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MY WORD OF THE WEEK – Lifted
Last week I left you with the word plans. This week I am still making plans but I have decided to use the word lifted.
Do you remember that song by The Lighthouse Family, Lifted. This is my inspiration for this weeks Word of the Week.
I’d really love to be alone without all the
Ache and pain and the April showers
Ok, I know it’s only February and the showers are more like downpours, but who doesn’t get fed up up the cold and miserable weather? I used to be a winter person but the cold and wet just makes my aches and pains so much worse now.
When it all gets dark again
The whole thing falls apart I guess
It doesn’t really matter ’bout the rain
‘Cause we’ll get through it anyway
We’ll get up and start again
Sometimes it’s tough and dark but it’s only when you reach the very pits of the darkness that you realise that the only way is up. You can get through it, get up and start again. You can be lifted from the shadows.
I started counselling today. I’ve been on the waiting list for months and today I really didn’t feel like leaving the house, but I had to. And I’m glad I did. It’s what I need, someone to talk to that won’t judge me or tell me what to do. Someone who I can tell everything too and they won’t be able to tell anyone else. There is so much, I think I will need many sessions just to tell her everything. But I’ve started at the bottom and now things can only get better. I can be lifted from those shadows that have followed me around for many years. My illness is nothing compared to the pain of my mind. The darkness inside of me causes me more pain than the agony of not being able to move while my body cramps up into painful spasms. But the two work together, and I’m sure if I can work on the mind the body will follow.
Another way of being lifted this week is by the news that my house is going to be made safe and future proof for me. I’m having a wet room and a lift installed in April. I have so much trouble climbing into the shower, they’ve given me a step, a chair and bars on the wall, but it’s still really hard. I had a shower the other day and used up more than half my daily amount of spoons. (check spoon theory, if you don’t understand)
Having a wet room will mean I can shower safely and alone. I will no longer need to be afraid of falling and I will find it much easier to do the most basic thing of all, get washed!
The lift is something as a family we’ve had many a debate about. I wanted a stair lift but because of the shape of our stairs the lift would be difficult to install and cost a lot of money. It would take up a lot of space on the stairs so everyone else would find it a pain, and they can be really dangerous for kids. Not only that, but my occupational therapist said that a stair life would be most inappropriate for my condition.
So, we are going to have a lift. From the living room to the bedroom. Our living room is pretty big (but it’s still cluttered.) the lift will be fitted in the corner which is currently behind our bigger settee. We will just have to move the settee over a little to make space. During the day we can keep the lift upstairs so all that will be seen are two metal stripes down the wall. We will have to keep the space clear though.
The bedroom will have the biggest transformation. We are going to have to move our bed and the wardrobe and get rid of some of the unnecessary furniture. One of my bookshelves will have to go and a chest of drawers which is currently broken and unused anyway. (If we can fix it we can put it in the Little Man’s room, if not it can go to the tip.)
It’s going to make such a difference to me, especially in the morning when it takes me so long to get downstairs (And it’s so painful I could cry.)
Lifted, lifted up today, lifted all the way, yeah we could be lifted
We could be lifted, from the shadows, we could be lifted
Lifted up to new horizons
I really do think that the house adaptations and the therapy could actually lift me to new horizons. And maybe, just maybe, those dark shadows could be chased away.
p.s. I survived my MRI, yay! Hopefully it will be a long time before I have to have another (if ever.) I did have to be ‘lifted’ off the bed afterwards though thanks to my body completely closing down and refusing to move by itself!
Now it’s your turn, what word or phrase sums up your week this week?