Life Update: January 2019

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What a month it has been! I started this year with all the grand plans to blog more and I have a list of things I want to share with you, but that all fell by the wayside when I was booked in last minute for knee surgery. I had just a few days to get everything sorted for it and now I’ve had it done, I’m not allowed to stand on it for 6-weeks, so I’ve been stuck on the sofa/in bed since then.


Luckily my employers have let me work from home for this time period, so I’ve had no time to get bored but after spending a day staring at the laptop, by the time the end of my working day comes, the last thing I’ve wanted to do is spend more time on it working on the blog. So, I’ve been logging off and filling my eyeballs with watching films and reading books instead.


Not great for the blog, but definitely good for the soul.


In regards to my surgery, I think it went ok, but there’s no way of knowing until I start to use it again. The process itself has been fairly odd though and I’ve honestly been disappointed with the service I’ve received. I never met my consultant pre-op, then once I woke up in the recovery room they gave me a cup of tea as my blood pressure was low, then as soon as I was done with that I was told to go home. Nobody came to see me to tell me what had been done, I was just woken up and booted out! The hospital pharmacy was also closed so they couldn’t get the medication I needed (?!) so I had to back the following day to collect that, which seems like a really weird thing to happen. They then told me the wrong place to inject myself every day. I was meant to be seen after 2 weeks but they booked my appointment for 4 weeks so I had to call and change that, then when I went to the hospital yesterday for that appointment, my consultant hadn’t shown up to work! Luckily another doctor saw me, removed the bandaging and stitches, and did a little poke and prod of me to check I don’t have DVT, but I now have to go back to the hospital next week to – hopefully – see my consultant. The worst thing is, yesterday was the second appointment I’ve had with him that he didn’t go to!


So, all in all, it’s been a bit of a shitshow. I can finally start standing and using the leg in just over 3-weeks, so until then I’ve got exercises to do to keep it in good condition, then it will be a case of being careful and building up the strength again over the next few months until I’m able to fully use it again.


There is a chance this op hasn’t worked and I’ll need further surgery, but I’m crossing everything that they’ve nailed it first time and I’ll be out enjoying walks in the countryside again soon – that’s something I’ve really missed doing.


Obviously, being stuck on the sofa/in bed, I’ve not been up to a huge amount, so my days have been filled with working on the day job, and the evenings have been all about watching TV and reading books. I really want to read more this year so have downloaded the Goodreads app and set myself a reading challenge of 52 books by the end of 2019. I realise now that 1 book a week may have been a little bit ambitious, but I’m going to give it a good go! I think I’m going to do a round-up of the books I’ve read each month and let you all know what I thought of them – mini reviews I guess – and hopefully you might discover some new reads. I always find recommendations are the best way to find cracking new stories to lose yourself in.


In terms of TV I have been watching loads of films – some absolute shockers and some really good. I’ve rewatched Unbreakable and Split as the third part of the trilogy, Glass, is now in cinemas and I’m counting down the days to being able to leave the house again so I can go and see it! I’ve also made the most of Netflix and just the other day watched Abducted In Plain Sight which tells the story of a family whose daughter was preyed on by a paedophile, kidnapped and – bafflingly – they didn’t really do anything about it. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who is going to watch it (and you HAVE to watch it) but it is one of the most shocking and disturbing things I have ever watched. It was like the perfect storm of predator and victims, all mixed together with a staggering amount of stupidity. I honestly cannot find the words yet to explain how I feel about it and so many people I know who have watched it feel the same. It’s a must-watch.


The beginning of January saw the anniversaries of both my diagnosis of Cancer (2-years) and my discharge by my consultant (1-year). I feel absolutely fine about the whole thing now but in the days leading up to the anniversaries my brain really struggled. I sort of felt like it had just switched off. It’s a very strange thing to have an almost animal-like reaction to something and not to have any control over it, but I wrote down how I was feeling and having got it all off my chest and onto the screen, I felt so much better. Writing has always been my way of clearing my mind and balancing my thoughts.


Touching very quickly on something a little bit dull, you’re going to notice the way I disclose that I’ve worked with brands/companies on both the blog and my social channels has changed. I’ve given a full explanation in my updated disclosure policy if you want to understand what all the different meanings are, but basically it now has to be really obvious when something is a collaboration. I have always disclosed, but the rules set for bloggers by the ASA and CMA have changed slightly and so you’ll notice that disclosures are now placed in the first sentence of blog posts if I’m working with a brand, and that the term [AD] will be in the title of any collaborations. Please rest assured, nothing has changed with the way I work though – I will always be 100% open and honest with you and I’ll never write about something if I don’t wholeheartedly believe in it.


Towards the end of last year I told you all about my favourite home scent company, Candles By Katy. Their products are honestly incredible and even Ben has said that we should buy all our candles, wax melts, diffusers and car air fresheners from them in future because they’re so much better than even the high-end brand products we’ve used in the past. Well, good news! They’ve given me a discount code that I can offer to all of you to use to grab a rather nifty 10% off all their products! Just enter APENNYFORTHEM at the checkout to redeem and make sure you let me know if you buy anything, I genuinely love them so much! (Disclaimer: I don’t earn anything from this, it’s just a great chance for you to save some pennies!)


One of the posts I want to write in the coming weeks is about how I’ve been practicing simple, easy-to-implement little acts of self care into my life and what a big difference they’ve made. One of those things is that I have no notifications on my phone for any of my social media apps – my phone will only buzz for a text message, Whatsapp or a call – and honestly it’s a game changer! It does mean that I’m slower at responding to anything people send me online, but it also means I’m not constantly being bombarded with notifications and being pushed to open the apps. Human beings are, in reality, just highly evolved animals and when you take it back to the bare bones of it, we were never intended to have so much information constantly thrown at us, so it’s no wonder that sometimes we can be left feeling exhausted or overwhelmed. Switching off notifications has made a huge difference for me and spending less time online and on your phone can only ever be a good thing. (The irony of writing this online doesn’t escape me, don’t worry!)


I’m afraid this will have to be it for now – as I said, all I’m doing at the moment is either sitting or laying down indoors, so I don’t have a huge amount to report. I do want to share a few things with you in the coming weeks though so I’ll definitely be blogging more in February. Definitely. Hopefully. Maybe… No, definitely.


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