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Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Thistlewood Farms


Good morning lovely people! I hope you have all had a great start to the week.  I realised today that it is only two weeks to go until the children go back to school. Back when they first broke up, it seemed like such a long stretch in front of us but actually, it hasn't been too bad. Even with all the bickering! 

This week's Tuesday Twinkler is a post from Thistlewood Farms all about picking paint for your home. With us renovating our home, slowly but surely, I'm going to pin this to refer to when it comes to picking out our colours.  Pop on over to have a read - are there any tips you would add? 



This Week's Linky

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Gratitude Journal #47



Quieter Week
I found last week a bit of a struggle in that I was just so bloomin' exhausted so a quieter week was just what I needed. Especially after the busy weekend.  

2 hours of alone time!
We went for lunch with my MiL and niece and when it was time for us to go, my MiL said that she was happy for the kids to stay and play for a while if I wanted to pick them up later.  Needless to say, I took complete advantage of it and came home and got on with some work.  I got lots done and even though I was working, I felt totally relaxed afterward.  

School uniform shopping
Not my most favourite of jobs but I managed to get some school uniform ordered last week. I think the only thing I have left to order is the school cardigans, which have to come from the school direct and I'm leaving until they go back as I'm not entirely sure on sizing.  I do resent having to buy them from the school, I wish we were able to buy them from the supermarkets as I think the quality would be far better.

E's birthday party
This weekend it was E and my niece, K's, joint birthday party. We went for the soft play option as it's just so easy and they all had a blast until E smacked her face and ended up grazing it, after which she got quite grumpy. I think, in all honesty, she was hangry as once she had some dinner she cheered right up! 

Playdate with L
Friday saw us pop to my friend Ls. We had coffee and cake with her Mum whilst the children all ran riot.  It was nice to get out of the house and for some different adult company. 

Birthday shopping
I finally finished shopping for E's birthday presents. Hurrah! 

Gratitude Journal #46


Welney Wetlands
Last Tuesday we went to the wetlands with my good friend L and her two girls. The weather was forecast for heavy rain and we were lucky it held off until we literally got through the front door.  We took a picnic with us and spent a good few hours walking, pond dipping and dissecting owl poo.  The kids loved it!

MRI scan
I had my appointment for the MRI scan on Saturday. It didn't go well and I've rambled about how it went here. I'm very grateful to the staff for being so kind and understanding towards me. 

Afterward, I popped into work to have a drink with my in-laws and check my emails before going home and it was nice not to have to worry about getting straight back to the kids.

Kids Soft Play Party
On Saturday, D took the girls to a soft play birthday party whilst I was at the hospital.  It was great for them to burn off some energy as well as catch up with their school friends.

30th Birthday BBQ
This weekend was all about surprises for my friend L who is celebrating her 30th birthday today. We were some of the friends that her husband invited to a surprise BBQ he threw for her at Thetford Forest.  It was lovely, there were roughly 40 of us, lots of kids and it was just really chilled. The kids all played really nicely together, without any arguments or tantrums. The food was delicious and they absolutely spoilt her, which was really lovely to see. 

Cathedral Crafting
When my in-laws had the girls last week they headed to Ely cathedral where they were holding a craft event for children. The girls had a great time and came back with lots of different things that they had made.

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Little Orange Dog

Hello - happy Tuesday to you all! 

 After last week, I'm thankful that this week is off to a much better start, although I will admit that the kids were a little.... testing, shall we say! I hope you've all had a good start to the week? 

This week's Tuesday Twinkler is a post from Little Orange Dog, sharing days out in Kent. With pictures of Dover and Walmer Castles, if you are local to Kent, it is worth popping over to have a look.





This Week's Linky

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Linking
* You can link up to one post per week, old or new. Additional posts will be deleted.
* The linky will open at 6am Tuesday and close at 23:55 the next day (Wednesday).
* Please add the Twinkly Tuesday badge to the bottom of your post.
*  By linking up, you are giving me permission to use the images from your blog if featured as a Tuesday Twinkler.

Commenting
* Please comment on my post and at least two other posts, including the one directly before yours and as many others as you can - we're all busy but let us show other blogs some love.
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MRI Ramblings

Saturday was the day of my MRI.  I didn't sleep well the night before, lying awake for at least an hour before finally dropping off. Waking up at 5am, after a restless night and finally waking up again at 7am, to my alarm going off and as I lay there, slowly remembering that it was the day of the MRI.

I showered and got myself ready with a slight knot starting to develop in my stomach, feeling warmer and warmer as I pottered around the house before leaving.

I left home almost an hour and a half before the appointment, allowing myself plenty of time for traffic and to get parked up. As it was, I was lucky with both and that was one less thing to stress over.  Once I had parked up, I headed to Costa with my notebook and a puzzle book, grabbing myself a coffee and something for breakfast, hoping it would settle my stomach.  I sat there, watching the time and listening to the old man sat near me swearing as he chattered away to the table next to him - honestly, I swear like a trooper at times but this was something else.  

As the time crept closer, I headed to the MRI department where I had to sit and wait for 20 minutes for the nurse to book me in as having arrived. I spent the 20 minutes smothering myself in a de-stress oil blend and concentrating on my breathing and I thought I had it together, I really did but as we went through the booking in procedure, I could feel tears pricking at my eyes and my anxiety starting to bubble away, just at the moment the nurse started to talk to me about fight or flight and dropped a bombshell. The consultant had told me that the scan took 20 minutes but she was wrong and it was, in fact, 40 minutes. 

MRI scan

I went through to the changing room with my gown and put everything in the locker, stupidly relieved that the gown was actually roomy on me rather than the alternative. And again, I thought I was ok, concentrating on my breathing. But then the radiographer came through for me and took me into the room.  They explained how noisy the machine was and asked me to make myself comfortable on the trolley, which wasn't at all comfortable, with my head in a moulded headrest and it was at this point I started to panic and get teary.  The radiographer offered to do a test run for me, to see how I felt going into the machine. She suggested I closed my eyes and started to move the trolley in. It started to move and I made the mistake of opening my eyes, to see the machine cms away from my nose and asked her to stop.  I was only head and shoulders in but that was enough and I told her in between sobs that I couldn't do it.  

I felt a combination of being mortified at not being able to do it and wasting their time and the appointment and complete embarrassment at losing it in front of everyone. Over a machine. The booking in nurse spoke to me after to make sure I was ok and told me that it isn't uncommon for people to get into the room and refuse to go through with it, with many of them not even getting near the machine.  She told me that despite needing the MRI, there were other options available in terms of a CT scan or sedation and that they would write to the consultant suggesting this and for me to get in touch with them directly so that we could hopefully speed the process up. 

I can't tell you just how disappointed I was with myself on Saturday.  I know that its just a machine. But its a very loud machine, combined with being in a small space in a hot room alone and as much as I wanted to go through with it, I clearly couldn't control how my body reacted to that. 

So yet again, I am no further forward and wait for the next step, whatever that might be.  

Have you had an MRI scan before? How did you find the experience?