Health & ME/CFS

The End Of Chocolate, And Why I’ve Been Quiet

Note: This is long, but kind of has to be as it covers a lot of ground - it's about the past, the present, how the body works, and why I've been so quiet. This Halloween, there will be no chocolate for me; no Halloween goodies. An "old friend" (and I use that term very… Continue reading The End Of Chocolate, And Why I’ve Been Quiet

Furry Family, This Crazy Life

Animals: Thoughts and Considerations

So, I've been thinking about something (those who know me know it's time to groan). What follows is long and rambling, but, there are questions at the end. Specifically, I've been thinking about dogs, cats, companion animals, and farm animals, and how our society expects different behavior from the owner of a companion animal versus… Continue reading Animals: Thoughts and Considerations

Health & ME/CFS, This Crazy Life

There are no words.

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.

This Crazy Life

The Space Of A Heartbeat

There are some moments that stay frozen in time, frozen in my memory. Moments when everything changed, in the space of a heartbeat: Virginia Beach, 1999. Rhiannon was 4. We were playing in the waves, standing in hip deep water; I was holding her while the waves came in and broke on us. Laughing, giggling.… Continue reading The Space Of A Heartbeat

Furry Family

On Shunka

We're approaching a landmark in time... one I don't want. The one year anniversary of Shunka's death. If today was all PMS anger & frustration, yesterday was all PMS tears. I had a dream. Shunka was lying here beside me on the bed, and in the dream, I rolled over & put my arm around… Continue reading On Shunka