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.
I realise I am going a bit back and forth in my story about my meningioma, surgery and recovery. Last time I wrote about having a cortisol profile test and today I thought I’d go back a few steps in the timeline and share a bit more about the diagnosis, risks and the many questions I (and family) had days and weeks after I found out.
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).
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.
In my first blog post this year, I wrote a list of goals/habits that I’d like to achieve in 2017. They were all more or less specific enough to be able to hold myself to it, check in regularly to see where I am at and if they are still realistic.
I thought 2 months into the year (I know, it’s already March!) is a good time to give an update: