My year has been pretty shit with the whole benefits thing but my health has really taken a dive this past year and all the stress hasn’t helped with that.
I keep looking back at all the things I did last summer and I feel sad because this years been a wash out. It’s been a mixture of being ill and having no money to do anything.
Yes last year I fractured 5 bones but I had a great time. Other then the fractures my health wasn’t that bad, it was manageable.
Being off the methotrexate has definitely caused most of the issues but I was put in a catch 22 situation. I either carried on taking methotrexate and just put up with the vomiting all the time or I stopped and chanced it. I chose the latter mainly because I had zero quality of life, I was sick at least twice and month and each time it would take me a few days to recover from it. It wasn’t pleasent at all and this had been going on for 2 years and I’d just had enough.
So last November I think, I decided enough was enough and I stopped it. Not really knowing what the knock on effect would be, so I chanced it. After all its better then vomiting twice a month.
The consequences of me stopping the methotrexate have been constant and horrific sinus infections, which often led to chest infections on top of that and its been a huge struggled to get it under control as I’m allergic to loads of antibiotics and one stopped working, another one gave me lots of side effects.
I stopped my antibiotics last week because of the horrible side effects, so I’m just winging it at the moment in hopes it doesn’t rear its ugly head again. But so far so good and I think its the longest I’ve been off antiobiotics this year and felt fairly ok.
Having a chronic illness is frustrating and unpredicatable, which is the worst thing because I can never say for certain how I’m going to feel until the day and how I’m going to feel after a certain activity, for example doing the housework. Some days it wipes me out for the rest of the day and other days I’m still able to carry on with my daily activies, it just depends.
I had a steroid injection in my knee again before I went up to London a week or so ago now and by now the swelling should have gone down but it hasn’t and the knee joint is bulging out still. It’s still quite painful most of the time but I’m waiting to see a physio about my kneecap. So I’m undecided about whether to wait for that appointment or make an appointmet to see my GP about it…This is my life lol! Organising what doctor to see about what and how long do I wait? Do I wait until it’s so painful I can’t walk? or go now when its just about bareable.. ARGH! Maybe I’ll chase up what’s going on with the appointment with the Physio, so I can make an informed decison.
So yeah, I’ve really struggled to keep well this year. No matter what I did nothing helped and there’s only so much resting I can do before I want to blow my brains out.
As you can imagine all of this has had a knock on effect on my mental health, because I’ve ended up being quite isolated, lonely and really depressed. I’ve even felt suicidal, with thoughts of self harm and one self harm incident. Yes that was a culmination of the benefit saga too but its all relevent. It just sucks! I wouldn’t wish my life on anyone.
I’ve kinda lost concentration now and the flow of what I was writing. So I’m going to take a break and wrap this up for now.