Well I must admit I was looking forward to Christmas, I had a fancy bottle of Harrods champagne to share with my mum, I was excited about all the delicious food on offer and having quality time together as a family! Instead I was gargling salt water, chain eating strepsils and popping painkillers like they were going out of fashion!
The boys were so happy with everything Father Christmas brought it was such a nuisance being in pain and not fully behind the festivities. A Christmas stocking filled with this lot had my eldest in good spirits. The boys slept well, they do not tend to wake early for Christmas as they are worried they might disturb Father Christmas and face empty stockings!
I did everything I could to cure the tonsillitis first, honey, rest, plenty of fluids but I just got worse and worse until by day four I was drooling, splitting blood and in absolute agony! I managed to get an out of hours doctor’s appointment for some medical assistance, which was no easy feat over the Christmas holidays I can tell you! I was grilled about whether I actually needed to see a doctor (no I just ring the helpline on boxing day for kicks, seriously?!?) and what was my level of pain?!? I think she could hear the admittedly muted (I sounded like I was talking through a mouthful of wasps!) desperation in my voice and finally relented and let me see the giver of antibiotics who became my savour.
48 hours later I was a new girl! Full of the joys of Christmas again, able to partake in the Christmas cake, the mince pies and the trifle! Fortunately the boys had a lovely Christmas anyway and I tried to get involved a little with them every day, watching them build their LEGO sets, blowing bubbles, playing board games and getting the hang of Disney Infinity 2 in between all the naps my parents insisted I took (although to be fair I did feel like the infection had taken a hold of me!).
But hopefully I am better now and the boys have plenty more days off with me so I am keen to work our way through their present pile and discover and explore the contents of each wonderful box! I missed not having the energy to commit myself fully to Christmas this year and felt dreadfully guilty. For all the food and drink I longingly watched everyone else enjoy what I missed most was that precious time together. So I am getting lots of cuddles now I am on the mend!