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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.





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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? 

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring The Life of Dee


Happy Tuesday to you all.  I have to say that it hasn't been the best start to the week for us personally with some work.... difficulties. With it being the school holidays, I wasn't at work which was a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I've not been there to get stressed with the fallout and a curse because I've not been there and have been worrying about it all. Anyway, onwards and upwards for the rest of the week. It can only get better. And my apologies for sounding so cyptic!

Because I needed something a little more light-hearted to make me chuckle, this week's Tuesday Twinkler is a post from The Life of Dee, sharing the realities of being a Mum.  Sleep deprivation and cold coffee anyone?  


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Gratitude Journal #45



Cutting the grass
I finally managed to get the grass cut this week. Its either been too hot or wet and it was starting to look rather wild so I was pleased to get it done, particularly as the rain started just as I finished.

Walk and trip to the park
Because it has been so hot, Buddy hasn't had a proper walk for a while, he's just been running riot at home or work so it was good to get him out for a proper walk, with a trip to the park for the girls.

Play Date 
We met up with my friend R and her three children at soft play.  I was in two minds about going as I'd had a migraine the previous day but R can be a bit tough to track down so I went with it. The children all played brilliantly together and it was a nice few hours out. 

Haircuts for the girls 
I took the girls for haircuts on Friday, it was well overdue. T is insistent she doesn't want much taken off hers (what I tell the hairdresser is a different matter, it gets a bit straggly!). E on the other hand, was quite insistent that she wanted hers a bit shorter and came away having had a good 2-3 inches taken off. 


Cooler weather
This week it has been much, much cooler and for that, I am very grateful.

Having a clear out
Its E's birthday in a few weeks so we've been trying to have a clear out in the playroom and bedroom.  Between them, they have an obscene amount of toys and clothes (not all our doing, I might add) so I'm trying to instill in them that we have a little clear out before their birthdays or Christmas.  It seems to be working as E was keen to do it and her bedroom is now looking much tidier.  We also gave T's room a little tidy up, good grief that child is messy.  If this is what its like at 5, I can't imagine what she will be like as a teenager!