Well, I got through it and I am a hell of a lot better than I was a few weeks ago. I hunkered down, avoided alcohol (it's a depressant, innit?) and friends (generally not depressants) and stayed at home with Ralphie. We watched a lot of TV and did some snuggling, I did a lot of knitting - she did her best to eat as much wool as possible - and I tried to cook myself some healthy meals and get some early nights.
And slowly, it worked. Each day I got a little better until now, I'm almost back to my normal. I'm still a little bit flat, but I'm much more myself.
People have been unexpectedly kind. Lots and lots of people have asked after me, which I greatly appreciate. My friends have been incredibly supportive and, thankfully, didn’t take offence when I told them that I didn’t want to see them for a while. Shout-outs here particularly go to @misswhiplash, @miss_jordi, @vhatyoutalking, @ginandcrumpets and, last but certainly not least, @janiestamford who, either through the medium of text or, more recently, in the flesh, have all been brilliant.
So during my hibernation, I have embraced knitting for babies and salad. It transpires that it's leaves that I'm not wild about but apparently salad doesn’t have to be about leaves! Who knew?! Here are a couple that I made:
I really need to expand my repertoire.
So. That’s that, for now. I managed and dealt with it and I’m a lot better than I was. It will happen again – it always does – but hopefully I’ll get a bit of respite for a while. And while I have my respite, I'm going to do my best to enjoy myself and be as happy as I can be.