1 Sep, 2021

Here we are again …

Hello again.  Back blogging, in a way.

In the DP world these last two weeks certainly allowed a lot of staring – see the last blog entry if you don’t understand that.  The walls the windows, the garden, all provided rest for the spirit.

TV, which I watch rarely these days, did the opposite.  The devastating events in Afghanistan and the deep shame that I feel our countries bear hit me hard, and probably many of you too.  For some time a Swedish friend has been helping Afghans to settle in her country, and a German friend the same in Berlin.  Those are lucky people but they must be utterly torn now to see what’s happened, and terrified for the fate of family and friends still there.  It was so painful that I watched even less TV than normal, reading the news briefly on the internet. Fortunately I wasn’t blogging.  Couldn’t have resisted throwing everything I could muster into rants.  Calm down, DP.

Sorry to say the body hasn’t been doing too well either.  The new non-MND-related health problem hasn’t gone.  The antibiotic might have cleared up the infection but it didn’t stop the actual problem.  I’m now on another drug which should be tackling it in a different way but which will take some time to work.  As a result I’m still being woken a number of times each night, the worst being nine, and each time brings risks of MND coughing and choking, so there’s been precious little sleep.

With MND/ALS weariness and now over two weeks of accumulating sleep deprivation this hitherto pretty strong 73-year-old body is feeling the strain.  It’s extreme exhaustion, and I’ve had to spend the last few days mainly in or on the bed.  Never had anything like it before. Even typing an email, now mostly one-handed regrettably, leaves me gasping.

It’s temporary we hope.  When good sleeps return, energy should return.

Friends, this blog was started so that I could say some hopefully interesting things about my life before the terminal illness terminated it. My health was to be just the backdrop, referred to occasionally to help me, you and others to understand how this cruel illness works.  I do hate making health ‘front of house’, so today’s entry is unusual.  It’s here today though to explain why I might not be too prolific for a while.  Or perhaps this type of entry will be more common, who knows?  All I can say is that optimism still reigns in the DP world, so I’ll leave it at that.  

Keep smiling.

9 Comments

  1. 🙋🏻‍♂️🙂🙋🏻‍♂️

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    • You are having such a tough time and are so stoic,hope the infection and cause clears up soon.lack of sleep always makes things worse

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  2. I am so glad you had the strength to make an entry, to let us know how you are. Like everyone else in the past two weeks, we have been thinking about you and hoping and praying you were doing alright, even if you are exhausted.
    So sorry things are so difficult, and pray you get some rest and relief.
    Maybe if you haven’t the energy to make a blog entry, perhaps the Wonder IT BlogMaster Himself could do it on your behalf occasionaly!
    Love and hugs…….

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  3. Good to see that you’re back blogging, David. I was worried for a while.

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    • Yes… echoing previous comments and sending virtual hugs. Do hope the sleep improves and maybe you can find some more congenial “viewing matter” Mastermind and University Challenge I find surprisingly restful as I am grateful that I am not having to answer the questions.

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  4. Glad you were able to get at least some rest. Hope the medication will knock out the infection and you’ll be able to sleep. You’re always in my prayers.

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  5. Always in my thoughts and l pray each day for you
    Love always xx

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  6. Glad to see your blog again I’ve been wondering how you are even more than usual over the past fortnight. I hope sleep returns soon and you wave goodbye to infection. Sending big hugs xx

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  7. So sorry to hear you have been struggling and do hope your sleep improves. It can be so debilitating. Thank you for making such a Herculean effort to stay in contact with everyone, we all so love hearing from you but don’t want you exhausting yourself in the process. Thinking of you often. Much Love Esme x

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