Will we make it there in one piece?

Crikey, the only time in 7 years that it would be convenient for us both to be injury free and it’s just one thing after another. Someone please wrap us in bubble wrap so we can survive the next few weeks!

Injury 1:

Patient: Me
Cause: Stupidity, haste and illogical thinking
Injury: Severe burn to the hand

Wanna see?

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Only I could have been this stupid. I was trying to glue some ribbon on to a banana stand for our wedding. Not to hang actual bananas on, a globe infact, for our rings to sit on. Anyway, this was turning out to be a 2 person job, I should’ve just stopped when that light-bulb moment occurred, but no, I carried on and not having that helpful 3rd hand that I oh so needed I managed to forcefully place my hand in a pile of scorching hot glue. Being home alone at the time I didn’t have anyone to take over the medical situation I was in. I am still not sure if I did the right thing or not, but I just ripped the glue off my hand burning my other hand in the process and removing a load of skin. Ouch! There was blood, swearing and a few tears. Obviously I ran it under the tap immediately but after an SOS phone-call to my mum I realised that the bite soothing cream I had just put on wasn’t going to do it any good (have no idea what I was thinking) so back to the cold tap I went for half an hour. This is what I have looked like for the past couple of weeks – Simon calls it my Keith Lemon hand:

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After 1 week it looked like this:

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Over 2 weeks on and it now looks like this:

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It feels like leather. It has to go though!

After receiving the pep talk from Simon about not taking my eyes off the ball, about slowing down etc etc I did just that. Our first chilled out weekend in months was approaching and we planned to spend the Sunday lying on the loungers in the garden. Sunday morning arrives, I am preparing a healthy brunch following a very late night of friends visiting for a BBQ. Simon mentions he is popping out to the garden to sort some weeds out round the pond. No less than 2 minutes later he stumbles back to tell me he has had an accident. He tells me he has cut his thumb and proceeds to run it under the tap. When I look round I see he is covered in blood! Ouch. Ok, first aid Faye needs to make an appearance now. Off I go to get him a plaster but he calls me back, no too much blood for a plaster. I put my arm around him and ask him if we need to go to hospital for stitches. He says no but then I feel him starting to shake. I grab him a chair and hug him asking him if he feels sick or faint. No he says. Next thing I know he is slumped forward, his head whacking the work top. I can’t see his face but the noises coming from him make me think he is being sick but I soon realise as he starts shaking uncontrollably that he is unconcious. SH*T!!!! I have my arm around him, I am shouting his name and he is slowly falling off the chair towards me. He is over 6ft and there was no way I was going to stop him falling so I had no choice but to cradle him down to the floor to prevent as much injury from hitting the tiles as possible. He was still shaking and making the noises. It seemed like a fit. Luckily he was on his side so if he was choking it was the best position to be in. I couldn’t move him or get any response from him so I called 999. During the call he woke up, he had no idea what had just happened and told me he was fine but I wasn’t going to risk it. Within minutes the paramedic turned up and ran a heap load of tests on him. The bleeding had stopped and Simon was awake and alert. After a clean bill of health we were told he needed to eat and relax and get his thumb glued if it didn’t heal quickly. Blimey! What a nightmare morning. Thankfully I knew he was fine when he started tucking into a family bag of vegetable crisps. It was at that point that the shock hit me and I felt awful for the rest of the day!

This is us that afternoon with matching bandages:

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It has now become a joke with our family and friends that we really do need to be wrapped in bubble wrap. I have banned any sharp objects other than those necessary to eat and prepare food with. I have banned Simon from gardening when home alone and I haven’t used my glue gun in weeks (my banana stand and ribbon project still isn’t finished).

Tuesday night this week and off Simon goes to football. Three and a half hours later I hear him walk through the front door. Before I can even see him I am asking ‘have you survived unscathed?’, ‘not exactly’ is his reply. What now?! As he walks into the room I notice immediately the grazed face and swollen eye. He then proceeds to show me his grazed shoulder, his bleeding elbow, his cut hands, his knee covered in blood, his grazed bum cheek and his scraped leg. WHAT?!!!!!! We are getting married in 3 weeks, this cannot happen. He is now banned from all sports activities until we are back from our wedding trip. He thinks playing in goal for the next few weeks will keep him injury free but I’m not having it. I’ve even tweeted David Seaman to ask him his opinion!!!!! Simon looks terrible and I can’t have him looking like a thug in our wedding photos. I honestly think he is proud of his wounds, he seems so smug, like they’re medals or badges!

All I can ask for from this point forward is luck, I hope we are lucky enough to look injury free on our wedding day. I don’t want bleeding wounds seeping through our wedding outfits, I don’t want black eyes and bandages. I have everything crossed!

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Mother and Daughter Day

Sorry that I’ve been a bit quiet lately, I have been so busy but also not feeling well again. I don’t know about you but weeks and weeks of just feeling fatigued and generally rubbish really takes its toll! My doctor insisted on more blood tests which, no surprise, still showed my calcium levels as horribly low. She insisted that I now need to go on the strongest calcium supplements available- but wait…..it turns out I am already on them! GREAT!

When your doctor says ‘I can’t help you anymore’ you feel relief and anxiety but this time I feel excited, strange, yep I know but when you feel awful daily for no obvious reason you just want a fix. So, I am now eagerly awaiting my appointment on 31st August at the Endocrinology department of Bedford Hospital to discuss possible Adrenal Fatigue. I will keep you updated!

Enough with the health talk already….so Saturday I was taken out for a surprise mother and daughter day with my Mum and sister Zoe. I had no idea of the plans other than I would be picked up at 9:45am and be dropped home by 5pm. Well, I woke up so excited and was told not to have breakfast. Ooooeeerrr, either I was being taken for breakfast or a medical procedure was looming and I was to be nil by mouth! Thankfully it was breakfast, phew.

Now, who writes about food but doesn’t include a picture about said food? Me. We visited the White Hart in Ampthill. I had never been for breakfast so was looking forward to it. I ordered the Eggs Funghi (like eggs benedict with mushrooms instead of meat), my Mum went for the Full English and my sister opted for the sweet potato hash. Mum and Zoe’s food arrived and it looked delicious, mine on the other hand was being re-done as the chef wasn’t happy with the poached eggs. Well,  I waited, waited and waited. It was my surprise day out and I was watching Mum and Zoe eat. In the end we had to chase up my breakfast and with much apology it arrived. It was yummy, although I made a bit of a boo boo and forgot to ask for the Hollandaise on the side. Not good when you are dairy intolerant. Oops. Everyone enjoyed their breakfasts, the pub atmosphere was laid back and chilled which is what you want on a Saturday morning. The staff were friendly and happy and they took my breakfast off the bill without us even suggesting it. Plus I bumped into an old friend on the way out which was lovely.

After breakfast I got whisked off to Hitchin for some pampering. Mum had booked us in for a Hot Wax Pedicure each at Pebbles Sanctuary. What’s more, we were all having them done at the same time which was great! Proper girly time. The salon is lovely and friendly. We were asked to choose our nail varnish from a selection in the reception before being collected by our Pedicureist (is that a word? lol). The nail studio is well laid out with 5 comfy chairs raised up on a platform where we sat comfortably with our feet in a sink of warm water below. There was no straining to get your feet in a bowl or up high for nail painting. It was pure relaxation. Take a look

As you can see we had the works! Our feet were scrubbed, filed and exfoliated. Our nails were cut and treated and then we had to dip our feet in bowls of hot wax. It felt hot to start with but after the 3rd dip it felt fine. With our feet covered in wax they were then covered in thin plastic bags before we put our feet in snug electric space looking boots. They were plugged in and they heated up making our feet so warm and toasty. We kept them on for 15 minutes before they were removed and our feet were cleaned off and our nails painted. I went for a bright OPI pink. I can’t stop looking at my feet now, they look so pretty and feel so smooth!

After our pampering Mum then took us on another mystery drive. Neither of us had any idea where we were going but it all became clear as we left Luton towards Harpenden. We were off to Luton Hoo for afternoon tea and cocktails! I was so excited. I drive past Luton Hoo often on my way to and from work and have always wanted to visit.

Afternoon tea didn’t disappoint. I started off with a Raspberry Mojito, mum had a regular Mojito and Zoe enjoyed a strawberry Margarita. We sipped them whilst chatting and people watching. There were 2 weddings being held whilst we were there and so many guests walked on by with beautiful dresses and huge hats. Once our cocktails were finished it was time to enjoy the Afternoon Tea. I had to ask for the nut free option which I enjoyed with a pot of Peppermint Tea. Zoe and Mum enjoyed the standard option, Zoe with a Red Bush Tea and Mum with a Darjeeling. It really was delicious, I couldn’t squeeze any more in.

To finish off the afternoon we had a stroll around the walled garden before heading home relaxed and with full bellies! I am so lucky to have such a great relationship with my Mum and my Sister. My Mum was so lovely to treat us to such a lovely day out. It was a hen do with the 2 most special women in my life. I loved it. Only 3 weeks to go!