Sunday, 21 January 2018

Understanding Chronic Lyme Disease

For me, it makes sense to find out I have Lyme Disease. You see, there have been so many pieces of puzzle... and they finally fit together. I was diagnosed yesterday. I started on the path of connecting the dots in Nov 2015. But my body has been fighting it for years longer than that. Fighting mostly on the quiet. Feeling terrible but masking it well. 2018 now and a myriad of health issues later, I feel the need to remove the mask. To say I feel shite most days and horrendous many. I suppose being diagnosed with this silent disease of pandemic proportion, brings a form of relief as well as understanding. I'm finally able to start living the rest of my Life - As It Is.

Those health issues, in the last 18 months alone, include a hysterectomy, three breast lumps (all drained), continual bloating, nausea, ocular shingles, Glandular Fever, countless colds, coldsores, a body overrun with candida, Chronic Fatigue, muscle aches, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, starting each day with a hangover (when no alcohol has been touched), psychological crap, anxiety, short term memory loss, being unable to concentrate, losing my train of thought, words coming out as mumbo jumbo, having blurred vision, endless screaming tinnitus - and I mean both endless and screaming, balance issues, nerve tingling and numbness. I think that's it? It ain't pretty. And I've lived like this since I was pregnant with Esme, that'll be ten years.

It's just making sense. No wonder it's a relief.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Picturing Life As It Is

Back to it officially - feeling quite cheery about it too. Lovely office flowers courtesy of yellow sticker reductions - 70p - love a bargain! Happy New Year one and all. Let's make it a good one!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The GraceFaith year long art project...

...A collection of artwork by the girls

Esme received Henna from Father Christmas, and a book on how to do designs. Here is her first attempt - which she painted on herself this week. I think she did very well.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

51/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year

Going crackers! Quite literally as I've come to the end of 2017 and realised my week for this post is dated as the 51st. Scanning back I appear to have featured weeks 27 and 28 twice. Or was that 37 and 38? Don't suppose it matters now - out with the old and in with the new. Except, I'm not planning on keeping a continuous record of the children's art each week over 2018. At nine and six, they don't produce as much as they once did, preferring to spend time on other stuff they enjoy. Alas, the children are growing up. I will of course endeavour to record any other special creations here on this blog - mainly for them to look back on one day, much further down the line. In the meantime, Happy New Year!

Sunday, 24 December 2017