Monthly Archives: February 2014

Out of the Mouthes of Babes – The Tooth Fairy

SC lost his first tooth yesterday!tooth-fairy

A milestone in the journey of life.

His tooth has been getting wobblier for a while, but he has been very good and not given it any extra manual wobbles.

He went into school yesterday and then 10 seconds later came back to the door, holding his hand out and looking a tad shocked said “Mummy! My tooth came out!”

Apparently, he had walked into something on the wall (he is totally clumsy, just like his mummy 😉 ). Then “I heard a clanking sound mummy.” (I did not know teeth falling out made a clanking noise! “And then I felt something swooshing around my mouth.”

He deposited the tooth in my hand and left me standing there with his first baby tooth. It was so small and white, like a little pearl. His teacher kindly gave me a tissue to carefully wrap the precious tooth in, and then it hit me.

“Oh no! This means the Tooth Fairy has got to visit.” I had to ask several mums what the going rate was these days – absolutely no idea.

Now, I used to sell the most gorgeous Tooth Fairy kits, which came with a little sparkly box, a story, a pouch and of course some fairy dust. I thought I had a couple left in the depths of the garage, but despite searching high and low, I could not find them. I really must have chucked everything last time I had a clear out of old stock!

So when he went to bed last night, he carefully put the tooth (in a small organza bag) under his pillow.

The just before I went to bed, I replaced the tooth with a £2, and sprinkled some fairy dust in a trail over the floor.

Now the problem was, was that SC was rather excited at the thought of a visit from the Tooth Fairy, which meant that rather like Christmas he was extremely restless and awake pretty much every hour asking what the time was. I turned the light on at 4:30, he looked under the pillow, clocked the trail of sparkle and was very excited. I did tell him the Tooth Fairy gave him double because it was his first tooth. Then, thankfully, he turned over and slept soundly…well for another hour at least 😉

Leave a comment

Filed under Out of the Mouthes of Babes

Going under the knife!

Well not so much knife – as key-hole exploration and extraction.

Following last Friday’s un-anaesthetised, pain searing biopsy down under, my doctor referred me for a scan.

The scan revealed no obvious nasties lurking in places where they should not be – but did reveal a simple ovarian cyst and a fibroid (possible cause of the ‘just over a month’ long bleeding)

This was then referred to the gynaecologist, who I saw today.

Lovely lady, who is actually the first person to suggest I have a blood test as it probably is all hormonally induced (bloody things), and is going to prod, poke and remove all things that shouldn’t be there – this time thankfully I get to be asleep. (Not that that thought doesn’t fill me with a sense of panic and stress – don’t like hospitals)

I got my paperwork for next week, whilst waiting for my blood test, and rather than worrying about what was going to be done, my immediate reaction was “I can’t stay in hospital overnight! I’ve got SC to look after!”

OK, I’m a totally sad person, in so far as I have never spent a night away from SC. Even when I have been on training courses, I have always got home and driven back the following day rather than stay away.

After speaking to the doctor, I will be able to be sent home as soon as she gives me the all-clear – general alertness after sleepiness I suspect, and pain level – and after a 6pm operation I reckon I can still make it home before 11pm and all the party-goers on a Friday night 😉

I’d better be – I’ve got a charity night to run on Saturday night!

Leave a comment

Filed under life

Friday Poem – The Genius of the Crowd

An AMAZING poem by the American poet Charles Bukowski (1920 – 1994)crowds

What do you think?

The Genius of the Crowd

there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day

and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love
and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

those who preach god, need god
those who preach peace do not have peace
those who preach peace do not have love

beware the preachers
beware the knowers
beware those who are always reading books
beware those who either detest poverty
or are proud of it
beware those quick to praise
for they need praise in return
beware those who are quick to censor
they are afraid of what they do not know
beware those who seek constant crowds for
they are nothing alone
beware the average man the average woman
beware their love, their love is average
seeks average

but there is genius in their hatred
there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
to kill anybody
not wanting solitude
not understanding solitude
they will attempt to destroy anything
that differs from their own
not being able to create art
they will not understand art
they will consider their failure as creators
only as a failure of the world
not being able to love fully
they will believe your love incomplete
and then they will hate you
and their hatred will be perfect

like a shining diamond
like a knife
like a mountain
like a tiger
like hemlock

their finest art

Leave a comment

Filed under Friday Poem

Can you believe I’ve stopped ….

… drinking tea!!!!!!tea

The unthinkable has happened.

Even though I was only drinking de-caff tea, I loved my cuppa.

With a cup of tea in my hands, all was right with the world 😉

However, after last Friday (Bloody Hormones – Part 5), I have stopped. No withdrawal method, just completely stopped.

And do you know something?

I don’t actually miss my tea. I thought I would, but I don’t.

The reason?

Is simple. Stress does a lot of things and can divert the liver’s attention away from it’s proper job. So I’m trying to detox and cleanse my liver. And one of the first things to go was my brew!

I’ve been starting the day with lemon juice and water – and it’s not as gross as it sounds. Quite refreshing really. And then just drinking water throughout to start flushing the toxins out.

Over the last week, I’ve actually noticed an improvement in my tiredness (or rather lack of it – believe me I’m still exhausted when SC wakes me up at 4AM, as he has done the last 2 mornings) and a slight improvement in my totally stressed out skin!

I’m working up to doing a one day total liver cleanse, where I drink some concoction made from cranberry juice and alternate it with water over a 12 hour period. If I can ever find anywhere that sells cranberry juice – neat. Most supermarkets sell a lovely cranberry juice drink, but I don’t need that. Might have to take a little trip to my lovely health shop.

Still, if it’s proved one thing, it’s proved I don’t actually need a cup of tea to function. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that maybe my daily cuppa has stopped me functioning properly for all these years!!!

Just a thought 😉

Leave a comment

Filed under General

Bloody Hormones (Part 5)

…or the one where Colposcopy Central leads to Biopsy Boulevard!!!

The good news is the bleeding is definitely uterine and not cervical – hoorah!

The nurses were totally lovely this morning, but bloody hell! What a ride – I have now got a serious headache!!!

[Note – if you’re squeamish I suggest you switch pages now!]

After my legs were comfortably (?) positioned in stirrups a speculum was inserted so everyone could get a good look (on the TV monitor) of my cervix.

After having a good look, the informed me that the bleeding was definitely not coming from the cervix.

Then she put some liquid into the area and then swabbed with iodine – so then she informed me she needed to do a biopsy.

My head at this stage was swimming – information overload, my brain simply could not cope. I was having an internal stress meltdown.

BUT

OH MY F****** GOD!

Painful and hurt are not two words I would use to describe it.

I was clenching the chair so hard my knuckled went white, I physically stopped breathing that another nurse had to tell me to breath, the sound was awful and the pain was excruciating.

The sound was literally the sound that nail clippers make – and then couple that with effectively nail clippers cutting chunks of your skin – you can maybe understand why I screamed – rather loudly, and let’s just say I turned the air a lovely shade of blue.

I swear to God, that the 2nd time she did it I felt blood splatter onto my legs.

I do remember at one point simply saying, “please can I just have a hysterectomy now!”

And the scream that came out on the 3rd go made another nurse say “what are you doing?” and I dread to think what the patients sitting outside felt!

Let’s just say it took an awful lot of swabbing to stem the blood flow.

My mum (who thankfully came with me) couldn’t understand why the area wasn’t numbed first.

Anyway, apparently the biopsy was done to determine whether any cells were in the pre-formation of cancerous cells stage – that freaked me out even more since I’d had a smear less than 3 months previously which had shown up completely clear!

So, I now have to go back to the doctors to make an appointment for a scan to see what is causing the bleeding (4 weeks now and counting).

I think I’ll just book a ticket to Hysterectomy Harbour and get it over with!

My stress levels are at critical – no wonder I have a headache and feel sick!

1 Comment

Filed under General

Friday Poem – How do I love thee?

A sentimental poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, especially for Valentine’s Day.heart sunset

How do I love thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Leave a comment

Filed under Friday Poem

Body Piercings

I will admit upfront that I am too chicken to even have my ears pierced.

I was also under the naïve understanding that as far as piercings went you could do ears, eyebrows, nose, tongue, belly button, undercarriage, and that was the extent of my knowledge.

But today my eyes have been well and truly opened up.

I was chatting with some girls at work, who said that pretty much anywhere went these days, and they were discussing having piercings on their arms and neck.

My eyes watered at the mere thought.

How on earth would you get your arm pierced – I thought you would need a very large pin! But no! I was mistaken. Apparently, from what I understood, they pop a whole in your arm and then scrape out surrounding skin before placing the piercing in. OUCH! It looks very pretty, one of the girls already had one, “but,” I enquired, ” couldn’t you just use some glue and stick a diamanté sequin on your arm instead. It’s a lot less painful, and you can take it off?”

These, seemingly, extreme body piercings seem to be all the rage. From piercings on your neck and arms, to more elaborate piercings, such as all down your spine, or side and then using ribbon to connect each piercing, to give the effect of lacing up a corset. Again, surely just buying a corset would be a lot less painful.

But, what about infection? Can you just remove these piercings, like you can ears and nose, to change the stud? No, would be the answer. It would appear these can only be removed by the piercing specialist who put it in.

Now, like I said, I’m too chicken to have my ears pierced – can give birth without drugs, but don’t ask me to stick a needle in my ear! But seriously, why would anyone put themselves through something like it – I just don’t understand. Is it art? Is it beauty?

Have a look at some of these photos and let me know what you think. Would you?

bp1 bp2 bp4bp3

1 Comment

Filed under General