Illnesses and disabilities
Many of the diarists had illnesses or disabilities which affected
their life on 24th September 2002.
Other diarists are affected by the illnesses of others around
- My disabilities make me
slow in the morning . . . Waiting for the 14.00 bus back home a friend pulls
up and offers us a lift. Say yes very eagerly, as our shopping is heavy, the
car has a very high lip in the front and try as I might I cannot get in by
myself. My husband comes to the rescue and shoves my foot in and the other
leg willingly follows, but it hurts and when we get home I'm happy to find
getting out a bit easier.
- Got up at 6.00am, tested my blood sugars
as I am diabetic 8.8 this morning.
- . . . a
trapped nerve in my shoulder, and it is very painful . . . go to bed with
hot water bottle on my shoulder at 10pm.
- In the morning it was dark and dreary outside.
I didn't feel my best. I had a blocked nose and chesty cough. I didn't have
anything for breakfast because I couldn't eat . . .I started to feel worse
but we had to carry on because we had another test to come . . .After Maths
we had RE . . .half way through the lesson I felt a lot worse, so I had to
go to the office. The secretary phoned home but no one was there so she phoned
my sister at work and she picked me up.
- (7 year old) I got up at 7am. Then I got
my uniform on (thinking I was well enough). I then went downstairs. I had
Weetabix mini-crunch. Then we set off to drop my sister off at school, but
I couldn't do it. I sobbed and sobbed and sobbed so I went back home.
9.45am Physio examines my arm and says pain due to neck problems.
Gives me treatment (moderately painful) tells me to return in 14 days.
10.45 To Oswestry by car for an eye test with new optician. Much relief that
my eyes are no worse - have been seeing consultant for suspected glaucoma.
- Earlier in the morning I had felt a pain
in my arm, but it wasn't until later that I felt poorly.
Annie and I decided that I should be checked out in the local hospital, where
it turned out I should be a patient for the night. A disappointing end to
a perfect day.
- My father-in-law got himself
ready by 10.15am and after clearing up and cleaning in our house and his I
drove him to the residential home in Aberdare to see my step mother-in-law.
She has senile dementia, doesn't know us, often calls him "Daddy".
- . . . had to go home
to see her husband (has Parkinson's)
- . . . was pleased that
John's arthritis was a little easier this morning - though not much!
- [my aunt is] . . . not well, sickness and
diarrhoea and back pain - still worrying about secondary cancer after her
But one lady had a very dramatic day due to her husband's
- He has been back and forth
to Hereford Hospital for X Rays, blood tests, ultra sound, CT scan. Has been
admitted for 3 endoscopy and had 2 stents implanted. We have travelled 800
miles back and forth. Everyone has been fantastic, especially our GP Dr Joy.
Voluntary transport is available but the cost is £18 day - one week
of our visits would have cost £70.
The day takes a more dramatic turn later in the day and finds