As you know from ‘my story’, my house is my pride and joy and it played a big part in my recovery. When I was unwell it provided me with a focus and I spent the best part of two years creating our dream home. Unfortunately, we received some bad news last week which means that much of my hard work has been futile.
It all started with a patch of mould in the bathroom which I assumed was caused by damp on the outside wall. This then spread down into the doorway between the kitchen and the utility room and I noticed that the wooden door frame was becoming rotten. I only realised the severity of the situation when a good friend of mine came to help out with a few odd jobs around the house and raised his concerns. This was then confirmed by a specialist who informed us that we have a severe dry rot problem.
Dry rot is a fungus that attacks timber in buildings. It is the most serious form of timber decay and can spread rapidly if not treated. This means that the affected area and all the plaster and flooring around it has to be removed and then the area treated. In our case, we are having to remove the floor boards and panelling in the bathroom, the floor tiles, door frame and ceiling in the kitchen and part of the plaster on the walls in both the bathroom and the kitchen!
This has come as a massive shock to both myself and Helen and we have found the situation very upsetting. I have struggled to remain positive due to the effects it will have on us both emotionally and financially, however I know that I need to be strong.
Unfortunately it has caused me a small set back mentally as I currently don’t feel that I can cope with both the problems at home and going to work. This has meant that I have had to take some time off sick to enable me to channel my energy into keeping myself on the straight and narrow and not letting things spiral out of control.
Although this feels like a bit of a wobble for me I am also proud of the fact that I am able to recognise that things are getting too much and do something about it.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be pulling up floor boards and chipping off plaster in preparation for the dry rot treatment. Although it will be hard work I am pleased that I will have something to focus on and it will help to know that I am doing my bit to sort out the problem.
On a happier note, I was pleased to be able to push my worries aside to attend the wedding of a good friend on Monday. This took place at a very grand manor house in Cheltenham and everyone had a fantastic time. It was a privilege to be a part of Tim and Kate’s special day!
The Bristol to Bath marathon is now looming and with only a few days to go I am afraid to say that with everything else going on my training for this has taken a back seat. Despite this, I am determined to complete the marathon on Sunday even if it takes me all day!
Wish me luck!