Author Archive for Carol Lefelt – Page 3

‘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 [...]

Monkey Poop: The Alternative Medicine Practitioners – “A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle”

The Odyssey: Thirteen Years and Counting I’m currently taking TransFactors, Probiotics, Amoxicillin, Valtrex and vitamins. I’m praying someone doesn’t post that eating monkey poop will cure me. Nventor ( ) Dr. Michael Schacher Read more [...]

Seeing the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Specialists: Part III of “A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle”

(After trips to general practitioners, infectious disease specialists and psychiatrists don't produce results, Carol hits the ME/CFS specialist circuit. Check out more of Carol's "A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle" here.) Part Three: The Odyssey, Chapter 3 Dr. Richard Podell Dr. Richard Podell, Read more [...]

Antidepressants, Talk Therapy and Reich: The Early Therapists – Pt. III of ‘A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle’

(Part 3, The Odyssey, Chapter 2) Tom Johnson, a Therapist Friend of a Therapist Friend, Metuchen, NJ Another teeny dark office, filled with garage-sale stuffed furniture and noise machines for a hushed, secretive cloudiness. Tom was a nice-looking, sweet, smart man who used some techniques of cognitive Read more [...]

The Odyssey: Fourteen Years of Doctors. . . and Counting – A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle

“I would have been better off with a good village witch doctor than any of the so-called professionals who ‘took care’ of me for the first 15 years of my disease, all of whom did great harm to my mind, body and spirit.” Jamie Deckoff-Jones, MD  Odysseus took ten years to return home Read more [...]

Images from the First Year: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle – Part II

(The realization that she may be in this for the long haul and  job issues hit Carol hard as parts of her life begin to get peeled away in Pt. II of A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle - Cort)  "But You Don't Look Sick": Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle Pt I In the early months, from Read more [...]

“But You Don’t Look Sick”: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronicle – Part I

(Please welcome Carol to Health Rising as she tells us her chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) story. We didn't have a story section on Health Rising and I didn't think of having one until Carol sent me her oh so evocative story... Now we do...  Want to tell your story? Check out our Contributing Your Read more [...]