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.


Exercise Walking


I’ve been using the free version of this app for about 4 years to track my walking mainly with my dog Ruxley a black and white pointer cross with probably a beagle, can’t be sure as he is a rescue dog from Greece, which my parents got originally, but found him difficult as he runs off for hours chasing scents and birds and just won’t respond. Fortunately I have seven acres of land surrounded by more fields and only 10 properties down my 3 mile long road, so little traffic and therefore reasonably safe for Ruxley to run off, until I put up a fence, which he really didn’t like.

Ruxley doesn’t bark he howls and he used to go through the hedge on the left-hand  side of my land out to the rest of the fields surrounding me, but after I put up the fence and let him out for the first time he was not impressed, he went to where he usually got out and couldn’t, he tried a few other places and then came up to me and howled at me.

I use MapMyWalk most days and used to walk at Rings End Nature reserve and opposite WhiteMoor prison about 4-5k but now after clearing a track round my land about 0.6k walk, which I initially did when I tried to do C25K (Couch to 5K) another app last year.

MapMyWalk has some good features using the phones inbuilt GPS to create a map of where you are walking and therefore work out the distance which seems to be reasonably accurate, it also records pace, calories burned, heart rate if you have a compatible monitor, average pace and split pace. Once you complete your walk you have the option of posting to twitter and facebook, both of which I do see links below.

I try at least once a year to do some fairly long walks and have completed the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge in just under 12 hours about 29K and 3 peaks of at least 1000ft elevation. I’ve also done the PathFinder march here in Cambridgeshire which is 46 miles (about 74K) in a day starting at about 05:00 and finishing about 21:00, hoping to do this one again June 2018.

Link to my profile on MapMyWalk

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!

When to Push Yourself

After having ME for a while months or even years you are probably reluctant to push yourself and without the help of ME-Relief you would be absolutely right not to!

After taking ME-Relief for a few weeks you will find that your resilience and capacity is very much increased

The only way to know what you are now capable of, and I understand you may be cautious or reluctant, is to try, to push yourself beyond your previous limits, for some people this is easy and they just carry on as if they don’t have ME, I am one of those, but occasionally I get caught out and end up having to rest for a day or two, but I think this is okay I live with that, as long as I remember when I am not good to keep taking ME-Relief and that this is just temporary I will soon be fine again.

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!

Initially Great with ME-Relief, Now Tired!

I’ve had feedback from several people about how they feel great when they first start taking ME-Relief and then after about a week or 2 they crash (their description) and want to know is this normal, why has this happened and what to do about it.

Is it normal?

Well it is not the norm but as this has happened to several people it is normal for some people.

Why does this happen?

That is more difficult to answer, it seems to me the most likely cause is that after several months or even years of little or no physical activity followed by a few days of activity, because you are now feeling better, just takes time for your body to adjust.  Remember after only a week or 2 you still have ME, ME-Relief is a treatment not a cure, its function is to help you recover and to provide extra energy, put you back in the normal energy range while you recover, there will be times when you will over do things or when you are affected by something else a cold, flu or stress, when some of your ME symptoms will return, but with ME-Relief those times will be less often and last less time than before.

What can you do about when you don’t feel so good?

Keep taking the powder perhaps increase a little, instead of 3 times daily 4 or even 5 times, listen to your body and over time, it will let you know when you need to take more or less ME-Relief and when you can push yourself and when you can’t . GET (Graded Exercise Therapy) usually I would not recommend this for somebody with ME, most studies have shown this can be harmful, but with the help of ME-Relief as you start to feel stronger and more confident in your abilities, increasing your level of exercise gradually will help you to feel better both physically and psychologically, and will make you more resilient and more able physical as you recover.


Vitamin B12

I’ve been taking Vitamin B12 in addition to ME-Relief since August 2017, I starting taking B12 when after several 3 months of hard work on house renovations I was exhausted and the ME fatigue had returned. B12 helped me to focus and push myself beyond what I had previously been able to do, I noticed this particularly with exercise and playing squash.

It varies how much I take each day mainly because I forget or simply don’t feel I need it, but generally about 2 1000mcg (Micro Grams) and I prefer the flavoured ones that dissolve in the mouth, there are claims that these are most easily absorbed, but I don’t think it matters.

Can you take too much vitamin B 12?

This vitamin is not toxic, so you don’t have to worry that too much could be harmful. In fact, fatigue (as well as memory loss, balance problems, constipation and depression) are more likely to be symptoms of a B12 deficiency than of getting too much of it.

What does vitamin B12 do? More Info

The human body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, nerves, DNA, and carry out other functions. The average adult should get 2.4 micrograms a day. Like most vitamins, B12 can’t be made by the body. Instead, it must be gotten from food or supplements.

And therein lies the problem: Some people don’t consume enough vitamin B12 to meet their needs, while others can’t absorb enough, no matter how much they take in. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common, especially among older people. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated that 3.2% of adults over age 50 have a seriously low B12 level, and up to 20% may have a borderline deficiency.