Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and all the best for a healthy 2015.

I’m not feeling so healthy at the moment, which has been reflected in my shortage of posts this month. For the first time in years I haven’t made my own Christmas cards or worked on Christmas stock to sell. I’ve been busy with a couple of projects - finishing a vintage-style sailor suit costume commissioned by a friend, and making air-dry clay snowflake ornaments and cookies for the SwingStreet crew’s 2014 thank you presents - and doing some organisation at home, but aside from that, I’ve not been doing an awful lot since I got back from Australia. In conversation with my Dutchman yesterday after two fibro episodes in as many weeks, as well as a cold and a stomach bug, I realised that I’m still recovering from the trip.

It’s strange how a chronic illness with all of its static and persistent symptoms can still be a roller-coaster journey. Once triggers are understood and symptom management is working, there are little surprises that keep popping up, and these can really test the mettle. This extended ‘bounce back’ time from our big trip is one of those things, and I’m resolving to be kinder to myself and listen to my body to continue the recovery.  I’m learning now that winter here can have strong impacts on my mobility, and that ’normal' sleeping patterns just aren’t for me (hello, 4am tv!). Going outside might only happen once a week, and keeping communication up is very difficult. I feel a real need to hibernate, to really shut down and do not much at all, and am thankful for my wonderful husband and special friends that support me in doing so. That said, I’m also taking steps to ensure I don’t become a winter hermit! There’s a tanning salon at the end of the street that will be graced with my pasty skin in the next couple of weeks for a good dose of UV, and tomorrow I’m looking forward to a New Year’s Day stroll through the Vondelpark with my Dutchman.

So, no resolutions from me. No pressure. Just warm wishes for a gentle and cosy start to the New Year.

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