A, what I call, Bad Spell

So the last couple of days my health has declined a bit. I’ve had a what I call ‘bad spell’. (A bit of a Miranda reference there haha)

This is where my chest tightens up (well it feels like that anyway), and I get an uncomfortable feeling in my chest and stomach accompanied by nausea and sometimes pain. I struggle to do anything, including concentrate on the simplest of tasks.

In the past, a bad spell would include me staying in bed all day sleeping and just staring at the ceiling hoping that I’ll feel better soon. More recently, I have managed to get out of that habit during a bad spell. Despite hardly sleeping the previous night, I force myself to get up, out of bed, and go downstairs. I limit myself to what I do, in fact some people may see it as me being lazy – but I’m not! It’s just something I have to do if I want to have the bad spell last no more than a day. (That’s another thing – these ‘bad spells’ used to last almost a week – now they normally last a day!)

So yes, these ‘bad spells’ are almost becoming no more – I hope –

This issue started back in 2013, and at the time I was in the middle of having multiple surgeries (which I will probably explain in the next blog post) . These operations somehow affected my oesophagus. When I say “affected” I mean – and if I’m honest, I’m not quite sure of the reason why – my lower part of the oesophagus (the valve that connects it to the top stomach) tightened so that things struggle to go down as well as come up. Originally, I started having OGDs (a gastroscopy/endoscopy – a surgical procedure requiring a camera and balloon being put down the oesophagus and inflating the balloon to stretch it open). These procedures worked for some time but eventually had no effect on me whatsoever. So now I just, well let the symptoms ride really. I’m learning to live with it. It’s the best I can do at this stage.

Anyway, I’m starting to feel better now. Yesterday I just rested and took things nice and easy, meaning last night I slept better and I felt better in myself today – well better for me that is.

I said I’m going to finish off every blog post with a quote, so here’s today’s quote. There’s a lot of truth to it I think – especially in my case! 🙂

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain” – unknown

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