Right, I haven’t posted on here in a few months. You may or may not have noticed. Most likely you’d forgotten this blog covered in cobwebs and a family of spiders ever existed.
So, where have I been? Without going into all the detail, the last few months suddenly got really tough, pretty much overnight. My lovely Dad had a fairly significant stroke in April, which came with a whole host of problems. Then, after getting slightly better, he got a lot worse, to the point where we very nearly lost him for good. He’s now battling vascular dementia (caused by the stroke), which, like all forms of dementia, is quite frankly heartbreaking. He spends a lot of his time confused, and requires 24 hour care.
Whilst it’s been devastating for my family, and a lot to process in a very short space of time, I’m trying to stay positive. Sure, his life isn’t what it was four months ago, and I can only imagine what it must be like for him, but I hope that he can still find joy in the small things. My Dad always kept on top of haircuts, beard trims, keeping his nails short etc. Understandably, these things have fallen by the wayside. When I went to visit him recently, I filed his nails down for him, and he was elated. I bought him some butterscotch chocolate, and he was delighted. My Mum took him some plums and a jam sandwich, and his eyes lit up.
My Dad is alive, and we all get to spend more time with him. That’s what I’m trying to focus on.
Whilst all of this was going on, the world seemingly decided that I didn’t have enough to contend with. At the end of May my lovely husband Luke was in an accident when he was cycling to work, which was just marvellous.
He was knocked unconscious, his lips were bust, he had cuts around his eye which needed gluing back together, he had a broken hand, and a broken collarbone. And to keep things interesting, it was opposite hand and collarbone, so both arms were out of action. Since the accident he’s had two rounds of surgery to plate his hand and collarbone back together, and I’ve nick-named him Titanium Man.
That’s quite a lot for you to process. Sorry about that.
Luke has a long road to recovery ahead of him, but he’ll get there. I don’t know what the future holds for my dear Dad, but I know without a flicker of a doubt that he’d want me to carry on with life. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
This brings me nicely onto two pieces of positive news!
1). Shortly after the stroke I signed up to run the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run, a half marathon which takes place in October. I have done it before in 2013, but I managed to injure myself at mile 7, which added a bonus challenge to the second half of the run. This year I am determined to complete it in one piece, and I’ll be running in aid of the Stroke Association. More to come on this soon!
2). My blog is having a makeover/overhaul/re-brand! Whoopdy whoop!
I’ve always been interested in health and wellbeing. I eat nutritious food (not including the crisps in this, they are absolutely not nutritious), I exercise regularly, and I do what I can to look after my mental health. The past few months have really put this to the test, particularly my mental health. It’s made me really prioritise my health – it’s 100% your most valuable commodity. So, I am changing the name of my corner of the internet to Healthy Living Abby, where I will share all things related to health and wellbeing. All of these recipes will be coming with us, but there’ll also be lots of content around food, fitness, travel, wellbeing tips, how to live your life to the fullest, etc etc. Basically, anything to do with living a healthy life. I hope you’re as excited as I am!
Healthy Living Abby will be launching in August when I get back from my (well overdue) hollibobs to Mallorca. In the meantime, you can expect to see my social media names changing from Hello Veggie to Healthy Living Abby. I cannot WAIT to get back on Instagram, which is where you’ll definitely see lots of holiday spam in the not-too-distant future.
For now, go bookmark healthylivingabby.com, team! You can’t see anything on there at the moment*, but I’m very busy behind the scenes, and I’ll be sure to let you know when my beautiful new website is up and running and packed with content that I hope you’ll love!
That’s enough about me. Tell me, how are you?
*That’s a lie. You can in fact see a pineapple on a beach. Which I actually think you should go and take a look at, because who doesn’t love a pineapple on a beach?