I haven’t written anything on here since February so it is probably time for an update. After my last results I was elated for a week and then went into a period of about 4 weeks of complete lethargy. I think things just caught up with me after a year of being strict with myself over diet, supplements etc.
One of the things I took on last year was an OU course. I’d started doing a History degree about 5 years ago, I did the first module, really enjoyed it but then decided to do something else and come back to it. I thought it might be worth looking up again as it would give me something to work towards and take my mind off other matters. Having started it I needed to meet deadlines for assessments and then do revision for an exam so it gave me a disciplined, longer term view of things. I did pretty well in the assessments, averaging 87% across the 6, and the exam was yesterday, though I doubt I will get anywhere near 87% on that!
I did notice that throughout the course I was having difficulty concentrating for long periods and it took a while for things to go in, this was reflected in the exam where names and dates just wouldn’t find their way to the front of my brain at the time, I then suffered the odd tourettes moment some hours later as they finally filtered through. I’m hoping that this is just a legacy of my treatment rather than the early onset of something else.
What was I talking about again?
It probably wasn’t a good idea to have a CT scan the day before as they pump some dye into my blood stream during it and I felt a bit ill on the day of the exam. But I didn’t want to cancel the scan as it was already overdue, the result of being seen by a locum consultant last time so none of my follow up appointments were booked.
I’m putting the OU on hold again as it is pretty expensive, a lot of people my age get student loans with no intention of paying them back but I can’t as I already have a degree. I sold some records to fund the last course and I can’t bring myself to sell any more just at the moment, so I’ve got a few other projects lined up to keep me busy. In no particular order these are:
- Write a local history book
- Complete my collection of the first 100 UK Tamla Motown LPs (only 4 to go, but they are tough to find)
- Sort out my own Family History documents and write that up
- Complete the genealogy course I started when I dropped the OU course
- Refurbish my ancient GP14 dinghy
So that should keep me going for a while!
Looking forward to getting the results of yesterday’s scan as I should be able to determine whether stopping taking the apricot kernels has had a detrimental effect or not, I may start taking them again in lower quantities than before whatever the results. Fingers crossed!