During this time, Mum would try to encourage me to take an interest in anything, even those Australian soaps I had been so fond of (and that she was not.) Believing her to have become obsessed with one of them, Home and Away, I let her be and watch it whilst I tried to get the nausea to a manageable level so I could open my eyes.
When I was a little better, and able to watch TV; and actually take onboard and follow what was playing out on the screen, one of my favourite programmes was, of course, Home And Away.
As I lay on the sofa day after day, through the nausea and aches, I daydreamed about living in the fictional Summer Bay. A place far, far away from the reality of my current life,wWhere the sun always shone, it was always warm, and I was better and behaving like a normal teen.