First off, I just can't seem to find work; a situation that has been dragging on for a year and a half now. I am now entering into severe financial difficulty, and am kept awake worrying most nights.
Secondly, I lost another contact lens, 5 months after the last time this happened, which followed 5 months after the time before that. I can't afford to shell out another 255 euros for a replacement, so I've decided not to bother with getting one. I'd only lose it again, anyway.
Thirdly, and this is the clincher: earlier this week, I've been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I know it's not a death sentence, and with the proper care and medication, it needn't be the debilitating disease it once was, but still...it's something I could have done without.
I woke up a few weeks ago, and my knee hurt. Thinking I had probably lain on it funny, I ignored it and went about my routine as usual, until 3 days later, when the knee had swollen to twice its usual size and the pain become unbearable. I consulted my GP on the 5th day, who referred me to the orthopaedic consultant thinking it might be a problem with one of the menisci, but the X-ray didn't reveal any obvious injury to the bones; and so I had to wait for an MRI scan to be done, and then wait another 2 weeks for the orthopaedic consultant to return from his skiing holiday to give me the results. I was in excruciating pain for about 10 days, before the painkillers and anti-inflammatories started to kick in, and needed crutches to get around. Luckily, friends that live nearby were willing to help out with the groceries. I've been more or less alright for the last week, and can walk again unaided, though the stairs are still something of a trial (my leg won't bend very well). Anyway, the results from my MRI and blood tests have prompted the orthopaedic consultant to refer me to the rheumatologist, who I'll see in about 3 weeks' time. I expect to be fully recovered by then, but I'll keep the appointment anyway.