About living with ME/CFS.


Welcome to my world!

Social media. Image by Gino Crescoli.

Nu het corona-virus rondwaart in een groot deel van de wereld gelden er ook in Nederland steeds strengere maatregelen om de epidemie te kunnen blijven controleren. Veel mensen vinden het moeilijk dat ze door alle maatregelen grotendeels aan huis gebonden zijn. Voor mij is dit mijn normale dagelijkse leven, want door mijn beperkingen ben ik altijd aan huis gebonden. Kortom, welkom in mijn wereld!

Living with ME/CFS is… A black-out by brainfog

Fog. Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash

I recently had to give a workshop. To be able to do that I brought a box of stuff with me, which fitted perfectly under the seat of my wheelchair. Ideal, because that way I had my hands free to wheel.

The night before I had everything ready, so in the morning I lash that box under my seat. No problem at all, because it is not difficult and moreover I had done that before.

The day is going fine. My workshop is going well and it leads to a number of interesting conversations afterwards. In short, I am satisfied.

My experiences at the Fatigue Clinic


In the past year I did the multidisciplinary treatment at the Vermoeidheidkliniek (Fatigue Clinic), location De Bilt. When I contacted them, I had 4 specific questions and I wondered if they could help me with those issues. Yes, they certainly could, the internist and the occupational therapist assured me at the intake. Uunfortunately reality was different: the treatment caused me to regress so badly I almost became bedridden. In this blog you can read what happened.

ME/CFS and the MUPS myth

Cartoon. Sick man is lying in bed, connected to a heart monitor. Female doctor stands next to the bed and thinks: "Everything checks out normal".

For a long time I didn't want to write about MUPS, for several reasons. Because ME/CFS is not a MUPS. Because I don't want to encourage the MUPS myth around ME/CFS. Because the MUPS myth bears witness to an unparalleled arrogance. Because... However, I notice it is time for me to do write something about it. Why? For exactly the same reasons!

(More) unknown causes of ME/CFS: mold

Wall with (dark) mold.

If ME/CFS is suspected, some obvious causes are excluded, and then the examinations will soon stop. After all, the cause of ME/CFS is unknown, so further investigation is considered futile.

If you are willing to look further, then indeed all kinds of possible causes for ME/CFS will appear. A number of them can even be treated properly! Although that isn't always possible in the Netherlands. Mold is one of these examples.

Living with ME/CFS is... Having to write down everything, because I will forget it otherwise.

Since the ME/CFS I forget a lot: I have to write everything down, otherwise I will forget it again. In the past I forgot things too every once in a while, of course. But then I still knew that I had to remember something (but what again?). Most people will recognise this feeling. Now it is different.

Can or can't ME/CFS be (bio)medically identified?

Can or can't ME/CFS be (bio)medically identified?

In various groups or forums people regularly complain that it's so annoying that ME/CFS can't be determined biomedically. I think docters are able to determine ME/CFS biomedically indeed. After examination ME/CFS specialists are able to determine whether a person has or hasn't ME/CFS. They are able to exclude ME/CFS as well, for example if there's evidence of another disease.