Yesterday was spent journeying to and from St Bart's in London and spending four hours there. I have included a report on the day at the end of this blog. You don't have to read it if you are not interested in my private life, but as many people have asked that I let them know how I got on, I have included it for them.
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Inflammation is a problem most of us, and perhaps all of us, with these illnesses deal with. It can mean medications that are hard on the liver and digestive system, and after a while, those meds might stop working. That's the situation I find myself in, but I'm not out of options. Learn about the diet my rheumatologist put me on, below.
Also this week, little ways you can raise awareness of our illnesses and invisible illness in general.
Down in Featured Articles, I've included some information on our old nemesis - exercise.
Take care of yourself!
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I had an eventful day yesterday. Although the transport (which turned out to be an ambulance) was late, nothing was lost as a result. One gain was that on arrival at the hospital the road was closed with mounted police around, to make way for the marching band of Christ's Hospital followed by the whole school. Chris (my daughter) filmed it all on her mobile phone. According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ%27s_Hospital 'Links with the City and the Lord Mayor of London are maintained, with an annual parade through the City of London on St. Matthew's Day'. Today is St Matthew's day, so the feast was being anticipated to hold the procession on a school day. What timing!
The ambulance men kindly took me into the hospital by wheelchair. We were 45 minutes late but I was seen within 10 minutes for a sight test. At periodic intervals I was subjected to scans, photography, various 'scopes' to determine the problem and interviews with various people. There were no conclusive results but eye surgery was recommended. Some further tests are to be arranged. We were at St Barts for 4 hours and got home at 5pm. For the return journey I made use of the stretcher/trolley which was more comfortable than the seats!We celebrated Laura (my granddaughter)'s 22nd birthday (which was on 19th) with a family meal in the evening, including Michael (my son) who is spending the w/e with us. Laura and Steve announced the date of their pending wedding - 1st August 2015.
All good wishesStella
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