First of all, Happy New Year to everyone! As always, I am glad to be taking part in the monthly writing prompts on A Chronic Voice. The prompts this month are as follows:
I ended 2022 with my customary look back at what went well, what didn’t go so well and what I have learned during the year. It can be easy to overlook some seemingly small triumphs when you live with chronic illness. “Routine” things, such as cooking healthy meals from scratch or managing to go on a short, daily walk, that might not seem extraordinary to anyone else take on additional significance when they represent a challenge for us to complete. So, in summarising the year, I feel it’s important to give ourselves credit for showing up each day and getting through another year living with health struggles.
The last week of 2022 saw me crossing over to using my new journal for 2023. I’m a real stationery addict and so this is something I look forward to and I enjoy spending time transferring information over to the fresh, clean pages of my latest journal at the end of each year. My journal isn’t just a place to record appointments and to do lists, but also somewhere where I write down the books I’ve read, hopes and goals for the year and my bucket list. For me, nothing says “new year” quite like a new journal!
I am still experiencing a lot of back pain and am under the care of a specialist spinal physiotherapist to see if it is possible to better align my spine and get it moving in a smoother way. I have exercises to do each day but am not always the best at actually doing them, despite knowing that I really need to in order to help myself. And so in 2023 I am going to try and create a habit and use the habit tracker in my journal to see if this will help me make these mobilisation exercises part of my daily routine.
During 2022, I spent a lot of time decluttering the house either selling items on eBay or donating them to charity as I wanted to repurpose the spare room into a space I can use for exercises and also for writing. This time last year, the room was essentially a store room but it now looks an inviting and relaxing room to make use of. My husband has had to rebuild some furniture and storage units that we had packed away years back as we didn’t have space for them. It has been a lot of work but I am pleased with the result.
I am still suffering with some lingering effects of Covid. Just before Christmas, I went for a blood test and ECG at my doctor’s surgery to investigate the symptoms. I’m expecting the results this week although I do feel that the issues are Covid related. So from this, I am also expecting further follow up and perhaps a referral to a long Covid service.