Reflections on 2019

So we are now into 2020. I saw a Twitter post today reminding me that we are now as close to 2050 as we are away from 1990.

2019 was pretty quiet on the blog – only 4 posts. And it was pretty quiet IBD wise too. The Barbie Butt wound has remained healed, aside from the odd bit of discharge and leakage. My stoma has been well managed, with a few leaks but not many at all. I did get a little bit of arthritic type pain in my hands, but it went away again.

Life with a 5 and a 1 year old whilst working full time, even with a short communte and flexible working is hectic. My job is demanding, and sleep deprivation was a feature at the start of the year. When my wife went back to work in March we then juggled her being at work, also with a commute and now regularly get up at 5.30am to get ready to take the children to the childminder for 7.

I have been able to do some running though, following on from the Sodbury Scramble earlier in the year. And I didn’t quite complete my parkrun challenge, as an injury and some ilness prevented me from doing all 30 runs – however I managed 27 in 7 different locations, and did the New Years Day Double! My running really helps with both my physical and mental health, and I highly recommend parkrun to everyone.

The tiredness and hectic life has meant I have not yet completed my coaching qualification, so that is high on the priority list for 2020.

So nearly 15 years since my diagnosis, and now coming up to 4 years since my last major operation, and therefore 2 since the wound healed. Life is – usual?

How was your 2019? Leave a comment or get in touch via social media

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