In response to the Daily Prompt Post
I think i’m relatively independent.
You see regular readers of this blog would have read my “Achievements” post, and thought – how the heck did I make it through all that ?
For those who didn’t – I’ll sum it up in seven words
Arrested Hydrocephalus, Mild Cerebral Palsy, Ankylosing Spondylitis
For those not medically trained, I have a shunt to regulate the pressure in my head – led to some balance and co-ordination problems – and some major league headaches. The cerebral palsy means I walk a bit funny – and the Spondylitis ? well that’s doing its best to fuse the bones in my back.
As for the pressure in my head – anybody moaning they’ve got a headache can quite happily swap theirs with mine…I have a ‘bad day’ – I get the symphony orchestra, the fireflies and the loaded cannons – leading to me being very ill and paying a visit to porcelain patty
On that day – The Computer i’m typing at gets switched off, all entertainment devices are switched off and i’m restricted to my bed.
If the pain isn’t terrible – i’ll attempt to sleep it off – aided by prescription painkillers…If the gremlins are playing up though – i’ll be paying a visit to the quack and taking it from there.
A few weeks ago – it was so bad – the Surgeons had me in to monitor my headaches – so I was attached to a drip and a pressure monitor at the local hospital – and eventually a meeting with the neurological team and an operating theatre – where another monitor was attached and the surgeons took a look at my head.
They changed my medication – and said I could go home.
So my three little conditions have become my permanent friends…they’re there wherever I am and wherever I go…and on the day one or two of them decide to niggle me – Mum and Dad tell me to take it easy till they’ve stopped having their tantrums.