I have been away sorting out this gallstones malarkey. After 6 months of dietary changes, taking Rowachol and gold coin grass to dissolve them, doing a flush, and lots of other natural options, I was just getting more and more unwell. Pain and nausea were taking over my life – and as I have the best life ever, I do not want it ruined by illness! i had constant gallbladder inflammation, even needing antibiotics, plus constant pain and feeling sick. It really limits your life – and makes you grumpy. being pigheaded I never took painkillers and carried on doing things with the kids, but boy has it been an exhausting, painful, difficult 6 months So, last Friday the 13th (!!!) I went for a laparascopic cholecystectomy at Sandwell Hospital. I have a terrible fear of general anaesthetics, being a control freak, but it was fine I was told that I had the quickest recovery from a general the theatre nurse had ever seen. Op shortly after 9, woke up 10.30 needing n0 oxygen or time in recovery, back on ward drinking tea and posting on Facebook by 11 and eating lunch at 12 LOL. It is major surgery so i have been sore, but at the end of week one I am probably 65% better – although no lifting for another 4 or 5 weeks, which is the most frustrating bit! Goodbye gallstones! Well, actually, I have them in a jar so they are still here – but the pain they have caused is gone. Hurrah!
So, here is a brief round up of what has been happening in our unschooling lives during this past couple of unusual weeks.
The week leading up to surgery was painful and surreal, but we kept busy to keep all our spirits up.
Shopping and lunch at Morrisons.
Amber started her active toddlers gym class, whilst the big two started an evening gym class where they can work towards their badges. They already had several gym and trampolining badges from their old class in Sutton, and declared this class to be fantastic. I took them the first week, when it was a special fun week with bouncy castle and slide as well as gymnastics. last week was back to a proper gym class and they absolutely loved it. The instructors are a lot better than at their old class. Dad took Amber to her class whilst i was incapacitated last week and Rich took the big two
A day cycling and playing in Dartmouth park with Rach and her 5 littlies, plus Bex and baby Violet.
The day before my op Alfie and Holly went to see Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain live at Birmingham town hall with Rich and lots of home ed friends. I took the opportunity to take Amber to ash End Farm, where we had a lovely day. The bigs are too old for farms now so poor Amber never gets to go usually! She got to feed the ducks, hold chicks and a duckling, stroke rabbits and guinea pigs, sit on a pony, go on a tractor and trailer ride, feed the animals…
On the day of my op Rich took all the children to their Friday Club home ed group, and he has done so again today so that I can have a break Alfie and Holly have been great at lifting things and helping me out, but with 3 children around rest is never possible lol.
Rich has been a star, mucking in with housework and childcare whenever required, whilst still trying to do some work. He took Alfie and Amber for a ramble around the nature reserve, where they spotted lots of wildlife and had great fun. He drove us to Morrisons so we could shop and have lunch. I just ordered everyone else around as I can’t lift anything lol. Mom and Dad came and helped out, including mountains of washing up as all 3 children obviously had to bake a totally different type of cake each My fabulous friend Elaine came over for a play date, which involved lots of her sweeping up and pushing children on the swing Elaine and the lovely Rach came to soft play with us at Crash Bang Wallop and did all the tray carrying, wet trouser changing and child lifting duties I am so blessed!!! The wonderful messages, cards, flowers and even a gooseberry tree off lovely, lovely friends have kept my spirits up too I love, love my wonderful friends and family so much.
A few more snapshots of the last week