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Re: VERY HEAVY: I must admit... for over the past six months

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Patrick McManus <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

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Mon, 28 May 2012 00:02:52 +0100

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Davey Safe ?Like fracking you are :-)
P 

-----Original Message-----
From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of David Bircumshaw
Sent: 27 May 2012 10:48
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: VERY HEAVY: I must admit... for over the past six months

Dear Patrick

I live about as far from the coast as possible in the UK and thought I was
reasonably safe from tsunamis.

Obviously I need to retreat to higher ground :)


All the Best

Dave

On 26 May 2012 17:15, Patrick McManus <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Davey It's Pat Snaps that keep you going old lad -like a relentless 
> tsunami of joy etc P snappings
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
> On Behalf Of David Bircumshaw
> Sent: 25 May 2012 12:46
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: VERY HEAVY: I must admit... for over the past six months
>
> This is painful to read or hear, Chris, but also of some interest to 
> me. I have symptoms very like those covered by CFS, in my case 
> diagnoses have taken the form of 'fibromyalgia', (not established), 
> COPD (established) and obstructive sleep apnea (established) plus a 
> helping of other nomenclature like 'supraspinatus impingement' and that
old favourite 'osteo-arthiritis'.
> All of those together, like system of bad rivers, produce what is very 
> like the descriptions of CFS I've read. But, still, in my case, they 
> do not lead to a cure, rather instead to minor palliative treatments 
> (ironically these include the Australian invented CPAP machine, which 
> is rather like a mini-vacuum cleaner, which I have to wear on my head 
> each night :) and which provides some relief but not that of the 
> panacea it is touted as over here).
> My suspicion, in both your case and mine, it is a matter of there 
> being undiagnosed factors at work, my own doctors have just put me 
> through another round of blood-tests, but looking at the history of 
> CFS I notice that it's early reports, such as Royal Free Disease, seem 
> to be of a viral nature, environmentally viral at that, and I wonder 
> if there's not something like that at work. I know that pneumonia has 
> multiple causes, including viral, and pneumonia is what my 
> 'exacerbations' develop into if not caught by antibiotics in time ( I 
> have become a very alert watcher of the horizon.
> Either that or, in case some wonder if this has nothing to with 
> poetry, I'm suffering from the effects of reading snaps by Patrick 
> every week since 2003, which could explain things :) - I couldn't 
> resist that - you keep fighting man
>
> care
>
> David
>
> On 25 May 2012 10:32, Chris Jones <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > There has been something which I have been hiding, but now feel I 
> > must admit to and begin to make more public. It is very sad and
difficult.
> > For this I apologize.
> >
> > Has it now been two years since my younger gay brother committed 
> > suicide by hanging himself, I cannot remember, date time has become
> something else.
> >
> > It is now two months and more, over six months, that my treating 
> > doctor has refused to provide treatment for a treatable illness, CFS.
> > He has told me that since I am a single man living alone on a boat, 
> > I am a drug addict, who does not have a wife to control my drug and 
> > alcohol intake! I am sick because I do not have a wife! I am not 
> > sick; I
> am an addict!
> >
> > Needless to say, this is a breach of state and federal 
> > anti-discrimination law, aside from being blatantly homophobic. Yet 
> > for the past six months I have been living in severe disabling pain, 
> > not able to sleep. I  oppose suicide but pain prevents me from 
> > getting enough sleep to hold my sanity so I try to get myself to 
> > sleep with the hope that I may not wake again; in severe disabling 
> > pain, yet again lying still, gripping my torso, hoping the pain may 
> > end, through the long night hours. I no longer wish to live in this 
> > sort of pain, although I will refuse the easy way of suicide. And I 
> > am spending most hours of the daylight lying still, trying to 
> > breathe slowly, hoping the fatigue, pain and severe flu-like illness 
> > will leave me alone enough that I may do something. I struggle to 
> > cook for myself a meal; let
> alone write and do some more work on my photo art.
> >
> > I am currently composing a letter, which I intend on sending to my 
> > medical practice, the NSW Minister for Health, the Federal Minister 
> > for Health, the Prime Minister of Australia and the United Nations 
> > in New York giving a detailed account.
> >
> > Sorry for this heavy post, but must begin to make this situation 
> > more public and have chosen this list as only the beginning. This is 
> > the first stage in my fight for life and my right to practice as an 
> > artist and poet in Australia which, aside from a basic human right 
> > to live pain free, is also my right to practice as an Australian 
> > artist. The current political situation is denying me this right. 
> > Australia is in breach of human rights and as such in breach of 
> > international law. The fight for life, here, has only just started. 
> > This is one of my opening shots. I have chosen this list to begin to 
> > make this situation public, on an international scale. Action is 
> > life. Silence is death. And I will continue to fight, not just for 
> > myself but all suffering severe illness and discrimination living 
> > with severe illness such as CFS (aka CFIDS... see wwww.cfids.org.)
> >
> > Yours faithfully, Christopher C Jones, BA (Communication) Hons UTS
> >
>
>
>
> --
> David Joseph Bircumshaw
> "We are shallow, mababaw ang kaligayahan."
> -* F. Sionil Josť*
> Website and A Chide's Alphabet
> http://www.staplednapkin.org.uk
> The Animal Subsides http://www.arrowheadpress.co.uk/books/animal.html
> Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/david.bircumshaw
> twitter: http://twitter.com/bucketshave
> blog: http://groggydays.blogspot.com/
>



--
David Joseph Bircumshaw
"We are shallow, mababaw ang kaligayahan."
-* F. Sionil Josť*
Website and A Chide's Alphabet
http://www.staplednapkin.org.uk
The Animal Subsides http://www.arrowheadpress.co.uk/books/animal.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/david.bircumshaw
twitter: http://twitter.com/bucketshave
blog: http://groggydays.blogspot.com/

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