said yes because I need to see her for a CFS/ME assessment as she is the specialist in this area and the assessment team thought it prudent. Not too sure how I feel about that, but I’ll keep an open mind.
I had a dental appointment for a check-up at the start of this week after insisting on seeing someone other than the evil dentist I saw last time. I’d sooner fork my eyes out than see her again. Had x-rays taken after the osteopenia diagnosis and just need to keep a watch over a few things that may be issues in the future, but for now I can breathe a sigh of relief at not needing anything done!
[ Sorting Out Meds ]
I’ve done a little medication organisation and binned boxes/leaflets I didn’t need, put things in order, checked all dates and made a note of what I need to order on repeat prescription. I’ve also vowed to myself to be more stable with what I’m taking in terms of anti-anxiety meds and vitamins (including Vit D which I was chronically low on in the past and really need to keep on top of). I feel better already for taking a little control here.
[ To Watch ]
I’m looking forward to Stranger Things season 2, as are most of the Netflix-watching population I would imagine! I’ve not had Netflix for a little while as I tend to do it by month, cancelling then restarting when I think I’ll make the most of it. I also need to catch up on Bates Motel as it’s now in to season 5 and calling to me to watch it..!
[ Personal ]
I’ve got a fair bit of personal mind junk to sort through. Things have been going in a bit of a downward spiral that I’m only just managing to struggle up from, but it’s a slow and painful process, especially when it involves moving away from comfort zones. I’ve also got to get my MOT sorted, deal with family/household related issues that are causing some strain, re-evaluate my dire financial situation, chase up appointments with a local surgeon and a specialist in London to see where things may go from here. When my current stoma problem resolves, I need to try to spend more time doing things that are meaningful and valuable, rather than constant day to day nonsense that doesn’t count for much when all is said and done.
[ Current Health ]
My body at present isn’t so spiffy. I’ve had problems with my stoma since Sunday, which is likely due to the small bowel bending awkwardly and leading to it twisting and causing an obstruction. I’ve been trying to self-manage the problem as it’s not been as awful as it has in the past, but it’s been a few days now and I feel awful so I’m really hoping things quickly resolve as I’m desperately trying to avoid another A&E trip.
[ The World ]
The world can be a wonderful, beautiful, vibrant place, but it can also be scary and pretty morbid. Right now, I just want to send my thoughts and best wishes to Catalonia following the crisis that ensued since the referendum in Spain, where there looks set to be ongoing uncertainty and violence, and also to New York after another heartless, senseless attack has destroyed lives in the most appalling of ways.
[ You ]
As always, thank you for stopping by and reading, for comments and thoughts and for sharing your experiences. Please do reach out if you want to chat or if you have anything to share. What does your November look like at the moment? Hopefully it will happy one.