Are you sitting comfortably? Got a nice cup of tea and a biscuit to hand? Good… well, I’ve got something to tell you.
Firstly I want to thank the good people of the internet for your ongoing support and concern since I broke my leg so horrendously back in August. It’s meant a lot to me that as well as my beloved friends and family, so many of you that I’ve never even met have sent me good wishes and support.
Sadly, while my right foot is now fully better, my left leg’s just not doing what it should be doing, and four months on it’s still broken in five places, with little (or in fact no) sign right now that the bones are knitting back together. This is known as ‘non union’. The surgeon thinks that it’s just because the break was so bad, and apparently this is not common, but not overly rare either. I won’t bore you all with full details of what this might mean, but from the point of view of this blog and challenge it’s had a big impact. While I’ve still been trying to act in normal way, I can’t actually get to any decent run of charity shops without causing myself three days afterwards of ongoing pain. I can’t get to car boot sales and I certainly can’t undertake any out of town thrifting trips right now.
I’m not a ‘quitter’ so it’s been tough for me to take this decision, but I’m ending the secondhand safari early, with immediate effect. I was determined to keep it going, but the reality for me has been that I’ve been more or less just buying everything online for the past four months, and feeling stressed about the ‘need’ to go out on more interesting buying trips.
I hasten to add that this is nothing to do with Christmas being around the corner. I’ve already bought all of my gifts for offspring, friends, family and husband online, mostly in a crazed ebay frenzy. It’s more that for now I need to clear my life and my head of anything and everything that isn’t totally necessary for survival and earning a living and just allow myself to stop and rest. Something I’m not very good at doing.
I’m still hoping to write much more widely about this whole topic next year, and the blog has been a wonderful and invaluable thing to do in many ways. I’ll resurrect it in the new year as a general blog about thrifting culture, but for now I need to bow out and lie down! Please do stay in touch, especially on twitter where you can find me as @shs_suzy
(ps the image here is me and my girls (plus a doll) Hammo.)