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Gratitude Journal #55




MRI 
Last week I had my MRI scan and I came away feeling very proud of myself.  I had the two diazepam that the consultant prescribed for me and I have to say, I don't think I'd have managed it without them.  The whole thing lasted about 40 minutes and it was OK. I had a panic alarm and headphones with the radio on which made it all much more bearable.  

To start with the diazepam left me feeling quite giddy and high within a couple of hours I felt absolutely wiped out and as soon as I got home, slept.  I'm very relieved it is now over and done with and I'm feeling very hopeful that it will show something and we can move forward with treatment.  

Friends and the kindness of strangers
Following on from the above, I had some really lovely messages from friends and a few followers over on Instagram which really made my day.  It's nice to know that others take time out of their day to wish you well. 

Soft Play party/baby cuddles
T had a birthday party at soft play this weekend whilst E and D went off for breakfast.  It was a nice party and my friend was there with her newborn so it was made even nicer with lots of baby cuddles!

Removing someone on Facebook 
This weekend I removed someone on Facebook.  We were friends for a time and then we didn't see or speak to each other for a couple of years. I've seen her a number of times recently as her daughters have started at the same school and she's ignored me each time.  I don't need that kind of pettiness in my life so so long. 

T's parents evening
We had T's parent's evening last week and it went well! Her teacher taught E for a term and couldn't get over how different they are.  She's lively and likes to chatter but she's well above where she needs to be and is getting on brilliantly.  Apparently, she also loves to talk about Buddy and we did have a chuckle as her topic book had page after page where she had managed to include him in the topics and pictures.

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Moola Saving Mom

Morning All, Happy Tuesday to you! I have a busy week ahead with hospital, work and parent's evening, amongst other things. So today, I had a lovely start to the week with coffee with friends I don't get to see very often.  It was very much needed and gave me a real boost!  

On to the week's Tuesday Twinkler.  I love a craft tutorial and that's what I've picked this week!  Moola Saving Mom has shared a great how-to to make a keyboard table!  If you like a DIY/craft project, pop on over and take a peek!  




This Week's Linky

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Gratitude Journal #54



Card Reading
My friend popped over the coffee early in the week and brought with her a pack of tarot cards to do a reading for me.  Card reading is something I've always been interested in and as its something she is interested in improving in, I thought I jumped at the chance to do it.  

Now I know tarot cards and readings and anything spiritual like that is seen by a lot of people as nonsense, that's fine.  I'm in two minds but I do love learning and talking about anything spiritual.  Even if it isn't 'real', it was interesting and has pointed me towards a couple of areas in my life that I am already trying to focus and work on.

Heating
We had our new boiler fitted a few weeks ago and as it has started to get colder, I am extremely grateful for it as the house is toasty and warm.

Kitchen Progress
The kitchen is painted! We were lucky that D was passing B&Q and just popped in on the off chance that they had taken delivery of the base paint we needed.  They had one pot and we took it! Bar the skirting board, that's the painting done.  This weekend he has made a start on the floor and it looks amazing. We went for herringbone and it looks even nicer than I imagined. 

Coffee Date
I started my week with a coffee date with my friend L and our mutual friend, L.  We met at the local garden centre and it was just bloomin' lovely.  I didn't realise how similar our outlooks were and just how well we all would get on. I came away from it (three and a bit hours later, whoops!) feeling really positive and revived and I can't wait until the next time we can do it again.

And, because it isn't all about the big stuff:

The girls playing really well together for most of the weekend.

Getting some bulbs planted up ready for spring - hyacinth, tulips and daffodils.  

D coming home early to stay with T whilst I took E to football and dance. 

Mum healing well from her foot op. 

A delicious work breakfast - porridge with cinnamon and a good dollop of peanut butter.  The perfect way to start the day!

Getting myself a new pair of jeans and a thick, warm coat ready for winter. 

Receiving reassurance from my MiL with a really kind comment about a parenting decision that I was fretting a little over. 


Taking a few minutes out of my day to concentrate on the good things has become part of my daily routine and I've found it really has helped to improve my mindset.  I came across this quote a few days ago and wanted to share it: 

"No matter what the situation is... close your eyes and think of all the things in your life you could be grateful for right now"  
(Deepak Chopra)

Chronic Fatigue: it's more than being tired


Fatigue is kicking me at the moment.  I nearly always feel tired to some degree but at the moment, it is off the scale.  


My body feels heavy and as though it's taking a huge effort to move at all.  My head feels foggy-headed, I'm struggling to concentrate and my face feels tingly and tight. New symptoms have been appearing, with numbness and burning sensations affecting different parts of my body; my arms, back and hips. The pain in my stomach is the worst it has been in a long time and has started on the opposite side as well. 

It is taking all of my effort to move from the sofa, let alone get out of bed. I get up and have a shower and by the time I've done that and put on some makeup, I'm ready to go back to bed. I sit at my desk at work or our table at home and I'm dosing myself up on water and coffee, trying not to fall asleep.  

The problem with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia - I'm now labelled by the doctors as having both - is that no one can see what you are dealing with and it's hard to explain it at times. Tell someone you are tired and they think you are exaggerating or complaining for the sake of it, or for sympathy, telling you you'll feel better after an early night.  And if you carry on as normal, really you are ok and it isn't as bad as you are making out.  But the need to earn money means that I have to carry on. Life needs to go on and things need to be done.  

I often don't tell my family and friends just how bad I am feeling. I have the fear that I'll be thought of as lazy and moaning.  But. I sit, thinking about the things I need to do and wondering how I'm going to get them done and get through to bedtime.  Wondering if the kids are going to play up and whether there is any chance to grab a nap. What I can cook that is easy and isn't just convenience food.  Whether I can get away without working that night and get an earlier night instead. What housework needs to be done and what can wait.

Chronic fatigue is different from 'just' being tired.  Feeling tired? You go to bed, sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. With fatigue, you could sleep for eight hours straight and still wake up feeling tired or worse than you did before.  I know that's certainly the case for me, although not eight hours, I can't remember the last time I had eight hours.  

Chronic Fatigue is not laziness.  
It is not something that is 'all in my head'.  
It is not down to a bad diet. 
It is not something that regular exercise will fix.
Or an early night. 

Chronic fatigue is all-encompassing.  It is frustrating and affects everything you do.  And yet?  Each and every day those of us suffering with it get up and face another day.  

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Kids, Cuddles and Muddy Puddles

Good Morning from a very, very wet Norfolk! How's it where you are?  Can you believe its the 1st of October already?!  

The post I've chosen for this week's Tuesday Twinkler is a raw and emotional one from Rachel at Kids, Cuddles and Muddy Puddles.  Rachel and her children have had a big upheaval in the change to their family life and she has shared how she has been dealing with it.  Despite her obvious stress and upset, her positivity is still shining through and I am certain this will be a post she will look back on in the coming months and it will show her just how far her and the children have come along.  Please pop along, have a read and take a moment to leave her a supportive comment.





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Commenting
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