In the past couple of weeks, since I suspended this blog to get a big writing project underway I have been sent several requests for me to resume it sooner than later. Apparently, different posts are really helping people and there are more people out there reading this than I knew. To those people who took the time to comment and ask me to continue again – thank you.
I won’t promise that it will always be daily but I’ll commit to writing several a week. I’m also going to go back over the older blogs and edit them for grammar and spelling. Some of them were written when I was very, very sick and that didn’t matter too me so much. Now it does, so I’ll correct it.
As for the big writing project: that is now underway and completely framed out so I’m comfortable that I can continue with both that and keep this Blog going at the same time. I also had a couple of offers from people who would like to write a guest Blog on here. Please use the contact form to let me know if that was you as I’d love to have you write some entries.
As for me, I’ve now been home from the hospital a few weeks and I’m starting to get into a good routine for me. I’m getting support from both my respirologist, my allergist, my GP, my psychiatrist and my psychologist. I have a pretty amazing team helping me take care of my mental and physical health.
That probable break that I wrote about a week or so ago, turned out to be a bad sprain and an old avulsion fracture.
However, all of this would be nothing without the help of some great friends in my life, old and new, who have been willing to stop wearing all scented products, not eat citrus at all and in a couple of occasions made their homes safe for me to visit so I’m no longer trapped by my own four walls. I have safe places to go. Consequently, I’ve felt better able to manage the risk of being in public a little more and have now attended two events at my local library. My thanks to the librarian and group leader who helped to accommodate my allergies so well.
As for my friend, who acts as a ‘service human’ in partnership with my service dog words fail me when I think about how much my new found freedom is possible at all because of her willingness to accompany me, check for scents and speak up on my behalf when I can’t safely do so myself.I am blessed and privileged to know her as a friend.
Oh, and the really good news is that I’m finally at the point in getting better where my employer is working with my disability insurance, my GP and I to agree a graduated return to work plan. Initially it will just be for 2 days a week as I still have to start and complete the respiratory rehab. program but hopefully I’ll be full time again within 2-3 months.I have to reserve my spoons as this will be such a big change after such a long time.
However, I will be working from home to accommodate my extreme allergies.
I am really looking forward to that after 10 months of being on medical/disability leave! I wonder what Kai (my service dog) will think about my going to work in my home office rather than at the University 🙂