I’m back from my Christmas break today. I’ve had three weeks out of the office and am still digesting the news from my haematology consultation – and what the future might look like now. Coincidentally I’m getting quite a lot of medical support at the moment. I’m now on the radar of the Neuro Rehab team and as well as haematology and neurology I have been getting help with physiotherapy, occupational health and speech therapy. I’ve also been going to counselling! I’m sure I will talk about all of these in future but today, I’ve got another physiotherapy appointment – with Sian at Callaghan House in Heywood.
Sian’s one of the two Neuro-Physios I’ve been seeing – the other one is a lady called Fiona – and I’m onto my fourth session today. I think their objective is to help improve my quality of life. I understand that by addressing my physical difficulties and decreasing my secondary suffering, my life will become more manageable. I’m not sure to what extent these difficulties can be ‘addressed’ – mine is a chronic, degenerative condition – although the last time I saw Sian we did set some goals suggesting that I might be able to improve on something. I said that in order to get more out of my time with the kids, I would like to ‘easily’ walk around Hollingsworth Lake in Littleborough. However after a failed walk in the hills with Elaine yesterday, I think I’ll change that to reaching Gaddings Dam from The Shepherds Rest in Todmorden.
The last time I saw Sian she had me walking up and down the room for six minutes. While I did this she scribbled down notes on my gait, stride pattern and balance. She said I was doing OK and accredited this in some part, to my yoga practice. Today she did the same, along with some balance work on the mat. She also set me homework, to take a flat walk around Hollingworth Lake, go to the gym and go for a swim!