Epilepsy head…

I’m afraid the old epilepsy reared its ugly head again yesterday – in what’s probably a record for me: four complex partial seizures in one 24 hour period.

What’s amazing is that I was trying to take some notes during one of them – the mess of letters and weird shapes I left on the page was interesting to say the least. All the usual symptoms of a partial seizure where there: couldn’t read, couldn’t speak, ‘ghost images’ projected whenever I looked at a flat surface, a feeling of vertigo and the sense that my brain was, essentially, re-booting.

All ending with the headache from here. Crawled into my bed at 7:30pm.

As I result, I’m feeling less that chirpy today and really want to just sleep – despite sleeping over 8 hours last night. I can’t bend over to put on shoes within feeling like my brain is going to leak out my ears. Quite aware that I’m operating in slow motion.

I’m also quite annoyed this is back after a relatively (for me) absence of seizures.

I know the cause and its name is stress. Yesterday was a bit of a full-on day, but I think it’s more of a cumulative thing from the last few weeks. Thankfully, I’m on holiday tomorrow and spending the weekend with family in Scotland – so I can expect some motherly love and even more sleep than usual.

I also need to remind myself that I’m luckier than most people with Epilepsy. Instead of dwelling on what’s wrong, it’s better to think about what’s ‘right’ and what I can do.

And on that deep and philosophical note, it’s time for a cup of tea and a walk around the garden before I start my next piece of work.

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Meandering by the river

I spent most of this afternoon cycling around by the river. From Canary Wharf along the Thames Path, through Limehouse and Wapping out to St. Katherine Docks.

The sun was out, the bike needed an airing and I was keen to avoid staying in all day – despite the symptoms of chemical warfare my hay fever seemed to represent. Dosed up to the eyeballs on antihistamines (delicate flower that I am) @FrankDJS and I began our wander out westwards. With him walking, I was challenged to maintain a similar pace on the bike, but it’s all good practice for negotiating slow moving traffic.

We encountered another Brompton rider, out for a test drive on a lovely looking orange version of my own M3L. I’m still a little sad I didn’t go for a brighter colour over black – the orange in particular looks great. Maybe on the next model…

It was great to feel the sun on my face and to stop now and then to take a quick picture of anything interesting or striking. After a relaxing drink and a chat with a friend at St. Katherine Docks, we headed back, taking a slightly different route to see the progress at the old New International plant in Wapping. In short, they’re tearing it down quick-style. Can’t wait to see the developing that’s going to take its place.

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I took the above shot from the western end of Shadwell Basin, looking back towards Canary Wharf. There were the usual fishermen, but also groups enjoying barbecues and even some people swimming – something I’ve never seen before. Not sure exactly how clean the water is or how safe it is, but they looked like they were having fun.

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Over at St. Katherine Docks, the place was (as usual) busy with tourists and groups of foreign students from language schools. The latter travel in packs, so it was usually easier to walk with my bike than to try and cycle it. I took a quick pic of the ‘Gloriana’, which you might remember from the very, very wet Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. At least I think it was the Gloriana – I don’t think  there are many of these just floating about in London these days.

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The view back along the river, towards the City. It was beginning to cloud over quite a bit by this point, so I think we timed our return very well.

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My ‘faithful steed’ for the afternoon, my Brompton. Now including a new handle to lift it more easily when in the folded position. Works like a charm and adds next to no weight. I also attached some ‘easy wheels’ to the rear for wheeling it when folded. They make a big difference, so I’m looking forward to trying this out in a more applied setting – e.g. a railway station or shop.

All in all, a lovely couple of hours by the river – reminding me how lucky I am to live in this part of town.

London in the sun: can’t be beat!

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Getting my geek on…

Catching up with some reading and watching, geek-style. Owing to a particularly busy work-week, I have a stack of excellent comics awaiting me. I’m particularly interested to see how ‘Original Sin‘ pans out after last issue’s cliffhanger ending.

I spent some remaining iTunes vouchers on the latest season of Falling Skies (never seen this one) and the uncut version of World War Z. Amazingly (for me) haven’t watched WWZ since I saw it in the cinema – even though I enjoyed it immensely. Even though it was very, very different to the book – which is also excellent.

I’m also tearing through The Martian, which has kept me hooked this week and made my very uncomfortable flight home from Newquay (turbulence, screaming toddlers and obese passenger next to me) a lot more bearable. Recommended to anyone who likes their sci-fi grounded in hard science. There are no monsters or aliens in this – just one ingenious NASA astronaut, trying to survive the inhospitable environment on Mars. I’m actually learning about the science behind both space travel and how we might live on other planets.

While also learning that, despite childhood dreams, I am in no way whatsoever cut out for life in space. The toilet arrangements alone are enough to put me off…

Meanwhile, I’m bracing myself for the second half of Season 4 of Game of Thrones. I’m incredibly late to this particular party, thanks to my deep dislike of all things fantasy. I heard it involved dragons and so neatly filed it away as a waste of time. Boy was I wrong. GOT is fantastic – intrigue, murder, battles, more intrigue, swords, nudity and assassinations. What more could a boy ask for? (And I haven’t even mention the multiple hotties that appear regularly, or the gratuitous nudity neatly sprinkled throughout.)

I’ve worked hard to avoid all spoilers, so please… no spoilers! I’m also considering what will replace this as my go to show until it reappears next year. I’m considering re-watching Battlestar Galactica from the beginning. That was equally watchable and addictive, as I recall.

Yep. Definitely suffering from some pre-season-ending angst.

Advice from some other GOT fans would be most welcome.