I have always considered myself to have relatively good health as it is a state of mind rather than based on arbitrary facts.
In 2009, after a long period of general ill health and excessive alcohol use, I experienced an acute nerve virus, which attacked my nerves from my toes upwards and reaches my naval before being treated.
This left me completely immobile for 3 months and required 6 months community based rehab to assist me to walk again.
This episode has left me with long term and constant complex chronic pain issues which is managed by a comprehensive array of medications.
To complete an improved management of my health and well-being, I explored my mental wellness and discovered I have mild bipolar, which I can now track back to having always been a part of my life that I simply coped with.
I believe it is a part of the normal stresses that is put upon people with significant impairments who choose to live independently and make a contribution to society at the time when many barriers remain.
With medication, I have learnt to be more chilled than a Buddhist Eskimo most of the time! I am not sure my personality has changed because of my medication but it has allowed me to manage my moods better.
I still get frustrated and I do rant with people on social media etc, but I now better understand my moods, and I know how I am feeling and use techniques to handle extremes.
I was also previously self medicating using alcohol and so meds are a far more improved situation for me at this time in my life.
Other health issues I have experienced in my life includes carpal tunnel syndrome, chest infections, chickenpox, ingrowing toe nails, hooping cough, measles, pneumonia, reflux, scarlet fever and tooth decay.
Health services I have used throughout my life includes chiropodists, continence services, counselling, dentists, district nurses, GP, occupational therapists, orthopaedic consultants, neurologists, physiotherapists, speech therapists and wheelchair services.
I have also started Cycling in 2017.
My health is currently very good and I feel happy, it is great to tick off each day as a good day.