Even though nothing major has happened in a while, I was reminded recently of the fact that others have read and been helped by previous posts so this, I guess, is an encouragement for those going through it and still struggling perhaps.
The good news is that day by day, things are improving. The bad news is that many days are still plagued by fatigue and feeling down because of my inability to have the life I had before. I suppose my main goal at the moment is to genuinely come to terms with it and properly accept my limitations.
A very common occurrence with those of us who have had carotid artery dissections is to completely overdo it on the days where energy levels seem high, This can result in a total crash and burn afterwards which is psychologically difficult.
The key is to be aware of this and not overdo it - much easier said than done I know!
I'm sure others have different ways of coping with this but for me I've learnt that if I start doing loads of things and don't give myself the opportunity to sit down and rest for at least an hour in the day, I suffer with fatigue, feeling overwhelmed and the head/eye socket pain returns.
Having returned to work (possibly too soon) after my dissection, my routine is now pushing myself through the days I'm in work (just 3 thankfully) and trying to rest as much as I can over the days I'm off. I also have my candle business, though, and the level of activity I kept up pre-dissection is just not possible for me anymore. Friday evening is just pure exhaustion, Saturday not much better. I usually have a nap every day I'm off although by Tuesday I'm starting to feel more normal. Then it's back to work on Wednesday :)
Today, though, I'm feeling pretty positive - I visited my good friend Sue at the weekend, drove nearly 5 hours to get there on Friday, managed to have drinks on Friday night and the two of us danced like mad for an hour and a half and I still felt ok enough to go for a beach walk on Saturday without feeling totally awful.
I drove back this morning and although I'm super exhausted I feel like I've definitely made progress.
I'm really hoping it won't all hit me like a tonne of bricks during the week but, you know, the joy of being my normal self made it all so worth it. I really chilled out and it felt like a weight lifted off me.
Also, being in Donegal just soothes my soul, how could it not, it's so stunning