30.12.14

We made it!

Last year I went into the 2014 thinking "This is the year!" it was going to be the year that I either got my transplant or didn't. I thought that 2014 was either going to break me or make me. It did neither. I am so happy that it didn't break me and that we had no major mishaps through the year we only had one major hospital admission and I managed to go from June through the rest of the year with no admissions to A&E which was a major achievement in my eyes. 

I'm going to be completely honest with you guys though and I'm going to say I did really think that I was going to be going into 2015 with my new heart and lungs. There's no reason for me to lie to you I hand on heart thought 2014 was going to be my year, I'm writing this on the 28th of December though so I suppose I technically have 3 days left in which it could happen but my luck being what it is I'm going to say 2014 wasn't my year apparently. 

I'm so happy I've made it through though because at the end of last year I wasn't sure whether that was going to happen. When you're waiting it's so hard and it's a mind game most of the time, you're trying to guess whether what you're feeling is a normal bad feeling or whether a sinister one which means bad things to come and whether it will lead to worse things. This year I finally got to the point where 24/7 oxygen became a necessary part of my life, I really never thought I would get to that point. I tried to go without my oxygen for a few hours on Boxing day and the pain I was in afterwards just wasn't worth the few hours off of it. 

We did have a false alarm this year though which was a positive sign even if the end result was terrible, I try to look back on false alarms positively because I never want to view them negatively. A family did say yes to donating their loved ones organs and that is always an amazing gift even if some of their organs were not viable I like to hope that the rest of them were viable and hopefully helped others. 

I don't know how this year will go I have absolutely nothing planned for this year, apart from my annual Vampire Diaries convention, because I really thought that I would be on my road to recovery by now and planning things along the way. I do have a Pantomime to go to on the 5th which I'm excited for but that's it as far as plans go. I do have a new niece/nephew due in March so that's exciting (especially after what happened last year) I'm sure they will take up a lot of my time although at the moment Jaydon (my oldest nephew) is determined it is going to be a boy because he wants a brother and not a sister, boy will he be disappointed if it turns out to be a girl LOL. I'm secretly hoping for a girl just for the buying prospects but I'm happy so long as it comes out healthy, whatever it decides to be. 

This year I won't be making any resolutions unless you count me paying off my Credit Card in the first few months of this year? Thats definitely happening but I don't think you could call that a resolution, more like my plan to not be in debt to a bank LOL. Credit Cards are bad kids! ;-)

Do you guys have anything exciting planned for this year? Any resolutions you're determined to stick too?

As always, thank-you for reading guys and chat soon 
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26.12.14

Merry Christmas...

Hello my lovelies. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and were surrounded by your loved ones. I'm so sorry Blogmas kind of went to pot at the end there, I was just so ill by the end of it and doing anything interesting to actually write about was physically impossible. I am feeling much better though; my virus is completely gone, my chest infection is pretty much gone, I do however have a cold but that is nothing and can be totally dealt with. So I'm a pretty healthy-ish Stacie at the moment and hopefully the remainder of 2014 will stay that way. 

Christmas was a pretty quiet affair in the Pridden household. My dad was working 6am to 6pm so unfortunately missed the majority of it bless him, Mum and I just chilled in the morning and started opening our presents about 7:15am and I got some lovely, lovely gifts which I appreciate so much. I honestly cannot thank my Mum, Dad, Sisters, family and friends enough they always go above and beyond when it comes to gift giving and its hard to express how much I appreciate the love and thought that goes into each and every one no matter how big or small they are. Obviously the best part is spending the day with my family, me and mum had such a chilled out morning and afternoon. Megan and James visited about mid afternoon to give us their gifts and just spend a bit of time together. We then popped over to my older sisters house were two very excitable nephews awaited us. I gave them something little this year but their main present from me was pantomime tickets which I cannot wait to go see. It will be fantastic! 

Now that Christmas is over I can just spend some time with my friends who are down for Christmas as quality friend time is way overdue and I can just focus on staying as healthy as I can for when my Transplant does finally happen because it has to be soon (She wishes secretly to herself).  

Something really sad that did happen on Christmas Day that maybe didn't make it start off on a great note was that I got a text off a PH friends mum letting me know that she had died a few days previously it was Sara who wrote the blog "The Girl With Heart Disease"  and she featured on my BLOGMAS DAY 5 || A Pre-Transplant Christmas... post and it is just so very sad that she didn't manage to get her transplant in time or celebrate Christmas with her family. This is the very reason that me and my transplant and Ph friends are always constantly trying to do anything that we can do to try and raise as much awareness as possible because too many people just are not making it and that is just so so sad and shouldn't be happening. 

I'll leave the link to the NHS Organ donation page HERE but as always it is my sidebar and in my "Related Pages" page too so you can always access whenever you are on my blog. 

I won't ramble on any longer but I really hope that whatever it is you have been up to this festive period you have had a great time :). 
As always, thank-you for reading guys and chat soon
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21.12.14

BLOGMAS DAY 21 || Visiting Santa...

My older sister, her partner and I all took my little nephews to Lacock which is near where we live to see Santa. This was something I have really been looking forward to going ever since they were born because when they're babies they can't really appreciate it can they? Jaydon it over 4 now and Spencer still doesn't quite get it as he's only turns 2 on the 31st but it was still cute and we all got a kick out of it. Santa is literally the only thing that will make Jaydon behave if he's in one of "those" moods he was so excited for it though bless his little heart. Where we went they had this little village of working elves all the way up to his grotto which was cute and then they let a bunch of people in at a time and the parents and kids all sit on cushions surrounding Santa and he read them a story and talked to them and asked them questions it was really cute and much better than the just go in and sit on Santa's lap and tell him what you want. Also Jaydon had been saying the whole way there "But I've already told Santa what I want." 

I personally think they had a really convincing Santa, Jaydon was happy to have a picture but Spencer wasn't having any of it lol. We then go to go into their "Warehouse" where the boys got to choose a toy each and got given a little Christmas tree. We then got to see real life donkeys and reindeers. There were also goats but they didn't want to come out and play. Overall I think they did such a good job and I'm sure we will be going back there next year. 


As always, thank-you for reading guys and Merry Christmas
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20.12.14

Blogmas Day 20 || Blogmas apologies and on tv...

Hello my Lovelies.

This is going to be a "I am SO, SO sorry for the serious lack of Blogmas posts" kind of post. Ever since my Birthday I have been very ill. The only reason there was a Blogmas Day 18 was because that was pre written earlier in December. It hasn't been my normal type of ill, I very unluckily got a chest infection and a virus at the exact same time, because my body just loves me that much. Honestly it has knocked me for six and I think I have gotten rid of my Virus now after spending several days in bed with a fan blasting at my face because I was so hot. Luckily my temperature didn't hit the 40's but it was still horridly uncomfortable in the 39 range. I now just have to contend with my Chest infection which is something I can deal withI just wish I wasn't coughing so much.

I meant to start up my Blogmas posts again tonight after I had made up my meds but silly me I must have done something that gave me a rush of my medication because I felt like crap; heavy limbs, feeling sick, massive sudden headache and just very tired. So I ended up sleeping until I woke up about 30 minutes ago.

I'm not sure how well I am going to be able to do the rest of my Blogmas posts as they were going to be posts I was going to do but I haven't been able to leave my house for several days so it's a maybe at this point but I'm proud that I got a lot of the way through Blogmas I just wish I hadn't have gotten ill.

On the 15th which was incidentally only hours before I started feeling terrible I did an interview with Channel 5 News for the NHSBT's Christmas campaign this year I'm really pleased with how it came out so I thought I would put it on here for you guys to see if you wanted to. As always it will also be in my "Features" page too.


Thank-you guys for all the love as as always Merry Christmas
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18.12.14

BLOGMAS DAY 18 || Hot Chocolate goodness...


Blogmas Day 18 is going to be all about my go to beverage at Christmas time, Hot Chocolate. Now normally I just stick to a standard packet Options Hot Chocolate, this year I decided to make it from scratch. I went searching Pinterest for some inspiration and kept coming across these "Crock Pot Hot Chocolates" in the UK that is known as a slow cooker. I thought I would give it a go as we have a slow cooker that we hardly ever use and it seemed easy enough So I made a few changes to my particular taste but thought I would share with you how I made mine.
  

Ingredients 
Cup and 1/2 Cocoa Powder
1 tin of sweetened condensed milk 
7 and 1/2 Cups of full fat milk 
1/2 cup of Nutella
1 table spoon of vanilla
1/2 Cup of Nutella
Whip Cream
Marshmallows

Step One
Add the sweetened condensed milk, full fat milk and vanilla into the crock pot. Give it a little whisk to make sure it's combined. 

Step Two
Add the Cocoa powder to the mixture. I would probably advise sifting it into the mixture or it takes much longer to whisk out any lumps. Also add the Nutella at this point too.

Step Three
Whisk until smooth and you can see no lumps. 

Step Four
Turn the "Crock Pot," or as I call it slow cooker on high for 2 hours and stir intermittently throughout the 2 hours. Or you could turn it on low for 4 hours which ever you prefer. 

Step Five
When it's steaming hot put into your favourite mug, or in my case the one that looked the best ;-) and decorate to taste; whip cream, marshmallows, dusted cocoa powder if you like whatever you want. 

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I personally think this Hot Chocolate tastes amazing, it literally tastes like liquid brownies and when is that ever a bad thing?

My Mum tells me that she thinks it would taste even better with Brandy in, I don't know whether that is true or would be the case as I don't know what Brandy tastes like as I don't have booze but I will take her word for it. It sounds like it would be a good idea though especially as it's Christmas and everyone deserves a treat. Also my mum actually likes this Hot Chocolate and she never really likes hot chocolate, she is more of a Horlick's kind of a gal. So High praise indeed.

If you are on a diet this is not something I would recommend. You could make it less fattening by adding water/skimmed milk/semi-skimmed milk instead of full fat milk. You could add different Chocolate alternatives it is literally a recipe you can make your own and to your taste. I just happen to love the liquid brownie taste :-D 

If you like Hot Chocolate you will love this! I will certainly be making it again on Christmas eve for me and my family. I'm sure my mum will be adding the brandy that time :-)

As always, thank-you for reading guys and Merry Christmas
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15.12.14

BLOGMAS DAY 15 || Turning 24 and becoming a Lady...

Hello my lovely Blogland, 

So for today on BLOGMAS DAY 15 I am sharing with you my Birthday which happened yesterday. As you will all probably know by now I have a twin sister and as such that means I share my Birthday with her. It was a really great day. Last year I had quite a hectic Birthday so it was really nice to have quite a chilled out Birthday with my family this year. Unfortunately my dad wasn't there because he was working but he was on the phone bless him. 

This year will forever be known as the year I became a Lady. Not a lady as in acting like a lady, a Lady as in the title Lady. So technically I am now Lady Stacie Pridden of Lochaber. How crazy is that?! So basically you buy into a plot of land which happens to be in Scotland and by owning this plot of land it then gives you a title, with the title you also get a crest and a tartan. It helps preserve the environment and it is part of a nature reserve and with people buying into it, it means that it is highly unlikely someone is able to buy the land and take advantage of it, which I think is really great. I'm thinking I'm going to get my crest and a engraved pen and maybe plant a tree in my land. I was honestly so excited by this and I'm so happy my parents did it for me! 

I will be doing a "gift" blog tomorrow so I will show you more of my presents then. In the morning I was feeling really weird and dizzy and faint so we decided not to go out to eat like we had planned and ordered pizza instead which was great and gave me time to feel a bit better. We then went to a place called Kaspa's where they do desserts only and I went a bit mental. I got a Crepe with nutella, banana and Hazelnuts, a Ferrero Rocheo ice-cream sundae and me and meg got a free milkshake as well because it was our Birthday and they were all SO, SO good! Totally recommend it! 

Here are some photos of my day and thank-you to everyone who sent me a Birthday message I love you all so much! 


As always, thank-you for reading guys and Merry Christmas
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