Diary Day 117: UK Government Work Health and Disability Green Paper Improving Lives

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/work-health-and-disability-improving-lives/work-health-and-disability-green-paper-improving-lives Over the last week I was aghast at the news yet again. The UK Government’s volte face regarding their approach to sick and disabled people in the benefit system is another assault in the arsenal of attacks meted on those too unwell or disabled to work. Remember when Theresa May took over as PM […]

Diary Day 92: CFSME and Finances. About Housing Benefit – Entitlement, ESA, Something To Help You If You Are In The Same Situation.

I’ve moved house 3, nope, 4 times since I’ve had MECFS and been too unwell to work.  All of those house moves have happened as a direct result of not pulling in a salary that covered my London rent on the flat I was living in when I went from being on Statutory Sick Pay […]

Tory Majority Day 85: What’s Also Wrong With The MECFS PACE Trial – The NHS Should Have Done The Critical Analysis So Tom Kindlon Didn’t Have To

I’ve said beforehand in this blog that I come from a varied professional background and that includes working in the UK NHS. That was before I got MECFS, that is. I’m not now fit to work in any capacity, so rapacious is this illness for which in the UK there is only one treatment option within […]

Diary Day 80: Finding Somewhere To Live on Housing Benefit – Fate Smiles Because I Had To Be Open About Having CFSME

I am typing this post from the spare bed in the laundry room at my Silver Surfer Dad’s house. I moved in last weekend and this week has been such a total sea change from what it was like before.  Life’s changed completely and beautifully opened up again. 🙂 And I’m not only feeling relaxed […]

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 […]

Tory Majority Day 77: What Works – My Rule Of Thumb For Getting MECFS Symptoms Reigned In

I’m suffering from an increase in MECFS symptoms at the moment but if you follow my diary you’ll have read how it feels pretty much every time I post. There’s never a day that goes past where the unwelcome guest isn’t in my life, so what do I do that makes it possible to manage the symptoms […]

Tory Majority Day 42: Permitted Work Claiming ESA or DWP Tripwire?

It was father’s day this Sunday and I spent some time with silver surfer Dad and my sister, HS.  The subject of Permitted Work came up. Permitted Work is a scheme run by the Department for Work and Pensions for people who are claiming Employment and Support Allowance, the UK’s sickness benefit payable to people who […]