Alas, John is currently not able to trawl the web for us – or for anyone. Despite his surgery last year to remove intestinal strictures, further blockages appear
to have formed in his bowel making it virtually
impossible for him to tolerate even the elemental
formula on which he normally lives. Moreover,
recent hospitalisation to investigate this blockage
has caused an major flare up of his ME so that
he is currently both bed bound and unable to eat.
As he says, ‘it's the combination of
all the factors that make the situation so
dire and, without a satisfactory solution
to at least one of them, the future looks
unacceptably bleak. ‘The ME alone, even if severe, is something
one could live with, but, when there is also
absolutely nothing that one can eat without
suffering an adverse reaction, Annabel’s ultimate
solution to the problem (see FM Jan 08) has
suddenly begun to appear remarkably sensible –
He has been prescribed a short course of steroids which, hopefully, may dampen down the reactions he seems to suffer to everything he ingests and allow him to at least recoup his forces.
We know how much readers appreciate John’s contributions to FM and admire his courage in continuing to battle his condition and we know that you will all wish him a speedy alleviation of his symptoms and a
return to some measure of health.
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First Published in August 2008
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