I was back in the office yesterday after some well timed furlough. We aren't open to the public yet as still in Lockdown 2.0. Adjusting back to normal life is always difficult after hospital, especially this time with being sectioned and so far away from home. I was glad to get my kitties up-to-date with their check ups at the Vets - Misty for her annual jab and Gracie for her primary and booster jabs before she can be neutered. Life becomes extremely chaotic when I'm unwell, so normal life is a blessing after such turmoil.
Yoga has been wonderful after missing my weekly practice, as was my massage. Not only did my mental health take a beating, but my physical health did too. Not being able to go outside in the grounds of the Priory to exercise and walk really got me down - there were never enough staff - and for most of my stay, I wasn't even allowed to go down to the walled garden on my own. There was limited activity on the ward and being able to refuse my medicine so easily was downright bizarre. That messed up my system massively. I definitely got worse in hospital and not better. The doctors didn't know me and if it hadn't have been for my psychiatrist and CPN emailing them to make it clear they wanted this to be an acute admission, I'm sure I'd still be there now! I still feel a lot of anger about all this. And to make matters worse, I picked up an abundance of medication on Thursday despite being on a restricted prescription. Half of me was like oh to hell with it and the other half, the good half, reported it to my GP to sort out for next time.
I finally bought 3 reindeers for my porch roof. This is something I have wanted to purchase for a long, long time for Christmas light decs outside. I've also been tidying up my very neglected gardens and started Christmas shopping online until the shops reopen this coming week. My crimbo pressie to myself is the finale night of The Book of Mormon in March. I really hope it goes ahead!
This was definitely my highlight of the week - listening to these legends talk about their lives and careers in One Knight Only, part of Lockdown Theatre. Thousands "zoomed" in from around the world and thousands of pounds were raised for the struggling Arts who have suffered greatly during this pandemic.
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.