Art, Baby, degenerative disc disease, Disability, Family, fibromyalgia, Future Plans, Hypermobility, Mobility Issues, My Life

It’s Amazing How Things Change

I’ve been absent from this page for a few months.  But a lot has happened in those few months.  I I look back at my life even just 8 months ago, I cannot believe the change.

In late June/early July, I was feeling pretty under the weather.  My get up and go have gotten up and gone, and my appetite had gone wonky.   I went on holiday to Whitby the last week in June, so I put it down to being tired out by my holiday.

 

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Whitby:  My Favourite Place in the World

I picked up after a while, but things were still not quite right.  And then all of a sudden I realised… I was late, and I’m not talking late for work.    I had my contraceptive implant taken out in March, and my husband and I had been trying for a baby ever since.  So I did a test and… It was positive!  I really hadn’t expected for things to have happened so quickly to be honest, heck, with my disability I almost expected for it to never happen at all.  But no, it has happened, and as of the time of writing this, I am 8 weeks +4 pregnant (though I haven’t had my dating scan done yet, and my first midwife appointment is a few weeks away).

 

It’s early days, I know, but I am so happy this has happened.  I can’t wait to read to my child, I hope they love reading as much as I do!  I’m not sure how hard I will find this pregnancy.  I’ve already had a bout of Sciatica, but that was probably nothing to do with being pregnant, I made the mistake of bending over to try and pick something up, and nothing screws my back up like bending over too far.  I’m not suffering from Morning Sickness at the moment, but my appetite is very strange.  I’ve gone off Fish, and I can only eat small amounts at a time; I get full very quickly.  My sense of smell has gone haywire as well, and strong smells make me feel very nauseous.

 

The other big news is I have been accepted to do a BA (Hons) Graphic Design course.  I had been feeling lost since my plans of working in Hospitality Management went out of the window due to my disabilities, and my biggest regret has always been I didn’t go to University.   I had been doing some design work for Country Village Inns, and I realised that not only was I good at it, I really enjoy doing it.  I was pretty sure I couldn’t manage a full time degree at a local University and work, so i looked into distance learning courses, and found the perfect course for me through Arden University.  So I applied, and literally the day I found I was pregnant I was accepted on the course!  So it all seemed to happen at once.  Being a distance course, I can take up to 9 years to complete it, though I am hoping to do it in 3.

 

So I’ve got alot going on for me now.   I am under no illusion that this whole thing will be easy, but then all the best things never are.  But I am not going to let my disabilities dictate my life.

degenerative disc disease, Disability, fibromyalgia, Hypermobility

“You Must Be Feeling SOOOOOO Much Better In This Weather!!”

It’s been the hottest day of the year in some parts of Britain today.  I’m not sure whether this has been the case in Lancaster, UK, where I have spent most of today, but it certainly felt like it to me.

Today I have been to a wedding, which was very nice (I wish my sister in law and her husband all the best).  It’s been a lovely day, the sun is shining, there isn’t a cloud in the sky… But I’m sat here praying for a thunderstorm.

People automatically assume that people with illnesses like mine suffer during cold weather, and feel better in warm weather.  But this isn’t always the case.  I love winter.  Cold weather doesn’t affect me, and up until I started using a walking stick, I loved snow.  In hot weather, I feel like death warmed up.  I can’t control my temperature, and I hurt all over.  At least when it’s cold you can put more on.  there is only so much I can take off to keep cool before I get arrested for indecent exposure and trust me, you do not want to see that.   Right now, I am

a) Praying for a thunderstorm

or

b) Wanting to emigrate to the Arctic Circle

The next person who says I must be feeling better in this hot weather better be able to out run me (tbh it’s not hard).

Now please excuse me whilst I go and find a chest freezer to lie in.

degenerative disc disease, Disability, fibromyalgia, Hypermobility, Mobility Issues, My Life

Things About Having Chronic Illness That Can Be Worse Than The Illness.

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1 – The Well Meaning Person That Ends Up Mortified

There is an older lady in my local charity shop that has been there for years. I don’t know her name, but she’s always been nice and chatty whenever I go in. I lived in a different village for a while, so I didn’t get over often and she’s not seen me much until I moved back to my home town six months ago. I’ve used a walking stick for a while now, but she hadn’t seen me regularly for a long while, and yesterday, when I went to see if I could find any bargains, she asked me if my ‘injury’ would take much longer to heal. And that’s when my heart sank, and I have to do one of the worst things to do with my disability.

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Caving, degenerative disc disease, Disability, fibromyalgia, Hypermobility, Mobility Issues, Yorkshire

What a Difference 6 Years Makes

I’m not sure about other people, but I kind of enjoy the Facebook Memories thing that pops up each day to show you what you posted about on the day since you joined.  Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes I find I cringe a bit about what I’d posted, and very occasionally it makes me kind of sad.

This photo appeared in my memories today.

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