It has been a hot minute since we got caught up here on the blog, so let me begin by apologising for neglecting you all for so long. I’m really not exaggerating when I say that things have been pretty darn hectic here at Mr Baker’s Cakes HQ over the last few months…
Rather than repeating myself here in text form, I have just uploaded a new YouTube video, which should get you all caught up with everything that has been going on with me and let you know what you can expect next from Mr Baker’s Cakes here on the blog, over on YouTube and over on my social media channels.
Many of you have also been asking about the return of Something Sweet magazine and the latter part of the video delves into what that might look like too, so please do check it out and let me know your thoughts on what is discussed (you can jump straight to that part of the video at 17:13).
But yes, please do let me know your thoughts and, as always, thank you so much for your patience, for your support and for your friendship during these unprecedented times. I miss you all so much and can’t wait for the day that we we will be able to get together in person once again.
Until then, please do keep in touch, keep yourselves and your loved ones safe, and wear a mask (if you are able to).
The response was completely unexpected and it was incredibly touching to be reminded that, although we may currently be locked away in isolation, we are certainly not alone right now.
I wanted to jump back on to just give you a little bit of a ‘mum update’, as many of you have been in touch to ask how Mummy Baker is doing.
Since we last spoke, she has continued receiving twice daily injections, but as of the latter part of last week, following a visit back to the hospital to meet with the warfarin nurse, she has also started on her new permanent medication regime. Those of you with any experience of warfarin will know that this drug takes a while to get to grips with and, as a result, there have already been the inevitable nose bleeds and suchlike, but she remains in good spirits.
Mummy Baker is also being well-looked after here at home, practically being waited on hand and foot, not to mention served deliciously healthy home-cooked meals each day (which are already working wonders to counteract the effects of the quarantine baking I had been consuming up to now, I have to say!).
It will be a long old road to recovery, but when I think back to where we were a little over a week and-a-half ago and to where we could have ended up, we really do have a lot to be thankful for.
As you will have seen, on Friday (in spite of Mummy Baker’s HORRENDOUS internet connection (I am told that it is a national issue though), I managed to post up this week’s episode of Mr Bakers Cake School – and you really don’t want to know how long that took… If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out as you could get your hands on a brand new Kenwood kMix stand mixer!
I am also loving that loads of you are suggesting getting mummy involved in this coming week’s episode. I am not sure if she’ll be up for appearing in person – the Baker family are notoriously camera shy – but I may well let her inspire our weekly project… perhaps some Welsh cakes? Or even a delicious bara brith?
But yes, in all honesty, we are doing well, we have numerous people on hand to offer practical help and support if needed and, up to now at least, are getting on swimmingly… Let’s hope the next ‘mum update’ is equally positive, eh?
Thank you again for all of the incredibly thoughtful messages and comments, which Mummy Baker has been reading too, and please do continue to keep in touch over on social media. All social interaction is very welcome.
Hey cake chums and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog.
I thought I’d better get in touch with a bit of a life update as things have gone rather awry here at Mr Baker’s Cakes HQ over the last week or so and, as a result, you may notice some changes to my output in the weeks ahead.
I guess it all started a week ago today, when I got a phone call to let me know that my mother had collapsed at home. Now Mummy Baker lives alone, which means that she is one of those unlucky individuals who has – up to now at least – been enduring this period of lockdown completely on her own. As you can probably imagine, I hadn’t been particularly happy about this, but ultimately it was her decision to make.
Thankfully, for whatever reason, she had come around from her collapse and been able to call my sister – who literally lives around the corner – and my sister was able to call 111. After discussions with the GP, they ended up dispatching an ambulance.
The paramedics weren’t immediately able to identify anything wrong, but collectively, we made the decision to have Mummy Baker head to hospital for further investigations. Obviously, that in itself is a tricky decision to make right now because one doesn’t want to risk exposure to Covid-19, but my take, as always with such things, is that it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Scroll forward a few hours and it turns out that Mummy Baker had suffered a pulmonary embolism, which for those of you who don’t know is when you have blood clots restricting the flow of blood to the lungs – a really rather serious condition, on a par with a heart attack or a stroke.
Thankfully, the amazing team at Southampton General Hospital were able to get her started on a course of treatment immediately and, after a week in hospital, Mummy Baker has recovered enough to be allowed to head home. She has also tested negative for Covid-19, which is a huge relief too.
Of course, we couldn’t have Mummy Baker come home to an empty house, and with my sister due to give birth any day now and my brother living a few hours away and coping with two children of his own, I made the decision to come and move in with Mummy Baker while she continues to receive treatment for her ongoing condition.
Oh, and you’ll be pleased to know that she is continuing to recover well.
Now, obviously I’m not normally in the habit of sharing quite such personal things here on the blog, so you might be wondering why I’ve made the decision to do so in today’s ‘life update’. Well, quite simply, my change in location does mean that there are going to be some quite significant implications for my online content over the next few weeks at least.
In terms of my weekly children’s baking videos – Mr Baker’s Cake School – I had already managed to film this Friday’s episode before my move, so, for this week at least, there will be no changes (and be sure to check out this week’s instalment as I will be announcing my BIGGEST EVER GIVEAWAY! For reals – you won’t want to miss it!).
However, from next week, I am hoping to still be able to cobble together some sort of filming space here at my mother’s house, however it might not be quite so… polished (?) as usual.
In regards to additional cake-related content, we will quite honestly have to wait and see, as, of course, I couldn’t realistically bring all of my gear with me, so I’m not sure what form, if any, this content might take. Obviously, it doesn’t help that, while Mummy Baker continues to visit the hospital for further follow up appointments and so on, we have to remain in complete isolation, meaning that I can’t go out to buy ingredients or equipment either.
I am still hoping to be able to continue to bring you our weekly #cakershour sessions on Twitter – including this evening, but as you can probably imagine, they might also be slightly less organised for the next week or so – at least while I am finding my new rhythm, so to speak…
But yes, that is where we are at the moment.
Thank you to those people in our community who have already been in touch to send Mummy Baker their well-wishes and offered support – it has all been very much appreciated.
I am only too aware of how much worse things could have been… If Mummy Baker hadn’t somehow managed to come around from her collapse or if we hadn’t made the decision to send her to hospital for tests – in honestly doesn’t bear thinking about. And it only serves to reaffirm my complete and utter admiration for the amazing NHS staff who are continuing to provide exceptional care, whilst facing one of the biggest crises the country has ever seen. They truly are superheroes.
Again, thank you so much for reading my lil’ life update and your continued support.
As always, until next time, happy caking…