ME/CVS zorgt er vaak voor dat de informatieverwerking vertraagd is, zodat het langer duurt om informatie te verwerken. Het maakt daarbij niet uit of de informatie nieuw of al bekend is.
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.
Last summer I went camping for a week in a pod, a kind of wooden tent, with a good friend, who knows about my ME/CFS and is very understanding.
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!
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.
Today, the three patient organisations for people with ME/CFS have a round table discussion about ME with the committee of Family, health and care. I don't manage to be there in person, so I shared my story here.
This is what I wrote:
Jochem, 44 years old.
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.
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.
After a (not very intensive) conversation of half an hour in the morning and a travel time of 2x 20 minutes (cycling at ease), I can be so exhausted that I am not able to do anything else for the rest of the day. And "nothing" is really NOTHING!
Now I have been ill for about 3 years, something strange happens to me: I am starting to forget how it used to be. I realise very well I could do much more for the ME/CFS than I can do now, but the memory of my old life is starting to fade. I have become so used to my current situation that I can no longer imagine well what my former life was like.