I'd like to thank you all kindly for your support with regards to my last blog, hugely appreciated – lots of wonderful messages and positivity. Just to let you all know, I am well and happy while trying not to worry too much about the future.
Winter blues affect us all, in fact some people suffer so much they lack any energy, feel unwell, and pretty much in the dumps for the majority of winter. We've had fairly shocking weather in the UK this year so far, the rain never seemed to stop at times and many parts of the nation have been – and still are – affected by severe flooding.
I watched the news reports about those living in floodplains or right on the coast and my heart went out to each and every family who felt the impact of the storms. One couple I saw on the telly had been flooded so badly that they didn't expect to be back in their own house before Christmas, what a dreadful situation.
Others lost all of their electricity, clean running water, and home contents, but some families even experienced looters on top of the damage caused by the water itself! I just can't imagine a worse way to kick someone while they are down.
Unfortunately my bathroom flooded during this time, I'm not on a floodplain but I've lost the entire suite and the whole room requires re-tanking, re-fitting, and re-tiling. It's a fairly big process involving substantial remedial work and so far I have been without an entire bathroom for nearly a month.
I'm not lucky enough to have a separate WC or an ensuite, it's my only bathroom – so I am now a shower hopper. I get up extra early to shower at work, a friend's house, or even the gym. If the weather was warmer I would even consider a hose over my head in the garden!
I consider myself fairly robust, I've travelled through many deprived countries staying in poor accommodation using buckets of water to wash with. I was very lucky a few years ago when I was chosen to be part of Channel 4's 'Shipwrecked'. For three months I lived on a desert island with nothing, no shelter even, and I washed in the sea.
So I have plenty of experience when it comes to surviving without a bathroom and all the wonderful beauty products that usually adorn the shelves. Yes it's an inconvenience, but when you compare my situation to others out there I have no room to complain and hopefully within a month I should be back to normal… or close to.
Again, it's another reminder to me not to take things for granted; a flushing toilet, a shower and bath, simple things we use daily in our privileged lives.
I feel like I have had a few wake-up calls recently, gentle reminders about what really counts in life. My recent breast cancer scare has made me fairly nonchalant about my bathroom situation, not totally blasé, but much more laid back with a practical outlook about it. It's taken much longer to repair than I originally thought and it's still at least five days away from a re-fit but at least progress is happening. Best these things are done right rather than rushed my Dad always says.
We need reminding that life can throw unexpected things at us, when it does we must role with the punches because sometimes it feels like it never rains, just pours!