I wasn’t feeling very Christmassy until I went last Monday, but it certainly got me in the mood of festivities. I’m not a regular attendee at the markets and don’t go every year which makes it nicer when I do go.
There are some fabulous stalls, selling all Christmas themed products such as candles, ornaments, bags, children’s toys, Christmas trees, gifts, crafts, jewellery etc
I was going on the intention of not buying just looking but of course I got drawn into the Christmas affect and ended up spending…..quite a lot
You can’t not go to the markets and not have a mulled wine….. They are what the markets are famous for,£3.50 for a cup of Mulled Wine, or Spicey Orange and Cinnamon with Jaegermeister and you get to keep the cup. In a way a limited edition cup as it says the number of years the markets have been going so this year it said 15 on them. If wine is not your choice their is the choice of German or Spanish Beer. If you get hungry there is a wide choice of different foods such as hotdogs, traditional German foods, pancakes, profiteroles the list is endless.
If the markets isn’t your thing to get you into the Christmas Spirit, the huge Father Christmas at the top of the town hall will ….. Hard enough not to miss it and very festive with all the lights on it.
I went with my husband, sister and brother in law and we really did have a great time. The main markets are situated at Albert Square but there are also other market stalls close by on other streets. They are on until Sunday 22nd December, so you still have time to get down there……. Have a great time::))
On Tuesday my daughter Lauren underwent surgery at Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital. Lauren underwent Bilateral Calf Release and also had botox into her thighs. Lauren has Cerebral Palsy and for the last 12 months her mobility has really deteriorated and has been needing the aid of her wheelchair. She has been walking on the tips of her toes (she would make a perfect ballerina) as the tendons in her legs are too tight and will not naturally release, as the signals to her brain will not allow her to do it.
Lauren has known about this operation. We were very open and honest with her about it, as she needed to be prepared for what would happen. Even though we knew it would happen I myself wasn’t prepared for the trauma of watching my daughter in such pain. When she was in theatre being prepped she was still so strong, it was me who started the tears when I was telling her how brave she was. Her surgery lasted 3 hours . It was the longest 3 hours waiting for her. I was so scared she wouldn’t wake up from the Anaesthetic, very dramatic I know but something that does enter your mind. When she woke she was very disorientated but knew she had had the operation. That night was as a mum…..devastating. I stayed with her through the night as there was a bed for me next to hers. However, I lay with her in the night as she spent most of the night crying, asking why did she have to have the operation? Telling me to “make the pain go away”.
The next day she was very tired but amazed me with trying to walk. The physiotherapist explained that she had to try and get up and walk as she would seize up. As she always does she tried her best and did manage a few steps. The pain she is now experiencing I can’t put into words. She is now at home and medicated with morphine, but at times even that isn’t helping. Her legs are now cast tightly with tight bandaging to keep her foot in the correct position, Today she has been very down and upset. My normal cheeky, smiley, singing lady is so sad. Shes enjoying the visitors and the endless gifts shes receiving particularly the Galaxies but that smile soon disappears.
Before the operation the position of her foot was so bad. I tried walking on the tips of my toes and couldn’t even manage 1 step, yet to Lauren this is normal to her. Her surgeon has told us she will need to under go further operations to help her mobility. At the minute its awful watching her under go such pain, and I feel nothing but guilt and worthlessness. She has to do physio everyday and try to walk and she isnt happy about this but she has to do it as she will seize up, if she didnt do her physio it would undermine the point of having the operation
The saying “you have to be cruel to be kind” is very apt at the minute. Hopefully this operation and the following ones she will have, will help her undergo an independently mobile life