Health check in - very VERY up and down... one weird thing that is bothering me is that I have a strange metallic taste on the tip of my tongue and about the bottom inch of my tongue ( to the tip) has altered taste sensation and feels odd and maybe is a bit numb. I have been noticing this for quite a while but it has become increasingly irritating over the last few weeks. My presumption at this stage is that it is most likely a drug side effect so I am starting to isolate meds and stop taking them (yes I will be good and taper etc)., The good news in this is that the my new GP, Dr Sincere, has finally given me some better pain relief in the form of Tramadol and so I don't have to keep struggling on with the codeine which has always resulted in more irritation than benefit! Even better is that the tongue issue was happening before Tramadol so I it is not the culprit! Now I probably need to make it clear, before my loving and adoring fans become desperately concerned about my possible addiction, I try to get by with no pain killers most of the time. This is just for the really nasty breakthrough pain when I just can't stand it any more. I am NOT about to start any regular pain medication if I can possibly avoid it!
Shermie, my car, had a flat tyre this morning... That was upsetting. Fifty dollars later (and drenched) we are underway again. I am going to have to re-register Shermie in my new state which is going to be expensive. We also have a trip to Sydney coming up in a couple of weeks which will be a bit of a financial drain, so money worries are causing some anxiety.
The "Wet Season" has been living up to its name lately. This little island has been washed and rinsed so many times in the last week that I think we are all growing webbed feet! I can't begin to guess how many inches of rain have fallen in the last couple of weeks but it is LOTS!!! This means that all the creeks are running like crazy. Yesterday, Sunday, in spite of the rain TLOML and I decided (at her suggestion) to go and swim in one of the waterfall pools. OMG it was so beautiful. The water was cool but not cold. We were completely alone for the entire time we were there. I wanted TLOML to strip off and run through the bush and over the rocks like a wood nymph but she refused to oblige...(Oh well it was worth a try!) It was sublime... To have such a spectacular place, where the water has gushed for millennia, entirely to ourselves!
One of the many wonderful things about TLOML is her unquenchable sense of wonder, another is her unfailing appreciation of beauty, and a third is her truly deep rooted gratitude for the gifts we are given. How fortunate we are to be Australians and to have places like this to experience and appreciate!
This is the spot but it was really full of water and the rocks in the foreground were submerged.
I am still totally incredulous that my life has taken this turn for the fabulous. TLOML and I are going from strength to strength. We have still never had an argument and the challenges that we have faced (that include some very serious stuff) have been external. I can't believe this happiness is mine! I am boring I say it so often! Literally, (and I do know what that means) I can't believe it! I've had a terrible string of stressful and difficult times in my life that began when I left Australia. Ghastly relationships, financial ruin, the loss of my parents, developing a chronic debilitating condition... The twenty-first century has not been easy for me. I was incapable of seeing any kind of happy ending and I was resigned to the fact that it would just be a miserable struggle until I was done. Quite frankly if I didn't have The Boy I would possibly have given up completely. It is so often said that things happen when you least expect it and it could not be more true for me. Suddenly I am in the best relationship of my life and living in paradise. One of the reasons I don't blog as often as I used to is that I can't imagine anyone would want to read me going on about my incredible new life all the time, and yet my gratitude and wonder totally dominate my heart and mind. Perhaps one needs to descend to the depths of despair (I love alliteration!) before finding a new source of light? That said I'm still hurting, limited, and physically struggling, but so very, VERY, grateful for the gifts the universe (aka Herbert) has given. Maybe pain is the shading that provides the rich contrast in the landscape of my life.
The ceaseless rain continues to fall and that's just fine!