Hello Friends, I realize that this isn't a Friday, but I have been neglecting you as I dealt with my personal series of unfortunate events. To get back to some sense of regularity, and assuage my feelings of guilt, I am going to attempt (key word) more frequent writing to get everyone up to speed. … Continue reading A Little Bit Of Poking
Dear Friends, I have been mired in the land of self-pity and just general misery. There are things going on in my life and they are taking nearly all of my mental energy. While some people find it easy to write about the gritty and very personal things, I don't. I have certain boundaries that … Continue reading Chronic Pain, How Fun
Dear Friends, Given the heavy nature of my post last week, I decided we all needed something lighter. Recently, I was talking with my good friend Kim, of AutonomicRN- A "Dummies" Guide To Learning To Live As A Patient Instead Of A Nurse. Given that both of us live with migraine, autonomic dysfunction, and chronic … Continue reading If You Are Laughing It Can’t Hurt
CW: death Dear Friends, There is something that is weighing on my heart and I needed to get it out. I need to see the words form, flying across the page in a flash, and spilling out like water. I need to talk about death and I need to talk about grief. I generally try … Continue reading Grief: Chronic Illness and The End
Dear Friends, Self-care. I want you to stop right now and think of what the term means to you. The term is ubiquitous and conjures the idea of spa days or doing something out of the ordinary to indulge. Maybe you are thinking of your overloaded Pinterest board with inspiring quotes and recipes for homemade … Continue reading Self-Care:Caring For and About Yourself
Dear Friends, It has been some time since my last post, but this doesn't mean that I have forgotten you. When you live with any chronic illness, sometimes you need to think long and hard about where you will expend your energy. As of late, my energy has been wrapped up in various things I … Continue reading The Nothingness Inside
Hello Friends, Autumn is traditionally my favorite season. It is time to put away the last vestiges of an uncomfortable and humid New England summer. As the pumpkins reach their prime, the trees are ablaze in a riot of colors and brisk northern air indicates it is time to start baking and snuggling with … Continue reading November Pain
Dear Friends, As I mentioned in my last post, when I was discharged from the hospital, I did not walk out with a firm diagnosis. (Actually, I did not walk out at all, thanks to an enjoyable ride in a wheel chair.) I did, however, go home with a firm plan for recovery. This included … Continue reading The Medical Limbo: How Low Can You Go?