19 August 2008

Nom Nom Bundanoon

Just thought this one was appropriate for me!

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Guess what?! It's all rather last minute - I'm getting five days away here next week - heavily subsidised! One of the facilitators of the Neuro-Immune Program is a dear friend, and she's been asking me to come along for ages; it's time I put away my qualms and just listened to her.

It is a tad too New Agey for me (been there, did that, got the whole f**king wardrobe during my 14 years in a cult - hence my current Mega Skeptic Atheist stance*), but I figure I can still enjoy my time away (hey, look Ma, NO FAMILY), and gain some valuable information, improve my coping skills, and generally chill out. Bundanoon is a seriously nice place, about 2 hours' drive from Canberra.

There is a lot of CFS and fibromyalgia in our family, including poor Hubby who is basically bedridden now, as well as Dotter's diabetes and other mystery auto-immune disease (Lupus? Sjögren's? Something else?), and I'm pretty bloody sick of it - both as a sufferer and Carer x 3. We're ALL sick of it, of course, but I'm the one who makes the family work; you know what that entails. No other fully functioning adult on the horizon... and it is really wearing thin.

Hell, if nothing else, I'll have five days away - no mobiles, no computer, no e-mail - but YES knitting!

* PS No posts on 'miracle cures' for CFS / FM / T1D / Lupus please. We have really excellent doctors who think "outside the box", and are doing all they can. Thank you :-)

15 comments:

  1. Have you heard any of Petrea's sessions on ABC radio? She comes across as not at all culty! Embrace those few days to yourself.

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  2. Enjoy you time away. You need some down time. Take an mp3 player if you need to tune out. I have FMS and offer nada.

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  3. Oh, how fantastic for you, Jejune! You thoroughly deserve some time out and I think you'll really enjoy this!

    I want to hear all about it when you get back home.

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  4. Have a great time: Enjoy every moment!! I have nothing to offer: the drugs I take are not even meant to work for what I have. It's all a conundrum!!!

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  5. oooh lucky duck - have a great time!!!
    (and try not to worry too much!)
    xo

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  6. Yay Jejune! Days and days when you are responsible for no one but yourself. You are going to feel better regardless of the efficacy of the program.

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  7. Bundanoon sounds fabulous - if nothing else you will get time to focus on just yourself as well as time to relax and de-stress - and maybe you'll come back and see that the family can make themselves work without you (one can always hope!!)

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  8. funny picture! i cant imagine how you cope with everything you have happening around you - i hope its a great 5 days and gives you the energy you need to keep going.

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  9. that's great news, I'm sure you'll get something out of it - a good rest (five jejune days in a row!) and anything else is a bonus.

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  10. Yay! a holiday and God lknows you need one. 14 years in a cult?!? V. interssting storis you'd have to tell. As for miracle cures for that family of diseases - Hah! I've friends who've suffered F and CFS for >10years and if there was a cure they would have found it by now. Take care : )

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  11. Olivia beat me to it but I was thinking "five jejeune days in a row". Enjoy being unplugged!

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  12. How wonderful enjoy it to the hilt!! (and take LOTS of knitting!_

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  13. Well it isn't a cure, but some time away to relax and recharge should certainly make you feel better. Hope it works for you. At the least a couple nights of uninterrupted sleep should be nice.

    My only miracle cure is chocolate. It doesn't fix anything, but I'm a little happier after I eat some.

    And beer. And silk. Oh, and funny movies and books.

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  14. Don't worry, no magic cures from me - my mom was (is) a Christian Scientist. Me, I'm an amateur naturalist! ;)

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  15. Looking forward to reading your post/s about your week away and hoping it was a dream. You deserve a break!

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