Diabetic Eye Screening & Flowers 🌷 – Treatment Weeks 41 & 42

Hello there,

This fortnight, although I’ve had some rough days, generally it’s been pretty good.

Very excitingly I left the house for something that’s to medical related (a very rare occurrence), to buy some flowers for my mum for mothers day, and I even arranged them myself which went surprisingly well.

I also managed to go for my diabetic eye screening, despite feeling terrible, and it was much easier than I thought, so that was good. I think we can all agree that’s been a long time in coming! haha.

Hope you enjoy the video, and I’ll be back soon.

Until next time, Rhosyn.

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Changing My Protocol – Treatment Weeks 37 & 38

Hello,

I wish I could say that this fortnight was better, but I can’t. Β The insomnia subsided slightly, but the nausea was still a real problem, waking me up in the night and keeping me that way for hours.

I had a phone appointment with my Breakspear doctor and together we agreed that it would be a good idea to switch to a herbal protocol for a while to give my body a break. I was really nervous to start this because everything I seem to do at the moment seems to make me feel worse, but by the end of the fortnight I’d plucked up the courage to start.

 

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My Chronic Life Turns Two!

Hello there,

So today marks two whole years since I started this blog. Wow, I’m actually finding this hard to believe.

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This time last year, for My Chronic Life’s 1st birthdayΒ I wrote a summary of all my favourite posts that year. I’m not going to do that this year, because to be honest I don’t feel that proud of much of the content that I’ve produced on here this year. I don’t think I’ve written many particularly insightful, or thought provoking posts.

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Nausea and Insomnia Continued – Treatment Weeks 35 & 36

Hello,

These last two weeks have been hard, for a number of reasons. Firstly, as you can probably guess from the title of the video, the nausea and insomnia that started last week hasn’t really let up. So just generally things have been quite difficult. I did manage to make it to an appointment though, which I’m very proud of myself for doing!

Secondly, the second half of this fortnight was hugely stressful. It got to the point where I was less than two weeks away from going back to Breakspear, and it felt impossible. I wasn’t eating or sleeping properly, and basically felt the most ill I’ve ever felt. After grappling with the decision for a few days, I made the decision to cancel.

 

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Medication Withdrawal – Treatment Weeks 33 & 34

Hello there,

Well this fortnight has been…interesting. I’ve been suffering with horrible withdrawal from Mirtazapine which has caused insomnia and really bad nausea. This has meant that I can neither eat nor sleep properly.

It’s been very hard going, but I’m pretty proud of myself by how I’ve been coping because nausea and lack of sleep are two of the symptoms I find hardest to deal with.

As a result of feeling basically terrible I did absolutely nothing during the two weeks shown in this video! haha, but a few good things did happen despite all that.

 

 

Until next time, Rhosyn.

Caffeine Withdrawal & Early Mornings – Treatment Weeks 31 & 32

Hello there,

This video is really late in going up because I’m currently in the middle of a tricky patch (which will be shown in the next video).

The two weeks shown in this video were actually kind of strange for me. I had two or three days that were pretty intense; I was busy and had to be up early for appointments, (seeing my GP and some blood tests), but then the rest of the days were me recovering from them and so doing nothing. You may be saying “why did you choose this week to give up caffeine when you had to be up early?”, and honestly I have no idea! haha.

 

 

Seeing as this week involved a lot of recovery from different things I wanted to talk about post exertion malaise (or PEM), because it’s one of the symptoms I find most difficult to deal with. PEM describes the sharp increase in symptoms chronically ill people experience when they exert themselves. It differs wildly from person to person depending on how ill they are, what symptoms they experience, how long it lasts and how long it takes to set in.

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Christmas & 2016 Reflections – Treatment Weeks 29 & 30

Hello there,

The last two weeks have definitely been the best in a while, and I managed to enjoy Christmas more than I expected, and certainly more than last year.

Although towards the end, my fatigue has increased. I didn’t mind too much though, because the novelty of being able to stay in bed when I needed to, as opposed to when I was Breakspear and couldn’t, hadn’t worn off yet.

I’m afraid I’m going to have to leave it at that because I’m not having a good day today, after an early morning appointment yesterday for blood tests.

I hope you enjoy the video, until next time.

Rhosyn.