The fact that it’s October makes me kind of sad. It’s been a year in limbo. This time last year, I quit my job, hoping that The Ginger Hunk would have surgery, I would spend the summer helping him to recover, then we would be on our merry way. As you know, it didn’t happen that way. Thankfully, we got a fantastic advocate this year, who has helped us sort out compensation, salary payments and now we are onto the final hurdle…hip replacement approval. What we didn’t know last time was that the DVA has a set of conditions, with a set of surgeries against them. Never mind what your actual surgeon says, you must have certain conditions approved to have certain treatments. So we are just waiting for the final tick now.
I returned from my amazing holiday in Vietnam, and launched fully onto the swing of October, working full-time on a Suicide Prevention Project. I wrote about My Mental Health Journey, on world mental health day, reflecting that it is, in fact a journey. I finally did my goal CanToo event, which I downgraded from a half-marathon to a 10.6km, because I got bitten by another spider and got cellulitis (would you believe). I’m glad I did, it was brutal! A steep climb in and out of Wentworth Falls of over 500m. My butt was hurting for days, but I felt great to be out there, such a well organised event in such a beautiful setting. I’m also grateful for all the friends I have made through running. (Seriously, I would have about two friends if I didn’t run.)
I caught up with some old friends from high school, and it was like no time had passed. Marriages, break-ups, broken hips, travel and laughs, I have declared that old friends ARE the best. I also connected with Sam (The Annoyed Thyroid) in person and it was so much fun. Literally lots of bubbles and talking over each other. We really need to talk more because I think we only got a quarter of the way in. Who said internet friends are not real friends? Guarantees are, if I’ve been reading your blog for a year, and I like what you write, then I’m going to like you. This is how it has worked so far.
My biggest news in October is that I started a health kick. A real one this time. I’m going to lose 10 kilo before January 2. And I did my first Vlog about it, because I’m time poor and still want to share my journey with you all but I do not much time to write these days, with working full-time until probably March. I’m still waiting on nine articles to be published from a spurt earlier this year, so I’m happy to sit pretty until they all come out, and focus on writing again in the new year when I have more time.
But I’m happy at the moment. Busy but happy.
The final thing on the list is this surgery approval.
Will you do me a favour and send your good vibes to the surgery approval gods for me?
How was your October?
Waiting for anything like me?
Much Love, Ashleigh