It’s been quite a week

Have you ever suffered back pain? It’s not fun is it? Beginning last weekend my back finally decided it had had enough of my shenanigans and gave up trying to support my body in its many activities. To be fair I had been having plenty of warning signs and I knew I had done several silly things in recent months, so the twinges were there.

I was finally able to get an appointment with a sports therapist and that dear man took away about 80% of the pain I had been dealing with. Over the next 48 hours the pain was no longer an issue at all. I also had a Bowen treatment, again the residual effects have improved my wellbeing over the following days and I have decided to continue having Bowen therapy on a monthly basis going forward. My body feels more aligned and my posture has improved markedly.

So once all that was sorted out and life returned to it’s usual pace, I was forced to confront an issue that I knew must be dealt with.

2001 – 2019

Here’s my darling girl just a week or so ago, looking hale and hearty and ever so slightly curious. She is in fact half way through 10 days of antibiotics for a bladder infection. She is 18 years old but still enjoys all the good things, food, plenty of cuddles and several comfortable and warm sleeping spots around the house which she occupies around 23 hours a day. So all was going well until the antibiotics finished and within a day the infection returned but was clearly worse than before. Anyway cutting the story short I decided that it was time to make that trip to the vet, and foregoing any more exploratory treatments to find out what is going on, our girl made her way to the magical rainbow bridge.

My house has not felt the same since that day, but I know time will heal the deep sadness I feel.

So not exactly my best week, and not much has been done in the Craftroom, hopefully my next post will be a much more cheerful one.

Thank you for stopping by.


31 thoughts on “It’s been quite a week

  1. Hi Barb, sorry to hear about Fluffy’s departure. I have not been well either.Have cough and cold for weeks. Had antibiotics bottles of cough mixture. Otherwise all good. Nice to hear from you. Cheers Renate X

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  2. I am so sorry to read that your lovely friend has left this world. Our beloved pets leave such a huge gap. I hope your back continues to heal. The Bowen technique is a wonderful therapy. It is great to see you blogging again Barb. x

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    1. Thank you Brigid, it means a lot to me to hear from you and thank you for the lovely message. I am really happy with the Bowen treatments and intend to make it part of my wellbeing program for the future. I hope all is well with you.

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  3. Hi Barb,
    I had meant to reach out to you when you put your last post up – but being a procrastinator – it didn’t happen.
    Until now, that is. I am so sorry that you have experienced severe back pain – I also wish I could say that I didn’t understand how debilitating it can be.
    In fact, on July 19th, I’m having my spinal fusion extended to the level below – L5 S1. I’m hoping that it will not be as big an operation as the original as the surgeon will be able to use some of the existing “hardware” that’s in place. Approx 5 days in hospital (Epworth, Richmond) which is where my daughter works – although she’s in the cardiac unit.
    Followed by about a week in rehab.
    Should be a piece of cake ?????

    It has been so long since we have had contact – would there be any chance of a catch up for a cuppa or lunch before I have my surgery?
    I would love to see you again and get the full up-date on what’s been happening.

    Sorry to hear that you had to have your cat put to sleep – I know from experience (although with a dog) how hard it is to make that decision and the sense of loss that goes with it.
    Mal and I sat in the car park for nearly half an hour before we could compose ourselves enough to drive home. We said we would never get another dog – but nearly 4 years ago we did!
    She has been the best thing for Mal, he had been going through a rough period after being retrenched, unemployed etc. I really think Shelli saved him from really falling into depression in a big way.
    When he comes home from work (he works 3 days a week at a Primary School as an Integration Aide) he walks in the door and says “how’s my girl”? I know he’s not talking about me!!

    Anyway Barb, lovely to see you back and I look forward to catching up.
    Believe it or not – but over 7 & a half years with SU and I’m still a Hobby Demo (and don’t want it any other way).

    Love Alison xx

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  4. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. We really have been on the same life path it seems. As I shared on my return to wordpress post we lost Vivi in December. I’ve really not made much progress in my healing but that’s ok. Grief has a way and this is just how mine is working. I am sending you so much love and light and reaching out to hold your hand during this time of struggle. ❤

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    1. Oh Nichol, thank you so much. I feel your support and love and I return it to you a hundredfold. These little furry darlings mean so much to us and it is devastating to lose them. I have just had a long discussion with my husband about blogging and I too needed a break to work out for myself why I actually blog. For me Nichol it is people like you that keep me here. The friendships I have made in the blogosphere mean a lot to me and I don’t want to give that up even though sometimes I question the logic of it. As for the block thing, I am persevering but I like the choice of just turning it off if I want to and may join you and many others who have simply given it a miss. X


  5. Aww Barbara, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. She was gorgeous. I’ve no doubt you’ll be feeling her absence. Hope your back continues to improve. Take care. xx

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      1. Some people adopt a new kitty straight away, but it took my daughter two years before she knew she was ready. Now they got a handsome three years old ginger tabby 🙂 Life goes on.

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  6. I’m definitely not ready to adopt yet. And I also have to be mindful of my husband as we haven’t had a decent holiday for years mainly because I didn’t want to leave the cats and felt they were too old to be placed in catteries. I lost my other cat in 2018. So it is probably only fair to go petless for a while. I’m glad your daughter now has a new cat to love.


  7. New here. So sorry to hear about your cat. I am allergic to pets. I can only imagine how you must miss her.

    My husband is a physical therapist and he works wonders for his patients. I do not know where I would be without having him on retainer. Although at times I feel like the shoemakers children. Ha!


    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes it’s been a difficult couple of weeks getting used to our new routine without our beloved cat. How fortunate you are to have your husband on hand for therapy when you are not feeling 100%. May you never go barefoot.


  8. Oh Barbara, so sorry to hear of your loss. Pets are such an important part of our lives and their absence is so keenly felt. Take care of yourself ☺️


  9. Thank you for your kind words. I didn’t think it would be quite so difficult as I have found it, to be honest. She seems to be everywhere, just at the corner of my eye. In a way I have found that comforting.


  10. A month later and I finally show up at the table. How is your back now? I’m so sorry for your kitty loss. I have two, and they are my besties, too. Life is different without them. How have you been keeping mentally busy while your back is healing? Wishing you good luck and love.


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