August and Everything After

Well hello blog readers! It’s been a while since my last post so apologies for that, but as you may have seen from my social media in July we welcomed a new little boy into our lives, making us a family of four.

Getting prepped for a new baby is pretty time-consuming, and actually having one even more so – hence the lack of blog posts. We seem to be a in a bit more of a routine 5 weeks in, and the visiting family have slowed down, so here I am!

So what have you missed out on?

Bottom

In June I had a follow-up appointment with my colorectal surgeon at Bristol Royal Infirmary reviewing the progress of my wound. I last posted about it in February, and was indeed discharged from tissue viability. The wound has healed, although a small tract linked to the network of former fistulas and a small collection remains, and discharges sometimes – seems to be worse in the heat so the hot weeks of summer were a reminder it was still there. I haven’t gone back to Cardiff, and will see Bristol again at some point – but all the signs are it is healing – so hurrah!

Birthday

It was my birthday in July. I am now 37. Both children were also born in July. It will be a busy month.

Purple Wings

Last weekend, I attended the Purple Wings Charity Conference and Ball. I went to the conference of this small charity last year (I wrote about it here) and the road works still seem to be happening. In January I did the 2019 calender shoot, and the calender was launched at the conference. You can order one (soon) from the Purple Wings Charity website.

Topless photo of Richard, showing his ileostomy bag

Mr July – Purple Wings 2019 Photo Credit Lisa Jones for Purple Wings Charity

I also performed some poetry and shared some of my story and got some great feedback – including ‘You should have a YouTube channel for your poetry’ and ‘I didn’t relaise you were funny’, and the lovely ‘I’m glad my mum had already left’.

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