Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Lifes little twists and turns - down the snakes but up the ladders

Good evening

Again apologises for my blogging absence - no real excuses - lots happening but I am not good at remembering to take photos and even worse at remembering to sit down and blog!!

Regular readers will know that 15 weeks ago a routine trip to hospital turned into a bit of a nightmare and I ended up spending almost a week in hospital and then was allowed home and told to rest and wait for a series of follow up tests and appointments.

I spent many hours at the hospital being prodded, poked and scanned. The other week I went back to see the Cardiologist and was expecting to be signed off and sent on my merry way.

Instead he told me that one of the tests had shown there is potentially a problem with the flow of blood to my heart. Therefore instead of being signed off, I was being referred to Papworth for another type of scan. However they though it unlikely I'd hear from them before December.

Today I had an appointment with the Surgical team at Ipswich - they needed to check I'd healed ok and sign me off. They were lovely - I saw the surgeon and room full of med students - my case is now part of their teaching as it was very rare. They will be copied in on the heart results eventually too. I am happy to say they have signed me off - no more appointments with them :)

When we got back home the postie was just walking down the garden path and my Dad joked he'd probably just delivered another appointment for me. I laughed. Well when I got in - there was a letter from Papworth and I am very lucky - the appointment is in a few weeks time - on a convenient day which doesn't clash with anything else! It's supposed to be a 2 hour visit but I am taking no chances and will packing an overnight bag!

Earlier in the summer I pinched the following picture from a friends facebook feed;

 Apart from a brief period at the beginning of the year when I was on the downward spiral and I have spent most of it on the upward spiral - despite the best efforts of life and whoever is sticking the pins into the Vicki voodoo doll! Every single one of the negative things that have happened this year have been eventually balanced out by a positive. 

Becoming single meant I forced myself to take up a new hobby - Morris dancing and that in turn lead to a wonderfully positive summer - time spent outside with friends and having fun.

Having to sell the family home and move - well that's a huge positive. The boys and I love our new house - more central to town and it means that our social lives have improved greatly.

My gallbladder going manic and making me ill meant I lost my liking for the wrong sorts of foods and that in turn has lead to the positive of me finally losing weight and dropping nearly 3 dress sizes.

This selfie (I know how teenage is that) was snapped the other weekend before the boys & I headed out to a wedding reception. Proof that I can do grown up clothing occasionally;

Oh dear that almost reads like a sermon !!

Thanks for reading.

See you soon

xxx Vicki xxx


Floss said...

Well, I've followed some of these goings-on via FB but it is good to see your overview of the year so far and particularly to see how the good is outweighing the bad - and very good that the latest health news seems positive. And don't you just look wonderful? When I saw the latest photos of you I knew you must be happy, because you don't have that 'miserable weight-loss' look at all - you look great! I have no objection to an occasional sermon from you - you are walking the walk as well as talking the talk!

simplesuffolksmallholder said...

Good to hear you will be seen at Papworth sooner rather than later. Your grown up dress looks good!

Shirl said...

Lovely dress and a huge pat on the back for you girl! xx

Josie-Mary said...

Good to hear you're looking on the positive, sounds like it's been a crazy year! x

thriftwood said...

Poor Vicki, you have been through the mill lately, haven't you? Hopefully, everything will be sorted soon ...

Glad that you can see so many positives, I'm glad you've shown the spiral pics, it's so easy to get on the downward spiral, and very hard to get off!

Love your new look (have you taken the bicycle dress in)you look fabulous, well done!

Love Claire xxx

Vix said...

You really are an inspiration, after all you've been through you've remained cheerful and positive throughout. xxx

Serenata said...

An excellent post Vicki and inspiring in the way you are approaching things. You really have done so well and it is good to hear the positive health news as well. Keep on that upward spiral!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Sweetheart, you keep putting that positive spin on things it's a much, much better way to view life! Your looking good, keeping yourself as healthy as you can and that's got to be better for your hearts health! Keep smiling, always looks better than a frown don't you think!!! :) x

Claire said...

what a year you've had! But as you say, ups as well as downs, hopefully Papworth will sort you out health wise!

greenthumb said...

Take care of your self, looking good.

greenthumb said...

Take care of your self, looking good.

Lisa said...

You look fab in your posh dress!
Life has certainly been dealing you some difficult things to deal with, but I'm so glad to read that the positives outweigh the negatives. Good luck with your appointment.
Lisa x

Amanda said...

You are an inspiration. Life throws us those curve balls but you have managed to bounce back. Good on you x

**Anne** said...

For someone who has had many difficult things to contend with, you are the most remarkably positive and upbeat person. You look fabulous, 3 dress sizes...WOW! :)
Anne xx

Amanda Graham said...

What an inspiration- you are so positive about the whole thing- best wishes and keep smiling:)