It's off to university today for me. I'm studying for a part time masters while also working almost full time in the NHS. Uni days are always really enjoyable but tiring. Before my diagnosis I wouldn't have appreciated how much something as simple as being somewhere different would affect my condition. This is my third day at Uni and the biggest problem is my back. I don't have my specialist desk chair or my sit stand desk at Uni. 4 days in a normal chair and my back is feeling horrible. I also notice over the 3 days that my inflammation markers go up resulting in swelling to my hands and feet. Today we have a presentation assessment. I'm just hoping that my ILO is OK and I don't start coughing during it.
It's not all bad though, I get to spend 3 days with some lovely people and I've discovered even at 51 there's still lots to learn. This evening and tomorrow it will be important to be kind to myself. I'll need time to rest my mind and my body.