Monday, 31 December 2012

Here we are again..

It's time for the 'End of the Year' post.

I think this has been a very odd year for me. 2011 was a brilliant, exciting year. Lots of things happened in work and my private life. Plus I had a wonderfully flare-free year. It's hard to follow that!

2012 has been a good year. Not exceptional but solidly good. And what more can you ask for really? I got the amazing opportunity at the start of the year to travel to Peru. It was really an adventure.
I had a pesky flare around the same time but once that got under control in June I have enjoyed the most symptom free 6 months since the start of my illness. So that's also a good thing to be thankful for.

I'm feeling some aches and pains starting up the last couple of weeks and I hope they're short lived, but as always - we shall wait and see!!!

Despite all the good things, I'm feeling a bit off. I've been reading up on it and it is apparently quite normal to feel a bit down in your mid-late 20s. Something about finishing with formal education and starting grown up life and working out who you actually are and what your goals are.

I don't really make resolutions as I'm really bad at keeping them. Instead I sort of reflect and try and set small goals for myself which are easier to achieve. My goals so far are to keep being involved in the community garden and to try to go back to exercise. Also to try to find more time for myself and doing the little things that make me happy.

That's it really, wishing you all a happy, prosperous and healthy 2013!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Eye exam

I've just come back from my annual eye test which I need to check that the hydroxychloroquine I take for my RA isn't building up in my eyes affecting my vision. Thankfully everything is fine, both with the drug and my general vision too. No glasses needed (surprising, considering how long I spend staring at computers)!

It's so great to know that I can continue on my meds and that there are no adverse effects from taking them. It's sometimes worrying to be on daily medication, especially so young, but good to know I'm being monitored closely.

Also, as always I feel grateful for the good care provided to me for free by the NHS. So lucky to have this service!

Monday, 3 December 2012

3 years

Oh my, how time flies. It was my 3 year RA-nniversary on Saturday. I think I also started this blog not that long after. I can't believe how quickly these few years have gone by. Must be getting old?!