This week has been both stressful and exciting – at least I’m never bored 😉 My Nan is now happily ensconced in a Residential Care home but as a family we’re still trying to sort out all her finances and clear her old flat. Her Grandchildren, who barely ever went near, are suddenly “helping” and wanting to get their mits on anything that isn’t nailed down Sorting out the financial side has been a total headache. We thought Social Services would do it all, but without going into details they have done diddly squat and it’s been left to us. My Mum is too ill to do it and my Dad is too confused to do it, so actually it’s been left to me – as always.
It’s been my period week so my hips, which last week were slightly better, have been crap again. Last night my favourite sleeping position, which I’ve had for 47 years, simply wasn’t do-able consequently I didn’t get a huge amount of kip. However, Bertie and I went on a 6 mile walk in the gorgeous winter sunshine yesterday morning, courtesy of the new scooter, and had a FABULOUS time 🙂 I wrap up in thermal outdoor gear like I’m going on an expedition to the Antarctic and my pièce de résistance is a hot water bottle stuffed under my ski jacket – I’m so toasty warm I could stay out all day 😉 Including our afternoon walk we did just over 10 miles – Bert was so exhausted he could barely eat his tea last night! His now has his own dog carrier on the back of the scooter for when we’re on the roads and the look on the faces of passers-by is priceless as we zip along on our Harley, the dog’s ears flapping in the wind.
My period was bang on 27 days……again! After being totally random last year, the past six months they’ve been regular as clockwork so it looks like the actual Menopause isn’t going to happen any time soon *sigh*. I’ve had some wicked headaches, including waking with a rare aura migraine, this cycle and my skin and nose itching have been really annoying. Who’d be a girl?!
My physio wants me to stay on exercise rest until the new year when she’ll re-evaluate the situation. I don’t think I’m getting anywhere with my hips and it scares me a bit that they are getting so bad I’ll end up not being able to walk much at all 😦 Doing things like putting socks and shoes on, or even getting into my jeans, is currently really difficult and I have to lift my right leg with my hands to get it in and out of the car. I’ve never had any issues with my hips before and I’m just baffled it’s come out of the blue like this. I’m also not getting on very well with my crutches – more on that in a future blog post.
On the plus side, since having my upper molar extracted in September my jaw pain has been loads better 🙂 I used to wake every morning with a painful right joint and pain all up the side of my face which I thought was TMJ disorder. Turns out it’s been the infection from my molar root which seems to’ve been causing most of the problem, and not the jaw ligaments at all. Happy days!
The most exciting event of the week is that I’ve had my first photographic order 🙂 How totally exciting! I sold 33 6×4″ prints and the customer was absolutely delighted with them – I think she’s going to use them to make her own cards. Oh, and I put my Christmas tree up. I love sitting in the lounge with the fire on, curtains drawn to the cold winter darkness, bathing in the golden glow from the twinkly tree lights #content.