A quick well needed Catch up

A quick well needed Catch up


Hi there and thanks so much for popping by! I have been super quiet here on my little blog lately. So, I thought it only right to do a quick well needed catch up.

Just thinking back to the end of the summer break I had many plans regarding my blog and on my Instagram account. Especially as my youngest daughter Coco had started her new school life journey in reception class.



I was absolutely super excited not only for her but for myself and all the extra hours to spend on my blog. However, things didn’t go exactly to plan.

Unfortunately, I have faced quite a few challenges in such a short space of time mainly revolving around my health.

So why are we in need of a quick catch up ?


Well, I have been super quiet around here as my health suddenly took a few unexpected blows. It all started mid August last year. During what was supposed to be a fun long walk with the kids.

Instead I had what I can only explain to be a funny episode.

So, it was just an ordinary mum life day. Rushing around attempting to fit all the household chores in before spending the afternoon with the kids.

We set off for our walk towards the canal. After approximately ten minutes, I suddenly felt strangely disorientated. Everything was a bit of a blur and the next thing I couldn’t walk and I fell to my knees.


I couldn’t walk and I fell to my knees


It took all of my strength to get up.  I was a complete shaking wreck panicking for my kids being so close to the nearby canal.  Having to use all my strength to get up, I managed to walk towards the closet bench with the help of my nine year old son.

The whole scenario felt like the biggest physical struggle of my life. Especially as I have always been very energetic and physically quite strong.

I presumed it must have been my sugar levels. I hadn’t eaten much that day, apart from a Mr Kipling’s cake as I was dashing out of the house.

Finally, I managed to sit on the nearest bench and I was still feeling so disorientated. Every time I tried to get back on my feet, it felt like a huge magnetic force was pulling me back on to the bench.

About twenty minutes later and after eating an apple from our snack bag  I felt slightly better. Thank goodness I then managed to scramble to the next bench. The bench was close enough let the kids go and play in the nearby playground.


The whole scenario felt like the biggest physical struggle of my life


After another twenty minutes of scrambling from one bench to the next and so on, I managed to walk to the playground.

That afternoon when we finally returned back home, I had no choice but to take it easy and get to bed early as my body wouldn’t allow me to do anything else.

I didn’t feel quite myself through the night and in the morning I called the GP surgery who booked me in to see the clinician that same morning.

Thinking I maybe had an ear infection or my sugar levels were a little low, it turned out my Blood Pressure was dangerously high. I believe it was 222/136 so, I hate to think how high it was the day before during my funny episode in the park.


After taking my BP quite a few times the clinician said OMG and then sped out of the room to find the GP. By this time I was getting quite worried. I was immediately prescribed some meds for the foreseeable future. I was instructed to go home, order a BP monitor from Amazon and get lots bed rest and stay indoors until my BP went down.

My BP did stabilise for a brief period but unfortunately it went sky high again in late September. So, after months of needing so much support in taking care of my kids, a couple of trips to A & E via an ambulance and a now total of 3 different medications my BP is finally showing signs of being stable (touch wood) and I’m starting to feel half human again. 


In the meantime they are investigating why I am experiencing sudden hypertension. I have regular  visits to the GP, monthly bloods taken and I am currently waiting for a heart scan.

You can just never take your health for granted. I was super fit and healthy one day and the next I couldn’t even walk unaided! It’s crazy. 

I will share all that I’m learning about Hypertension but for now my advice would be to pop into your GP surgery and check your BP from time to time. Or even buy your own monitor to use at home.  Most of us won’t experience any symptoms but it is super important to check.


Thanks for the quick catch up it’s great to be back!


Sending love

Dana xx




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  1. February 15, 2022 / 1:26 pm

    Here I am, reading your blog for the first time and loving it. Well, I’m glad you got it figured out and you are on the mend. I can just imagine how scary it must have been for the little ones. Coco looks so sweet in her little uniform. I hope she’s enjoying her new school.
    I have been put on meds for high blood pressure too, although I’ve never really felt unwell. It was caught in a routine doc’s exam. I agree that we need to just go and get it checked out sometimes.
    You look after yourself and I look forward to checking back in another time.

    • amamanistalife
      February 15, 2022 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much it’s been a shock but I am feeling more like myself lately thank goodness. I’m glad you had your checks that was a blessing. I look forward to reading your blog too. Take care xx

  2. February 18, 2022 / 1:02 pm

    Gosh what an ordeal and sorry to hear your struggles. Fingers crossed you find out the reasons soon x #mischeieveandmemories

    • amamanistalife
      February 18, 2022 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks so much Sam xx

  3. February 19, 2022 / 6:06 pm

    Dana! It’s so lovely to have you linking up with us on #mischiefandmemories Wow!!! That must have been quite a scare and a half. How are you feeling now? I didn’t realise that hypertension could come on so quickly. xxx

  4. February 23, 2022 / 8:09 pm

    Oh my goodness how dramatic and terrifying. We definitely take our health for granted. I was struck down with vertigo a few years ago and it was so scary. Thanks for linking up with #MischiefAndMemories

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