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Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt
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Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt commented on a post on Blogger.
You've described my ME/CFS - perfectly.

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I've always been more fascinated by one aspect of celebrities: how they meet the people they marry, how the marriages work out (they often don't - big egos? schedules?), and why some do work.

It's a big part of Pride's Children, the novel I published late last year.

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If you don't speak, who will? Encourage others at your facility to either blog, or write something you can post.

As long as you are truthful and respectful, no one should have an issue with you telling it like it is - I'm appalled by some of the things that have happened to you. You are a sweet and mild person, from your writings. I doubt it was your fault when an aide abused you, as you don't have this problem with everyone. I wish I were close enough to visit.

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Good for Cher and her people. That's fantastic!

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Thanks for sharing what it's like - I don't often think about it, but I know it is hard for people like you. I am so non-functional compared to 'normal' people that I sometimes forget other people would trade with me in a second. I am grateful for what I have, too.

I am especially grateful that I can write. It keeps me sane.

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It's a serious consideration, staying at a weight that is easy to manage - and is also healthy for you - when exercise isn't possible, and hunger is hard to manage. Healthy eating - whatever works for you is a good plan - but be sure you have your little escapes, or your mind will nag at you.

I have a mobility problem, and I can't eat much in the way of carbs because they make me crave more, and the weight goes on. Slowly but steadily. And then I have to cut everything out for a while, and that makes me even tireder. Not fair! We'd exercise if we could!

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Congratulations - reviews are very nice (though a FEW more words would be encouraging).

Readers have no idea how much influence they can have on getting more of the books they like - by encouraging the writers, when they find one whose writing makes them happy. It is, after all, their money and their time.

I'm sure you already have a request for reviews in the back of your books - that's the best time to catch people, when they've just been satisfied - IF they're reading in a format which makes that easy. Sigh. Often it is NOT easy.

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There was a reason for nice slow sea voyages: you spent a lot of time getting used to each time zone before abandoning it.

Long air journeys are a horror if you can't sleep. My sleep is erratic, even on the five hour trip to Mexico, but I have taught myself to sleep with earplugs and industrial noise-reduction headgear, and an eyemask, for at least a half-hour at a time. 

I don't see how you survived the trip!

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Had to look up the slang - Americans don't get them automatically, either - but the anti-litter campaign was funny.

I think if I went I'd be wearing a slightly bemused look the whole time.

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Patients/residents who might hurt others do not belong in your unit.

Is there some state agency you can inform if things don't get better? Some licensing agency?

I sympathize - but there is nothing I can do. Who is in charge? Who is paying for care that isn't happening? Someone is making a lot of money if they are not paying for staff.

Do they make it difficult for staff when the staff is working? Difficult working conditions can lead to people leaving.

Someone is in charge - they need to get their act together.
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