This is the second time I’ve started to write this post because the first time around went into a fair amount of detail about something that’s been worrying me for a few months and turned into a rant about my doctors. I think I was up to about 700 words before I got to the happy part so I deleted it and I’m going to give you the much abbreviated version instead.
Basically, a spot appeared on my arm which wouldn’t go away started to look crusty. I stupidly Googled ‘crusty spot on arm’ and you can imagine what comes up. The doctor told me that he couldn’t tell what it is but it should be OK and some magic cream should get rid of it but if not to come back in 8-10 weeks. The spot didn’t go away and to my eyes it actually looked worse after a month but the doctors receptionist told me that I had to wait the full 8 weeks which left me with a month of sleepless nights and worst case scenario thoughts to the point where I felt like it was starting to take over my thoughts completely! I pushed for an appointment and got one finally with the new junior doctor who was brilliant and confirmed it wasn’t skin cancer but an infected hair follicle which became so infected that it’s chronic.
It’s been an awful experience and I can’t even find the words to say how I feel right now, even a week after finding out that everything’s OK, but it’s like a massive weight has been lifted.
I was so emotional after my appointment that I sat in the car and had a cry and then went to Costa on my own to celebrate with a chai latte.
That’s the big thing that’s made me happy this month but there have been lots of smaller things too….
The kids have been getting along brilliantly lately which has been lovely and I shared my favourite siblings story from this month last week here if you want to have a read about the magical healing powers of a paper towel!
I’ve been trying to make sure that we spend more quality time together through the week so in my head I try to plan at least 30 minutes a day together doing something fun – whether it’s a board game, a games tournament on the Xbox (if you can’t beat them, join them), a quick trip somewhere to walk the dog or even just sat around together catching up.
In the last week we’ve been to the beach, had a walk by the river, played board games after tea, had a Fifa tournament on the Xbox and baked and decorated shortbread biscuits together – all of which have been fun and have helped us to re-connect a bit as a family which is something I felt was needed.
I’ve also been trying to spend more time with the kids individually this month and Master Frugal and I had a great night at the Boro match this week great until the last minute goal from the other team that is!
Miss Frugal and I are off on holiday together this week so we’ve had some great times planning what we’re going to do and getting everything ready. It’s been booked since January but until last Saturday I hadn’t been looking forward to it at all, now I’m so excited that I’m counting sleeps. 😉
I’ll leave it at that for today although I genuinely could have gone on this month – let’s hope next month is s good as this one!
What’s made you happy lately?
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