It is amazing how many times I have heard the phrase “Your health is your wealth” – and have promptly glazed over it. Is it because up to date I have been blessed with such good health? Amazing how presumptuous of us to believe ill-health should never darken our door!
Over the past few weeks, I have learned such important lessons about health. I have such a different outlook on pain now and of the people who we rely on to treat it. We can all worry about things which may never happen – (and what a waste of time that is) – but the real crisis’ in life usually hit us on any given Tuesday afternoon when we least expect it! For no apparent reason – one such Tuesday – my immune system started to attack my own white blood cells. What a ridiculous notion of a disease. It is called Erythema Nodosum (Vasculitis) and is possibly more painful than labour (at least labour gives you a breather in between contractions whereas the inflammation of connective tissue, does not!)
But, the whole experience set in motion a long list of people and things that I am grateful for and that I am seeing in a completely new light!
I am grateful for doctors (the wonderful consultant at Bantry General Hospital in particular) who knew exactly what he was looking at and how to go about treating it! Within a couple of hours of taking the medication, the pain subsided for the first time since April Fool’s day!
|My right leg was swollen to almost three times the size of the left leg just before treatment. Even fabric could not touch the leg it was that sensitve.|
I am grateful for the pharmacist who had the medication I needed right there – available and waiting. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for someone in a third world country who may not have the immediate access to the painkillers and medications that I have.
I am grateful for the information at my fingertips, for broadband and the ability to read. Although I terrified myself by being able to Google my syndrome and find out everything I would want to know about it, I had the option of educating myself further. I frightened myself even further by looking up the possible side-effects of my medications (steroids and blood thinning agents) – in this instance, ignorance can be bliss!
I am grateful for the
|The purple spots are where the deeper veins were rupturing! There was concern about blood clots – oh how spooky – hope this never happens again. Alas, Google tells me I will always have it, it may go dormant, but will always be present!|
I am grateful for my family – each and every one of you – both near and far who have helped me along the way with words of encouragement and support. Grateful too for all my little children who spoil me with back rubs and head massages to ease my aches and for trying so hard to be good and not fight with each other.
I am also humbled and ever grateful for the wonderful friends I have – always there with a ready text, a friendly face, a helping hand. The offers of help and well-wishing have left me with a feeling of warmth near my heart that even my hot-water bottle can’t compete with Thank you to all of you – who have been so very fabulous during this chapter of my year – I think the world of each one of you! xx