Some days there is no right side of the bed.....
Living with a neurological disorder that involves head pain there are many times when I don't feel quit right. Sometimes it's from pain and the general sense of brain disorder that goes with the territory and sometimes it's from the depression that is also part of the package.
'She/he is not half right' is a popular Irish saying to describe someone who has mental health issues but there are others that work equally well like 'Bad with the nerves' or 'Not all there' or, my particular favourite, 'There's just a little want..' Anything to avoid using the dreaded word Depression.
There are special delivery techniques for these sayings... they can either be whispered through a cupped hand or better still, the even less subtle 'out of the side of the mouth' method... best delivered with a knowing nod and wink towards the poor soul who happens to be 'not half right'.
Holy wells specialising in the curing of specific diseases can be found all over Ireland. Such illness are often reflected in the names given to the wells: Tobar na sul (the eye well); Tobar na plaighe (the well of the plague); Tobar na ngealt (the well of the insane) to name but a few.
Last weekend I took the waters at St Mullins well in County Carlow which is said to have the cure of both the headache and the plague. I left a sick selfie on the virgin as a offering.
I can declare a miracle... I have not had the plague since I was at the well... as for the headache... well... the less said about that the better...
Intermissions due to illness are a regular part of life for many people living with a disability and/or chronic illness. With me these pauses between acts can last a day, a week and sometimes months depending on the severity of the setback or flare up.
This makes long term planning and committing to deadlines a challenge to say the least. Nowadays when I make plans I try to factor in the probability that there will be periods, short or long, when I will be temporarily out of service.
When this happens I put out a virtual sign announcing that "The brain dept management regrets any inconvenienced caused during this stoppage... normal services should be resuming shortly... we hope..."