When You’re Feeling Pretty Rotten


What do you do when you feel pretty rotten?

I had some problems Monday night, starting at about 2am. It started with niggling pain and discomfort, then became intense, across my tummy. I thought it was perhaps another stoma related obstruction or bowel kink because after that it got worse still to the point of being unbearable and I couldn’t stand up or barely move. It brought tears to my eyes. I resorted Tramadol, which I hardly ever do just because I didn’t want another A&E visit, and wished for it to be over. It lasted for hours, and I didn’t sleep a wink. A few days later, and things still aren’t quite right, though the excruciating pain went. I feel so uncomfortable, sick, I hurt, and I don’t quite know what’s wrong, I’m just hoping it gets better soon. Just to make me feel that bit more rotten, I’ve had a yucky cold – aka man flu – for the past week too. Still, it could be worse.

You know the days where you just feel rotten, exhausted, worried that something’s still not right but not knowing what to do to make it better, and generally wanting the world to go away for a while? Yep, feeling that right now. I’m still keeping busy-ish, because the world doesn’t go away; there are still day to day things to do, even when all you want is to crawl in to bed.

But it has made me all the more aware of how my body feels ‘normally’ (which isn’t great, but it’s a damn sight better than this) and more grateful for the things I can normally do (even if restricted, again, it’s a damn sight better than this). Sometimes it takes feeling even worse or having a health scare or even something big going on around you to be able to take a step back, take stock of what’s important, find the elusive silver linings and actually start being gentle with yourself.

How are you all feeling at the moment my lovelies? I hope that wherever you are, whatever you’re up to, that you are doing okay. x





  1. August 24, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Im feeling a bit ‘meh’ at the minute too – want to just spend time resting but I have loads to do. Take care of yourself – hope that you feel better very soon xx

    • InvisiblyMe
      August 26, 2017 / 5:44 am

      I hope you manage to make some time to rest this weekend too, it’s important not to get burnt out and end up feeling more ‘meh’ as a result. I hope you feel a bit brighter soon too. Thank you 🙂

  2. Natalie | Surviving life's hurdles
    August 24, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    I’m so sorry you’ve felt so bad recently, it sounds horrendous. But l also love how you’ve still found a silver lining in that it helps you to appreciate the better days. I know what you mean. Just keep looking after yourself and I hope you feel better soon xx.

    • InvisiblyMe
      August 26, 2017 / 5:45 am

      Thank you Nat, I appreciate that a lot. I hope you’re doing okay and manage to have a good weekend 🙂

  3. August 24, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    I always speak of “my normal”. Being a lot worse makes you really appreciate what your normal pain level is. I hope you get back there. The last couple months I am dealing with what I believe is going to be my new normal, I guess. Left hip is not going back to the old normal anymore. Oh well.

    Sometimes I have terrible unknown pain, but I don’t go in to see what it was if it goes away in a few days. Don’t you find that sometimes people with chronic pain go in to the doctor even less than other people? Either that or they are constantly there.

    I hope you are back to your normal soon. 🙂 🙂

    • InvisiblyMe
      August 26, 2017 / 5:49 am

      I’m really sorry about your hip, Rita, and also that you can relate so well to new normals and pain. I agree with the doctor too, I think some of that may be scepticism and knowing that a lot of the time they can’t/don’t help, and we learn to adapt and figure out what to do ourselves instead. Thank you so much for the kind wishes and for stopping by to comment. Just want to wish you the very best, and I hope you get some rest this weekend.x

  4. August 24, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Hey Caz. Sorry to hear you are feeling rotten. Hope you are feeling better now.

    • InvisiblyMe
      August 26, 2017 / 5:50 am

      Thank you, I appreciate the kind wishes! I hope you have a good weekend 🙂

  5. August 24, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Sending my best wishes for a speedy recovery xx

    You are very right, world will not stop and concentrating on the positives is the best way forward !!

    Lots of love xx

    • InvisiblyMe
      August 26, 2017 / 5:51 am

      It doesn’t stop, but sometimes you can’t help but wish it would, just for a bit..! Thank you for lovely wishes and comment! Have a great weekend =]

      • August 26, 2017 / 11:19 am

        Maybe that’s what makes life so special… Nothing will happen twice and after a bad patch there is always something good to come xx
        Have a lovely weekend !!
        Aggie xx

        • InvisiblyMe
          August 26, 2017 / 5:22 pm

          …Here’s to hoping, fingers crossed for the good things to come! 🙂 xx

  6. August 24, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Hope it all eases for you soon and nothing serious. Take care.

    • InvisiblyMe
      August 26, 2017 / 6:11 am

      Thank you, Liz. You take care too and have a good weekend 🙂

      • August 26, 2017 / 8:23 am

        Thanks. 🙂

  7. August 25, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Sending you good vibes & well wishes.

    When in doubt music can be great medicine, or at least
    let your mind drift for a short while. I always recommend
    nice deep breathing for a few minutes which can help too.

    • InvisiblyMe
      August 26, 2017 / 6:13 am

      Ah yes, good music really is therapeutic and up-lifting. I did a lot of deep breathing on Monday when the excruciating pain set in and it made me realise that I don’t pay much attention to proper, healthy breathing very often. Thanks for the kind wishes and for stopping by to comment. I hope you have a good weekend 🙂

  8. August 25, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I am sorry you have been feeling bad. I honestly have been feeling pretty bad for the past 3 weeks so I understand! I hope you start feeling better soon. I started my blog about a month and a half ago and it has been a wonderful experience! Take care and feel better soon xx

    • InvisiblyMe
      August 26, 2017 / 6:14 am

      I’m sorry you’ve having a rough time of things too, I really do hope things get better for you soon. I’ve just checked out your blog and I think you’re doing a great job, so I hope you keep up with it! Take care and rest up this weekend.x

      • August 26, 2017 / 12:58 pm

        Thank you! I hope you get some rest this weekend as well. I hope you found my blog interesting!! Take care!!

      • August 26, 2017 / 7:22 pm

        Thank you so much for your kind words! Things will get better it just takes time! Everyone has been so wonderful and supportive! All the kind comments are encouraging! I hope you have a great weekend!!

  9. August 25, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    This is a good reminder to take note of how our body feels and respond to it, caring for ourselves, when something feels “not quite right” xx Do take care <3

    • InvisiblyMe
      August 26, 2017 / 6:15 am

      I think that’s really important, to know what’s ‘norma’ for you and when something isn’t quite right. Thanks Christy – I hope you’re doing okay, and have a lovely weekend 🙂

      • August 28, 2017 / 11:40 pm

        <3 Thanks, it was a nice weekend. I hope you got some rest 🙂

  10. August 26, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Praying you feel “normal” again. It’s no fun to feel horrible AND get the flu. Poor thing.

  11. August 27, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Feel better soon my friend. I hope all will be well soon!

  12. September 8, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I am bit late catching up on my blog reading, as I have been away. I really hope you feel better by now.

  13. September 14, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Firstly I hope you are feeling a bit back to yourself now.
    This is so true. When I’m having a bad day, frustrated with things I can’t do, or in pain that I can’t control. It’s not until that has subsided that I realise and appreciate what I can do. And what a good day it.
    Thank you for writing this.

    • InvisiblyMe
      September 15, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      I would say I’m glad that someone can understand where I’m coming from, but at the same time I wouldn’t wish bad days, frustrations and pain on anyone. I’m glad you liked the post and thank you for your comment 🙂 xx

      • September 15, 2017 / 7:36 pm

        I’m lucky in that at the moment I don’t have too many bad days. Frustrating ones maybe, but then also I’ve always had SMA, so I know no other life.

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