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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?

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A Lesson in Self-Care

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17 Responses

  1. Pen

    Oh Vicki, I hope you feel better soon. As a mother you always think of everyone but yourself. I have a niggling list of things at the back of my mind that I probably need to get checked out at the doctor and dentist, but I tend to just soldier on and assume it will just get better. You’ve given me a kick up the **** to book that appointment.

    Take care of yourself Vicki. Pen x

  2. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    Hope you are starting to feel better now Vicki! xx It is such a dreadful time of year at the moment with all sorts of lurgies floating around and us mums tend to just keep going looking after everyone else but ourselves. Big thumbs up for self-care! It’s got to be done even though it’s not easy to be kind to yourself sometimes but hey as they say “where there’s a will there’s a way”! 🙂 xx

  3. Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    “What a dingbat.” HA! You slay me. It’s so easy to forget about taking care of yourself when your loved ones are ill: I’ve had a houseful of sick kids and husband. I’m fairly sure I’ve had the same thing the whole time, but did I get to a doctor? Absolutely not. I just made myself some tea and convinced myself I’d be better tomorrow. You’re so right: next time this scene inevitably replays itself, I will make sure that I take care of MYSELF too.

  4. Emma T

    That’s me at the moment too. Sore throat, headache, bit bunged up,ear pain but have been at work because presumed it’s just a cold and we’ve got lots of things going on that I just can’t miss. The OH had tonsillitis last week and was on the sofa/in bed for 6 days (my tonsils were taken out age 5 so at least I know it’s not that).

  5. Chloe

    Hi, sorry to hear that you have been under the weather and hope that you both feel better soon. It is indeed so important that we take of ourselves and not put of those doctors appointments when we really need it #BrillBlogPosts

  6. Ali Duke

    It is really hard as a mum to look after yourself all the time. I had a bad cold over Christmas but I still went to work and looked after the kids and the thought of going to the doctor never crossed my mind, Opps! I am aiming to look after myself more this year.

  7. Susan Mann

    You do need to take care of yourself too hon. I am so guilty of that. I didn’t go to the doctors over the holidays and now have a double ear and sinus infection. x

  8. Paola

    We mothers have the tendency to put ourselves last. It’s upmost important to change the trend. You cannot serve others if you don’t care about your well-being.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

    Oh my goodness Vicki you’re so right – I wrote a ‘5 goals for 2018’ post and one of them was to put yourself first now and then [so you’re happy and healthy and can then look after everyone else] and another was to look after your health. It’s like I infiltrated your brain with those thoughts and you wrote them down here…!!

    You’ve said everything you need to do… just do it! Take good care of yourself lovely lady, hope you’re fighting fit soon xMUAHx

  10. Sophie Le Brozec

    It could have been me writing this – except swap out flu for a wrecked neck, arm and shoulder. You and I are so similar – we both preach self-care and don’t take our own medicine! That’s all changing for me this year as I’m putting into place proactive rather than reactive self-care. It’s time to put ourselves first lovely. Get well soon – sending you lots of sunshine and warmth from over here.
    Sophie xx

  11. jodie filogomo

    But it’s hard to take care of ourselves first when there is so much else to do. At least you’re getting looked at now, Vicki!!
    Get better soon…


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