Have you missed me? 😇
It’s been over a month since I last posted which is probably the longest I’ve been without sharing anything on here but I’ve really missed it and now that I’m back, I’m here to stay!
Let me explain where I’ve been…
It’s nothing too exciting but I managed to catch that ridiculous cold and flu bug that so many of you have had. The bug itself wasn’t too bad and most symptoms were gone in about four days as you’d expect but the cough that came with it was ridiculous and dragged on and on. It had me coughing to the point of being sick at its best stage and damaging my ribs and my vocal chords at its worst.
I managed a week or so at work with barely any voice and having to keep muting myself on calls to cough or to run and be sick with the coughing but I had to give in when just speaking started me off with a coughing fit. At this point, I wasn’t sleeping due to the cough and had no voice at all which some thought was a good thing. 😂
It got worse to the point where I was lying in bed one night when something popped in my chest causing so much pain that I couldn’t move in bed. It was possibly the worst pain I’ve ever experienced and I genuinely had no clue what I was going to do. I managed to sit up (it took 25 minutes and a lot of tears) and called 111 for some advice about pain relief until I could get to my doctor the next day.
I wasn’t too concerned about what it was as I knew it was related to the cough so when she started asking me about chest pains, I kept saying yes I did have a pain in my chest but it was related to my cough. I could pinpoint when it started and I’d had a pulled muscle in my chest before from coughing as I always get a dramatic cough but she was having none of it.
Would you believe they actually blue-lighted an ambulance to me?
I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life when the amazing paramedics rushed in thinking I was having a heart attack when in reality, I just had a cough. They were so lovely and said not to worry as 111 operators had to cover themselves and I’d be surprised how often it happens but they did examine me as they were there anyway and I was clearly in a lot of pain.
They wanted to take me in for some pain relief as they could see I’d damaged my ribs but I didn’t want to go in and waste time when it was late already and I could see my doctor in the morning so they left me laid on the settee where I stayed until I spoke to the doctor in the morning.
That was the first of a number of calls and appointments with my lovely doctors who believe that I managed to tear a band of muscles from my ribs and that the clicking I feel in my chest is the muscles pulling back together. I’ve had all kinds of super strong pain relief as just breathing was agony at one point and now I’m on the mend although it still hurts and I can still feel clicking in my chest which is bizarre.
I haven’t been able to sit at my laptop for long enough to write a post since the cough took me down but honestly, even if I could have done, I wouldn’t as I was off work ill so it wouldn’t have been right to post on here (or at least I don’t think so).
So there you have it, the story of the last month of my life! I mean, I’m sure more stuff happened but I’ve been on so many painkillers that my brain has been muddled for most of the time so I couldn’t tell you what else has been going on in my world.
I’m still nowhere near 100% but I’m well enough to start getting back to my life so here I am, back again and ready to go with all the posts I’ve been thinking about whilst laid up. I hope you’re ready!
I’ve had lots of time to think while I’ve been poorly though and I really want to start to focus a little bit more on the things that I want out of life – I know that sounds selfish a little bit but that’s where I am right now. I want to spend time with people I enjoy spending time with and I want to start doing more of the things that I want to do.
Things that might seem like silly things to some will actually make a big difference to my self confidence and overall feelings about myself so I’m going to start to do the things I’ve thought about for so long. I had laser hair surgery earlier this year to sort some pesky hairs that really dented my self confidence and you wouldn’t believe the difference in confidence that made to me so next on my list is fixing my teeth which I’ve been researching with Invisalign London while I’ve been laid up in bed. I’m even planning to get a tattoo after years of thinking about it – just a little one.
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