So after the general election, I was feeling pretty smug. I felt ace throughout the 26-hour shift and gave myself a few pats on the back for my good health.
Needless to say, I didn’t feel quite so smug last week when I ‘enjoyed’ full blown flu, which has only just left me. Unlike my nurse:
That’s Henry’s worried face, he had it all the time when I was ill. He point blank refused to leave my side and stayed awake next to me while I slept during the days.
He’s back to his normal self now, although it took him a few days to realise his bed privileges were only for when I was too weak to push him off..
Side note: He’s so grown up these days, I keep asking where our little pup has gone! His personality has definitely grown with age, he’s full of cheek now.
The weekend started on an interesting note as Henry had his second appointment at the grooming parlour (his first in Bristol).
James and I had thought it would just be a wash and brush but it was actually a 90-minute Full Monty – including a hygiene clip (don’t ask), facial shave, nail clip and backcomb.
We were stunned when we picked him up – he looked like he’d been airbrushed!
I have to admit I didn’t like it, I wanted my scruffy boy back! But poodle coats need this kind of treatment every 6-8 weeks so I’d better get used to it.
After the groom, we drove to the Cotswolds to spend the night at my Mum’s house for Henry’s first sleepover.
Henry was more spooked by his new look than we were so it was quite a stressful trip, he only really perked up just before we left on Sunday morning. Sigh.
Before our drive home to Bristol, we met my Dad and his partner at Cirencester Park (a place so dog friendly you don’t have to pick up dog mess!).
Dad recently bought a new toy, a 1989 Lotus and of course couldn’t resist bringing it to take me for a spin. I swear his chest puffed with each admiring glance!
Let’s just say Henry was super chuffed to be back home, he did a few mad dashes round to make sure everything was still there before settling on the sofa for a bone.
My payback for his nursing skills was to hold that bone just right.. all night! My wrist was quite sore the following morning but how could I stop with that face?
Monday we took it steady through the day, Henry was back to our sassy pup and full of beans on his morning walk.
We headed to a new walk, Snuff Mills, in the afternoon with Rufus and his humans, which was a lot of fun.
Henry is still scared of water and kept yapping at Rufus everytime he went for a swim (which was a lot because the walk is along the water).
I’m just so grateful to be feeling better now but I am feeling nervous about Sunday’s 10k (the Bristol 10k).
We went for a run last night and it was humbling to say the least, I just didn’t enjoy myself in the way that I used to.
Having a dog seems to have made the biggest positive impact on my health in years – my allergies are lower, my skin is clearer, sleep deeper and weight stable.
Running doesn’t fit into that picture at the moment, when I go it throws everything out of whack for a few days.
My body seems overjoyed with a long, hilly walk twice a day, throwing in the odd sprint here and there.
I’m not saying that I’ll never run again (in fact I’ll be running on Sunday..) but I don’t have any plans to kick start any kind of regular running/exercise routine right now.
* When did you last have flu?
* What did you get up to over the Bank Holiday?