Trigger warning: dieting for health purposes, death
- I really shot myself in the foot using the term “weeknotes”. Should have gone for “occasionalnotes” or “sporadicnotes” instead. It’s been a bit of A Time.
- I embarked on a fast mimicking diet at the end of July. 5 day water fasts are something that the consultant who diagnosed me with ME/CFS recommended, but at that time my BMI was a contraindication. I’ve thought about it a lot since (and my BMI has increased), and it always felt like a very drastic thing and something that I would find very stressful, but also like something that would be worth it if my health improved. Recently I came across the 5 day fast-mimicking diet which seemed a bit more manageable given that you get to eat some small meals and so I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately it went very badly for me - I ended up in A&E with severe hypoglycaemia and very high levels of ketones after about 55 hours. In short, as could have been predicted my little body did everything it was supposed to, just wayyyy better (and therefore worse) than it was supposed to. I’m awaiting some more appointments as that shouldn’t have happened to an adult without diabetes but we’ll see whether it actually leads to anything… past experience has taught me to be doubtful. In the meantime it’s taking me time to recover - I was quite traumatised by the experience and it’s taken time for my body to get back to anywhere near my normal baseline. I’ve had a lingering labyrinthitis thing which hasn’t helped.
- During recovery we went away to Aberdovey with Luke’s family which was lovely. Luke is the (twin) youngest of four boys, and we went with all of his siblings and their families, plus his parents and aunt and uncle. We stayed at the same place we’ve stayed several times - this time (with 14 of us and 2 dogs) was the most people we’ve crammed into the house. We had a lovely time - Aberdovey is amazing, it’s where we got engaged 2 years ago so it was nice to go back again for that reason too, we had incredible weather and it’s always lovely to spend time with our fantastic niblings. Plus there’s a great ice cream shop.
- We’ve also had visits from both of my sisters and their boys in the past few days so I’ve been able to see all of the niblings in August which must be a record.
- In books world, things have been a little quieter than usual-of-late. Partly because at various points I haven’t been well enough to read, partly because there have been lots of athletics competitions on TV. I read Companion Piece by Ali Smith - had a real breath of relief at the opening pages of political criticism, and there were a few strong moments of resonance throughout but otherwise didn’t love this one as much as I loved the seasonal quartet. I also read They by Kay Dick which was great - I missed having a continuous narrative where I could follow the characters (each chapter is almost like a little short story set in the same world), but only because I was drawn to so many characters and the writing was so good that I wanted to know what happened next. The overall atmosphere of the book was incredible(y dark). I’m currently reading His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie for FT Embrace book club, although to be honest I’m not really feeling it, and it may end up a DNF. After avoiding putting anything in my ears for a little while (labyrinthitis) I’m listening to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin which is my sister’s favourite book.
- Today I’m off to a new dog trainer to get some help with Peg, specifically with her obsession with cars - it’s difficult to walk down the road with her, and whilst we have lots of off-road beautiful countryside to explore here, it’s something we really want to improve with her and it’s always hard to know whether you’re doing the right thing if you’re not getting results so we’ve gone in for some professional help.
I didn’t want to write this without acknowledging the death of Luke’s grandpa Robin. He sadly died at the end of July after a short illness. As well as being an accomplished man with many, many interests of his own, he was very kind and welcoming to me when I met Luke and always so interested in what I was doing. I was fortunate enough to visit him near the end of his life, and he was warm and funny, as always. The attendance at his funeral last week was a demonstration of just how respected and loved he was.