Small victories

Firstly, apologies for being a little quieter than I would have liked to be for World IBD Day. On Wednesday we got ‘the call’ from nursery – little man has spots, can you get them checked out. Turned out to be Chicken Pox II – The Return. So lots of stuff had to be moved and cancelled, and because the pox prevented him sleeping, we didn’t sleep either until last night. Hopefully he’ll be able to go back to nursery on Tuesday.

We have been very grateful for the help, support and advice of our GP surgery (urgent care nurse & GP), NHS 111 and out of hours GP and community pharmacist in trying to make him at least comfortable whilst this has been going on. When your child is having really high temperatures and symptoms which when Googled look terrible, it can be difficult to resist jumping in the car and heading for A&E – but I took my own advice from here and we managed it, and our anxieties without hours and hours of waiting.

Anyway, the new treatment that I was started on after my EUA seems to be working, and so yesterday for the first time in 4 years I was able to dispense with the little net pants I’ve used to hold my incontinence pads in place (see picture). I’m still wearing a small pad, but it’s of the type you can pick up in the supermarket rather than the full inco pad I had been wearing.

I have to admit it was a bit odd being less… restricted. However, for me it is a huge step forward to this wound being healed – less discharge so less need for a pad. And that is a step towards exercise and being able to be more active with my family and in life. The fact that I only have to have the wound checked twice a week, rather than dressed everyday has already made a huge difference to our lives – and so I am very much looking forward to it all being over!

So for now I just have to decide what to do with myc ollection of net pants. A ritual burning? Or perhaps I’ll put them on eBay – I understand there is a market for such things…

Musings on free time

With 9 weeks to go until Spawn of Harris is due, I’ve been musing on free time.

Since changing job last August from a 3 night a week youth worker to a 9-5 office jober, I’ve gained free time. It is amazing. I am also less tired at weekends. So I read more than I did. It is odd however, that other activities have reduced rather than increased.

What follows are some thoughts on what I might like to do, and what I have done in the past. All may be fantasy with baby on the way, but I often hear that it is important for both parents to have a hobby/ activity that they do for themselves.

Poetry

Less so in the South West, but back in Peterborough I co-ran and hosted a very popular open mic poetry and drama night – A Pint of Poetry & A Dash of Drama. I also wrote and performed poetry for it. Every time I do some I mean to do more, and I have kept writing. I though moving closer to Bristol would make it easier to get involved in the spoken word scene, but I haven’t managed it yet…

I’m pretty sure that Yate doesn’t have an open mic poetry night (prove me wrong?) so maybe I could start one here?

Politics

There was a time, dear reader when I was a member of the UK Labour party, went to meetings at ward and city level. I’m not any more, and although making some encouraging noises, I don’t think I’m quite ready yet to rejoin – no least because they seemed to be constantly asking for money. My wife has suggested, and several friends have agreed that I might like to have a go at local politics myself, maybe as an independent. If I was to be elected to Yate Town Council there is a chance I could become mayor! I have however just missed the Annual Town Council meeting. It could be a very rewarding experience, or I could end up hearing about pot holes, dog poo and car parking issues. I hear that Town Councils actual have a lot of underused powers, but I think I need to be a bit more settled in this community first…

Trade Union Activity

As a youth worker I was very active in the Community & Youth Workers section of Unite the Union. Since making the switch to local authority, I have been less so. Building a branch is hard work, and again whilst a rewarding thing to do needs more than one person to really make it work. SO perhaps I need to find some like minded people at work…

Board Games

I love board games. I was a regular at Chippenham Board Games ClubΒ – they also have a Facebook group. I could carry on going there – it’s not that far away, or maybe it is time to start the Yate & Chipping Sodbury Board Game Club?

Climbing

Exercise and everything! Sadly my Crohn’s and related issues have stopped me doing that for a while. One day…

Running

See ‘Climbing’.

Activism

As well as being active in the union I supported the ChooseYouth movement – and there is no reason why I couldn’t make a return to that. I’ve also come across recently a wave of activism around Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis – for example the #getyourbellyout campaign – so could be time to get involved in some of that stuff?

Ale

I am also a lapsed CAMRA member. I do love real ale, but again the Crohn’s doesn’t like it that much. Maybe I should just go to the pub more…

 

So looking back it seems I was a very busy person – maybe I should just enjoy the calm before the storm. Cletus is coming, look busy!

Oh baby baby

So as it has been officially announced now, I guess I can start writing about it. I am having a baby! Not me personally, science is not yet ready to do that, but my wife is carrying our child. Due in July of this year, baby Harris will be a massive change to our lives.

Being a modern man I shall be scouring the internet for tips and stuff like that, so if anyone has any good sites, YouTube channels or similar, do let me know – I’ll share what people tell me about too.

Now I know that for various reasons not everyone likes to read about baby stuff – so I’m setting up a seperate baby blog. Will confirm the address once it is set up!