So, I haven't been around much lately... but do not fear - I am alive!
Things have just been difficult for me this year. Very difficult. I mean, I haven't been as ill as I was in 2010 (my worst year yet), but things haven't been good at all...
Apart from the period problems I had at the start of the year (which my doctors now believe is endometriosis), I've spent the last 6-8 months battling chronic sinus, ear and throat infections. (If this last six-week-long course of antibiotics hasn't completely got rid of it, I'll need to have scans - but my doctor is trying to avoid this as she doesn't think I am well enough to go through those right now :/. On the plus side, the antibiotics really helped the acne that developed when I had to switch pills earlier in the year!)
Infections really stir up my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, heart and other issues - and the longer the infections go on for, the worse everything seems to get. My EDS symptoms have been worse than ever - with 10+ joint dislocations a day on average (which is around double last year's daily average for this time period). Apart from physio exercises, bracing/taping every part of my body, and being especially careful, there is not a lot that can be done about this. I'm hoping that things will settle down again once the infections clear up.
Anyway, due to my worse-than-usual health issues, I've been really missing my friends!!! I feel guilty for being away for so long, even though I know that my absence couldn't be helped. I just want to say that I'm really grateful to everyone who has supported me through my many illnesses. I am honestly more grateful than any words can convey! When I'm not around, I think of you all - and these thoughts really help me! When I return and read the beautiful messages that kind people have sent to me while I have been away, I am often overwhelmed with happy thoughts and cry happy tears because it is so amazing to know how many lovely people care! Thank you!!!