Sunday, 14 August 2016

Bowing out

Recently a couple of my blog friends have written about how they are closing their blogs as their lives are taking different directions (Alison at Life in the Slow Lane and Deb at Paperturtle). I too have been thinking about this for a while. I haven't posted anything since May and to be honest I seem to spend more time sharing my layouts with the groups I am in on Facebook and sharing family events on my own page there or on Instagram. Added to this is the fact that I am working longer hours than I ever have before and those hours are all spent in front of a computer, the last thing I feel like doing when I get home is sitting in front of a computer to type blog posts!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time blogging and have made many blog friends through doing so and for that I am truly grateful. 

But for now I will say 'au revoir ' and thank you for visiting me over the years. I will still be posting on Facebook (Becky Gotch) and Instagram (beckyg1) and hope to see you there. 
Blog friends meet up - March 2013

Monday, 23 May 2016

Five faves for April - the photos

So here are my five favourite photos for April.

The first one was taken on our flight to Berlin - on my way to have the migraine surgery. I was so NOT worried about it and so excited that it was actually taking place and I just love this photo as I think that shines through.
And number 2 is me just after the surgery. I'd been in recovery for about 20 minutes and Hugh was there and I asked him what I looked like! As we had a phone he snapped a photo for me and I'm really glad he did as I want to document the whole procedure from the op to full recovery. 
These flowers were totally unexpected and from my family in Cornwall. It was such a lovely surprise to receive them and they lasted for ages!
Long before I got the date for my op I had arranged to meet my two best friends from school for afternoon tea at Luton Hoo. The date happened to be the first weekend after my op so Hugh kindly drove me there and I wore my sunglasses to hide my eyes from the public! I had a wonderful afternoon though with these lovely ladies. 
And my final photo was taken right at the end of April. We went to visit our good friends Peter and Maggie who moved to Rhos on Sea about 2 years ago. It was the first time we had managed to get there and we spent a fun weekend with them, visiting Aber Falls and then going to Llandudno where this photo was taken. 
So there we are! I'm looking forward to scrapping these and will be back with them when they are done!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Five faves for March - the layouts

My blog has seemed to be taking a backseat recently. Life, convalescing, family and friends have been taking more of my time and if I am creating I want to scrap rather then blog. So I have decided that for the time being I will just be updating this blog twice a month. I want to keep it ticking over so I will be uploading my five fave photos each month and then the pages I have scrapped.

I may do additional posts now and again but I don't want to put myself under the pressure to get them done. 
So, here are my five favourite photos for March all scrapped! I actually finished them by the end of April and they have been sitting waiting to be blogged. 
This first one is a scrap lift from Jen Schow who has a YouTube channel and one of the playlists she has is 6x6 Paper Pad Love. It was great to use up some 6x6 papers which sit in my stash and are looked at and rarely used!
 Another layout using 6x6 papers and scraplifted from Jen.
 As I was on a roll with 6x6 papers and enjoying the series I scraplifted another layout!
 My final layout scraplifted from Jen and using 6x6 papers. By the time I finished this one I'd  actually used up a 6x6 paper pad which made me very happy!
This last layout was scraplifted from Inkie Quill - I have spent quite a bit of time whilst convalescing watching YouTube on my iPad as I could hold it close to my eyes to focus and I couldn't see tv or read books!
 All the butterflies were fussy cut from some patterned paper and then stuck down using a hot glue gun which gave quite a bit of dimension. I'd not done that before but it is definitely something I will do again. 
So there we are. My five favourite March photos on layouts. I have chosen my five for April and I'll be back with them soon. 
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Memorandum Monday

And I'm back! Thank you for all your good wishes here and on Facebook. So a lot has happened in 2 weeks! The flight to Berlin.
The quirky hotel we stayed in just 5 minutes walk from the hospital. 
The operation at the clinic. I was not at all nervous on the day. I had so much confidence in my consultant and this was not misplaced.
The flight back to the UK and the excellent service from the ground crew when I needed assistance to get to the car park.

Beautiful flowers from my family in Cornwall.
And Penny and Hugh looking after me (and Ben phoning me every other day to see how I was). 

I am still on sick leave and will be seeing the GP tomorrow to see if I am fit to return to work. I have done a little bit of scrapbooking whilst I have been off but not too much as I have had trouble focusing with the swollen eyelids. 

So, what have I done for the first time? Well, I think migraine surgery can count!

And what have I learned? Well, that people can be so kind when you are not expecting it (Gatwick) and that 2 weeks can make a huge difference in your looks!
Just after the operation, 3 days after the op, today.
Joining in with Sian who had the idea for this great meme.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Migraine Surgery

So, I am off to Berlin for migraine surgery! Yes, Berlin! The consultant I am seeing privately only does his operations in his clinic in Berlin, so although I had the Botox test done in Harley Street I have to travel a little further for surgery!

So what is this all about? Well the theory, and what has proved positive in my case, is that the Botox test which I had in February effectively simulates the long-term effect of the surgical procedure and therefore determines whether I was suitable for the migraine operation or not.  So I had Botox injected into the trigger points, which for me was the corrugator muscle above the eye and the back of the neck. During the time the Botox is in my system the muscle relaxes and therefore no longer agitates the trigeminal nerve, thereby avoiding the cascade of events that can lead to migraine attacks. This isn't the case for everyone and not everyone who has the injections has a positive result. However I am one of the lucky ones and I have not had a migraine for 2 months now. This means that I am suitable for migraine surgery.

The migraine surgery will involve the surgeon making a small incision along the eyelid crease in order to remove the pain triggering muscle –  the corrugator muscle. The nerve in the muscle is neither removed nor damaged in the procedure. By removing the muscle, the nerve in the trigger area above the eyebrow cannot be stimulated and therefore migraine symptoms are eliminated.
I will also have surgery on the back of my neck to relieve pressure on a nerve located in the neck.

This will all take about 2 1/2 hours under a general anaesthetic as a day patient. Hugh and I are booked into a hotel a stones throw from the hospital in Berlin and will spend the night before the op there and return there for the night after the op and fly home the day after.

I will need 2 weeks off work to convalesce and apparently I will have a very bruised eye! I'm not sure how much scrapbooking I will get done as the stitches and clips in my neck stay in for 10 days and I am not sure if I will be able to bend my neck well to look down at the page! I've got a few videos in to watch and Penny will be at home to look after me as she has finished uni for the time being!

I will probably not post on here for the next couple of weeks as I am off this afternoon for the op tomorrow, so I will sign off for now and be back again soon.