The Real-World Challenges of Surviving an Autoimmune Encephalitis Diagnosis (A Rant)

The world that doctors live in…

The classic story arc of autoimmune encephalitis goes something like this: a patient presents to the hospital emergency room with an abrupt onset of psychotic features that include hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, and strange behavioural changes.

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Medical Chores Galore | Monthly Resilience Report: October 2020

Eat, make some calls, attend appointments, peruse medical journals, sleep, repeat.

Most days were an exhausting barrage of monotony, all in the name of attempting to move my medical recovery forward. It’s mind-boggling how much time can be consumed just coordinating medical logistics, not to mention the cognitive fatigue that arises from keeping tabs on multiple moving parts.

Brain fog: What does it even mean? How can you get help for it? (Part 1)

Sometimes it isn’t so obvious what we mean by the term brain fog. It gets tossed around in circles ranging from those sick with the common cold, to people who are aging, to those that are overworked and without their morning cup of joe. So what do we really mean by it?

Hello hurricane season: Flying pillows edition | Monthly Resilience Report: September 2020

It’s been a tough month on the personal front, with several factors coalescing together to create a turbulent September. This won’t be my usual “Resilience Report”—there’s too much going on for me to allocate energy…

Autoimmune Encephalitis Recovery, Part 2: The Day-to-Day Emotional Challenges

You’ve heard that autoimmune encephalitis (AE) recovery is slow.

Good doctors—the ones that mentally prepare you for life after the worst of your acute symptoms have dissipated—tell you to be kind to yourself as you recuperate.

But what does that really mean? What does that actually look like? And what does that feel like?

Just meandering through the marathon of chronic illness life | Monthly Resilience Report: July 2020

Maybe you’re just here because you’ve heard me complain about relapsing, and want to find out if my Rituximab has kicked in yet. In that case, skip down to the last section.

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