Author Archive for Carol Lefelt – Page 2

Me and My Body (My Body!) – Reflections on Free Will and Pudding Thighs….

My Body  I am built like a skinny pear. Seems I inherited mixed up genes: my mother’s mother’s skinny upper torso and my father’s mother’s ample bottom. (Grandma Pauline’s maiden name was Gross. She was buxom, but I received only her thighs and thick calves and ankles—along with her Read more [...]

Tilting South: Seeing Dr. Klimas in Miami – ‘A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle’ # 13

Dr.  Nancy Klimas, Chief Medical Officer of the Chronic Fatigue Center for Research and Treatment for Neuro-Immune Disorders, Miami, Florida, and her associate Dr. Irma Rey It was a pleasure to meet with people who believe in the disease, know its details, and understand the ordeals of its sufferers This Read more [...]

No Stone Unturned: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle #12

More Medical Maneuvers Even after the not-so-successful chronic fatigue doctors, alternative doctors, and Lyme Literate doctors, and as other health issues arose, my Odyssey continued.  Dr. Beatrix Roemheld-Hamm, internist in a family practice associated with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Read more [...]

Gaining Traction (Through Distraction): A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle #12

< Yell Fest – Unwelcome Distractions  With no proof whatsoever, I believe that many of us with debilitating chronic diseases are so focused on these diseases that other medical problems seem like annoying distractions. Get lost; I can’t be bothered with you. Healthy people have a troublesome Read more [...]

Two Therapists: ‘A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle” #11

I have been lucky to locate compassionate, smart therapists who, unlike many of my medical doctors, are good listeners without complicating preconceptions that get in the way of real help. I’ve read that Cognitive Behavior Therapy is most successful with ME/CFS patients, but I’ve found that personality Read more [...]

Marriage: A ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle’ #9

Steve  "I can't tell you how demoralizing it is to be helpless when somebody you love is suffering. It's tremendously emasculating because the biggest problem you want to solve, you can't, so every day is an experience of failure." Aaron Gell, quoting Laura Hillenbrand’s husband in “Chronic Read more [...]

‘Crashing!’… A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle Continues – Pt. VII”

Crash: to break or go to pieces with or as if with violence and noise; to fall, land, or hit with destructive force; to decline suddenly and steeply Mirriam-Webster online dictionary From My Journal 2011 Here I am again, dispirited, in bed for almost two weeks and barely able to make dinner Read more [...]

Lyme Literacy: A ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle’ Pt. VI

 Dr. Eugene Eskow, family practioner and my first Lyme doctor, Flemington, New Jersey Sometime in 2002, three years after the flu shot that did me in, I received a phone call from Carol Mekjian, a woman I had known before she moved from Highland Park with her husband, a physics professor, and two Read more [...]
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