Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for blue skies and sunshine today

Thankful that Ben is wearing a CGM (continuous glucose monitor).  For the past month his diabetic readings have been all over the place, culminating in several consecutive days of multiple hypos.  Ben's new pump has a function whereby it will automatically shut down, if the sensor detects that he is running seriously low.  Needless to say he has been "alarming" all day!!  The worst bit was when I went to check on him before retiring last night, only to be greeted with a piercing alarm and the following on screen data, " I have diabetes, this is a medical emergency, call for assistance!"  At least I now know that should he ever be unconscious whilst simultaneously wearing the pump and the sensor, that all in theory should be well ;-) 

Thankful for the clothing bargains found in the shops today.  I cannot see the sense in window shopping and I only buy what I need, but the recent surge in temperatures was just the nudge I needed and some long overdue new tops were bought this morning.

Thankful that Uncle Bry called round and stopped for tea.  He is very generous and whenever I see him, he has usually bought some treats for us to share.  We had raspberries in our post lunch smoothie and strawberries with yogurt for our after dinner dessert.

Thankful that both kids are competent in the kitchen.  Benedict made a yummy vegetable and lentil lasagne for our lunch on Monday and moussaka for our tea.

Thankful for Poppy she never fails to make me smile. 

Thankful for some recently purchased active wrist splints.  I have had to use wrist splints in the past, but they had a steel rod insert and therefore doing anything with your hands was virtually impossible.  Knitting and crochet are my sanity savers, but over the past few weeks the pain in my hands and wrists has become quite wearying.  In addition to the fibromyalgia I also have joint hypermobility syndrome.  JHS is where the joints are super flexible and can work beyond the normal range of movement.  Some folk can have this condition and no symptoms.  Some of us have chronic pain and flare ups and in the worst cases the joint itself has dislocated.  Essentially the tendons and fibres surrounding the joint are working beyond their capacity in attempt to maintain joint stability, and as a result pain ensues. 
These new splints have enabled me to keep up with the crafting as well as moderating joint movement, a win-win situation ;-)

Thankful that Sara is making good post partum progress and that Oliver is such a chilled out baby.  She is well rested thanks to his sleeping for a good stretch at night, long may it continue!

Some pictures to share:


 Ben's yummy vegetable and lentil lasagne.


 Kathryn on Easter Sunday having fun with snap chat selfies with Ben!





 Oliver was one month old on Sunday and I got to have Grandma cuddles yesterday.  Love his hair :-)

What are you thankful for today?

9 comments:

  1. So nice to see so many positive words here, in spite of difficult situations! Need to teach my children now, I will comment more later, but I wanted to say good morning.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by at the start of your day, hope it has been a good one ❤️❤️

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    2. It was a good day, just a long one. How are your wrists doing? I have been having weird pains in my hands, the chiropractor thought I needed to stretch them with special exercises. My grandmother used to get these pains and she always did exercises with a tennis ball. He also thought my tendons in the lower back are in bad shape. I have been lower back pain for quite a while now and am trying to do more stretching. So I do sympathize with you a lot.

      I think I should go to bed now. I cut thorny branches for two hours this morning in our backyard because they are growing everywhere. I am all scratched up and look like somebody whipped me :). I also found a tick on my neck. Flora had a tick this morning. I wonder where they could come from because it has been so cold!

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  2. I'm thankful for you and your thankful posts :) They always make me feel happy. Benedict's vegetable and lentil lasagna looks so amazing that I'm wondering if he would share the recipe? Was it a vegetarian moussaka? I've never tried making it. I'm impressed with his culinary expertise!

    I hope Ben's readings have leveled out this week, and it's good you have the monitor. I hope you've had quieter nights! Hooray for active wrist splints! The thought of not being able to knit or crochet is a bit sobering . . xoxoxo

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  3. P.S. I love your pics! and we're all thankful this week that our cat Hermione is doing well. She had to have a large growth surgically removed from her bottom. She's seventeen years old and we were a little worried, but she's really bouncing back strong. I'll try and do a post with some photos.

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    1. Three cheers for Hermione! I am glad that she is healing :-). I am thankful for you too! The veggie moussaka is a lentil and veg base instead of a meat and veg base. It is then topped with the aubergine and white sauce with egg to give a soufflé effect. We don't add cheese to the sauce we sprinkle it on top to give a lovely toasted cheese topping xx

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  4. This is a wonderful post! I love thankful posts. Ben's lasagne looks aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing!!!! He can come over here and cook if he wants! :-)
    I'm glad you got some tops to wear and that Ben has the monitor and what beautiful photos of them! Ben is very handsome! What a beeautiful smile!

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  5. San, I'm thankful for your friendship. Thank you for sharing your news and your beautiful photos. I always enjoy visiting your blog. Sending love to you and your family xxxx

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