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Jozephine

I've been living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia for most of my adult life although I didn't know it. It really took a hold six years ago when I was working in a stressful job and a number of big life events happened in a short space of time. I crashed big style. It took another... Full Bio
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Back to Life, Back to Reality by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Maybe I should head up all my posts with song titles? Or maybe not. I'm sorry about the Hollywood ending to my last post - I was in 'pass the bucket' mode. I suppose I am hope ... Read on »
Backache and The Queen. by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Three steps forward, two back. I lifted a heavy bag when shopping on Friday and it's given me awful backache. Generally I seem to be swapping fatigue for pain. As I went int ... Read on »
Bats by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Time for a quick post before I get on with some stuff. We went on a bat walk the other night. I belong to a community group that is working to preserve and open up an ... Read on »
Benchmarks and reality checks (part 1) by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome An annual holiday is a good way of checking in on my long term recovery. My daughter says I'm a lot better than I was. Our shopping trip was longer than last year's and she ... Read on »
Benchmarks and reality checks (part 2) by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm still feeling pretty flat after the trip, which is to be expected. I've got loads of anxiety about getting back into things. They will just have to wait until I ... Read on »
Benefits anxiety by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm still in rather a relapse after my Damson Day efforts, and all the anxiety surrounding my welfare benefits. Last week I got a bus to my local Citizen's Advice Bureau in ... Read on »
Betrayal by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Where are we now? Two thirds through January. At the beginning of October my Incapacity Benefit payments were stopped because I had a medical assessment which deemed me fit ... Read on »
Big and little changes by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I was just over at Lee Lee Ingram's blog, commenting on his observation that his condition waxes and wanes. Also, Shelli has been talking about big events that have caused ... Read on »
Big changes by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Trigger warning: this post contains references to traumatic sexual abuse The last year has been both tough and amazing. Those of you following for a while know abou ... Read on »
Birds, benefits and buses by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Interesting how just acknowledging my frustrations has changed things. Until Lee Lee mentioned it, I hadn't seen my dependence as a loss. And AJ hadn't been particularly aw ... Read on »
Birdsong by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome My favourite part of the day is when I get up in the morning, make coffee and log on to my blogging dashboard. Then I read what everyone is up to. Some mornings there may only ... Read on »
Birdwatching by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After a dreadful, wet Summer we are having a spell of warm and settled weather. I love this time of year. The resolutely green screen of trees outside my window has yellowed s ... Read on »
Birthday memories by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I am still largely 'in crash' from last week's party, which seems such a long time ago now. I pulled out all my energy stops and sailed through on adrenaline, sugar and caf ... Read on »
Bit of Normality by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Ah, bliss. A couple of days of normality and I'm back on track again. I've decided to abandon the reduction of my SSRI antidepressant and have gone back up to 10mg. I've ... Read on »
Biting off just a little more than I can chew, leg wise. by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This is 'The Dale' seen from the Holy Trinity Churchyard. Somewhere down there Abraham Darby first smelted iron with coke instead of charcoal. It was a development on a ... Read on »
Blackberries by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Blackberries, originally uploaded by jozephine. Arrived back home today after a very mellow week. Will tell all soon but I may not be back up to blogging speed for a da ... Read on »
Bored by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Bored, bored, bored. This chest cold thing is hanging around and I'm too floppy even to crochet. I'm missing this glorious Autumn. When I was working I used to get frustrat ... Read on »
Bored by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm bored. Been ensconced on my sofa all day. I get dizzy when I stand up and am pretty dozy too. I watched 633 Squadron which was on at lunchtime. You know it's the one wit ... Read on »
Bottoming Out by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sometimes you just have to sit with it until something changes. A good friend of mine popped in to see me yesterday. It may have been the opportunity to talk or the exercise s ... Read on »
Bouncing Back by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Well, actually I was wrong. I was expecting a protracted crash but I was fine again by yesterday. In fact, bouyed up by two days of complete rest (albeit accompanied by a buck ... Read on »