Still on that boat…

Strawberry blonde in a dizzy world!

Duvet day :-(


I’ve just had a really bad day and I’m really hoping it’s just the one. I have been sensible and rested today but I know it’s payback for all the fun I’ve had. Who wouldn’t get over excited about bird twitching?


I have overdone it but when I feel well I get so excited I just want to do as much as possible. I’m always getting my wrists slapped by my consultant for doing this. In my defence yesterday was not my fault. I felt ok and I needed to get my guitar restrung as I had broken a string. I put the address of the nearest car park to the guitar shop into my satnav and headed off on my adventure. I just have to add that my satnav adventure the other day took me an hour and a half to NOT find the David Lloyd which is just ten minutes up the road off the motorway. The problem being that I had not used the satnav in years and it was set to ‘forbid motorways’ – you can see my problem! Also not knowing exactly where Sophie lived and having left my phone at her house was a tad problematic for getting back again 😉


Anyway I digress. I found the car park but the entrance had been closed due to roadworks which caused a minor blip. I eventually got parked and wondered into the town holding my guitar, at the back of my mind knowing I wouldn’t last long as things were starting to wobble. I saw a Santander and thought I’d get some cash but there was no cash point. I popped in and the lady behind the counter must have thought I was some pissed homeless person busking. I explained that I was Ill and not from Exeter and she was SO kind. She got onto google and found where the guitar shop was and told me the shortest route; she even confirmed this with her colleagues whose ‘auntie’s cousin’s husbands’s son Dave’ worked there once. So I got there and got my guitar sorted, I have to say they were great there too! I got home in one piece really pleased with myself that I had managed it on my own with no ambulances being called.


So although I feel pants now I can feel pleased with what I achieved and also happy that there are some really kind, thoughtful people around in this world that will help out a stranger no matter how drunk they appear.

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“Duvet day :-(”

  1. Avatar February 23rd, 2013 at 7:41 am Snowy Says:

    How is the guitar practice coming on anyway? Sorry you had a bad day, hope it was just the one.

  2. Avatar February 23rd, 2013 at 10:24 am Susan Cartwright Says:

    Much better now I have a full complement of strings 😉

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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 😉