Friday, 27 March 2009

A good week and a decent doctor

This week has been going so much better than last week!  I am so grateful!  Last week I spent pretty much every minute of every day in bed resting in silence just to be able to go to the bathroom and eat the meals my mum made.  It seemed that my condition had finally stabilised... but at a really low level.  Fortunately that is not the case!  

This week I am feeling a lot better am able to walk to the loo or kitchen just fine when needed.  I have even been able to listen to 30mins to an hour of a talking book most days or spend a  
little time on the net with my laptop looking at funny things like lolcats.  It's always good to find things that make you smile.  I am still resting in silence for about 10 hours a day of course and having to use the plastic cutlery etc. but now I can spend time listening to the birds, watching the clouds change as they drift past outside my window, and seeing the new blossom on the prunus tree bobbing around in the breeze.  I think it's so important to take pleasure in little things.  I always loved to draw when I was a child but I was academically inclined and went into the sciences.  Somehow I never really had time for art anymore so now I'm looking forward to the point where I am well enough to sit and sketch or perhaps even try my hand at painting.  

My doctors appointment at the beginning of the week went well.   My new doctor has his head screwed on right and had some helpful suggestions - this is a relief after the last one was so rubbish!  I now have a referral to see an ENT for my sinusitis as well as a couple of weeks of antibiotics to see if they clear up the current infection.  Apparently the ENT can actually flush out my sinuses, something which can really help clear up chronic infections it seems.  I've wished many times over the last 2 years that I could rinse out my sinuses and not just my nose, so I'm really looking forward to hearing what the specialist says.   As I think my sinus problem was initially caused by sieving volcanic ash for a prolonged period without a dust mask (yeah, not very sensible I know!), perhaps it could really help.  I am still waiting to see the ME/CFS specialist to get a definitive diagnosis, hopefully that will be also be in April.

P.S. The photos are from Oregon in the spring last year...


  1. Lovely, hopeful, cheering post. Thanks. Jo x

  2. Hurray! So glad to hear you're having a better week - you deserve it! And you found a good doctor - that mean so much. I hope the sinusitis treatments help. Having underlying infections can really make CFS so much worse.

    Spring must be in the air today - I posted spring pictures, too! So glad you're able to enjoy it.