I am 9 days into my stay-cation and so far it hasn’t been quite as restful as I’d imagined. For a start my parents went off to stay with my brother last weekend on the train, so I had to organize disabled care for my Mum as our local station has no lift (she literally has to be taken across the train tracks in a wheelchair to the opposite platform). I actually went on the train with them, found their seats and got them settled, nearly getting myself stuck on there as the doors closed, and they were finally on their way. I just assumed my brother would be on the platform at the other end to meet them. You should never assume anything.
When they got there he was nowhere to be seen. They were also faced with about 200 steps up to the main Console. Instead of telling my Mum to stay put while he found help and/or the disabled lift, my Dad shoved my Mum up all of them. She was then so ill by the time they got to my brother waiting in the Console she couldn’t even speak and never recovered. She felt dreadful the entire time she was away and I spent the whole time worrying I would get a phone call to say she’d been admitted to hospital.
This is why I don’t ask other people to help with my Mum – it’s because the men in my family are fucking useless.
After they returned, I’d gone to meet them, taken them home, got them some bread and milk from the supermarket and made sure they had something to eat for their supper I finally felt I could start relaxing – four days into my ‘holiday’.
My hormones, on the other hand, had no intention of taking a break. My migraines these days are usually confined to ovulation and menstruation…….until this week, when I’ve had 2 stonkers in one week and another day where I felt dizzy as a blonde on a roundabout. I’m also struggling with constant nausea and easy satiety – I’m permanently hungry but after two mouthfuls of food I’m full. Consequently I’ve lost 4lbs without trying.
The cooking/freezing experiment food-wise has had its share of both successes and failures. My Spicy Chickpea Cakes and Shepherd’s Pie cooked well from frozen but Quorn burgers turned out to be too thick and were burned on the outside and still solid in the middle, so in future I’ll have to defrost them a bit before cooking. Oven chips froze well, as did soup, lentil dal and pates though the latter three all needed to be defrosted before heating through to eat. The biggest disaster was my Lasagne which took so long to cook from frozen it just tasted yuk. It’s been fantastic to have a break from cooking though and I’m going to try my hardest to freeze more food in the future which will be great on those days I’m not well enough to cook anything.
On a more positive note the weather has, for once this year, been lovely and I’ve had a couple of days just pottering around outside or lying in my swing seat. On Friday my fabulous friend K suggested we go off for the day and told me about a nature reserve by the estuary which is known for its dragonflies. We took a picnic lunch and had a fab time sitting by a pond spotting insects, which I appreciate isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but we liked it 😉
However, my lovely relaxing day didn’t last long as it was when I got home my cleaner contacted me wanting to swap my days to make her life easier and when I wouldn’t she quit on me as outlined in my last post. I seem thwarted by outside interference never to have any down time
However, I still have a week left of my hols so with a bit of luck and the wind in the right direction I’ll get a chance to unwind more. Oh, apart from Wednesday when I have to go through to the city for a follow-up appointment at the Hospital about my jaw joint!