Weekly roundup

I did it!!!!!  I gained my second photographic distinction and can now place the letters DPAGB after my name 🙂  It was a stupidly long day – I set off from home at 6.50am and got back at 8.50pm – but I made it and am both relieved and chuffed to little meatballs.  The fifteen images I used for my award can be found here.

As you know, the day before my back was killing me and my neck was so painful I could barely turn my head.  However, I woke on the morning of the distinction and the neck pain had literally vanished overnight despite the fact I only managed four hours sleep.  It’s not the first time I’ve gone to bed in agony and woke to no pain at all and it totally baffles me as to what on earth is going on.  My hip and SI pain were also quite good on the day (though they’re crap again this morning), so I only really had to cope with the mid back pain which was a good job because after 7 hours of sitting on hard metal chairs my back felt like it was ready to snap in two.  I also struggle to be upright at all for any length of time, so to have to sit up for an entire day was a huge challenge and a couple of times when it got hot in the auditorium I felt like I was going to pass out – I’m so grateful that didn’t happen because landing with a bang on the floor would have been mortifying in front of hundreds of people 😉

I’ve set myself too many challenges in respect of my photography this year – not only have I been working towards this distinction I’ve also been working towards an international distinction and am just about to submit my portfolio for that.  Then there’s been various important nation-wide competitions, judging my first International photography Salon, doing my first talk at a Camera Club and of course still doing my usual Camera Club competitions.  It’s too much and my health simply can’t stand up to that level of stress and activity, so I’m hoping to just chill until the New Year and rest up.

Of course, resting assumes my Dad doesn’t go in for his spinal surgery about which we have heard nothing.  The Surgeon said he was hoping to do the op before Xmas but before that he needed a nerve conduction test and another MRI scan about which we have heard diddly shit.  With less than 4 weeks to the holidays I really can’t see the operation happening and as a family we are pig sick because my Dad is suffering massively and can barely walk.  He’s had about as much as he can take bless his heart.

Well, I must get up and dressed despite being completely knackered.  I can’t find anyone to walk Bertie on Mondays and Fridays so no matter how I feel I have to get my thermals on and take him out.  At least it’s dry, despite the fact it’s -2C outside, and I’m sure the fresh air will do me good – that’s what I tell myself anyway 😉

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12 thoughts on “Weekly roundup

  1. Livvy Woodburn

    Dear Jak, well done! That must have been so hard with your medical conditions! I know how much we have to give up to achieve normal life things.

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    1. Jak Post author

      Thanks Livvy. As you say, so much more of an achievement bearing in mind everything else to have to deal with aside from just doing the photography. Jak x

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  2. thepsychiccow

    Massive Congrats! Very well deserved. I am going for an mri with the exact SI pain that you described in your last blog post but what are the bets that they don’t find anything. 😑 Enjoy your well earned rest. 😊

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    1. Jak Post author

      Thank you! Good luck with the scan. None of mine have ever shown a damned thing :-/ I asked the Rheumy why we have so much pain and he just said “that’s the million dollar question!” Jak x

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  3. Elaine Stammers

    Brilliant and well done you on that both achievements – being awarded the Distinction and actually getting there and staying the course without passing out. I love all the photos that you have linked to – they are fascinating and beautiful. It sounds like a good plan to have a rest now if you possibly can.

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  4. melody

    Congratulations! So fabulous to hear that you got this recognition for your photography, Jak, and well deserved!
    Next distinction that I hope you achieve with flying colors–an equally well-deserved rest, both for you and your family–and I hope that your father’s medical situation resolves positively with little complication. Cheers!

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  5. That Other Jean

    Congratulations, Jak! I had no doubt about your getting the Distinction, since your photography is amazing, but I’m so glad the pain let up enough for you to get to the awards ceremony and enjoy it. I hope you’re able to rest up over the holidays.

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