"To say I'm angry is an understatement" ~ Lyme Disease and Dysautonomia

A Facebook post from a Lyme patient about low blood pressure and unacceptable reactions from doctors--in this case neurologists and cardiologists.The bp photo is part of her post.  The photo is mine from Philadelphia, which I just thought to add.  Commendable rant, as well as commendable sign-making and advocacy, from Katie Eelila....more

The Loveliest Little Earthquake ~ Friday Night In Montana

Western Montana has had three earthquakes in the last seven days.  No one I know took note of the first two (each 3.7) but just about everyone in a three town radius felt the 4.5 earthquake Friday night, and many people nearest me (a few miles from the epicenter) heard it as well....more

Why a Spreadsheet Could (But Probably Won't) Lead to More Sex In Your Relationship

First of all, a husband actually tried this, and might have saved his marriage and avoided internet infamy by realizing that the best route to more and better sex is almost always communication. ...more

On-Line Identity Crisis: My Long Break From Non-Illness Blogging

Last Spring, following a ridiculous level of workplace stress (predominantly drama-related rather than related to actual job duties, unfortunately, but sadly inescapable, despite best efforts of multiple levels of managers) my Lyme symptoms, including reduced facial movement and a lot of pain, started coming back.I talked to my boss and tried to wrap up projects, but the drama displaced constructive work time, symptoms increased, and project planning got way-layed, so that stepping back from the situation took far longer than I should have let it....more

Lyme Warriors ~ Lyme Disease Politics, Science, and Activism

You may have seen headlines in the past year about the increasing number of Lyme cases in the United States, or about the dramatic increase in the estimated number of annual cases.  But unless you've been afflicted with this illness or have known someone with it, you probably have no idea how infectious this topic can be, even aside from the illness itself....more

Survivors of Employment Discrimination Tend Not to Blog About It

I posted the following in one of my (neglected) blogs today:Why people don't blog about discrimination   ...more

Figure Eights (30 posts in 30 Days)

As I rounded out the first year of blogging, and the second year of chronic illness, I discovered the motivational value of 30 posts in 30 days campaings and national blog post month.  It is easy to get carried away, which in retrospect, I did.  I participated with multiple blogs, in fact....more

Bread and Roses Post ~ Roller Derby (how I almost spent my last normal day)

The very last day that I felt (mostly) normal was a Wednesday during Spring of 2010.  I had emailed the roller derby recruitment person about comingto their recruitment night that evening. I felt like I was coming down with a cold, though, and didn't want to spread it around.  I emailed them that I wouldn't make it after all so I didn't spread germs (which the person I emailed said she appreciated)....more

Updated Thoughts On a Blog I Shared On a Disease I Was Told I Had

Although the date on this post is 2011, it is actually November 13, 2014 as I write this update.  I've recently found posts on BlogHer dating back to at least 2011, so I can say I began blogging by at least that time.  I started multiple blogs by at least the beginning of 2011 as I began coping with what I had recently been told were a coincidental combination of chronic illnesses....more