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day 12 - my first ME/CFS crash since going 811rv

hello everyone

today i ate: breakfast 1 small melon, 2 mangoes, late morning 3 apples, mid afternoon green smoothie of 5 bananas, 1 pear, and lettuce from the garden. evening 5 bananas

just wanted to share that i had my first proper ME/CFS crash today, since going full on 811rv. this is me trying to understand what precipitated it really, as i'm REALLY trying to avoid crashing, for obvious reasons, but also because i'm trying to learn to balance out my energy as i think its much more positive for me. crashing often takes days if not weeks to recover from, but i'm hoping with my new found 811, that this will lessen (this is one effect that raw food definitely has for me).

so... today was a day for me and the people i live with in community to spend sharing about how we are living, our hope and dreams and fears, and plans for the future. a big day for me! in the winter, when i was bad, well even trying to hold any conversation was challenging! but i've been doing so good, guess i overestimated my powers somewhat. i should have read this as a potential 'crash' point, but didn't. several people talking for several hours about really important stuff, what was i thinking!!!!

anyway... i actually managed about 3 hours (with breaks). which in itself is awesome. and some of it was difficult, and i was proud of how i could be really conscious, really express myself and listen to other people, and use some of my skills as a mediator to diffuse potentially conflictual conversations. but ... i reached a point where my brain just started shutting down. this is an interesting one for me... because in theory i've got good at noticing pre crash signs and taking myself off to bed sharpish. but i didn't this time. kept talking, and apparently, while i was making sense me, i really wasn't making any sense to other people. my energy dropped sharpish, i couldn't string sentences together, and before i knew it i was lying on the ground in a heap, hands over my eyes and ears (shutting out noise and light, which had REALLY intensified to painful levels), barely able to move, or communicate at all. its a strange feeling, like been at the bottom of a very deep well. there is some sensation, but very little.

my lovely bf has experienced this before, and pretty much picked me up and took me to bed. cuddled me until i started to come out of it a bit. he's so wonderful :-))) i've been in bed ever since, but obviously somewhat functional as i wouldn't be writing this lol!

so... a little wake up call to take things a bit easier i think. i'm also premenstrual which doesn't help. one of the interesting thoughts i did have at the bottom of that well was 'however crashed i get, i want to stay 811rv'. wow. usually that's when i cave into cooked, when i'm crashed.

anyway... i'll let you all know over the next few days how my recovery goes.
hugs, especially to anyone else really struggling with CFS/ME

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Comment by catalyst on June 5, 2009 at 7:16am
yep :-)
Comment by rebeccaj on June 5, 2009 at 7:08am
were your bananas ripe? nice and freckly?
Comment by catalyst on June 5, 2009 at 6:58am
just written a reply to your reply on rawfu :-)
thanks for all your help and advice, much appreciated. hope some day i'll be as wise for someone else
its amazing to me that crashing is so rare now, used to happen much more often. i am handling this recovery thing well i think, just getting used to changes and feeling much better, its easy to overdo things when feeling good!
i tried banana island a few weeks ago and it gave me real bad constipation. if i was gonna mono it would probably be apples. i'm going to see how i feel tomorrow morning, hoping i guess that 811rv magic will mean that i'll be mostly recovered by then, but if not, then yeah, maybe a mono day or two would be great.
and luckily here in the uk the sun has finally come out (yeah!!!!). i'm in it ALOT, like all our meeting thing today was outside. i feel like i'm drinking it!
hows things with you? busy?!?!?
Comment by rebeccaj on June 5, 2009 at 6:43am
hey Emma -

just replied to your rawfu questions on larry's thread. I'm sorry you had to crash, but these are always good learning experiences, right? I hope your recovery is smooth this time. what I would do if I may make a recommendation? do banana island for 3 days or so. give your digestion as little to do as possible without totally fasting, and see if that speeds recovery at all. and to answer your other question here - don't overeat, and don't overdo. baby steps. and get your sunshine! : )
Comment by catalyst on June 5, 2009 at 6:33am
yep, just another name for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is Myalgic Encephalopathy (i think that's spelt right), there's some controversy at to what it is called, etc. i've had it for over 9 years, diagnosed for 5, and it has been severely disabling (wheelchair bound at times), though i'm recovering with the help of 811rv
Comment by Debbie on June 5, 2009 at 5:50am
What is ME? I'm guessing CFS is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


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