There have been a number of questions friends have been asking that haven't gotten answered, so here goes, in no particular order: Disability: I have appealed my Disability rejection to the highest level in Social Security, about two months ago. They can take a long, long, time to rule on things, apparently - up to… Continue reading In Which I Explain and Complain a Lot
Note: Ash's Advice is written by, me, Ash, a long-time patient with CFS/CFIDS/FMS/Chronic Lyme, etc. I am not a doctor, and nothing written here should be construed as medical advice. These are simply my musings - what I wish I was able to tell my younger, healthier self: the person I was before CFS/FMS pretty… Continue reading Ash’s Advice: Part 2 – Your Life Is In YOUR Hands
Each day, I wake up & it's the same, always the same: Make tea. Eat a Larabar or Luna Bar. Must have padding in there. For what's to come. The meds, and there are so many of them. They're sneaky. You start out with just one, but then over time, more get added: Lyrica: Big-Pharma's… Continue reading How Did This Happen?
Recently, friends have suggested that though I may be sick in body, I'm still a good writer, and that maybe through my writing I could find a way to help other people, especially other women, who are going through the trials and tribulations of chronic illness, whether it's called: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Myalgic Encephalomyelitis… Continue reading Ash’s Advice: Part One of Many To Come
The National CFIDS Foundation maintains a Patient Memorial List of people who have died of causes relating to CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), also known as CFIDS (chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome) or ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). They updated the list tonight, and I got notice of that through my Facebook feed. I thought I'd just… Continue reading There are no words.
(Interested in how this adventure turned out? See my 2nd anniversary recap to find out!) Yesterday evening, I picked up my prescription for a new medication, Valcyte. Valcyte is an anti-viral, similar to Valtrex, which I've taken for years. Both are effective against all the viruses in the Herpes family, and there are a lot… Continue reading Valcyte: The (Slightly) Scary Adventure Begins