This post was planned for yesterday, but as is so often the case my plans went slightly awry. No point explaining why, I will just say that sometimes we mums all know what it’s like when our time is needed to provide a listening ear even as our fingers are twitching desperately to get back on to the keyboard…at those times I have to remember what is most important…
So, back to business, which is to say I have some good news you will be pleased to know.
On Saturday I had the pleasure of receiving my flu jab (this is good news? Read on…)
I am entitled to this on the NHS because I am my daughter’s official carer (this always seems so strange to me since I am her mum so automatically I care for her but being recognised in this official capacity for the purposes of ‘carer’s rights’, I am entitled to a few things, the flu jab being one of them.)
However, I was not able to receive the jab until this tricky little business of the question of Lyme Disease was cleared up. Some of you will remember ‘Tickgate’, coming as it did fast and furiously on the heels of ‘Spamgate’ but for those who don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, click here and you can read all about it to bring you up to speed.
For those of you who may remember this unfortunate incident and my decision not to take antibiotics at the time, I should let you know that my GP recently sent me for blood tests. I couldn’t get the flu jab if my tests came back positive for fear of a reaction and I had to wait for the results.
So there I was, on Saturday morning at my doctor’s surgery, standing in a long line with people coughing and sneezing all around me (how long does it take for the vaccination to kick in??) and at last it came to my turn. I mentioned this little matter of Lyme Disease to the nurse since I had not heard back from the doctor and she confirmed that the results were negative and all was clear. Wonderful!
Now you understand why getting the flu jab is good news (aside from the glaringly obvious reason of being protected from getting the flu, one hopes).
The nasty red lump on my upper right arm that felt quite sore for a couple of days afterwards was nothing compared to what things could have been like if I had tested positive for the dreaded Lyme Disease. I took my chances, it paid off and I am very, very thankful.
The other piece of good news I would like to share with you all has absolutely nothing to do with medical matters but everything to do with writing.
I submitted my article to Your Cat magazine last December. I was thrilled when the editor contacted me to say she liked it and wanted to publish it but that I should be prepared for a long wait.
Dear readers, I was patient, very patient, and now my patience has been rewarded! The November edition of Your Cat magazine is out today and you can find my article ‘Our Happy Reunion’ on page 56!
I am delighted to see this in print at last. The story is about our cats Maisy and Willow’s journey across the sea from America to the UK when we moved back ‘home’ and how important this was to our family – hence, ‘Our Happy Reunion’!
To celebrate, I took this photo of Maisy to share with you. This was taken shortly after I told her the great news that she is famous at last with her photograph appearing in a national cat magazine.
I think it may have gone to her head. But then she is entitled. Were it not for her, and dearly departed Willow (not forgetting the boy Eddie of course) there would have been no article in the first place.
All in all, I do feel quite happy today 🙂
Your Cat Magazine, BGP Media Ltd, can be purchased at WH Smith, Pets at Home and larger supermarkets in the UK for £3.25