Health & ME/CFS

2 Hours With ME, and Dysautonomia: May 12th, International ME/CFS Awareness Day

I called Rhiannon, a touch of panic in my tone of voice. I have screwed up. She made me a power smoothie before she left for shopping, and I drank it too fast. "I didn't even drink the whole thing, only half!" I explained. Now, the icy drink sits in my stomach, and its chill… Continue reading 2 Hours With ME, and Dysautonomia: May 12th, International ME/CFS Awareness Day

Health & ME/CFS, This Crazy Life

Lightbulb Moments: Topamax, Meds, Starvation and Adrenal Issues

The past few days have seen two important "lightbulb" moments happen for me, which I'm sharing here because I know many of my fellow patients are facing similar problems and on similar meds... The ER Visit The Wasn't: Late yesterday afternoon, I started feeling decidely "off," even for me. I was brewing a hormonal migraine,… Continue reading Lightbulb Moments: Topamax, Meds, Starvation and Adrenal Issues

Health & ME/CFS, Migraines, This Crazy Life

Teetering

For some time now, since the "protein wasting," also called muscle wasting, and unintentional, major weight loss started, two years ago or so, we've been refering to my overall health status as "precariously balanced." When I say "we," I don't just mean Rhiannon & I, but also, my doctors. We are a team, working collaboratively… Continue reading Teetering

Health & ME/CFS, This Crazy Life

And Then, Everything Changed, Part 1

The last 6 weeks or so have seen some massive changes happen in my life, some for the better, some for the (much) worse. I had planned a nice long post detailing the adrenal exhaustion, stage 3, I was diagnosed with, and how that is so common in my fellow ME/CFS patients, but since I'm… Continue reading And Then, Everything Changed, Part 1

Health & ME/CFS

We Know the Enemy, or ME/CFS/FMS Explained Again.

My mother said to me the other day that my brother can't seem to wrap his mind around the concept that I'm really sick and there's really very little that can be done about it. He seems to still think that "if I only went to better doctors or the right hospital, they could figure… Continue reading We Know the Enemy, or ME/CFS/FMS Explained Again.

Ash's Advice, Health & ME/CFS

Ash’s Advice: Part One of Many To Come

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