Friday 15 May 2015

9 Months after losing Elspeth.....

It 9 months now since we lost Elspeth, and I think this has proven to be in many ways a far easier month, but a couple of very important factors have made it hard work.

My ridiculously huge Hernia has become our main focus at the moment. My planned operation was rearranged 2 days beforehand and I'm now due to go in next week. I've been bumped up to 'urgent' and 'as soon as possible'. I won't lie, it's sore now, and I'm struggling to eat. The weightloss is welcome, but not exactly a healthy way to diet. One of my main daily worries is clothes. The only skirt that's comfortable is dangerously close to wearing through, and maxi dresses are unusual attire for the school run in Manchester in May!

We are doing okay. Our youngest is settling better all around, still sleeping well and being brave going to the toilet alone in the day. There are more smiles, there is more easy laughter. There is less exhaustion and we're less stressed now that the inquest is finally over.  The initial dip after that has passed and we're on the up again.

The fog is clearing and we can plan ahead a little. Next week doesn't seem too far away to contemplate, and it feels that Summer is coming towards us already. Everything is still effort, but more is getting done, and that in turn means more achievements and less pressure. We aren't as broken by small disappointments, we can cope a little better.

The exams are starting again, and that's really hard for us. We have young people this year doing GCSE's and AS levels and it's full of reminders we can't get away from. Elspeth had spent so much of the last few months of her life revising. She had intricate timetables on her bedroom wall, and piles of revision cards, and yet she didn't wait to see her results. I want to scream at the kids that I don't really care what they get, it doesn't matter. But it didn't matter to Elspeth either, she had an unconditional place at Art College, so it would give me no comfort. Best of luck to all of the young people out there doing your exams. I hope you get the grades you need, but there are always alternatives if you don't. I'm no example of academic success - I missed my A Levels because I'd gone to Glastonbury...

We (I in particular) had one real fail, and two events this month which have given us a real boost.

I missed my friend's wedding. I was only invited to the evening do, from 7.30pm. By then we're done and just want to hide, the day stretches out so long behind you. My partner had already said he couldn't cope with going, and as time went on it just got harder and harder. Eventually I was sure everyone there who didn't know me, would know of me. I became worried people would stare and show me their sad face and I'd know that they knew. I didn't want that to happen, I didn't want to be sad or have anyone else be sad at a wedding and the stress got too much. I cried with relief once I'd made the decision not to go. I guess if you really are that wound up over something, it really isn't worth it. I believe she has forgiven me....

I went to the Blog On conference, with exactly the same reservations as my friend's wedding, but hoping if they'd heard of me, they'd at least have read my blog. I had an escape room in case I'd turned into a quivering wreck, but I managed until the end (almost), and I'm proud I did. It was lovely to be supported by so many friends, and maybe learn a bit too. And if anyone showed me their sad face, I looked through it.

We were Super Heroes! My partner and 3 of our children dressed up for what turned out to be an amazing day, which we couldn't have forseen would be so great for everyone. It requires genuine effort to 'do' anything, the stress it causes makes it incredibly hard, so when everyone agreed to dressing up and travelling over to Warrington on a Saturday morning I was stunned! We did it, we broke a record, and we made some amazing memories - it's just a shame 2 of our children had to be elsewhere and missed it.

Here are the smiles I have collected over the last month...these are all my Super Heroes...


  1. Beautiful smiles this month! I'm glad you are coping a little better and it's been lovely to see you a couple of times this month. I can imagine that the exam periods are going to e a difficult time for all of you but you will get through it x

  2. Your superheroes would put a smile on anyone's face - awesome. It's lovely to see the smiles and I can't wait to hear that you are in recovery after your op, will have everything crossed for you for next week. Look forward to smiling together at BritMums xx

  3. Lovely to see all of those smiles this month, including some of the shyer big ones! The photos of your superheroes always make me smile xx

    1. Definitely! I was so pleased when I realised I'd got at least one of everybody :) x

  4. Great to hear you are able to move on and think so positively! You are an inspiration to your followers and your family and your friends - you should be so proud of yourself!

  5. Sounds as though you've genuinely made some great progress. It's only 9 months and must still seem so raw. Making decisions, even if they are to not go to something, that must be a big step. Wow to the superheroes event. Well done all of you!

  6. Love your superhero family, sounds like a fun day was had by all! I really hope your hernia op goes well next week and recovery doesn't take too long, can't imagine what you are going through with the way it is at the moment.

  7. A great set of smiles, so nice to see. I love the superhero photos they bring smiles here too. I hope the hernia op goes ahead and goes well. Always thinking of you xx

  8. Oh Jenny I think not going to the wedding was probably the right choice and I'm sure your friend understood. One step at a time and that seems like a huge step to me. Sending love x

  9. It is so good to hear that you are finding it a little easier and managing to have some good times together. I really hope your hernia gets sorted soon, it sounds like it is getting really bad x

  10. Some fantastic smiles this month - the Super Heroes pictures really do crack me up! It has been a crazy time of late, lots of things to keep you occupied, namely the hernia - I see how much pain you are in and it's not fair but bring on the operation (and the flat tummy!). I am here whenever you need me and will try my best not to make you laugh for the next couple of weeks ;) Big hugs to you all xxx

  11. I don't think you need to worry at all about not going to your friend's wedding reception x she would completely understand I'm certain! x so nice to read about your happier times and see those fab pics xxx


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