The weekend’s almost up – how has everyone’s week been? What with it being the run up to Christmas, and the fact that we are currently in the midst of kitchen-renovation-hell, mine has been super busy. I have really had to concentrate on slowing down to try and minimise the impact that the busy-ness would have on my MS.
It is amazing the effect that stress has on me – the kitchen work hasn’t really taken it out of me in regards to physical labour (my husband has been dealing with that part!) but the stress of worrying about fixtures and fittings arriving on time and the fact that we have loads of, well, crap, lying all over the house is making me into a really frazzled Jen. The result is that I have had a few falls and my word finding problems are showing up more. In addition, the kids have been a bit out of sorts as we have spent a few days staying with relatives and they are out of their usual routine. I’ll be glad when it is all done – the end is in sight thankfully!
On top of all the kitchen madness, I had a bit of a non-MS related health scare which, thankfully, I found out on Friday is nothing to worry about. But still, having it hanging over my head whilst I waited to see the doctor at the hospital has not helped my stress levels. Add in trying to get the Christmas pressies sorted and I feel ready to pop.
I am in much need of a bit of self-care! Luckily, there have been some great blogs recently focusing on the topic – I love this by the Health Sessions and this by Not Just Tired. My self care tonight is Booja Booja chocolate ice-cream and Peaky Blinders on telly!
And it is not been all bad this week – I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Emma from Not Just Tired and I was involved in the fantastic Dizzycast with Heather from Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS, talking about fatigue and how it affects me. It was so great to have the chance to chat to Heather and Robert, another MS blogger from A 30-Minute Life, and also to hear Meg from BBH With MS talk about her experiences with medical marijuana. Hearing her has led me to contact CBD Brothers, who supply CBD oil, to see if they can give me more information. The reviews are great and I would love the chance to reduce my painful cramps and spasticity.
I’ve got a busy week at work ahead of me, as I’ll be working 4 rather than 3 full days due to some training that is mandatory to attend. The upshot is that I can take a day in lieu , which means that my Christmas break starts early on the 19th December 🎄. It’s my son’s 10th birthday on Tuesday, so I have a cake to make and I am currently on countdown to the 23rd when my lovely big sis arrives back in the UK from Australia, where she now lives with her family. We have two years worth of catching up to do, and I can’t wait.
It looks like the madness is set to continue, eh? I need to make sure that I make the most of the madness by relishing the memories that I am sure will be made, but also that I have some mindful moments and focus on all the top self care tips detailed in the blogs above, to make sure that I don’t burn out. Wish me luck!!