Here I am just before my appointment with the super Dr Raj Sengupta at Bath’s Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases on Monday. The handy script on the wall told me I was in the right place. Hoorah! Dr Sengupta was a joy to behold; he listened, he spoke, he nodded in all the right places and he WROTE STUFF DOWN. He is taking over my care as of now. I am delighted, and I am relieved. He also reckons most of my pain might actually be down to scoliosis. So, I have a plethora of stuff wrong with me and now it’s his job to find out exactly what’s going on and what I’m riddled with. Good luck to him, right?
I have signed up for the hospital’s residential course where I’ll bob around in a hydrotherapy pool and do some yoga, among other things. More than a decade after my pain first struck, I finally feel as though someone in the medical profession gives a monkey’s. I’ll also be working closely with NASS (http://www.nass.co.uk) on their campaign to raise awareness of ankylosing spondylitis. Being a journalist, author and broadcaster I hope I can heighten awareness of AS and chronic, ‘invisible’ illnesses as a whole across the media and writing my book, ‘Mostly Cloudy, With Some Bright Spells’ is a good start.
By the way, anyone who’s read and enjoyed ‘Mostly Cloudy, With Some Bright Spells’, please do remember to hop by Amazon and leave a glowing review. I’ve got a few, but I’d like to hit 50 reviews by the end of May, so please take five minutes to come up with something which will encourage others to buy the book and benefit from my wisdom and warped sense of humour. If you’re in a book club, why not suggest it?