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 :-)