Major task involved in leaving my home, hence it's been quite a while. Xmas Eve, my 1st and 2nd dose of prednisolone + oxygen tanks, arrival of daughter no. 1. Xmas a.m. arrange transport + 3rd dose prednisolone My GP agreed, a sensible idea to take them, based on she knows I can be trusted not to go mad on them. Benefits: Less stiff, less pain, lifts mood & helps fatigue. Cons. after a few days, the body does not want to stop. Problem is, it drives the appetite. You cant stop eating! Not good in the long term. Xmas Day was the best I can remember, def. worthwhile. 2 Happy grandchildren, 2 happy daughters & son-in-law, who cooked a delicious meal. I managed to last 'til 5pm (ish), home to my bed. Stopped prednisolone, the price being the pain returns of course, + I've pretty much slept since I got home. My daughter went home yesterday. I do remember waking from time to time, she smiled at me "You ok Mum?" Daughter no. 2 said youngest grandson (aged 2) is calling for "Nana" in his sleep!
There always seems to be a price to pay. For me, it was well worth it. Small family, but one without stress or bad feelings. I know there are relatives out there, some live quite close, my point is quality over quantity every time. You can choose your family, or at least those you want to share happy times with.