I'm only doing three instead of five, as it's becoming increasingly difficult to not repeat myself.
I'm aware from other people with similar conditions that they run into problems reading - the words move about, they can't focus and concentrate or it brings on headaches and the like. I couldn't be more grateful for the fact that this doesn't happen to me (touch wood).
I know myself well enough to recognise the fact I would go absolutely crazy if I couldn't retreat into a book whenever I needed to. There's nothing I love more in this world than a good book.
I'm lucky in that eighty percent of the time I manage to at least do a little bit of the workout I use. I struck gold in finding a workout that isn't just pure Pilates and incorporates a little bit from several other disciplines - stretches from a particular form of yoga (I forget which) and some moves from classical dance training. Through a mixture of grim determination and no small amount of pig-headed stubbornness I've kept going with it and if anything my overall flexibility is better now than it ever has been. The downside is I do find I have to do it as close to every day as possible to keep that flexibility and low pain level, but it's a small price to pay for comfort.
3. Day tripping
I can't do this very often any more, and nowhere near as much as I would like, but through careful planning I have managed a few trips since falling ill. The most recent excursion was to Chester to see friends, but also to tick off both my biggest loves: animals and in my own words "things that are a few thousand years old and have fallen over". I really recommend both the city itself and Chester Zoo. The partner in crime and I also managed days at Warwick Castle and Thorpe Perrow Arboretum in North Yorkshire. I miss the ability to wake up on a nice weekend and just throw things in the car and head off, but being able to do some things is always better than nothing.
(Roman Gardens, Chester.)
Day 26: What impact has this had on your friends, family, partner, parents etc?
I'm going to refer back to Day 4 as I've inadvertently answered this already:
30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 4