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 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 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, […]

Tory Majority Day 76: The Realisation Of The Limitations Of Having MECFS

It’s become obvious again: that this condition, this illness, this disability steals your life, your health and your choices. I’ve been having obvious spikes in symptoms over the last month. It’s not that I was well before the last month, honestly I wasn’t, but today I realised that before pressing the big red button to […]

Tory Majority Day 41 Why Would Having MECFS Affect Your Emotional Brain?

I really like puzzles. I particularly like puzzles that are about the human mind, behavior and health. That’s one of the reasons why I studied Psychology.  Having ME has been exactly the same as it is for anyone having ME on an hour by hour basis. Filled with pain, sickness, exhaustion and the rest. However when […]

Tory Majority Day 39: Type 2 Diabetes and MECFS, Graded Exercise Therapy, On Your Bike?

In September last year a set of routine blood tests carried out by my GP told me something that I literally did not see coming: I was at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.  Before ME diagnosis – A OK – blood glucose normal. 2 years in to having ME – this! The blood tests were […]

Tory Majority Day 37: Preparation For Moving Home, How To With ME CFS

My father said: “Isn’t this a bit…premature,” when he heard that I was getting my home and my possessions ready for the move. “Maybe, Dad, “I replied, “but while I’ve got the energy to do it, I have to get the flat straight. Once I start proceeding with breaking the tenancy agreement and all that […]

Tory Majority Day 36: What Julie The Disability Rights Worker Asked In My Housing Assessment

It appears that some of you who read my diary are particularly interested in the situation with my housing.  Since my at-home assessment with Julie, my new disability rights worker, on Tuesday this week I haven’t written more about it. This was intentional because I was processing a lot of what was said and I […]

Tory Majority Day 35: CBT Necessary To Aid Claimants With Mental Health Issues? You’re Having A Giraffe..

A while ago – I forget exactly when thanks to brain fog – I read a Tweet from someone in south London saying that in their local job center there’s a team of health professionals who are working with welfare claimants to ‘facilitate them into work.’ I must admit that when I read it, I […]