An update

Well, what can I say?

My blog has been very quiet I know, but things have not been here.  Where to start?  I guess I should start with the bad and move to the good.  For we must always look for the good, yes?

We have all been unwell with various viruses/infections/asthma.  The crops here are bad this year.  It has been a stormy start to summer and the storms have broken up the pollens into tiny particles which have badly inflamed everyone’s airways.  All of us but Angus are on preventers, we have all been on antibiotics for one thing or another.  We are chronically run down, one of our staff members has retired which means Grant is now working 12 days straight with two off....ugh.  

I have been particularly unwell, and I was constantly sick at the end of term with one thing or another and not being able to get on top of any of them.  The latest being endocarditis which landed me in hospital with acute chest pain, troponin rises and ECG changes.  I spent 4 nights in hospital while they worked out what was going on and sorted me out on the cardiac ward being monitored.  The staff and the care at the Lyle Mac hospital were wonderful, I was lucky to have a single side room and wonderful friends and family checking in on me and sending their love.  I am home now, though very, very tired.  My chest is still a little achy and I’m on meds for the next few months while the inflammation in my heart all settles down.       


Me looking stunning in hospital, hooked up to the heart monitor.  In my usual form of keeping it real.  Ha!

So, what does that mean?  Well I have been told to reduce stress, apparently my heart is fatigued and weak now though fortunately I will make a full recovery….I’m not sure how to do that with three small boys home on school holidays, a business being sold, a husband working long hours, and a half renovated house.  We cannot bring in more staff as there is no time to train them before hand over at the end of February, so we are simply in a tough season we need to move through the best we can.  I have hired a cleaner weekly for the next couple of months to do the heavy work.  My focus will be on preparing nourishing food, the maintenance cleaning and caring for the boys.


Beautiful flowers given by a dear friend.  

But there is always good among the bad, college is finished and miraculously despite the challenges our family were facing I managed to get distinctions!  Which I was SO proud of.  It got mighty tough at the end but the work I did earlier in the semester held me in good stead.  The boys are mostly on the mend health wise too.  The sale of the business is progressing well, and the buyers finance has been approved.  They are now awaiting their Australia Post training, they have got themselves a good business there and I'm sure they will be an asset to the town.  Family and friends as ever have rallied around us and held us up, I am always astounded and humbled by the beautiful people who surround us.  They are the real gems in life, priceless and precious.  All will be well in a couple of months, it’s a matter of just going with the flow and adapting to the challenges we have at hand.  Taking time to nourish our bodies, our relationships and our souls and letting the rest simply drop away.  Lots of sleep and healthy food are on the cards and a little gentle exercise.  

Diffusing essential oils.  

Christmas?  Well I’m not sure what it will look like yet.  We were planning on visiting family in the country, but I think we will likely have a quiet Christmas at home now.   Just the 5 of us, perhaps go to the beach in the afternoon with a picnic.  My shopping in incomplete, the tree only just up and our usual traditions are not done.  But such is life, all we can ever offer is our best and together we will muddle through.

I hope all is well with you dear readers, Sending much love to you all and Christmas cheer!  May it be a time of delighting in wonderful relationships, love, self-care and good health for you all.  

Much love,
Em
xx    

24 comments

  1. Goodness me, Emma, you really have been through the mill. Yes, it sounds like a quiet Christmas will be much appreciated by everyone. Congratulations on doiong so well in your course despite the difficulties. Let's hope and pray that 2018 will be a much better year for all of us. Big hugs.

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    1. Thanks Chel. I was really pleased by my grades, sweetness amongst the storm in a way!

      xx

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  2. Hi Em

    I do hope things are on the improve for you all. Asthma and those crop pollens is a big worry and I do hope your heart problems settle down.
    My daughter works at the Lyell Mac but on the stroke ward.
    Take it easy, Christmas will come and go and there's always next year if this one is a bit flat.
    I'm in the same boat with an elderly mother who may go at anytime. Just playing it day by day and not really getting into the Christmas spirit just yet.

    Best wishes, Joolz xx

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    1. Thankyou Joolz. At least it will give me time to catch up with all my favorite blogs yes? And mess about with a bit of writing I'm doing on the side for fun.

      xx

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  3. I’m sorry that you’ve all been so unwell Emma, It sounds like you’re being wise, listening to the doctors and resting.
    Last Christmas I was very unwell and on my 4th course of antibiotics for a problem that just wouldn’t go away. I wasn’t able to do my usual craft and story activities with my kids in the lead up to Christmas. One thing we managed was a drive to look at Christmas lights and that’s what my kids remember - maybe you can find a gentle activity like watching Christmas movies with your boys this year? I’m sure you will all enjoy the quiet over the holidays before the business settles.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Melissa

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    1. We too plan on doing the rounds of Christmas lights and looking at them all, I think it is a calm queit activity I can handle just fine. We will also make ginger bread men I think one weekend. And yes Christmas movies and pop corn will be a winner all round!

      xx

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  4. wishing you and the boys all a speedy recovery!
    thanx for sharing

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  5. I'm so glad you are all on the mend now. Life certainly has a way of sending us lessons doesn't it?
    Congrats on your distinctions, that's amazing! Do you go back next year or is it all done for you now?
    A nice easy Christmas at home sounds lovely.
    Glad to see you're on the oils, they have been amazing for us this year.
    Rest up and hug those boys, even the biggest one, tight.
    Merry Christmas xx

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    1. It certainly does Becci.

      I'm back for a good few years yet. Next semester I will do two subjects again I think. I would like to do three in the third semester so I'm eligible for some Aus study but that will depend on where we are at with the cottage renovations/sale/moving.

      I have never done Christmas at home! I'm thinking a picnic dinner aat the beach might be in order?

      xx

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  6. So sorry that you have been so sick Em. Hopefully you are on the road to recovery, the boys get better and your DH is able to take a little time away from the business over Christmas. Wishing you all the best over the festive season, no matter how quiet it might be!

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  7. Oh boy, Emma, you've had a lot on your plate! Sometimes things all happen at once, don't they? A quiet Christmas sounds just like what you need, perhaps a chance for you all just to be together and enjoy your home before you move. Take care Xxx Meg

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    1. Thanks Meg, they cartianly do. My husband calls me Emma Dilemma and this is exactly the reason why. Its not uncommon I find myself in the middle of a giant utter mess!

      xx

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  8. Oh..dear Emma, I'm so sorry to hear that you've been so unwell. Thankfully school holidays are here now, and time to slow down a bit. Christmas will be just wonderful, no matter where you spend it, just as long as you are all together. Please do try to take things slowly, delegate, accept that things won't be done quite as you would do them, and take time to get away in the van as soon as Grant can get away for a day or two. And of course, please factor in a morning for mulberry picking and morning coffee at Jembella during the hols. Much love to you beautiful Em. XX

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    1. A morning of mulberry picking and coffee sounds wonderful Sally. A gentle stroll around your farm will do me a world of good. I'm trying to do a bit of gentle gardening as I can though I wear out fast. ugh!

      I have put a halt on any renovation plans with Grant until the business settles. Sleep, good food and a bit of gentle exercise either gardening or the beach is the only things we will be doing.

      I have hired a cleaner until the business settles and these boys of mine will have to take up a little more responsibility around here during the holidays.

      xx

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  9. Dear Emma I remember you writing about being very tired and undergoing tests back in September. No wonder you have been feeling tired and run down. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I think a quiet Chrissy this year might be a good idea. Take care.

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    1. Thanks sherri, I think it has all been building for quite a while in hindsight. These things tend to be insidious and creep uo.

      xx

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  10. Oh Emma what a journey you are on! Much care and love to you and family. My word for my coming year is pause. Hard with 3 boys and much change for you I imagine. When I feel overwhelmed I try to remember to pause, breath deeply and open my eyes to my surroundings with love. I find it stills my mind. It doesn't always work but more often it does. Take care and have a blessed Christmas.

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    1. Yes I am certainly learning how to become more assertive and protective over my health and energy. I have come along way but this whole heart thing is a total crash course in saying "no".

      I suspect as with all challenging things I will have learnt some useful life lessons from it when it is over that will help me in the future.

      I'm trying to focus on a few things I find relaxing, music, essential oils, a little gardening, my pets, the ocean when I can get there and messing about with some creative writing as an outlet of you will.

      My mind tend to go 100mph, I'm all the thoughts, all the emotions and all the feelings all at once....ugh!
      xx

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  11. Wow. Life certainly has its own agwnda. Take care of you. BTW, I work on a PO in Victoria. Busy times atm. Hope you are back running the household as good as new soon.

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  12. I am so sorry to hear about your health issues. Asthma can be tricky and emotionally and physically tiring. Then having heart issues for someone who is very thoughtful and caring is tough. I wish you and your family rest and revunation for the holidays and rest and peace for the new year ahead. Mary c.

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  13. Emma so sorry to hear that life has been throwing so many obstacles in your way. I hope that your health improves and that Christmas ends up being a time of joy for you, Grant and the boys. Much Love dear girl.

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  14. I pondered many times, as we fought to stay on top of our Christmas preparations, it would all be very different, if we didn't have our health. Your experience, paralleled my ponderings. Although, perhaps, I wish it hadn't.

    "Be still, and know that I am God," came to me many times as well. I probably needed the reminder. Because we can pile our plates so high, sometimes. I hope you enjoyed your low key Christmas, and got some of the rest you need. Blessings.

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