100% school attendance, is this good?

Last Friday my daughter Libby, she’s 11 in her last year at primary school, got a certificate for 100% attendance since the beginning of the school year September 2017, her mother Sarah thought this was more significant than Libby, who wasn’t really that bothered, or so she says!

My reaction was less impressed as I take issue with the Government and the education system fining parents if they take their child out of school without permission, absolutely ridiculous in my opinion and quite frankly counter productive.

Yesterday as usual I went to look after Libby and feed her after school while Sarah (her mother) goes out, is home later from work, does something, who knows, who cares. I do this every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, on this occasion Libby was home off school as she was unwell with a cold, ironic now her 100% attendance is ruined.

Libby is back at school today, her choice but encouraged by Sarah, now is this a good, as someone with M.E. who potentially developed it as a result of pushing myself and continuing to work when I had a cold or flu, I’m not so sure this was the right thing to do, not just for Libby but for anybody, child or adult and is the emphasis by schools on attendance adding to the pressure on both children and parents to return to school before they have fully recovered, in addition is this also helping to spread illness to other children or exacerbate illness!

Why am I tired today!

So I am tired today, but no other M.E. symptoms, I’ve been taking ME-Relief as normal, so why; is this normal?

There are many potential reasons, it’s Tuesday and yesterday I played a fairly hard game of squash, I try and play twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, I also didn’t sleep that well, was woken up and kept awake from about 04:00 Monday morning by the wind and Ruxley (black & white, pointer beagle cross) who was restless running up and down the stairs because of the wind.

After squash I emptied my car trailer of about 10 large (5 x 9ft & 4inches thick) sheets of polystyrene¬† as I was collecting a fridge freezer and guttering that afternoon, in addition before I could empty the trailer I had to replace the battery in the ride on lawnmower, I use the mower to move the trailer round my land (seven acres) as it is muddy and I don’t want to use my car and risk getting it stuck, I then had to fix the trailer, jockey wheel was loose and the lighting cable was broken.

I then drove to Whittlesey only 20 minutes away and loaded up the fridge freezer and guttering, then made tea for me, Libby and Sarah, returned home about nine that evening but didn’t empty the trailer, had a drink and watched a bit of TV.

I then didn’t sleep until after midnight on Monday, after playing squash my legs are often tense and I don’t always find it easy to relax and get to sleep, particularly if I’ve subsequently had a fairly active day, a protein shake often helps with the tension in my leg muscles.

I woke up before seven but didn’t rise until after eight. After breakfast I then emptied the trailer and dismantled a weight bench, I got for free off FreeCycle a few years ago and never really used it, but the metal square tubing and weights will hopefully be useful with other projects, specifically I need some weights on the front of my tractor, to keep it on the ground when lifting something heavy on the back.

So at age 53, 54 next month perhaps its not surprising I’m tired and has absolutely nothing to do with M.E.

Regardless of why I am tired today, with the help of ME-Relief and a good nights sleep, at least I know that tomorrow I will be fine again!


On this occasion M.E. appears to have nothing to do with me being tired.


Magic Morning (Effective Morning)

Starting your days right can have a significant impact on the rest of your day, week, month, year, the rest of your life, this is why mornings, or whenever you get up; morning is best, are so important.

I recently saw some YouTube videos about the “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod (his name always makes me think of Ron L Hubbard – Church of Scientology and Dune fame) he has also written a book but to my knowledge hasn’t started a cult, well not yet anyway.

I thought the idea the basic concept was good but I didn’t agree with everything he had to say and all his morning practices, I particularly got bored and skipped ahead when he started talking about his car accident when he was young and doctors told him he wouldn’t walk again (personally I’m not convinced it’s completely true, but I have no way of checking).

The basic idea is that you should get up early, he is recommending 04:00, but never appears to talk about going to bed early, he seems to imply you don’t need 8 hours sleep and can get used to 5, I completely disagree with this for anybody and particular for us with M E. Once up you go through a sequence of activities which he has created an acronym S.A.V.E.R.S (most self help books seem to like or at least have some kind of acronym to live your life by).

S – Silence, Meditation or Prayer.

A – Affirmations.

V – Visualizations

E – Exercise

R – Reading which I also think could be Research.

S – Scribing or Journal writing
(according to WordPress dictionary ‘Scribing’ is not a valid word?)

So you get up early every morning and you go through this routine and that is supposed to set you up to have a great, effective, fulfilling day – marvelous, and yes I think it probably would help quite a lot, so I thought as this is the beginning of a New Year and a New Me (or is that M E) I would devise my own, with its very own Acronym GM7SBMGRTG as follows: –

Get Up


7 Minute Exercise

Shower – Get Dressed



Gratitude or Gratefulness

Reflection – On previous Day, Week, Month Year (you can write it down or not, whatever works for you, I don’t – I look at my To Do List, for the previous day)

To Do List

Get Started

I feel my ‘Magic Morning’ might need some work before I can put it forward as something to rival Hals ‘Miracle Morning’, especially the acronym, it just doesn’t role off the tongue and might be a bit tricky to remember, but hopefully you get the idea!

Fear, Anxiety unable to Cope

Fear, Anxiety and feeling unable to Cope are very common feelings for people with M E and often misinterpreted by the medical profession as the psychological cause of physical symptoms rather than symptoms of a physical condition. These symptoms are also often misunderstood by family and friends with many of those same family and friends thinking you just need to pull yourself together and get on with life. (Much easier said than done, even for somebody with a psychological condition, and possibly even harder for you with a physical condition combined with psychological effects).

Cause & Effect

It is not always apparent or easy to know which is cause and which is effect even for you so not surprising other people find it confusing. So how do you know when at the same time you are also experiencing brain fog / confusion, you need to remember what you are like normally, think about similar circumstances in your past and how you felt, so is this a situation a circumstance in which if you were well you would be feeling the same fear, anxiety and inability to cope, if not then it is a symptom, the effect of M E, rather than a cause.

Feeling unable to cope is a reality, you probably aren’t able to cope well, you are unable to think clearly, to focus, to even understand where you are and what you are doing, this is not an irrational psychological problem!

Other things to try!

Vitamins – C, D, B Complex, Zinc & B12

In addition to ME-Relief I have taken vitamin supplements at times when I
have a cold or something else which causes my ME symptoms to return, Vitamin
C, D, B Complex, B12 and Zinc of these I believe the most beneficial for
fatigue has been the B12.

I generally buy B12 from Amazon as they don’t seem to be available in
supermarkets, but may be available from a chemist or health food shop – also
I have heard other people get B12 injections from their GP – but I haven’t.

Gel Ice Pack Back of neck

The other thing that seems to help particularly with brain fog and when I
feel disconnected from my body is a gel ice pack on the back of my neck for
a few minutes at a time, but wrapped in a thin cloth rather than direct as
it could cause ice burns!

I hope these suggestions help.