Reflecting that most of my posts recently have been marketing/business posts. So thought it was about time I wrote a personal post as it’s been a long time since I have done so.
2012 for me is summed up in these words “year of the throat ulcer”. January was a tough month for a number of reasons and I suspect was the reason that I was slightly run down when February arrived! After a great weekend in Yorkshire for half term with family my daughter got a bad cold and not long after my throat started to hurt! I assumed I had caught my daughter’s cold. But no it was the first of many throat ulcers.
Mouth ulcers are painful but I have discovered they have nothing on the throat ulcer! The pain is throbbing like a constant drill which then affects your ear. The pain never leaves you. It’s with you 24/7. The only way to get through is pain relief and hope for sympathy from family and friends which I was lucky to have!
My first throat ulcer lasted two weeks and was followed by weeks of mouth ulcers which finally disappeared just before my birthday! This was then followed by a week’s respite when I thought I was finally getting better before the throat ulcer returned with re – newed vigour just before the Easter holidays! This time it decided to stay not just for the two-week break but for an additional week just for added fun!
My second throat ulcer has finally gone. As with the first it left behind some mouth ulcers! Less painful though this time. I am now though ulcer free again and feeling much better with more energy back again. But must admit given what happened last time and what I have been told by the Doctor I am very aware they could be back.
As yes I have been to the Doctors in the past few weeks and have been tested for lots of things. Delighted to say that all tests were negative. Apart from the fact that my blood count is very low and it all points to a virus.
My Doctor is a very helpful person who is happy to spend time giving you advice and what you really want from your GP when you’ve not been sleeping and are in constant pain sympathy! What I really appreciated though was he advised me to look at herbal remedies too! So I’ve taken Echinacea and honey and eating even more fresh fruit and vegetables than usual! And he made me realise that taking time out is not a sign of weakness. It’s what you need to do when your body is fighting a virus! So thanks to him.
Thanks too to all my family and friends who must have been bored rigid with my moans! Special thanks to my mum and dad who were always at the end of the phone to make me smile! To my walking friends. To my colleagues who held the fort. But most of all to my husband! We have been married nearly 20 years this June. And what he has taught me this year is it’s not the extravagant gestures that count as nice as they are. It’s the little things! Over the last few weeks he has done the school run, let me take time out. And bought Manakua honey home, rushed out to buy Echinacea tea and pills and kept me supplied with throat sweets even when I hadn’t asked for them. A rock.
So hoping that this is the end of the virus and as we move into warmer weather. The throat ulcers will be gone for good. But it has taught me lots of things as every challenge does. And it does give me great respect for people who have far worse medical conditions than a virus and for far longer. Such as Sarah Heney who suffers from lupus and on a daily basis I read her Facebook page and have such admiration and respect for her. She is currently raising awareness for Lupus as May is Lupus awareness month!
So I dedicate this blog to Sarah. She faces challenges on a daily basis but is an inspiration on how to always look on the bright side of life!