As you may have guessed from the lack of Advent at The North Pole posts, I have been too sick to blog. I was struck down with mild cramps on 2nd December, doubled over in pain by 4th December, and completely bedridden by 6th! I even had to call TJ home from work on 9th for an emergency appointment at the doctors, and returned again on 11th in desperation. Only yesterday, after well over a week of intense cramping, nausea, reflux and any other number of digestive disorders I don't really want to go into much detail over did the symptoms begin to subside enough for me to feel like maybe, just maybe, I was started to heal.
The conclusion by my doctors and myself is that I caught some kind of gastroenteritis (especially as Little Man had sickness and diarrhoea last week and my parents and TJ also complained of feeling queasy) but it just presented differently in me. It severely aggravated my IBS and left me in agony and unable to clear my system. It was a truly horrible reminder of what it is like to feel sick day in and day out and not be able to look after yourself for days on end. If nothing else it has reminded me very clearly that I could never, ever face another pregnancy!! And my heart goes out to anyone suffering from severe pregnancy sickness and HG this Christmastime! A week was enough for me, at least I'll be well in time for Christmas, unlike so many women who have many, many weeks of sickness ahead of them...
I am still feeling weak and wobbly (with residual cramps and reflux) as my system tries to get back to normal and having been off work for over a week and getting way behind on Christmas prep, this will be my last blog post before Christmas. I just have too much else that needs to be done on very little energy. So I'm afraid that whilst I would have loved to complete my Advent at The North Pole series, it will just have to be shelved until next year. I promise it will be good and scheduled far in advance of December to cover any mishaps next time!
So all that is left for me to do is to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, a Happy Solstice or Happy Yule, or whatever celebration you personally make at this time of year :) See you in 2014 (or maybe a little before for a review of the year and some resolutions!)