Whispers spread around by the school gates as parents voiced their displeasure and concern. What was he thinking? Fancy being drunk at 3 o’clock in the afternoon and even worse turning up to pick his children in that state!
The person all the parents were talking about, was my husband!!!
But what none of them realised… he wasn’t drunk, he was just on very strong painkillers which were making him feel and act drunk.
Many many years ago, well before I met him and we’ve been together 13 years, hubby was on work experience with the National Trust and they were installing fence posts. Hubby was holding the post for someone else to bash into the ground when tragedy happened and the person hit hubby on the head with the sledgehammer instead of the post!
After many scans,
which were inconclusive about the presence of a brain hubby was declared fit and well with no permanent damage although he does have a dent in his head where the sledgehammer hit.
However he has been prone to the occasion bad headache and I remember him being prescribed beta-blockers about 10 years ago, which he refused to take.
For the past three weeks he has suffered from severe headaches, ones that were making him cry in agony, very restless and even more short-tempered than usual. He saw one doctor who told him he had a trapped nerve which would release in time, but he wasn’t given any painkillers. A few days later, last Sunday, I ended up taking him to the out-of-hours at our local cottage hospital for a check-up. The dr explained that as all the local chemists were shut and they had a limited supply of medication available, all he could give him was co-codamol.
The following day was Monday and I managed to get him another drs appointment, with one he hadn’t seen, and I went with him. The Dr was really good (she’s my favourite dr at our surgery) and she explained that he has nerve endings/muscles which attach at the top of the back of his head and they were very very tense which was causing the pain. She prescribed him some very strong painkillers to ease the pain and relax the muscles, in fact the chemist told him if he took one of the tablets after 7pm he’d wake up with a hang-over! She also wanted him to have his eyes checked by the end of the week. She also told him that he wasn’t to drive, telling him that she wouldn’t want to meet him coming the other way with these drugs in his system
I told her I don’t want to meet him even without the medication.
On Tuesday I left hubby home to have some peace and quiet whilst I took the baby and my 4yr old to my parents house to do some
unofficial secretarial work for her. I told hubby I would pick the children up from school but he either misheard me or forgot.
When I arrived at the school one of my friends came over and voiced her concern that hubby had been drinking (at least she had the decency to say it to my/our face) and I explained to her about his headaches and the medication. However my dad heard other people discussing hubby and his being drunk. I then
started laughing at him as he walked/staggered over to my dad’s car picked up the children and walked them home!
Poor hubby is still suffering with his bad headaches so we’re off to the drs again tomorrow in the hope of some answers!
Today we all headed to a fundraiser to raise money for the BCP, a Childcare Partnership which funds and organises fun things for the children of the town to do.
It was a game of bingo, which the children all enjoyed… well apart from my 4yr old who decided it was more fun to run off and play with a friend from school.
My 7yr old needed a little help and got a little bored when she wasn’t winning.
But my 8yr old enjoyed it and was so thrilled when she won. She decided to chose a prize for her little sister, the baby, instead of choosing something for herself. Amongst the prize, was a dribble bib, something that she needs and is wearing in the bottom picture.
My son was disappointed he didn’t win.
But hubby did win me a bottle of wine on the raffle.
All in all it was an enjoyable afternoon and we look forward to the next event.
Today is Saint David’s day in Wales and if you visit Wales you’ll see children in red shawls and black chimney hats, bright green leeks and yellow daffodils turned into colourful accessories, as we celebrate. Even Minnie and Mickey Mouse will get into the festive spirit over in Disneyland Paris
For me though, Saint David’s day means that March has arrived, Spring is almost here and Winter is almost over. It is also the month that I turn a year older and I celebrate becoming a mum for the first time. My first-born and only son was an early birthday present, born 5 days before my 26th birthday. Two years later I had a belated birthday present when my eldest daughter was born 9 days after my 28th birthday!
In March we celebrate Mother’s Day (which I was born on), my birthday, my son’s birthday, Saint David’s day (which means had my children been in school today they would have dressed in a traditional Welsh costume), it’s also my parent’s wedding anniversary (44 years this year). For hubby though the day has a sadder meaning as his parents married on the 1st March in 1958 and would have been celebrating their 56th Anniversary today, sadly his parents have both gone now and no doubt will be celebrating their anniversary together in heaven.
What about you? What does March mean to you?
Looking for something to do this half term with the children, I decided to do some baking and was given the link to a fabulous Sugar Cookie recipe.
To make 5 dozen cookies
12oz (340g) Softened butter
14oz (400g) Granulated sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
22 1/2oz (640g) Plain flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 Teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Cover with cling film, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter.
- Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven.
- Cool completely.
It really was that easy and making such a large amount meant they had all 4 had a large amount to decorate as they liked and share with their friends and daddy. They also had a lot of fun helping
and making a lot of mess.