Three weeks ago I woke up, went to get out of bed and veered violently to the right. With FND, my body can make some interesting moves, but this was a new one. I was unable to sit up or even transfer into my wheelchair. I had completely lost my sense of balance, my head hurt, I felt sick and I was utterly exhausted. My GP came out and diagnosed viral labyrinthitis, an inner ear infection. She prescribed medication to help with the acute phase and warned me that the illness was unlikely to mix well with my FND.
In the days that followed, I slept (a lot), tried to eat what I could, cuddled Bertie and Bella, my feline friends, and generally rode through time. I’ve now reached the point in my recovery when I’m able to return to my usual practices that help support my health and well-being. In a series of mini posts, I am going to share an aspect of self-care each day this week, starting with a look back at my self-soothing kit.
‘What Do I Need? A Technique for Self-Care’ – how mindfulness helps me to be aware of and meet my needs.
‘Self-Soothe’ – an introduction to my self-soothing kit and how it particularly helps me during my most challenging times.