Peru?!! 😀

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Monday 4th January

Leah’s first day back at work since Christmas. She had been lucky this year and had managed to have the whole of Christmas and New Year off. I think she has had fun times by the look of one of her photos.

  

I haven’t seen a great deal of her 😦 as she has been staying out very late with Jack at their friend’s house in Banbury while the mum and dad has been away!! so then sleeping in very late in the mornings. I do know that she still managed to lose 4lb over the Christmas week on her diet though. Very good going I think 😀
Robyn had her normal day off today so this morning she was hard at it in the gym 🏋 !! followed by a yoga session.

I was still feeling a bit rough this morning and was now feeling a little dizzy and wobbly while I was going about doing my jobs. So I decided again that I would try and see a doctor as I had to go back to work in the morning. After eventually getting through to the doctors’ surgery, then having to wait for the doctor to ring me back to talk to me, I finally got an appointment for later in the afternoon.

As I had withdrawal symptoms from not visiting Caffe Nero since Christmas, I managed to get Robyn to pay a visit there with me until it was time to see the doc! I couldn’t get to see my normal GP today. I saw a lady doctor who I have never seen before. I always am a bit dubious about that as they don’t really know you as a person and I think that makes a big difference to the way your treated and diagnosed. Anyway my chest was clear so that was a good thing. I had sinusitis though (which I had already diagnosed myself!) She gave me a prescription for antibiotics but told me not to get them straight away. To do steam inhalation first and try and clear it that way!

I bought Robyn a soup maker for Christmas and this evening was her first attempt at using it. She made a really nice soup actually 😋 

 

It was just like minestrone. I can’t wait for her next invention!

Just thought I’d let you know that it was a year ago today I wrote my very first blog post. It was a Sunday and I was waiting to see if I was going to be admitted into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham later that day for my transplant assessment week.

I WAS admitted that day. And we all now know what happened next 😆

I really do now wish that I had started my blog much much earlier, so that I could have spoken about my illness through the years I have had it, but especially the last couple of years, when it really started to take its hold on me. It’s weird how quickly I have forgotton the things I used to go through. The terrible cramps I used to get in my fingers and hands when I tried to do things, they would just lock and be so painful. My hands still ache now when I use them a lot but nothing at all like that any more 😀 The terrible pain I used to get when I was filled with extra fluid and the only relief for me was to lie flat, not very practical or at all easy to do when you have to sit at a supermarket checkout and try to serve and be nice to your customers. I still suffer with back pain at times but nothing at all like that any more 😀  My craving for sour fizzy sweets (now gone and my need for chocolate has returned!) my brain fog (my family and Gary would probably say I still have this as I know I still drive them all mad :/ ) and the EXTREME tiredness (which you can’t even begin to explain to anyone). And that is just a few of the ways that this terrible PBC can affect you.

Anyway, as I have now been blogging for a year I thought I would share some of my blog stats with you.

I have had over 15,000 hits. It would take about 6 sold out performances in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House for that many people to see it.

I have uploaded over 194 photos.

My blog has been viewed in 28 countries. The top ten, after the UK are, United States, Ireland, Canada, France, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, Sweden, Iceland and New Zealand. Other countries include Singapore, South Africa, Brazil and Hong Kong. The country that I find the most amazing is Peru. Crazily I just can’t picture it!! I think this might come from my obsession with Paddington Bear when I was a child as he came from ‘deepest darkest Peru’. A place I imagined as full of trees 🌲🌳🌴 certainly no computers!!! So a special big hello to my readers there 😀

The busiest day of the year for my blog was 4th June and the day when I seemed to write the most posts throughout the year was a Wednesday.

I really don’t know how this compares to other people’s blogs. I expect a whole lot of people are doing much much better than me. Now I’ve got the bug I want to be one of those people. But we’ll see …

Thank you for reading everyone. I hope I can make 2016 just as successful 📶

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