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What Not To Worry About #36

Happy Tuesday pals! How is your week going so far? Have you been digging out the cosy knits and winter coats from the back of the wardrobe this week? I have to admit, despite how completely unready I felt for Autumn, I have been secretly relishing the brisk mornings and having a real excuse for having a hot chocolate at 8am. It may have been a pretty lousy late summer but there seems to be a few brighter days on the horizon so we can at least squeeze a few more after-work sunset walks in before those dark afternoons descend on us. Unfortunately I've been feeling a little under the weather since coming back from our holidays. I managed to push through last week when I was back to work but my stubbornness had to take a back seat when I came down with a temperature on Saturday night. Andrew was the one that talked me in to calling the hospital and telling them I needed to be admitted on Sunday morning but, as is the case a lot these days, they didn't have any free beds so I am having to wait until one becomes free. For those of you who are new to the blog, first of all, I am so glad you're here! Second of all, I am sure you're wondering why on Earth I would be needing to call a hospital, right? The reason for the hyper-vigilance is because I was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease which affects my lungs and digestive system (check out this blog post which goes in to a little more detail). My main issue is maintaining an infection in my lungs which I do through physiotherapy but sometimes my body can grow tired and the infection can cause more problems than normal. These are the times when I need to be admitted for IV antibiotics and more intensive physiotherapy which usually takes two weeks. I am lucky in that hospitalisation is rare and I am able to live a normal life with minimal treatment however it doesn't make going in to hospital any less scary or disheartening. This is a time when I am at my most vulnerable, when I am forced to tell my managers and colleagues about my health which can leave me feeling a little exposed and embarrassed. Of course I am perfectly entitled to take time off when my health is in decline but having to communicate this in the workplace is terrifying because I hate to feel like I am a burden to anyone. Fortunately my employers have been more than supportive and so I have been waiting on a hospital bed from home, resting and giving myself a head-start before I am admitted. I am hoping to throw myself in to the blog more and use my time wisely but most of all I just need to be still and rest this wee body of mine so I am in tip-top shape for this long ass winter of ours! I am not worrying about myself too much, in fact I am fairly positive it won't take much for me to bounce back so there is no wallowing in this camp. Instead I am letting go of more silly worries and thoughts so I can feel a little lighter and hopefully spread a little more happiness in to your week too! Here's the list for this week. The in-between season wardrobe - how do I dress? Can I get away with bare legs anymore? Is it too soon for woolly hats?? September is a weird month for fashion. Googling answers to life questions - I am a sucker for Googling weird and wonderful symptoms but it turns out us humans Google pretty much everything that pops in to our little heads. Here's the list of the most Googled how-to questions which offers some insight in to our quirks and insecurities. Email spam - I really need to give my inbox a good spring clean because it is littered with crap I just ignore and never delete. I am going to try and delete 50 emails a day so I just be done by about 2072. Not sticking to my summer bucketlist - I never manage to but I am going to use a few goals from this list to keep me happy this Autumn. Feeling post-shopper's guilt - when I feel sick I tend to have the urge to buy myself something so I went out yesterday and bought myself brand new PJ's because I am a granny and this is what makes me happy :) Have a lovely week!!
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I'm Alex, the writer, photographer and creator of The Full Shilling. I started writing as a way to share all my favourite places in Ireland and the list just keeps growing! My aim is that you'll find somewhere new to explore and you'll make some great memories along the way. Happy reading!

30 Comments

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    Oh I'm glad you've been able to learn a little. I know, comfy PJ's are a winter necessity, maybe I should get another set then?

  • Cardiff Cathryn
    4 years ago

    So sorry to hear you have been feeling poorly. I must admit I didn't know much about CF but have been having a good read of some of your posts. You definitely don't need to worry about buying new pyjamas! Comfy PJs are essential! X

  • Five Doves
    4 years ago

    Sorry to hear you have been poorly, I hope you are feeling a little better soon. This weather is crazy isn't it? I'm sweating one minute and freezing the next!

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    Thanks Laura!

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    I'm definitely embracing the changing seasons now that summer is truly over. Lots of walks wrapped up against the winds followed by a hot drink by the fire :) thanks for the lovely comment and here's to the colder months!

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    Thanks Becky! I'm hoping to use this time wisely in here and get some posts written but sometimes it's just as easy to binge watch TV! Need to stop procrastinating!

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    Thanks Beth! Reading up on these things is sometimes the worst idea because all the facts can be so scary. I hope your little one is in good health now!

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    Thanks Kira! As long as there are a few sunny days in between I am not too bothered :)

  • Laura
    4 years ago

    This really is a tricky time of year to dress for! I hope you are admitted soon, and carry on resting up

  • Becky
    4 years ago

    The weather at this time of the year is so hard to keep up with.

    Hope that you are aren't in the hospital too long. It's great that you can focus on the blog and it looks like you've got some great stuff planned.

  • Beth BethinaBox.com
    4 years ago

    My daughter was tested for CF when she was 3 months old (it turns out that she actually has a genetic condition) and reading up on it scared me a little because it was totally unknown to me. I hope you are beginning to feel a little better and have managed to sort out your IV. With that going on, everything else seems pretty much easy to not worry about! x

  • Kira
    4 years ago

    Hope you feel better soon.. the weather is so unpredictable, you literally don't know what to wear ! X

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    Thanks Amy! I shall take your advice and continue with the therapy :)

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    I know, I'm a sucker for flannel pyjamas and fluffy socks in winter - so so cosy! x

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    I think new PJ's are up there with the simple joys in life! That and freshly washed sheets #bliss

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    Glad I'm not the only Kayleigh, we deserve a treat now and again though so we shouldn't feel guilty! And good bargain hunting girl!

  • Alex Donnelly
    4 years ago

    Thanks Laura! Feeling a little better, some rest is doing me the world of good!

  • Everything Mummy
    4 years ago

    ah I am sorry you're not well, I hope you are in the mend soon. In your case I think a little bit of retail therapy is actually advisable ;)

  • Lu Lovely
    4 years ago

    So sorry to hear you've been poorly. Hope you're feeling better soon.
    I've got a bit of a thing for pyjamas at the moment. They're just so cosy and autumnal ?

  • Geraldine
    4 years ago

    A woman after me own heart ,PJs can just give ya that pick up when you've had a long day and need a little cuddle ?
    I hate to admit it but I'm definitely one of those google random stuff people too ?

  • Little &Amp; Me
    4 years ago

    I am so guilty of two of those things haha!
    The bucket list & shoppers guilt, I am SO bad especially for the shoppers guilt.

    I got some shoes & a bra for the bargain price of £10 but I felt SO guilty haha! Thinking of what I could treat my son to instead.

    I will try my best to worry less <3

  • Musings Mummy...Zzz...
    4 years ago

    I so need to get rid of most of my emails! Great to dismiss trivialities and focus on what is important. I hope you are feeling better now

  • Elinor Cook
    4 years ago

    Feeling over tired can lead to low feelings so I hope you get much needed rest and have more good days than those nasty other days. Even much needed holidays can be tiring.

  • Yvonne
    4 years ago

    Ha ha I need to do an email purge too. I doubt I will ever get to the end of it though! Xx

  • Nafisah
    4 years ago

    The weather is a bit funny at the moment, What to wear becomes an issue for me.
    Hope You get better soon xxx

  • Eva Katona
    4 years ago

    I like your what not to worry about posts :) and trust me a pair of pyjamas... the cold nights are here, you needed a new pair!

  • Fashion Police
    4 years ago

    I hope you get to the hospital and start to feel better soon. The weather has been crazy here all week.

  • Sonia
    4 years ago

    Awww I hope you are feeling a bit better soon! This time of year is bonkers... one minute I am hot the other freezing cold! I never know whether to take a coat or not when I go out and I definitely think the tights have got to come back out soon!

  • Clare Nicholas
    4 years ago

    Oh gosh how worrying having to wait so long for a bed. I hope it's not too long and you are on the up soon x

  • Chloe Ciliberto
    4 years ago

    I hope you had a good holiday. I've heard about Cystic Fibrosis before, but never realised what it entailed. I really hope you get to hospital soon and can get back on your feet. It's so good you've got an understanding work place and such supportive people around you.

    In terms of 'What Not To Worry About'...I never know how to dress in September either. I was definitely caught out in the cold with bare legs the other day. The sun and warmth in my garden definitely gave me a false sense of security before I left the house! I also get post-shoppers guilt haha. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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