Monday, January 18, 2010

Push on through to the other side

That's basically all I'm trying to do right now.

Despite everything last year, I managed to come out with one of the highest grades in our Foundation Degree class - this is an achievement of which I will always be proud!

However, this academic year has been a complete bust so far as the ME/CFS and Menieres is concerned. I had a very emotionally charged piece of news back in October/November which led to a rather hefty relapse, trying to come back from that with a ridiculous course load and a very active toddler has proven to be a task of herculean proportions.

My recovery was further hampered over the Christmas period when I ran out of the Betahistine prescribed to me to help control the Menieres - any doubts I had about their effectiveness have been firmly silenced having spent the best part of 2 weeks bedridden with dizziness, ear pain and nausea yet 3 days after restarting medication I'm back to ME/CFS 'normal'.

I've managed to obtain an extension for one piece of coursework but even so it will be tight, one exam has passed and I'm unsure as to whether I've made it on to the next module despite studying as hard as I possibly could for it, the other 2.. well fingers crossed eh?

Next semester should be better, according to my timetable I'm only in for 3 hours a day, 2 days a week which means I'll be able to actually pace myself and have set mealtimes again; regularity and a decent schedule are half the battle in managing this condition I've found.

..so lets just pray I've managed to get enough marks to pass the current semester because if I have to re-take anything I may as well give up now.

1 comment:

Joanne said...

Hi Vics
Just saw your post on my Google alerts.
I was diagnosed with ME/CFS but a chance course of antibiotics improved my condition and led my GP to consider Lyme disease eventually I consulted a private doctor who specialises in Lyme Disease and he confirmed the GP's suspicions. Now after long term antibiotics I am fully recovered.
There are two other such specialist one in Bolton who is also an ME/CFS specialist for Bolton and Bury PCT but the best in my opinion can be seen at Nuffield Newcastle Dr T Daymond or also he can be seen at Breakspear Hemel Hempstead.
Lyme Disease is caused by the bite of an infected tick but we are not always aware of the poppy seed sized tick and not everybody gets the Bulls Eye rash. Blood tests can miss50% and NHS follows IDSA discredited guidelines which are currently under review.

Do some research into this as a possible diagnosis yourself, there are many links into research and charities on my blog http://lookingatlyme.blogspot.com/
A chat line I belong to Eurolyme with over 2000 members there are 75% of us previously diagnosed with ME/CFS who have now been diagnosed with Lyme and on long term antibiotics are getting our health back.

Oh and Meniers is another common symptom of Lyme.
Good luck in finding the cause of your ME/CFS