Well, I had hoped that I would be back in work yesterday, and today. It was not to be.

Yesterday, I got up, got through the morning routine, and dressed. But, I was short of breath and my inhalers didn’t seem to help at all. Coughing up phlegm, I noticed that it had some blood in it. This did worry me somewhat.

The worry was short-lived. I contacted my doctor who asked about the blood and decided that as I was coughing up green phlegm, she didn’t need to see me. However, I was signed off work for more time.

Looking back over the year, I am not sure that my chest has been properly good all through the year, since just after Christmas 2016 when I ended up in hospital because I couldn’t breathe. So, this time, I aim to head back when I am well. So, I will have to negotiate the Irish Social Welfare payments for when you are not in work due to illness.

Wish me luck!