Had a lovely quiet holiday weekend, but did enjoy my first outing in a couple of months on Christmas day. Was super blessed to have such understanding and considerate friends and that the Lord gave me just enough strength and relief to be able to really enjoy the day! Praise God!
Our friends came to pick us up and brought us back later in the evening. We got to spend a quiet and fun evening with the 2 of them in their new flat. There was a wonderful roast dinner of a Cornish Game Hen each, stuffed with an incredibly good wild rice stuffing. Green bean casserole and freshly baked bread were also on the menu, as was homemade mulled wine.
We had just sat down to eat when I sipped my white wine and within moments I felt utterly ill. This was the moment I realised that I am one of the people with ME/cfs who are intolerant to alcohol. There are those who cannot tolerate any at all and those who continue to drink it without effects. I haven’t touched any since! The mulled wine seemed fine, I imagine the alcohol is evaporated in the heating process, so it has no effect.
After dinner we opened gifts and then enjoyed a funny movie before our lift back home. It was so lovely to get out of the house and see friends again.
Although I’ve been in bed for the last couple of days since, today I felt quite good generally. Just my hips and coccyx tried to kill me each time I stood up. So much pain! I washed a few dishes this evening and tried to make a rice salad for dinner, had to stop and get back to bed in the middle as I got so weak and dizzy and felt I would collapse… Of course my sister finished off the dinner for us. So glad to have her here!
Then by 9-ish pm I was utterly exhausted again and had to lie down. I think I managed to fall asleep by around ten and slept for only an hour. Woke with the left side of my body numb and tingling… Like Pins and needles on steroids. Left arm and leg. Dead. So my sis suggested I sit up in bed to help the blood flow back to my limbs, it did help, and here I am at 2 am still awake…
Last night I also lost feeling in my left leg. I also had to sleep by ten and slept until ten this morning! Struggling to wake up in the mornings, not like me to sleep so late in the day. My mind has been all over the place too. Hard to form sentences at times, I’m forgetting words, or what I’m saying mid-sentence, it’s frustrating. Safe to say I’m in some sort of flare within a flare.
Spending my time in bed colouring, surfing Internet, Netflix and daydreaming… Also known as recovery mode. Minimum exertion activities. And by minimum exertion I mean activities that require little to no brain or body exertion! Typing is exhausting. And I’m getting sleepy again too… By the way, I haven’t showered in days, so I haven’t taken any new photos in a while. I’m hoping tomorrow can be a shower day!
Sweet dreams all. xx
December 3 is International Day of People with Disabilities. It's a great opportunity to raise awareness and make some noise all over the internet (and in real life) if you can manage it.
The message I want to get across this year, is that not every disability is visible.
It all started in 2014. I would occasionally get random, migrating pains in my hips, thighs and arms. It was quite painful and alarming. Because it never hung around long, but just came and vanished quickly, I didn't do anything about it. It wasn't very frequent initially.
By November 2014 I was in constant pain. At this point I went to see my doctors, but they couldn't help me. They did loads of blood tests and couldn't find anything wrong. They were frustrated and had no answers. So they just sent me home with painkillers. Months passed, but the pain didn't.
My second knitting project completed. So pleased with this one! Was so much fun knitting it too. I completed it last night and this morning, once my headache subsided, I added the fringe. Between the dozing off, that is.
Terrible flare this past week, absolutely floored. Muscle pain all over, exhaustion, headaches, joint pains, and this overpowering sleepiness (different to the exhaustion) – all more than usual. But it’s done!Continue reading
Celebrating my first completed knitting project since I was about ten years old! I have been trying to knit a scarf with this one ball of wool for years and years, I’ve knitted and undone it so many times over and last night I finally completed it.
One ball obviously wasn’t enough for a full scarf, so it’s been turned into a twisted neck warmer. Not sure what the official name for such a thing would be, but it’s done. And it’s so warm and soft too!
My great gran taught me how to knit.Continue reading