Messages in a Bottle #3: Stoppin’ in a Winter Wonderland

This post was originally dated 12/28/17. It chronicles a stretch of the 54 and the 55 -  unpaved but "real" roads reasonably far off of Iceland's Ring Road - as well as part of the Ring Road once we finally found our way back onto it heading North from Snæfellsnes to Hvammstangi. It was written from … Continue reading Messages in a Bottle #3: Stoppin’ in a Winter Wonderland

Where’s Whoopsie #7: Merry Christmas to All and May You All Be Alright!

Twas the Night Before Christmas and in her flat on tenth floor, Lav claimed indifference to doing her chores. Compression stockings were hung in the bathroom with care . Oh, who are we kidding? They showed wear and tear! The kitty was nestled in laundry unfolded, Knowing her owner hadn't the heart to scold her. … Continue reading Where’s Whoopsie #7: Merry Christmas to All and May You All Be Alright!

PTSD is a Pain in the Neck!

I wrote this post from my phone app. I can't get up. Dysautonomia isn't known for verticality, but it is known for coat-hangar pain. Coat hanger pain is neck and shoulder pain that mimics a coat hanger in shape. My current back pain is much worse than the coat hanger pain I'm used to. I … Continue reading PTSD is a Pain in the Neck!

Hey Dysautonomia International: My anxiety is only “all in my head” because that’s where my brain is!

I had a dream last night that I was in high school again. That’s never a great start to any day, so I’ll blame that for the fact that I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. I’ll blame that, work, and all the usual hassles of my diagnoses, but I’ll … Continue reading Hey Dysautonomia International: My anxiety is only “all in my head” because that’s where my brain is!

Where’s Whoopsie #4: I’m Aware that I’m Rarely Aware

Huh. Dysautonomia, ADHD, and mental health share an awareness month! (Mental Health Awareness Week this year was October 1-7. Oops. I guess I missed that one!) It’s a pity that migraines get June for their awareness month. I was this close to only having to remember one month on this blog. That would have been … Continue reading Where’s Whoopsie #4: I’m Aware that I’m Rarely Aware

POTSies Against Nazis

I have a colorful new diagnosis. (I also have gastritis, probably as a result of being allergic to everything.) I'm not inflammatory (IBD), but I'm pretty salty. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a type of dysautonomia officially characterized by a heart rate increase of at least thirty bpm upon standing. This tachycardia is often associated with a … Continue reading POTSies Against Nazis