On Friday, I finally attended my assessment for the FND clinic at The Royal Hospital for Intergrated Medicine linked to The National neurological hospital at Queens Square. The clinic is a multi disciplinary team of neuro psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. I was lucky enough to meet the head of the team. She is a specialist in Functional Neurological Disorder.
It makes a real difference to speak to professionals who actually understand how FND works. We spent well over an hour discussing my life and how FND effects me everyday. We went right back to my childhood and looked at aspects of my personality. After that we looked at the causes of my PTSD. It was agreed that there’s a possibility that the trauma I experienced could have led to me developing my symptoms.
Following our discussion, the doctor explained what they can offer me. They offer a 5 week rehabilitation course. This consists of treatment from all members of the team working together to help me deal with FND. I have to go to the hospital twice a week throughout the 5 weeks which is going to prove quite difficult in terms of organising the children. However, despite how hard this is going to be, I really feel that I need to give this a shot!
The doctor suggested reading a book called ‘The body keeps the score’, I have ordered it today. It basically discusses the brain as a processor and how trauma can attack the way the brain functions.
I’m thrilled to say that my youngest son is finally starting to look and feel better. It’s likely that he had something like glandular fever and hopefully he is ‘out of the woods’. My eldest son had an amazing time in France with his friend’s family. I’m so pleased to have my family all together and plan on resting up and enjoying what’s left of the holidays.
I start my psychotherapy this week which the neurologist at Queens Square said is a fantastic start. I have one hell of a journey ahead of me but I’m hoping this is all going to work towards a better life for me, Mr Right and my amazing boys!
Thanks for taking the time to read my story.