I had a terrible day yesterday. I have been feeling progressively more unwell since the top of the year and yesterday was the worst day yet. I woke up with a very sore and achy body, a banging headache, swollen glands in my neck and round the back of my head, an intense swelling under my ribs…. awful start to the day. I struggled on and got through the day, heading to bed feeling like someone had been battering me all day with a baseball bat.
The night was no better – I woke up suddenly at 2.22am (from a hallucinatory dream, but that’s a different story!), and the house was just full of odd noises that put me on edge. I couldn’t get up because I felt so ill, but I couldn’t stay in bed because the noises were frightening me. I didn’t have it in my heart to wake Kevin up to go and investigate and it was only the pressure of nature’s call that eventually got me up. It took me ages to get to sleep again – I couldn’t get comfy and whichever way I lay the pressure pain was as bad as the rest.
I started today very slowly and it was about 11.30am by the time I had got myself up and showered and was downstairs to have my breakfast. My friend Phil rang me a bit later and said he was going for a walk in Saddleworth, did I want to go with him?
It was with a lot of trepidation that I said yes…. I didn’t really want to get dressed properly and I was scared that by walking the pain would get worse and all the rest, but I said yes anyway.
And boy am I glad I did!!! When you look at how bad things were yesterday and overnight last night, this afternoon couldn’t have been any bigger in contrast. We went to Dovestones Reservoir (a favourite place of mine anyway). The sky was blue, the snow was deep and crisp, the wind was cold, the scenery was breathtaking…in short it was stunning.
I really enjoyed breathing the cold, clear air. I relished the eye-watering cold wind on my face. I revelled in the feeling of being FREE in the sunshine, and I was filled with joy at just being by the water. In case you don’t believe me, here’s some pictures for you.
What a difference a day makes!!