After The Rain Has Gone

I love this metaphor I found on the interweb regarding changes in your life, it was written by  Tom Southern  who is a Copywriter, Blogging Coach and Writer..

“It’s like a river that’s flowed along peacefully for many years. Then suddenly, it rains heavily for 10 days and turns the river into a raging torrent, sweeping all away in its path. When the rain finally stops and the flood subsides, the old growth has gone and there’s a lot of new fertile land waiting to be farmed.” 

I can relate to that regarding my health, I cruised along quite happily for a long time. Then it bottomed out much to my horror. I have seen numerous medical professionals who gave a diagnosis but with no real forward plan, with the exception of the ME Clinic who helped me understand my illness and put me through a 12 week group programme with a Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist. After that I have always been referred back to my GP for ongoing support to treat symptoms as they arise.

That was until I met a fabulous Rheumatologist, who spent a long time both physically examining me and talking to me ~ a one hour appointment ran to a two hour appointment (apologies for those patients after me who had to wait an extra hour to be seen). After she had finished quizzing and examining me she came up with not only a diagnosis but also a plan.

So she diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia, Bilateral Achilles Tendinitis and Bilateral Trochanteric Bursitis. It was also made clear that this diagnosis is as well as, and not instead of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Depression and Diverticulitis.

The plan for me going forward, is mostly via a physiotherapist who I have been referred to, awaiting appointment. The treatments are specifically for local ultrasound treatment for the Achilles Tendinitis and Trochanteric Bursitis. Then to progress to be given specific stretching exercises for my hamstrings, Achilles Tendinitis and Trochanteric Bursitis. To have a graded exercise regime programme created, taking into consideration the effects it may have on my ME and so to start low and slow and increase in a way to not exacerbate a ME relapse. This regime is to include my quadriceps and core muscles to strengthen them. I am also to have hydrotherapy running alongside the above as an extra measure.

Once I have been through all the physiotherapy I am to then have one to one Pilates instruction to create a programme of exercise that will support my ongoing health plan but not exacerbate my health conditions. I have been told not to join a group class as I need to discuss and be taught specific exercises to suit me personally as many of the exercises taught to healthy people in a group class setting could potentially cause my body harm.

I have also been told my arches have fallen, sounds a bit dramatic, but my feet are almost flat down onto the floor. I have been instructed to throw away my beloved flip flops and am no longer allowed to wander wild and free barefoot around my home and garden. Instead I have to wear arch supporting trainers (attractive much). I have bought some arch supporting insoles for my Doc Martins though as no way am I getting rid of them!

I discussed with her my weight issue with her and she was very supportive of my mind coaching and hypnotherapy route towards reducing this.  In fact so much so that she asked for, and I gave, the name of my hypnotherapist, as she knew some of her patients would be interested in it.

The Rheumatologist concluded that she would discharge me from her care and onto my GP and the Physiotherapist to action her plan. However, she has said she will see me at any time in the future if my GP feels it necessary.

I feel as if I have been through the rain and raging torrent and am currently in the position where the rain has stopped and the flood is subsiding. I feel that when I start the physiotherapy I will fully be farming the fertile land. At the moment I am just trimming the edges and making a start with the mind coaching, hypnosis and weight loss.

So, my journey is just beginning. Who knows what the future will bring ~ hopefully a well maintained fertile landscape with a beautiful clear rainbow to boot!

Johnny Nash   I Can See Clearly Now ~ Lyrics

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
Oh, yes I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies
I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
Bright (bright), bright (bright)
Bright sunshiny day
It’s going to be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

Songwriters: KENNETH GAMBLE,LEON HUFF
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC,Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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