Dear Mummy, things have been all over the place recently. Our routine has been up in the air since you came out of hospital. The majority of the time you are in bed resting after suffering a collapsed lung a couple of weeks ago. However this week we managed to drag you out of your black hole and into the sunlight.
See, if you had your way you’d be hiding in your bedroom, curtains drawn, ear plugs in shutting the world out. It’s the painkillers that have probably made you feel more depressed but you just don’t want to face the world at the moment. Struggling to put a brace face on all the time is exhausting.
But we did get you outside into the sunshine, well my Grandma did. So we took you to the coast. The same place you went to when you were pregnant with me over 4 years ago!
Its called Lepe Beach (Lepe Country Park), just outside Southampton in Hampshire. Nestled on the edge of the New Forest and next to Fawley and Calshot spit it has great views of the Isle of Wight. It was a breezy, sunny spring day and quiet because it was during the week.
What we like about this stretch of coast is that it has great amenities. All seasons cafe, toilets, coastal parking and the beach is small and a mixture between sand and shingle. Also when the tide goes out it’s great for crabbing, bird watching and looking in tiny rock pools.
We spent a lovely couple of hours basking in the sunshine. It warmed my mummy’s bones and she felt better, even if it was for a little while. However she found it frustrating that she couldn’t bend down and help beachcomb or help me make my mermaid sand sculpture. This made her sad that all she could do was watch.
Sometimes the fresh air and sunshine can work better than any painkiller can. Unfortunately she’s back to being in bed today, in a darkened room as she’s in a lot of discomfort. Her muscles are sore and her ribs hurt. We just have to take the good days and the bad days as they come.
Do you find being outside helps relieve chronic pain?
Love Bella x