Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A little update!

A little life update-I don't normally do this kind of thing but I had a few messages on instagram and twitter wondering where I have been the last 10 days and so I thought I would give a little update.

When I got back from Cairo a week last Thursday I came down with another kidney infection, but because I hadn't heeded the advice of my doctor or taken the full course of antibiotics she had given me the previous week when I had the same thing, this second infection took a hold of me hard.

I began feeling ill on Friday, the day after I got back from Cairo and started to take the antibiotics she had previously prescribed but by Sunday evening I had gone rapidly downhill and had to go into hospital.  My body wasn't responding at all to the antibiotics-I hadn't slept, eaten or been able to drink for 2 days and I was running a fever.  I was given an IV cocktail of hydrating fluids and (new) antibiotics.  Hospital is ok in Dubai, I am lucky enough to have excellent private medical insurance provided by my employer and was well looked after apart from the soggy processed cheese slice sandwiches they kept bringing round.  A cliche I know, but I did literally feel like I had gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.

Diagnosis was 'chronic obstructive pyelonephritis' which is basically a kidney infection.  Have been back and forth a little bit to have my kidneys scanned etc and am back again tomorrow for most of the results.

My mum is hilarious

I was back at work as of yesterday but of course literally drowning in paperwork and emails!

In other less relevant infomation:

My skin hates me at the moment-it's so dry and dehydrated!  I didn't wear make up for over a week (unheard of) and being too unwell to be bothered with a proper cleansing routine has left my skin extremely dry and dull.  I'll definitely be reaching for anything that says hydrating/brightening/miracle worker on the label for the next few days.  And my lips-literally drier than the desert at the moment.

I had to get Mike to cancel TWO hair appointments and have the roots from hell.  Haven't painted my nails for 10 days (gasps)

I dropped my beloved ipod on the stone flooring at home and smashed the screen.  It still works tho phew!

One of our supermarkets in Dubai, Choithrams has started stocking Tesco products!  Major excitement especially over the strawberry fizzy laces!  Stocked up on them yesterday.


It's gotten super hot in Dubai, 40 degrees when I left work at 3.30 this afternoon.  And the humidity is back with a vengeance.  Cue make up lasting all of 20 minutes and frizzy hair for the rest of the summer.

I barely looked on the internet/my iphone/laptop until this weekend (a 7 day hiatus which is literally unknown) which has meant NO online shopping!  I may have done a sneaky Sephora and Dorothy Perkins order to catch up and keep the UK and US economies running smoothly yesterday.

For those who are fans of hearing about James my assistant's exploits, well whilst I was sick he was on vacation in Amsterdam.  He messaged me just enough to let me know he was still alive and he DIDN'T buy my a present.  Disappointing James.  On Saturday night he messaged me saying 'erm why haven't you been blogging'.  Who knew he was such a fan?  It's been good to see him again after a two week break and we're back into our normal routine of him buying me breakfast and amusing me greatly for 8 hours a day.


Speaking of food-we're going carb free.  This news does not make me happy at all-I am literally a carb whore.  Mike hasn't been well and the doctor has diagnosed him with high blood pressure and borderline diabetes and wants him to cut out carbs.  We have a list as long as our arms of things we can't eat.  I do need to support him but we had out first carb free day yesterday and I am ashamed to say at 4am I was wide awake, starving and eating biscuits in the kitchen!  It's going to take a LOT of getting used to for us so any tips/support would be welcome.  We are both overweight so it will do us both good but it will be a massive lifestyle change for us and probably more for him more than me as I have the worst diet in the world.  I rebelled on day 2 of carb free eating this morning by asking James to buy me a halloumi manakish.  Also not sure that the strawberry fizzy laces fit into this carb free lark.

Thank you to everyone who did message me and also who responded to Mikes instagram photo on Saturday.  I didn't even know he knew how to use instagram but the comments were lovely.

One last thing-I have learned not to leave Mike in charge of running the house.  1 ply toilet roll and a hair gel (for him) called 'Touch Me Please' has been purchased......


Bear with me, hopefully will be back to blogging normally soon!




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31 comments

  1. Thanks Liss! We are doing ok so far, it's good to focus on what you're eating every now and then I guess. Lots of love xxx

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  2. Thank you Jen, that's basically what we have been doing. We have cut on any white carbs and processed food but been having oatmeal and quinoa and berries xx

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  3. Hi Susan! Thanks so much for commenting. Really good to hear your story and that you have had so much success. Your tips are great thank you! xx

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  4. Thank you darling xx

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  5. Hi Brianna! I know I know, I should have taken the antibiotics! We've been doing ok so far but it is a big change for us-we're both carb whores! You're right tho, small steps is definitely the best way xx

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  6. Thank you Laura! xxx

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  7. Hi gorgeous! Am feeling vaguely human again yey! xxx

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  8. Haha no dire peril! Been piling on the Clinique Moisture Surge which seems to have sorted my skin! Am on day 2 of no carbs, Mikes done 5 days and is going insane lol! xx

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  9. Thank you Lorraine xx

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  10. Haha don't tell him that-it'll go to his head! xx

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  11. Thanks Sunny! xx

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  12. Thank you doll, nice to be back xxx

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  13. James is going to America next week so he will have a Sephora list! xxx

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  14. Hi Simone! Am finally feeling human again yey! I've been piling on the Clinique Moisturesurge and my skin is coming back to life but I definitely want to pick up some of the Hydraluron masks in the UK next month.


    It's Saturday and I am sitting here with baited breath waiting for your weekly vlog :)

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  15. Roots will be sorted by Tues (phew) and the toilet roll sitch is sorted!


    James is off to the US next week #SephoraShoppingList


    xxxx

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  16. aww Stacey! I'm glad you are back and I hope you are feeling better! very sorry to hear about all this, hopefully you and Mike can make the carb transition as smooth as possible, sending you lots of hugs and positive wishes! <3 <3

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  17. Aw U hope you start to feel better soon!! Sounds nasty :(

    Bea x

    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  18. I found your blog through a random search and your makeup reviews are epic! I'm sorry to read about your health issues but I can relate, so I'm inspired to post a comment. My husband was diagnosed also with pre diabetes and I have gluten intolerance, so we had to make a radical change. It wasn't easy, but my advice is avoid anything packaged and get cookin'--literally, get vegetarian and Asian cookbooks, fantastic because they have tons of recipes incorporating veggies and protein, and for a carb I now use brown rice and quinoa. NO MORE BREAD. You'll get used to it when you feel better and more alert. Going hungry is the worst thing! Shop the produce and fish/meat aisles more, get roasted nuts to have a snack at work. There's a wealth of info on the web and online, and we turned over a new leaf--my husband now has eggs and brown rice for breakfast! I boil up a pound of edamame as a snack, or have bananas and some peanut butter. It makes traveling difficult but there are alternatives everywhere and you must be prepared and pro-active about your diet, be vigilant about ingredients. We got scared about the long term effects of diabetes such as blindness and so we had to do it! Best wishes and oh yeah, drink gallons of water, best things for your kidneys and skin!!!! Stay well!!!

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  19. So glad to see you back!! I hope you are feeling much better now! However, as a nurse I have a few other comments to make. *ahem* ALWAYS take the full course of antibiotics, even if you feel better!!!!!! If you don't, the bacteria can become resistant and more difficult to kill!! EEEKKK!! Second, I wish you both the best of luck with your no carbs. From my own personal experiences, small changes are easier to maintain than drastic ones. For example, if you normally have a bagel for breakfast, swap it out for an omelette and fruit. Once you feel ok with that, move on to lunch, and dinner and so forth. I've read things before (not sure how true they are. . .) that you can go through carb withdrawal. If it is in fact true, small changes will help prevent this.

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  20. Awwww I hope you're gonna feel better and stronger with each day. Slowly, but surely you'll come back to your old habits including blogging, shopping and make up! Just take care of yourself and take is easy!!! Your body needs to recharge! Hope the kitties help with the healing process!!! X

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  21. Ah, sorry to hear you've been so under the weather! Sending all of my healing vibes! And my boyfriend was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (at age 30, who knew?) and he has been managing it largely by watching his carb intake. He isn't totally carb-free (nearly impossible), but gets carbs from healthy foods like vegetables, beans, nuts, quinoa, and occasional fruit- healthy goodies that can still give you a bit of a sugar boost. Oh, and lots of dark chocolate :) Good luck with the diet change and feel free to get in touch with any more questions about it!

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  22. Hey Stacey, I have noticed the absence but I thought it's just work! I'm SO sorry to hear about this! I've had urinary tract infection, and that was already hell. I don't want to imagine a kidney one! I hope you and Mike will take good care of each other and everything will be OK soon!

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  23. Mademoiselle LorraineAugust 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    i was wondering where have you been, but i never tought you were sick:( hope you feel well and you will get your makeup done asap. kisses and take care of you!!

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  24. I had genuinely thought that you were in dire peril, or died... haha glad you're better! :)

    Origins drink it up mask, eggs & cat cuddles?

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

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  25. So nice to see a post from you pop up in my feed. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    :)
    www.luluisloving.wordpress.com

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  26. So glad you're ok lovely, I've been worried about you xx Love you xx

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  27. I'm so happy to have Stacey back, you absolute beaut of a girl! Pleased you're feeling better as it sounds like you've had a nightmare. Smiled as I read you'd been exercising the debit card, all in the economy's interest of course. Lovely that you've returned to us and I'm looking forward to reading your make up exploits :)

    Now go and get them roots sorted and paint your nails! Oh and sort your toilet roll situation!

    Ps James, get the girl a gift next time :)

    Lots of love
    Kate xxxx

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  28. You're a scamp for not listening to your dr, but I'm so glad you're on the mend now. Naughty James not getting you a present, James, get back to Amsterdam and rectify that immediately!! That gel made me laugh, and 1ply(!), men can't be trusted to do such things. Hope you get back to your routine of hair, cleansing and manicures soon and you don't drown under your paperwork. Lots of love xxxxxx

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  29. I am so glad to see that you are doing well and I think James is just a tiny bit fab x

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  30. Glad to hear you are on the mend Stacey - sounds like you got an awful dose. Hydraluron face masks v.good and Clarins Hydraquench mask xxx

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  31. Clearly I'm extremely behind on my blog reading and lots of time has passed...but hope you're feeling better now doll!! It must have been a pretty rough few days - made worse by the cutting of carbs afterwards oh my lordyyy... (Strawberry laces are totes allowed, even got one of your 5 a day in there, BOOYA) but hopefully it will be worth it, especially for Mike and his health :D I'm saying 'oh my lordy' but I eat quite a low (ish) carb diet myself (well, kind of, just very little in the way of bread/rice/pasta/potatoes and less of having cereal for tea etc) and you do get used to it :) plus you feel less bloated and that's ALWAYS good right?
    You can do it gurrrl!!
    Sending you laaaaats of loveeee <3 xxxxxxxxxx

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