Hello, I’m back! What? You didn’t miss me? Lol, never mind.
If you have ever read my bio over on Goodreads, or if you know me, you will be aware that I live with the condition known as M.E. otherwise known as myalgic encephalomylitis – doesn’t that just roll off the tongue? It has other names: Yuppie Flu was the handle at one time. Is that word still in use, even? Do you even know what a Yuppie is? If I remember correctly (and M.E. is not easy on the memory) it stands for Young (well, I was when I got this horrible thing) Upwardly Mobile (er…well, I had a reasonably responsible job. But not exactly upwardly mobile) Professional. Er…I had a good job with moderately reasonable pay – I certainly wasn’t what you would have considered to be upwardly mobile, and I was absolutely NOT ambitious. I was not quite in a management position but I had more responsibility than some. But, Yuppie, I was not. Yuppie was a derogatory term for those who were ambitious, and also a somewhat derogatory term for people with a serious illness.
However, I digress. The most often used name for M.E. is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – and that does explain it effectively – although it forgets to mention the pain which goes along with the exhaustion.
Now, when I say chronic fatigue, I know from experience there will be many who think, ‘Well, I get exhausted, too. I’m so tired at the end of the day, I could just drop.’