So, for all the banging on about self-care on here, I’d totally forgotten myself. Oh, the irony.
I’ve had a sore throat on and off for weeks. So sore, it was hard to swallow some days. Did I go to see the doctor, did I heck? I’ve been back and forth to the surgery with my intermittently ill kids through the winter though..I’ve been up at night, worrying about them and frankly not giving myself a second-thought.
Today, whilst at the surgery where Xander was been seeing about his fever, as a last-minute after thought when I mentioned I’ve not been well either, the GP kindly extended the appointment to fit me in as well and good job too as he also diagnosed me with flu (not sure why Xander got it as he had the jab but oh-well)… with symptoms spanning raised glands, a high temperature and red-raw throat. Lush.
He’s also sending me for blood tests tomorrow to rule out a long list of fearsome issues I’m trying not to think about but am grateful he’s checking.
Yes, it’s vital to ensure your kids are well but consistently leaving myself last on the pile is silly. It took me feeling truly awful to take action today after weeks of breathlessness, an inflammed throat and achy body. I’d just assumed this was me in the winter. What a dingbat.
Anyway, better late than never to be diagnosed and rest-up but it’s been a lesson to look after myself. To book the doctor’s appointment. We shouldn’t just react to being ill either. We need to implement a consistent programme of self-care of eating well, exercising lots and chilling the heck out regularly, not just at breaking point. I need to check myself before I wreck myself, and I do feel pretty wrecked right now. Don’t be like me, yeah?