What has been happening since I last posted? I shall do a list - not necessarily in chronological order:
- we collected Adam from university and took advantage of being in the Lake District to travel up to Glasgow and see my mum. She was in hospital following a fall at her care home and quite confused when we first saw her, but she improved over the weekend. Her memory for the far past is good but she isn't always aware of who we are, or that we are grown-up rather than babies. She's now back at her care home. We will see her again in September when we return Adam to uni;
- Neil and I went to see Shrek - the Musical on Father's Day. Brilliant fun! Plenty for adults as well as children;
- I met up with two other women who have Facial Palsy. We all "know" each other through a Facebook group set up for people affected by FP and, as one of them was spending a few days in London en route from America to Transylvania (no, really!), and the other two of us were in the South East, we met up in London and wandered around the National Gallery before having lunch. It was good to be with other people affected by FP, rather than being the only one - safety in numbers! ;
- I'm still volunteering at Orpheus every week and loving it. We had a "Come Dine with Orpheus" day, when the students were allocated a country and had to plan a menu, write and price a shopping list, shop, prepare, cook and serve - we all ate together and there was a judging panel. The students loved it (and so did the staff and volunteers!). Term ends this week, so tomorrow is my last day with the students till September. I helped at the Open Day on Saturday, which required me to do lots of baking (photos on Facebook last week). Great day - I was able to watch some performances by the students, including a Street Dance show, and then took part in a dance workshop. I believe I am now able to "bust some moves", as they say....I also was lucky enough to be invited to the Orpheus Gala at Trevereux Manor, where I met Prince Edward (patron of the Orpheus Trust) and enjoyed some superb entertainment by the students and a singing group called Cantabile;
- My professional institute (CIPFA) held its annual conference in Liverpool and as I am once more an elected Council member, I went along to this. I was quite anxious beforehand: I missed Conference last year for obvious reasons and was pretty apprehensive about seeing so many people in one place, some of whom would know my story but wouldn't know what effect it had had on my face, some of whom had seen me so knew what to expect and many who would have no idea who I am and why my face looks different. I was so anxious that I developed a sicky headache the day before I was due to travel and ended up being sick on the morning of my journey, but my apprehension was unnecessary. Everyone was lovely to me, interested in how I was and pleased that I was involved again. It's odd, how I still find it difficult to go to new places, even though I know that my face looks much better than it did. I think the psychological impact of facial palsy is perhaps more difficult to deal with than the physical impact;
- I ran the British 10k in London, to raise funds for Orpheus. I thought I would do it in about 1.15 or 1.20, but surprised myself by running it in 1.03.48 - not bad, given I had done no running for three weeks, no gym for two weeks and had stuffed my little face while in Liverpool!;
I have some rather exciting news to share with you, but can't for another few weeks. It's not to do with weddings, births or moving house, so don't start thinking it's something like that! Just watch this space and all will be revealed.