Sunday, 15 September 2019

Weekly Update #77


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Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!


How the heck are we in mid-September already?! I feel like this month is on fast forward and I'm getting nothing done!

This week, I had another long and tiring week at work but a pretty chill week at home. 
I finally got some blog visiting done but I've still got a ton of comments to return and a load of posts I've flagged as wanting to read so I hope to get more time this coming week to do that.
Sadly, I haven't had much time or energy for writing blog posts... During the summer, I wrote most of my posts for the week at the weekend and it freed up the week to just visit and plan stuff. Now that work is kicking my butt again that's flown out the window and I'm just too drained to think or be creative in the evenings!
If I'm lucky, I'll finally finish some posts I've got in draft today.

In other news...
I had a hospital appointment a couple of weeks ago with the rheumatology consultant who has been seeing me for almost two years. After running every test and ruling out everything that could cover my symptoms, they've finally decided that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
What's interesting is that there's no diagnostic test for CFS and they diagnose a person with it when they've ruled out everything else that could cause the symptoms... That seems to me like a nice medical catch-all condition. 😕

I left the hospital really confused (and a bit pissed off) because even though I knew it was a possibility, it just doesn't mesh with my mental view of myself if that makes sense?
 I knew someone with CFS in my past job and she had to be signed off work (when things got bad) and was literally incapable of getting out of bed some days. Even at my absolute worst, I've been able to function (even if it's at a reduced capacity).
It just didn't seem to fit me so it took a fair bit of digesting.
Then I started reading and the more I read the more I learned and the more things came together and actually made sense.
CFS has a wide range of severity and I've been one of the luckier ones, I guess...
Now, I just need to learn to properly look after myself which, to be fair, I've been learning to do anyway as this has been going on for a really long time! But it's now a case of learning what I can do better to avoid flare-ups.
Anyway, life trots on and a name for things doesn't change much.



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This was a solid read featuring my favourite War Mage but it could have been a bit shorter and been just as good (if not better).



Kindle Unlimited 
Siren's Song by Karen Chance - I've been waiting on this one for a while and it tells the tale of what Pritkin was up to before reappearing in Brave The Tempest!

99p Sale
Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness - I've still to finish the All Souls Trilogy but when I saw Marcus's book at 99p I had to have it! It's an investment for the future!

Audio ARCs / Review Copies
Wake The Dead by Stacey Rourke - I've read some of Rourke's UF so I'm looking forward to branching out and listening to the audio for this one! Apparently, it's a cozy mystery!
America's Geekheart - Pippa Grant is new to me and listening to a contemporary romance on audio is definitely new to me but I'm pushing my audio boundaries! Let's see how it goes...

Freebies
Five Years Gone by Marie Force - This was the Romance Readers Club freebie this month!
Pucked by Helena Hunting - Was free on Amazon this week!


Big Bang Theory re-watch is still ongoing! We're on S6 now.


I love Imagine Dragons. 
500 Miles is a Scottish anthem - love it or hate it.
Combine the two? So much fun... 




Review: Taming Demons For Beginners by Annette Marie
Mini Reviews: Brave The Tempest & Sweep of The Blade



Mini Reviews: Stranded With The Billionaire & Bearly Tamed Grizzly
Blitz: Taming Demons For Beginners

And I may finish off a Family Adventures post! (Fingers crossed!)
Plus something else... I'm hoping for 4 posts!

Have a great week all!


39 comments:

  1. I've read a little about CFS and it can be pretty nasty. I'm glad that you are at the lower end of the scale and it sounds to me like you have the mental strength to kick CFS's ass most days!

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    1. I definitely am that! Some days are harder than others but as I said it's been going on so long now that I've learned to live with it. Now, I want to learn to live even better!

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  2. I'm so sorry that your week has been kicking your butt. Hope things get better. You deserve a good week!

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  3. Take care of yourself, hopefully you’ll have a better week, I have heard of CFS.
    Enjoy your books, I listened to Wake the Dead a few weeks ago and enjoyed it.

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    1. I'm enjoying Wake the Dead! It's been a nice surprise.

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  4. It is so tough to change routine! I am struggling as well. I hope you feel better soon.

    And when my husband and I started dating a million years ago, 500 miles was "our song". Lol. I definitely still love it. :)

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  5. I hope you are able to make some positive changes to help your diagnosis. Any time you are given an un provable diagnosis that seems like a catch all, it can be frustrating. Hang in there!

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    1. Thanks. I'm hopeful I'll be able to learn to manage it better. I've already adapted so much and that was before a diagnosis. It can only improve further!

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  6. Oh man, that really sucks, babe. I hadn't heard of CFS, before but seems like it can get really bad from the person you know who has it. I hope it doesn't get that bad for you.

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    1. It can get bad but I'm lucky to be mild. :)

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  7. I've heard of CFS but don't know much about it. Is there anything they can give you to lessen the symptoms? Do take care of yourself. I've had to learn that for myself as well.

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    1. Not really much they can prescribe... I need to take supplements for iron and vit D as I have a hard time maintaining those levels and if they fall too low they make the tiredness worse. I've also got to keep my underactive thyroid in check or it'll make things harder.

      I'm so lucky to be in the 'mild' category and still able to adapt and function. Some people can barely get out of bed!

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  8. LOL no one can sing 500 miles without the accent, even Dan Reynolds.

    I hope the diagnosis at least helps you to manage it better.

    Have a great reading week

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    1. Thanks, I'm sure it will.

      I love how he kept slipping into a Scottish accent!

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  9. Sorry to read about your CFS diagnose! Sounds really frustrating and I get why you're feeling angry about that.
    I agree on this month going by like crazy! Before you know it we have to Christmas shopping! LOL!
    I hope you have a good week! Happy Reading!

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    1. I do love Christmas shopping! But I want to enjoy autumn first, you know? lol Not blink and miss it.

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  10. Well, that's not the best news, but I guess if you have to have CFS at least you are still able to function. My cousin has it, and she cannot work. I hope they can help you manage it.

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    1. Exactly so! I'm in the 'mild' category but I can make adjustments and still go about life. Other people really aren't so lucky.

      I'm hoping to start some graded exercise therapy soon to start building my resilience and hopefully that along with all the other stuff I've learned to do over the past few years will keep everything in check!

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  11. I am sorry that you got a diagnosis for CSF, but I am happy that you at least have some answers and hopefully you can start working on a treatment and feeling better. I know what you mean about blogging. I am trying to catch up, but I am having a hard time balancing it all.

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    1. Thank you! I've been learning to manage myself for quite some time now but I hope to begin some graded exercise therapy to help me build up some endurance/resilience.

      Good luck with finding your life/blog balance!

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  12. I am sorry to hear that you have CFS Nicci! I fear such diagnose for me too as I am always running and doing things! You are right to learn balance and how to listen to your body to avoid flare up! Lots of love for you!

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    1. Thank you!
      It's hard! But it's a perfect reason to now say no, slow down and actually pay more attention to what I need!


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  13. I hope it helps and you can progress to feel better. My daughter has been told she has IBS and fibromyalgia mostly because she doesn't test for other things but I am not sure. We are progressing now with a Gastro specialist and I think we are finding something else. We will see. Happily, she is doing MUCH better with her OBGYN issues not causing any trouble.

    Have a lovely week, take some time to relax and enjoy your new reads!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. They debated fibromyalgia with me for a while but ruled it out for my inflammatory markers (while elevated) weren't high enough and I wasn't touch sensitive. I ache but they could poke/squeeze all they like and it didn't make me worse, lol.

      It sucks a bit but I'm lucky to be mild. I know I am.

      I'm glad your daughter is doing better and I hope the gastro specialist can get to the bottom of it all!

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  14. Agreed about September. How even is it halfway over already? And same here with blogging. I used to schedule in advance all the time but lately... everything's been last minute lol.

    Good luck with adjusting to the CFS diagnosis. That does sound frustrating but I hope it helps having an idea of what is wrong.

    Neat version of 500 Miles. :)

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    1. Thanks Greg, it does help. It gives me a tangible reason to say no and take care of myself properly now! lol

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  15. Hopefully along with your diagnosis they gave you some helpful remedies! Sorry to hear you're having to deal with that.

    I don't regularly have posts scheduled ahead of time. Most of the time my posts are written the night before, so good for you to have a few ready to go! :)

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    1. I found that scheduling the week ahead at the weekend before allowed me to have time for visits. When that doesn't happen it's one or the other and I usually panic and do neither because I'm tired and overwhelmed! lol

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  16. My SIL had CFS. She was able to go to school and work at the time but was always drained and had very little energy. My MIL has Rheumatoid Arthritis and I'm glad that you don't have that. She's in sooo much pain and has had to have multiple surgeries. But CFS is really difficult to live with too.

    She (my SIL) is much better now and has to watch her diet/take supplements/get rest. I hope that's how it works out for you.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I'm definitely glad I dont have R.Arthritis! My grandmother had that and it was horrible!

      It's weird in that I've been living with this for a few years now and, like your sister in law, it hasn't stopped me doing stuff but I'm always tired and drained. Tired is my default setting. I've learned to live with it and learned what makes me feel even worse and I try to avoid it. It's been working and I know I'm lucky that I'm 'functional' and my CFS is in the mild category but it sucks just the same.
      I'm hoping to begin graded exercise therapy soon to build up my stamina and hopefully begin to feel less tired! (Which seems counter intuitive... Exercise to feel less tired!)

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  17. Oh no, not the diagnosis you were wanting or expecting. I can understand your frustration. I hope you’re at least given ways to control it somewhat and lessen the effects. I hope to read Five Years Gone soon(ish) and hopefully it won’t break my heart too much.

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    1. I expect Five Years Gone to break my heart horribly. I'll probably avoid it for a long time, lol.

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  18. I'm glad that research made you realize why you were diagnosed with CFS, but it can be frustrating to get a diagnosis that just doesn't really make sense, or isn't at all what you expected. I hope you find ways to help with it though! I've been really off my blogging game lately too. I need to start scheduling ahead, but it's just been super busy offline lately.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Life just gets that way sometimes, doesn't it?
      Fingers crossed we both get back in the blogging mojo!

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  19. CFS runs in my family. Medical diagnosis are difficult when they don't mesh with your mental view of yourself. Medical doctors are always trying to manage symptoms, but you might want to check out a functional doctor. They are better at finding root causes and working towards healing as opposed to managing. I need to schedule more blog posts, but pretty much write them right before they are due. I enjoyed Pucked by Helena Hunting and hope you enjoy it as well. I'm wishing you lots of healing and light!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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