What a week! Parts of Australia, in South East Queensland and New South Wales, are experiencing catastrophic flooding. It's due to an extreme, unpredictable weather system we are calling a "rain bomb". One reporter said the rain was of "biblical" proportion and I have to agree. I was lying in bed listening to it's intensity … Continue reading Just Because It’s Over, Doesn’t Mean It’s Over
We all know the saying; "When life gives you lemons, use them to make lemonade" It conjures up the notion of strength, determination, optimism, resourcefulness, resilience. All characteristics I've drawn on to deal with the "chronic illness lemons" continuously thrown at me. My lemons often feel like tennis balls in one of those practice machines. … Continue reading Let’s Make Some Lemonade!
You know the feeling of needing a holiday. Time away from your own life realities, if even for a few days. You are probably exhausted from work, life events, health issues, end of year fatigue and numerous other reasons. My list of reasons for needing a holiday is not short! A Year To Forget 2021 … Continue reading A Holiday At Home – My Very Own Bed and Breakfast
Some dates are forever etched in our memories. I have a few but one is a day I will never forget October 6th 2014. It was the day my femur broke. It was a life changing day. A day that would start me on a journey with a rare bone disease, so rare that even Specialists … Continue reading One Step, Two Steps…..Will There Be A Third?
I love life's little challenges. I love problem solving and turning obstacles into opportunities. I love putting a positive spin on what would otherwise be a very negative situation. I've always done this, both in my personal and my working life. So, chronic disease really wasn't going to change my approach to finding a way … Continue reading The Non Negotiable Chronic Illness Rule
We all have moments in life when we hit a brick wall physically and perhaps mentally. It happens to the healthy and chronically ill alike. I remember in my "healthier" life, I'd get to the end of my working week and I'd be exhausted. It was a normal exhaustion. The kind where you just needed … Continue reading Running on Empty – Do Not Pass “Go”
I'm a week post L4/L5 laminectomy and decompression surgery. I've been home from hospital for 5 days and the road to recovery has begun. Well sort of. I really feel like I'm still in survival mode. My Surgeon tells me we did the right thing proceeding with this surgery. My spinal cord was severely compressed … Continue reading The Spinal Surgery Recovery Road
A week ago I posted a picture on Facebook of my first outing on my mobility scooter to our local Westfield Shopping Centre. It was a momentous occasion. The adrenalin of being able to move more than 50 metres kicked in and before we knew it 90 minutes had passed. It was a lovely afternoon and … Continue reading A Leap Too Far
One thing we can guarantee when living with a chronic disease is that we will always be changing plans. My extra cleaning activities this week have rendered my legs useless. I too easily forget that I'm only 10 weeks into a 6 month recovery from major surgery & that time frame is based on someone … Continue reading Change of Plans
I'm nearly 4 weeks post surgery and this time around seems so much harder than all the others. I think the main reason for that is because I was only 8 weeks post surgery on my broken leg when I had this rod inserted into the other leg. Having 2 legs with titanium rods from … Continue reading 4 week and counting