Word Of The Week – Tough

This week has been a tough one. I don’t know what it is about this time of year but I’ve seen so many fellow parents writing about how tough things are at the moment. I’m sure the long run up to the summer holidays are to blame. My kids and I are totally exhausted, grumpy and in much need of a break.

The school run has become a nightmare, meltdowns have been a daily occurrence. Despite the heat we’ve been experiencing Daisy is annoyed because I won’t let her wear woolly tights. Jake is either running off or stopping to inspect every stick. I can’t keep up.

This week has also been tough because Jake has cried a few times when I’ve left him at nursery. This is so unlike him, leaving him there sobbing was heartbreaking. I’m positive that he’s out of sorts and it’s nothing too serious. I’m not sure if it’s the heat or if he’s coming down with something.

We still have a whole other week to get through and I’m hoping it goes quickly.

This week has also been tough on a personal level. For the last few months I’ve been experiencing some of the symptoms I had before my diagnosis of type-2 diabetes. I take medication but I will be totally honest, I’ve done very little to change my diet and lifestyle. Feeling ashamed of that fact I’ve put off seeking medical advice. Realising I was being totally ridiculous I finally saw a nurse last week. She was really good with me and I felt like she understood. I’ve had some bloods done which are due back soon so hopefully they will explain what’s going on.

I came away with a few more appointments than I bargained for but it’s all necessary. I’m finding my diagnosis tough, I hate that I have this horrible disease. I also know that it’s up to me to get in control of it and I’m determined to do that.

The Reading Residence



  1. July 21st 2017 / 10:45 AM

    That does sound like a tough week. It’s hard when the end of term draws in as the kids do get tired and at the same time excited about the summer, just too many emotions! I hope you get some answers from your appointments and can start to feel brighter soon x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. July 21st 2017 / 1:07 PM

    Having the same condition I understand what you are going through. I’ve changed my drinks but I’m no gym bunny and I do eat chocolate still. #WotW

  3. July 21st 2017 / 2:12 PM

    All my kids are over emotional at the moment too. It is very hard to remain patient when they are like this but from experience I know that a few days into the holiday they will be back to normal again. I think schools make such a big deal of the holidays and having endless fun days with no school work that they end up an over emotional mess.
    I hope you get some answers from your doctors appointments and you can start to feel brighter x #wotw

  4. July 21st 2017 / 4:05 PM

    It is hard at the end of summer term and I feel totally wiped out right now. I am glad seeking help and it is ok to feel the way you do, the most important thing is you are doing something practical to help yourself. x #WOTW

  5. July 23rd 2017 / 8:26 PM

    Ah Angela bless you Diabetes diagnosis is soooo tough, I remember Jack’s it was so hard learning it all at the beginning. But it gets easier I promise. And once you get a bit of control you will feel so much healthier. And yes I agree this time of year is tough, we have had grumpiness and tiredness from Joe too x

  6. July 27th 2017 / 2:25 PM

    The tiredness at the end of term is so hard. Sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with your diabetes too. Hope that this week has been a better one for you x #WotW

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