Mum: So how are your exercises going?
Me: Fine thanks
Mum: You know it’s very important to do leg and core muscle exercises, they get the blood flowing and are good for your POTS. It increases keeps your leg muscles up to the job of sending blood back up around the body..
Me: I know Mum, (I've googled it to death as well) that’s why I’ve been doing them since I got sick
Mum looks at my stomach suspiciously, my t-shirt has ridden up on one side.
Her eyes glint mischievously.
She lurches towards the exposed skin, reaches out, grabs it and jiggles it energetically.
I yell and fend her off.
Me: What are you doing?
Mum: I’m looking for a good spot to tickle.
I can feel laughter building up inside of me, I look incredulously up at Mum, who is now giggling so much she can’t speak.
I reach for her ticklish spot (about 10cms off her ribs, in midair).
When we have finally stopped laughing, I lay on the bed clutch my aching stomach and wonder if I still need to do today’s abdominal exercises.