January 21, 2010

Snow day

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:59 pm by serenamuse

Well, we are trapped indoors with a snow day today. I have been doing a little research on the history of CFS. You see our batch of symptoms are not new. In the Victorian times they called it neurasthenia and before that shattered nerves. I’m trying to find references to such conditions in literature. I’m sure I’ve read of characters who were down with malaise or shattered nerves. I did read of one such character in a book called “The Pastor’s Wife” by Elizabeth von Armin. This woman had “found the sofa as other people find salvation”. This author though writes this charachter as a woman who has escaped her responsibilities by clinging to the sofa. I’d like to find other accounts. If you know of any, please let me know. I imagine back then the illness was as little understood as it is today.

I did manage to create a new website for my painting. If interested it is Serenapotter.com

I hope you are all well. I have started taking coQ10enzymes and do think they are helping me to keep my energy levels up on the long school days. Have you experience with them?



  1. litlove said,

    I haven’t tried coQ10enzymes, but I am working with a medical herbalist at the moment, and have found that it does help. I get a tonic with licorice and ginseng and some other things in it and that has made a lot of difference.

    I’m still thinking about books – on my site I mentioned No Name by Wilkie Collins, but there must be others.

    • serenamuse said,

      I have read several of his books, but not No Name. I’ll look it up now. I love Wilkie Collins. My husband and I own a small press – we publish scholarly editions of rare 18th and 19th century Gothic novels and chapbooks. Wilkie is later, but still one of my favorites. Thanks.

      I’d be interested in know what your herbalist prescribes. I am on a vegan diet – mostly raw – and find that is makes all the difference. I could not have gone back to school had it not been for improvements from this diet. I had reached a point where I was out of bed two to three hours a day, could no longer drive, had trouble reading or using the computer. Getting off of medications, giving up Coke, dairy, and meet products was a huge change for me, but it has given me a life back. I am of course always trying to improve upon it and I still find I go through difficult weeks. I just keep eating my greens and fresh fruit, whole grains, herbal tea, and soy hot cocoa!

  2. litlove said,

    Serena – I agree, diet makes a huge difference. I gave up sugar, yeast, caffeine and alcohol and that helped me, too. Although I do find it hard to keep my weight up. The herbalist gave me a tonic containing chamomile, ginseng, liquorice and ginger, and it’s been good so far – helping me to sleep and to keep my appetite up. i do agree thought – the difficult weeks always come. I’m most affected by my hormonal cycle – that definitely causes flash points. Anyway, take care and keep well!

    • Yes, hormonal cycles make all the difference. I dread knowing that time of month is coming! I start downing extra primrose oil and B vitamins, more leafy salads and resting as much as possible. I have not tried a herbalist. Perhaps I should look for one. I did find the chiropractor was of some help.

      Just read The Haunted Hotel – quite fun.

  3. Love the site and all the great information you are sharing, thanks!

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