Word of the Week #9 2019

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My Word of the Week

The girls went back to school this week but I still have the Little Man at home until Monday. He will be going back to a brand new school building. He will also be starting swimming lessons with the school, twice a week for the next four weeks. I’m really pleased he will be learning to swim. I’ve never really had the chance to take him Swimming. So that’s two new experiences for the Little Man.

I have started a new book this week, I’m now reading The Hoarder, by Jess Kidd. I’m a few chapters in and it seems a bit eerie. I’ve just finished Three Things About Elsie, by Joanna Cannon.

I’m also on the finishing touches of my latest crochet project, a beautiful spring blanket, so I’m looking for something new. I did buy the wool for a summer shawl but now I can’t find the pattern, so frustrating.

So, now it’s over to you. What word or phrase sums up your week?

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It’s a Week of New Things

a purple star with the word, new, in the middle

Last week my word of the week was School as we had found a new school for the Little Man. We went out on Saturday to buy his new uniform and although we got everything we need the day didn’t end well. More about that in a little while. First I want to tell you that the Little Man absolutely loves his new school. He’s made lots of friends already and thinks his teacher is great. In one week I’ve found him keen to read his book just so I can give him his comment in his reading log (he’s never been keen before) and he’s been singing songs to me that he’s learnt. 

He is happy and excited to go to school in the morning and comes home bubbling. I have missed him like crazy but it was certainly the right decision to send him back to school, he is so much brighter.

The Crash

We also have a brand new, I mean, so new it’s only just over a month old, car! It’s a top of the range Mazda with leather seats and so many features, including many safety features. Graham is in love already. BUT, it’s not ours really, it’s a courtesy car while our poor Skoda, Bernard, is being repaired. 

After uniform shopping on Saturday we were involved in a car accident. While waiting to turn right another car ploughed into the back of us at speed. Thankfully the girls were safe at home with their big sister so there were only three of us in the car.

Graham was fine at the time but has since become stiff and sore from whiplash and is suffering from recurring headaches. The Little Man was hysterical, but it was more fright than anything. He hit is head off my seat, despite being strapped in. He has bruising on both his legs and also has a stiff neck and shoulders. 

I don’t even remember what happened but I remembered seeing blood from my foot and my shoe was missing. My back was really hurting and I’d gone stiff in spasm from my condition. I can only surmise that the shock of the accident caused my startle reflex to set in and I somehow managed to get pretty bashed. I was taken to Accident and Emergency by ambulance, but my experience at the hospital was not good. The Dr had no idea how to treat me because my stiffness meant he couldn’t make his usual examinations, after poking my back and sending me into a massive spasm again. It’s difficult to examine someone for spinal injuries when they already have a knackered spine. I can’t blame him for not knowing what to do, nobody ever knows how to deal with me.

I left hospital unable to weight bear on my left side and my back has been hurting like crazy. But, it is slowly getting better so I just need to heal. If it was getting worse I would be worried. About three days after the accident I also suffered from the stiff neck and shoulder pain. My ankle is also swollen, bruised and grazed. But the main thing is, we survived. 

New Plan of Treatment

On Tuesday I was back at the hospital but this time for a scheduled appointment with my consultant. We first discussed the IVIG which I am feeling benefits from now that I’ve been having it for a year. Changing it to every month, rather than every three months, has made a big difference. 

Then we discussed all the new issues I’d been having and he told me that they are all side affects from my medication. I’ve been taking this medication for three years now without side affects, but now that the IVIG is in my system there seems to be a battle going on with the IVIG and my medication. So, the plan is to reduce the medication and adjust the IVIG so that I get the best benefits without the side affects. 

It sounds good to me. I’m quite happy to be pumping less drugs into my body, especially if it gets rid of the side effects.

Other issues I’ve been having can be put down to me lacking in B12 and folate. My medication can stop my body from absorbing these from my food so now I am taking supplements for four months to help. 

I am actually beginning to feel more positive. I know there are other drugs that can be used to help my condition, but as it’s so rare it’s hit and miss as to whether they work. So although, although I’d give anything to take something to make me better, the thought of taking even more drugs was making me feel anxious. I’m so hoping this works out, my consultant seems quite confident it will. 

The Reading Residence Debs Random Writings

Word of the Week – New

Hello, it’s me!

I’m here with a brand new look, I hope you like it.

I’ve not only changed my look, I’ve changed my server and my blog platform and I’m still getting used to it all so do forgive me if I mess up!

I designed the header myself, It’s not incredibly different from my last header. I’ve changed the font and although I still have seven butterflies they are all different. Each one represents a member of my family.

I love butterflies, not only are they beautiful but they are delicate and show us how short life can be so we have to live it to the full and be the best we can be.

My tagline, ‘what if I fly’ is inspired by the quote from Erin Hanson, “What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” I am determined to keep on trying and not be afraid from falling and that is partly what my new blog is about. I’m not going to be afraid anymore, I’m going to write what I want, I want to fly.

“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
― Erin Hanson

I’ve not had a good week with a migraine at the beginning which lost me two days and then a lot of pain as my last treatment has worn off. But I guess it was a good time to hand over my blog to the lovely Laura from blogger2wp.com who managed my move from Blogger to WordPress for me. And here I am with my shiny New blog. If you are considering a blog move I’d highly recommend Laura, I had a huge blog to move and she did a great job.

The Reading Residence

My Word of the Week!

On Monday the two youngest went back to school after the Easter Holiday. Star had a few more days off because they are moving to a brand new building and extended the holiday a few days before and after the Easter Break to give them time to complete the move. Star started back to school yesterday and it’s been a big change for her. It’s also been a change for me having the kids back at school after the holiday, it’s been so quiet without them.

Also on Monday I had an appointment with my consultant which involves some changes. I am now weaning off the steroids is good news because I’ve hated being on them. Apart from the weight gain, they’ve interrupted my sleeping pattern and given me gastric problems. I’m pretty sure they’ve affected my blood pressure too. All that and they’ve not made any improvement to my condition.

So the next change is that I’m being put forward for another line of treatment, Intravenous Immuniglobulin (IVIG) I’ll speak more about that later, but it has had some excellent results in other sufferers. so I’m feeling hopeful. I’m just waiting now to hear if and when the treatment will start.

On Tuesday I sold my old electric wheelchair for spares and repairs as it was falling apart. It wasn’t in the best of condition when I bought it second hand a year ago, but I’ve had some good times in it, it served me well. It’s a pity it didn’t fit in the boot of the car otherwise I may have considered paying to get it fixed, but I need something smaller. The money I sold it for has gone into my new wheelchair fund which is now standing at £740! I’m hoping I’ll be able to afford a new chair for the summer. It’ll be a nice change having a new chair that will fit in the car boot. It’s also meant we could change around our dining area as that’s where the old wheelchair was stored.

Wednesday we had a move around of furniture and I got hubby to bring the new bookshelf down that had been banished upstairs after I decided I didn’t like it. I’m still not in love with it, but it fits in better now we’ve moved things around. The old bookshelf has now gone upstairs. It’s made a big change to the room and I’m happy with it now.

On Thursday I decided to clear out my wardrobe. It’s been long, enough, I can’t keep onto my old clothes as I’ll never wear them again. I did feel quite sad piling up my jeans, I also didn’t realise how many pairs I had! So the old clothes are gone and now I have room for the clothes that do fit me and the change in my wardrobe is impressive. There is something quite satisfying about a cleaning out your wardrobe.

So, it’s been a week of changes but they’ve all been good and I’m looking forward to things to come now.

The Reading Residence

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.