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Fortnightly Catch Up 17.05.2021 …

Welcome to the latest edition catch-up.

Specifically talking about my previous fortnight, I couldn’t have been more shocked with our news (will explain more below in the what’s new section).

Don’t forget whenever you see MiA … it means I have been unable to journal anything on that day due to serious illness or just because I was unable to do anything, except keep my head above water, on that particular day.

What’s New …

Last week we found out that my previously extremely strong and healthy husband has heart disease and needs an urgent bypass. We’ve been married since 1995 and except for a bout of food poisoning once and an allergy to cats / dogs he’s never ever sick. He’s never been off work sick (except the food poisoning). And now this …

We are both seriously blindsided and so my catchup will probably be filled with news about him. Him being in hospital and then coming home to convalesce for at least 12 weeks is going to be hard because he does everything for us both and without him I’m lost …

What’s Important …

Your health … if you have it, look after it and value it …

If you don’t have your health please love and nurture yourself and do whatever you can within your power to improve it …

Diary (03.05.2021-16.05.2021)

Monday …

As you can see, from my notes above and if you read my previous fortnightly catch up, you will realise my husband is in hospital having a double heart bypass.

This news has blindsided us as he is normally such a healthy person.

I do expect that an awful lot of my catch up diary, for however long, will be around him, his heart operation, getting him home, and his recovery.

That said, my life at home is going to change dramatically. He generally does everything and now I’ve definitely got to pick up the slack of some of those things.

Somehow.

Some of the things I’m just going to have to leave. Food shopping I’ve already done my first online order and I will just continue that way. Everything will be easy ready meals. We have a robot hoover and so that will just carry on hoovering on the days that I can cope with the noise. Dusting will have to get left. I only ever wear pyjamas so that will stay as it is and I don’t iron them neither. But when Andrew gets home if he can’t take care of his own ironing I don’t know what’s going to happen (he too will have to change his ways of being and let go of being able to wear what he wants).

In the here and now, a real biggie is keeping in touch. Generally, I do go on social media in moderation and obviously I work on my website. As regards my website I have quite a few articles scheduled to automatically post and I may not be able to add to those and I may also have to take a break in between when the scheduled ones end and starting up again. I know you will understand.

But I am also finding that keeping in contact with him means that I am forever looking at my phone. Because of this, I’ve had an awful lot more headaches and pain and I feel totally wiped out. Yet, as any ME/CFS suffers reading this will know the adrenaline running round my body is keeping me going but causing issues too, which will most certainly become worse as times goes on.

Tuesday …

MiA

I have woken up the most poorly and the sickest I have ever been with my ME.

I am breathless just lay in bed.

I did wake up with an awful 9/10 headache and just unbearable pain all over. But, thankfully the tablets have worked really well on the headache.

My upper back and overall body pains are still respectively in around 8/10 and 7/10 pain. In general this would really be too much for me to cope with. But today it’s the breathlessness, even lay in bed and I’m slightly breathless. I generally speak my writings into my iPad / iPhone, depending which I’m using, and it turns my words into text for me, but I can’t even do that today.

I have a call from my local ME clinic today and if I’m still like this when she rings I’m going to ask to speak to the doctor.

husband update : 12:00 it’s looking like he’s getting rid of the blood thinners really quickly and his operation is now scheduled for Thursday afternoon, not the seven days the consultant previously thought. That’s four days earlier than expected.

Wednesday …

MiA … I spent the whole day in bed …

It is my birthday today. I am 59 years of age. I was 22 when I first got sick and although it was mild in the beginning, it was mild in name only because I was quite severely ill and in hospital for nearly 2 months. Then after about a year the illness became mild. From that time until about five years ago I flitted between mild and moderate for many years. However, in the five years just gone I have become severe. And I now flit between severe and quite severe.

I’ve written a blog post about me, ME, my birthday and ‘a life unlived …’ …

I have also been sending photographs from the window to my husband daily and so I think I’ll share a few with yourselves.

05.05.2021 …

My husband is having his operation tomorrow circa 12:00. I feel really anxious and emotional. I’m also very conflicted because of how many people are concerned about him. He’s been told he will recover to his former self and he will have his life back. Yet the kindness and offers of help he is receiving are astounding by comparison to what I get.

I am devastated that no one really cares about me and unless something changes drastically I won’t ever get my health or life back. How twisted is the perspective people have about this awfully devastating illness. I can’t stop crying and I don’t mean flowing tears I mean heartbreaking turmoil and soul pain.

I also feel so guilty for being so concerned about myself when my husband needs me to care about him. I feel like such a bad selfish person. But this illness has taken everything away from me and I am so quiet about how pained by it all I am, no one knows or even cares.

Thursday …

MiA

I feel so anxious and sick …

My husband has gone for his operation today. During the timeframe of the operation I have a social services care assessment. I am entitled to help and the suggestion was for a personal assistant (PA), which means I’m not going to having to be messed with at set times in the day. However, a PA is means tested and so we will probably end up paying as we never seem to be entitled to anything. This country is a joke. I have to pay council tax, prescriptions etc and with what … I don’t earn and I’m not entitled to benefits. So it all falls on my husband. It’s a bloody joke but I won’t get started on that one.

My husband went for his surgery at 12:00 and I am ringing the hospital ward at 18:00 to find out it went etc.

16:30 – I have just had a phone call from the hospital. My husband is out of surgery and everything went well and everything looks well too. He is now going to the high dependency unit and he will be asleep for quite a while, maybe a day or two. But, I can ring the HDU at 6 o’clock for an update when they have had a chance to settled him in and they will able to give me a more up-to-date update… at 20:05 I got a phone call actually from my husband. He awake and doing pretty well by the sound of it.

Friday …

MiA

I’m at the dentist again for my extractions to be checked. There is something wrong. It’s now 25 days since I had them out and I still have a huge hole in the bottom one and a smaller hole in the top one. Likewise with pain. The bottoms one really hurts especially into my jaw and ear. And the top one hurts, but much less.

I also have updates from my husband. I spoke to him last night and I also spoke to him this morning at 5 o’clock in the morning, and then again at 09:30.

It is now 12:15 and I have started to feel incredibly poorly. I have a food delivery coming between 12:00-13:00 hours. And I am meant to be at the dentist at 14:30. I feel that unwell that I think I am having a major crash and getting a really bad migraine.

I ended up having to ring the dentist to cancel. There was nobody there to take my call so I left a message informing them that I may need to still see the dentist as I am still having issues with both extractions and that I will ring them on Monday if this is the case. However, I am too unwell make it today.

The food delivery came at 12:25. I put everything away that had to be chilled. I took aspirin because I had all the cocodamol I could take at this time. And then I went to bed to sleep.

Saturday …

I had a phone call with my husband today. He sounds much better but feels exhausted. He is only two days out of major open heart surgery. That said, he is claiming he will be home Monday. We will see …

I have been very unwell myself, again.

Sunday …

My husband rang today saying he could come home today.

WTAF 😱

I am so not ready. The house is a mess. There’s no food in and it’s not arriving until Tuesday.

Plus, last night I had the worse night I’ve had in a long time.

My body kept forgetting to breathe. Sounds awful. Sounds scary. It is.

I have had it before, when I was caring for my children when they were small and I would get it when I was extremely tired. But, I’ve not had it for years. I actually forgot about until it descended upon me last night.

Anyway, he has just rang again, he’s not coming home tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

Monday …

MiA

Tuesday …

MiA

Wednesday …

MiA

Thursday …

MiA

Friday …

MiA

This will have to be a very quick and brief update. My husband came home Monday night and was back in a different hospital by Wednesday.

He is back in hospital with infection and fluid on the lung. He’s been in for this time for a longer period of time than for the major open heart surgery.

I only made food (oven / microwave ready meals) for us for less that 24 hours and I’m floored. And so emergency care PA has been put in place for me and other arrangements will be available to us when my husband is discharged.

I will probably be out of action for sometime. But this, and future, fortnightly catchup will automatically post regardless, even if it’s empty of content.

Saturday …

MiA … I am struggling so much and it’s as if no one sees it or cares. Because the mr is in hospital and sick it’s as if I am expected to suddenly become well and keep up with everything that he used to do but is no longer able to do.

I believe this is closely linked with people’s attitudes to ME. It’s as if they are saying ‘ok you’ve had your fun, you’ve rested long enough. Time to shift yourself now’.

I am also being instructed to collect a case that’s too heavy for him. A case that when he asked for it, I said that’s too heavy, I can’t pick it up empty never mind with stuff in. And he isn’t meant to lift more than 1/2 a kettle in weight. This case, empty, weights more than two full kettles. Now, all of a sudden, it’s too heavy … can you come and get it …

D U H … nope sorry if you don’t need anything or you don’t need collecting then I cannot use my non existent energy to do that. The hospital is approx 50 miles away. I cried as I wrote my reply. But I have to protect myself. I have to let people know I am beyond my limits. I am entitled to a carer and care package, in the process of getting a PA and therefore, I am not well enough to be anybody’s carer because I need one myself.

Sunday …

MiA

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10 steps to practicing Radical Acceptance
according to DBT’s founder, Marsha Linehan:

 

1.  Observe that you are questioning or fighting reality (“it shouldn’t be this way”)

2.  Remind yourself that the unpleasant reality is just as it is and cannot be changed (“this is what happened”)

3.  Remind yourself that there are causes for the reality (“this is how things happened”)

4.  Practice accepting with your whole self (mind, body, spirit) - Use accepting self-talk, relaxation techniques, mindfulness and/or imagery

5.  List all of the behaviors you would engage in if you did accept the facts and then engage in those behaviors as if you have already accepted the facts

6.  Imagine, in your mind’s eye, believing what you do not want to accept and rehearse in your mind what you would do if you accepted what seems unacceptable

7.  Attend to body sensations as you think about what you need to accept

8.  Allow disappointment, sadness or grief to arise within you

9.  Acknowledge that life can be worth living even when there is pain

10.  Do pros and cons if you find yourself resisting practicing acceptance

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2009 Oct-Dec; 51(4): 239–241.
doi: 10.4103/0019-5545.58285: 10.4103/0019-5545.58285
PMCID: PMC2802367
PMID: 20048445

The biochemistry of belief

Address for correspondence: Dr. TS Sathyanarayana Rao, Department of Psychiatry, JSS University, JSS Medical College Hospital, M.G. Road, Mysore - 570 004, India. E-mail: moc.oohay@91oarsst
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

“Man is what he believes”

Anton Chekhov

Beliefs are basically the guiding principles in life that provide direction and meaning in life. Beliefs are the preset, organized filters to our perceptions of the world (external and internal). Beliefs are like ‘Internal commands’ to the brain as to how to represent what is happening, when we congruently believe something to be true. In the absence of beliefs or inability to tap into them, people feel disempowered.

Beliefs originate from what we hear - and keep on hearing from others, ever since we were children (and even before that!). The sources of beliefs include environment, events, knowledge, past experiences, visualization etc. One of the biggest misconceptions people often harbor is that belief is a static, intellectual concept. Nothing can be farther from truth! Beliefs are a choice. We have the power to choose our beliefs. Our beliefs become our reality.

Beliefs are not just cold mental premises, but are ‘hot stuff’ intertwined with emotions (conscious or unconscious). Perhaps, that is why we feel threatened or react with sometimes uncalled for aggression, when we believe our beliefs are being challenged! Research findings have repeatedly pointed out that the emotional brain is no longer confined to the classical locales of the hippocampus, amygdala and hypothalamus.[1] The sensory inputs we receive from the environment undergo a filtering process as they travel across one or more synapses, ultimately reaching the area of higher processing, like the frontal lobes. There, the sensory information enters our conscious awareness. What portion of this sensory information enters is determined by our beliefs. Fortunately for us, receptors on the cell membranes are flexible, which can alter in sensitivity and conformation. In other words, even when we feel stuck ‘emotionally’, there is always a biochemical potential for change and possible growth. When we choose to change our thoughts (bursts of neurochemicals!), we become open and receptive to other pieces of sensory information hitherto blocked by our beliefs! When we change our thinking, we change our beliefs. When we change our beliefs, we change our behavior.

A mention of the ‘Placebo’ is most appropriate at this juncture. Medical history is replete with numerous reported cases where placebos were found to have a profound effect on a variety of disorders. One such astounding case was that of a woman suffering from severe nausea and vomiting. Objective measurements of her gastric contractions indicated a disrupted pattern matching the condition she complained of. Then a ‘new, magical, extremely potent’ drug was offered to her, which would, the doctors proclaimed, undoubtedly cure her nausea. Within a few minutes, her nausea vanished! The very same gastric tests now revealed normal pattern, when, in actuality, she had been given syrup of ipecac, a substance usually used to induce nausea! When the syrup was presented to her, paired with the strong suggestion of relief of nausea, by an authority figure, it acted as a (command) message to the brain that triggered a cascade of self-regulatory biochemical responses within the body.[2] This instance dramatically demonstrates that the influence of placebo could be more potent than expected drug effect.

An important observation was that, part of the placebo response seemed to involve the meaning of the disorder or the illness to the individual. In other words, the person's belief or how she/he interprets (inter-presents or internally represents) directly governs the biological response or behavior. Another remarkable study involved a schizophrenic. This woman was observed to have split personality. Under normal conditions, her blood glucose levels were normal. However, the moment she believed she was diabetic, her entire physiology changed to become that of a diabetic, including elevated blood glucose levels.[3]

Suggestions or symbolic messages shape beliefs that in turn affect our physical well being. Several cases of ‘Disappearance of warts’ have been reported by Ornstein and Sobel wherein they ponder on how the brain translates the suggestions (sometimes using hypnosis) into systematic biochemical battle strategies such as chemical messengers sent to enlist the aid of immune cells in an assault on the microbe-induced miniature tumor or probably small arteries are selectively constricted, cutting off the vital nutrient supply to warts but not touching the neighboring healthy cells.[2]

Findings of carefully designed research indicate that our interpretation of what we are seeing (experiencing) can literally alter our physiology. In fact, all symptoms of medicine work through our beliefs. By subtly transforming the unknown (disease/disorder) into something known, named, tamed and explained, alarm reactions in the brain can be calmed down. All therapies have a hidden, symbolic value and influence on the psyche, besides the direct specific effect they may have on the body.

Just as amazingly life-affirming placebos are, the reverse, “Nocebo' has been observed to be playing its part too. It is associated with negative, life-threatening or disempowering beliefs. Arthur Barsky, a psychiatrist states that it is the patient's expectations – beliefs whether a drug or procedure works or will have side effects – that plays a crucial role in the outcome.[4]

The biochemistry of our body stems from our awareness.[5] Belief-reinforced awareness becomes our biochemistry. Each and every tiny cell in our body is perfectly and absolutely aware of our thoughts, feelings and of course, our beliefs. There is a beautiful saying ‘Nobody grows old. When people stop growing, they become old’. If you believe you are fragile, the biochemistry of your body unquestionably obeys and manifests it. If you believe you are tough (irrespective of your weight and bone density!), your body undeniably mirrors it. When you believe you are depressed (more precisely, when you become consciously aware of your ‘Being depressed’), you stamp the raw data received through your sense organs, with a judgment – that is your personal view – and physically become the ‘interpretation’ as you internalize it. A classic example is ‘Psychosocial dwarfism’, wherein children who feel and believethat they are unloved, translate the perceived lack of love into depleted levels of growth hormone, in contrast to the strongly held view that growth hormone is released according to a preprogrammed schedule coded into the individual's genes!

Providing scientific evidence to support a holistic approach to well being and healthcare, Bruce Lipton sheds light on mechanism underlying healing at cellular level. He emphasizes that ‘love’ is the most healing emotion and ‘placebo’ effect accounts for a substantial percentage of any drug's action, underscoring the significance of beliefs in health and sickness. According to him, as adults, we still believe in and act our lives out based on information we absorbed as children (pathetic indeed!). And the good news is, we can do something about the ‘tape’ our subconscious mind is playing (ol' silly beliefs) and change them NOW.[6] Further recent literature evidences provided knowledge based on scientific principles of biology of belief. There are limited studies on clinics of traditional beliefs and if we get more scientific data, we can use these traditional systems in clinical mental health management. Human belief system is formed by all the experiences learned and experimented filtered through personality.[7] The senses to capture inner and outer perceptions have higher brain potentials. Some questions that arise in this context are, does the integration and acceptance of these perceptions result in the establishment of beliefs? Does the establishment of these beliefs depend on proof demonstrations? The proofs might be the perceptions, which we can directly see or having scientific proof or custom or faith.[8,9] Beliefs are developed as stimuli received as trusted information and stored in the memory. These perceptions are generalized and established into belief. These beliefs are involved in the moral judgment of the person. Beliefs help in decision-making. Bogousslavsky and Inglin explained that, how some physicians were more successful by taking an account of patient beliefs. Beliefs influence factors involved in the development of psychopathology. They also influence the cognitive and emotional assessment, addictiveness, responses to false positives and persistent normal defensive reactions. Total brain function is required in stabilizing the belief and in responding to environmental system. Some of the brain regions and the neural circuits are very important in establishing beliefs and executing emotions. Frontal lobes play a major role in beliefs. Mental representations of the world are integrated with sub-cortical information by prefrontal cortex. Amygdala and Hippocampus are involved in the process of thinking and thus help in execution of beliefs. NMDA receptor is involved in thinking and in the development of beliefs. These beliefs are subjected to challenge. A belief that is subjected to more challenges becomes stronger. When a new stimulus comes, it creates distress in the brain with already existing patterns. The distress results in the release of dopamine (neurotransmitter) to transmit the signal.[10,11] Research findings of Young and Saxe (2008) revealed that medial prefrontal cortex is involved in processing the belief valence.[12] Right temporoparietal junction and precuneus are involved in the processing of beliefs to moral judgment. True beliefs are processed through right temporoparietal junction.[13,14] Saxe (2006) explained that beliefs judging starts at the age of five years citing example of judging of belief questions on short stories by the children.[15] Belief attribution involved activating regions of medial prefrontal cortex, superior temporal gyri and hippocampal regions. Studies by Krummenacher et al, have shown that dopamine levels are associated with paranormal thoughts suggesting the role of dopamine in belief development in the brain.[16] Flannelly et al, illustrated on how primitive brain mechanisms that evolved to assess environmental threats in related psychiatric disorders.[17] Also were highlighted the issues such as the way beliefs can affect psychiatric symptoms through these brain systems. The theories discussed widely are related to (a) link psychiatric disorders to threat assessment and (b) explain how the normal functioning of threat assessment systems can become pathological. It is proposed that three brain structures are implicated in brain disorders in response to threat assessment and self-defense: the regions are the prefrontal cortex, the basal ganglia and parts of limbic system. The functionality of these regions has great potential to understand mechanism of belief formation and its relevance in neurological functions/dysfunctions. Now it is clear that biology and physiology of belief is an open area for research both at basic and clinical level. The future directions are to develop validated experimental or sound theoretical interpretation to make ‘BELIEF’ as a potential clinical management tool.

Perceptual shifts are the prerequisites for changing the belief and hence changing the biochemistry of our body favorably. Our innate desire and willingness to learn and grow lead to newer perceptions. When we consciously allow newer perceptions to enter the brain by seeking new experiences, learning new skills and changed perspectives, our body can respond in newer ways –this is the true secret of youth. Beliefs (internal representations/interpretations) thus hold the magic wand of remarkable transformations in our biochemical profile. If you are chasing joy and peace all the time everywhere but exclaim exhausted, ‘Oh, it's to be found nowhere!’, why not change your interpretation of NOWHERE to ‘NOW HERE’; just by introducing a gap, you change your awareness – that changes your belief and that changes your biochemistry in an instant!

Everything exists as a ‘Matrix of pure possibilities’ akin to ‘formless’ molten wax or moldable soft clay. We shape them into anything we desire by choosing to do so, prompted, dictated (consciously or unconsciously) by our beliefs. The awareness that we are part of these ever-changing fields of energy that constantly interact with one another is what gives us the key hitherto elusive, to unlock the immense power within us. And it is our awareness of this awesome truth that changes everything. Then we transform ourselves from passive onlookers to powerful creators. Our beliefs provide the script to write or re-write the code of our reality.

Thoughts and beliefs are an integral part of the brain's operations. Neurotransmitters could be termed the ‘words’ brain uses to communicate with exchange of information occurring constantly, mediated by these molecular messengers. Unraveling the mystery of this molecular music induced by the magic of beliefs, dramatically influencing the biochemistry of brain could be an exciting adventure and a worth pursuing cerebral challenge.

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1. Candace Pert. Molecules of emotion: Why you feel the way you feel. New York, USA: Scribner Publications; 2003. ISBN-10: 0684846349.
2. Ornstein R, Sobel D. The healing brain: Breakthrough discoveries about how the brain keeps us healthy. USA: Malor Books; 1999. ISBN-10: 1883536170.
3. Robbins A. Unlimited power: The new science of personal excellence. UK: Simon and Schuster; 1986. ISBN 0-7434-0939-6.
4. Braden G. The spontaneous healing of belief. Hay House Publishers (India) Pvt. Ltd; 2008. ISBN 978-81-89988-39-5.
5. Chopra D. Ageless body, timeless mind: The quantum alternative to growing old. Hormony Publishers; 1994. ISBN -10: 0517882124.
6. Lipton B. The biology of belief: Unleashing the power of consciousness, matter and miracles. Mountain of Love Publishers; 2005. ISBN 978-0975991473.
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8. Gundersen L. Faith and healing. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:169–72. [PubMed: 10644287]
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Articles from Indian Journal of Psychiatry are provided here courtesy of Wolters Kluwer -- Medknow Publications

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ME Awareness Fundraising : Ten Books In Ten Months

 

I am fundraising for The ME Trust UK as part of ME Awareness 2021

I will be fundraising for ten months starting in May 2021 through to end of February 2022.

You will see this pop once in each week that you visit my site during this ten month period.

Please take the time to read what it is about and donate if you can.

I am going to read 10 books in 10 months and document them on my ‘ten books in ten months ...’ page.

Please click the link above or below to donate and help me raise as much money as we can
for The ME Trust UK

I have been sick since 1984. It took till 2001 for doctors to diagnose me with ME.
Initially, I was mildly sick then moderately but in recent years I’ve progressed to being severely affected.
I am housebound and often bedbound for months on end.

I really want to raise awareness and to raise money to help research #endME.

I am planning on reading ten books in ten months starting 12th May, which is international ME Awareness Day.
At one time in my life I could have read ten books in ten days. But this challenge will be hard for me to do.

So please please if you can support me and help raise money for the ME Trust UK.

YOU CAN DONATE BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW

ME Awareness Fundraising : Ten Books In Ten Months

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