Hello! I hope you have all had a good week. My week has been interesting…
Presentation at the Department of Health
I’d heard on Twitter about an event called Learning Together in Maternity Services, but it seemed only health professionals were invited. It was a free event and I successfully booked a place – more to see if I could. #FabObs Flo was also going, and she secured a slot on the agenda for a presentation about #MatExp.
In true #MatExp style we collaborated on a presentation that we then co-presented.
While Flo spoke about the original Whose Shoes pilot workshops, my slides focused on the grassroots element of the campaign – emphasising that there are no hierarchies, just people, and that anyone can get involved. I was also eager to talk about meaningful patient engagement – after all, learning together is what the event was about. As part of this I gave a few examples of my personal experience of tick-box, tokenistic patient engagement – and how genuine, meaningful involvement reaps benefits for both sides.
I could see Bill Kirkup, who led the investigation in to the tragedies at Morecambe Bay in the front row nodding at a few points, which made me feel immensely proud!
Our presentation received a very positive response, and there was lots of interest in the #MatExp campaign which was heartening to see.
Last week was a bit of a flat one emotionally for reasons that I can’t really identify. The result of that was I found it difficult to motivate myself to get to the gym.
I paid for that lack of motivation in my weekly personal training session. It might also be due to my trainer upping the ante – but during the session I thought I would throw up, faint, or die. Seriously, no exaggeration.
He pushed me so hard!
That’s the idea of course, and the way to get results – but oh my goodness.
The routine is based on circuits – I was in a not-quite-seated not-quite-lying-down position while chucking a weighted hacky-sack in the air; lifting dumbells above my head from a lying down position; doing step-ups while holding dumbells; pushing a weighted bag across the floor; and a few rounds of boxing.
Absolutely. Bloody. Knackering.
But, bizarrely, great fun!
There were a few points during the session where I felt a bit rubbish because I had to take a break – I fell over pushing the weighted bag a few times, and I now have a bruised knee to show for it – but the important thing was I kept going.
I went to spin class this morning for extra
punishment challenges and despite jelly legs when I climbed off the bike enjoyed that too.
I’ve finished Me Before You. Blimey – that’s the last time I’ll read a book without bothering to first read the blurb. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’d started to read it based on spotting an ad for the film version, and figured that it looked like a romantic story and would be a bit of fluff.
The book is certainly a romance at its core – but fluff? No. It is a beautiful account of love, loss, losing yourself and finding yourself, morals and ethics, relationships…and so much more. No spoilers, but at the end I cried. A lot. It’s a book that will stay with me for a long time.
I was delighted to have been shortlisted for the Tommy’s Mum’s Voice Award – I went to the ceremony on Friday and am so proud to have won!
Thank you so much to everyone for your support and messages, it means so much. It is all a wonderful tribute to Hugo and his legacy.
I’ll be writing a dedicated post with more details about the brilliant yet emotional day, but in the meantime here is a photo of me collecting my award: