Mobility parking – it’s not there for your (in)convenience

Today I went to the craft supply shop for sewing machine needles. On arriving, I found a truck parked in the disability parks, no permit displayed. The driver was coming out of a new bed shop that was being set up. I asked him where his permit was... he didn't have one, he was just … Continue reading Mobility parking – it’s not there for your (in)convenience

Reading for pleasure again: thank you, Chris, John, and Arthur.

As a child, I loved reading. I remember my first chapter book, received as a birthday or Christmas gift and read on busses to and from school, The Secret of Nym. I followed it up with Animal Farm, because it was about animals. I remember reserving The Neverending Story at the library and waiting months … Continue reading Reading for pleasure again: thank you, Chris, John, and Arthur.

Why would you willingly risk becoming like me?

I'm so baffled by vaccine reluctance, especially in populations old enough to remember polio. Covid causes long term damage and disability in a devastatingly high proportion of the infected. Severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-Coronavirus-disease-2019, aka SARS-COV-2, AKA Covid-19 attacks the organs, blood vessels, and nerves. It's not just a respiratory infection, it's a systemic disease. We are seeing data … Continue reading Why would you willingly risk becoming like me?

Beggars CAN be choosers and don’t let them tell you otherwise!

I'm angry. I was feeling miserable about this but now I'm angry. There's a support organisation that provides a variety of different services to people in NZ with ME/CFS, including grocery/meal deliveries, and now a small scale, pilot counselling programme. I have used their services on the past, and found them really lovely. Not this … Continue reading Beggars CAN be choosers and don’t let them tell you otherwise!

Under Pressure – finding better ways to monitor my body

This time last year I bought myself a fitness tracker watch with heart rate and blood pressure functions. I haven't compared the bp measure with a properly calibrated one yet, so the actual numbers may well be wrong (I know they're within the right ballpark though), but it is internally consistent, which is all I … Continue reading Under Pressure – finding better ways to monitor my body