Medical Goals for 2018
This is my first Medical Monday post of the New Year so it only makes sense that I use it to set myself some medical goals for the upcoming year. My first goal is to get more active – something that is already happening because of my new job. I would also love to start swimming/hydrotherapy properly; possibly going weekly, to help myself get stronger & to help my muscles relax after hard weeks at work.
I also want to get fitter because it would be nice to not feel like I’m dying whenever I do any exercise – I get very out-of-breath very easily & it’s something that really bothers me. So more walking Elsa, & maybe I’ll take up running again in the summer.
Another thing that I’m aiming for this year, is to get my sweating sorted out – either with medication or treatments like botox; when I eat or do anything physical I can often sweat a lot (thankfully, it never really smells though – which is odd). This issue obviously affects my confidence massively, especially in the hotter months because I find it very difficult to cool down (I never leave the house without a hand-fan, even in winter), so I avoid going out.
Something I would love to be able to put in this post is coming off of my anti-depressants, but I’m not sure if I’m ready for that… I’m telling myself to see how I am half way through the year & to make a decision then – the reason I don’t think I’m ready yet is because my life still isn’t 100% stable; although I’m working, I’m not sure if I want to stay in this job so I may end up changing jobs at some point in the next few months. I’ve been on my antidepressants since summer 2014 so I depend on them quite a lot, which is something that I have mixed feelings about – I don’t want to be on the medication forever, but it also helps me to keep going & the idea of not taking them terrifies me. So, coming off of antidepressants is a possible goal for later this year.
I’m also having my morphine patch dose upped so that I’m in less pain at work, & I’m hoping having a higher amount of pain relief will help me complete some of the things I’ve mentioned above.
I’d also like to raise some money for The Ann Conroy Trust – the only charity in the UK that is raising money specifically for Chiari Malformation & Syringomyelia.