Me and My Walking Stick…

New development for me with regards to treating and managing my Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS)!

I have a walking stick!!!

The reasons for having my stick are threefold:

  1. It provides me with support when I come over giddy and faint. This doesn’t happen often in a normal day, but when I’m out and about in town and busy, these dizzy spells can make me feel rather unwell.
  2. It alerts other people around me to the fact that I have an invisible condition. When on the bus, or on the tube, or in any circumstance that I might find uncomfortable, people see me and are aware that all might not be what it seems.
  3. It reminds me that I need to pace myself. This is the most presient thing for me right now: I keep forgetting that something is wrong with me! Due to the nature of my illness, I may not feel unwell straight away – I tend to find that I’ll feel the effects of a busy day either that evening or the day after. Excess fatigue and hypersomnia are huge problems for me. The stick reminds me, as I’m out and about, that I need to take things easy, in the hope that I’ll feel better later on.

I’ll let you know if it makes any difference!