It was all going so well…

This is going to be a fairly short blog, the reason for which will become apparent later in my blog, but for the moment let’s just say it has been a week of ups and downs and the picture of the beautiful daffodils is to remind me to stay positive!

It was lovely to see my daughter. Sophie and her partner, Reece’s children on Sunday, although I’m not sure the reason for the visit was to check on me. Sophie wanted to try on my aircast boot which didn’t surprise me as she had a go on my crutches in the hospital.

Have I ever told you about her as a little girl? She used to perform ‘operations’ on her cuddly toys by cutting them open with blunt-ended scissors, then sew them up again with a blunt-ended needle; throughout the operation, she would have sombre music playing on her cassette player. Chris and I have always thought she should have done something in the medical profession!

Monday was the day of the much-anticipated bath. It was good, but not quite as good as I thought it was going to be because I couldn’t really relax properly. Also getting in and out of the bath was… challenging! At least I felt properly clean after it and was able to wash away some of the dead skin I have been shedding. I then followed with a generous slathering of Liz Earle Skin Replenishing Body Balm – my skin looked so much better afterwards and smelled lovely. Monday was also the day when I was allowed to sleep without the aircast boot for the first time. To be honest, I didn’t get much sleep as I was worried about damaging my ankle but there was a certain sense of freedom!

Tuesday I had my first post-op physiotherapy appointment. I didn’t know what to expect as my ankle was still very swollen and I couldn’t really move it much, plus the scars were very tender, but I felt so much better after a very firm massage and videos of the exercises I need to do at home. Everything was going so well – I even cooked dinner, using the work surfaces as props – but I must have been more tired than I thought because disaster struck.

I overbalanced, and in an attempt to protect my ankle, I fell onto my left wrist. I won’t go into detail, but it was excruciatingly painful and I knew I’d done something really bad. We put ice on it and elevated it then rang 111. Based on what I told them, they said I’d done all the right things and told me to take painkillers and go to the hospital the next day to get it X-rayed.

To cut a long story sideways, I have broken both the bones in my forearm (the radius and ulna) near the wrist. Fortunately for me the bones didn’t shatter but broke cleanly and are still aligned so they are allowing me to wear a splint rather than putting me in a cast, at least for the time being and I can take it off for showering. This was the bruising yesterday even with the SBC Arnica Gel I’ve been applying by the bucket load.

Can I also say washing and conditioning your hair with just the one functioning hand is not easy and blow-drying is an impossibility so a big thank you to my son’s girlfriend, Katie, for coming around to our house after she finished work yesterday to dry it for me.

So, the major issue is that I am on crutches and now can’t put any weight through my wrist. I rang my physio to tell her about the accident and she immediately advised purchasing a gutter crutch which you can rest your forearm on so that the wrist doesn’t take the weight. It arrived this morning and I think it’s going to work okay but we’ve also hired a wheelchair for a couple of weeks to give me a rest from hobbling around.

Sophie had texted to find out what I had done and I messaged back to tell her, adding: ‘If you laugh, I will put you in a book and kill you!’ Needless to say, a row of laughing emojis came straight back. It seems she likes the idea of being in one of my books!

Speaking of which, watch my Twitter next Friday as my publisher has confirmed they will be revealing the title and cover of my latest DCI Rachel Hart book and it will be available to pre-order if you are interested in crime thrillers.

Now you know why I’m keeping this blog short; I am permitted to type but for brief periods only and that will be the way of things for the next four weeks. I’m not going to lie, I felt very down when I got back from the hospital and the enormity of what I’d done actually sank in. But, as with every situation, it could be worse. I could have broken my right hand and then I would have been truly scuppered.

I’m heading to my physiotherapist now for my second ankle appointment and of course I will also need a few sessions on my wrist once the bones are mended. You could say I’m single-handedly keeping her in business at the moment!!

Before I finish, I just wanted to mention, for obvious reasons in light of the tragic event last weekend, my thought for the year from my New Year blog. In a world where you can be anything be kind… But at the very least, don’t be unkind.

Enjoy your weekend.
Much love,
Julia x

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    1. Hi Elaine,
      Just one of those things! Ankle is improving & just another two weeks for my arm in the splint – it has been ‘very trying’ at times but getting there
      Love
      Julia x

  1. Oh Julia! I feel for you! So sorry to hear of your latest injury. I was a radiographer for many years and it was amazing how often injuries were caused by the most trivial of reasons. You must feel that your good luck has taken a ‘break’ as well. Stay positive and take time to smell whatever flowers are around you. I am sure you will be back on top form soon but you will have to be a bit patient for a while. All the best wished for you, and enjoy being ‘cared for’ as I am sure you are.

    1. Hi Hazel
      I’m not going to lie, it has knocked my confidence to walk around on my crutches but I am persevering and doing my physio exercises every day so ankle is improving. Arm seems to be okay – I have to wear the splint for another two & a bit weeks but take it off for short periods to do a couple of physio exercises. All in all I’m getting there
      Love
      Julia x

  2. Oh Julia. Take care of yourself, no more broken bones! You’ll be surprised what you learn to do with one hand (I speak from experience and a plaster cast!) X

    1. Hi Jennifer
      I’m hoping the current three will be enough for a lifetime – everything takes soooooooo long with only one hand & one leg functioning BUT I’m lucky in that this is only temporary.
      Love
      Julia x

  3. Hi Julia bless you – what a nightmare for you. Sending you lots of love and a big hug. When you can enjoy baths more you might like to try the lovely new SBC arnica and sandalwood soak (if you havent already of course), it really is lovely and smells gorgeous. Im just awaiting delivery of my set with it in. Keep your chin up and yes you are so right – dont be unkind. Take care xx

    1. Hi Karen
      Thanks for the love and hugs – everyone on here and on my personal social media has been so kind. I actually had a bath on Saturday as I was determined to have a soak in Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily. Getting in the bath was tough with no left side to speak off but getting out was extremely difficult. I think I’ll be sticking to showers until I’m allowed to put all my weight through my ankle. I haven’t tried the SBC arnica & sandalwood so that’s one for my shopping list.
      Love
      Julia x

    1. Hi Maria
      It’s nice to be missed – hoping to be back by the end of this month. I would not have managed without my husband Chris who, I might add, has the patience of a saint.
      Love
      Julia x

  4. Oh dear poor you Julia. Keep your arm elevated and glad you have the gutter crutch. Hope you are taking arnica! Keeping fingers crossed your fracture doesn’t shift with only a splint on!

    1. Hi Kathryn
      Thanks for your advice – I have been keeping my arm elevated & wiggling my fingers to stop them getting too stiff. The hospital were a bit concerned that maybe I should have a cast because of using the crutch, but it’s not overly painful so I’m taking that as a good sign.
      Love
      Julia x

  5. Hello Julia I’m so sorry to hear about your fall but you do sound positive I hope all goes well and that you will be up and about soon.
    Looking forward to seeing you back on our screens soon, take care.

    Best wishes,

    Terry x

    1. Hi Terry,
      I’m mostly positive although occasionally it all feels a bit overwhelming and I just want to sit and watch TV & eat naughty things (fortunately I’ve given up biscuits, chocolate and cake for lent!)
      Hoping to be back before the end of this month
      Love
      Julia x

  6. Hi Julia.i look forward to your blog every week sorry hear about your accident to your hand and breaking two bones plus trying to recover from your operation on your ankle with the surport of your family and friends and colleagues plus the qvc customers who write to you after reading your blog it won’t belong before you start seeing the progress in your recovery to your ankle and your hand you are a amazing lady i remember your first day on qvc as a presenter sending you best wishes to you and your family Lyn and Pip the cat

    1. Hi Lyn (and Pip the cat)
      Thanks for being such a loyal viewer of QVC – doesn’t seem possible that the first broadcast was twenty-six and a half years ago…. time flies! P4ogress is being made with my arm and ankle but quite a lengthy journey ahead with the ankle as it has to learn to do things differently from the past sixty-two years.
      Keep watching
      Love
      Julia x

  7. Oh Julia, so sorry to here about your wrist. I wish you a speedy recovery. We are all thinking if you. And miss seeing you on QVC. But health comes first so mend those bones get well. XXXX

    1. Hi Janice
      It has really given me a lift to read everyone’s kind comments on here. You are absolutely right, health does come first and fortunately my bosses at QVC recognise it. That said, I’m hoping to be back before the end of the month
      Love
      Julia x

  8. Oh my days!!!! Poor you, I hope you’re soon on the road to recovery lovely x
    You’ll have to use a dictaphone -as I’m sure you won’t be able to turn off your creative thoughts – and get Sophie to type them up for you !🤣
    Please take care !
    Biggest hugs
    Bev xxx

    1. Hi Bev,
      Nice idea about the dictaphone and getting Sophie to type up my notes for me, but she’s always madly busy too! At least I am able to scribble stuff down with my right hand and I’m getting quicker at one-handed typing…. like now!
      Love
      Julia x

  9. Oh Julia, you poor thing 😢. Wishing you a speedy recovery from both injuries 🤕. Please look after yourself and try not to overdo things no matter how boring it is to just sit around. Warmest wishes 🌼🤗

    1. Hi Daniella
      I haven’t really been too bored to be honest. I’ve had to do some one-handed editing for my next book, and I’ve been reading and a bit more active than usual on social media. And when all else fails, I can always watch TV! Thanks for your good wishes
      Love
      Julia x

  10. Hi Julia, So sorry about your health problems. That’s all you needed on top of recovering from your ankle surgery! I remember how awkward it was when I broke my arm when I was a child. We take everyday things so for granted. That’s why I have to be so careful as I have a bad back and am so incapacitated when it “goes” leaving me unable to walk for weeks on end. Anyway, I wish you a speedy recovery. Sad events of the past week does indeed make us take stock. That very sentiment was going around in my head as I drove home today. ” In a world where we can be anything…be kind”. A true thing indeed. So the man that shouted at me in the petrol station last week ,heed these words!!!
    The world would be a better place indeed if we were indeed kinder to one another.
    Best wishes and love, Tina S.( S. Wales) x

    1. Hi Tina
      Nice to hear from you – you must be happy that the six nations is on at the moment, although it looks like some matches may get cancelled.
      Yes, we do take our mobility for granted although I don’t think I will going forward – it has been such an opener.
      Love
      Julia x

  11. Oh Julia,😢you really have been in the wars.Keep positive,everybody is thinking of you and wishing you well.Cannot wait to pre order your 3rd crime book.😁 .

    1. Hi Joy,
      Honestly, all the kind comments on here and my personal social media really have had a positive effect on my mood so I’m very grateful for them.
      I’m so pleased you are excited for my next Rachel Hart book – what do you think of the title & cover?
      Love
      Julia x

  12. Sorry to hear of your accident Julia hope your soon on the mend,I too had a recent fall down the stairs and I’m waiting for the results from an x-ray don’t think anything broken but lots of bruises, love the daffodils mine have suffered from the recent storms take care

    1. Hi Christine
      I presume you will have had your X-ray results now so I hope everything was okay and that you hadn’t broken anything.
      All my daffodils have miraculously survived the dreadful weather – let’s hope we’ve seen the last of it now
      Love
      Julia x

  13. Oh Julia, I’m so sorry about what has happened! I’m glad you have loved ones around you to help. Take care of yourself, stay positive and I’m looking forward to seeing you back at QVC in the not-too-distant future. Lots of love x

    1. Hi Cherry
      I definitely would not have been able to cope without my family, particularly Chris who has been a superstar running around after me. Hoping to be back on QVC by the end of the month
      Love
      Juliax

    1. Thanks Gill
      It’s nice to be missed although looking forward to coming back to QVC before the end of March hopefully
      Love
      Julia

  14. You poor dear. It’s so very awkward when you have a broken “wing” but even more so when you have your leg in plaster too. Sometimes we just have to realise perhaps it’s time to be a little more gentle with oneself and try to relax and let others help. You have a very loving helpful family, just don’t push yourself so hard…in a world where you can be anything..be kind, but that includes being kind to yourself. Do take care. Much love. D x

    1. Hi Denise
      Very wise words which I will definitely heed moving forwards – I think most of us forget to be kind to ourselves!
      I have a wonderful family who have all been helpful, but it is Chris who has borne the brunt of me not being able to do much for myself – he’s been awesome!
      Love
      Julia x

    1. Hi Linda
      That made me laugh… back in working order! I’m getting there, a bit slower than before, but getting there nonetheless
      Love
      Juliax

  15. You are very lucky to have such a supportive family on hand to help you. I am seven weeks post op in plaster (felt so much safer on a walking frame than I did on crutches) and just started my 6 weeks partial weight bearing in an air-boot, I have a very small kitchen and a perching stool positioned so I can make myself a drink, wash up, etc but thank goodness for the microwave and ready meals. If typing is troublesome perhaps you could use a voice to text program or app, I have used free ones when working with children with special educational needs. I am sure your physio told you not to do too much … Take care x

    1. Hi Sue
      I hope you’re getting on with your air boot okay and that your recovery is going well.
      I can manage enough typing to get done what I need to in small bouts. My physio
      wants me doing as much as I can tolerate to strengthen my leg/ankle so not too much sitting around for me
      Love
      Julia x

  16. Hello Julia, first of all thank you for your lovely blog. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Get better soon. Best wishes Antoinette x

    1. Hi Antoinette
      I’m glad you enjoyed my blog even though it was shorter than usual. I’m getting there slowly but surely
      Love
      Julia x

  17. You poor thing, what a start to the year! It can only get better, but you must rest and let the body heal. Perhaps take some arnica tablets too to help with the healing process.

    Hope you soon feel better.

    Hugs xx

    1. Hi Carole
      At least I had Mexico – the memories of that have carried me through some of the tougher days. My sister suggested arnica tablets, although I should have been taking them pre op apparently.
      Love
      Julia x

  18. Love your attitude and it’s this that will keep you uplifted as you move forward but please please be as kind to yourself as you need to be and if you have down moments allow yourself to feel them before moving on…… Love your crime books and looking forward to the new one
    Kind regards to you and praying for a good uncomplicated recovery!

    1. Hi Heather
      You are so right – I have had a few lower moments but I always bounce back because it’s the only way to move forward.
      So pleased to hear you enjoy my Rachel Hart books – did you see the cover and title of the next one? What do you think?
      X-ray next Monday on my ankle so I’ll know more then
      Love
      Julia x

  19. Totally understand how hard it is washing and drying your hair. I am right handed and had to have 4 lots of surgery on it, the end result being a permanent disability. Putting your socks on or fastening your jeans is another good one to try. Get well soon. 🙂

    1. Hi Frances
      I’m sorry to hear you’ve been left with a permanent disability in your right hand. I’ve just started wearing my jeggings instead of dresses and you’re right, they are tricky to get on. Socks I’m okay with though
      Love
      Julia x

  20. Oh Julia i’m So sorry to hear about your fall!! Do hope all goes well,think you are doing the right thing in staying positive but I know from hip replacement op last year it’s not always easy. There will be lots of ups and downs. Stay positive and be kind to yourself. Really hope that you start to improve soon. Lots of love. Debbie Xx

    1. Hi Debbie
      Things are a lot better now thankfully. I only have another two weeks in the splint on my wrist and hopefully I will be out of the air boot if the X-ray is all right on Monday so keeping everything crossed
      Love
      Julia x

  21. Awww Julia. I am so sorry for your plight. I broke my ankle badly 2 years ago and until you do something like that you don’t realise how debilitating it is. But to break your wrist as well is a nightmare. The good thing about you is you seem to be so positive. I admire you for that. Miss your cheerful personality on QVC. Get well soon. Love Sue

    1. Hi Sue
      I was actually coping better than I thought I would with the ankle but the wrist as well is a whole other story. It’s nice to be missed on QVC – hoping to be back by the end of this month
      Love
      Julia x

  22. Oh Julia poor you you don’t do things by halves!! I think you needed a rest so now you will have to!!
    Hope all goes well and you mend very soon!!
    Kind Regards
    Pam

    1. Hi Pam
      Yes, sometimes things happen to force you to slow down a bit so maybe this was meant to happen – could still have done without breaking my arm though. Still, on the mend now
      Love Julia x

  23. Oh dear Julia – I think you should make good use of the wheelchair, but I’m not a bit
    surprised you were overdoing things ( & that’s just from reading your blogs). Well at
    least the Palace win I ordered for you, to cheer you up, came through!!!!
    Please look after yourself & try to take it easy, there are lots of us longing to see you
    back, happy and healthy.
    Madeline x

    1. Hi Madeleine
      Mostly just using the wheelchair to get in and out of our house as it has steps at the front and I don’t think Chris trusts me with them after my fall. Fortunately we have a ramp at the side of the house.
      Thank you for ordering the Palace win against Newcastle AND we beat our arch rivals Brighton last weekend so looking more or less safe now. Congratulations on winning the first domestic trophy of the season 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
      Hoping to be back on QVCby the end of March
      Love
      Julia x

  24. Oh Julia – poor you! I am so sorry to hear about your fall, such bad luck.

    Hope you are soon on the road to recovery as we miss you. Take care and let your lovely family pamper you.

    Big hugs Joanna xx

    1. Hi Joanna
      I am definitely on the road to recovery – lots of physio and hopefully out of my air boot next Monday if the X-ray is okay. My family have been great, particularly Chris although I think he will be glad when I can do ‘stuff’ again
      Love
      Julia x

    1. Hi Lois
      I’m feeling a lot better than I was – I’ve stop taking painkillers now apart from paracetamol before bed (they help me sleep)
      Love
      Julia x

    1. Hi Janet
      It’s not been great but at least we have memories of our holiday just prior to surgery to keep us going
      Love
      Julia x

  25. Hi Julia, I’m really sorry you’ve had a set back with your recovery but these things are certainly sent to try us and when you’re as active as you are, it’s even harder.
    May I suggest an old fashioned, well used remedy, that really works for bruising and can be purchased from a Health store…COMFEY OIL…When my Mum fell many years ago, she broke her collar bone and arm and this gently rubbed in really brought out the bruising..Lots of love xx

    1. Hi Sue
      Thanks for your suggestion of Comfey Oil which I hadn’t heard of. I’ve been using arnica gel and that seems to have done a pretty good job of bringing the bruising out and helping to bring the swelling down.
      Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now
      Love
      Julia x

  26. Julia i am so sorry for you! I do know the feeling of feeling useless after having a broken shoulder and awaiting knee op. Getting dressed a major operation! Just to say you are much missed on screen . I have been with qvc as long as yourself and your expertise and cheerful personality has never changed. Take care and I promise it does get better week by week. X

    1. Hi Liz
      It sounds as though you are more ‘in the wars’ than me! You are right, getting dressed is a major operation but nothing compared to getting out of the bath the other day…. nightmare! Thanks for sticking with QVC and for your kind comments – should be back by the end of the month
      Love
      Julia x

    1. Thanks Chris,
      No point being otherwise really – I think a positive & determined attitude helps the healing process
      Love
      Julia x

  27. So sorry to hear this Julia. Of course you will feel down, only to be expected. I am sure your family and friends will keep you going. Miss seeing you on QVC with your excellent advice. Sending healing vibes and best wishes.xx

    1. Hi Amanda
      Thanks for the healing vibes! I’m not too down really & now I’m starting to see real improvement with my ankle things are definitely looking brighter.
      Thanks for your kind comments re QVC – should be back by the end of the month
      Love
      Julia x

  28. Hello Julia – so sorry to read about your accident, just as you’re on your road to recovery from your operation. Life certainly has a way of throwing things at us! I know there’ll be lots of people sending you positive energy and wishing you well. Try to be patient and keep out of mischief!

    1. Hi Christine
      ‘Keep out of mischief’ made me laugh! I’m so slow on my crutches all the mischief outruns me! There has been a lot of positive energy sent my way here on my blog and on my social media platforms and it really has helped me keep my chin up – thank you!
      Love
      Julia x

  29. Hi Julia,

    Oh gosh you poor soul, that was something you didn’t need while you are recovering from your ankle operation. The bruising on your wrist, it must be painful. I expect you are frustrated at not being able to do as much, as you are always so busy. It must be so difficult to do things.

    My daughter Heidi knows I love your books so she got me What He Did for Christmas, another book I was unable to put down, great story.

    Anyway Julia I hope your ankle and forearm soon mend, you take care.

    Love
    Jean.xx

    1. Hello Jean
      Most of the bruising is yellow now – the arnica gel did it’s job! To be honest, I’ve kept myself busy doing stuff but mostly because everything is taking me so long to do!
      Delighted to hear you enjoyed What He Did (thanks Heidi) and the new one, Why She Died has just gone on pre-order, out the end of May – maybe a birthday present idea 😉
      Love
      Julia x

  30. I am so sorry to hear this. I know what it’s like to be on crutches and how you need your arms to support you. Even going to the loo is a challenge! I guess the lesson to be learned is – take it easy and let others do things for you. There are not many times you can do this so make the best of it, I recommend lots of box sets and good books!

    1. Hi Carole
      You are spot on – the broken wrist wouldn’t be so much of an issue if I wasn’t on crutches! Still I’m getting a bit better every day and only five days until I can potentially lose the air boot! I haven’t watched much TV to be honest but I have done a bit of reading and some one-handed editing on my next book – see, I never completely relax!
      Love
      Julia x

    1. Hi Dawn
      It has been a challenge at times but by the end of March the worst of it should be over – just the 12-18 months of physio to deal with then 😉
      Love
      Julia x

    1. Hi Christine
      Chris has been amazing even in my ‘grumpy’ moments. Only another two weeks in the wrist splint hopefully
      Love
      Julia x

  31. Hi Julia I think you are going through the wars at the moment. Talking about washing your hair, I had cataract operation so my husband holds the shower head then I sit chair one hand over my eye then one hand washing my hair. Julia you just have to be patient. Ha Ha.
    Take Care x

    1. Hi Christine
      I have a stool in the shower – fortunately we have an overhead drench shower so Chris is relieved of shower-holding duty although he does have to hand me the bottles I need one by one! I went to get my colour done at the hairdresser yesterday – a bit of a mission but so worth it! I hope your eye operation was successful
      Love
      Julia x

  32. Hi Julia, so sorry to hear about your setback…it never rains but it pours. Hang on in there and keep battling on, things can only get better xx

    1. Hi Joan
      It seemed like a disaster at the time of my fall, but I keep reminding myself this is only temporary and some people have to deal with life-long disability. Things are improving every day
      Love
      Julia x

  33. Hi Julia

    You take always please , You are sadly missed on QVC look your shows ! Looking forward to your return soon

    Very best wishes x

    1. Hi David
      Thanks for your message, it’s nice to be missed. I should be back on your screens by the end of the month if there are no further setbacks,
      Love
      Julia x

  34. Hi Julia I’m so sorry you’ve really had an uncomfortable time – don’t get down most importantly be kind to you!

    Warm wishes

    1. Hi Fiona
      Uncomfortable is a good description as the pain has been quite well-managed. Honestly, I haven’t really been too down about the fall, more annoyed with myself really!
      Love
      Julia x

  35. Hi Julia,
    What a horrible accident you’ve had, no doubt you were itching to do things yourself and unfortunately lost your balance. It is very easy done and you’ve broken your wrist in order to save your ankle, lucky you haven’t had the need to have a plaster cast on it too.
    Take it easy, it must be a Gemini thing I was itching to do things myself too so as not to be a burden, very hard to do, 6 weeks in plaster, non weight bearing, frustrating wasn’t in it and don’t get me started on the washing machine haha!
    You will become very wary of injuring your ankle, I know even now I’m frightened to death of hurting mine 10 years on, even to the point I have a brand new bike which has never been ridden because I’m frightened of falling sideways onto my ankle, how stupid is that?
    Hope everything is going as well as possible with your physio, I’m a great believer in hypnotherapy and listen to Glenn Harrold’s Heal Your Body, which I very often do, amazing how it helps and also his Chakra Meditation too, very relaxing especially the breathing exercises.
    Take care and stay positive
    love Annette x

    1. Hi Annette
      I’m not sure I was doing too much really – I was coping well on my crutches and was quite mobile. It really was an unfortunate accident – I got the bottom of my crutch caught in the bed cover so fell forward with the top of the crutch still around my arm but it had slid down to the wrist – it was pretty ouch.
      I know what you mean about feeling a bit nervous but my physio won’t stand for anything – she made me walk a few steps last week just using one crutch for support which she told me to continue doing at home. I’ll be in an ankle support & boots or high top trainers for several months I think.
      Chris is welcome to the washing machine although I am still getting involved in some cooking. Can’t wait to be allowed back on to my Aeropilates machine
      Love
      Julia x

  36. Ouch! What a shock. Such bad luck Julia, dreadful for you.
    Things happen so fast. On the positive side you now have no option but to do things gently and get back on your feet. Hope the arm heals quickly and you feel much better about everything soon. Sending healing thoughts and bunches of hope for your to feel better.
    Take care and it’s ok to feel ugh, before you feel 😊.
    Angela 👼

    1. Hi Angela
      Thanks for your message – bad luck or maybe I should have taken things a bit more slowly – as you say, no option but to slow down a bit now. Things are improving every day and I always knew the ankle wasn’t a quick fix …. just hadn’t factored in the broken wrist too.
      Love
      Julia x

  37. Hi Julia miss you so much on qvc isn’t the same without you, so sorry to hear about all your health issues at the moment . I wish you a good recovery and send my love . Barbara Harmon xx

    1. Hi Barbara,
      It’s nice to be missed, and I’m missing everyone too but hoping to be back by the end of March so not too long now.
      Love
      Julia x

  38. Hello Julia was hoping to read that your on the mend but sad to read you have had an injury to your wrist. My best words I can say are always remain positive and above all be kind to yourself! Sending you my best wishes luv Jill tx

    1. Hi Jill
      I am on the mend with both now – another two weeks in the wrist splint and hopefully good news on Monday when I get my ankle X-ray done. Then it will be about physiotherapy and rebuilding my confidence, plus learning to walk in a new way so I will need lots of positivity.
      Love
      Julia x

  39. Hi, glad to hear your ankle is on the mend. I broke my left ankle( 5 brakes in 3 main bones) , 12 weeks ago and still not walking right but I’m getting there. So I do know what you are going through. I also had a fall but only bruised my arm.. We both have to learn to do as the Doctors tell us to do and not push the boundaries. It did make me smile to think you had been like me, doing too much😂🤗😂🥰
    Do slow down and take it one step at a time, please

    1. Hi Peggy
      I’m sorry to hear about your ankle, it sounds pretty major so no wonder you’re not walking properly yet. And you had a fall too – apparently it’s not that uncommon for people on crutches, but the cuff of my crutch got caught on my wrist which is why it fractured. I am sticking very rigidly to the instructions from my physio and wait to hear what my consultant has to say on Monday.
      Everything you said to me applies to you too – one step at a time
      Love
      Julia x

  40. Hi Julia my heart goes out to you
    I wish you well and a speedy recovery
    I need you back on qvc
    My love to all you beautiful family
    Please take care
    Look forward to seeing you on the TV soon xx

    1. Hi Paula
      A lot of people have said they miss me on QVC, but you are the first to say you ‘need’ me back – what a lovely thing to say. I’m hoping to be back by the end of this month
      Love
      Julia x

    1. Hi Linda
      Trust me, I am being very very careful now and like I’ve said to others, it’s nice to be missed
      Love
      Julia x

  41. Oh my goodness Julia, you must be feeling quite down at the moment. Life has a way of throwing things at us sometimes, as I know you know, and life can become quite challenging, but you will get through it and out the other side that’s a certainty. Keep smiling and keep positive xxx

    1. Hi Gail
      With the benefit of hindsight, I should just have been a little more careful not to get my crutches caught. I could have done without the broken wrist and it has slowed my ankle recovery progress down slightly BUT getting stronger every day and each small step is one in the right direction.
      Love
      Julia x

  42. Good evening Julia, came across your blog and read with horror of all what has sadly OCCURRED with you. I didn’t know. Actually I thought it was just me who has non stop misfortune. Last year I experienced planters foot and couldn’t bear to walk for three months and I wanted one of those boots.
    Having three dogs l was going out when it got dark so nobody could see my dilemma. It’s funny what you do when you think people are going to look.
    The same applied when going shopping off I went in the darkness and I thanked the day supermarkets stay open all hours.
    Already over something else that’s roared it’s ugly head so early in the year has been a woman’s problem ongoing causing me anguish whereas I’m back and forwards to the doctors.
    I guess you must feel like me one thing has to add onto another. Have to laugh if possible and just discovered my gorgeous vet Noel Fitzpatrick is on the sick and cannot operate on his beloved animals….he’s in a neck brace and having to be patient……..like yourself.
    However nothing could have prepared me for thursday when down on the beach and unbeknown to me my chihuahua had gone back up steps to reach the promenade, got frightened by a dog and fell some 13feet off the wall back onto the sand and I thought he was dead. Thanks to others around who and back to that word were KIND rushed us to the vets.
    He’s fine but I think still abit traumatised.
    So you see we all seem to be in somewhat a kind of situation and you always think to yourself no body could be as unlucky as me.
    I hope the new year isn’t going be all doom and gloom. The weather appears to be certainly making it this way plus the spreading disease.
    I don’t suppose for one minute I’ve cheered you up and instead written a book. Nice to have contacted you and just take time healing.

    1. Hi Linda
      Oh dear, it does sound as though you are having a run of bad luck – I hope your little dog is okay now?
      To be honest, the surgery was planned so I had time to prepare myself mentally and physically for that but the fall and subsequent damage to my arm shook me up a bit and made me realise I’m definitely not invincible.
      I hope your health issues get resolved soon
      Love
      Julia x

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