Hi folks. This will be a fairly quick update, as it's late and I didn't get any sleep last night. I thought I had posted about
Christmas Day already, but I hadn't. Long story short: It went okay >_>. I did go a bit mental with the Lyrica (think that's its brand name) and codeine (I took 2 pills of each), which perhaps helped explain why. The pills also helped a lot with my Crohn's, which was an unexpected relief. Unfortunately I'm back to normal now, as there is no way my GP will prescribe me that much codeine or Lyrica, or indeed either at all. Anyway, the day went well. Dinner was nice and even my family didn't irritate 7 bells of hell out of me.
Boxing Day was quiet, just watched a couple of films with my mum and brother. Why are ghost stories so bad nowadays? We watched a ghost story which trotted out every single cliche of the genre at least 30 times each, because it's bound to be even scarier on the 30th go, m i rite?
On the 27th I went with my mum and my brother to my aunt's house. It started off loud and ascended to ear-splitting, as more people arrived. There was music, but it was not the music: no music could drown out this lot. They are the loudest people known to man. There is no conversation that they can't bellow out at top volume. Everyone in that house is also a fanatical Brexiter and I think I heard every Brexit cliche that night too. Fortunately I'd had enough alcohol by then to mellow me a bit. It's a weird situation because my aunt has been quite kind to me, but I do feel like I'm living on a different planet to my family (excluding my mum and brother) - I just have nothing in common with any of them.
On the 28th the Christmas excesses finally caught up with me and I had a day of feeling wretched. I even had a fever, probably Crohn's-related. Used to get them all the time, but since surgery that's the one symptom I rarely have anymore. It's just everything else which is awful.
Oh yeah, also saw my GP for the first time in a year! (Don't ask me why, otherwise I will go into a long and bitter spiel about
the not-fit-for-purpose appointments system and it's too late for that.) She is really good though, I have to say. I got my blood test results back and found out I have anaemia and elevated TSH. Need an iron infusion and my levothyroxine has been increased to 125mcg. I also asked about
a little-known antidepressant called Valdoxan - I don't think it is available in the US, but it did sound quite promising when I googled it. I think my GP would have prescribed it to me if she could, but apparently GPs are not allowed to prescribe it, so I'll have to get in touch with the mental health team at my local mental health centre. I hope I do not see the same useless, patronising doctor that I saw last time, as I did not like her.
Phew. That's about
it. Didn't do much yesterday apart from wreck my foot. Oh yes. Forgot about
I banged my foot into a table leg by accident. It was excruciatingly painful for a minute or two, then I laid down on the sofa and forgot about
it. Didn't notice it again until I had to dash to the toilet... It didn't look that bad, but it was *really* painful to walk on. I worried I might have a fracture instead of a sprain. But today, it was easier to walk around the flat. Yay! Then I put on my shoes to walk to the supermarket, which is literally a 5 minute walk if that. I had to turn back halfway, it was that painful - even undoing the laces didn't do anything. Nooo!
I'm meant to be going out with my mum and brother tomorrow. Even driving will be difficult, judging by this. But by hook or crook I'm going, even if I have to dose up with painkillers and wear sandals and look like a weirdo in January. Really don't want to spend another day doing nothing in my flat.
Anyway, that's my update. Super exciting isn't it? <_<.
I want to go to bed now, which doesn't leave me any time to answer your questions and this post is probably already long enough, really. But I would like to say something before I go.
@Karen - Your dog sounds stressed. She is both young and a German Shepherd and German Shepherds are a high energy breed. I am not saying it would solve every problem she has, but I do think exercise would almost certainly help. I know it is hard for you to get out, but would you consider hiring a dog walker to walk her? Is there anywhere she can run around, like a field or a park? Does she have toys to play with at home, bones to chew? Sorry for all the questions; I'm just trying to help you help her feel better.
Okay, I'd better go now. I'll let you know how tomorrow and my foot went :p Goodnight, everyone.