LC 14-Radical Acceptance

In a previous post, I discussed the way Reiki and holding space are interwoven tools that help me to navigate Long Covid (LC) symptoms. While holding space (for self or others) can be learned via studying and practicing its guidelines, Reiki requires training that might be out of reach for those who are bedbound or … Read more

LC 13-An Intermezzo          

Today I’m offering an intermezzo in the multi-course dinner that is my Long Covid (LC) series. I will get back to the series in April, but for now, a little celebration is in order. For the first time since 2019, I traveled on my own to Phoenix to serve as a wedding celebrant. In some … Read more

Welcome Spring!

It’s almost time for the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, marking the balance of sunlight and darkness as the sun crosses the equator, moving from south to north. This special day marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. This year the equinox falls on March 19, 2024, at 11:06 p.m. (EDT). Let’s explore this joyful … Read more

LC12-Reiki and Holding Space

This post will weave the concepts of Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) and holding space. The Japanese word, “Reiki” translates to universal spirit (rei) and life force energy (ki or chi). Reiki has been an important component in my personal and professional life for decades. It has become more important while dealing with recent health challenges. The … Read more

LC11-Support and Holding Space

When I realized that these troubling Long Covid (LC) symptoms may never go away, I joined the Long Covid Support Group on Facebook. The group has its origins in England and has over 65K+ members worldwide. For me, the group is supportive and exemplifies what it means to hold space. These new friends face challenges … Read more

LC10-Toxic What??

Sometimes in my Facebook Support Group, a post begins with the phrase positive post. This usually precedes a report about something that brought joy or balance to the writer. Often this kind of post is about holding steady during an event like attending a graduation or birthday party. These little successes are wildly celebrated, with … Read more

LC9-More about ME

During my quest for information about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, I found a video series by Giles Meehan called “Get Well From ME”. Watching the series helped me to understand ME, other invisible illnesses, and my own circumstances more fully, which was a comfort. The series also helped me to … Read more

LC8-Learning Curves and Labyrinths

The learning curve for my new health situation has been complicated, more like a labyrinth with its many twists and turns. I’m grateful for the Bateman Horne Center, where I learned more about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The Bateman Horne Center’s support groups and educational videos helped me to … Read more

LC7-The PCRC

To preface my commentary on the Push-Crash Roller Coaster (PCRC), I need to first say some things about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), Post Exertional Malaise (PEM) and brain fog. Since 2020 I’ve been under doctor’s care for what was diagnosed as new allergies and idiopathic anaphylaxis. After a trigger event late in 2023, I … Read more

LC6-It’s Chronic

It’s taking time for me to understand and adjust to my health challenges being chronic. The word comes from the Greek root word “khronos” meaning time. The dictionary meanings are: continuing or occurring again and again for a long time; always present or encountered and especially vexing, weakening, or troubling; being, providing, or needing long … Read more