Thank you for stopping in! Hard to believe we are two months down the road since my last update. When I originally took a blogging break I had hoped to start regularly blogging again in 2021, not sure where I thought all that dreamy excess energy was going to come from (forever hopeful here). Unfortunately, not only do I not have more energy this year, I have experienced a worsening of my condition caused by a procedure at a doctor’s appointment that not only went awfully, but has left me in significant pain.

I do miss blogging though. There are so many things I have missed sharing here, so many things I thought should be shared to encourage others with chronic illness to keep putting one foot in front of the other, but as they say, you can’t drink/pour from an empty cup. If I’d been up to it, I’d like to have written about how in the last month we’ve sadly lost another MECFS patient, or how another ME patient was improperly admitted and is being held against his will in a US hospital, or how about that lovely covid-long hauler who went on national TV and told the world that the cure to MECFS is exercise and positive thinking, or I could tell you all about the last several doctors appointments I’ve had (they went mind-blowingly terrible), or about how the general angst in the US is impacting the chronic illness community, but truthfully I don’t want to bring anyone anymore negativity, they don’t need to be going down into another rabbit hole of doom and gloom on my account, so instead…I’m sharing the last couple months of my doodles, some are new, some aren’t, they are silly, they are light hearted, they are an escape. I hope you enjoy them. 🌼 Hope to see you again soon.

14 thoughts on “Doodlepalooza

  1. I’m so sorry to hear your symptoms have worsened Mishka, and even more sorry to hear it was caused by a botched medical procedure. I really hope your energy levels will improve some for you. I’ve missed seeing all your artwork, and I’m so impressed with your lovely paintings you shared here. You are so talented! Sending lots of love and hugs your way sweet friend!

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  2. Mer O'Leary

    I’m so sorry that things have been worse for you. I think about you often. ❤ I haven't been writing much myself. I did today, finally.
    Just so you know, every time our birthdays come around in August, I am sending you watercolor supplies. I'm telling you, my dear friend, those paintings are wall hang worthy!!

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    1. I so enjoy seeing your sweet kitty and pups on FB. There’s something about a rescue that leaves me forever cheering for the best for them and you certainly make it happen. 💛

      Someday I’ll do something with these doodles, but for now they sit in a stack of watercolor sketch pads 20+ high. 😁 Someday though, someday…

      Hoping you are staying warm and cozy this winter. 💖


  3. Oh Mishka, I’m so sorry about the procedure and how much worse you’ve been feeling lately. This is why I’ll never again say ‘things couldn’t be any worse’ because when something like that happens and it does get worse it’s like a kick in the face. I don’t want to pry, but please know I’m always here if you want to chat or vent or anything at all.

    There is so, so much in the news and in general events that’s getting to me. So much negativity and so much to be disheartened or Hulk-style angry about. But you’re right, it’s a dangerous rabbit hole we can get lost in. I suppose we need to skirt around the rabbit hole and keep doing all we can to venture further away from it every time we creep closer.

    Your doodles always bring a smile to my face every time I see them on social media or on your blog. I hope they bring you joy as you do them and as you look back on them too. This is a wonderful collection. So cute! You are very talented.

    Sending gentle hugs  ♥
    Caz xxxx

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    1. Hi Caz, Thank you for your heartfelt message. 🌸

      There’s such a delicate balance between staying as informed as possible and not letting the deluge of ‘bad news’ become emotionally unhealthy.

      And thank you for offering to chat. I really appreciate it. Long story short I had a biopsy following an abnormal ‘annual exam’ and I’ve been in terrible pain for weeks now in the area of the biopsy. I had an ultrasound yesterday and have a follow up Monday. Fingers crossed for the best possible news. That pain on top of my normal everyday pain is just over the top, but hopefully it’ll let up soon. On top of all that the biopsy sent my mecfs into the worst flare I think I’ve had. So that’s my totally not-good-news.

      My doodles are the happy in my day, the escape, so it’s always good to hear they bring goodness to others too. 😊

      Take good care, Caz, and stay warm and cozy! 💙

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      1. That sounds like a very rough time, Mishka. Will you get the biopsy results with the ultrasound results tomorrow? I really, really hope all goes as smoothly as possible and of course that you get an all clear. As for the pain around the area of the biopsy, I hope the doc can give some insight into why that’s happening. Maybe it is ‘one of those things’ with chronic illness and nerves being delicate, but I’m not surprised about the flare given the trauma your body has sustained because of the test. I just hope things start to ease up a bit so you can get closer to baseline soon. Keeping my fingers crossed for good news for you tomorrow. Sending oodles of love xxxxx

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      2. Hi Caz, my apologies for not replying sooner, I decided to reply when I had news, good or bad. The biopsy and ultrasound showed no cancer so that was the best possible news. However it provides no explanation for the pain. The nurse practitioner I spoke with suggested I come back in but honestly I cannot go back to the dr. So tomorrow I’ll begin the process to get back in to a different GYN. Until then a big sigh of relief. I’ve been worried since they found the cells in November so it’ll be nice to let that lift off my shoulders. Thank you again for your kindness. I’m terrible at reaching out but it sure is nice to be asked, and to know someone cares. 🌸 Hoping you’re fairing as well as possible and staying warm too!💖

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      3. Oh, dear. And here I thought I had just written about what was ‘a pretty bad’ gyno appointment. That *really* sucks that they botched that procedure so badly. I am glad it is not cancer, but eek! Really hoping your body is just in a massive flare that will eventually calm down. Hugs.

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  4. Julie Bee

    I’m so sorry to hear that your pain has gotten worse. Thank you for taking the time to share your fun artwork, I really enjoyed it! Rest up & I hope you’re feeling better soon. Take care, Julie

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