Tuesday, November 28, 2006

An Update

So, it's been nearly three months since I last updated my blog. Some readers know why, others I am sure can guess why. If you don't fall into either of those categories, then it'll suffice to say that I have been okay. There have been no traumas, no break-ups, no hospitalisations, no death and destruction. Thank you to those people who have contacted me to check I'm okay, it was really nice of you :)

Working back through things I have posted about...

I still have ME. Or CFS. Or fibromyalgia. Or whatever you want to call it - there's been a bit of a semantics debate about that elsewhere. I'm still ill, yeah? But I'm getting more used to it and if I'm careful I can do more things. Which is nice.

The withdrawal from the Cipramil was over and done with a couple of weeks after my last post at the beginning of September, and I am continuing to thrive quite happily without any form of antidepressants. I'm very glad to be off them again and have found myself wondering if it was such a bright idea to allow myself to go on them in the first place. I mean, I was a bit frustrated and upset about no longer being able to work and go for walks and ride my bike and all the rest of it, but I wasn't exactly slitting my wrists - so did my mental health need a pharmaceutical intervention, or would I have sorted myself out anyway?

Steve's work contract, which in the last post I made, was just beginning, is now coming to an end. As of this Friday he is a free man. He's got various things planned for the winter, like training courses, fixing up his motorbike, going skiing, a good chunk of hibernation and so on.

My mum's wedding went well. However given the nature of the internet, pictures will NOT be posted. Take my word for it that the bride and groom looked great and had a lovely day. The cake from Sweet-As was a definite hit, as were the wedding favours I had prepared.

The fits are still occurring when I am overtired. I had another EEG, a "sleep-deprived" one this time, but I haven't heard back about any results yet. I suspect that the EEG machine doesn't actually do anything, and the neurologists just think it's fun to make someone stay awake all night, no tea or coffee or chocolate and a hundred other conditions, and then stick wires to their head and flash bright lights at them.

Pip's Littlun turned two, and he's still every bit as adorable and lovely (and, on occasion, as much of a pain in the bum) as he was aged one. Pip's house looked like a tornado in the Early Learning Centre for a couple of weeks after the birthday, but now it's all cleared up. And ready for Christmas. Um.

The scooter is still wonderful for when I am at Steve's house. It's got wet a few times though. I had bought a supposedly "weatherproof" cover for it, but that's not much help in anything more than the lightest drizzle. So Steve is making a cover out of thick plastic sheets and duct tape.

...okay, I think that covers most of the stuff mentioned on the front page. I haven't gone through the archives. If I've missed anything just let me know in the comments. I may try and do another post later.


Mary said...

Thank you for your comment.

clairemichelle23 said...

If you have nothing nice to say why bother? It is just ridiculus.
Glad to hear you're ok Mary.Take Care

Mary said...

Always do :)

The Goldfish said...

Glad to see you back, Mary. :-)

Anonymous said...

Good to see you back on your on blog Mary :-).

Mary said...

Thanks guys. It's nice to be back :)

Anonymous said...

Hey welcome back! I got a little worried, but I took your MSN presence to mean you were alive but busy :)

Anonymous said...

It doesn't sound to me like you have Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue if you can keep up with this Blog and do all the stuff you do??? Any person that has fibro knows they could not keep up daily with the blog like you have..would be called dependable..which a fibro person is not because of the pain.

From a severe fibro patient that can only get on the computer once in a while.

Mary said...

cheers Pete :)

Anonymous, if you look carefully you will notice that I *don't* blog every day - far from it! I've just had a three-month break!

Every doctor I have seen since getting ill, including those at a specialist CFS clinic and my lifelong GP, have told me that I have classic CFS. I hope you will not be offended that I trust their medical opinions over yours.

Sally said...

Well said Mary - I am the mother of a 28 year old who has had ME/whatever for seventeen years - sometimes she lives (and graduates), sometimes she hibernates (two years the last time) so we know and understand the extremes that anyone with a chronic illness has to live with.
Good to read your blog.

I found this cover for your scooter, which may or may not be a better idea than polythene and gaffer tape ... The Scooter Shelter

Mary said...


There's some interesting stuff there.

link to Simplantex