Hi everyone. I do hope you’re keeping well this winter. It has been pretty cold but, at last, we are getting a few glimpses of that elusive sunshine. It never fails to lift my mood.
Speaking of things elusive, I have been guilty of this of late in terms of my QVC blogs. If you don’t already follow me on Twitter then please do. I’m @TheHuntley, Instagram @catherine_huntley and my Facebook page is Catherine Huntley TV. I tend to keep up with those on almost a daily basis but, as I’m aware many folks don’t use those avenues of social media, I try to keep you up to date here as much as I can.
So, if you don’t know already my mum has been a bit poorly lately. A couple of weeks ago I got the call from the paramedics saying they thought she’d had a stroke. It was at a time when I had this crazy virus which has been going round the whole presenter team and I’d already had two hot toddies after a couple of really tough nights so I couldn’t drive. It was also a Saturday night. My son and I called around all the friends we could think of and no one was around to take us to the hospital which was half an hour away. All the taxis were booked up with long waiting times due to it being a Saturday so I resorted to calling on my wonderful neighbours, Kath and John. They were just so kind and got us in the car right away.
Upon arrival at the hospital we were kept waiting for two hours as they were doing all sorts of tests. It was agonising feeling so powerless, plus I did feel like I was on another planet already with the dreaded lurgy and lack of sleep. Did she even know I was there? Were they hiding something from me? Is that why I couldn’t go through and see here yet? My mind was racing. I felt like falling apart but held it together. This was the same hospital I spent day after day and night after night by Mum’s side back in August of 2015. Some of you may have read about ‘My mum, the miraculous minion’ on my blog. It was a very challenging time and this recent experience meant it all came flooding back.
Well, finally, after repeatedly asking when I could see her, we were allowed to go through. She couldn’t move her left leg and had problems with the right side of her face. In my mind I began calculating how I might be able to convert my garage into an annexe for her. I had done the same when my, now 24 year old, son was about 7 years old and suffered his first epileptic seizure. It was several days before they identified it as such and he was completely unresponsive to anything for several hours yet still breathing. It’s amazing how in moments like these the ‘new’ or ‘alternate’ reality flashes before your mind’s eye as your brain tries to find solutions to adapt to what’s going on. I am relieved to say (in both cases) the worst didn’t happen, after all.
Mum stayed in hospital for several days undergoing lots of tests and observation but bounced back like I could never have imagined! It turns out she had a TIA which is also know as a mini stroke. She has had these before but this time the doctors seemed to have been convinced it was a stroke until her MRI scan. She is one tough cookie!
Just to lighten things I thought I’d show you ways we kept amused whilst in the hospital…firstly, it was funny to see mum’s reaction to seeing double when I was on her telly (the style channel which isn’t always live) and also in the room in person! She was cracking jokes and making the nurses laugh, too.
I think this picture of her with the dinner cloches says it all! Suffice to say, she is doing great now and will, probably and hopefully, live to be 100, at least!
So now, I’m giving you the chance to feel fabulous by winning Judith Williams‘ forthcoming Today’s Special Value which is featuring from midnight on the 27th and all day throughout the 28th! The approximate value of the collection is £50 and I have four sets to give away to four lucky winners who will be selected at random.
All you have to do is leave a comment below and include your email address (don’t worry this won’t be published) so we can contact you if you’re a winner.
The closing date is at midnight on Sunday the 26th of February and winners will be announced on Monday the 27th on my blog. Standard terms and conditions apply.
The TSV contains hero products such as the Life Long Beauty Neck & Décolleté cream, her Rose Oil and the beautiful Rose Cleansing Water. The rose ingredients are suitable for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive and ageing skin and, particularly, ideal for the harsh winter months.
The Judith Williams skincare range combines innovation with the purest ingredients from nature and are specifically selected by Judith for their beneficial properties. Her luxurious portfolio of skincare ranges caters for every age group and skin type at prices every woman can afford.
The Rose Stem Cell Face Cream is a brand new launch. The cream combines soothing and moisturising rose water with the protective Rose Moschata extract. Stem cells from Rosa Centifolia have been added to uniquely boost the formula. The Life Long Beauty Collection uses some of nature’s best natural moisturisers such as shea butter, almond oil and rose essence extracted from Rose Centifolia grown exclusively for Judith Williams in Grasse, France.
It’s a very special collection so please don’t forget to enter for your chance to win. I look forward to reading your comments!
Whatever you’re up to today I hope it brings you plenty of smiles.
Love Catherine x