November was indeed crazy!

Hey, remember how I wrote that blog post before November even started saying that it was going to be a crazy month, what with NaNoWriMo going and all my appointments and stuff? Well it turned out to be an even crazier month than I thought, what with NaNoWriMo going on, all my appointments, going to see one of my favouriate authors doing a talk, and my family re-homing a dog from some of our friends who couldn’t give her as much attention as they would have liked any more. Yup, you read that right Little Miss Turns-Into-A-Ball-of-Anxiety-Everytime-a-Dog-Even-Looks-At-Her now shares a home with a dog. And I love her. Well, I never.

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? My first day of NaNo was awful, and it didn’t get any better. It took me about two days to get what I affectionately call ‘NaNo Neck’ this year. That is what I call it when my neck, back and shoulders all hate me for pending too much time hunched over my laptop, which happens every year sooner or later. My plot was virtually non-exsistant (and still is.) I had several days where I didn’t write anything, but I dragged myself over the finish line with a few hours to spare. Here’s a YouTube video I made about the whole thing, if you’re interested.


Needless to say the month was a tough one in terms of my cerebral palsy, what with all the extra pain and the cold (omg the cold) but I did have my botox and they’ve ordered me some new boots to go with my calipers, which I needed as my old ones were getting holes in. Oh, and everything went fine at the dentist, which is always nice. Apparently I don’t have to go for another nine months now instead of six months. Yippee!

So, let’s talk about the dog now. She’s a six year-old shi tuz called Tallulah and at first I was really, really nervous about getting her. I’ve never had a dog before, and don’t know a lot about them, and the ones that I have been around have generally been bouncy or yappy or too playful for me to handle, and then of course there is my whole ‘cats are clean dogs are dirty’ thing that my brain thinks for some reason.

There were a few teething problems so I kept things quiet about her online until we had them a bit more under control in case it turned out that we weren’t the right family for her and she wasn’t the right dog for us. Anyway, things have settled and we’re keeping her, although things still aren’t easy because the poor little thing is undergoing a phantom pregnancy (she’d just had her last season a month of two before we got her) and the poor thing is very sad and confused about why she doesn’t have puppies yet.

So, that was the hectic month that was Novemeber. Hopefully I’ll be back a little more regularly now. How are you guys?

November is getting crazy!

Yes, I am we’re still only in October (just) but November is already shaping up to be a pretty mental month here in Nicland.

I already have three appointments scheduled, two are CP-related and one isn’t.

I’ll be heading to the dentist for my regular check-up, which should hopefully only be one session, as well as going to the orthotics department to get news shoes fitted for my calipers, and having another round of Botox in my legs to help relax the muscles.

But that’s not all that I have going on.

November is also National Novel Writing Month, a project that challenges people all around the world to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That might not sound like a lot of work to some of you, but when you’re trying to balance that with everything else going on it your life, time can pass by without you even noticing.

If you want to know more about  how I get on, I’ll (hopefully) be doing weekly videos on my YouTube channel again. Either way, it will be nice to get some more positive content going up on this blog in the next few weeks.

Let the fun begin!

Feeling the cold

It’s definitely getting colder in the UK now and I am most definitely feeling the difference. On days where I’ve still been wearing dresses, I’ve also had my socks on over the top because my feet often feel the cold more than anywhere else.

That said, my legs always feel it too, especially the upper half above the knee, (which, as it happens, is probably the place I get the most pain when I’m on my period too.)

For the last couple of days I’ve either been sat with a blanket over them or with a wheatbag on my knee to try keep warm.

Today, I’m noticing it more than ever because it felt like the cold had worked its way right down into my bones this morning. The wheatbag approach didn’t really help, but a hot shower did so I can’t complain.

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So Nic what have you been doing?

Good question,  and the answer to that is so. Much. Stuff. I’m not even sure where to start.  November is slipping through my fingers  and before I know it it’ll be Christmas and the New Year. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one struggling to get my head round the fact that 2014 is almost over.

I’ve had a couple of appointments over these last two weeks that have gone rather well. I managed to see my physio and my consultant last week who think they know what’s been causing my hip pain. They want me to try a high dose of ibuprofen for a couple of weeks.  If that doesn’t work then they want me to get a referral to the pain clinic. I’m hoping it won’t come to that but it’s a start.

I’ve just got back from being recast for a new splint too.

I’ve almost reached my goal of writing 50000 words of a novel for national novel writing month now too!

A bit of a blip

Well guys all I can say if that I’m not even really sure where to start with today’s post. I fully intended to update you all a bit more about that hip pain that’s been bothering me for the last six months or so and the x-rays that I had done because of it, but then life got in the way. Well, by life I mean that I found myself contending with hip pain that was making me wish that someone could remove my left leg from my hip joint for a couple of hours just to give me a break, a pretty painful ear infection that felt me feeling pretty yucky, and to top it all off I’ve got a wisdom tooth trying to come through. It’s been cutting its way through my gum on and off since my first year at university (otherwise known as the end of 2009) so part of me wishes it would just hurry up and get a move on.

So, anyway, moaning aside, I spent most of last week feeling pretty drained and a bit grumpy and I put whatever brain power I had into trying to keep on top of my goal to take part in National Novel Writing Month, which challenges people to write 50,000 words of fiction in the 30 days of November. I won’t lie, I did get a little behind schedule (okay, quite a bit behind) in the middle of last week, but somehow, and don’t ask me how, I’ve managed to get myself back on track. Yay me!

The novel idea that I’m working on trying to make a good start on this November is about a 16 year-old living with Cerebral Palsy as she navigates the world of growing up, relationships and dealing with the impact her disability has on my life. While the character herself isn’t me in fictional form or anything, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my own disability over the last few days. This has been even more prominent  seeing as I think I’ve had more ‘bad CP days’ over the last few months than I’ve had in the last few years and I think a lot of you know that I’m not very happy about that but I’m trying to deal with it and keep going, although I really, really want to get my hip sorted out my because it’s really, really starting to tick me off now to say the least.

I still don’t know if anything will ever come of the writing that I’m working on right now. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. I think it would be nice if it did, but it’s too early for me to say if I think it will be good enough to show to the rest of the world one day or not. Right now, it’s helping me out in more ways that one so that’s good enough for the moment, as for the future, we’ll just have to wait and see.

in other news my hip x-ray came back fine, which is a good thing and I’m really happy about it obviously, but it still doesn’t answer the question for why it’s been playing up, but I’m seeing my physio later this week so hopefully we can come up with a plan to find out.

Sorry if this post has been a bit of a  ramble, but thanks for listening, I really appreciate it


Nic xx