Paying for a flu jab
Nov01

Paying for a flu jab

I’m the most ridiculously healthy person I know. Yes, I suffer from IBS and eczema and will probably be on acne medication for life, but I’m never ill. And I don’t just mean soldiering on bravely. I am NEVER ill. The last time I had more than a cold was in 2009, and even that was only a mild virus that lasted three days. But I’m aware this situation can’t last forever. And I’m also aware that my...

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A normal Christmas?
Dec24

A normal Christmas?

Last year was not a normal Christmas. My husband and two boys had flu right through the Christmas period and nothing felt right. We didn’t take our traditional photo by the tree on Christmas Eve, my younger son missed his trip on the Santa train, there was no enthusiasm for unwrapping presents, they made a vague attempt to eat a Christmas dinner that was delivered to them.I became nocturnal (but didn’t sleep in the day...

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The Christmas round-up
Dec21

The Christmas round-up

Christmas comes once a year and it inspires weeks and months of stress and excitement and, hopefully, enjoyment and relaxation too. It also inspires a lot of blogposts. I’ve written a fair few posts about Christmas in my time. Some of them were pretty good. I wrote them in 2011 and they had a handful of views.So, in honour of it being Very Nearly Christmas, I am sharing with you some of my favourite Christmas posts from 2011 and...

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Wrapping presents on 4th January
Jan07

Wrapping presents on 4th January

When my husband had flu recently, my friend who is a doctor warned me that there would be a period of depression when he got better. I told him this and he didn’t believe me. He would be fine. My husband doesn’t get depressed. If there’s any depression floating around, I’m THERE, I will have it, but not my husband.He got better. He was still very tired. He needed to take it easy. He went back to work. There was...

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Little ray of sunshine
Dec31

Little ray of sunshine

Throughout the last few days with my ill family – you can read about that here here and here – one little person has kept me calm and sane and happy (at least some of the time). My little girl has been a little ray of sunshine. After hours surrounded by illness and medicines, topping up drinks, taking temperatures and clearing away tissues, my girl was a little oasis of calm.Ever since it became clear that this illness was...

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