Friday, August 20, 2010

Lows and highs

The past week was seriously weird, a true rollercoaster.

A fatal traffic accident at the end of our road on Monday created drama and left everyone feeling shaken. In addition two friends have been seriously ill in hospital. Different hospitals and different reasons, but each another reminder of my own mortality.

It's just over a year since my diagnosis and I've been struggling with the anniversary. I'm no worse than I was this time last year, I'm actually significantly better, as I was in the throes of a major relapse back then. Looking at the overall picture there has been little significant deterioration. I am slowly learning to recognise my fluctuating symptoms and to listen to them, to accept my limitations. But it's not always easy.

On the upside, I've been out to see quite a few friends. Although Son 1 wasn't awaiting A level results, I've enjoyed hearing of his old schoolfriends getting university places. Son 1 is now motivated and doing well in his education, his turn will hopefully come. In the meantime he is working hard in a very worthwhile holiday and weekend job which he not only enjoys, but will look good on future applications.

Son 2 has been quite relaxed and enjoying the holiday, especially his playscheme sessions. We are now starting to gently remind him about his forthcoming transition to the further education unit and keeping our fingers tightly crossed.

5 comments:

Marianne said...

Hi Cathy, sorry to hear you have not had a great week. I hadn't realised you weren't well and sorry to hear that. Good to hear Son 1 is doing so well. Still struggling with my youngest, who still lives life on the edge and creates all sorts of dramas, but is somehow managing to hang on. I do love your favourite quote btw.

DJ Kirkby said...

Wow, that's a lot to think about. I'm glad to hear you are significantly better than this time last year.

Cathy said...

Marianne - you've been away too long, you missed all the drama last year! Son 1 is getting back on track, but is educationally two years behind his peers. That doesn't really matter, as he is catching up at college doing mainly BTEC vocational courses. The quote..do you mean the Yeats? I love it.

DJ - that's my life. There's even more I don't blog about. And thank you. :)

Anne Brooke said...

Sorry to hear about the friends and the accident - how terrible.

But good about how you yourself are at the moment - very positive indeed.

Hugs coming your way

Anne

Cathy said...

Thank you, Anne x