Chai And A Chat #59 #ChaiAndAChat

Happy Monday to you all! Another week has passed. Where does the time go? And yes, another busy one for me too! Settled with that cuppa? Right then…

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d start by giving you the next update on the health situation. I spent most of the week with just dull aches in my knees and one shoulder, but nothing debilitating. I hoped that maybe it was just something viral. The Drs appointmet didn’t give me much more, other than another clear set of bloods, checking off inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis. I told the Dr that I wasn’t in awful pain, at the moment, but the tiredness, and headaches were still around. He said things like fibryomalgia are hard to diagnose, and often a process of elimination. There are meds he could give me, but do I want to start existing on tablets that could end up giving me other side effects? No. I think at the moment I can manage the pains tht creep up. He sent me off with some exercises and told me to take Pops’ advice with some yoga breathing and massages. All was fine… until Saturday. The knees were really painful, but not as bad as that awful day 3 weeks ago. I lay in bed with a hot water bottle on them. The heat soothed the pain away for a while. Then we went to Bluewater on Sunday and all was fine, until I had a sudden pain on my ankle as I was walking around. It came along so suddenly, I just don’t know what is going on. Another visit back to the GP? Who knows when I’ll get an appointment now… Long soak in a warm bath for me and more hot water bottles, along with ibuprofen if needed, I think…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that school has been good too. We started the week with Armistice Day on Monday. It’s not easy to explain to children aged 4-5, what Poppy Day is, but we tried our best, and they made some lovely pictures of poppy fields. Then Monday and Tuesday evening were late ones for us as it was parents evening time. For the most part, things went well. It just left us all very tired. The next fun thing we did was sensory spaghetti play! I spent a good hour and a half one night, cooking and colouring spaghetti so they could hide letters and numbers in it and try and fish them out using gian tweezers! They loved it! And Friday was Children in Need, as I posted about earlier. The children love it when they get a chance to be involved in anything and dressing up is of their favourite things. What better, than to be able to dress up, and raise money for charity too?
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d just have to slip this one in… One of my beauts always brings in pictures and ‘gifts’ for us and this week, I was given a cut out picture from an LOL Surprise magazine. “This is you, Mrs Bhathal!” What do you think? I am starting to feel delusions of grandeur… may just ask you to call me Queen Ritu soon… 😜
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d leave the best news to last… I finally revealed my cover! I have been toying with the idea of revealing it a lot recently, but wasn’t sure, especially as I haven’t got a solid publish date yet. But, to be honest, it shouldn’t be long now. I’ll get my final draft back from the editor in a couple of weeks. I just need to write a blurb I am happy with, and add the ‘weird’ pages, like acknowlegements, dedications, about me, and that published on page to the manuscript. I have started formatting, and hopefully any changes to the script will be minor, which I can do in my formatting programme. Then I can let my dear cover designer how many actual pages the paperback will be, so she can send me the relevant cover, complete with blurb and spine. A wrestle with KDP, and hopefully I can get myself set, and announce a pre-order and publication date for you all! But if you did happen to miss it… here is my book baby!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d mention that I must be really wicked, because, honestly, there is no rest to be had for me here! We will be upping the ante with beginning Nativity rehearsals, to start off with this week.
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that Lil Man and Lil Princess have another day off school on the Wednesday, so Lil Princess will be coming in to help me for the day, and then I have to take her to the dentist.
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d let you know that I will also be hosting my first ever parent meeting to discuss our Phonics scheme to the reception parents, as this is my subject responsibility this year. And on the same day, I will have to hare out early as Lil Princess and I are off to see Little Mix in concert too! I am already tired, and it’s only the beginning of the week. Hope my aches and pains hold out!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d also slip in that today, Monday, is our wedding anniversary. It falls on a Monday so there won’t be much celebrating, but plenty of time together. ❤ 18 years… where did they go?

Right, that’s me done Peeps! Let me how your week has been.

47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. You Can Always Start Now
    Nov 20, 2019 @ 16:02:15

    Always enjoy the chat. November 11 for us is Remembrance Day. Thought about it when you wrote about explaining to the students about poppy day.

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    • Ritu
      Nov 20, 2019 @ 17:50:18

      Nov 11th is the main game here too. But Remembrance Sunday is always the Sundah before, I think.
      We do 2 minutes silence at 11am on the 11th xx

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  2. Rachael Stray | https://rachaelstray.com/
    Nov 20, 2019 @ 12:17:20

    Oh my goodness 18 years amazing! I love the book cover how exciting you’re so close to the book all being finished eek. I’m sorry the doc appointment didn’t help so much. X

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  3. Jennie
    Nov 20, 2019 @ 02:23:53

    I wish I could whisk you into Mass General, here in Boston. That’s just my emotional response to helping you figure out what’s going on. ❤️ How sweet that you’re student thinks you are like the Queen. 😀 Your Book cover is excellent!

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  4. Erika Kind
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 19:45:03

    So, you did not get a diagnosis. I agree, with not swallowing pills without knowing what for you are doing it. Just experimenting with meds… not good. Not finding anything is no relief when you feel that something is not right.
    Happy anniversary to you and hubby dearest, sis 💖

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  5. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 19:42:27

    Oh my dear! What happens with you? I am lucky about some fun you had with your pupils, but i warned you during you school holidays. Dont be to engaged, take time for resting. 😉 Yoga is a good way to relax, and you have one of the best yoga teachers. However you need fresh air daily. Dont forget, we will meet next year to the BloggersBash. I will need you in best condition (> singing) 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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  6. Darlene
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 19:35:30

    Happy Anniversary!! You look so happy on that photo of the two of you dancing. I love it! I hope your aches and pains go away soon. xo

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  7. dearanonymousfriend
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 18:52:16

    Happy Anniversary! 18 years is a great accomplishment! May you have many more. I hope you have a pain free week. We once heard fibro described like a horse standing on your body. Or those sudden charlie horses that cripple you in an instant, having one of those through your whole body 24/7. That is how I would describe it to my daughter’s teachers each year when we met with them. I also would tell them how the pain is there one minute and gone the next, it is a fickle condition that does not leave you any rest or schedule. Thinking of you.

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  8. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 17:21:35

    Lots happening as always, Ritu. I am glad for you that the blood tests are normal, although it is probably a bit frustrating that they haven’t discovered the problem yet. I do enjoy nativity plays.

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  9. johnrieber
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 16:06:25

    Sorry to hear about the knee pain, and the sudden ankle issue – takes a bit of the shine off of the rest of your incredibly positive week!

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  10. Shivangi
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 15:56:36

    Happy Anniversary in advance Ritu… and all the best wishes for your upcoming book😀👏

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  11. syl65
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 15:42:55

    Happy Anniversary 💞 I hope these mysterious aches and pains go away permanently. Lil Princess will be your teacher’s aide for a day, that should be fu. 😊 I hope you have a steady and good week, Sister 🙏🏽💜

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  12. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 15:37:17

    So excited for all your success–the cover is fantastic! As for your aches and pains, have you seen a chiropractor? I hadn’t been to one since I was 19, but recently had some hip issues that had become very painful. Turns out not stretching and not keeping up good posture (especially with all the sitting we writers do) was enough to get me out of alignment. And when the hips go, so too do the knees. I have a history of ballet to blame for a lot of aches; however, the stretching alone has made a huge difference. Let us know how the yoga goes; I’m thinking that’ll help!

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  13. willowdot21
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 15:35:46

    So happy that you and hubby can find time together for your Anniversary love to you both.
    I think you are very wise not to start on lots of tablets though all those ached and pains are nasty . Sending you healing hugs 💜💜💜💜

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  14. Dan Antion
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 14:47:03

    All hail Queen Ritu! I hope they are able to solve the painful mystery. IO saw the cover reveal. I’m not sure if I left a comment – WP was being finicky – but I like it very much.

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  15. joylennick
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 14:43:40

    Sorry to hear about your pain, Ritu. No joke! Wishing you better soonest, You are delightfully inventive with the children (re coloured spaghetti.) Cheers with the agua.. xx.

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  16. Maggie
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 14:09:51

    I think Queen Ritu fits you nicely. What a cute gesture. I do hope you find some answers to your health problems soon. Living in pain is not easy. Several of my friends with fibro have good luck with acupuncture. I do not blame you for postponing taking meds every day. That is a tough decision to make.

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  17. Mary Smith
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 12:58:54

    Happy Anniversary!

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  18. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 12:03:23

    Lots of good in your life lady! Congrats on the book cover and the anniversary!!

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  19. Steve Tanham
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 06:42:21

    Its probably something you’ve already tried, Ritu, but make sure you’re drinking lots of fresh water every morning. I have an average of two pints before ten. It does mean more trips to the loo, but the benefits are great, and toxins get flushed out from the day before. Wishing you a speedy return to full health. (And your Dad’s right about the Yoga…)

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