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Coming up to base-line

Posted Jun 19 2009 5:42pm

I've had a busy few days with a friend visiting and a visit to the hospital for an ultrasound scan on my kidney - which showed nothing as I knew it would.

I think I may be coming back up to base-line after weeks of pelvic infection and then recurrent urine infection. I've noticed that my rests restore me very quickly and I'm very aware when I'm due for a rest. My speech starts to slur and my thinking just stops over the space of a few minutes.

In between rests I've been managing light chores and, most important, I've been getting out of the house.

Where I live is very beautiful. I used to live and work in the suburbs of London under the Heathrow flight path. The noise, busyness and pollution all contributed to my stress. Not to mention the high rents and property prices. I've started to recover since I moved to the South West. I've found the support I need here too. The population is lower and services are not overwhelmed.

I live in a smallish market town not far from the coast. The coastline here is one of only six designated World Heritage Sites, it is that beautiful. People say I'm very lucky to live here but it was a deliberate move. I feel privileged to live here, not lucky.

I can't describe what it means to me to be recovering at last in this beautiful Spring and in this place. I feel an alertness and a strength in my body which has been absent for a very long time. I expect there will be a 'two steps back' but for the moment I'm enjoying the step forward.

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