January has been and gone

January flew by so quickly, although with some dreary, dismal and cold days, it didn’t always feel like that.

We managed to pack in so much, wrapping up warm and getting out and about in the countryside with Ted on sunny days, and out for lunch and afternoon teas with friends and family and shopping the sales, which is always great fun.

I like to be busy anyway, but I do feel it’s so important, on these short winter days, to try and do some special things and keep busy. It’s also important to me, for my wellbeing, to try and be outside as much as possible, be amongst nature and enjoy some fresh air.

I had a visit to my transplant clinic during January, now this was a visit I’d been waiting for, as besides all the usual tests of lung function, x-ray, ecg and bloods, I was having a heart echo and a CT scan.

I was having these extra tests to see how the blood clots in my lungs are, whether they are still there or not and to really get a good grip on knowing exactly where we are at with my heart and lung function.

All was going well and I managed all the tests, but I then had a major reaction to the CT scan dye, this has never happened to me before. The transplant staff went into action and I had to stay for the afternoon while they gave me IV steroids and anti- histamines. All calmed down in the end and I was able to go home.

I’m still waiting on the test results, but I have a feeling that things may have improved somehow, which would be great, watch this space. In the meantime, I’m trying to keep myself as fit as possible.

We managed to escape to the Lake District afterwards, which was a very welcome break and we enjoyed going out and seeing the Lakes in all their glory on the sunny days we had. We managed to visit mum too and took her for lunch. We spent the afternoon with her afterwards tracing more of our family history. It’s a work in progress that we’ve been doing for a while now. It’s so interesting though, trying to piece everything together.

We came home in time for Freddie’s birthday, but unfortunately baby Darcy had a bad cold, so because I’m immunosuppressed and have lots of problems with my lungs and poor lung function, I was unable to see him or the family for a week or so. We’re used to this and we celebrated later. He still has a joint birthday party yet with a friend, so we’ll be able to celebrate again very soon too.

We’ve had a some dull and dismal days, but when I look back on my photos, many sunny days too. Winter can be so beautiful on a sunny day and it can be so refreshing to get wrapped up warm and go for a walk or to look around the garden. A frosty morning can look so stunning and beautiful.

There’s plenty of spring bulbs pushing through now too, snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils There’s even bluebell shoots and buds on my rose bushes, as the weather has been so mild. It was lovely to see one of my favourite January plants come to life and flower in the sunshine, a beautiful and bright winter jasmine. I love it from now on, as the whole garden starts to spring to life and in the meantime, I like to have lovely fresh spring flowers in the house, as it really lifts my spirits too.

And that was my January, hope yours has been a good one and thanks for reading.

A stroll around Fairlands Valley
Beautiful winter flowering jasmine
I love all the fresh spring flowers that are in the shops

River Dalham, Cumbria

Deer down on Dalham Estate, Cumbria
Frosty ferns
Beautiful Cumbrian fells
Coniston Water from the boathouse
At Royal Papworth