Ever banged the wall with sheer frustration?
(No it's not a story about ringing a telephone company but it could be..............)
Anyway, there was I in our lovely offices today making great progress on a proposal I was writing. I felt really focussed and in the swing of things.
I started to notice a now familiar sensation in my chest, at the top of my stomach, creeping across my back.
A dull pain, starting to increase in intensity.
Suddenly the pain was searing, red hot poker contractions and sweeping nausea.
Nearly three hours after lunch, gall stone pain had started. I quickly took codeine to get on top of it, and before long, sickness gripped me.
An hour and a half later of pacing in the office and sweating, the pain starts to slowly wear off. I start feeling better.
I packed my brief case and got home. I felt euphoric. The pain had gone. And then the tablets started to take their toll. A dizzying tiredness -eyes that would not stay open. I slept for two hours. Just as well I managed to make the tea for the hungry boys before I hit the wall.
Other half came in and took over the evening shift while I snored on. And then- the eyes opened and it was after half seven. Dark. Homework in progress. Dishes cleared. Showers had.
Four hours after the pain started normal service is resumed. How much more disruption?
Infuriating and disheartening. Thanks to my wonderful mum when I rang her. Her voice calmed me down and cheered me up. She is so good at comforting and encouraging. No-one better.
Oh and by the way- the cause was hummus ( about a tablespoon), pitta bread ( dry) and a bit of salad. I thought I would be safe with that- obviously not.
So no more food for me tonight. Peppermint tea. Tomorrow I hope to start making progress on my proposal again. Sigh.