After a year or so it we accepted that my condition wasn't going to drastically improve and we went through the appropriate channels to apply for development grants from the local Council. In turn, we were assessed by the NHS Occupational Health department and whilst we were found to fit the criteria and be in need, as my husband was working we didn't qualify for any help. It was hard to hear that if he gave up his job, the council would pay for all the building work necessary. This wasn't an option for us anyway so things came to a standstill. We've struggled along through potty training two children, my varying degrees of mobility, commodes in the converted garage.... you get the idea.
I'm proud to say that after recovering from the initial set back in our grant application we carried on trying to look to the future in a positive way. I adjusted the way I live to - sometimes this meant that I often lived the majority of the day upstairs - just so I could avoid the stairs.
Anyhow, against that background you can imagine my absolute delight to finally be pursuing building work to enable a downstairs cloakroom to be created!! We are so happy (and a bit scared) to be doing this. We've had to remortgage to fund the work but we are finally moving forward - we have been given planning permission for an extension!!
This will enable us to have a shower and toilet downstairs and give us a slightly bigger kitchen which should be able to fit a small table in. Our dining table is currently in the lounge so this will save my legs in carrying food, dishes etc extra distances which will make a big difference to my pain levels in itself. We have to do the work on a really tight budget but have been researching kitchens and showers etc over the past few months, which has given me a great excuse to peruse lots of magazines and decor books for ideas!
My dream other than to have a toilet downstairs (simple but oh so vital) is to have a dresser in my kitchen for my china. I've been on the look out for one for a while - of course it will be second hand, and wooden but other than that I had no particular style in mind. I've seen a few in the charity shop over the past few weeks but when I saw this specific item my heart skipped a bit - it was definately the 'One'.
Bonus was it was £45 and has some deep scratches so I won't feel bad about painting the wood (oak I think!). I'll share the update once it's done (it's on a very long list of my Pretty Filter project!)
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