Some challenges in life hit us so hard, as we never saw them coming. Such challenges don't allow us the luxury of preparing ahead of time. They give no warning. They simply arrive! My "acute" spinal collapse , would prove to be one of the hardest challenges I have ever faced, and I've documented a … Continue reading Hard Work In Hospital
It was 3am Tuesday morning, 7th September, 2021. I desperately needed to go to the bathroom, so I rolled out of bed, the way physiotherapists had always shown me to do. I reached for my awaiting crutch and made it to the ensuite, not without pain, with my usual pain. I got back into bed … Continue reading An Acute Life Changing Chapter
My beautiful Dad passed away 5 months ago. The initial weeks after his passing saw me encompassed in raw grief. The kind of grief constantly creeping up on you, and opening the flood gate of tears, when you least expect it. The kind of grief where you grapple to make sense of it all. When you … Continue reading It’s Father’s Day…..”Good Grief!”
Every now and again it’s really good to stop and take stock. Stress is the last thing those of us with Chronic Illness need. It only enhances our pain and symptoms. Time To Step Aside For A While As my readers know my health continues to deteriorate and as a result I'm incredibly exhausted. I … Continue reading Stepping Aside For September
Life isn't always fun. It will always have highs and lows. Times when we are ecstatic. Times when we are happy. Times when we are content. Times when we are melancholy. Times when we are bored. Times when we just have to deal with drudgery. I'm sitting in the "dealing with drudgery" category at the … Continue reading Dealing With Daily Drudgery
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.Louisa May Alcott (Author of "Little Women") I always think we have a choice when faced with "storms of life". We can bunker down and wait for the storm to pass, or we can continue to live, albeit with impediments, and find a … Continue reading Sailing Through Storms
In 2020, I launched a new venture....my Podcast Medical Musings With Sam. Firstly I want to thank you all so much for your support. This has been one of the most rewarding, emotionally challenging adventures, I’ve ever tackled. Why? I think because it’s caused me to really go down memory lane in a way I wasn’t … Continue reading Listen To Your Own Story
I thought I was pacing at a level which couldn't possibly get any slower. My last blog post gave you a Peek Through My Window Of Pain. It details how slowly I need to move, how limited my physical functionality is. Despite my limitations, I have been comfortable with my daily routine, with my ability … Continue reading My Burst Bubble Of Contentment
I never imagined feeling so excited about receiving an email with the subject header: "Your Wig Is On It's Way" I am, surprisingly, incredibly excited. It's time to embrace what has been one of the most challenging consequences of my chronic illness. Last year I began to face significant hairloss. To say it was confronting … Continue reading Wig On It’s Way!
I've decided one of the hardest things, about being medically retired, is working out what day of the week it is! Every morning I wake up and need to look at my phone, or the pain medication dispenser on my bedside table, to work it out. If it's the day after my medication dispenser has … Continue reading What Day Is It?