Rachel’s Recommended Reading

  • We are displaced by Malala Yousafi
  • The tides turning by Ellie Dean
  • Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce
  • Techbitch by Lucy Sykes
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The separation by Dinah Jefferies
  • Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

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Sunday Self Care Tips

Well, my back and pelvis are aching due to the cold weather, so I thought what a great time to share some self care tips!

  • Take a bubble bath
  • Light a scented candle and try some meditation.
  • Turn your devices for an hour
  • Put on your favourite movie
  • Drink eight glasses of water a day: hydrated skin is happy skin!
  • Do a crossword/word search or sudoko – to keep your brain active.
  • Read some positive affirmations
  • Create a positive playlist, read some of my music Monday posts for ideas.
  • Do a gentle workout
  • Eat healthily
  • Start a habit tracker/ bullet journal
  • Colouring
  • Read a book, plenty of recommendations on my blog!

I got my medical shit together like a GirlBoss!

Today has been my ‘get-my-medical-shit-together’ day.

So guess who was overdue for a wheelchair review! Waiting for somebody to ring back with an appointment! (Honestly, their systems for following up appointments is rubbish, you end up doing the job for them.)

I’ve left a message with my doctor receptionist about the spinal injections because according to radiology he hasn’t sent a referral even though it’s in his dictation notes(?) – so, the referral needs to be typed up and sent again urgently as I’m not coping with medication alone.

When they come out to reassess my chair I’m not being brushed off until it’s absolutely perfect. It’s not right to be in pain and only tolerate your wheelchair for an hour.

My point? If you don’t hound and chase up things then you don’t get. Be a #girlboss/boy boss and get your shit done! Things aren’t going to fall into your lap.

I’m quite proud considering I’m woozy from needing morphine last night.

Music Monday playlist:

1) Mr Bright side by The Killers

2) She’s so lovely by Scouting for girls

3) Champion by Carrie Underwood

4) Fire starter by Demi Lovato

5) Confident by Demi Lovato

6) One more night by Maroon 5

7) 9-5 by Dolly Parton

8) It’s my party by Jessie J

9) 2002 by Anne Marie

10) The Greatest show by TGS

11) Sneakernight by Vanessa Hudgens

12) So what by Pink

13) Dancing Queen by ABBA

14) If I can’t have you by Demi Lovato

15) Far from over by Frank Stallone

16) Anything Elvis

17) Anything Cher

Family Appreciation post: Your caregivers have lives too.

So as you all know I’ve been suffering from terrible constipation since going back on my MST medication, so, on Friday I went to the doctor because by now I looked two months pregnant and was constantly in pain.

So I tell the doctor what the problem is and instead of putting me on alternative medication he prescribes laxatives. So Friday night I’d had enough seeing as I had to miss taking my mum to the cinema to see the new Merry Poppins film as I kept needing the loo. So I took the laxatives. From 7:30 am till 6 pm I’d been on the toilet 9 times.

I want to say thank you to my mum for her unrelenting patience as she put me on the loo each time, it’s not easy lifting a 20-year-old woman. I’m sorry that the weekend was shite (pardon the pun) and I know we came close to blows but, I wanna say thank you. You put up with a lot from me and sacrifice a lot, (which included cancelling your hair appointment this weekend.) if it weren’t for you I would have been a mess. It was frustrating on both ends but, not as much for me as it was for you.

I know it seems there’s always something with me being ill but I promise I’m not doing it on purpose, it’s just a shitty coincidence. I know being carer must be tough and I can’t imagine all the things you’ve missed because of me. But, if it wasn’t for your love I’d be fucked!

So thank you, amazing mum,

If one of your family members cares for you, you need to remember that they have their own needs and lives as well, it can’t be about you 24/7, you need to let them rant, take it on the chin, let them cool off and don’t get mad because, at the end of the day, we could be shoved in homes in Russia or left at the mercy of the Care funding. So just let them know that you’re grateful and don’t take them for granted. It only takes one straw to break the camels back…

With all my book promo and arthritis diagnosis, I forgot to show my mum and dad some appreciation and realise when they need a break.

So I plan on giving them a date night on Friday and see if I can get the care agency to fit in a bed call so my parents can enjoy themselves.