Chronic Illness, Toxic Mold, and Unexpected Death

I haven’t posted lately because my father recently died unexpectedly. He and my mother moved to a slightly warmer state nine years ago. My daughter and I helped them move in, but then her condition worsened over the years so making (and affording) the fourteen hour one-way trip was impossible. I’ve focused many of my … More Chronic Illness, Toxic Mold, and Unexpected Death

Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women

“Women’s health became synonymous with reproduction: breasts, ovaries, uterus, pregnancy. It’s this term we now refer to as “bikini medicine.” And this stayed this way until about the 1980s, when this concept was challenged by the medical community and by the public health policymakers when they realized that by excluding women from all medical research … More Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women

Empathy

I’ve written before that I started writing my book as an outlet for my frustrations after dealing with doctors’ hurtful attitudes for too many years. On the drive home following yet one more upsetting appointment I remember telling my daughter that we needed to find a doctor who had experienced chronic illness firsthand, because then … More Empathy

More About Dysautonomia: POTS

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) POTS is a form of dysautonomia. What is Dysautonomia? Read more about dysuatonomia here The disabling symptoms caused by POTS are similar to living with congestive heart failure. Some POTS patients have had symptoms since birth, but most patients were active and healthy until something triggered a sudden onset of POTS. The … More More About Dysautonomia: POTS

About Dysautonomia

People living with dysautonomia have  malfunctioning autonomic nervous systems, which can result in a myriad of symptoms such as fainting, unstable blood pressure, abnormal heart rates, severe gastrointestinal distress, cognitive impairment (“brain fog”), neuropathy (nerve damage), extreme fatigue, low blood volume, blood pooling in the extremities, and even in severe cases, death. Basically the autonomic nervous system controls … More About Dysautonomia

Thoughts about Women’s Medical Treatment in the United States

I recently read the 2011 second edition of Barbara Ehrenreich’s and Deirdre English’s book, Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness. I highly recommend it for its eye-opening view of women’s medical treatment from about 1865 to 1920. The authors self-published their “pamphlet” in 1973 and I was upset reading their last chapter concerning … More Thoughts about Women’s Medical Treatment in the United States

The Exhausting Job of Being Chronically Ill

In the United States, approximately 130 million people suffer from chronic illness. Many of those people don’t look sick and many of those people may feel uncomfortable sharing their symptoms in order to “prove” that they are chronically ill. Unfortunately, even if they do share their symptoms the end result might not be what they … More The Exhausting Job of Being Chronically Ill