Helloooo there, how’ve you guys been lately? I hope everyone is as well as possible. It’s been a little while since I bored you last with one of these mini-me-updates so it’s about due! I’m rather behind (yet again) with blogging and everything else, which I partly blame on the flu & being unwell, so I apologise.
– Health Update –
My post-op follow-up was uneventful, and the issues I’ve been having, including the last A&E visit, have been put down as ‘one of those things’ as part of the recovery process, which can take eons. I’m not that patient, but with any luck there’s nothing ‘wrong’ with my stoma so I’ve just got to be extra cautious with certain things and hope for the best!
I had spirometry testing and various other appointments over the last few weeks too, such as rheumatology (waste of time and left in tears). And also a rather frustrating follow-up with neurology. The consultant was beyond aggravating and seemed to make the discussion about my eye pain, migraines and the onset of cluster headaches into a competition. He used to have migraines, so he tells me, and they were always ‘sooooo bad’, I couldn’t possibly have had bad ones or clusters because he did and they were ‘soooo much worse’. Etc etc. Then he told me I’d grow out of it. So there we go, by the age of 35 I will, according to Dr Brains, have grown out of migraines!
I have tests booked now for October at UCLH for something semi-stoma related. I’ve not been to London for years but unfortunately there’ll be no time for being touristy as the day will be full with 4 tests. My eyes have watered at the price of a return train ticket. It’s a 2-2.5hr journey, yet tickets cost around £180 because of having to leave so early in the morning. Ouch! So much for cost-effective, eco-friendly public transport…
I posted recently about the flu jab for this year and had mine the other week. While I was fine with it last year, 2-3 days after it this year I got a sore throat, 2 days after that I started to feel like death warmed up and my immune system has been battling the stupid flu ever since. They say it’s a coincidence as you don’t get the flu from the jab, but I’m still pretty grumpy about feeling incredibly rough-er than usual!
It was also World Ostomy Day not too long ago. You can check out my post for it here.
And Invisible Disabilities Week, which I posted about earlier this week.
– Personal Update –
I had my hair chopped off, which you may have seen on my Ostomy Day post. I hate it. I felt like I needed a change after my last A&E list and was increasingly self-conscious about how thing and gappy my hair was, which seems more noticeable when it’s long. But above shoulder-length hair does not suit me, especially when the hairdresser wants you to have a bob but you don’t, so now I’m even more self-conscious…and it’s still thin and gappy. D’oh! There are more important things in life, but it still bugged me. Note to self: avoid hairdressers for the next 5 years.
My father turned 70 at the end of September. Sadly, although we’d hoped to pop into town for drinks & a bite to eat, he wasn’t well enough to go so we didn’t really get to celebrate, which I feel awful about. I did risk life and limb hanging a banner and balloons by awkwardly crawling on the furniture, and he liked the personalised card I got him and the BreakYourOwnNews funnies I made (definitely recommend trying this out if you haven’t already), so he didn’t totally get to avoid the ageing process!
I attended a meeting as part of a government review a few weeks ago. Such reviews are undertaken when investigating the likes of medications or medical devices, when things have gone wrong to assess the damage caused to patients and to deliberate as to whether they are safe and how to proceed with their use. Being involved in such things can give us back a little power as patients, to become more vocal, more engaged in the process and have our voices heard so as to improve things and protect future patients. While the outcome won’t be known for several months, my fingers are crossed that something good will come of it all.
Back in September, I managed to take my folks out to Woodchester Mansion during the freebie Heritage Open Days. Glad it was dry weather as regular rest breaks were needed on the picnic benches out the front. The mansion is not wheelchair friendly but for those with walking difficulties the trek to the mansion, which is nearly a mile from the car park through gorgeous woodland, is made easier with a mini-bus service on certain days. The expansive grounds were jaw-dropping and the mansion is steeped in history, cemented in time as a half-finished project when the last owner ran out of money, kept going by the Heritage trust so visitors can enjoy the scenery and incredible architecture.
– What I’m Loving This Week –
Breyers Ice-Cream – Seriously can’t get enough of the stuff. High in protein, tastes delicious, low calorie (just as well as the tub doesn’t last me longer than one sitting) and on offer in supermarkets recently so I’ve stocked up. Good to have on hand when not feeling well or struggling to eat, such as with stoma problems. The 3 I’ve tried, and thus my favourites, are Cookies & Cream, chocolate, and caramel. Yum!
Olay Daily Facials – I was lucky enough to get to try these for free with SuperSavvyMe as a product tester. While they’re more expensive than my usual face wipes, these are little 5-in-1 miracle workers to remove dirt and make-up, cleanse, exfoliate, soften, and hydrate skin. I can have somewhat sensitive skin but have found these to be gentle enough without drying out my skin, providing I dab a little moisturiser on afterwards. They’re very soft cloths & the process is quick and easy, which gets a thumbs up from me for requiring minimal effort! Considering they’re so effective at cleansing and leaving skin feeling fresh and looking brighter, while combining several products in one, I’d recommend them for being better value for money as a result and really pleasant to use.
You can get them at Boots (3 for 2 on selected skincare with free delivery to store) and also at Superdrug (buy one get one half price, free delivery over £10 for BeautyCard holders) if you want to check them out as a well-deserved beauty treat!
Bookish Love & TV To The Rescue
Depression Is A Liar – Danny Baker
I received a copy of this from Liz, an amazing fellow blogger after she very generously hosted a giveaway. The book is an eye-opening insight for friends and loved ones of those with depression, and also an encouraging read for those dealing with it themselves. It gives a little hope and encouragement that moving beyond the grip of hopelessness, despair and the darkest of dark days is possible.
Check it out on Amazon where it gets a fab 4.5 star rating.
Harlan Coben – Home
I LOVE Harlan Coben – He’s an excellent writer and I’ve loved every book of his I’ve read because you can’t help but keep turning the pages. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t read this one before so I was over the moon when I realised. Literally, geek excitement and a big grin. For fans of Coben, you’re in for a treat with more Myron & Win escapades, and for those new to the series, it’s an engaging, emotive read that keeps you guessing (as a good crime thriller should) with sharp wit and sarcasm a plenty to lighten the edges. Brilliant! You can find it on The Book Depository.
Just getting into Westworld Season 2 this week – Anyone else seen this yet? No spoilers please! Such an engaging, intricate and enjoyable show, highly recommended if you haven’t already seen the first series. I’m also looking forward to This Is Us Season 3 and Better Call Saul S04.
Have you enjoyed any great reads lately, or have you got anything interesting on your to-watch schedule?
Happy Friday, everyone! I’m going to try to calm down a little after attempting to catch up the last two days & try to get over the flu this weekend. What are you up to? I hope you have a flu-free, enjoyable weekend ahead 🙂