Caregiving: Unexpected

[Trigger warning for discussion of suicide and self-harm.]

This week, my intention had been to start writing based on the suggestions from the Quickie article. But some things came up recently that my mind simply hasn’t been able to get away from. I have to say that Susan’s Weathering The Storm article (an excellent read – apologies to Susan for not saying that sooner) was a part of it. Why “Unexpected?” Because this all took me utterly by surprise. Read More Caregiving: Unexpected

Caregiving: Sex And Intimacy

Rather by accident, this is going up the day after Valentine’s. Perhaps my subconscious was trying to tell me something. Somewhat less subtle than my subconscious were the chocolates and roses from Mr. Juniper. I did ask him if they were to sweeten me up over this article and he burst out laughing. Read More Caregiving: Sex And Intimacy

Caregiving: Sleep

Unlike the headache that brought on The Diagnosis article, this week’s inspiration comes from the cat on my lap and a particular book I’ve been re-reading. Juniper Puss’s contribution has come, not unsurprisingly, from his incredible ability to sleep anywhere, anytime. The book’s contribution comes from me wanting to somehow drag a connection into an article, so I can wax lyrical for a sentence or two about how spectacular the aforementioned book is. Read More Caregiving: Sleep

Book Review: “How to Be Sick” by Toni Bernhard (and My Story of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

During a trip to Disney World in April 2009, I suffered a massive cold. Almost all of us did – my husband, my daughter (then five years old), my mom and myself. Only my 18-month-old son escaped with just a runny nose, but then he had his own porta-crib away from the rest of our germs. All that recirculated air, we said, before downing more Disney-priced Sudafed. Still, it was a vacation, and the adrenaline helped us power through. Soon after we were home, everyone recovered”¦

Except me.

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Caregiving: Medication

For some time now, we have been in crisis territory, although said crisis keeps trying to pretend it’s a rough patch, which is, quite frankly, ridiculous. A crisis doesn’t have enough letters to be a rough patch, for a start. And a rough patch doesn’t generally bring about such medication fun-times, either. Read More Caregiving: Medication

Caregiving: Stigma

In last week’s caregiving article, I wrote about The Diagnosis and mentioned stigma. Stigma came up in the comments, too. It’s something that’s been on my mind for a while, but I’m aware that it is something encountered in so many different ways. Read More Caregiving: Stigma

Caregiving: The Diagnosis

After an interesting weekend, I’ve gone back and forth on what to cover this week. A pounding headache seems to have done the trick and while I’ve been nursing the aforementioned headache with peppermint tea and painkillers, I’ve been thinking about The Diagnosis. Read More Caregiving: The Diagnosis