Brain Tumour – Eve of Surgery and the Morning Before

Paperwork in hospital, evening before surgery

It’s time for another post about my brain surgery I had last September. Last time I wrote about how I prepared leading up to the surgery. This one is about the eve of the surgery and the morning before. I’ll try to keep it light, yet informative.

The surgery was scheduled for a Tuesday morning at 8am. This meant that I had to be admitted already the night before, so the staff could start with the preparations and have me ready to go as soon as possible. Thanks to private insurance giving me a private room (probably the only one on the floor). I would have not handled snoring and loud breathing very well in addition to everything else. Continue reading “Brain Tumour – Eve of Surgery and the Morning Before”

That Thing About Productivity And Time

Productivity Week Plan

I consider myself a very organised person. Since I don’t work an office job, I plan my week and days, I have lists and I enjoy ticking off an item done.

I have not been feeling very productive these past days. This one always says you don’t have to be productive all the time, which I understand, but I enjoy being productive. I like the feeling of getting things done and it relaxes me knowing what I’ve accomplished. Continue reading “That Thing About Productivity And Time”

My Process and Preparation before Brain Surgery

Everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end.

If you’ve been following my blog for the past couple of months, you’ll know that I had a benign brain tumour that had to be taken out via surgery. Naturally, there were some risks and open questions involved that had me in a right state of panic.

The panic came in waves, most likely because I hadn’t fully accepted what was happening and what would happen. I didn’t want to do too much googling as that can also have quite a negative effect on your mental state. I’ve done research that helped me understand all of the factual things (what does the pituitary gland do, where do the optic nerves sit etc.) but I also needed emotional support to prepare me for what was to come and for how it would be like after.

Here are the things I did to prepare/process/deal with the situation. Continue reading “My Process and Preparation before Brain Surgery”

IKEA Hack – Sideboard

Animal Knobs

Oh the amounts of times I’ve been walking the winding roads of IKEA, getting lost in short cuts and inventing various hacks I could be doing. I bet I am not the only one who’s been wanting to do this for ages. Browsing Pinterest or IKEA Hackers can lead to many afternoons spent down the rabbit hole…but it’s oh so inspiring. So much so, that after hours of searching for the “perfect” sideboard, I decided to give this hacking thing a go. Also, all the sideboards that I liked, fit within the dimensions needed and were somewhat practical cost about £600 and up. *shakeshead* Not what I had in mind spending on this thing.

It took me well longer than expected (doesn’t everything take longer than ever imagined?!), but the results are in and, ta da, I squeaked at the sight of it all being put together. Continue reading “IKEA Hack – Sideboard”

House Renovation: Emptying and Cleaning Out

house renovation

A little over two years ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to not only buy one house in the south of France, but two. Yes, I know, this sounds very romantic and all, but… The two houses needed a lot of attention. I say that in the past tense, because the first house was finished last summer thanks to my oh-we-love-renovating-old-houses parents. It’s beautiful, it’s yellow and you can have a look at a whole lot of photos from the renovations here.

Now on to the second house. I guess you can still call it a house. It has walls and floors (on most levels) and someone did live in it. Mind you, when we got the assessment, it was rated as non-habitable. To this day, I don’t understand how someone could have lived in such conditions at all. There was an old man living there before with dogs and chicken (possibly rats and mice and other things). Continue reading “House Renovation: Emptying and Cleaning Out”

Having a Cortisol Profile Test

Cortisol Meningioma

Today, I had a cortisol profile test, which is used to assess the cortisol hormone levels throughout the morning and to ensure that the current dosage of hydrocortisone is the correct one for me.

The cortisol hormone is controlled by the pituitary gland that sits right at the base of the brain and has been compared to the size of a little pea. It is basically the master of all glands controlling all the vital hormones in your body. My meningioma sat right next to this little pea and touched on it a little. It is very sensitive and the slightest touch or disturbance could cause some disruption in hormone productions. There are naturally various different hormones controlled by the pituitary gland, and the one that didn’t quite work for me after the surgery was the cortisol hormone. Now, that is not to say that it may never recover, but, you know, brain surgery takes a while to recover from and I’m roughly 6 months in.

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The Lipstick – A 10 Second Story

Lipstick Isabell Schulz

A couple of weeks ago I posted a story about going to the beach, which I had written as part of a writing course.

This week I am sharing another writing piece of mine. The challenge was to describe a 10 second event, only actions, in the first or third person, such as a kiss, hitting a deer with a car or going downhill on a roller coaster. I didn’t want to portray any of the immediate clichés that come to mind, so here is a story of someone applying lipstick. When writing this, my lips were never so moisturised, as, in true writer’s fashion, I applied lipstick and lip balm a bazillion times for research, obviously.

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