Foggy is currently in Spain for the Real Madrid vs Sevilla football match tonight. Going to this match means that, so far in this campaign, he will have done sport on two different continents. Next week he is heading to Cape Town…..Africa will be the third continent to be Foggy’d!
This blog post is going back to basics. Since ME Foggy Dog was created, I have written about the human side of M.E. Today’s blog is literally going to tell you about M.E as a whole by using extracts from the M.E Association website (www.meassociation.org.uk).
‘All types of people at all ages are affected. Severe and debilitating fatigue, painful muscles and joints, disordered sleep, gastric disturbances, poor memory and concentration are commonplace. In many cases, onset is linked to a viral infection. Other triggers may include an operation or an accident, although some people experience a slow, insidious onset’.
‘In some the effects may be minimal but in a large number, lives are changed drastically: in the young, schooling and higher education can be severely disrupted; in the working population, employment becomes impossible for many. For all, social life and family life become restricted and in some cases severely strained. People may be housebound or confined to bed for months or years’.
‘Most people with ME/CFS fall into one of four groups:
- Those who manage to return to completely normal health, even though this may take a considerable period of time. The percentage falling into this category is fairly small.
- The majority, who tend to follow a fluctuating pattern with both good and bad periods of health. Relapses or exacerbations are often precipitated by infections, operations, temperature extremes or stressful events.
- A significant minority, who remain severely affected and may require a great deal of practical and social support.
- A few, who show continued deterioration, which is unusual in ME/CFS. When this occurs, a detailed medical assessment is advisable to rule out other possible diagnoses’.
- (Extracts from http://www.meassociation.org.uk/about/what-is-mecfs/)
This week, I created an online poll on Twitter. I wanted to know how much Foggy Followers felt they had learned from follow ing Foggy. I have been pleasantly surprised by the poll results received so far. There are a number of people , however, who still do not ‘get it’. This is completely understandable. M.E. is an incredibly complex illness to understand. With so many symptom combinations to get your head around it is like trying to hold a blob of jelly still. Constantly moving and changing. I hope that over time more people understand the nature of M.E and Team Foggy’s mission of raising awareness will have been achieved.
Don’t forget to sign up for Foggy’s email newsletters! Weekly newsletters start today. Please sign up via mefoggydog.org.