Monday, 24 October 2016

A Busy Week

Hello! So last week was really busy, I think I probably shouldn't have made it quite so jam packed actually so I'm gonna be a bit more sensible and relax for a few days at least. I've been too busy to even blog and that hasn't happened for so long! But even though I've been a bit preoccupied I've been feeling a bit iffy mentally, which I'm assuming is just girly stuff because that came back this week after a year. Totally TMI for an opening paragraph of a blog post but it makes me happy because the reason they stopped was because I got so ill so it's a sign of healthiness and that's why I'm letting the world know ha. But don't worry, I do have more exciting things to tell you too.

Freddy, because he's not been on here for a little while!

On Monday I went with my little cousin to Port Lympne Animal Reserve, I actually have a whole post on that later so I won't ramble too much but I SAW A BUBBA GIRAFFE. So cute, so tall. It poured with rain but we still really enjoyed it and I'd like to go back when the weather isn't as rank.

On Tuesday night I went out for dinner (first restaurant meal post transplant!) and had Harefield on Wednesday, it was quite good because I saw the main man who I haven't seen since I was in so he was very happy to see me looking more presentable and not acting like such a nutcase. I also saw the physio who unfortunately had to put up with the brunt of my sobbing fits before so she was pleased to see me looking more normal too. Anyway the doctor crossed off some meds on my list so I now take 21 less tablets a day, which I was rather pleased about.

Thursday I did what I thought was the bloody impossible and joined a gym. Me and my friend were there for half an hour and then went to Costa, I also fell off the cross trainer but the important thing to  know is no one saw and to always remember is that God loves a trier! I actually ended up hurting myself so haven't been back since but I will try and go next week. It's not the exercising that I dislike, it's the gym itself - I'd prefer a class or just doing my own stuff at home. Then on Friday I was supposed to rest but didn't really because I ended up going down the high street - did find Pretty Honest in a charity shop for £2 though!

This weekend was really good, I had my first post transplant night out with my two best friends, in fact it was the first time we've been able to go out together this year so I was kind of buzzing! We ended up going a few different places and had so much fun, I must admit I found it difficult not drinking - I'm never usually bothered but it's because I knew I couldn't I obviously wanted to! Then on Sunday I went to see Bridget Jones' Baby finally with my cousins who I haven't seen for a couple of weeks so that was luverly. Lots of laughter this weekend!

So yes, been very busy so probably best to be more sensible this week and take things easier. I just want to take these new lungs everywhere! I hope you had a great week too.


Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Despite my best intentions the ASOS sale got me good. I ended up sending most of it back but one thing I did keep were these Kimmi Shrunken Boyfriend Jeans. I love the darker blue colour, the loose but not too baggy fit and let down hem - oh and did I mention they were just SIXTEEN POUNDS?!

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asos kimmi jeans reviewJumper | Matalan (alternative here)
Necklace | Whistles 
Jeans | ASOS
Trainers | Adidas

My experience with ASOS jeans has been one of trial and error, for example the Farleigh's look awful on me but I'm a big fan of Ridley's because although the denim is thin and stretchy they're good for comfort (and pigging out) reasons. The Kimmi's are a good, thick material and while I'm not sure they're the most flattering on me it's good to get out of my skinny jean rut. I think I'm just so used to skinnies I feel like anything else looks weird! If you do want a pair for yourself I'd recommend you definitely size down. 

Today I'm back at Harefield for a check up, it's gonna be a long day but at least I can read my book. I'm bloody knackered from the zoo on Monday! I did actually manage to get a few pics, I'll probably show you them on Friday - here's a little sneak peek!


Monday, 17 October 2016

Chunky Monkey

This jumper is described as the ultimate chunky jumper and I must say I do agree - it's definitely chunky! I ordered it a little while back, when I was still in hospital actually, because it looked so cosy and like everyone else this dusky pink shade is my current obsession. I match my room too, how's that for next level co-ordination? ;-)

Coat | Uniqlo (alternative here)
Jumper | ASOS
Jeans | J Brand (alternative here)
Shoes | Dune (alternative here)
Bag | Mulberry

The only thing I wasn't sure of was the shape because it's boxy and quite unflattering really but it''s like a cupcake - when something is this sweet and sugary you kind of forget it's bad for you! 

Talking of chunky monkeys today I'm off to the zoo! It was on my list of things I wanted to do this year so I'm glad I'm going, I can't wait to see some animals and hopefully take some nice photos. I may do a post about it if I do! Then I'm going to do a big blog catch up because I'm so behind with comments - sowwee!


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Three Months

So yes, as you might have gathered from the title I am three months post transplant this week! It's weird, it seems like I had it done yesterday but it also feels like it was ages ago. I've been home just over a month and all is going good, I didn't even have clinic this week as they've been changed to fortnightly visits now which is great! Three months also means a little more freedom so I celebrated by returning to my favourite place, the shops. I didn't even buy much, I was just so happy to be back in my natural habitat (also I've spent a bomb online recently, plus I got a new laptop eeek!)

My new pal at the park - still ordered duck for dinner though :'-(

I feel more like myself now, like I have so much more energy - physically I do but I still have a good way to go yet and have to make sure I rest a lot but also mentally. Maybe because I'm still buzzing that I have this new life or maybe this is how I was supposed to feel if crappy lungs didn't make me so tired and ill all the time. I feel like how I felt a couple of years ago, I can really tell just by reading blog posts from the time how much happier and carefree I was! I think being in hospital all the time and getting listed for transplant over the last year got me down more than I realised. But now life is SO good, the only way I can think to describe it as is freedom. I mean transplant isn't a cure, the rest of my body still has cystic fibrosis and I still take medication but just not being tethered to a blimmin' oxygen machine all the time is a huge deal! Yesterday I went to the park with Baby Florrie, she's nearly two and I don't think I've been able to do that with her properly before without getting too out of breath, having a coughing fit and throwing up lololol. But we played, I walked up mini hills and didn't have to sit and stop once so yes, it felt like freedom. Free as a bird! I'm just so happy.

I'll tell you how happy I am these days, on Friday night I went out to eat at a restaurant (first time post transplant!) and the waitress dropped a pot of salsa all over my beloved camel coat and even worse, INSIDE MY MULBERRY BAG. But I wasn't even mad, a state of shock maybe ;-), but there were no tears. Only from the poor waitress maybe, she was mortified. They said they'd pay for the coat dry cleaning but I'm more worried about the bag because it's all over the lining and I think it'll go mouldy which I don't think will be very good for these shiny new lungs of mine. So wish me luck when I go back there in the week with a whopper of a bill for that!

See, look at life now - the biggest problem I have is salsa on my bag!

P.S. There's a post on the NHS Organ Donation Facebook page about my transplant if you wanna check it out and also do a girl a favour and share pleeease to get as much awareness of organ donation as possible :-D

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