Thursday, 27 September 2007

Slowing down

I have not gone away (so sorry to disappoint). In case you wondered.

This has not been a hectic daily log of my thoughts and prejudices. It may get even slower.

Those of you curious enough to have read my personal details will know that I have ME and FM. For the uninitiated, ME is a highly debilitating condition in which you feel like you have staggered out of bed with the flu (and I mean influenza, not a 48 hour sniffle) and then run a marathon. You feel like that all the time. Those are your good days.

FM (fibromyalgia) is an equally debilitating condition in which the muscles hurt - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In my case, for the last 14 years. There is no let up. Pain killers strong enough to dull the pain also close down your cognitive abilities. And when they are already affected by ME...

I am not posting this for sympathy (oh well, go on, a little hug doesn't hurt - well it does, but it helps); merely to point out that there is a reason for the erratic nature and snail's pace of these ramblings.

There will be more - watch this space (unless you have something interesting to do like watch some paint dry).

24 comments:

JJ said...

Well, hugs then Graeme. We all go in fits and starts on our blogs, so don't worry. We'll all still be here.
JJx

Graeme K Talboys said...

Cheers, JJ. Just doing a bit of 'housekeeping' and concentrating on the novel, which means neglecting other stuff for a while. Hugs much appreciated.

Lane said...

((Graeme)).
And there's me twittering about a stupid cold:((

Glad you're concentrating on the novel and look forward to your next post, when you're ready.
x

Graeme K Talboys said...

Good grief, no, not twittering at all. It's all relative. A cold is a horrible thing, and Mr Lem Sip sounds an interesting companion. Interesting dream ;-)

I just find that at this time of year when we start getting cold weather, I slow down until I can adjust (usually by dragging out all the thermals, hooking up the electric foot warmer, and piling on the blankets).

Andrew said...

I know a little about what you're going thru via my wife who has FM, diabetes, and possibly CFS (as well as a bunch of other stuff).
We just got a puppy to help keep her company and encourage some exercise. Unfortunately the puppy might have to go due to my severe allergic reaction.
I'm pulling for you. Pain is probably the most distracting thing in the world. I know there's some days my wife can't even get out of bed.

Helen Shearer said...

My paint is already quite dry so I guess I'll just have to keep my eye on this blog. Hope you feel better soon. xo

Anne Brooke said...

Poor you - sounds horrendous. Am I allowed to send hugs anyway??

And my cold twittering has been far more than lane's (above!), so I am doubly shamed (about time too, we cry!)

Hugs

A
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Graeme K Talboys said...

Andrew: Regards to your wife. And shame about the pup. Our two cats are great companions.

Helen: Ah. Thanks. I still pop in and out and read other blogs, but the thought of organising anything so complicated as a long entry and posting it...

Anne: Oooh. no. Like I said, colds are horrible. Amazing how a tiny germ can make you feel so low. And thanks for the hugs.

Papoosue said...

One more hug from me. :-)

Graeme K Talboys said...

Ah. Bless. Thanks.

Viki Lane said...

I can only add my hugs. We love ya, Grum.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Aw. Cheers, Viki.

Cathy said...

Hugs Grum.

I think it is amazing how much you can write and how much you help others, despite what you go through everyday. You are truly an inspiration.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Aw, shucks. Thanks.

I think barking is a more appropriate word. But I suppose if I didn't do something with my brain I soon would be.

Helen said...

another *hug* from me too. Thanks for your comment on my blog the other day. It really helped.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Thanks. And glad to have been of help.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Here's a little hug (((little hug))) carefully avoiding the sorest bits.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Ah. Many thanks. Much appreciated.

wordtryst said...

Graeme, thanks for dropping by my blog and making me feel welcome. I'm sorry about your health challenges; they sound quite grim to me, yet you are achieving so much. That'll teach me to gripe about trivia. I too have been going on about my cold, which was pretty awful, but gone in a week or so.

Cyber hugs are winging their way through the telephone lines to you, all the way from Trinidad.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Aw. Thanks. They are much appreciated.

Viki Lane said...

As Cathy said, you are an inspiration, and you deserve on award.
There's one waiting for you on my blog, if you'd like to collect it.

xVx

Graeme K Talboys said...

Ooh, gosh. Thanks, Viki. And an award as well. I'm chuffed.

liz fenwick said...

Graeme, coming in late with ((()))S and I don't know if you have heard about this http://www.thebodytalks.com/default.asp but it might be worth looking at. Judy is a friend of mine that I met the first time I was in Dubai.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Hi Liz. Good to see you. And thanks for the ((()))s. Will take a look at the site.