No No's and Yes yesses!

Busy as always. I like to keep myself occupied and at the moment that's more important than ever. 

So my husband and I took our youngest son to London for day Sunday, he wanted to spend some of his hard earned money. We really are very blessed to have such hard working sons. Very proud of both of them, it's hard to know if it's because of us or in spite of us but I'm very happy either way.  

We had fun, some more than others. We were in Selfridges where I was looking at winter coats...as you do in July. Anyway I found one really liked but Ben hated it, then I found one I really really like but both Ben and Chris hated it. So I was doing well at this point. ;) 

Then I happened upon this beauty and we all loved it! Hahahahahah. I'm possibly 3 foot too short, 2 foot too wide, with a bank account that couldn't support such extravagance, but it was fun to give it a go...high end fashion may not be for me. 

I was channeling my inner Woody!! 

Despite not finding a coat I liked we had a wonderful day out.

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Unfortunately for me for the last few weeks I've been having some very unpleasant tummy aches. Which came to a head the weekend before last at Jimmy's Farm Festival, when I finally decided enough was enough and I booked to go back to see my bowel surgeon.  

I'm very lucky as I have private health cover, god knows how long I would have waited to see someone if I didn't. Thankfully I only had to wait two days.  

Anyway, long story short, he thinks I'm perfectly fine and that the pain was probably brought on by severe stress and constipation. 

But just to be on the safe side and to check the status of my incisional hernia (a relic left over from my AP resection)  he ordered a CT scan on my abdomen. 

I had the scan on Monday this week and will get the results next week. Once again I'm very very fortunate and very grateful.  

Some people can get a little nervous about scans. But a CT is probably the easiest of them all, and apart from having to starve yourself before hand (which greedy pig that I am, I do find this a bit of a struggle) it's really no bother.  

You arrive an hour before your scan, you drink some orange squash with some sort of contrast in it (tastes a bit like Pernod) over the course of that hour. Then you go into the CT scan room where you get hooked up to an IV of different contrast dye. I warn you now you will get a warm wet feeling in your throat but more worryingly in your nether regions ;)  you will more than likely think you've wet yourself, you haven't, fear not.   

It's not a claustrophobic scan, the room is light and airy and the machine doesn't enclose you. You are safe and monitored the whole time.  

I do understand why people can get stressed by scans but thankfully I'm not bothered by any of them to be honest, (it's waiting for the results that affects me). Some people find MRI scans a bit tricky and I totally understand that but if you close your eyes and zone out the loud clonking you could be anywhere in the world. A little imagination goes a long way.  

Rocking my waiting room look, enjoying the delightful Pernod and orange hahahahahah, not a combo I'd have put together even in my drinking days. :)     Once the scan has finished you can eat and drink normally again, so I did. Absolutely famished we headed for a restaurant we love. For a very tasty, much deserved lunch.  

Rocking my waiting room look, enjoying the delightful Pernod and orange hahahahahah, not a combo I'd have put together even in my drinking days. :)  

 

Once the scan has finished you can eat and drink normally again, so I did. Absolutely famished we headed for a restaurant we love. For a very tasty, much deserved lunch.  

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Relaxing and reviving after. Soda and lime in hand. A better combo that the previous concoction. 

My tummy pain has eased of late which is fantastic, and kind of indicates my surgeon was right in saying there's nothing untoward going on. Just stress, nerves, excitement, grief...basically - life caused a momentary blip.  

Whilst waiting for my scan I put myself to good use searching the Internet for new dresses, we've got some exciting days out and weekends ahead so I wanted to see what's about.  I found some definite maybe's in Monsoon, using my own principles of ostomy wear. Anything with disruption, be that lace, ruffles or pattern works really well. 

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Once I've honed in on something I like the look of I will take myself off to the store to try on and buy. I'm not a big fan of online shopping. I'm a very tactile shopper. A little trip up town to Monsoon is in the offing.  I did have to chuckle to myself that I am often drawn to most unsuitable dresses, I can't count the amount of times I looked at the ones below, then remembering they'd be absolutely no good at all...avoid avoid avoid!! Hahahahahah...and if I'm being totally honest I've always been a lumpy sort of gal that these wouldn't have worked for anyway. ;) 

Once I've honed in on something I like the look of I will take myself off to the store to try on and buy. I'm not a big fan of online shopping. I'm a very tactile shopper. A little trip up town to Monsoon is in the offing. 

I did have to chuckle to myself that I am often drawn to most unsuitable dresses, I can't count the amount of times I looked at the ones below, then remembering they'd be absolutely no good at all...avoid avoid avoid!! Hahahahahah...and if I'm being totally honest I've always been a lumpy sort of gal that these wouldn't have worked for anyway. ;) 

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The quest for some new frocks continues.  There may well be some No no's out there dress wise, but fortunately there are more Yes yesses!!