Hello! It’s been a while between blog posts and that is mostly because life has thrown another curve ball at us. As mentioned in my last post, Mum hasn’t been well. In that post, I was about to go back over to stay with Mum, taking over from my sister, to look after her. As soon as I got there I noticed Mum seemed worse than when I saw her last and the next day the decision was made to get her to hospital where she would receive more appropriate treatment and tests to get to the bottom of the problems. We went by ambulance as that was the most practical choice considering the pain and limited mobility we were dealing with. We had 8 hours in emergency before she was finally moved to a ward and bed. My sister and I left the hospital that night/err … morning around 12:30am. So Mum has been in hospital since last Wednesday 1 December. Mum is now in the rehab ward. There’s still good days and bad days but we remain hopeful that she will get better each day and be home for Christmas!
Meanwhile, I seem to have gotten sick! I think I managed to get myself a bit run down and I have picked something up. I went for a Covid test on Saturday morning and at the time of typing this on Sunday afternoon I have not yet received a text message advising negative or positive (UPDATE: Sunday PM – text msg received – NEGATIVE). I am assuming negative as I’ve not been to any known exposure sites but for peace of mind I need to know for sure. Once I get better I think I’ll return to wearing a mask when out and about in public (it’s not mandated here anymore) once the borders open (on the day this publishes) to be safe. Due to my immune deficiency I get sick easily and when I get sick I get sicker than a normal person. Ho hum!
I thought I would try and get my last Taking Stock post for 2021 done, and this will probably be my last post for the year considering how little free time I have at the moment and besides, my priorities are elsewhere for now. You never know though – maybe I’ll get time after Christmas some time. This post won’t include heaps of images like my Taking Stock posts usually do because I’m just not well enough to sit here for too long. Anyway – here we go!
Making: Lots of visits to the hospital.
Getting: Run down and sick has been a pain in the butt. I get sick easily. Mum has always told me that I don’t have a strong constitution. It’s true, unfortunately!
Cooking: Not much lately!
Sipping: On coffee at the hospital is what comes to mind.
Reading: Not since the few days at Burleigh that I had with my youngest sister.
Thinking: Lots of deep and profound and reflective thoughts lately.
Remembering: All the visits to Dad in hospital as Mum is in the same hospital and was admitted the day before he passed 4 years ago. In fact we walked out of the hospital after admitting Mum 45 minutes before he passed 4 years later. Why does my brain think of these things? On the day of the 4th anniversary of his passing I was sitting at the hospital by the bedside of Mum. Usually I would go to the cemetery to visit him, but I think on this occasion he would completely understand and forgive me.
Looking: Forward to Mum being home and feeling much better. Fingers crossed that is soon!
Listening: To all the beeping and hospital noises a lot lately. How does anyone ever sleep in those places!
Wishing: Mum was well.
Enjoying: The Christmas photo of Ava (at top of post) that her groomer took.
Appreciating: Siblings to help share the load lately.
Wanting: Mum to get her appetite back. If that comes back I’ll know she’s well on the road to recovery.
Eating: Lots of Lean Cuisine lately.
Finishing: The book I’ve been reading for a while (The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty) is high on my agenda when I feel well enough to read!
Liking: That Mum has a team of specialists doing all the necessary tests to get to the bottom of her health problems and to advise on the best way forward for her.
Loving: That the Christmas holiday break is coming up – that period between Christmas and New Year. Everyone is home and I usually float around in the pool and give myself permission to read books.
Buying: Some Christmas presents … a while ago. Still more to go. Hope I can get it done!
Watching: Daggy Christmas movies. I love them. Easy viewing. Some lovely romance. Love them!
Hoping: I can get myself organised for Christmas and that Mum and myself are both well for the day!
Wearing: Comfy shoes like my Frankie4 sneakers or new glitzy Birkenstocks so my feet can handle all the walking to the hospital and back to the car etc. I park at meters but they are usually are fair walk from the hospital and did I mention hills!!
Walking: To and from my car parked at a parking meter in streets around the hospital and then along all the corridors at the hospital.
Following: My instincts and what my body is telling me and resting, resting, resting at the moment.
Noticing: That the summer heat and humidity is back and I haven’t yet had a swim in the pool for this summer!
Saving: Christmas shopping (I’ve done some of it) and getting ready for Christmas for when I am feeling well again.
Waiting: For a text message advising me whether I have Covid or not! (see update above in red – NEGATIVE)
Bookmarking: I’ve seen so many nice clothes lately. I bookmark for later when I might want to buy myself something because when I do want to buy myself something I can never find anything and when I’m not looking I seem to see heaps that I like!
Coveting: Peace of mind.
Feeling: Sick, fatigued, worried, hopeful, reflective, grateful.
Hearing: My little desk fan whirring as it blows cool air on me. I’ve been waiting all day (Sunday) to feel I have enough energy to sit at the computer and get this post done and the cool air blowing on me from the little desk fan really helps.
and if I were to add one of my own it’d be as follows:
Missing: ART!! After 100 days of being full submerged in my art and feeling myself improving in leaps and bounds I have barely done anything since and I miss it. Between looking after Mum and hospital visits (top priority) and medical appointments for myself and household jobs I just haven’t had time nor energy. I hope that I can find time and space for art again soon.
If you’d like to Take Stock also, just pop over to the creator of the Taking Stock concept, Pip’s blog – Meet Me At Mikes, and grab the list of word prompts from her last Taking Stock post which you’ll find HERE.
And so that brings me to the end of this Taking Stock post. It’s the quickest one I’ve ever thrown together. I do hope it’s not too bad. This was the final Taking Stock post for 2021. The next Taking Stock post, the first for 2022, will be in March 2022. Before I wrap up though I’d like to wish each of you who read this post a very Merry Christmas and here’s cheers to a safe, healthy, hopeful & connective 2022!
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan for #LifeThisWeek