Thursday, 3 September 2009
Wheelchair - to use or not??
Martin and I had a week off work last week and I have to say that it was a real joy.
We were able to relax and enjoy each others company.
We went down to Bournemouth at the beginning of the week, partly to visit some of Martin's family, but also to go and visit the Bournemouth air show. It was a lovely day out on Bournemouth beach. The planes were absolutely awesome and we got some wonderful photos, as you can see!!
The only down side to the day, was the fact that I hadn't taken a wheelchair. We ended up walking quite a long way and that caused me quite a bit of pain. By the time we got back to the park & ride bus, I could hardly walk. It has made me realise that maybe I need to get a wheelchair for occasions like that. I am coming across situations like that more and more, so maybe it is time to be realistic, instead of burying my head in the sand!!
I am also struggling using my crutches, at the moment. Because I am still experiencing a lot of pain in my right hand and arm. I am finding that it is hurting me to use my crutches for too long. The pressure I put on that hand is causing additional pain to me, so using a wheelchair would help alleviate that.
I haven't returned to work yet. It is disappointing, but I am coming to the conclusion that it is the best thing for me, right now. I have been finding, that going to work has been quite stressful and I know that stress doesn't go well together with MS!!
It is difficult to come to these realizations and for everyone it will be different. I have found it quite tough to think about things like using a wheelchair and resting to help conserve my energy.
I guess it is actually coming to terms with the fact that I have a chronic illness, that has changed my life. It is about dealing with that in the best way possible and finding ways to give myself the best quality of life that I can.
Everyone will deal with these issues in their own time and for some it will be easier to deal with than others. For me, I think it is taking a bit longer than I would like!!
I hope everyone enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend and remain happy and stress free!!