Thunderstorms in the Crash Years – Postcard #75

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Amidst a thunderstorm at 4AM in Chiang Mai, Dave discusses – with excessive frankness and emotion – various medical conundrums (Fibromyalgia and CFS-ME) and details the physical feelings of “crash mode” as well as the mental strain in dealing with self de-identification and inter-personal relationships, confusion in seeking help, and various alternative treatments. No sympathy or advice requested.

Always be kind for: Thunder in the Crash Years – Postcard #75
(75MB, 37:09, mp3, stereo)

Features music by: Tegan and Sara “Wake Up Exhausted” (demo), Billy Bragg “Must I Paint you a Picture” (extended), New Pornographers “The Crash Years” and “Adventures in Solitude” (studio).

Dave working on healing at Peacock Ayurveda near Galle, Sri Lanka (with Dr.)
Dave working on healing at Peacock Ayurveda near Galle, Sri Lanka (with Dr.)
Receiving traditional Thai
Receiving traditional Thai “Royal Court” massage in Phitsanulok
Dave working on health conundrums at Ayurveda Health Home in Pokhara, Nepal
Dave working on health conundrums at Ayurveda Health Home in Pokhara, Nepal

Notes:

As for treatments, I’ve done (or am currently doing):

  • Acupuncture – many treatments w/ excellent Dr.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine teas
  • Naturopaths and so many supplements
  • FM/CSS Specialist at St. Paul’s Rapid Access Specialist Clinic
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions (many)
  • Counsellor/Therapist (who has gone through transformative health events herself)
  • Food elimination (i eat – generally – carefully and well)
  • Massage (deep tissue, Thai, Balinese, Ayurvedic and other modalities)
  • Dry Needling / Trigger Point injection therapy (wicked painful) for pain
  • Functional Neurology
  • Chiropractic
  • Anti-depressants (along with loads of other meds – ugh)
  • Daily walks and/or swims (as long as i can handle, about :15)
  • Hugs (as many as i can get, esp from nieces)
  • CT scans/Ultrasounds/MRIs
  • Blood screening work of all kinds – name it, done it
  • Daily guided Meditations (in-person and recorded)
  • FM/CSS/CFS etc Support Groups
  • Visualization (me being well)
  • CBD cannabis extracts (esp: Phoenix Tears aka Ric Simpson oil)
  • Shamanic cleansing(ish)
  • Sauna (many, including in my old VW bus)
  • Sweat lodge ceremony
  • Long soaks in mineral rich hot springs
  • Extended sleeping and resting
  • Essential oils / aromatherapy
  • Ayurvedic (including 3 extended, in-patient Panchakarma series)
  • Reflexology
  • Tarot cards
  • Psychiatric evaluations (multiple, comprehensive)
  • More i prob forgot

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