A bit of an update

Hey guys, I thought I’d do a bit of an update as posts may be a bit off schedule the next couple of weeks. Two weeks ago I had an operation to remove a big cyst and so these past two weeks posts have been scheduled and I hoped to be better by now so I could do my posts like I was before. Sorry if I’ve taken a while to reply to comments and I know I am way behind on reading blog posts but my concentration is getting better again. I think it’s more my ME knock on effect rather than the operation that’s getting in the way now as I was feeling so much better a couple of days after the operation than I have for years so hopefully this means I’ll actually have more energy and be able to spend more time on the blog. I might even get back to the five posts a week and more of a schedule for the different types of posts with five a week like I did the beginning of last year. That’s the goal anyway.

On the plus side I’ve had to relax and not do anything much and the weather has been nice so I have been catching up on my reading and the list of to read books outside. Though I highly doubt I’ll actually manage a book a week and have read 52 by the end of the year, maybe I should stop setting it as a goal but I do want o read more and it’s one way of doing that for me.

It has also taught me that I can actually do more scheduled posts, I’m just never organised to do this and forget after a few weeks but I’ll try to get into the habit more. I always used to worry that if I did them too​ far in advance they’d get out of date or I’d have new things arrive and mess the schedules up.

Also I do have some ideas for more health related posts but not sure how many people would be interested in them. I just is I’ve answered questions in the past about geberal anaesthetic and ME so might post about that as I’ve had a couple of experiences that were very different and I know before the surgery I was searching for information on the internet about things I’d need to take and remember so might do posts on that. I don’t know. Would any of you guys enjoy interested in those sorts of posts? I feel like I haven’t done many ME and health related posts recently.

Anyway, this isn’t much of a post but I wanted to do a bit of an update and explain why if I don’t post for a bit. Hope you’re all well and that the weather’s good wherever you are. Our early summer seems to have disappeared again here in the UK.

Trying Something New: the Low GL Diet

Sorry if this turned into a bit of a wall of text. I’m always a bit hesitant about posting the things I’ve tried for my M.E. especially when it’s anything diet related but I thought I’d do a bit of a post about a new diet that I’m trying because it’s not something I’d heard of before and see if anyone else has tried it, whether it was a success or not. Before I start I am definitely not a doctor or healthcare professional in any way and if you do decide to give this a go then do research and even check with your GP if you want, I did. 

One thing that I do get, which is apparently fairly common with M.E. patients according to an M.E. specialist I saw a couple of years ago, is post prandial hypoglycaemia (which I hope I spelled right!). Basically it means that a few hours after eating my blood sugar levels dip but, instead of just feeling hungry I actually almost faint. I say almost because I’ve always eaten something sweet when it gets to that point rather than test if I actually would. It’s like the effect diabetic people get but without diabetes (yes I have been tested for it, multiple times). This Low GL diet is aimed at getting your blood sugar levels even rather than a yoyo effect of highs and lows which can make you feel worse energy wise, never a good thing when energy is at a premium like with chronic illness, which has a knock on effect with energy, fat burning and generally feeling healthier.
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ME, Myself and I: Routines

One of the first things that seemed to get lost when I was first ill, and gets thrown out of the window fairly often when it comes to set backs, is a daily routine. When I was first ill I was at school so there’s an obvious routine and, like any time someone’s ill, days at home and no energy meant things like getting dressed every day or getting up at set times sort of disappeared.

I think when you’re first ill then it’s obviously not the top of your priorities to keep up a routine but when you’re well enough I think it helps quite a bit with having a more ‘normal’ day if there’s a bit of routine. Of course this does tend to disappear whenever I’m ill or don’t have the energy to do these things and it’s very hard to get back into one when you’ve broken the routine for a few days, or weeks sometimes. I think that’s why I often include some of these things that people would consider everyday things in my goals.

I’m not saying this works for everyone, I’m not a doctor and only going by my experiences over the past twelve years, and I’m kind of writing this to remind myself and try and kick myself back into a proper routine.

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