Author Archive for Carol Lefelt – Page 2

“Is it Time To Give Up Trying?” Thoughts at Age Seventy From ‘A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle’

I felt particularly sick for a long time before our trek out west from New Jersey– woozy and aching and listless – and liable to crash miserably after almost anything, like unloading the dishwasher or washing and blow-drying my hair. Maybe, as my husband hypothesized, anticipation of the Read more [...]

Christmas in Hawaii – A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle Continues

Christmas Week, 2013 Okay, so we all know the physical and emotional stresses for ME sufferers brought by the holidays. This year, I’m afraid, I added heaps more by agreeing to spend Christmas week in Hawaii at our time share with our children and now year-old grandson. We have this timeshare Read more [...]

My Job: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle #15

We humans define ourselves in terms of what we can DO. With CFS you have an existential crisis, cause you think, "If I can't DO, who or what AM I?" Chris B I walk to the wooden cubbies in my school’s front office to pick up my mail. Usually my box is stuffed with notices, pamphlets, messages Read more [...]

Nuturing: Family and Friends – “A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle” # 14

Are You My Mother? One of the first books we read to our sons was by P.D. Eastman called Are You My Mother?  A mother bird, wearing her white polka-dotted red head scarf or babushka as a symbol of family life, leaves her unhatched egg alone in its nest while she flies away in search of food. Alas, Read more [...]

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 [...]