Today started bright and early (for me anyway) I usually start my private OT services at 10 am because I’m totally not a morning person. I do occasionally make exceptions though and today was one of them.
I do struggle with waking-up early but there are occasions where some kind of get-up-and-go infuses me and I’m actually capable of thought before 9 am. I love these days because they happen so infrequently. I treasure sunrises when I see them because I don’t see them very often.
I wasn’t up anywhere near the sunrise today but an 8 am start is still an achievement for me. I think many of my regular readers (and certainly my friends, colleagues and clients) will understand but perhaps the #30DaysWild crowd aren’t so well-versed in the ways of ‘chronic life’.
When I say I cannot get up in the mornings I really do mean it. It’s not laziness or slacking off. My body simply does not function. Despite the daily physiotherapy, pain management, medications, meditations and mobility aids I still do not have ‘control’ over my body’s function. It’s a constant negotiation between my mind and my body. If I sleep an hour longer can I live through the day without a nap? If I eat lunch can I work too or do I have to lay down for a rest? If I promise to stay in my wheelchair can I avoid taking pain meds? What about needing sunshine to top-up my chronically ‘meh’ levels of Vitamin D while trying not to pass out from the heat?
Anyway, this is my normal and I really don’t mind it. It’s worth mentioning though because it’s a part of why I do, what I do. I love my life but the challenges I’ve faced and continue to face do have a long-term impact on how I live.
For most people a sight test is just that, it takes about half and hour and you’re on your way. Not so much for me.
Because of my Visual Stress I wear tinted glasses. These give me some much-needed depth perception, reduce migraines and cut out huge amounts of visual static, distortion and glare. My Ehlers Danlos couldn’t be left out of the fun entirely though. I have issues with the muscles in my eyes. Much like the rest of my muscles, they’re easily fatigued, prone to twitches and spasms and a little wobbly. It makes nailing down my depth prescription an exercise in frustration for my optometrist.
I spent a little while poking around her garden and was gifted some house leeks ready for the new garden. Granny’s local blackbird has a tendency to pull them out of the ground so I was able to rescue a few extra ones too.
Where does the wild come in today?
Much like the Day 3, I was motorway-wild-watching.
This time instead of birds I focussed on plants.
Cow Parsley, Ox-Eye Daisies, Foxgloves, Teasels, Mallow, Field Poppies, Dog Rose and some more I’m yet to identify.
After singing a long to Green Day with the windows down we eventually returned home.
I went straight into the garden to pot up the rescued house leeks. On a whim I’ve even tried to ‘farm’ some of the garden moss.. I’m not sure how well that’ll work though!
I did make a brief rainy dash to the corner shop for unhealthy evening snacks but this was one of those times when a walk in the rain is actually lovely. The snails seemed to be enjoying the wet weather too.