Helloooooo, February. January, where did you go?
I thought I’d do a quick mini-me update, as it’s been a while. I won’t cover much, just a few basics. Starting with, in true British style, the weather!
The White Stuff
It’s a rather dark photo taken at 7.30am with a sky heavy with snow. We did get the white stuff, just 12 or so hours of it, and then it’s gone. Thankfully. That said, it’s incredibly cold, even though I appreciate how much colder it is elsewhere, such as many parts of the US. I just don’t handle the cold well as my body is perpetually cold, even when others are flashing their flesh in t-shirts. I’m wrapped up like the Michelin man & it makes me grumpy. For many of us, it also increases pain, so please be kind to yourselves.
A couple of people, such a Laleh, have mentioned problems when trying to comment on my blog. I believe this is when accessing the InvisiblyMe blog itself through an internet browser, rather than via the WordPress Reader. I’m really sorry if any of you have tried to comment & haven’t been able to. I’m not sure what the problem is. If you do have an issue with it, could you let me know what error you’re getting? Thank you.
The wonderful Kirsty over at Unseen Beauty held a giveaway over Christmas. I didn’t win the giveaway, but she very kindly donated another gift for the person who commented the most, which was me. Big mouth and all that… Anyway, I was thrilled to receive this and it’s incredibly generous. If you haven’t already, I’d highly recommend checking out her blog. She’s one incredible lady!
Quenching My Thirst
I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the testers for Perrier & Juice via The Insiders UK. The campaign is to test it, share it with others, review and provide feedback. I was so excited to receive this box of yumminess because I seem to be forever thirsty. I tend to rely on fizzy diet drinks in the afternoon because by then I’ve already had lots of tea & overdone the water and nothing else is cutting it. I needed something else to add to the fridge to liven things up a bit and this stuff is lovely.
There are 3 fruity flavours to choose from, sold in packs of 4 cans. Strawberry & Kiwi, Pineapple & Mango, and Peach & Cherry.
My body hasn’t been coping all that well. I’ve had more bad days than good, but they’ve also helped me be a little more accepting of the need to rest and of how things just don’t go to plan; getting frustrated and annoyed with it all does you no favours. My anxiety has peaked quite dramatically, but that’s likely also due to spikes of pain levels, the cold, adjusting meds, having a few extra stresses on my mind etc.
I’ve loosely agreed to EUA (examination under aneasthesia), a little op where they go in and play ‘Operation’ to see what’s what, in London. It doesn’t affect my stoma. With what’s discovered then, I’ll make a decision as to whether to proceed on that surgery, but it’s a dangerous one so it’s a lot to weigh up. It’s also in bloody London. If you don’t live nearby, you don’t have someone go go with you and your money situation isn’t great, it’s not a fantastic prospect to travel there for surgery. Anyway, I’ll cross that bridge when I get the date.
Aside from that, I’m also still having a fair few stoma problems. My insides like to do the twist. I’m sure they also practice a little tango & do the macarena, too. Who knows what’s going on. It gets painful and problematic when it happens, but I want want to avoid another stoma op so I’m keeping fingers crossed things improve over the upcoming months.
I’ll skip the rest of the health-related stuff because it’s pretty boring & with chronic invisible illness, it can end up becoming a jumble of pain and exhaustion repeated day after day. Enough!
I’ve started on new probiotics again, as part of my efforts to get organised and on track with medications & supplements. I opted for Lindens Probiotic Max, as I’d used this one in the past, and it seems ideal in terms of value for money when considering the high potency/strength & the capsule quantity. Capsules are a good size too, quite small, and no refrigeration is required.
Netflixin’ & Book Lovin’
I invested in Netflix to see me through the New Year lull and I’ve found a few guilty pleasures. Such as Dynasty, which I never thought would be my cup of tea… until I got hooked. Then there’s the latest series of Better Call Saul and Daredevil. Next up was Maniac, with Jonah Hill & Emma Stone, which was, well, a bit of an odd one. I persevered out of curiosity as to whether it got more likeable. I’m not sure. It has its moments and was enjoyable enough, but I can’t say I was whole-heartedly enamoured with it. Anyone else watched it?
I can’t justify expenditure on Netflix every month, so I’ve started on a few freebies from catch-up sites for now. If you’re in the UK and are also strapped for cash, Channel 4 has an 8-part series called The Slap which I’ve just started and seems quite engaging. Quite a few famous faces in it too, including Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Brian Cox, Penn Badgley (from ‘You’) and Uma Thurmon.
I’ve caught up on a few more Linwood Barclay novels, which I’ve loved every page of. I’m a huge American crime thriller fan so I’m a little bias perhaps in terms of content, but he has a way with words, adding a touch of sarcasm and humour while sculpting fascinating plots and memorable characters. Addictive reading, for sure.
I’ve also been getting into some more of the books I hadn’t read from my earlier life-changing reads post.
The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy
I’m not a cat person. My cat suits himself & doesn’t understand how to retract his claws, leaving numerous scratches on any exposed skin. And yet, I’m really enjoying cat snuggles. It’s cold outside. Kitkat doesn’t like the cold, I don’t like the cold. We both like blankets. He doesn’t always like not getting attention and sometimes makes a silent protest by sitting on my laptop. He has his moments of being cute.
Stay warm & well. Unless you’re in Australia, then stay cool (or swap locations with me).