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Get Snappy 20: London and Cornwall

by Ellie Hopgood

Okay, after last week’s latest chapter in the chronic UTI chronicles, I assumed that this week would be an improvement. Alas, that was not the case. The symptoms I’d ascribed to a UTI had actually become a nasty kidney infection, leaving me extremely nauseous, sick, tired and in pain. I spent the week in and out of work, lying down and taking YET ANOTHER course of strong antibiotics.

Part of me remains vaguely skeptical that I’m even that ill, despite the fact that it was confirmed by two doctors and that I am feeling better by the day as I take the pills. But I only have to think back to this week and remember that I couldn’t read, write or focus on anything, a sharp departure from most weeks. I could only lie flat, semi-watching TV, or otherwise I’d end up retching in the bathroom from the nausea or hobbling around as pain radiated through my back. Fortunately, I had some blogs pre-written and nothing too urgent on at work so I could lie still and flat in peace for most of the week.

As you can imagine, the bulk of this week did not yield many interesting photos. I highly doubt that any of you want to see screenshots of Veep episodes or pictures of me playing Mario Kart Wii alone at 2pm on a Wednesday. Iona came to visit on Thursday and suffered through me taking pictures as we chatted, some of which I think are really nice (though it helps when your model is exceedingly beautiful!), so there are those.

However, the weekend has offered some good stuff. Given the rest of the week, I typically would have cancelled our quick trip to Cornwall. I was in no place to be driving for hours, going for long walks and swimming in the sea. But this was no regular trip to Cornwall; this trip involved me, Jake and both sets of our parents hanging out in an attempt to slowly bring our families closer together.

Our parents have met a couple of times before, but have certainly never spent forty-eight hours together under one roof. It had taken months to find a weekend that worked for everyone and I was not about to miss this so I could lie on the sofa at home, no matter how much that might have been a good idea. Plus I reasoned that I could have a very chilled weekend in Cornwall, especially given Jake gallantly drove me all the way here, with me grasping my stomach with nausea the whole way down the M5. Oh, and I got my period. It was a good time.

We have had a lovely weekend, in spite of illness. For the first time ever, I stuck by my plan to not swim in the sea. I didn’t even want to. Instead, I have spent a lot of time like this:

Mum has no excuse

There have been frequent naps and small portions, as anything bigger than a small plate sent me straight to the bathroom. But the benefit of being away with your partner and your four parents is that everyone is keen to look after you, which I am very grateful for. Having your parents and your partner’s parents spend time together can be stressful but we have had a really nice, fun and relaxed time. As well as a few snaps from Tregardock (there was no way I wasn’t showing my parents Tregardock after all this time, kidney infection be damned), I spent a lot of time taking pictures of Mum and Dad. Although this hasn’t been the best week by a long shot, I am so lucky to have access to amazing medical care and a wonderful family to look after me. I’m already halfway through this course of antibiotics and feeling so much better!

Onto this week’s photos. Let me know which is your favourite in the comments below!

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