Not Allergic to Mold

I know I haven’t written in a long time, and there’s a reason for that which I will explain in my next post. In the meantime, this is a post that I wrote in January of 2017 and now realized that I never published it, so here it is… My last post strayed from the … More Not Allergic to Mold

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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

Doctor Appointments

As I wrote in my first blog entry, my book is a work of fiction. The main character is not as sick as my daughter. I didn’t want to overwhelm readers with too many symptoms and conditions, so I gave Drea only two syndromes, which still provided enough symptoms to portray the experiences of a … More Doctor Appointments