#Health Update for Harmony #Fribromyalgia and @vocal_creators #TopStories!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Today, I have some news for you, which I’ve thought long and hard about for a while.
Some of it is good and some not so good. So, here goes …
Many of you know I’ve experienced chronic pain and fatigue for a while now, on top of already being an amputee with chronic neuralgia and insomnia and all the fun that can bring at times.
Since June 2021, I experienced a sudden, unexplained onset of symptoms, which included nerve pain, muscle spasms, and extreme fatigue and brain fog.
I’ve been on high dose steroids since March 2022, and that has brought its own set of challenges. But at least it helped with the pain. From December, I have been on a punishing reducing regimen. It’s been a struggle to stay online and keep up with all of my fantastic online friends, but being online with you all is also something I love.
Finally, in December 2022, I had a consultation with a Rheumatology consultant. When I saw this lovely doctor again, at the end of January, he offered a tentative diagnosis: Fibromyalgia … and it is tentative at this stage.
At this point, I’m in the process of trying to find out as much about this condition as I can and research ways to help myself. Unfortunately, my GP is proving less than helpful, and I may end up completely on my own with this, medically speaking, which includes–and I can’t even think about this right now–not having any pain relief medication at all. His first words upon hearing ‘Fibromyalgia’ were: ‘There’s no treatment for that.’ He then went on to say he can’t keep prescribing pain meds long term. Well, what he said isn’t–strictly speaking–true. While there is no cure, there are treatment options, such as pain management. So, it seems I’m going to have to push hard here as well as find ways to treat the pain myself. Not great, but I’m determined. I have no choice, really.
It may be that I can find a specialist in private practice, with affordable rates–oh, goodness, I hope so!–who might be able to help me manage the symptoms and find workable solutions. Yet something else to which I will need to give time and energy.
Throughout all of this, I haven’t managed to write anything longer than short stories or poems for a LONG TIME. I have a novella obligation this year, which I desperately want to get written, and I’m missing that sort of writing! The reality is that I can’t do it all. Even though I REALLY REALLY want to.
So, I’m sad to say, you won’t be seeing me around as much online for a while. On a daily basis, by the time I’ve caught up on all your wonderful blog posts, responded to your lovely comments on my blog, and interacted on Twitter, I don’t have the energy or brain focus to do anything else. Some days, I can’t even read let alone write.
As you will have guessed by now, I’ve gone the long way around saying I’m going to have to take a break from being online until I get my novella written. This makes me so sad, yet also hopeful that at the end of it I can come back stronger and with a book to show for it!
I won’t disappear completely, and I will try and post here and on Vocal as regularly as possible. What I won’t be doing is be active on Twitter beyond the odd retweet or tweet, and neither will I be responding to all the blogs I’m following. Each day, I’ll try to do some, but I can’t make any promises.
I have review posts scheduled up to the beginning of April, and it is my hope to at least continue with those weekly review posts. But that will have to be a take-it-as-it-comes situation. Also, you’ll see me roughly once a month over at Story Empire with a series of posts on Homonyms, and I’d be delighted if you could come over and say hello on those days!
Vocal has become a great platform for me to express myself creatively and hone my poetic and short-fiction talents. And if I can manage it, I’d like to continue to put some energy and time into that and share the results with you …
… Which leads me to my good news of the day … I have not one but two–yes, TWO!!!–short stories that Vocal has named as Top Story, and I am so thrilled and shocked and awed and doing my happy dance! 💃💃💃
If you haven’t read them already, you can find each Top Story below …
I’m so sorry I won’t be able to be around to cheer you on or say hello as often as I’d like, and I hope you understand. It’s not because I don’t care, because I truly do!
At the moment, it seems that I have to retreat in order to advance. I can’t thank you enough for all your love and support over the years, and I appreciate each and every one of you.
I’d also like to say I’m still open to any of you who’d like to guest post with new releases from time to time. All I ask is that you give me plenty of time between sending the post materials and the date of posting!
This isn’t a goodbye but rather a ‘See You Soon!’
Hugs and Love, Harmony 💖🤗💖