Tuesday, January 06, 2009

A Rainy Day

Malta doesn't get much rain but at 1:50 am the lightning flashes and rain slashing the windows woke me. This is the greyest, wettest day since I moved down the hill to Qawra by the sea. The cool damp weather encourages me to stay indoors curled up on the sofa in front of the warm gas fire. And this is good. It's all very well being told to "listen to your body" when you've got M.E., but there's the shopping to be done, food to be cooked, dishes washed, e-mails waiting for replies, not to mention the weight of an entire anglophone culture that believes in the Protestant work ethic and the oneupmanship of pushing yourself until you drop. So my thanks to Aylwin for her comment on the need to rest - we cannot be told this too often! Rest is the only actual proven cure for M.E. The medical establishment hasn't come up with anything else - that is for sure. And please, please, don't tell me that noni juice, or gochi juice, or Vitamin X will do the trick. Not unless you've done the clinical trials with control groups on a few hundred people and your results have been published in The Lancet.

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