whaaaaaat a busy week! i guess that happens to many people mid june time ..lots of stuff just seems to come together, doesn’t it?
on monday evening i went with laura to a bloggers event at the cardiff base of the stable where we all tried lots of ciders and made our own pizza. somehow i barely even felt tipsy! i think my favourite cider was an elderflower one we had right at the beginning, but there was a delicious cherry one and another one later on which i have completely forgotten the name of, but it was gooooood.
the ciders were from purbeck cider company who are from dorset, and williams brothers who are of from wonderful south wales (caerphilly to be precise). in between trying ciders, we also got to make our own pizzas! i was pleased to find that the stable have plenty of gluten free options and they had a gluten free base ready for me (on it’s own tray so it didn’t get contaminated). i think it’s the best GF base – and GF pizza in general – that i’ve had in years!
there’s some shots of the evening in the video above if you want to see more.
on wednesday i went for my first physio appointment. i found it funny when she was going through the body chart that almost every area needed to be shaded out and described. the woman who i saw was so nice, chatty and didn’t make me feel like everything i experience is all in my head. i’ve had that before with doctors and it’s horrible, it makes you feel like your pain is not worth looking into. anyhow, after a bit of examination and stretching i was given some exercises to help strengthen my muscles. my hips/pelvic area are worst effected so she said to focus on strengthening this area for now.
i don’t have an appointment set yet, but i’ll be seeing a rheumatologist soon too. i’ve never seen one before so i’m not entirely sure what the first appointment will involve, but i know there’ll be a lot of examination, describing every ache, pain, issue and how it affects me. from what i’ve read there’ll likely be blood and urine tests as well as xrays. i’ve had a few blood tests already so i’m assuming these’ll be different.
after the rheumatologist appt. i’m planning to write a post specifically about my experience with this, physio and doctors as well as my diagnosis and future plans. i figure it’ll be useful to any other chronic illness/pain sufferers trying to get ‘officially’ diagnosed and what they can expect in terms of appointments, etc.
between these things we’ve been making chocolate chip (gluten free obv) cookies and i’ve been eating lots of cherries, mm. i’ve also been busy illustrating (more on that soon!), making a couple videos, and of course taking an endless amount of photos! here’s to next week being as busy and productive, but hopefully a little less stressful.
how was your week?