Here I am again.
Work is very busy, especially as my lovely jobshare left to be an accountant and I'm now stuck with doing what is more than a full-time job for one person in 2.5 days a week. They did ask if I wanted to go full-time, but I just can't do that any more. I still get so overwhelmed sometimes and my brain really does turn to mush. A double whammy of post-stroke fatigue and psoriatic arthritis sometimes sends me over the edge...
Nevertheless, on the whole I'm feeling pretty good these days. I have been particularly tired and in pain since June, but since doing a five-week CBT course that was recommended by my GP I've been feeling much happier, even though the pain is still pretty much constant. That reminds me, I have just been told this week by the rheumatology team at Guy's Hospital that I will need to start fortnightly Humira injections in the New Year. I'm hoping that the pain will soon be but a distant memory :)
Today we had a lovely time: first we met up with our friends and their 3-year old son in our favourite indie cafe.
Gifts and cards were exchanged and Alex particularly liked his mini football. We also gave him a game of Snap from Tiger and proceeded to (try and) teach him how to play... which was fun. He didn't quite grasp the concept but he did like matching the pictures.
While we were there, another friend came in and sat down with her husband, then a bit later yet more friends turned up for coffee, so we asked them to share our table. It's obviously THE place to see and be seen in our local town, especially on a shopping day!
If you read the post below, you'll see I was in London when they were filming at Liberty's. Well we've been watching the show avidly, and I'm relieved to say I haven't caught sight of myself lurking in the Christmas shop yet, hahaha. I say that, because I felt particularly yukky that day, what with my nasty cold etc, so I dread to think what I looked like!
By the way, if you're here because you followed a link from a Stroke forum or website, I hope anything you read here will help you a little bit in your recovery. The Brain and Spine Foundation featured a few little soundbites from me a couple of years ago on the subject of Christmas shopping. Here's the link.
On the subject of Stroke/SAH, I have a little project that I'm starting in the New Year, so if you are a survivor and would like to know more, please leave me a comment below, so that I can email you back with details.
On that note, it's 10pm so I'm off to my bed. More Christmassy fun tomorrow!