“Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Overdoes It

I overdid it yesterday.  How, you may ask?

I did my stretches and yoga.  I threw a turkey in the oven.  I folded TWO loads of laundry.  And I roasted some vegetables.

My sweet 13-year old daughter hugged me after dinner and said, "Boy, you really did a lot today, Mom."

*sigh*  This is why the type-A person inside of me is climbing up the walls.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Double Whammy

Close on the heels of my root canal, I came down with the flu.  It has wiped me out completely.  You know, prior to this, I never really connected that CFS "feels like" a bad case of the flu.  But this time, I noticed how the flu has amplified my CFS symptoms -- CFS on steroids! -- and I can now see the similarities.

I've been a lump on a log.  No writing.  No blogging.  No tweeting.  Barely any Facebook.  I'm hoping this week is a little more productive for me, but I still plan on taking it easy.

Getting the flu has also made me curious about the immune deficiencies of CFS.  I've heard about it but never really understood how it works.  I have noticed that although my throat and sinuses hurt, my body doesn't seem to be trying to get rid of the germs -- no mucous.  I've been doing a daily nasal rinse to compensate, and I think it's been helpful.  Hm.  I guess, after four years, there's still more for me to learn and understand about this disease.

Hope you all are doing well -- as good as can be expected, at least!  Enjoy your week of Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Different Kind of Ouch

Words that strike fear in the heart of any PWC (person with CFS):  I have a tooth ache.

It started Monday night, innocuous enough, but by Tuesday morning, it was raging.  I called my dentist, and they were able to squeeze me in yesterday at 3:30 pm.  Right in the middle of my scheduled rest.  :(

I was told I needed a root canal.  Hm, that's interesting, because the dentist I went to about five years ago was supposed to have done a root canal on that tooth.  Rip-off artist.  I guess that's what you get when you are in a new community and don't know how to get referrals to the good guys.

The procedure took about an hour and a half.  Luckily, I was able to ask for and receive nitrous oxide.  Ah, good ol' nitrous oxide.  At least it minimized some of the stress of the situation.  Hopefully, it will minimize my crash as well.

Because crashing I am!  I took pain medication last night before bed, but I woke at 2:15 am in agony.  Took more pills, but I awoke again at 5:15 am and had to wait another hour before I could safely take more pills.  I was grateful for the pain management techniques I had learned during my childbirth years.  I took another pill at 6:30 am.  Now I have to wait another hour before I can take another pill.  :(

Luckily, my kids are out of school for the long weekend, and I have no responsibilities I need to muddle through.  Just rest and recuperate.  I hope the crash is minimal and short-lived.  A root canal for a healthy person is traumatic enough; for PWCs, it's brutal.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Exciting News for Me

Many of you know that I started a website, Chronic Fatigue Community, about two years ago.  I spent a lot of time developing it, adding pages and articles about various topics related to CFS.  I was especially proud of the blog roll I had which included many of your blogs.  That list was the most visited page on my website, and it had the most repeat visits as well.

Well, my health deteriorated, and I was unable to keep adding to the site.  And although the site was a labor of love, and not expected to generate much income, I found that the annual $299 maintenance fee was too much for me.  So I made the decision to not renew it this year.

I just received an e-mail from the parent company, Site Sell.  They've made me a tremendous offer.  They want to reactivate the site and take over management of it.  They will monetize it and maybe add a few more articles to it and make it profitable.  They will split the proceeds with me 80/20 (I'd get 20% for doing nothing).  I have the option of renewing the website again at any time and taking it back over, keeping the benefits that they've added to the website.

They made the offer based on the website's content and potential.  They said they make an offer like this to only about 15% of the websites that choose not to renew.  I'm so excited that all that hard work won't go for naught, and that the information I've collected and shared will still be available to the public.  I'm also excited that the referrals to your blogs will still be accessible for people who are looking for support through the blog community.  If it ends up being profitable, well, it would be exciting to be able to add to the family's income for a change.

The site is .  It will still be down for awhile until they get it up and running again.