I haven't been well. Thankfully I haven't been ill enough to warrant a hospital stay but fatigue and pain have forced a cessation of most, if not all online activity of late while persistent aches, tremors and stiffness in limbs have been a considerable obstacle to attending or completing many obligations. Sleep eludes me, concentration evades me and short walks have become treks to recover from.
There seems no rhyme nor reason to it. It has refused to present warning signs to let me know I shouldn't plan anything later nor has it done me the favour of being consistent enough to allow me judge my abilities and therefore plan activities for the day. It comes and goes. Similar to Longfellow's little girl, when it's bad, it's horrid.
Thankfully those lovely people at the Health Service Executive, having heard my symptoms, scanned my vitals, tested my reflexes and judged my complaints severe enough to warrant the attention of a Consultant have given me a date where I had nothing planned anyway and will be happy to attend. I pencilled it in this morning.
That's right - May 28, 2009. I quite like the letter which finishes saying
"Please arrive for your appointment at your allocated time. Failure to do so will lead to overcrowding and delays."Ah that's where the delay is.
Still, I'm feeling better recently. I'm back to blogging today, facing the real world soon. A positive mental attitude and support of friends has been a big help. I feel I'm getting better, unlike our Health Service which seems to be suffering a disease far worse than anything I could have. I'm just glad it's not life threatening and pity those with diagnoses that need urgent assistance.
The appointment is that morning. Anyone free for a coffee or pint after? :o)