When Everything Changes

I’ve started this post a dozen times now, each time with a few words, a sentence, a line or two. Then… delete, delete, delete. Truth is, I have no idea how to appropriately express what’s going on at present.

But I’m going to try one more time, and I hope you’ll forgive the lack of detail… Someone extremely dear to me has been admitted to hospital and is in a serious condition. Beyond that, until there is detailed feedback from the specialists and an indication of possible next-steps, all there is, is uncertainty.  I am bereft, and overwhelmed, and doing everything I can for the person I love.

There’s another thing too. By inconvenient coincidence, I was scheduled to have a growth (a disruptive but nothing-to-worry-about growth) excised from my lip, for which objective a minor operation took place last Wednesday evening, involving local anaesthetics and lasers and a wasted hour in bed, when my blood pressure shot through the roof (hardly surprising, considering). Since then I look like I’ve been in a fight. I have four stitches in my lip and for a few days at least, this most fragile flesh blew up like a puffer fish, then oozed and bled a little (keeping me from the hospital for a day) before at last settling down to a raw, then crusty blob. I would be hibernating under normal circumstances, though I guess the one place where you can actually blend-in with stitches and bruising… is a hospital.

If you will allow me a moment’s wry observation, there’s nothing like a personal crisis to disrupt a weight-loss plateau. Whether it’s stress, distress or anxiety, lack of sleep or loss of appetite, disruption of routines, tail-chasing or all the above – I don’t know. But in the first two days, I dropped four pounds and almost three more since then, in just over one week. If I took the time to breathe, I would be weirdly appreciative of this.

I’ve lately been thrilled to be picking up new readers every day for this blog. It seems to have caught a wave with people at last, some maybe seeking inspiration for their weight-loss journeys or support in making lasting lifestyle changes; and others, well, just… people of the blogosphere, engaging, connecting.  Now I need to ask you, readers new and old, to bear with me please. I may be gone a little while, or sporadic in my blogging. I certainly won’t be my usual chippy self.

I’ll be here, now and again, or in a while, or posting ‘lite’. I’m not sure yet. But I do so hope you will stay with me. For what it’s worth, I’m firmly and resolutely in my healthy zone, and very determined that this disturbing turn of events and disrupting period won’t upset the ‘new normal’ of good eating habits I’ve established over recent months. (Not so sure about the exercise though, unless you count power-walking a hospital corridor every day.) I know I’m already coping better with what’s going on than I would ever be, were I still hauling around those surplus 70+ pounds.

21 thoughts on “When Everything Changes

  1. Sometimes life gets in the way but the main concern is always yourself get yourself back to were you want or need to be and everything else will fall into place x

    1. So true, and thank you for commenting. I have in the past allowed any setback or challenge to become the excuse for ‘relapsing’ to old/bad habits. This time, I know, is different – and that al least feels like something good.

      1. Turning negatives into positives is the best feeling ever, yeah your having an awful time BUT you know that your strong enough to fight another day x keep that chin high up x

  2. Sorry to hear about your loved one Jools. Glad you are finding the strength to endure. I hope things improve for you soon. x

  3. Isaiah 41:10
     fear not, for I am with you;
        be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you,
        I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Just believe🙇

  4. Nothing wrong in taking a blogging break, Jools. I’ve done it several times and it has always resulted in a positive way. Just take good care of yourself. We’ll all still be here when you get back.

  5. I guess most of us would like to feel that we have a rough guide or plan of how we would like our lives to play out, but when life takes an unexpected turn we tend to realise how little we actually have much control over. However, it does focus us on what is really important and that is being there for the ones we love. Take care and do not worry about your blog, but remember that you have the love and support of your blogging community friends. All best wishes, Brian

    1. Thank you Brian… it’s been lovely to feel the warmth and support of the blogging community. I just hope you’ll all stick with me.

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