Have I over done it or what? We never learn do we...
Sorry to all those waiting with baited breath to find out how the Lunch went. We certainly had a brilliant time. It was so informative and really brought home how much NRAS has brought the profile of RA up in medical circles and elswhere. I felt like going out and doing something profound to help, until of course reality clicks in and you think - yeah but what, in my fragile state.
Having said that, I really do think that if I give myself time, I shall be interested in starting a group in the South West - particularly Devon and Cornwall as I don't believe there to be a group at the moment. Just have to pace myself!!!
The day itself was lovely, all posh frocks and champagne to start with. Good old natter with people, and meeting up with the faces to put names to. Ailsa is a real inspiration, and all her hard working and enthusiastic staff are brilliant.
I actually didn't get home until 3 or 4 on Sunday! Dirty stop out. I stayed with Summer on the Wednesday evening. We travelled up to Tricia P on the Thursday and her very kind and lovely husband chauffered us round to the lunch. Stayed at Tricias Thursday night in the mansion and we all went down to Alison (Summer) on Friday night. We had a lovely time at the spa that Ali goes to and Tricia had a facial. We then went home and me and Alison were given facials by Tricia and she also got a very stubborn knot out of my shoulder muscle. Thanks Trish! I think we all indulged a little bit too much but hey it was a treat.
I went to see my brother in Malvern and then started out about 5 on Saturday. My knees and ankles were telling me otherwise though and I only got as far as Taunton when I had to give up and stay the night at The Days Inn. Very nice but I was given the disable room next to the office door which was opening and banging shut all night. It was 11 the next morning before I felt I could rely on my knee to carry on driving. Mr Silageman was all for coming to fetch me, but I pursuaded him otherwise and eventually got home around 3 - 4 ish. Have been more of less bedridden since then! Boy have i been tired. It must have been the adrenalin rush before hand that was keeping me going.
I tried to write a blog this morning, but gave up I couldn't think straight, so a bit more rest and now I feel a bit better.
My lasting memory of the last few days, apart from finally meeting Tricia and Alison, is the NRAS. It is a great association, dedicated to the cause of the ra sufferer and I cannot impress on people any more than to say, please join. The money it costs is so well worth while. It makes you feel part of the "loop" and there is a mine of information forthcoming. Nothing is too much trouble for anyone involved and they all deserve a pat on the back and few medals!!!
So a bit more of a serious blog than my usual, but I am sure I shall get back to my normal nutty self fairly soon.
Take care peeps
love Julie xxxx