Diary Day 102: The Care Plan For CFSME Patients, What, No Prognosis?

It’s never happened. What? I hear you ask. Oh, being told what I can expect from this illness, my illness, CFSME. What do you mean? I’ve never been told by anyone I’ve seen in the medical profession, including GPs, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses or Physiotherapists – i.e. all the people I’ve seen for CFSME […]

Diary Day 101: An Example Of How MECFS Really is. Yes Really.

On Sunday afternoon, my family were visiting. It was the first time they’d seen me since Xmas, which, for a group of relatives who all live in London, and all regularly visit my silver surfer Dad, is an example of how much planning it takes for me to host a social event at my place. Honestly, […]

Diary Day 100: Reading Postive Press About The MECFS PACE Trial Upsets Me Again

I’ve been focussing my attention on other things recently – well, focussing what attention I have towards other things recently – I should say. Occasionally though, something has popped up in my timeline through stories that are circulating in the news, or via the ME charities and they pull my attention back towards CFSME and […]

Diary Day 98: Some Good MECFS Blogs You May Have Missed

Every week I get posts forwarded into my email inbox from other CFS or ME blogs. Here are some you might have missed, that have caught my eye: Jennie Spotila posts about how it’s impossible to find the right words to explain how the grief at losing her mother feels, something I can relate to since […]

Diary Day 97: Clinical Depression And MECFS – Post 1

This is a follow up post from yesterday, which was about how I manage my sleep problems using a prescribed drug from my GP called Mirtazapine (MTZ.) MTZ is an anti-depressant and with the history of ME being mistaken for, or treated as a primary mental health condition, I wrote yesterday’s post knowing it is […]

Diary Day 96: On Mirtazapine That Helps My CFSME, Plus SSRI Antidepressants and Amitriptyline

So, yesterday I blogged about  how I’m taking control of the things I know affect my ME symptoms in an attempt to gain more quality of life. I signed off saying that I would be more silent here – on the blog front-  in order to finish other writing I’m doing. Famous last words! It’s me, […]

Diary Day 94: Refocussing From MECFS Via Spoon Theory, Improving Quality Of Life.

Happy New Year readers! A bit late, I know, but recently I’ve been attempting something. I’ve been using Spoon Theory to try to give myself a bit more of something kind of special – a better quality of life (QOL). Before I carry on, aside for some life and health related basics measured for all, my QOL is […]

Diary Day 93: Having A Nasty Winter Cold Makes Me Look Back On Journey With MECFS

It was inevitable: it’s winter, I am running central heating for the first time in 2 years and I’ve just been through a house move, which for someone without ME would be stressful, but for someone with CFSME is doubley so. Yup, I’ve got a nasty horrible cold. My nose has been blown constantly since […]

Diary Day 91: In My New Home, Housing Benefit, Patient Group Direction Flu Jab, Telling Pharmacist What MECFS Is

….and hello December!  It’s more like the end of February down here at the moment, the sun is shining in the way it does when the season is changing from winter to Spring and you feel that warmth is coming. Maybe it’s also my good mood warming me up because I’m firmly ensconced in my […]

Diary Day 90: Pace Trial 5. Using Likert Scales Postively Skew Research Results. Anyone Got Copies Of PACE Case Report Forms?

(Screen capture from Measurement In Health Behaviour: Methods For Research and Evaluation by C K Dilorio)  I’m keeping today’s post short as the last 2 have been long and at times technical and my brain hurts, I didn’t rest enough yesterday and felt awful because of it. I don’t know about you!! Yesterday I re-read the […]