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What the hell is that?
Mar. 04.

Waffle Wednesday: I’m Back! (Well, Almost)

Robyn RHello there! I’ve been kind of absent the past while, but the good news is that I’m just about back to doing whatever it is that I do here (if anyone knows what I’m meant to be doing here, let me know in a comment, please and thank you). It will take me a couple of days to figure out what is sitting in the review box (which looks like a bomb has hit it) and decide what to write about, but I’m finally able to get my mind back to what I enjoy doing most.

I apologise for my absence, but, as some of you may know (I’ve written about it a lot) I have been dealing with some complicated health issues for the past year and a bit, and it all got too much for me. Having your entire existence dictated by when you do (or don’t) have appointments with hospitals, doctors or nurses is not easy. I’ve said it before, but if you’ve been through it, you know what I mean, and if you haven’t, I hope you never have to. Concentrating on the blog, and well, concentrating on anything really, became almost impossible, so I took a break.

Fortunately though, on February 19th, I found myself in hospital, for a long awaited and looked forward to major surgery (I know that sounds weird, like I’m some kind of surgical masochist) to finally solve the kidney problem I was having – I’ll avoid the gory details, as it is bad enough that I know the mess that was made in there. It was a messy surgery (I left the ward at 8.30 and didn’t get back until that evening), and quite probably involved the doctors looking like this:

What the hell is that?

What the hell is that?

It was all a success, and after a week of recovery, heavy painkillers (morphine on tap for 3 days) and some fairly forgettable food (though not entirely bad this time, my nagging worked) I was deemed fit enough to go home (they really just needed the bed – as was demonstrated by the loud conversation about bed demands just outside my door before asking if I wanted to go home).

So, after almost another week at home, I’m at the point where the pain has more or less gone (unless I move stupidly) I am in a good mood and can pay attention to doing things like blogging again (woohoo!).

Bear with me a couple more days, and I’m sure I will find something to rant and rave about really soon! Expect topics to include the search for a good manicure, pedicure, brow shape and hairstyle (all things that have been neglected for a while) but don’t expect me to be talking about swimsuit season this year (not being able to be active for too long, and the huge scar that now wraps around my waist can be blamed for that).

Thank you for sticking with me through all this!

Robyn

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May. 19.

Lets Talk Blog Challenge: Survival Guide

ltbc-computerWelcome to week 4, and the second half of the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge, being organised by the super Sarah from At The Beauty Desk. This week we’re doing a survival guide. The tips and bits you need to survive a particular situation. The 4 situations we were given to choose from are: A First Date Survival Guide, A Wedding Day Survival Guide, A Night Out Survival Guide or A Festival Survival Guide.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about any of them. I’m single (no wedding day survival guide here), my last first date was 7 years ago, I’ve never been to a festival, and for a night out, get dressed up, have fun, watch out for each other. So, what to do here. Well, one thing I do have experience of, and I know it’s not on the list but bear with me, is hospitals. So, allow me to present to you, my Hospital Survival Guide.

Keeping clean:

Even with the best cleaning crew in the world, and I’ve seen some of them do amazing things, if you are in a multi bed room, with shared toilets and showers, keeping clean is going to be a little bit of an issue. I was fortunate enough to be in a single room with a private bathroom for most of my recent experiences, but there are still a couple of things I would highly recommend.

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Wipes: No, not for taking your makeup off. These are going to be handy to have if you just want to freshen up without going through the whole process of finding an empty loo on the ward, trying to wash a little and finding yourself with someone banging on the door needing to urgently go. At least with these you can wipe hands, arms, face etc. and chuck them. It’s not a substitute for a proper wash, but at least during the day you can keep yourself a little fresher.

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Sanitiser: Okay, speaking of trips to the bathroom. Again, you’re in a multi bed room, it’s coming up to lunch time, you go and use the toilet, wash your hands, head back to your bed and eat. I’m not saying you will have touched something unsanitary, but it is possible. There should be hand sanitisers every few feet (I had 5 in my room) but just to be sure, keep one of these in your locker. You’re there to get well, and picking up something else by accident is not pleasant.

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Shampoos: Really, you’re not going to be looking just out of the salon gorgeous hair wise, but you’re still going to want to keep it clean when you can get some shower time. So, what do you do? Do you bring your big bottles of fancy shampoo and conditioner with you? Do you decant it into smaller bottles? What I’ve found handy, is free sample sachets like these Mane ‘n Tail ones. Handy, single use sachets. You use them, dump the packaging in the bin, and they take up no space whatsoever!

 

Drying out:

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Having spent 5 weeks indoors at one point on a hospital trip, I can tell you, hospitals are warm, dry places. Sometimes too warm and too dry. Bring your moisturiser with you, as well as some kind of lip balm and hand cream. You will really appreciate having them.

 

Fashion:

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Right, let’s be honest here. You can have Oscars Night makeup on, and it still won’t make a hospital gown look glamorous. Why not leave the makeup behind, and instead look for a way to dress up the gown. I recommend a good dressing gown. Not boudoir good, but something that is comfortable and you feel good in. I like my big fluffy number from Penneys.

 

Hospitals are BORING places:

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Unless you work in a hospital, it’s very difficult to disagree with me here. You get brief periods of excitement, followed by long, soul destroying stretches of boredom. In my case I had a couple of hours of excitement (surgery, woo!) followed by 10 days straight of doing nothing. I had simple instructions. Sit there, mind the bed so nobody can take it.

For that reason, please, if you know you will be there more than a couple of hours, bring your phone/tablet/kindle/laptop and chargers with you. I also had a sudoku magazine with me, but found that I couldn’t concentrate on one thing for too long, which is why having multitasking products helps.

 

Be POSITIVE:

Don’t let the hospital get to you. I know, easier said than done, but this actually works. Everyone commented on how positive I was during the whole thing, even when things weren’t going to plan. Knowing that you’re in the right place, and that you have people looking out for you, whether they’re doctors, nurses or visitors, will make things a lot easier.

So, that’s my survival guide. If you have anything to add, or want to agree/disagree with anything, please do leave me a comment!

Robyn

 

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