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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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Overdoing It by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm doing too much, way too much. The recent increase in my antidepressant medication has kicked in and has made me rather agitated. This week I have been to a local commun ... Read on »
Ten things. by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome What a difference a few days makes. There always comes a point in one of my depressions when it bottoms out and I know I'm coming out of it. I had a false dawn a few weeks ... Read on »
A song for you by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm at a bit of a loss for words really, feeling like I want to blog but don't know what I want to say, or how to get started. I've just had a visit from a d ... Read on »
Wriggle Room by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It's brilliant sunshine outside but the ground is crispy with frost. I feel trapped inside the house by the cold. I long for days when I can flop about under a tree with a ... Read on »
Psychologising vs Somatising by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Somebody asked me yesterday what I thought was the trigger for this depression. I'm not sure I actually know. There are some obvious candidates: too much change in a short ... Read on »
A breath of fresh air by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Why is this Winter being so difficult and tenacious? After the exertions of the weekend, my energy envelope shrunk to almost nothing and my mood took a dive. I've seen the ... Read on »
Art Club by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm hiding out in the bedroom whilst AJ tries to cajole a grumpy Little R into getting dressed. While I'm trapped in here I thought I might as well blog. I have learned tha ... Read on »
In Payback by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm in payback from (I'm guessing) the benefit form stress of earlier in the week, and plumber stress. Our boiler keeps whumping so I called the landlord and he sent the pl ... Read on »
A little pissed off. by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A couple of days ago I received my renewal form for incapacity benefit. It's a hefty old thing and will take a few days to complete because fatigue and cognitive dysfunctio ... Read on »
Top ten heartlift comments by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome In the interests of PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) I'm posting the top ten comments which really make my heart sing. I thought they might be harder to find than the heartsi ... Read on »
Top ten heartsink comments by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Lots of top ten lists going around at the moment. Here's my top ten list of heartsink comments from well-meaning friends, family and health professionals. The comments that ... Read on »
Pooped by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Since it is the half term holidays we have had Little R staying with us for a few days. It's lovely to have him here but, from an energy point of view I find it very challe ... Read on »
A visit from the Ex by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm luxuriating in a day off. It's a Little R weekend and AJ has taken him off to visit an activity farm. I gracefully (and gratefully) declined to join them. Yesterday I p ... Read on »
Picking up where I left off by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Slowly I'm starting to resume my pre-depression activities. Last night I found my local Slimming World group and re-joined. My healthy eating had gone a bit adrift, so I'm ... Read on »
Turning the corner and a question about fumes. by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Thank the good Lord for drugs. I've started to notice a change. I'm a little more active for a start, and the feeling of having to force myself to do things is lessening. I ... Read on »
Difficult by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It was a bit of a nightmare weekend. We had little R and I made some Herculean efforts to be welcoming and functioning but I really wasn't up for it. By his next visit I sh ... Read on »
Stepping up by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I've woken up this morning with a monster headache and my whole body is stiff and aching. I know why. It's PEM otherwise known as payback. I've just discovered the term pay ... Read on »
Oh crap. by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I saw my new doctor yesterday afternoon. He gave me a short quiz to fill in to determine the severity of my depression. I scored 21 out of 27. I'm already on a list for cou ... Read on »
Down but not out by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome In the last few days I've woken up to the fact I'm quite badly depressed. I was blessed with a moment of insight which I can't actually remember now, but it clicked in en ... Read on »
Museum Piece. by Jozephine Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The snow has gone. The birds are overjoyed and have the luxury of sitting around in bushes preening themselves instead of scrabbling for food. My head cold finally went ove ... Read on »