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  • Writer's pictureJulia Heywood

Surviving The Chaos: A Week of Medical Appointments, Retail Therapy and Migraine

Hey there! It's that time of the week where I update you on all the shenanigans I've been up to lately. Get ready for a story full of hospital visits, dentistry woes, outlet centre wonders, and everything in between!

First up, I had to go for an appointment in a large hospital. Now, this might not sound like the most exciting thing to do, but let me tell you - navigating the halls of a giant hospital, I couldn't help but feel like I was walking through a scene from Grey's Anatomy. Against the clock, I was rushing down corridors, searching for the right department, and dodging confused-looking patients left and right. In the end, I made it to my appointment (with seconds to spare, I might add), but I was sweating like a marathon runner. Note to self: bring a map next time!

Before seeing the consultant, a nurse called me into a tiny back room where she proceeded to weigh me with CLOTHES ON!! Surely that's at least an extra 3KG (7LBs) which she didn't take into account 😡 Then she took my blood pressure. In my opinion, this process is the wrong way round; my blood pressure would be way better if taken before facing the scales! Anyway, the meeting with the lovely Consultant went well, despite the fact he wants to stretch me out on an operating slab. But that's a story for another day...

My next appointment was with the Dentist or to be more precise an Endodontic Specialist, sounds expensive and it was! I was referred to him to see if my tooth could be saved with root canal treatment. After 3d scanning, x-rays and half an hour of poking, he broke the news that the tooth couldn't be saved. It cost £125 to find out. I could have bought a plane ticket for that...But looking on the bright side when the tooth has been extracted, I won't have to worry about toothache anymore.

So, what do you do after spending a fortune at the dentist that you can ill afford? Go and spend some more in the outlet centre nearby. Retail therapy was definitely needed. At least you can see a pair of shoes and admire them every time you look down, unlike paying for something you can't see in the deep dark depths of your mouth! Anyway, it cheered me up. I'll worry about the credit card later and engage in some serious cosmic ordering in the coming days.

Following on from all the excitement of the above, I got hit with a migraine; stressed induced I think, or from eating junk food whilst shopping, or both! Anyway it felt like someone had taken a jackhammer to my brain. If you've ever had one, you know the drill - lights off, curtains drawn, and a cold compress on your forehead. It wasn't exactly a fun time, but I did get to experience the sweet, sweet release of sleep after it had run its course.

There's only one thing to do after a migraine and that's treat yourself to a massage. So I did. A wonderful deep tissues massage that made me feel like a noodle afterwards. Thank you Chelsea 💖.

Finally, I spent some time this week on my children's book promotion. Yes, I write children's books! Shameless plug alert: you should definitely check them out. Anyway, promoting my books involves a lot of social media posts, emails, and generally shouting into the void of the internet. How do social media influencers do it? It can be a bit of a slog, but I'm passionate about what I do. And who knows, maybe one day I'll be a household name like J.K. Rowling. Hey, a girl can dream!

So there you have it, folks. My very expensive week in a nutshell. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to get weighed...WITHOUT clothes!

My Gripes of the week

  • Ladies public loos... Why can't the toilet seats be fitted properly? They are either sliding off to one side or so far back part of you sits on the cold toilet rim.

  • Weighing scales

  • NHS Dentists - where have you all gone?

  • Sticky menus in eateries 😱

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