So a couple of weeks back we went away for a family holiday and we went to the Cotswolds - readers with long memories will recall that the Cotswolds was the place where I started to feel the beginnings of RELAPSE2012.
I must admit that I felt some trepidation but this time we were going with some support - Mrs Domino's parents and wider family. And it was great.
The weather was pretty, erm, British, but it didn't keep us indoors and despite that we spent a lovely week in a lovely part of the UK, walking about and looking at lots of lovely things. It was lovely.
We were close to Broadway, a place I mentioned before - if anything, there are EVEN MORE disabled parking spaces than I remember, and there are at least TWO Gold-medal-winning public toilets there (I must have missed the awards ceremony), plus dropped-kerbs a-plenty.
It was as great as I remember, plus I'm slightly more mobile than I was when I was last there. I even managed to walk up Broadway Tower this time.
Anyway, it was a great break and good to have others around to take the pressure of me and Mrs D. Travelling down was good this time too (there were MANY toilet stops last year...). ONWARDS AND UPWARDS, eh?
The return to work has been tiring, not helped by having a breakfast meeting on the second day. I've spoken before about my hatred of meetings but this is a whole new FRESH HELL. It was quite pleasing to see that every one of my colleagues who was in attendance was every bit as knackered as me for the rest of the day.
As such, I've not been managing to walk into work as regularly as I would've liked but I really need to stop beating myself up about it. Funnily enough, it's a lot easier to do it when the weather is good (and similarly easier to just jump in the car when it's p*ssing it down).
Who would've thunk it?
I've started taking Vitamin D - is it making any difference? Who knows! But I'll keep doing it in the hope that it helps.
Fellow blogger and regular commenter Swisslet wrote a really interesting thing the other day about MS and weight-loss. This is something that has happened to me recently - as I commented to that post, I was a bit pudgy growing up but have recently gone down a trouser size for the first time in ages. I'm also the lightest I've been since school, all whilst eating like a fiend.
A quick Google to see if this was another, less-documented side-effect of MS threw up...well, not much, other than this thread on an MS Society discussion forum - and this comment in particular:
My husband was losing weight and had no appetite so our physio suggested we see our GP and ask for blood tests to be done. The result was he has an underactive thyroid, which usually causes weight gain, but in some cases causes weight loss. Then our GP told us it is quite common for people with MS to have trouble with the thyroid which is another immune system problem, which of course no one tells you about.Interesting, no?