Caro, that's very reassuring. And I think the consultant should be prepared to answer as many questions as you ask! If you go to Wales whereabouts are you going? We leave tomorrow and are staying at Freshwater East in Pembrokeshire (kind of midway between Tenby and Pembroke I think, not far from St Davids). Really looking forward to it, although I think the heatwave's about to end ...
Woohoo Hoggle! Great news, you must be so pleased. Hope it all goes well for him, always daunting starting a new job especially after a period of nothing.
CC, how did you get rid of S's comforter? I so want Kit to ditch his - it's minging. He sucks his thumb when he has it (only then) but he also sucks the thing itself and it stinks. It is - of all things - a baby Grobag that he once slept in and now has holes worn through where it's been sucked so much. Eeww. Would love him to give it up as I'm constantly having to wash it to stop him getting a rash round his mouth but I can't just take it away from him - that would be too cruel. I have a very lazy left eye - it was picked up when I was about J's age and I had to wear hideous NHS glasses with the right eye frosted for a few years. Eventually the strength of the eye improved a bit and they told me I didn't have to wear them any more. Eye now is pretty bad but my right eye is 20:20 so compensates. I suppose I could have laser surgery on the bad one? Or just wear one contact lens? But it doesn't really affect me in any way so I don't bother.
Great news about nut allergy Sonya. We found out in a pretty irresponsible way that Kit doesn't have one - on the beach in Cornwall when he was about two, decided he was starving and raided the lunch bag containing peanut chewy bars ... good job no reaction as God knows where the nearest hospital was!
Enjoy the Games Ikkle!
Sensible decision re. Abingdon, Pip - and I agree, I don't think I could face putting in all that training if I knew there was no chance of getting the result I wanted/am capable of.
Just a few things to tie up at work and then I am free for two weeks! Yay!!
Sonya, that does sound so stressful. I only have the one child so can't comment on what it's like to have to look after other littlies post-section, but I found recovery from my section absolutely fine (undiagnosed breech, so technically emergency but baby wasn't in distress so it was all quite calm). I definitely drove before 6 weeks and also had no choice but to lift the carrycot in and out of the car, on and off the pram base etc. within the first 2-3 weeks and was fine. I went for my first run 5 weeks post-op with no ill effects.
Caro, cannot believe the hassle you're having trying to get your chemo sorted out. Well done for being bloody-minded enough to keep hassling - sadly it's the only way to make sure you're heard. The consultant sounds good though - nice to know you should be in safe hands. Do hope you get to go away for a break though, you must need one by now. Loved the photos of Matilda - so grown up.
Commonwealth Games opening ceremony: don't get me started! It was so bad. Ghastly. The Scottie dogs were super-cute but that was about it! I didn't approve of using the ceremony as a charity drive for UNICEF either. Much as I admire their work, this is the opening ceremony of a major sporting event, not Children in Need.
We're off on hols on Saturday and I cannot wait. A week in Pembrokeshire (really hoping the heatwave lasts!) and then a week with the in-laws ... mixed feelings about that part as hubby has already told me he plans to help his dad with lots of tasks in the house/garden that he can't really manage on his own. Fair enough, but I don't want to end up hanging around their house for the whole week - it's my holiday as well! Kit will be happy as they've recently acquired a border collie pup who he can't wait to play with - we may have a hard time getting him home afterwards!
Did the Harlow 10 on Sunday - boy, was it humid! You can enter on the day so I hadn't bothered to pre-register and on Saturday evening I was pretty sure I wasn't going to bother given the heat and humidity. Got up early Sunday planning just to run, then decided that as the race is so close to home it would be a wasted opportunity if I didn't do it, but decided to just take it steady and not kill myself. Set off at a fast but comfortable pace from the start and felt the benefit of that decision very early on as I started overtaking all those who'd sprinted away at the gun. It was a challenging course - no major hills, but undulating and a few sections offroad on tracks which were uneven and incredibly hot, with hedges either side blocking any kind of air flow. There was a particularly nasty incline at about 6 miles which someone at the start had pre-warned me about, so I'd made sure I had conserved energy for it. It wasn't especially steep but went on for at least 2/3 of a mile - the water station at the top was very welcome and I clocked my slowest mile of the race here as I walked through to drink properly. As the race progressed I noticed I was passing more and more women and then there was a nice track finish at the end. Decided to wait around for the results and was amazed to discover that despite being 3.5 minutes slower than my PB I'd managed to win 1st FV45! So then hung around for the prizegiving and was presented with a nice trophy. This getting older thing does seem to have some advantages!
Enjoy 'Matilda' Caro - the older sister of one of Kit's classmates played Matilda for 18 months. She finished last September; I think the parents were secretly relieved as the constant to-ing and fro-ing back and forth to central London nearly killed them. Hope you have a lovely time at Hayes Hill Farm - Eric will love it!
Boo that you are having to be so proactive but it's better than sitting around waiting for something to happen. Hope you manage to make contact with the nurse tomorrow - can't say I'm surprised that the referral from Whipps hasn't gone through though ...
Great idea to house-sit for everyone! Looks like we may not have a Kit-free week this summer hols - having been on the waiting list for over a year for a knee replacement, MIL has got surgery scheduled for the Monday of the week Kit's supposed to be staying with them. She actually got a letter asking for feedback on her surgical experience - turns out she got lost in the system somewhere and they clearly thought she'd already had the operation! So it's not just Whipps Caro!
We're off to Pembrokeshire a week on Saturday, really looking forward to some family time. Only got a week booked, staying with the in-laws for the second week of our hols. Had planned to then leave Kit with them for another week but unlikely now. Actually I'm quite pleased and will start planning some days out to do with him.
Yay Caro, that's great about the cycling! Please don't go overdoing it though - enjoy it but make sure you are still getting plenty of rest. Saying that, I'm a firm believer in your body telling you what if needs so I'm sure you'll be sensible. Must have been nice to do something normal and get some fresh air.
MR, can't believe you did all that in 18 months - epic! Must have been pretty stressful though!
Camlo, not really possible to do a different route home as any other would involve running through parts of central London which I don't really fancy. However tonight we are running from my house as a) it's a shorter run this week and b) IMTB isn't at work today so it doesn't make sense to run home. After that we only have one more long run to do next Wednesday and then I can go back to doing what I want to do! Hubby says IMTB owes me at least a bottle of wine for all the time I've given to helping him train etc - bet I don't get one though!
Have been told it's a little easier swimming in a wetsuit - never tried one but makes sense. I think I still have a tendency to 'over breathe' when doing front crawl, especially when I tense up. If I'm relaxed I'm much better. I tend to find the first few lengths are ok, then I start feeling a bit tired, stroke and breathing go to pot and I start 'snatching' breaths and lose my breathing pattern. Still, when I look at where I was last September when I started classes compared with now, there's no comparison so I know I've got better. Just need more practice - I only do the half-hour class once a week which isn't really enough. Problem is public swim times at both the pools near home are rubbish - start at 8:30pm by which time I'd struggle to get out. Especially after a day at work. Annoyingly we do have a pool at work but it's only 2 lanes and at the times I'd be able to use it it's too busy. Need to look for another solution!
Pip, how long is hubby away for? Our sports day was non-competitive too, the children did a carousel of events in their team colours and winning teams got points for their colour. The only head to head event was the sprint, in which Kit came last. He was out in front until he realised no-one else was near him, at which point he slowed down to see where they all were and they all came past him! Need to teach him how to race lol!
Really well done on your tri, Camlo - am so impressed with anyone who can do that! I'm a runner 100% - have no desire to take on anything like that. Aside from everything else the logistics of three events just make it all so much more complicated! And although my swimming has improved exponentially in the three terms I've now been doing it, I am still rubbish! I now have fairly decent technique but still struggle with the whole stamina part of front crawl and although I can manage quite a lot of lengths I do have to have breaks. I would so love to be one of those people who look really relaxed and effortless in the water and can keep going up and down seemingly forever, but I think it's unlikely that I ever will be.
Yes, I also hope Lotte and CC are having fun! It will be manic and full-on but hopefully fun too!
Sorry that both TTid and Sonya are suffering from MRS (Moving-Related Stress). We have moved house twice and it is definitely one of the most stressful things you can do. I think the second time I just took the attitude that what would be, would be and it did help, but with babies imminent it can't be pleasant facing the possibility of homelessness
Really pleased you're feeling much better, Caro - and what a fantastic present from Vixo (saw pics on FB). That must have been a lovely surprise. But yes, frustrating that no next steps have been agreed for you yet, and once again you are left in NHS limbo. Take no notice of hubby's comments; he'll get used to the idea of the buff soon enough. Not sure what I'd do in your position but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to wear a wig - although my hair is such a nightmare to do anything with, being so straight and fine, that I suppose I might enjoy the chance to experiment with styles I'd never be able to have normally!
Had a really dreadful run home last Wednesday with IMTB. It was warm and humid, but incredibly windy and gusty - and of course, we had the wind fully against us all the way because we were on the towpath and therefore never changed direction (sadly, neither did the wind). Maybe it just took it out of me more than I thought, or maybe I didn't notice the humidity as much because of the wind, but by 11 miles in felt pretty dreadful; slightly nauseous and spaced. As usual IMTB hadn't brought a drink so we shared the 500ml bottle of water I had - frankly could have done with at least that to myself. Weirdly though, I happily run that sort of distance (15 miles) first thing in the morning on a Sunday having drunk nothing all night, maybe had a cup of tea when up, then no breakfast and no fluids during run and am fine. What's that about? Maybe something to do with the time of day? I felt completely done in by the end of the run and didn't really feel recovered until the following day.
Fortunately we only have two more of these long midweek runs to do, one tomorrow (only 9-10 miles though) and then one next Wednesday. Then I am off on hols and IMTB has only about 3 weeks until his race - for which, frankly, he is not as well-prepared as he should be! Yet he has sooooo much time to train! Funny how much more productive you are the less time you have!