Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Happy belated Easter!

Hi everyone,

Well it's been a while again as I have had very little to report. My MS symptoms have stayed relatively stable since the last dose of steroids. My legs seem to get worse throughout the day, but I think that is just due to tiredness because when I get up in the morning they are better again!

Well our Y6's are off to PGL next week on their adventure holiday to deepest darkest Wales and I'm not going :-( I accept that it would probably be far too much for me, but it won't stop me sulking because I am not going, ha ha. Well it's a funny time at school just now - we've just had a 4 day weekend, then we've got 4 days this week, a full week next week and then we are off on our proper school holidays for 2 weeks!

Well Happy belated Easter to you all. We managed to have a nice quite relaxing weekend (shame about the school work). We didn't get much snow over here, looks like we missed out on the fun and games that the rest of the country had.

Oooh and before I forget: my auntie's walk is getting closer so I'm just going to re-post the link as it has dropped off the first page and I wouldn't want you to all miss out on sponsoring her!

Take care,
Em x

Monday, 17 March 2008

I'm alive!


I'm back! It is so much harder to find the time to write on here as I'm back at work pretty much full time now. Occupational health have given me permission to go back full time if I am feeling up to it, so I think I'll keep supply on hand for the next couple of weeks until our school holidays and come back in the summer term and have my class back! I would be lying if I said teaching full time again was easy - it is a challenge, but one I am determined to try and overcome. I have got great support at school and they are taking extra duties away from me (such as playground duty) to get me back into work.

I have got parents evenings this week, one part of the job that I dread. I wonder if parents dread it as much as teachers do? Luckily this is the only one now before the end of the year, just their final reports to go now!

Well, we had a lovely weekend with our friends coming to stay and catching up with my brother in law and his wife. It was Nathan's gramps 90th birthday on Sunday and we surprised him with a little party, which he appeared delighted with. I haven't really been up to much else as I've been shattered!

I have been to balance group today and am now quite tired. My legs are quite often shaky when I come out of there- shows I've been doing something he he! They were mean and made me try and stand on a wobble board on one leg - not something that comes easy to me! I still have good days and bad days with my legs (even though they are all good days compared to before) and I still can't put my finger on the reasoning for the difference. Perhaps one day I will figure it out!

Will try not to leave it so long next time!

Saturday, 8 March 2008

The weekend is here!

Hi guys,

Well I've just about made it through another week where I taught 3 mornings, an afternoon and a whole day. I'm very impressed with my achievements this week. Am finally feeling much stronger after my horrible relapse over Christmas.

I started my second balance group with our lovely neuro - physios on Monday this week. I have attended one before but I wasn't supposed to be on it (someone pulled out) so I didn't do the first session. In this session they test your balance skills (standing to sitting without using hands, standing on one leg, standing with your eyes closed), and how fast you can walk to someone and how many steps you use. The idea being that on the last session of the 8 week course they test you again to see how much you have improved (well hopefully have improved!). I do feel a little bit like a fraud because there are some other people there who obviously struggle more than I do. Then I remember that the Physio's asked me to go for a reason - they obviously think they can help me. I am just grateful for the all the help I am being offered and will grab it all with both hands.

Well my mother is off galavanting at swimming camp in Lanzarote for the week, I'm not at all jealous or anything (Mum, stop sending me texts about how hot it is and how much of a good time you are having!). Our swimming club goes every year, but I have only managed to get out there twice in my lifetime because they go during the first week of March and for the last 5 years I have been teaching and obviously can't just leave my class! They will all come back tanned and super fit after swimming for 4 hours a day (well some of them do 4 hrs!!!) as well as all the free exercise classes they attend. Training is very quiet without you all, but I managed to gatecrash poor Bob's (quite a bit older than me!) lane on Thursday because everyone else squashed in the other lanes. Enjoy yourselves!

Well I'd better love you and leave you as my mini-reports for forthcoming parents evenings are calling my name, take care xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 7 March 2008

MS Awareness, Blogging Friends and a little Link Love

There are at least 137 MS Bloggers out there actively discussing whatever suits their fancy. Below you will find many of these suspects....wait... I mean lovely blogger friends who happen to have multiple sclerosis.I'd like your help in spreading the word, and in doing so we will strengthen the bonds of our own little Multiple Sclerosis Blogging Web (and share some linkie love with each other). If you are not an MS Blogger, but are a regular reader here, please feel free to help spread the word too.

Here are some bloggers to check out:
A Stellarlife (Diane)
Multiple Synchronicities & Sclerosis (Merelyme)
Friday's Child
My Journey - Living Well with MS (Diana)
Sunshine and Moonlight (Kim)
The MonSter Ate My Branes! (Natalie)
Queen Mediocretia of Suburbia
Brass and Ivory (Lisa)
Brain Cheese (Linda)
Maybe I'm Just Lazy (Julie)
Carole's MS Blog (Carole)
Great Mastications (Orla)
Movin' On with MS (Sammie)

Thank you for helping to build a stronger MS Community.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

First whole day of teaching!

Hello everyone,

I must firstly apologise in the delay of this post -I have been told off (thanks Sonia) and am going to try and make up for it now! I just felt that I hadn't done anything to report on, that is until.........TODAY! I am supposed to just be teaching mornings this week but today I thought I'd wait for my supply teacher this afternoon and explain the lesson. Just as well I stayed because the supply teacher didn't turn up. I had to nab a TA from another class to sit in with me. I am very excited though as I taught all day and I am still standing which means things are looking up..............

For those of you who watch Neighbours (I know I'm probably in the minority), Susan Kennedy is about to be diagnosed with MS. She has already blacked out at the wheel of her car and had funny dizzy spells. Last night she picked up a hot dish and couldn't feel it because her hands were numb. I think she is going to go blind from what I have heard (Optic Neuritis) which leads to her diagnosis. It's a very fast tracked version and not everyone experiences the same symptoms as her but nevertheless I think it is good that it is being highlighted by a high profile TV programme.

Emma x

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