Tuesday, 2 September 2014


So first of all there was a massive worksplosion.

This is what I call it when there is so much work it is basically coming out of your eyeballs and ears and nose and it makes a massive mess of everything, everywhere.

Then in the midst of my worksplosion I woke up in the early hours of the morning in excruciating pain in my left leg. The pain of which was unreal. So bad that I thought I might have a DVT in my leg the pain was so reminiscent of my pulmonary embolism. A trip to the Drs first thing diagnosed me with sciatica.

Take my advice. You don’t want it.

For the next 3 weeks there was a seriously small amount of time that I wasn’t either in huge amounts of pain or high as a kite on Tramadol.

I didn’t take any time off work, which in hindsight I think was a mistake. I think it prolonged how long I suffered for when I should have just been chilling out at home and the simple fact was that being at work meant that was the only thing I could focus on. That meant I could not focus on cooking, cleaning, being productive, generally being a nice person. I just didn’t have the brain capacity.

I have serious respect for anyone suffering from chronic pain. It literally changes your personality. You cannot be yourself when part of your mind is engaged with working out how you can chop your leg off without actually chopping your leg off.

After several visits to an Osteopath and huge numbers of various painkillers the pain eventually disappeared. Who knows if it would have gone away by itself anyway - it might have done and I would be about £200 better off but at the time I would have done anything to make the pain go away.

So yeah. No blogging happened. And then I was out of the habit of blogging and there was so much that I wanted to blog about that writing a list was actually making the whole experience feel more overwhelming. So I just tried to forget about it for a little bit.

What I have been doing in the meantime can be boiled down to two quite simple things.


and crochet.

That’s it.

So, you know, you haven’t missed much.


  1. :) I like the rainbow floor! And the dinosaur!

  2. What do the gerbils thinks of your knitted toys then? :)

  3. Glad to see you back- I often thing of your post about partially overheard conversations, "no Sebastion, that's Daddy's hummus!" Being a particular favourite!!
    Hope you feel even better soon
    Juliet x

  4. Great to see a post from you. Oh I feel your pain - I had excruciating back pain last year and was as high as a kite on cocodomol for 2 weeks straight. I thought I'd become addicted because I was petrified of feeling the pain again. I also convinced myself it had to be because of something life-threatening, like cancer. It wasn't...and I was able to stop the cocodomol as quickly as I had started taking it. I hope it never happens again...same goes for you! :0)

  5. Sciatica is awful, I hope things are feeling better now! Missed hearing from you <3

    Maria xxx

  6. Oh gosh, I'm so glad that you're feeling a lot better now.
    And OMG dinosaur crochet!

  7. Sorry to hear what you've been through recently. :-( Big hugs. Hope the gerbils have been cheering you up (how cute by the way!) x

  8. This sounds horrible, and I'm amazed you soldiered on with work. When a friend of mine had sciatica she ended up signed off for 2 weeks and lying flat on the floor for most of that!

  9. Aw man, that sounds horrible! I hope your on the mend and feeling better now.

  10. Glad you're better and back. Love that zebra.

  11. Sciatica is pants. Glad it's gone now. Gerbils and crochet are awesome so I'm happy you're back.

  12. Glad you're back and pain free.

  13. Welcome back! That sounds awful, can't believe you carried on working, you nutter. Hopefully it doesn't rear its ugly head again.


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