I was stopped by a gentleman in a coffee shop yesterday as I went to do a half-day shift reporting for ITV News.
“It’s brilliant to see you up and about and looking so well.”
I made my usual joke about wearing make-up on TV, but then got into a reasonably serious conversation to explain how I’d spent three days of the past week mainly in bed.
Today is another one of those days. I woke early this morning, around 4am, and spent til 8am on the sofa listening to podcasts. But, since then, I’ve been back in bed dozing on and off – generally wiped out.
It’s a gorgeous sunny day out there but I need the curtains closed and any stimuli ‘turned down’. I’ve just put the radio on, nice and quiet, and I’m laid in bed typing this blog post slowly onto my phone.
I thought it may be helpful to plot the good and not so good days of my week:
Sunday – out for breakfast, an afternoon and evening in bed
Monday – in bed all day
Tuesday – up and around in the morning, on the sofa for the afternoon and evening
Wednesday – a day at work
Thursday – a gentle morning, a coffee with a friend, an afternoon in bed
Friday – a coffee with a friend, a morning on the sofa, an afternoon at work
Saturday – in bed
This isn’t a pity party blog. It’s simply a rough sketch of the week just gone. And it’s fine. I’ve spent time with my husband. I’ve seen a couple of people for a cuppa and a natter. I’ve done a day and a half at work.
But I thought it worth sharing the other side of the smiley face I often show on TV and social media – and that it’s important to me to continually listen to my body to manage the symptoms of my ME.