So I’ve had a couple people just ask me, how are you? In short – I’m doing as well as I can be with a VP shunt in my head! I’ve had a couple trips to Beaumont hospital for checkups, and everything is working as it should. I don’t unfortunately yet feel any benefit from the shunt surgery, but it is early days and I’ve a feeling Sigourney the Shunt needs some adjusting. She’s being scanned next week 🙂
When you have a chronic illness, it can become very overwhelming trying to deal with it. I do, however, look at it from a simple perspective – a) look after your overall health and b) treat one symptom at a time. Also c) don’t book a bunch of medical appointments all in a row. I went to 4 appointments in 4 consecutive days and by the end of it, didn’t want to look at another hospital or clinic ever again. Pace yourself!
People often ask me how I lead a “normal life” with all this stuff going on. My answer is – who the heck has a normal life anyway, and wouldn’t be all boring if we were all normal? Yes, I spend quite a lot of time on self-care, but I also spend time with my friends & family, I spend time studying and doing tutorials, going for walks, going to Dun Laoghaire library (love it) and soon will be spending time fixing up.. my HOUSE! I’ll be effed if I’m going to hang around waiting to feel better. Life goes on, I got goals to achieve, shunt or no shunt, migraine or no migraine. House-buying is a big life goal. So I’m doing it. I’m really enjoying college too, and I try to go to interesting seminars – as well as speaking at one. Yup, I spoke at a Medical Cannabis Symposium at Limerick University recently. My first foray into public speaking, and I thought I’d not enjoy it, but I did. Hugely! I met so many wonderful people there, including Vera Twomey. I can’t say enough good things about her, her positive attitude is infectious.
I think it’s important to surround yourself with the right people. If someone doesn’t bring you joy, support, happiness, friendship – why have them in your life. I’m so lucky that I get to meet people like Vera, so I can hand on my heart say that not being particularly well this year, having had some serious brain surgery… has brought about both change and opportunity that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Onwards and upwards!
P.S. here’s me spouting forth about Medical Cannabis @ Limerick Uni. Simon Harris can eat my shorts. But that’s for another post.. 😀