Chronic Illness: Making Simple Errands Overwhelming

Autumn leaves on a tree. Title reads: When simple errands become overwhelming. Personal Update.

When unforeseen problems force me to go out despite severe ME/cfs, ​simple errands can become overwhelming very quickly. I had to go out today, needed to send off some paperwork, but my printer ran out of ink, again​! I needed to print off a load of sheets, so I had to take a bus to get that done at one place, then off on another bus to find a post office to send it.

By the time I got to the post office, my legs were not working properly anymore. It was like I was wading through lead or mercury, let's just say Nutella, have to keep things positive!.

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My First 6 Months Of ME/CFS: The Best And Worst Months Of My Life

Yellow roses on the right, Title on the left reads: My first 6 months housebound with MEcfs.

Today marks the end of six months since I got the viral infection that changed my life. That gloriously sunny day in Italy on the first of April 2015. It all happened so quickly and unexpectedly, I was out cycling in the countryside one minute and in bed the next. My body reached a point of weakness and exhaustion that I'd never known before and nothing has been the same since. 

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My Assessment And Diagnosis At The Chronic Fatigue Clinic

Clouds in a blue sky, Title reads: Assessment and diagnosis at the chronic fatigue clinic, an update on my ME/cfs journey.

I attended my first appointment with the Chronic Fatigue Clinic today. I finally have an official diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). At last!

I was referred to the CFS clinic by my doctor about 5 months ago, but the waiting lists are long. I've been searching for help online in the meantime and just doing what I can to manage alone.

The clinic is about 45 minutes away and requires a couple of changeovers by bus, so a dear friend travelled across the city to accompany me. 

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