Tory Majority Day 32: A Game Changer For Affordable And Safe Housing

Anyone who has been following my diary knows I’m struggling with a quadruple-whammy because of my benefits situation, my disability, the unsafe and unhealthy property I rent and the lack of available or affordable housing in London. For those not following the up’s and down’s or are suffering from brain fog and want a recap, here it […]

Tory Majority Day 30: Cooking For The Week Ahead – Vegetarian Brown Rice Lentil Risotto

Having cooked in a rush last week and when I was tired, I had to rethink about how to approach my weekly cooking day differently. Well, let’s face it – it’s one thing riding high on the energy that exists when I wake up and going hell for leather with a massive advance cook for […]

Tory Majority Day 29: Fuctional Problems, Other’s Problems, Self Care, The Importance Of Sleep

Functional problems. That’s a word I use for the sort of problems that I deal with everyday. I got the word from the phrase ‘functioning addicts’ i.e. people who are addicts but their lives run around their addictions. It’s the everyday problems that having CFSME produces, my home, my lack of money, heat or eat, fuel […]

Tory Majority Day 28: Council Home Decision Against Me Are There Other Housing Options Now?

After I rested for a while and wrote yesterday’s diary entry, I did try ringing the council again to chase them up about my application for housing on medical grounds.   A woman answered the phone got my name wrong, then my age wrong, then with no warning read this out to me from her computer […]

Tory Majority Day 27: I Don’t Know What More I Can Do, Council Home Application, PsychoSocial Model Is A Fallacy

I don’t know what more I can do. I thought about phoning the Council today to chase up my council flat application, again. It’s been forever since I submitted the medical evidence – 2 months ago now. Every day I’ve gone to the front door and picked up a collection of letters in brown and […]

Tory Majority Day 24: Cooking On Benefits and With MECFS. Getting My Food Stash Ready

At the end of this post I said: “I’m now having to consider how I feed myself this week.” I survive on ESA so my budget for food is always tight – I’ve also got that whole thing happening about choosing whether to heat or eat in winter. Sometimes, whether it’s winter or summer at this […]

Tory Majority Day 16: Fuel Banks and Fuel Poverty – I Measure My Home And Health In Units Of Electricity.

On Wednesday this article was circulated over Twitter.  It’s a story written about a man who is welfare dependent. Due to the welfare benefit cuts under the Coalition government and the bedroom tax, he is using a fuel bank to have enough hot water to heat his home, wash, wash up and clean his clothes. […]

Tory Majority Day 13: CFSME As A Medical Priority And Getting A Council Home In London

As if being ‘on the sick’ doesn’t make me a enough of a dirty benefit scrounger, I’m also trying to get council housing. My application is based on medical and economic grounds. I’m putting forward evidence to prove to my local council that the conditions I live in are negatively impacting on my health. If it […]

Tory Majority Day 8: Insomnia, Justin Tomlinson. Benefit Sanctions and Victoria Derbyshire

I’ve said it myself: “ME is not only about the tiredness, folks.” I also suffer from insomnia.  I find the insomnia, rather than the sleepiness, one of the hardest ME symptoms to deal with. When it comes around it happens without any warning and is not usually linked to anything obvious that I’ve done or not […]

Tory Majority Day 7: The Mould Patrol At Home, Lunch Visit, Trust The Tory’s Welfare Reforms.

Wednesdays are a different day from the rest of my week because my 75 year old Dad comes to visit me at home. I cook homemade vegetable soup for our lunch – it’s cheap and he likes it – and I listen to him talking about all the things that have happened since last week […]