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303/365 – Sheltering from the storm in Dublin

Elaine and I are sheltering from the wild weather in Dublin this weekend and I’m looking forward to a rest. Yesterday, we battened down the hatches yesterday while the windows were rattling, but last night we tried to go for a walk in the city. We lasted a few minutes before ducking into a cosy basement wine bar. In typical Irish fashion, the rain didn’t stop the partying and town was thronging with locals and tourists alike.
Today we’re venturing into town after postponing plans to climb the Hellfire Club. I’m looking forward to diving into some cosy Dublin cafés and watching the rain out of the window. 

92/365 – Feeling good, looking terrible

Although my eye was bad yesterday, when I woke up this morning it was significantly worse. It would hardly open first thing as I stared at myself in the mirror feeling like I was looking at a stranger. Why did I feel that way? Because I didn’t feel bad – I felt great but I looked terrible. 

After a really deep sleep, my energy levels were back to normal and I was actually excited for the day ahead. But myasthenia gravis can sometimes be slow to catch on – my body wasn’t going to let me away with three heavy Dublin nights. It wanted revenge. 

I think my colleagues got a shock when I came in today as since I’ve started my new job it hasn’t been this bad. Looking at myself in the lift mirror, I realised I could pass for someone who had been punched in the face. When it’s good, you forget how you look when it’s bad. The annoying thing was I had a very relaxing break. Sure I had been out dancing and cider sipping but it was made up for with long lies and taking it easy. 

While my eye was the big give away, during my lunch time run my body started to show it’s fatigue with my legs feeling shaky and heavy after only a couple of kms. Still I managed to run 15.5km today all in all and cycle 5km. My legs are tired but in a satisfied way and I got to see this amazing sunset in different stages all the way home.   

I’ve upped the mestinon and am about to have an early night in the hope that tomorrow the MG will catch up with how I’m feeling. Or maybe I’m just kidding myself. 

91/365 –  Spring day in Dublin

For our last day before heading back to London the sun came out and declared spring’s arrival. Every one of the 17 degrees was welcomed by my sun-starved skin as we made the most of the clear blue sky. 

After a couple of late boozy nights in Dublin’s finest establishments, being out in the fresh air for a long walk was what my body was craving. Wandering around Glesnevin Cemetery, where over a million Dubliners are buried, was quite exhausting in the warm spring sun so we made our way next door to the Botanic Gardens. Many of the locals also decided to make the most of the day as families played around the flowering cherry blossom trees and glass houses. Elaine and I found a quiet spot and for the first time this year lay in the grass to relax in the warmth.   

The sun felt strong enough to burn the skin, or at least bring out a few freckles. I had no sun cream with me and initially forgot about the skin cancer risks with aziathioprine. However, after a little while soaking up the Vitamin D, I remembered and reluctantly covered myself up for the first of many times to come.

Feeling still after the break, my mind feels ready for the week ahead and my body is ready to be back on the exercise regime starting tomorrow. My eye is a little droopy after a couple of late nights but hopefully with an early night or two it’ll be back to normal.