It’s Been A While

Some people occasionally take a blogging break, to recharge their batteries and to enable them to come back with renewed vigour and interest. As this is my first post in nearly four weeks it may seem that I have done that too. But usually when people take that break they tell us in advance, so that we know what they are doing. I didn’t, for the obvious reason that I hadn’t planned to be away so long. Perhaps an explanation is due?

At the beginning of April, I went to spend a few days with my father and stepmother. I had intended to put together my next post while I was with them, so that I could publish it when I came home. But……I fell ill while I was with them, and all plans and good intentions went out of the window. That post – a companion piece to something I wrote last month – is still not complete, so it will have to wait for another day. It hasn’t been the greatest of months, to be honest! The doctors are a little mystified as to what has been wrong with me. I have an underlying condition, lymphoedema, which means I have to be a little careful what I get up to, but on top of this I have an infection, cellulitis. The difficult part for them to work out is whether it is that infection that is making me ill, or whether I have another infection that caused it. A kind of medical chicken and egg question, if you like. Tests have been done, many antibiotics have been consumed, but it is still there! The side effects for me have included extreme tiredness, which has meant that I have been falling asleep at unexpected times of day. Maybe I shouldn’t watch so much cricket! I have also been required to rest a lot, which has given me a lot of time for thinking. But for some reason I just haven’t felt like revisiting either my own blog or those I follow. So, if you’ve noticed my absence from your ‘likes’ and comments, I apologise!

Too much thinking can be bad for you, and a number of celebrity deaths in the past few weeks have started me down the road of considering our mortality. I’m not old – I’m 62 – but I’ve never been older than I am today, and oh boy have I been feeling that! Am I at an age when I should expect my body to start letting me down? I think not, but then again I don’t expect that either Victoria Wood or David Gest did, either, and they were both only 62 when they left us. And as for Prince, 57 is ridiculously young to die, whatever lifestyle you’ve enjoyed. Clearly, though, the fact that it is taking me so long to get over whatever is making me ill could well be related to the ageing process, and the natural truth that as we age our bodies can take longer to repair themselves. In my own case, there are longevity genes in my lineage: my mum lived to 87 and my dad is now 88 and still going very strong, so I’m not worried that anything serious is about to happen to me. But I am inconvenienced and frustrated by being ill for so long. Having said that, however, I was told yesterday by my doctor that cellulitis can take up to 3-6 months to get over, so this could be a long haul!

I’ve decided that I’m going to make more of an effort with blogs – yours and mine – from now on, as long as I can stay awake long enough! And I can see a theme of how we change through the stages of life as a possible strand for further development. It won’t be another 27 days till you see me again, I promise! I’d be interested in your thoughts on this issue, too, so do please leave a comment. Whatever age you are, are you noticing changes in how you think, what you can or want to do?

I’ll leave it at that for today. I have a bit of catch up blog reading to do! See you again soon.

21 thoughts on “It’s Been A While

  1. mariaholm May 6, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Dear Clive ! I am also sad to hear your are battling with sickness. I would still recommend you to keep on writing in between resting and other activities. Too much time to just thinking can be depressing. Writing you can turn the thoughts into something that even benefits your readers here

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    • Clive May 6, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you Maria. I have been writing, mostly little pieces that may never see the light of day! Things are gradually getting better, I’m glad to say.

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      • mariaholm May 6, 2016 / 8:38 pm

        So good to hear. I feel I get stronger mentally when I keep writing. I have the handicap that I don’t write in my native language on my primary blog and I am afraid to make terrible mistakes. If you find “something” you are very welcome to tell me. I want to improve the language if possible

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      • Clive May 6, 2016 / 8:40 pm

        I’m the same, it’s a good way to work things through. Your English is very good and I admire you for writing in a second language. I couldn’t do it!


      • mariaholm May 6, 2016 / 8:46 pm

        I have started a blog in Danish on my memoirs and I share certain posts at special Facebook groups. Blogging is not so developed in Denmark yet. Maybe though among young and smart people blogging on food and fashion. That means that I only have readers now and then when I share at the Facebook groups. The stats go from zero to two hundred and back to zero. But to write the memoirs in my own language has had a healing effect on me.

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      • Clive May 6, 2016 / 9:00 pm

        That’s great, it’s good that you do both. I’d love to read your other blog but don’t speak a word of Danish. An English translation would be good!


      • Clive May 6, 2016 / 9:08 pm

        Thank you, I’ll take a look 🙂


  2. browney237 April 29, 2016 / 8:07 am

    I am pleased that you are back on deck and sorry you have been unwell.

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  3. Still the Lucky Few April 29, 2016 / 4:36 am

    I noticed your regular, very welcome posts weren’t in my inbox for a while, and am sorry it is illness that has taken you out of your routine! I’m glad you will be keeping us posted, and look forward to that. Like Bernadette, I write in the mornings, since my creative brain is awake and ready to go at 6:00 a.m. I do comments, and Facebook at periods throughout the day, so I seem to always have my mind on this blog! But energy does seem to run out early some times…

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    • Clive April 29, 2016 / 6:38 am

      Thank you, that’s kind of you to say. Proving our point about the benefits of rising early, it is 6.37am here as I write this. I hope our energy levels don’t let us down!


  4. Stevie Turner April 28, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Cellulitis does take some time to get over, I think. I’m also going to be online less over the coming weeks, as my 92 year old mother is at the end of her life and I need to do more for her for as long as it takes. I hope you recover soon.

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    • Clive April 28, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you, I hope so too! Very sorry to hear about your Mum. You’re absolutely right to do what you can for her, I hope it goes as well as possible for her, you and all your family.

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      • Stevie Turner April 28, 2016 / 4:23 pm

        Thanks Clive. It’s brought home to me how difficult it is to access state funded residential care. What care there’ll be for us if we ever live to be that age I don’t know. Private care homes charge £800 -900 per week. It’s ludicrous.

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      • Clive April 28, 2016 / 5:01 pm

        I know, we had the same issue for my mum. And it’s the last thing you need to be worrying about at such a time. A longstanding problem that successive governments have made worse.

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  5. nonsmokingladybug April 28, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    I just came back from a 4-week blogging break, so I didn’t miss you because I wasn’t here either. I am sorry to hear that you had fallen ill, I hope you will feel better soon.

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    • Clive April 28, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Thank you! I’ll catch up with your blog shortly. Hope the break worked for you.

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  6. Bernadette April 28, 2016 / 11:57 am

    I wondered where you were and was hoping that the information you just provided in your post wasn’t the answer. To answer your question, yes it does take longer to recover from illness and this does come as quite a shock in your sixties. It seems the mind never accepts this aging process and I say thank God for that. Now my mind may never accept it but it does have its own problems from time to time especially when it gets fatigued. So I have learned to trick it and become and early riser and use my brain and body in the early part of the day for all my creative endeavors before all the other mundane demands of the day sap my energy. Welcome back Clive and God speed you to a quicker recovery.

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    • Clive April 28, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Bernadette. It’s good to know I’m not the only one to have noticed this side effect of the ageing process. I’ve always been an early riser, and agree that it is good to make the most of the first part of the day: this post was written before 9.30am UK time!


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