Claire and Cherry Pie

Living with chronic illness

Them feels

I've been in a bit of a rut lately; a writing rut, a brain rut and a life rut. Still, life did go on - I went on a lovely holiday with friends to Adelaide where we met a fabulous Facebook friend in person for the very first time (the power and reach of social media is amazing and can be a great resource when you can't leave the house that much). I had a wonderful time despite my frustrating body not really wanting to participate - I think pneumonia affected it more than I originally thought, so it was a bit of a surprise. But holidays end and things go back to normal.

An open letter for understanding

Something we hear time and time again in the chronic illness community are stories of interactions with friends and relatives that go badly. Stories of broken friendships and family arguments because some people seem to be unable to understand and see the world through the eyes of another person in a situation that is so very different to their own. We know that it is impossible to comprehend exactly what living with chronic illness is unless you are living it but we appreciate the efforts of those who try more then we can say.

The magical medication organiser

A few weeks ago I gave in. It was getting ridiculous, so very ridiculous and I needed to do something about it. I was tired of doing it every morning when I work up and never having enough room for what I needed. I was also sick of fishing around in my handbag for strays when things went awry and not realising when my supplies were running low...

Tea for one

I ordered a teapot from T2 on Tuesday and it arrived today, two days later. It's a very special teapot and not just because it is so very pretty.

This week I finally logged in to the AHPRA website and clicked the little boxes to opt not to renew my nursing registration. It was time. I knew it was time, I had accepted it. Or at least I thought I had. As I stared at the first page, the page where it says 'renew registration' or 'opt not to renew' I had a bit of a freakout.