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Posts from 01st May 2006 to 31st May 2006.
"Avoid Alcoholic Drink"
   at 17:51 on Thu 25th May 2006
I've just been to the doctors again. Same story really, last blood test results are ok, no idea what's wrong with me. He's not allowed to label me a CFS sufferer just yet as it has to be 6 months, but he can't see it being anything else. GP says there's no reason to go sticking an endoscope down my throat as all the tests so far have shown my insides to be fine.

Anyway, as suggested by the consultant I went to see I've now been prescribed a month's course of the anti-depressant Amitriptyline in 10mg doses. This will hopefully help me sleep better and get me out of the flat mood patients inevitably get after feeling like shit for almost 6 months. :)

There are 3 hideous words on this box of tablets though... "Avoid Alcoholic Drink".


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by Gordon at 18:46 on 29th May 2006
CFS? The diagnosis seems to finger me too :) That sucks though. Those antidepressants better be good because not being able to drink would be enough to make me depressed on its own =P Hope the pills work though...
btw. apparently the pills can cause you to grow breasts - better keep an eye on that :D

by Matt at 11:20 on 30th May 2006
Breasts are "fun". It might look a little odd if I grow them, but who's to know if I stay house bound? :)

I've not actually taken one yet. Which is a bit silly. I've been drinking every evening so far and when it gets to bed time, I don't want to get ill because I've got alcohol in my system. I'm back from my parents now though, so will have a dry day today and try tonight.

by Neil at 11:10 on 04th Jun 2006
Matt! Stop taking those pills. I was prescribed them a few weeks ago for my migraine problems. It made me more drowsey than ever, a week and a half of taking them left me sleeping about 12 hours happily, completely zoning out, even when riding the bike, and in fact it made me depressed.

I was told to progressively up the dosage, 1 pill a night for the first week, 2 for the second.. 3 for the 3rd. If you want to feel worse than you already do, keep on them. :D

by Matt at 01:36 on 06th Jun 2006
I'm happily sleeping 12 hours a night at the moment, I don't feel too down to be honest. But I've only been taking them for 6 days. Apparantly they take time to come to full effect.

I'll keep an eye out for anything untoward, thanks for the heads up. But even if it helps me sleep for ages and I wake up feeling refreshed then I'm happy to do that for a while.

The London Underground
   at 00:43 on Wed 24th May 2006
My good friend Andrew did the Zone 1 Challenge on Friday. Basically the idea is to visit all Zone 1 London Underground stations in the quickest possible time. Unsurprisingly, because he's a genious at memorising maps and transport facts, he and his team came first in the competition.

Having done the Alphabet Alochol Challenge twice, I'm really disappointed that I'm ill.. I'd loved to have joined him for it.

Anyway, I felt that with all the recent depressing posting I've made regarding being ill, some interesting facts that make you think "Wow" might be in order.

Did you know that:
  • All the escalators on the Underground (409 of them) do the equivalent of two round the world trips every week!
  • Angel station has Eastern Europes longest escalator at 318 steps.
  • Green grapes cause more accidents on the Tube than banana skins.
  • Mosquitoes that live in the underground have evolved into a completely different species, one that appears separated from the above ground mozzie by over a thousand years.
  • Only one person was ever born in a tube carriage and her name is Thelma Ursula Beatrice Eleanor - check out her initials. She was born in 1924 on a Bakerloo line train at Elephant & Castle.
  • The most popular chocolate bar sold in Underground vending machines is Cadbury's Whole Nut.
  • The peak hour for tube suicides is 11am.
  • And rather intelligently you can regularly find pidgeons travelling from West Ham in east London to central London on the tube in order to get more food.
Time to get healthy and join that list as being the first person who completed the Alcohol Alphabet Challenge in under 8 hours.

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by Andrew at 01:08 on 24th May 2006
Actually it had sod all to do with me, and more to do with the 2 people who invited me along with them (Ric [the current Z1 record holder] and David), who knew what they were doing and persueded me to run a lot (I still ache) although most of the time it was them running ahead, holding the doors open, or wrenching them apart when they were determined to close, and waiting for me to puff and pant my way to catch up.

by Matt at 11:19 on 30th May 2006
You still took part and your team still won. And now you have spied on their skills, next year us AAC veterans will beat them! :D

by Neil at 10:56 on 04th Jun 2006
Matt are you sure that Angel station is in Eastern Europe?

by James at 15:42 on 15th Jun 2006
Those were good times, just looked back at the pics, I wanna do it again!

I still wear my I've Met Matt Chapman T shirt by the way, it's always a good conversation piece :D

Eurovision Song Contest
   at 21:14 on Tue 23rd May 2006
With encouragement to take the 30 and hundreds of miles trip to visit Uni friends Chris, Andrew and Richard this weekend, I threw myself onto a train and hoped for the best.

It was refreshing, as I'd been promised by colleague, parents and friends. It was nice to get out and see some friends in uncommon surroundings. Nice to get out of the flat... before I go even more insane.

It was disheartned though, quite upset and demoralised. This isn't because the rather abismal Finnish entry won the Eurovision Song Contest over other superior entires... I in fact rather enjoyed Daz Sampson's UK entry this year. It was catchy and for rap rather a good track.

Neither was my upset due to losing 5 on the ESC sweepstake we had. The four of us each having six entries pulled out of a hat and putting a fiver into the kitty, to go to the one who got the winning entry.

My frustration came instead from the disappointing fact that just one day of activity, going into Solihull for lunch, the pub for a couple of games of pool and a few drinks with a bit of playful drunkeness on Saturday night absolutely killed my energy. I collpased into a heap in bed after watching the ESC realising that no matter how good I feel for a few days run working from home, any small use of energy still makes me feel like shit.

The annoying thing is I know if I drink to drown my sorrows at the lack of improvement in my illness in 6 months, I'll just feel worse. I need some escape from this bollocks! :(

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by Arleen at 10:47 on 24th May 2006
:( poor baby :( I hope you find out what it is asap!

Just to note....Armenia came 8th and rocked. I still say Armenia should have won...(ps if u dont know which act im talking about, it was the last act with the rope tricks and women)
ive had the song on repeat in some effort to get bored of the song and yet have failed.

by Matt at 11:18 on 30th May 2006
Putting any song from the ESC on repeat is a crime! :P

Giving Up
   at 19:00 on Fri 12th May 2006
I had a bit of a crap night a couple of nights ago. What with this ongoing illness, missing out on party invitations and girls forgetting what they'd said to you and promtly going off with new dates I sort of got drunk and gave up. I realised that I'm starting to feel quite down with no light at the end of the tunnel. It was especially depressing to get the blood test results back all negative (again!) as I'd started getting my hopes up that the consultant's ideas of one or two more tests would shed some light on this whole thing.

I received the bill through for the consultation and it was 150. I can't work out whether I think that's expensive or not. These doctors are highly qualified and I respect their incredible knowledge and am happy to pay sums like that for their services. But then I also feel as if I'm no further towards a diagnosis. But then that might just be that it's looking more and more like ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I really don't want to admit defeat to the diagnosis process as that'll mean I'm accepting feeling like this for anywhere from months to years.

I feel like shouting and screaming and complaining about it (how emo does that sound! :-)) but I know it won't help. And what's more annoying is that lots of friends have offered to do things for me if they can help, but there's little that does help. I'm fed up!

Escaping to the warm shores of Spain for a cheap week's holiday relaxing in the sun sounds like an incredibly good idea at the moment.

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by mad_gemma at 03:20 on 14th May 2006
I know what you mean; Ive had a rough week too.. How about coming to my flatwarming when me and housemateJo manage to move into our shiney new rented flat? its REALLY lush! :D

hope you feel better soon!

by Clare at 09:59 on 14th May 2006
Doh! I empathise, although that doesn't really help either... the holiday in Spain might, though!

Take care.

by Neil (a.k.a. a-v0id) at 17:19 on 14th May 2006
You know... there is a Spaniard amungst us! Also, just happens to have a place for you to stay at.

*whistles and wanders off*

Do not doubt the qualification and knowledge of NHS doctors mate, they're equally well trained, and infact probably better than those doctors working privately.... ironic as it sounds most doctors with blemishes on their records work privately, since the NHS wont toucht them, from what I've heard.

"If you're lonely and need a friend, just call out [strike]my[/strike] someone else's name"

by Matt at 00:45 on 24th May 2006
I'm waiting to get a diagnosis from the doctors before I take time out. I think it would take the piss a bit with work if I went on the holiday during my diagnosis process.

But if you fancy a holiday drop me an email! :-)

WoW - Kloopy Disease
   at 20:13 on Thu 4th May 2006
If you know nothing of World of Warcraft, switch off now... With 4 Guild mates, I went to the Zul'Farrak instance. We were at the boss with lots of shallow graves around it and for some strange reason whenever looting those graves spawned mobs, they would target me.... So we recorded it.

The resulting video is available for you here:

(Encoded in XVid and MP3.)

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More Blood Tests
   at 12:24 on Thu 4th May 2006
I'm getting really fed up of this now. I'm generally a fighter through rough times and up to now I've tried to view this whole illness thing as a bit of excitement and interesting first person view into the extended testing and diagnosis route that the NHS employ. But now, I'm done with it all.

On Sunday evening, I was invited up the hill from my flat to the pub, a 5 minute walk. When I arrived, I was very faint headed, dizzy and nauseous. From a 5 minute walk!!
If I eat anything more than a snack I get into that awful feeling of sickness and being totally spaced out.
And it's affecting my sleep even more now too. I'm not being refreshed by sleep and getting off to bed is difficult. I was in bed not long after midnight last night and didn't finally get to sleep until some time after 4am.

So, I've had the consultation with this private doctor. He was really friendly and we talked through everything right back from the start in early December. He asked lots of questions, probing various areas of my symptoms and then checked up on any swelling in my tummy. In the end he agreed with the GP that I'm not psycologically putting this on in any attempt to feel like this (if only it were that easy to solve) and has sent me for 9 more blood tests. If they come back negative, I may be sent for an endoscope thing down my throat to take a look at my stomach. After those avenues are done, the consultant conceeded that it's looking very much like CFS/ME.

Just got to find myself a bus to get over to Lister Hospital for these tests, now.


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by allykins at 17:40 on 04th May 2006
:( poo poo and more poo.
when do you need to go to lister? i can lift you if im not working -- or have you already had them?
someone please tell me what w00t means. nonody here knows..... im so confused.

by Matt at 20:07 on 04th May 2006
Thank you for the offer. That would be very nice. Public transport there doesn't appear to be too good.

And w00t. Erm, it's just a term of "hooray" or excitement. It's generally "I'm glad!". It started in geek circles I'm sure. :D

by Clare at 08:47 on 05th May 2006
Ugh, it's really rough that this has been dragging on for so long. :( Fingers crossed for the private dude being able to turn some news up for you!

by ally at 14:24 on 05th May 2006
when you need lifting matteus?
I am working with bugs again now so tell me when and ill see what i can do

by Matt at 18:25 on 05th May 2006
Hello. I stopped being lazy and I got a bus. I've had my blood taken now! But you're so kind! *hug* :D

by Neil-san (a.k.a. a-v0id) at 23:27 on 11th May 2006
My prognosis is MCD*, last person I met with that died in 6 months of finding out!!!

As for my NGS**, still writhing in pain and tried everything from hospital trips to acupuncture, countless pills and nasal sprays and even antidepressants. Hopefully i'll be sent to a optical-neurologist next.

MCD* Matt Chapman Disorder - fatal lazy guts symptons with little life expectancy :P
NGS** Neil Gonzalez Syndrome - chronic migranes, short term memory loss, visual disturbances and irritability.

by Matt at 00:46 on 24th May 2006
I've not tried Acupuncture, but it's been recommended. To be honest I'm not really inclined to try anything but sit at home and do as little as possilbe. Any exersion makes me feel quite crap. At least I don't have the migranes and visual problems, the memory loss though... :/