Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hello everyone - I'm back!

I am back at work as from Monday, 11th Jan. and greeted with a bunch of problems from owners and tenants, which I am plowing through slowly.
Christmas was a mixed bag of family fun and feuds. Usual story for our family.
In a nutshell: my kids and my ex had a major fight about Robynne leaving Jhb at night with her brothers on the 7-hour trip to Durban. They insisted on leaving and the fight turned ugly. They eventually arrived at 5.30am the next day with my ex following 2 days later, fully loaded with his other 2 kids, their mommy, the dog and the 3 bunnies. Relations were strained over the festivities, with the fight not being resolved during this period. Robynne and Dael returned to Jhb on 2nd Jan. early in the morning, with my ex leaving later on at 9am. The kids were in Jhb before their dad and used the opportunity to remove some of Robynne's stuff from her dad's house. She is staying temporarily in a rented room before moving to share accommodation with her friend. Dael is now back in Durban with me, after I bought a bus ticket for his return. It will probably take a while before friendly relationships are restored to any degree but hopefully with her living away from family, she will be able to get her life on an even keel.
Dael has been walking town this week with a friend who has just finished Matric, looking for jobs everywhere. No luck so far but they haven't given up.
Bradley started high school today after attending his orientation morning yesterday. He was a little apprehensive this morning at the anticipation of the older kids being at the school today. He has been very brave though not requiring me to go in with him at all, a total opposite of how scared and clingy he was when he started primary school. I just drop him off and in he goes. His new clothes are baggy on him as they are a little big but he will soon grow into them at the rate he is springing up. He decided to wear one of the second hand slightly offwhite shirts that we were kindly given by a lady from my work whose son has just finished at the school, instead of his sparkling white shirt that he wore yesterday. Probably a ploy to look like he has been at the school for a while instead of being a newbie!
I went for my mammogram on the 30th December, as arranged. What an experience. Anybody who has been for one knows what I am talking about. When you don't think your breasts can be squashed any flatter they squash them some more. Luckily I had some fruit juice in my bag because after 5 plates, I started to feel a little faint. I only have small mammories so with all the squashing, I could hardly breathe. The radiographer checked the xrays and then decided to conduct an ultrasound on my right breast as he hadn't checked that side before. As expected, the right side also has some cysts but otherwise the mammograms showed up clear with no tumours. Thank God! I now have to return on the 19th Jan. to see a surgical outpatients doc. for some medication to be used when necessary. I have thankfully also had no trouble with lumps over the Christmas period.
I am glad to be back amongst all my online friends and looking forward to reading all about what everyone has been up to in the last 3 weeks.


  1. Welcome back I really missed you as crazy as that sounds :)
    So very pleased that the Mammogram was pretty positive.
    May 2010 be awesome for you and your family!

  2. Welcome back! Oh please give me some insight in the mammogram thing - I have to go for my first soon and I am so stressed.

  3. It's good to read. Welcome back.

  4. Louisa - Thank you, I'm glad to be back.

    Tammy - I'm so glad to be missed. I missed you too. Its lovely to spend time with family but I do miss my online family at the same time.

    Cat - Thank you. Please don't be stressed about the mammogram. Its really nothing apart from a bit uncomfortable for a few minutes. They have this xray machine which is basically two plates that press your breast as flat as they can reasonably get it. You stand for all the xrays. As soon as it takes the pic, it releases you. You only undress from the waist up and its very soon over. The relief and the feeling of having done something that is necessary for us ladies along with regular pap smears is so good. When we put off having these tests done it really makes us feel like we havent done everything we can to keep our health. I also had this test done very cheaply but the equipment is hitech. I only pay R20 when I fetch my file every time I visit the hospital and so far the total cost is only about R80 and I have had ultrasounds, doctor visits and a mammogram so well worth the effort.

    Griever - Thanks for your wishes. Glad to be back.

  5. Welcome back my friend it's great to have you back!