What is a blog?
A blog, short for weblog, is a public diary. That is, the author publishes daily* entries about what he has done, thought or heard. Livejournals are examples of blogs. Many are about the general lives on the writer, some are opinion and some, like this one, focus on one particular aspect of the writer's life.
* theoretically. Many are not updated so often or so regularly.
About this blog
This blog is a date-ordered record of the treatment and the effects of my health problems. Primarily the is the genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis although it brings with it a lot of baggage. In my case, I also carry Pseudomonas, ABPA and, since 2000, CF-related Diabetes. See pwcf.net for information on these conditions. The nature of illness is that it can be unpleasant to talk about, and although I try to keep it to a minimum there will inevitably be occasional talk of unpleasant things.
I set this blog up in May 2004 after I had my first portacath in. The goal was, and is, to back up my memory with exact dates of events and their details. This serves several purposes, including to let me know time between events and so I can learn better from my past experiences. Not only is my memory not brilliant, but because I use such a complicated combination of treatments it is sometimes hard to keep track of both what I have used and its results on a given situation.
There is another purpose of course to this Blog, that is to let others with CF or carers for these people see the life of a fellow sufferer. The articles on complementary medicine are there for your benefit. If you suffer with CF and wish more contact with people with CF (pwcf), especially if you live in the UK, I suggest that you visit the forums on the CF Trust website.
Who? What? Where?
My real name is Aidan Bowes, I live in Bristol, UK. Despite receiving good treatment from most of the people looking after me, I am deliberately keeping the blog fairly anonymous: the blog is not meant to be a critique of individuals for good or bad; and its general nature will I hope make it more accessible to readers.
You can contact me using any of the Comment links on the Blog. If I knew what I was doing, these links would post your comment straight to the Blog. As it is, they send prompt your computer to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to have a comment posted in response to any article or entry, please add, "For publication" to the top of your email. I reserve the right to ignore those containing obscenities.