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A Thrifty Mrs |UK Thrifty Blog  💙💗Charity shop obsessed, award winning thrifty blogger. Lupus fighter on bedrest. Renovating a 1904 shop. Campervan crusader & dog hugger 💗💙 📍MCR

Bit of an update. On Saturday I was rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke. I don't really remember what happened to me, I just remember coming round to paramedics leaning over me in bed and not understanding them. I was blue lighted to a specialist stroke unit in A&E and whilst my care was impeccable, it was a terrifying, lighting fast experience. I have never been so scared in my whole life as when a doctor told me he was going to give me a drug that might cause me a "significant haemorrhage" just at the very second I was being rushed to a CT and didn't get a chance to understand wtf any of it meant. I just wanted to let you all know that I probably won't be around for a while (it has taken me ages to type this out and pluck words from my head) but hopefully I will be back soon. I probably won't be able to reply anytime soon but I will get back to you all eventually.
At the moment they are calling it a "stroke like event" and are saying it is in some way related to my other health conditions and having had the flu and a couple of infections, I have a fistful of appointments for this week.

Sneezy and wheezy in bed, scrolling through my phone and came across this snap. How amazing is this house? It has a lovely sea view and can be snapped up for about £900k. I can't stop looking at it, isn't it perfect? If you're ever in Liverpool, pop down to Beach Lawns next to Crosby Marina, you won't regret it.

My friend is hosting her daughter's milk bar themed birthday party at our house next weekend (she is renovating), so we spent today coming up with ideas for food and drink. Red berry smoothies, homemade fish finger butties, mini hot dogs and tiny boxes of popcorn to go with a screening of Grease. My kind of party!

Today is the last day of Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK and I just wanted to have a little chat. If you've been following for a while you might know I have been physically very unwell for 18 months and suffered chronic conditions for years before that. People are ok with hearing about physical illness but what they aren't so happy to hear about are mental health issues.
I have suffered with mental illness in one form or another since I was a young child. I was first diagnosed with PTSD at the age of 9 and various diagnosis came thick and fast after that. I was always told to keep my mouth shut about my illnesses, to not bother people with them, to never mention them. I hid them away and as a result they became worse. As I got older I started to discuss my mental health with friends and soon got to realising many of them had similar issues or knew someone who had been through something similar at some point in their lives. Talking helps. I always thought that was bullshit but really, talking helps enormously.
My mental health has been at a real low point for the last 4-6 months and at times I have been close to the edge. Bizarrely Instagram has helped, it has allowed me to detach from my brain for a bit, even if just for 2 minute bursts here or there. In the past I would have been ashamed to admit I live with mental illness but over the years I've learnt that this kind of illness is as valid as my other conditions and society needs to learn that lesson too.
The Mental Health Foundation conducted a survey recently, which revealed two thirds of the British population had suffered with a mental health condition at some point in their lives.

Please seek help from your GP if you feel you need help, talk to your family and friends and if you need further help please consider phoning Samaritans on 116 123 (it's free). Please don't be ashamed, there is no need. #MHAW17

Anyway, here is a picture of a windmill because why not.

One of each of your delicious meringues please, lovely lady.

Husband away, got girls over to play. And by play I mean drinking cocktails and watching really, really crap reality TV whilst hugging tiny dogs.
What's your favourite crap reality TV show? We are having a Real Housewives of Atlanta marathon.

This is my #WIDN for @homeonhampton and @the_house_that_jen_built. Who wants to join in? @twouptwodownmanchester @my_pretty__perfect__world?

The tulips (scroll ➡️) at Hulme Community Garden Centre stole my heart. Those colours cheered me up no end. BTW if you live in the Greater Manchester area you really must visit this incredible place it is a project that does Manchester and the people who run it proud. A vast space near Asda in Hulme, it is filled with amazing ideas, plants, people, workshops and so much more. They taught my husband and some friends how to apple splice which has been invaluable with his work at our local community orchard. Pop down there and let me know what you think because I LOVE it.

Sometimes, what you really need is a trip to the seaside. The sea air in your lungs, the wind blowing out the cob webs and a change of pace. Where's your favourite beach?

I made a meal this evening! How's that for progress? I stood here (well I *did* employ the use of a stool at some points) and cooked a whole meal! That is a complete nothing for most people but the ability to focus on a task long ago escaped me, so doing that whilst standing wasn't something I ever imagined doing ever again but yay, I did it. Just a basic spaghetti and spinach dish but it came together nicely and although I'm completely exhausted as a result I feel exhilarated having achieved something with my day. 😀

What's your favourite ice cream treat? I'm partial to a 99, lemon ice (which you don't see much this day) or a cider lolly.

Today has been a bit of a weird day. Yesterday I fainted, fell and hurt myself in the street (a chap had to help me home) so I was sort remained in a weird daze all day. But today I've ranged from feeling angry at my incompetent body to wallowing in a bad mood, which is really not like me! So this evening I am treating myself to a brownie, a junk TV series and scrolling through websites finding things to buy with my birthday vouchers.

This morning my husband popped up the black framed map which we picked up at a bootsale on Monday, doesn't it look great in that spot?
This is my #WIDN for @lovelanerestoration @theresagromski and @kayresy. What are you up to @anitasheamccann @jemmiju?

My body is very weary this evening, so it's time for a candlelit bath and a catch up on some Real Housewives of NYC (which is your favourite version of Real Housewives?). How gorgeous is this copper candelabra from my friends @coppermoonmcr? 😍😍 #celebratetheordinary #decadent #decadentbath

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