Chronic Illness

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Acknowledging chronic illness

Wow. I really don’t deserve this but I truly appreciate your concern, advice, and best wishes sent over the last few days following my post on losing, and slowly regaining, my voice. I didn’t know anyone was still reading but some of you must have seen my RSS feed pop up under the cobwebs on…

. . .because my voice has also been absent from the offline world. Yes, the final gift to me from LungMutiny2010 is a case of inhaled corticosteroid dysphonia – and another opportunity to cultivate compassion for those with chronic illnesses and permanent loss of physiological functioning. Here’s a recap: After a three month battle with…

From the “unsubstantiated evidence” files, I wanted to share with you a quick light that popped on in my head while reading a much-discussed article from last weekend’s New York Times magazine. In it, former House & Garden magazine editor Dominique Browning vividly shares her experiences following the folding of the magazine in 2007. This…

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about being stricken with pneumonia and my reflections on what it must be like for people who live continually with chronic illnesses. I was surprised by the response from many readers, quite a few of whom I’ve never seen comment here, who voiced understanding and even relief…

Just a quick post on an article that caught my eye: Jazz Pharmaceuticals of Palo Alto, CA, has announced that the US FDA has accepted their new drug application (NDA) filing for JZP-6, or sodium oxybate, for the treatment of pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. The NDA was based on positive outcomes of two,…

LungMutiny2010 – Still Life

I started strong this morning, lots of e-mail interaction with the lab and even a few hundred words on a blog post, but then had another setback. Hence I offer you a photographic (iPhone cam) composition entitled, “Still Life.” I am too young to feel this old. (Special note to PalMD: No vomiting from the…

I’m always pleasantly surprised when a topic generates enthusiastic reader feedback, particularly when comments come from long-time readers who share experiences I never knew they had or, in some cases, comment for the first time. The topic this time was a simple reflection on my current bout of pneumonia and my being taken aback by…

I have just a couple of thoughts today that I offer to the reader not for sympathy but, rather, for scientific observation and reflection. I’ve been dealing with a case of bronchitis that became pneumonia. I tried to teach through it, do grant reviews, finish a book chapter, etc. but was finally ordered by my…