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Trip out for the invalid!


Well, the last few days have been a blur due to my rather wonderful medication which just makes me worse, yes I feel a Verve song coming on!

Last night I got really upset about my mess of a life so went to a friends and drank the best part of a bottle of wine (oops took mum’s Pinot leaving behind my £3.99 bargain Chataeu Neuf De Crap for her dinner party), chewed my friend’s ear off (cheers Tim, who even put up with me talking all the way through the Bourne legacy which I then really didn’t understand, funny that !) and then came to the momentous decision to reduce my dose of my mediation. I woke up feeling much brighter and so my good ‘ol dad thought he’d take me out for a relaxing decaff soy latte. Yes still on the crap migraine diet that’s working so wonderfully!!

Relaxing is not quite the right word – let me explain. We got into Costa Coffee without me passing out or dad’s knees giving way which is a miracle in itself. We spotted the comfy looking leather sofa and thought we were in luck. As dad queued up for my ridiculous coffee (yes he had to write it down) a middle aged, slightly dishevelled looking lady asked if she could sit on the seat opposite. Of course I said yes, never one for conflict. Then I noticed the massive Labrador named Hector. Oh dear. Let me just clarify – dad doesn’t do animals, the gene that makes you think awww at baby lambs or rabbits simply does not exist in my dad. After all, this is the boy that swapped his dog for a bike!!

Dad came over to the table carrying a tray of coffee and biscuits looking well pleased with himself having remembered my decaff, soya, half-fat, vegan, nut-free, with a hazelnut shot, coffee. He had not noticed the dog and tripped over the dog lead, he was not a happy bunny. ‘what’s F*****g dog doing in a F*****g coffee shop?!?. As ‘dishevelled’ woman shouted across the cafe ‘Sit! Hector Sit!’ he merely proceeded to run around my dad’s feet, as he drooled over the coffee table. The entire coffee shop went quiet and the parents of the five year old children looked over disapprovingly.‘ Get your smelly dog out of here, I’m allergic and he stinks’. ‘Dishevelled’ woman stormed over and told dad off for being so rude and moved Hector to another table. We sat in our comfy RELAXING leather chair getting evil looks from the dog owner and looks of amazement from the children on the neighbouring table that had learnt some nice new words! It was really relaxing trying to drink my decaf soy half-fat, vegan, nut-free, with a hazelnut shot, coffee latte, as fast as humanly possible, to get out of the place.

Well at least I wasn’t in bed all day and that is something to be thankful for!

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9 Comments to

“Trip out for the invalid!”

  1. Avatar January 6th, 2013 at 7:31 pm Snowy Says:

    Haha very entertaining – can’t believe your dad really said that! Dogs in coffee shops should not be allowed… Looking forward to your next update 🙂

  2. Avatar January 6th, 2013 at 7:44 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Yes, my dad is certainly a character 🙂

  3. Avatar January 16th, 2013 at 8:13 pm Alice Says:

    Sues, reading this whilst drinking my cup of decaf tea! :o) Your sense of humour is amazing! Love the stories, keep em coming, definitely helps put things in perspective. Miss you heaps, can’t wait to see you in a few months xx

  4. Avatar January 16th, 2013 at 9:38 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Really looking forward to seeing you guys too xx

  5. Avatar January 16th, 2013 at 10:55 pm Becky Says:

    Hey Sues, love the blog and the site design too. Hilarious about the woman in coffee shop! Good on your dad, I would love to say that to a few dog owners i know! ;-). Hope you’re doing okay. Blog suggests you are. Hope to see you soon mate Xx mini hugs from Zara x

  6. Avatar January 20th, 2013 at 12:26 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Awww cheers Becky, i have to admit it was Reubens idea and design and Rich helped. I was sceptical as my life is pretty unexciting but im really enjoying doing it. I have to leave the house soon so that i have something to write about so its quite a good motivator!
    Hope you guys are well and to see you soon too xx

  7. Avatar January 18th, 2013 at 2:01 pm Sophy Says:

    Brilliant! Just have this picture of the whole cafe deadly silent and the children happliy repeating thir new words to their parents. :0)


    PS: Love the website x

  8. Avatar January 20th, 2013 at 12:22 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Awww thanks Sophy, i have to admit it was Reuben idea!

  9. Avatar January 21st, 2013 at 10:10 pm katy cartwright Says:

    classic dad, i cant believe he swopped his dog for a bike, bet he tried to swop us for a car hey sues!! mum probably stopped him! or he realised he could get more slave labour from us over the years!

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Who am I?

Was – independent, intelligent (with plenty of dizzy moments), successful, busy, funny (depending on how much Prosecco I and the people around me had!), quite stressed out but overall happy, without even realising how lucky I was.

Now  – ? just a mess really! I was diagnosed with Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV) eight years ago when my life changed dramatically. It’s a variant of migraine that means I feel dizzy and tired nearly all of the time. If I try and do anything ‘normal’ this sparks of vertigo which gradually gets worse and worse until I pass out unless I lie down for hours, sometimes days. What this means is I spend 90% of my time in bed in a quiet dark room. Normal activities like shopping, walking, going anywhere bright or busy, the cinema even visiting friends who have patterned wallpaper or a gravel drive is a nightmare!

I’m continually trying new medications, all of them with quite nasty side effects (worsening of vertigo, weight loss, hair loss and sense of humour loss to name but a few) to try and find the magic one that will work for me. Fingers crossed the one I’m on now will work, time will tell.

A good friend set up this website so I could become a ginger whinger. No I’m kidding, so people can understand what I’m going through and maybe it would help me to have a bit of a rant. I have quite a dark sense of humour, I think that’s the only reason I haven’t gone completely bonkers! I clearly don’t have the most exciting of lives but I live in a small village with some entertaining characters and I’m always having blond moments (I blame the meds but I’ve always been a bit dappy!). Who knows I may even get better, and I can assure you life will be filled with amazing adventures then!

Scrap that! After zillions of Consultants all saying that they know what’s wrong with me and that they can get me better. Endless drugs and procedures I was finally Diagnosed with Chronic Lyme which was great – until I find out that nobody in the UK has a clue how to treat it. That complicates things some what 😉