POTS is a form of dysautonomia (a dysfunction of the nervous system) and is usually diagnosed using a tilt table test, but it can also be diagnosed with an active stand test. The average diagnosis time for POTS is 5-6 years, but can be diagnosed within 6 months of the first onset of symptoms.
This is a question that I asked myself when I started doing research into chronic illness. It took me a long time to accept that fact that I had a chronic illness and that I would probably be sick for the rest of my life.
The film starts with Susanna (Winona Ryder) trying to explain her suicide attempt to her doctor. it appears like he is only half listening to her and he questions her about illegal drug use. This struck a nerve with me as I have been frequently accused of being a drug addict, when I'm not, by doctors which has hindered my access to proper treatment in the past. Maybe it was appropriate in the 60's, but not today.
Spirited Away Embroidery ©2018 The Reluctant Spoonie I just love designs by Liam Ashurst and when I first came across them on Pinterest I knew I just had to embroider some for my living room. I've been doing embroidery for over 10 years, but I now find it to be quite challenging as my hands… Continue reading Studio Ghibli Embroidery
Getting out of the house when you live with a chronic illness is hard. If you have to rely on public transport to get about, it can make things even more difficult. As a general rule, I avoid travelling at peak times. Here are a few tips on rail travel for those living in the UK.
This month marks my four-year anniversary with POTS. I recently sat down and considered my time with chronic illness with regards to numbers. Here's what I came up with:
I made a bunch of these for my first batch of items I sent to Spoonie Survival Kits. I used Mariner yarns in one of their mermaid shades for the shells and pastel yellow, purple and blue for the heads and legs.
I've had POTS for almost four years. Here are a few products that I regularly use that I wish I'd known about sooner:
Last year, I set myself two goals: one personal and one professional and I managed to achieve them both. These days, I find that less is more when coming to setting goals for myself and I have found that I am much happier achieving two things per year than failing to get five things done in a month.