Friday, 7 March 2014

FATIGUE FRIENDLY READING



Fatigue has made reading, which was once easy and relaxing, far more difficult for me. I now find it tricky to focus on pages with small print, am prone to accidentally re-reading the same sentence ten times over and if I struggle on for too long come away with a bit of a headache.

Initially I found this extremely frustrating as I've always enjoyed reading, but I soon decided that rather than give up on it entirely, I'd work on keeping it up at the (admittedly far lower than I would have liked) level I could manage. After a bit of experimentation, I worked out that reading for between 5 and10 minutes didn't leave me feeling so exhausted. I made this my target for each day. I also realised that I found larger text and simpler language easier to read. I got my boyfriend to dig through the large print section of the library for me but there wasn't much there that appealed to me.

This is when I realised that I had the perfect excuse to revisit some of my favourite children's books. They were ideal as the text is large, they are easy to follow and they would not take me forever to finish at 5 minutes a day! I've loved going back over stories I remember from when I was little and have really enjoyed getting to know other classic children's books which until more recently had passed me by. Being ill can be stressful and uncomfortable and I've found dipping into some lovely children's books to be a nice escape!



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  1. Ah... Charlotte's Web. Loved that book and have read it several times over, but not in the last decade or two. Must look it out.

    As for small print - well I'm 50 now and I now need glasses to read - BUT not if I use my Kindle and make the print really BIG!! LOL... So that's another trick you could try perhaps?

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    1. Using a Kindle is such a great idea Sally! I'm definitely going to look into getting one as it would be great to try some adult books with larger print...

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  2. Hi Faye, just popped on as I have a friend with cfs who would find your blog really interesting. You have such a great attitude! Have you tried audiobooks? I get a lot from charity shops and the 'audible' service from amazon is good too x

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    1. Hi Ally! Lovely to hear from you. I'm so pleased to hear your friend may find it interesting :) I have more recently started to listen to audiobooks but struggled with them for a long time. I am actually hoping to write a post about them at some point! I had never even considered charity shops for buying them.... What a good idea! Thank you! I will have to get my boyfriend to have a dig about for me :)

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  3. You are indeed a "glass half full" kind of girl and that is still shining out Faye. I think we can all learn from this as there are blessings to be found all around us and, even when fortunate enough to be enjoying good health, we can still overlook them and become preoccupied with what is not perfect in our world. What an inspired idea to revisit children's literature. Radio 4 afternoon plays via BBC iplayer are good to listen to when you want to relax as well. I will share as you suggest - who knows who this may help. XXX

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    1. Thanks so much Angela. Afternoon plays on iplayer is a really good idea! I will definitely have a little look next time I'm not sure what to do with myself xxx

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  4. Hello! I'm very happy to have just found your lovely blog :)

    I also enjoy reading children's/teenage/young adult literature - especially when it's hard to concentrate. Otherwise, I'm a real fan of Radio 4 podcasts and audiobooks.

    Depending on how things are run in your area, it should be possible to borrow them for free from your local library - when I explained to the librarian that listening to audio-books is easier for me with my M.E., she issued me with a disabled users card so it's free to borrow them. xxx

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    1. Hi Fran :) So sorry to only just manage a reply to your lovely comment. I haven't tried any Radio 4 podcasts as yet but will definitely have to investigate that a little I think.It's so useful hearing what other people enjoy as it draws my attention to things I never would have considered otherwise. I don't have a disabled users card at the library and to be honest had no idea that they existed so I will definitely have to looking into that too. So kind of you to share those suggestions- they're great and I really appreciate it x

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