Should I stay or should I go?
This week has been a little out of the ordinary as I’ve been out of the house a lot more than usual.
On Monday we had to pick up my eldest from her work and take her to another hospital, it would have taken her an hour and half on the bus but we managed to get there in half hour by car.
On Tuesday I had my hospital appointment, such an awkward time 3.20pm right as the younger kids leave school. So hubby had to leave me there and go back for kids before coming back to pick me up.
Wednesday, it was eldest son’s turn. I had to take him to the bank and to pick up a parcel. He doesn’t get out much either, and doesn’t like going out without me.
Thursday I managed to rest and not go out, but I didn’t mind being stuck inside after such a busy week.
I do find it difficult going out and I tend to avoid it if I can. But I also get cabin fever staying in all the time. I think I’ve coped well this week, I’ve not suffered too much from going out. In fact the evening have been okay, it’s when I get into bed that the pain starts and I can’t get to sleep. My consultant has told me to increase my night time medication which does help me sleep. I’m going to do it tonight when I know I don’t have any early morning commitments tomorrow and I don’t have to worry about the effect lasting through the day.
I have decided that I need to get out more. It will become more difficult when it gets colder but as long as I wrap up warm I should be okay. (Although I’ll still need to avoid rain as much as I can.) I have not been to the local shops in ages. I used to pop over there all the time and all the shop keepers knew me, but now it’s hubby they have to deal with. So getting over the shops more is in the plan.
Also, I would like to do some supermarket shopping each week. I can’t do a full shop, it totally wears me out, but I could do a top up shop or go for fresher meat and vegetables than I get in my delivery. Honestly, some weeks I can order five different types of meat and fish and they are all due to go out of date in three days…so I have to freeze some and it just doesn’t taste the same after being frozen.
I would also like a day out with hubby each week, maybe an National Trust property, or a market, or a pub lunch. Without the kids, just the two of us, sounds good! Maybe we could even just go down to the park and take my rollater with a seat so I can practice some outside walking.
I’ve already planned a day out with the kids for the half term break, we are going to carve pumpkins at a local farm. I think I’ll pick one of our local National Trust places for more activities and a second day out. The kids like to vegetate in the house too, but getting out and about is so much better for them and creates so many lovely memories. Most of my (very few) memories of my Dad are ones when he took me out for the afternoon. The park, the pub (With garden) and the bluebell woods, I remember them so well despite him passing away when I was only 8 yrs old. I want my kids to have those memories too.
So, what do you think, would you be happy if you were stuck indoors day after day? Or would you push yourself to get out more even if it was uncomfortable and caused you further pain? I already know how I feel.
I shouldn’t stay, I should GO GO GO!
I know what you mean, it is finding the balance. I like your plans, it is good to have something to plan for X #wotw
It does make a difference, getting out and about in the fresh air and just stepping out from solitude. I'm often in most of the week working and studying, so we so get out at the weekends x Thanks for sharing with #WotW
Good luck with getting out and about more…I think you should. At least you will be seeing people and getting some fresh air which may help with your sleeping.
It sounds like a busy week….Ahh! Hospital appointments by car is so much easier. It takes us 2 hours to get to my girls heart appointments but about 40 minutes by car. lol Madness x
I understand your dilemma. I've been on crutches for 18 months and am finding it increasingly hard to get out and about and it can be easier to stay in the comfort of your home. I'm trying to get out and about more at the weekends though. Your plans to visit NT properties sound good. It nice to have something to look forward to. And what is with hospitals, I have 2 appointments coming up, both at school pick up time! #wotw
I'd miss going out. When I need a break, I tend to wander outside, usually with a camera. I hope your plans work out. NT properties are great day out. #wotw
It's a tough decision, it's far too tempting to just stay inside but I don't think that will do you any good in the long run. You know your limits so perhaps start with 10 minutes a day even if it's just to feel the air on your skin, I think you will feel so much better mentally by getting out more and so will the kids. I hope you all have a lovely weekend x
You have a good plan and trying to keep a balanced week is best, I have severe RA and I've lost a lot of my energy. I try to go to stores for what I need or sometimes just to exercise. By the end of walking around, I'm exhausted and ususally in pain. I just go home and rest and try again another day. I agree you also need days where you're not going anywhere. #MMBC
It certainly sounds like it was a busy week for needing to get out and about. I think it's good to try and get out if you can but also make sure you have time to rest too and recover from those days out. #WotW