Archive | October, 2013

The Hospital

31 Oct

Phew, it’s been some crazy last couple of days, and not in the good way, but luckily it turned out well in the end! On Monday I was admitted to the hospital because of a big blood clot in the lungs, which of course was not how I’d planned to start the week. Luckily I responded really well to the treatment, and could go home after only two days, and I must say I’m overjoyed to be home again, even though I wasn’t gone long.

It all started a bit after midday on Monday when I was talking a walk with lovely little Chico. After only about 200 metres it suddenly felt like I’d run a marathon, I had trouble breathing and suddenly became unconscious and hit the ground. Luckily there was a man nearby who came running when he saw me, and helped me get home. Even though it was only a short trip it felt like a mile,  the breathing issues I had were so bad, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.  Chico was by the way very good and calm the whole time, so glad he didn’t run away when I fainted. And even gladder that I didn’t fall on top of him 😉

At home I quickly got in touch with my mum who rushed me to the doctor where they did a bunch of tests to figure this out. At first they thought it was a common decrease in blood pressure, which isn’t really unusual to have, but luckily my wonderful doctor started suspecting it could be something more serious when observing my dangerously low drop in oxygen saturation whenever I made the smallest physical effort. Since she suspected a clot in my lungs I was taken to the hospital in Fredrikstad with an amnulance, which was very non-dramatic and where I was connected to an oxygen mask which made breathing a lot easier. Wonderful!

Arriving at the ER was a positive experiene, even though I was a bit frigthened, I can only say positive things about the doctors and nurses who helped me. It would be incredibly boring if I were to go over all the details of what happened there, as it was mainly waiting and performing various tests. A CT-scan showed that it was in fact a blod clot that was causing my issues, and I was transferred to the medical monitoring ward and started treatment. I have to give major props to the people who worked at the ward, I was so well taken care of and they were all so nice and helpful. I felt very safe, which helps a lot when you’re gonna spend the night a place that’s quite scary where a lot of critically ill people are also staying, and you have needles in you everywhere.

In hospital

After a day at the monitoring ward I was transferred to a ward for cancer- and blood diseases for pasients out of the critical phase, where everything was much more quiet, and things went slower, which was a bit of a difficult change. Even though I didn’t have to be connected to all these wires anymore, it still felt much scarier to be there, because there weren’t nurses and doctors around me at all times. It was also quite weird to be somewhere where all the other patients were so much older, I was clearly the youngest person there by far. But of course everyone was lovely at this ward as wall, and I quickly felt better. It also helped that my mum was with me a lot of the time, and in the evening my dad, my sibling Joakim and Marianne, and Astrid (Marianne’s mum) also came to visit me. They even brought pizza with them so I didn’t have to eat hospital dinner 😉 Very grateful! Visits by friends and family are so comforting when feeling a bit scared and alone!

Hospital 2

The day after I received the wonderful news that I could go home since I had improved so much and the blood thinners worked so well. Wohoo! I had to talk a bit with the doctor and a specialist nurse about the medicine that I will be taking for the next 6 months, how important it is that I take them correctly, how and why they work, and stuff like that, and then my mum could take me home, where I am now 🙂 I’m taking things slowly and I’m not to push myself in anyway the next few days as my lungs did take a toll, which I do still feel, but I’m getting better every day.

It feels so good to be home, to wear my own clothes and sleep in my own bed! The hospital stay felt so much longer than two days, and I hope I don’t offend anyone who has been or currently is admitted for longer by saying so. As I mentioned I’m taking thing slowly, but I’ve managed to carve and decorate a pumpkin today, it is Halloween after all 😉 Hopefully there’ll be quite a few kids trick -or-treating tonight, as we have a lot of candy ready to give 🙂 Happy Halloween everybody, and hope you’re all in good health (and that I also will continue to be)!

Saturday night with Spencer

13 Oct

Hello, hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend so far 🙂 I know I have, starting on Friday with a girls night in with Agrin and Lena. We always have such a good time with a lot of laughter when we meet up, so it’s definitely something we should do more often.

Spencer has also been with us the last week, which has been wonderful, I do love having a dog around the house. He got picked up last night, so I made sure to fill his last day here for a while with LOTS of cuddles and play, and we went for a looong and nice walk. I also had to do a little photoshoot with him, he is so beautiful that I have to show him off quite a bit 😉 It’s hard to get good pictures though, as he’s always moving his head or coming towards me for an ear scratch when I’m trying to snap a photo. I did manage to take some really nice ones though!

Spencer's favourite spot.

Spencer’s favourite spot.

He loves to cuddle up here.

He loves to cuddle up here.

"Are you done taking pictures soon?"

“Are you done taking pictures yet?”

Poser

Poser

What a handsome lad!

What a handsome lad!

It’s shaping up to be a good Sunday as well, even though we’re missing the sound of Spencer sniffing around. I’m not feeling in tip-top shape, but I don’t have anything stressful planned today, so I’ll just stay in, watch some TV-shows and fill up on the sweet buns I made on Friday. Perfect unhealthy weekend snack! 😉

Hope everyone is having a good Sunday 🙂

Our Cats

8 Oct

I’ve spent a few days at my dad’s house is Askim, which of course is always very nice. My dad has three adorable cats, which I just have to show off a bit here. Their names are Bosse, Tjukken and Mora. Tjukken and Mora means “Fatty” and “Mum” by the way, and Mora is Tjukkens mum 😉

Bosse has been in the family the longest, but a few years back when my dad bought my brother’s house he also got Tjukken and Mora with the buy. All the cats handled the transition quite well, and even though they aren’t exactly best friends they do live together quite nicely.

Bosse

Bosse is a rather old cat now, and quite lazy. He’s VERY attached to my dad, but he likes attention and cuddles from anyone who offers. He’s sceptical to all strange animals and other cats, and a bit of a loner, but he did adjust well to moving in with the two other cats. Once in a blue moon he even wants to play with them! Bosse is by the way a huge coward, even though he’s quite big and strong.

Mora

More is an adorable little cat, who absolutely loves attention and cuddles. She loves humans, but absolutely hates other cats. She feels that she’s quite superior the tho other furballs, and does not want to spend more time with then than she has to. If Tjukken comes too close because he wants to play she’s quick to hit and scratch him to put him in his place. What a good mum, right? She’s always purring, and can often be found sleeping in my bed when she’s not out and about on adventures.

Tjukken

Tjukken is quite the character. He is easily the most outgoing and social of the cats, and is often trying to catch both ours and theirs attention, which results in a lot of “talking” from his side. He actually rarely shuts up. He often wants to play with Bosse and Mora, but unfortunately he mostly fails in engaging them. His favorite spot is on the top of the armchair, and he loves it when we spin the chair around. His own personal carousel!

Aren’t they cute?

Oh, and I’m dog sitting Spencer again this week, so there will probably be a few dog pictures coming up the next days 😉

A late “back from Frosta-trip”-post!

5 Oct

Wow, I have no idea how this happened, this was actually supposed to have been posted 26th of September, but for some reason it didn’t publish. Weeird.

Anyway, what I wanted to tell you quite a while ago now is that I’m back from another wonderful trip to Frosta, which is the small town my mum is originally from. I enjoyed our stay SOOO much, it was a wonderful week, we had some days with really nice weather, made yummy food and visited and got visits from old friends. There’s something about Frosta which makes me completely relaxed, I’m sure most people can relate to having somewhere that just feels like a safe haven, where life is just a bit easier. Well, that’s Frosta for me 🙂 Maybe I’ll move there when I’m a bit older?

Something I greatly appreciated was some of my good friends coming to visit me while I was there, Maren came over on the sunday, and Marit visited on Monday and stayed till the following day. We had a great time, so grateful for my friends!

The lovely house we stayed in

The lovely house we stayed in

Cooking

Cooking

A view over Frosta

A view over Frosta

Me and Maren

Me and Maren

Me and Maren

Me and Maren

A view over the island Tautra

A view over the island Tautra

"Klostergården" - A restaurant at the island Tautra, by the old monastery ruins

“Klostergården” – A restaurant at the island Tautra, by the old monastery ruins

Game night with Marit

Game night with Marit

Game night with Marit

Game night with Marit

Marit and me.

Marit and me.

Fingers crossed that I’ll be returning soon! Hey, it’s only a 9-hour car ride, right? 😉