Do you want some sickness on top of your sickness?

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Above: an image from Me Made May. I had to cut the month short (documenting at least) due to illness.

I’ve been a bit quiet lately as I’ve been down and out with this virus that’s going around. I know, I know – there’s nothing more tedious than someone complaining about having a cold, especially on their blog! But viruses hit the chronically ill a lot harder than they do able-bodied folks.

A cold that might manifest as a few sniffles and couch days for you, might mean a month of extreme difficulty sitting up, walking and conversing for me. Or to put it another way – if you are operating at 100%, a 5% reduction in activity doesn’t make much of a difference. But if you operate at 5% to begin with…

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. Text: Everything hurts and I'm dying.

For the most part, I consider myself lucky, as at least this illness will go away! (I hope – that note of doubt is forever whispering in the back of my head, what if this is the new normal?) And I’m certainly not as unwell as I was earlier this year, when I caught a summer cold and was so weak I couldn’t even sit upright in the car for a drive. But having spent 1/3 of this year being even sicker than usual is a bit of a bummer.

Anyway, crafting has been brought to a halt as I’m not quite strong enough to sit behind a sewing machine yet. When I can, you’ll be the first to know about it!


Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

7 thoughts on “Do you want some sickness on top of your sickness?”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had a virus as well as everything else. I don’t know about there but there seem to be a lot more long lingering viruses going on here. They’re excruciating, and I can only imagine how extra hard it would be with a chronic illness. Fingers crossed it leaves soon and is NOT the new normal.


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