Wednesday, 24 October 2018

An Emotional Year

This year has been an emotional one, but I didn't realise how depressed I'd become until I started feeling healthy again.

A couple of years ago, our darling dog became seriously ill and although she recovered, she remained unwell repeatedly until she died just before Christmas last year. Whitesnake and I were devastated. Dear Coco was no longer in pain, but the experience put a damper on our favourite time of the year.

Linked to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters

Shortly after, I received news that my iron levels were too low and underwent a pelvic ultrasound  to confirm the diagnosis. Thankfully, a change of contraception fixed the problem and my iron levels are slowly increasing 

An enormous accomplishment for me this year was remaining alcohol free for two months. Health wise my blood pressure is lower, I've lost 3 kg and at the time I was sleeping amazingly well. I am hoping to achieve this goal again next month before the silly season begins.

My retina detached in March, leading to my first operation ever! This was quite a frightening experience. Not the surgery, but the fact that I could have gone blind. Retinal detachment surgery recovery has been successful, but my eyesight is understandably worse in the affected eye than before. I'll be heading to the optometrist soon for new glasses.  

A couple of years ago, I found myself a new job. The first year I loved, but I found that being better at my job, equalled more responsibility and work . Add to that several 30 hour weeks I covered for my colleague as she took holidays and sick leave and the meetings I needed to attend. A fun part-time job became a great deal of extra hours and work. I convinced myself I was still enjoying my job until I had a massive panic attack there which forced me to reassess my feelings. A shame because my bosses were great and the location not too far away, but I decided it was time to put my health and my family first.

Finally this blog is up to date again. Thanks to the support of my wonderful husband and doctor, I'm feeling like myself again and that makes me happy. 

Love KB


  1. So sorry to hear you've had a rough year. I send you good wishes for a much better one ahead. xx

  2. I'm so happy to see you again. I don't know how we lost FB friendship but now I know I missed you. Sorry to hear your job became oppressive. I know you enjoyed it for a time. All is well with me. I had both knees replaced last year and so I've taken life quite easily this year. Living the life of luxury, lol. Take care of yourself, KB. And good to have you back!

  3. Good to know that you are feeling healthy and good again. Its been a tough year for you and thank God for good doctors and love ones surrounding you and supporting you. You are precious to those who love you. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Good to see you again. Sorry you went through a lot but I see you also made some progress Good on ya. I haven't been blogging for a while either and might come back soon too :)

  5. You've had it rough. I've known a few people who had the retinal detachment. It sounds just awful. You have my sympathies on getting overworked as well. if only they'd let you simply step back to where you were happy.

  6. So glad that things are going better!

  7. HANG IN, as it will get better. YOUR HEALTH is a very important thing. Most other things will work out.

  8. Oh lots of healing energy hugs to you ~ not a very good year ~ Health is everything ~ continued healing for you and your family ~ not easy to lose our fur persons ~ Xox

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. My goodness, you've been to hell and back. From now on though, the only way is up!

  10. Hello! I wish you all the best!

  11. Hello! So glad that things are going better for you!
    So sorry about your loss..i had a dog and i know how you feel.
    Wish you all the best.Thank you for visiting my post and for your kind comment!
    Enjoy your new week!

  12. Thanks for viewing my blog. I'm so glad to hear that you have been getting better. Keep up the good work.

  13. Hello, sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. I have been there with my own Goldie Girl.
    I hope you are feeling better, your health is important. Take care! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day. Have a great new week ahead. PS, thanks for leaving me a comment.

  14. You poor thing!
    Good for you for cutting out alcohol. It really leads to depression. I know. I've been working on that, as well.
    I found strength in focusing on the day m loved ones were born, not the days they were dying.
    Take care! Thanks for visiting.

  15. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Sorry about the loss of your dog, I know how it feels. Glad to hear that you feel better, I wish you the best.
    Have a wonderful day!

  16. life can be very difficult at times, those times help us to appreciate the good times in our life!! so sorry about the loss of your dog, but how wonderful that you are feeling better!!!

  17. Stay strong, life is good. Fingers crossed for some stress free years ahead.

  18. Glad you are on the mend. I can't believe you made it this far before having your first surgery!

  19. Hello, sorry for the loss of your dog
    Good to know that you feel healthy and well again.
    Best regards, Irma

  20. Congratulations that you stayed alcohol free, it's hard it seems that your year was not the best one, but now it will get better and better !

  21. I am so sorry about your dog. It's hard because you get so attached to them. I am having cataract surgery on my eyes after Thanksgiving and I'm a little scared and nervous about it. I know it has to be done though.