Slow as a slow steam train

colds-and-flu-clipart-hdi4cm-clipart I developed a bad head/chest cold about a week ago which is making breathing very difficult. It sounds like a wildbeest in my chest, now joke. The doctor feels it will get better as the cortisone decreases and I’m able to walk again. Since about October I gave up walking because it’s just too painful and difficult to move my legs.

Muscle weakness is one of the side effects of long term cortisone. I never knew how hard it could be to get off a toilet seat – especially in a public place – where one doesn’t have the bath on the one side and the shower on the other side to hold onto! Getting out of a car is another mission. Never mind if your car is parked on an uphill, I can’t get out at all….

The cortisone treatment will continue until Christmas and so far I have not lost weight, in fact I’ve gained another kilo, it must be about 11 kg by now.  (I get weighed once a month and have reduced my food intake and cut out many unhealthy items but so far I’m not having the benefit.)

I pretty much look like ol’ chubby cheeks here below…



8 thoughts on “Slow as a slow steam train

  1. My dear Caroline – don’t know what to say – do not know how you bear this all – also a bit down and out – my rhuemathoid (keep forgetting spelling) arthritis also very bad – will try and chat tomorrow. Still working full day and half day from March 2017! Lots of love and a big hug


  2. Hi Caroline, ek dink aan jou en hoop dinge raak gou weer baie beter vir jou. Jy moet nie moed opgee nie.bly positief , weet dis nie altyd maklik nie maar ek weet jy kan. Baie groete Helen


  3. Caroline, how I admire you for your strength, courage & yes, sense of humour you still have. Sometimes I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. Thank you SO much for sharing the road you are walking with us.


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