Diary Day 116: Will Publishing The CFSME PACE Trial Data Topple The NHS?

I stand alongside many bloggers, clinicians, academics and interested parties who have been calling for the publication of the PACE trial data. I am delighted that the last few weeks has seen a legal ‘win’ for all those people and more. One question predominates: “Why all the fuss about releasing the data anyway? If it’s […]

Diary Day 114: How To Have A Life and CFSME – A Spoonie’s Progress

It’s been a couple of months since I last blogged and that’s because I’ve been grasping the nettle of life!  It’s almost my 5 year anniversary of being diagnosed with CFSME. To some that’s a newbie, to me it represents 5 of the hardest years I’ve ever been through, period. But I’m 5 years into […]

Diary Day 109: 12th May ME Awareness Day, Milgram Experiment, PACE and The NHS

I missed writing something for 12th May, international ME awareness day this week but I read a lot of really good posts on people’s blogs that commemorate those lost and missing because of this disease.  I wondered what I wanted to write for ME Awareness Day. The thought: “write about what you know,” kept running […]

Diary Day 108: PACE Trial and Yesterday’s Post About MECFS Spectrum

Yesterday I wrote a fairly long post about how establishing research exploring the MECFS spectrum could change the context that the PACE Trial is viewed in.  Overnight I woke up and thought about it again. “There’s something much more simple and obvious,” I thought. It’s to do with the oft-quoted adage in research, “correlation does […]

Diary Day 107: Research Needed, MECFS Is A Spectrum Disorder, Energy Finite Though?

Yesterday I blogged about meeting a new friend for a cuppa.  While we were talking she talked about the in’s and out’s of having a child who is Autistic. Then we talked about the in’s and out’s of having CFSME. It’s the first time I’ve had to explain my experience of CFSME with someone who […]

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 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 89: PACE Trial 4. Confounding Variables, CBT And Desperation By The Time You Accept NHS Treatment

On a roll about the PACE trial, aren’t I 😉  It’s first thing in the morning, I’m still in bed and I’ve started to write. This is the only time of the day when my brain works well. Usually I wouldn’t do anything right now, except having a bath and getting dressed, saving energy for […]

Tory Majority Day 87: PACE Trial 2 – Why Wasn’t My Experience Of Attending An NHS CFSME Clinic Evaluated?

This is a follow up post from yesterdays about the PACE trial.  It could end up being quite technical so I’ll keep it short for those of us with brain fog or who don’t come from a health care background or aren’t that interested in research full stop! Outcome research is carried out in health care […]

Tory Majority Day 78: Why I Did Graded Exercise Therapy For MECFS And What It Was Like Plus CFSME and Diabetes

At the bottom of yesterday’s post, a reader posted a comment about why I’d written:  “None of them have helped my symptoms, except Graded Exercise Therapy. GET confirmed to me that I can do a bit of exercise and described exactly how much that is before I decline. It was useful in that way.” GET can […]