Social distancing: day four (where alcohol is bloody helping)

Things are still pretty…abnormal. In the past few days we have gone from being advised to work from home if possible, to being told all schools are closing, to all social areas like pubs, restaurants, gyms etc. being told to close, effective immediately. I’m not completely sure if these more extreme measures were all part…

COVID-19 and chronic illness

Well, this is a weird time isn’t it? I have to admit, when the news of a new virus spreading in China first started trickling out I flashed back to all the post apocalyptic literature I’ve read over the years (The Stand and Station Eleven are two excellent examples I’ve read recently) and I wondered…

Update: botox experience

I posted earlier about the fact I had been offered a last minute appointment for botox, which was the next step in attempting to manage the chronic migraine I have had for over a year. I’m just back and have a few updates: Having a needle inject toxin into your face and neck 31 times…

When invisible illness becomes visible

It is generally pretty easy, with an invisible chronic illness, to look well. Healthy. Thriving even. A decent blow dry and some artfully applied make up can hide any amount of pain and fatigue and I can go about my day looking perfectly healthy, if somewhat slow moving. Sometimes it’s not a total lie. Sometimes…