I did a talk for my local support group. Here's a video of it. CW: discussion of suicide risk towards the end of the video. There may be other sensitive topics too, but I don't remember what I covered at the moment. I did a talk on tips, tricks, and life hacks for people with … Continue reading Tips, tricks, and life hacks for living with ME/CFS
In March 2020 the scientist of the ME community predicted that Covid-19 would cause ME, a lifelong post-viral fatiguing illness, in a portion of those who recovered from infection. They estimated roughly 5-10%, based on SARS1, would struggle to return to pre-infection energy levels, and that many of these would never recover. It didn't take … Continue reading I have Hipster Long Covid (I was doing it before it was cool), here’s my advice on how to avoid becoming like me
Am I depressed or flaring? I'm tired and can't get the energy to do anything. I feel sick. I have a headache. My stomach hurts. My mood is low and I'm having panic attacks and anxiety. I can't get to sleep but when I do I can't wake up. I want to cry but can't. … Continue reading Heads it wins, tails I lose
There is a lot of debate around the place about the naming of this condition from which I suffer and what is should be called. There is general agreement that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is an inappropriate and misleading name. Other names have been suggested by various groups, but there is yet to be an … Continue reading CFS vs ME, or something else entirely, or why names matter.
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?
I went to my ME support group meeting yesterday. I walked in and was greeted by another member: "Hi, how have you been? You look wrecked." "Thanks, I am." It's nice when someone notices.
I want to address something that I've said a few times in the past (Here and here, and I touch on it here, for example) with isn't entirely 100% perfectly accurate. That ME/CFS won't kill you. Aside from the increases in suicide risk, there is a very small chance that with assistance/negligence from medical professionals … Continue reading The good news is it won’t* kill you. (*without help)
I'm having a good day today. Days like today are dangerous. I woke up groggy but feeling ok. The sun was shining and the weather warming up. I've been sleeping better, making myself stick to a "normalish" day/night cycle. I have also been eating a little better lately, making a conscious effort to undo the … Continue reading The danger of feeling good
I went to an accessibility expo today. It was a bunch of companies promoting mobility aides and other accessibility and disability related equipment and services. While I was there I started pondering something that keeps coming up when I look at accessibility generally, anId for mobility aides for myself... It's like the old woman who … Continue reading There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza: failures of mobility aides to give independence
When I was a kid I thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem.* Weirdly, as inaccurate as the movie depictions were of quicksand, they make an excellent analogy for activity and ME. TV and movies taught me that if I fall into quicksand, the worst thing I could do is struggle, and … Continue reading Don’t fight the quicksand