Health & Beauty Life

Glass Half Full


I’m  a glass half full  kinda’ girl!

But this week I’ve been feeling uncharacteristically GLASS HALF EMPTY as a result of MUG FULLY EMPTY!

Yup – I had a row with a mug of green tea and I lost.  Badly.

The other evening I’d just filled my favourite mug from our freshly boiled kettle and sat on the sofa. Next thing I knew, the entire contents of the mug were in my lap and I couldn’t even shout out for the pain.

Trey came back into the lounge to find me writhing around on the floor, ripping my clothes off.  For a split second he probably thought his luck was in (!) but after a much-needed 30 minute cold shower (sadly not for the reason he hoped!) my knight in shining armour wrapped my burn in cling-film.  Thanks Google – who knew?  In typical stoic British fashion I figured I could just sleep off the pain and so I dosed up on Night Nurse which always knocks me out, and went to bed.  Stoic.  And stupid!

Big mistake.  HUGE!

The next morning, the burn looked like it belonged on Casualty, so I decided to finally allow myself to be dramatic and headed to Casualty!  It’s frightening just how much damage a herbal tea can do and the irony of how healthy Green Tea is supposed to be wasn’t lost on me


The check-in nurse was pretty casual about it all and I managed to stay calm until saw the damage, then her face and speed at which things happened told me this was no graze and examination after examination followed.  Thankfully I’d taken the brilliant Ericka Waller’s Confessions of a Mother Inferior with me to pass the time and keep me smiling.

It turned out, I had pretty extensive 2nd degree burns.  It’s taken everything in me not to post pictures on here but suffice to say I’d made a bit of a mess of my thigh and bum and was transferred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and their Burns Unit.

BURNSThe birth of two kids has left me with very little dignity –  which is just as well because more people saw me naked from the waist down that day than in my entire lifetime!  I just didn’t care, I was in so much pain. These curtains around my bed at Stoke Mandeville cheered me up and took my mind of how many people were seeing me up close – and a bit too personal!  And I can officially confirm, the worst moment to get recognised?  Just as someone’s about to have a rummage in your lady bits!  Yeah. THE worst! #awkward


When I heard they wanted to keep me in for 48 hours I burst into tears and started wailing like a banshee as we were supposed to be heading to Cornwall.  Not quite how I’d envisaged my week off from Heart Breakfast panning out.  I’m still not entirely sure if a) they took pity on me or b) figured they didn’t need the drama (!) but they very kindly allowed me to go away for a few days for a bit of R & R and sea air.

Since then, I’ve been in and out of hospital, spending 45 minutes a day doing my own dressings at home and facing the possibility of a skin graft.

If I’m honest, I do feel a bit “enough already”‘ about 2015.

In January, I lost my beloved Grandma.  In February, the sickness struck my family, as did the rain!   In March, the sickness struck some more in the shape of Tonsillitis. It felt like Groundhog Day.  In April, the sun finally found it’s hat and decided it did quite like wearing it after all!  I felt like we were coming out of the dark times in every way and felt like I could finally take in great lungfuls of spring air and be excited for life again.

Then I dropped a mug of green tea.

I’m a very positive person and though it’s tough,  I refuse to give in!  Off the back of MUG FULLY EMPTY I’m determined to remain GLASS HALF FULL!

I’m ready for the Spring and Summer to come into my life – in every way!   I’m booked onto a First Aid course and have come up with the mantra “It’s only skin” every time I feel sad about my leg.  Eventually the scarring shouldn’t be too bad, but looking at it right now, that’s hard to believe.  Vitamin E oil is my new best friend!

And needless to say, my hot drinks now come in mugs like these!  Taking no chances baby!

K x





  • Reply sam Dodge May 4, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    So sorry to hear this news I hope it won’t hinder your summer wardrobe (if we have one) . I knew there was something beneficial about never getting to drink a hot cup of tea.
    Heal soon x

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  • Reply Charlotte April 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Bizarrely I did exactly the same thing a while back. I had just put my little boy down for his afternoon snooze, made a green tea, sat down to have a nose on my phone and dropped it on myself! Horrific pain but think I got off lightly. Hope you heal well and quickly and May is full of sunshine and happiness for you! xx

    • Reply Katy April 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Ah – so sorry to hear that! And thanks so much x

  • Reply Teresa April 26, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Oh boy! I feel your pain! I tipped a bottle of boiling water over my stomache in my rush to make some formula for a screaming baby! That too was a long haul…… Hope you are healing quickly!

    • Reply Katy April 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Oh my goodness – that’s awful. Hope you’ve fully mended x

  • Reply otilia April 24, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Oh Katy poor you! I can’t even imagine the pain you felt. had something similar on my hand but that was minor compared to what happen to you. Here is for a healthy rest of the year!

    • Reply Katy April 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Thanks so much x

  • Reply Jane April 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    This is why I only drink gin…

    Get better soon mrs x x

    • Reply Katy April 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

      *takes notes

  • Reply Emma April 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Oh Katy, how awful, you poor thing. Lots of love and I hope you feel much better very soon. x

    • Reply Katy April 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Thanks so much x

  • Reply PhotoPuddle April 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I KNEW there was a reason I didn’t drink tea or coffee! Sounds terrible you poor thing. Hope you get better really soon xxxx

    • Reply Katy April 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Might have to stick with your plan! x

  • Reply Clare Goldsack April 22, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Oh my goodness Katy, you poor thing. What a terrible time you’ve had. Burns are awful things, even the smallest ones hurt so I can’t imagine the pain you must have felt. I do hope you are on the mend very soon and that the rest of the year brings you happier times xxxx

    • Reply Katy April 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Thanks lady x

  • Reply Sophie @ Gigi Brooks April 22, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Oh Katie, this is terrible, we really hope you’re doing OK. Who knew that you could get such bad burns just from a cup of tea! Hope the skin heals fast and definitely keep positive for the rest of 2015!

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much x

  • Reply Victoria Wildman April 22, 2015 at 8:41 am

    How awful. I never would of thought it could do so much damage. I’m hoping you mend quickly.

    My partner cut himself badly last year and realising now how ill prepared we were, a first aid course seems like a very good idea.

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much. I know – this experience has scared me into a first aid course! x

  • Reply School Gate Style April 22, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Oh Katy I was totally OMG when this went from comedy moment jumping around your living room to a skin graft??!! How awful for you and after a really rubbish few months too. I don’t know what to say – life sucks sometimes. Take what you can from this I guess- rest up and reflect….we are always running and rushing?! Not helping??…..sorry! How about – wine doesn’t burn?! It’s a message from the gods to say you need to ditch the green tea and drink wine instead.
    Sending healing hugs and lots of positive vibes for an amazing May and rest of 2015. Avril x

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      SO right! I’m always rushing! Right about wine too! Whoop! x

  • Reply Aly April 22, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I think I would have just stuck to having a cold shower and dousing myself with lavender oil.I hope you get to have a proper holiday soon and all heals well.

  • Reply Becky April 22, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Flipping heck Katy. meh to 2015!! Hope going forward it is much much better xx

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 8:13 am

      ME TOO! x

  • Reply Ruth April 22, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Oh Katy 🙁 Goodness I’m so sorry lovely, it sounds like you’ve had such a tough time of it. Hard to be incapacitated at the best of times, but I imagine during the Easter hols it was even harder. Take it easy until you’re fully healed, I hope you’re getting really good care and that the skin graft isn’t necessary xx

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 5:34 am

      Thanks so much Ruth. The only way is up, right?! x

  • Reply Donna @ Little Lilypad Co April 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Oh lovely Katy, I remember falling asleep once with a cuppa in my hand, thankfully the milk in it took the edge of the burn but I do sympathise with you my lovely. Not entirely sure I would be quite so gracious about it.

    Sending healing vibes your way xx

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 5:34 am

      Ouch! Thanks lady xx

  • Reply Mummy Battow April 21, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Remind me to get you a Tommy Tippee mug for your birthday

    Much love you brave and amazing lady. And sorry it’s been a rubbish year. Here’s tonseeing you in June and hoping the ret if the year makes up for the first half being pants

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 5:33 am

      Ooh – I quite like the thought of a Tommy Tippee mug!! 😉 x

  • Reply Mammasaurus April 21, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Oh my what a terrible 2015 and I’m resisting calling you up and playing you D-ream’s Things Can Only Get Better.
    Karma says you are in for a cracking latter half of the year Katy, so sorry that you have had a painful time x

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 5:32 am

      Thanks lady xx

  • Reply Penny April 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Oh my, you poor thing, what a lot you have you been through. I had no idea how bad it was Katy, I am so sorry. Everything crossed for 2015 to get better from now on – I am sure your positivity is key to that xxx

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 5:32 am

      2015 is already getting better! x

  • Reply Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer April 21, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    You’re being so brave Katy and your mantra might suit you sometimes. but it’s not enough at others, that’s ok. You’re still sounding like a glass half full girl even if you’re not feeling one. May you make a very speedy recovery and make unhealthier but safer habits xx

    • Reply Katy April 22, 2015 at 5:31 am

      Thanks lady x

  • Reply Chris @thinlyspread April 21, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Oh Katy, you’ve had a horrible time! I’m so sorry! I love that you’re powering through, come to Somerset and I’ll ply you with cake xxx

    • Reply Katy April 21, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Chris – you have NO idea how lovely that sounds! x

  • Reply Sonya Cisco April 21, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Oh Katy you poor thing – sounds really painful- hope all is on the mend soon and that your glass remains at least half full- preferably with something cold now the nice weather is here! Xx

    • Reply Katy April 21, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Haha! Cold and a bit more “fun”! xx

  • Reply Nikki Thomas April 21, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Oh my goodness what a nightmare! I think you are allowed a bit of self pity,that sounds really painful. I hope your year starts to improve after this.

    • Reply Katy April 21, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Nikki! Thank goodness my “constants” – family, friends and work are good! x

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