Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Forbidden to complete honours

The doctor has stated, rather forcibly that she "will not be responsible for my health if I continue to study". I will now be intermitting honours for an indefinite period to try to reduce stress and gain some health back. She would also prefer that I stop work and just do nothing for several months, but that is simply not possible. (Blood pressure was up further yesterday). *sigh* As I was 1 point under my degree I do not have a piece of paper for the BCS, as I was enrolled in the old honours course consisting of one 48 point subject, I can not get official credit for the subjects I have completed (nearly 21 points), or the part of the project I have done. Essentially I won't be qualified until I complete honours. *bah*

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Planting and pruning

It's the time of year to start growing things again.. it's meant to be getting warmer and currently my garden is sprouting daffodils, jonquils, snow drops, blue bells and ranunculi all over the place, which make it look a lot more cheerful than the weather is behaving.

Currently planted and growing happily are snow peas (flowering but not yet setting pods), broad beans (aquadulce), parsley (going mad!), nasturtiums (not flowering), rosemary, lavender, hyssop, rocket, thyme, valerian, comfrey, snapdragons. In pots inside I have various house plants which I haven't killed (yet!) oregano, mint, coriander and more thyme. The jalapeno pepper is hanging on by a thread, the strawberries have given into the wet conditions and will need to be removed. Recently potted: miniature lemon meyer, nectarine (nectarzee), lime (kaffir), passionfruit (nelly kelly) and various lavender shoots.

Awaiting potting is a new strawberry (which needs to be joined by 3-4 others when I get time to go to the nursery). Six different types of seed potatoes have been planted (bison, nicola, ruby lou, desiree, kennebec, toolangi delight), requiring an emergency trip to Bunnings to get straw and B&B. I spread about 30 cloves of garlic along the edge of the bed, hoping they will have enough room to grow happily. My heated seed bed is planted with lemongrass, mesclun lettuce mix, basil, carrots, chives, garlic chives, marigolds and coriander, all of which seem to be doing marvelously, despite the low-ish lighting.

Next to plant are more carrots, parsnips, beans, peas, spinach, lettuce, radish, turnips, dill, fennel, nasturtiums, feverfew, chammomile, alyssum, poppies, hollyhocks, moonflowers, spring onions, and too many more... but of course spread out, especially as I only have one heated seed tray.

Health kick (enforced)

Having spent the last few weeks running round visiting all my doctors and specialists (after a kidney infection showed I had high blood pressure), I've been ordered to go on a massive health kick. The kidney specialist wasn't all that concerned about the kidney infection (hadn't had one of those since I was a kid), but warned me to stay clear of salt and monitor the blood pressure. The two non-usual doctors I saw for the infection had mentioned blood pressure medication, but wanted to monitor for a few more weeks before deciding. As the BP is jumping all over the place (from normal to really high, especially the distolic), and changing quite fast, it can't simply be one consistent problem, meaning there is at least a decent size stress problem affecting it.

So, my regular doc (who just got back from holidays) has ordered a huge lifestyle change for a few months at least. This includes:

  • no dairy, wheat, rice, pasta, red meat, caffeine
  • little salt, sugar
  • loads of water, fresh fruit and veg, veg juice and veg soup
  • no painkillers or sleeping tablets (under any circumstances)
  • 30+ mins walking 5+ times a week
  • yoga 5+ times a week
  • 20 mins meditation 5+ times a week
  • As organic as possible

Add that to my attempts at getting rid of parabens, chemicals, etc, and I feel like I'm going completely batty. I haven't been able to do yoga more than 3 times a week, partly due to pain, partly to tiredness. Even simple (but bad) tension/sinus headaches have knocked me out as I typically take pain killers to carry on with cleaning/work. Thus study has completely stopped (not that it has had a chance to start again). My moods have become more manic and more depressed, partly due to increased pain, codeine withdrawal and break through bleeding (probably also due to the above). My body is hurting, particularly the shoulders and neck from tension, lower back from sciatica and chest (front and back) from costo flaring again. So here I am, just managing to get through one day at a time, each day feeling worse, not being able to work, clean, study, live...