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Where has the week gone?

Right back again, had a few days feeling down in the dumps, I was quickly cheered up by this

20121129-112517.jpg Basically I think was expecting to come home and feel perfect but I’ve been in quite a bit pain and still rather sore, it’s getting easier to get up and down but still painful, the wound itself s very tender but I’m now able to lie longer on my back.

The only thing I’m worried about is when I wake up my hands and right leg are quite numb, that dead leg feeling you get when u have slept the wrong wrong, I’m hoping the s normal and not a result of surgery. Anyway I have pretty much slept all week I managed yesterday to decorate the tree, very slowly and without bending granted it took all day but it looks fab!

There’s my cheeky little boys lol!

Anyway I had a really bad day but good day at the same time, my Foundation Degree in Supporting Education certificate arrived

I was over the moon it came but the reality of this year hit me, the BA is very fast paced we gave the same workload as a full time student however we only go to uni one night a week. I had to ask for an extension on my first assignment, it was a research proposal for the dissertation next year I was disappointed with what I submitted and knew I could do better if I wasn’t in a morphine and pain haze for the last few months, my tutor at the time suggested deferring a year ( she was a nurse so must have knew what I’d be facing) but of course proud me said nooooo ill be fine ill graduate no problem, however my next assignment is de on Tuesday, the next end of December, it’s that fast we have four weeks on a module but whilst doing a new module your working on submitting the previous one too. I know I can’t do this one due in on tues as I’m still in a drugged haze and I can’t physically sit long enough to type,I can’t get another extension as that will mess up the next module, but I’ve already missed one taught session of the next module and I will miss the next one too!

So the decision was carry on, get terrible marks but still graduate in June by scraping through and not getting a grade I need for teaching, on defer come back next sept fully prepared and get the 2.1 grade I need to teach.

Well after chats with the hubby, my friends, my colleagues I decided to defer till next year, I wound be devasted to graduate knowing I could have done better, and currently I love my job I have no plans to leave I’m not in a rush to do teacher training I’d always planned that my youngest who is 5 would be about 9/10 when I want to be higher up.

I feel great, knowing I can relax I’m going to spend this yr brushing up on my maths and English, and throwing myself into Speech and Language, work, finding apps to support children, then turn up in September healthy and ready to go!

Tomorrow I’m getting dressing changed so I hope to be back reviewing apps and on Sunday we are going on The Polar Express! Well I hope I can make it ……




Home from surgery!

Finally it’s over!
So I went in to the Spire Washington on Saturday at 11am, I was due for op at 2pm so I had nothing to eat since the night before I was sooooo hungry! I was took to my room



20121126-111049.jpg the room was fab! Better than a travellodge to be honest! I felt so fortunate to be in this hospital, think I mentioned it before that this is through the NHS but my surgeon only works at one nhs hospital and I was fortunate to go to the private one!

My hubby and little un dropped me off they didn’t stay long I didn’t want them there I could see Matt looked concerned to be honest I preferred to be alone to get prepared! So I read the patient book and again had to double check I was in a hospital, there was even a drinks menu!


Well by 1pm I must admit I was getting nervous, at 2 the surgeon came to see me had a nice chat and was told the anaesthetist would get me, so she came along I said I’m a bit scared now! Next thing they put me in a bed and I got some injection they said tell me when u feel woozy then we put u to sleep. In about 3 seconds I was woozy so next thing I turned to anaesthetist and said when will u put me to sleep he laughed said its all done!

Amazing! I’d only been in an hour, it took me ages to come round I was in a lot of pain as of course I’m lying flat on my back on the actual cut! By 4 pm I was back in my room I felt like I’d been out on the beer sooooo dizzy, next thing surgeon walks in with another bloke say right lets get u on your feet, what! I can’t get up! but they stood me up then put me quickly down when they realised I was telling the truth and didn’t feel well!

The surgeon told me he was amazed I’d been walking as the disc was the biggest he removed, the nurse came in after him and explained this surgeon is a great believer of get up asap and get on with it he told me I could go home but no way I was so woozy I couldn’t plus I wanted one night no kids, sounds bad but I just needed to feel better before facing the kids!

By 6pm, hubby and kids visited and I was starting to feel better, they brought a huge bag of randoms so I got through them nicely which helped me feel normal, they didn’t stop long the oldest looked a bit worried bless him. By 9 I felt human again, I was able to get to the loo by myself Granted it took a while, esp as I had a drain in my back (yuk) I had a rough sleep apparently I was on my left side for surgery and I’m sure I’m gonna have hand mark bruises on my right hip and side from someone holding me up that hurts a lot!

Next part is gonna be strange, believe what u wish but I’m a huge believer in angels and not ashamed to admit it, whenever I’ve been low I’ve asked for help and its came, around 7/8pm when I was feeling woozy I had an overwhelming feeling my Granda was there I could feel something around my right shoulder every time I looked I could see a white orb type thing floating round, and all I could think of was my Granda saying I’m here with you like you were for me, (I was with him right up till he took his last breath this yr from cancer) now I know I was drugged up and all this was probably the After affects of the surgery but for me at that time it felt real, looking back I think don’t be so silly, but who knows?

Ill leave it there as I’m shattered now, but will update later with coming home! Xxx


This is a tiny pocket angel my wonderful friend gave me to take in xxxx

Great but sore weekend!


I’m still here, been a very busy weekend and I’ve been so tired on a night with all the medication!
So ill briefly fill you in, (whilst trying to ignore the constant shouts of mam, I’m not tired, mam, mam! Argh!)

So Friday, I was having a really fed up day I was in a lot of pain and just needed cheering up, so I’d been thinking about getting sum pink highlights through my hair but knew I couldn’t sit in the hairdressers as it would be agony, so I bought this

And was very careful just adding about 8 strips of colour, it didn’t take long so I avoided the pain of the hairdressers, and I loved it!

That certainly cheered me up! So Saturday, the best day as it was Twilight day! Wooohoooo! I stayed up till midnight when tickets where released and got the posh seats! So two of my bestest friends came and picked me up (they wouldn’t let me drive, save my legs lol) and we went early and had a lovely meal at Zizzis, (of course I got free garlic dough sticks on O2 moments) told u I like my freebies! It was just great to have a girly night and a good chat.

So went in to watch Twilight and wow it was brilliant, ill not tell anymore because if you are a fan you will love it! I curled my hair especially but it took ages, I really like the pink effect but do hope I’m not to old to be doing my hair in this young trend?! But if I am I’m not bothered, I’m happy it perked me up!



There it is front and back all for the grand total of £4!

I also saw my doc on Friday I forgot to say to get more tablets and another sick note 😦 he was fab and explained the letter from hospital to me very well. I am now fully ready to go for surgery on Saturday although terrified for the aftermath! I am positive that I will not be able to do nothing for two weeks, but determined as I have to get back to work before I go insane! The driving thing is a mega problem, doc said at least 4 wks but preferably 6 as any slam to the breaks will just do my spine in completely.

On Sunday Matt made some fruit meringues

20121119-200552.jpg really good fun

20121119-200545.jpgand stopped him from wanting to play on iPhone for at least ten mins!

Don’t think there’s much else to report, I’ve had a sore day today so I will review an app tomorrow, just wanted you all to know I’m here and still loving to blog!

Finally another kiss and Matt is off to sleep! Cuppa time!

Pre op yesterday

Right, yesterday I had my pre-op at The Spire hospital I have been very fortunate to be able to have my surgery at this private hospital as the surgeon only works here or another NHS hospital but the spire is closest to me!

I was terrified knowing I would be having blood took, so waiting in the plush comfy waiting room I grabbed a free latte – two bonuses of private hospital is the free car park and a free coffee machine with rather nice lattes!

Firstly I was took down with a nurse she explained to me in great detail what would happen today what struck me was just how nice she was she seemed genuinely interested in asking me what I do and how I am and actually listened! And she told me a bit about her and I was put at ease instantly having a gossip! That must again be a perk of private they didn’t seem concerned to get the job done and get me out asap, there was no rush at all. So a lay on a bed and was attached to loads of wires and had an ECG thankfully my heart is great so no probs there, then she took my blood which was actually not bad at all! I had my blood pressure taken then a bit more gossip.

The she took me to see the anaesthetist and again she was lovely to explained exactly what would happen on the day and how getting knocked out has changed over the years etc and told me roughly what to expect after the op, she told me in a private hospital the success rates are much higher as they only have the best surgeons and the best anaesthtists and no juniors at all which i liked to hear! She then took me to physio where I again met another lovely lady!

At physio she showed me how to log roll

log roll

I’ve put a link on to from YouTube to show this it is a great way to get in and out of bed with little pressure on your spine, she said she always uses this and advises to start now and do it forever!
First time I’ve done a video link hope it works!

She basically told me what to do after the op, the physio will ensure I can walk up and down stairs and get out of bed safely before I can go home, she told me that for first two weeks I must rest a lot, she said before Mrsa was a problem I would have been in hospital for 2 weeks recovery but now it’s better to be at home (that’s if I can resist not doing anything!)

So I was there for 2 hours and I’ve came out very positive and ready for the op next sat (24th) I’m dreading coming home as I’m going to struggle not been able to do anything, I’m literally allowed to dress myself, shower myself and make a cup of tea but only with enough water in for one cup I can’t wash, cook, clean, iron, Hoover, lift pans, sweep the floor everything! Which is going to be extremely difficult I’ve been very very sore today from yesterday and its drive me mad I can’t even stand to wash up!

But the end is near!
And Twilight in sat woohoo!