Experience – Fri 17th July 2015

By | July 17, 2015

I normally share my word to sum up our week on a Thursday, but this week has been so incredibly mixed that I wanted to think … and think … trying to have a “lightbulb moment”. 

 Eventually *ding* it came to me:
(Image courtesy of 123rf.com)

And here’s why, with a hefty dose of positivity too, because at times we’ve had to remind ourselves to adopt the “glass half full” approach:

1.  Yippee for T!

He’s now officially finished year 7, his first year in secondary school.  He’s overjoyed and, as cheerful as he is, D isn’t because she doesn’t finish for the summer until next Wednesday.  The mornings before school are going to be quite difficult to manage as she’s going to be a tad grumpy (to say the least!).

But, as he finished at lunchtime today, it meant we had some catch-up time before collecting D.  For once, T wasn’t glued to videos on his iPad or iPod and we played hangman and the Happy Soccer app together (which was extremely funny and a bit silly!).  In a way, it’s a relief that D doesn’t finish until Wednesday because…

2.  Me and mine

I got in to see my doctor this week, shared my concerns (primarily hair and nails) and she sent me off for tons of blood tests.  This was an experience in itself as the surgery nurse got a bit confused and thought that a “dark blue tube” for bloods meant that it needed to be taken in a dark room, so she sent me to the pathology department in the hospital (I know! And because I haven’t had a dark blue tube one done before, I did double check with her but didn’t think that what she was saying wasn’t correct.  I do now!)  Instead of a ten minute surgery appointment, it turned into a 3.5 hour round trip and all on an empty stomach as one blood test was a fasting one.

But, positively, I’ve had them done before the summer holidays, as taking T and D along just wouldn’t work.  I personally think it’s either a zinc deficiency or thyroid issue, both of which are manageable, I’d just like to know!  (I guess I’ve put myself through a lot this year, what with two bouts of dental surgery, the aftermath and keeping things ticking over at home whilst not feeling particularly wonderful.)

D’s school finishing later than T also means that I can see someone next Tuesday about my hair, because whatever is wrong is effecting it and therefore my confidence.   I am a lot happier about talking about things affecting me, without crying, so I guess that is a positive in itself.

I also had a new experience on Wednesday, heading off to Clapham for a consultation on increasing confidence and helping the ageing process as part of a BritMums project.  I went in not knowing what to expect and really enjoyed it, it was nice to talk to an expert about me (without crying!) and I came away very positive (post up soon).  Again, something I could not have done with T and D in tow.

3.  Music

I love music and I’m so pleased that D does too.  We’d been asking her whether she wanted to carry on with flute lessons from September (paid for lessons) and she got extremely excited about it all.  A very smiley D!   I’ve been making enquires about hiring one so that she can practice at home and this is when I’m thankful that she’s not learning the double bass or cello, because a flute is so much more portable!

D had the chance to see and hear a full orchestra this week in a concert format and she loved it (following initial anxieties), she was especially pleased to see her flute teacher playing in the orchestra.  A fantastic experience for her and it’s made her even more enthusiastic about her playing.

So, that’s us.  I am aiming for a weekend without drama (would be nice), a time to chill and just be thankful that I can be with my children all summer, hopefully with some laughter and happy memory making too.

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Looking for Blue Sky on 17th July 2015 at 8:26 pm.

Glad you got the bloods done and would be very interested in the ageing project too. Hope things go smoothly until D finishes school xx


Jeannette on 26th July 2015 at 4:24 pm.

Thank you, her last few days went very well.
I’m aiming to get my britmums post up this week, wanted to wait a while to see the results – really pleased with them x


Noelle on 19th July 2015 at 6:22 am.

Oh, I’m definitely not a big fan of blood tests! Although fasting does help me, I have extremely small veigns. I can’t seem to drink enough water when I eat for some reason, so if I fast, I remember to drink lots of extra water/tea etc. New experiences are definitely good things, (as long as they don’t involve medical tests!)


Jeannette on 26th July 2015 at 4:23 pm.

Very true! I bed to remember about the upping the water bit, it would have definitely helped!


Merlinda Little on 19th July 2015 at 9:46 am.

So lovely to hear that you finally got some test!

My son wants to start with violin and I dont know what to do! I hope he will be as passionate as D! #wotw


Jeannette on 26th July 2015 at 4:22 pm.

Thanks Merlinda, lovely that your son wants to give an instrument a try.
I’ll bet if you had a look at music lessons near you, there would be someone who would give him a few minutes trial to see how he gets on. A musical instrument shop, if you have one near you, would probably have info too.
I didn’t expect D to embrace the flute so enthusiastically but all the children in her class have done extremely well with their sax, cello etc, I’m pleased that she has a relatively small instrument compared to some!


xOjox on 20th July 2015 at 3:01 pm.

I hope the tests show up nothing serious! Although I am glad you found time to think of yourself, and go. I hope you find more reasons to smile this summer, I’m finding it all a bit tough, at the moment xxx


Jeannette on 26th July 2015 at 4:19 pm.

Thanks Ojo, all apparently within “normal range”, although my “normal” may be slightly different to others.
Hope things have eased for you xx


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