The Weekend Blog | Moving on
23rd January 2016
Rarely a week goes by when my life isn’t filled with drama of some sort.
This week, Tyrone ended up in A&E. He had a temperature, was being sick and couldn’t stop shaking. We still don’t know what the cause of his illness was, but because one doctor suspected it might be Viral Meningitis poor Tyrone was subjected to a ton of tests. Fortunately, he didn’t have to be kept in over night.
Personally, I don’t think the levels of stress we have been subjected to recently have helped.
As it all kicked off in the early hours of the morning, I had to take a day of sick leave. Tyrone went back to Shropshire after the whole ordeal to get some serious rest, and as I had already booked Friday as a holiday I decided to go home too.
My health is something I value dearly. In the last 4 months I have experienced more panic attacks than ever before and I have had to start taking medication for my anxiety. And now that Tyrone has been affected so badly by the stress of living next to anti-social neighbour, to the point where he ended up in hospital, well, it’s really made us think about our health as well as our happiness.
It is for this reason that Tyrone and I have decided to look for somewhere else to live. We cannot afford to buy a house yet, so we are looking at the possibility of renting a house on the outskirts of the city; potentially on the other side of the Mersey. We have our first house viewing on Tuesday.
I love Liverpool and I will always want to be close to the city, but living right in the centre was always going to be problematic. I will miss the convenience of being so close to the shops and in walking distance of a cinema, but I’m sure we will be happier being away from people who just want to party 24/7.
In a way, I feel like we’ve let our neighbour win. It feels as if we are being penalised for living next to someone who is breaking the law, whereas it’s not our fault at all.
In other ways I feel like we are the ones who are winning. While we will not own our home (not just yet, anyway) we will be able to start living a more normal life. We will be able to prepare for when we do buy our own home by purchasing large furniture and appliances that we will be able to take with us. We will be able to buy a car. We will be able to enjoy a garden for the first time in 2 and a half years.
It’s something that I am both nervous and excited about. I didn’t think I would be saying anything like this at the end of 2015, but it’s funny where life takes us sometimes.
I’ll keep you up to date with our research and planning, and hopefully some day soon I will come back to you with some good news.
Have a great weekend!
(The photos above are of our flat shortly after we moved in. It was so lovely back then.)