Well it has been a long time since I last posted, sorry about that! Life has been hectic and surprise surprise my health has suffered a bit. With Christmas coming up things are even busier but I’m forcing myself to take a step back so I can enjoy the festivities on the day.

Soo I guess I should update you all as to what’s been going on?! Read on only if you want to – it could get quite long!

Health wise it’s been a bit of a yo-yo! Doing more than I should then consequently suffering for it. I’m still trying to establish my baseline again. I’ve had days where I’ve been unable to stand unaided; got out of bed and just crumpled in a heap on the floor, even walking with aid has been challenging. Luckily those days have been few, but it takes me by surprise and knocks my confidence quite a bit.

I managed to get my Christmas shopping done, even though it did result in the next day being one of those days mentioned above!

I’ve also rediscovered the impact a change of routine has on M.E. with my sister spending more time downstairs I’ve been ‘socialising’ more – there’s more voices to take in, movement to cope with, more sitting up etc. and it was more exhausting than I expected. So I’ve had to spend more time on my bed resting. Amazing how such a slight change can have a big impact!

Uni wise, things are proving to be a struggle. I’ve had to request audio versions of the course materials (which should be on their way to me very soon) as the sheer amount of reading is leaving me with very tired painful eyes that can’t focus. I didn’t manage to attend my second or third tutorial – I was without a wheelchair for the second one as a wheel bearing had collapsed and it took almost 3 weeks to get the correct part! The third one I missed on Saturday as I had to make the difficult decision as to whether to risk the ‘payback’ lasting into Christmas, especially as I’ve been recovering from a cold. I decided it wasn’t worth the risk and I’d like to be able to enjoy Christmas with my family.

I got my first assignment back as well – 65%, and also the second – 62%. Not bad considering my health and I always do slightly worse on business courses than on I.T. courses. I’m happy with it as long as I pass! Just managing to study and pass is an achievement, the level of pass doesn’t matter to me.

Oooh and I got my final results back for my previous module – GRADE 2 PASS!!! Really pleased, didn’t do as well on my End of Module Assignment as I’d hoped, scoring 78% with borderline fail on some components but again it’s a pass and a high grade one at that! (The only grade higher is distinction)

Anyway I think that’s you all up to date for now, I aim to post more regularly in the new year.

Merry Christmas! I hope 2014 brings good health, and lots of happiness for you all.

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