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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Vindolanda..........'living history'.....Foggy can't wait!!

Sharon B is taking Foggy with her to Vindolanda; an excavated Roman fort and village in the North of England (between Carlisle and Newcastle Upon Tyne near Hadrian's Wall). It's going to be a very exciting trip as 'living history' is the theme.
See the link below for more details about Vindolanda and what there is to see and do there:
http://www.vindolanda.com/

Foggy is going to have a fantastic time with Roman soldiers playing with shields and swords. Lots and lots of play time!

Click on the link and take a look at these photos - lots of opportunities for things to do and for fabulous photos.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=vindolanda&client=firefox-a&hs=Z5r&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=AEPaU4e6BcOr7Abf0oGwAw&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg&biw=1600&bih=766

Foggy has taken campaign promotional stuff with him so he will be spreading awareness to everyone he meets this weekend. Roman soldiers will soon be carrying Foggy business cards :)

The round trip (bearing in mind they are stopping off at Gloucester en-route) is...brace yourself......748 miles!!!!!!!  WOW. Sharon, thank you for adding such a large UK total to the mileage.

Not only will he be travelling a huge distance (in UK terms) but will also be travelling back in time. Sally is very envious. She has a history degree and would have loved to go on this trip...history nerd alert!

Please donate to show your support for Foggy's campaign and show him his globetrotting is worth the huge effort!
www.justgiving.com/mefoggydog

Doggy snogs xxxx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Foggy's current itinerary! (subject to change!)

Hello!

I have been asked a number of times when Foggy is free to go here there and everywhere! So, I have detailed his current itinerary for possible dog-sitters to look at.

After 16th July he will only be going to UK destinations when there isn't enough time to go overseas before the next 'dog-sit'.

So, hold on to your hats; this is what I have managed to arrange so far!

7th August - Jersey (first time on a plane!) back to the UK.

15th August - New Zealand (back by speedy courier!)
1st September - Mt Kilimanjaro
21st September - 14th October - USA x3 (Oregon, San Francisco, Florida)
15th - 23rd October - British Columbia

This is all in one complete block going on to the next destination one after the other.

Foggy is going to the most haunted house in the UK (a castle!!) on Halloween....spooky fun!

So, he is then free from 1st November until 23rd January 2015. I want him to be somewhere exciting overseas over the Christmas period so please message me if you would like to dog-sit.

23rd January - 7th February Kersala, Southern India - back to the UK
Mid February - Australia to meet the Neighbours cast!!

There is a possibility of visiting Vietnam, Italy and Berlin in 2015. Details not yet confirmed though.

I'm thinking about taking him to France for a short trip if anyone would like to join us. It will be in March/April time next year. Trip on the Eurostar maybe? Foggy loves trains!!

So there you go; plenty to look forward to.

Foggy and I are doing all of this to raise money and awareness for the ME Association. As much as we love that everyone is enjoying his exploits, donations and engagement would make it even more special and worthwhile.

Hugs and doggy snogs from Sally and Foggy xxx

Monday, 28 July 2014

Little girl's love for Foggy xx

Hello!

Foggy had a wonderful time in London with Mr G and his family. Pottering around Brixton and then going to the Albert Hall for the Proms was fun! Mr G's little girl loved Foggy so much she didn't want to let him go. She wants to paint a picture for him. This gave Foggy an idea!

Foggy wants children to paint/draw him a picture. The theme is this campaign. So, a few ideas to get things started:

- A picture of Foggy
- A picture showing M.E. and how it affects their lives.

With the summer holidays just started it's an activity that allows children to be creative in a way that will help this campaign. Family is a vital support network for M.E. sufferers and engaging children in raising awareness can only be a good thing.

This is a 'just for fun' competition. Any artwork that is submitted will be added to Foggy's social media (Facebook/Twitter) with only first names and ages mentioned. At the end of the campaign there will be a poll to decide the winner.

Must be 12 years old or under to enter. 
Please take a (good) photo of the artwork, email it to Sally at MEFoggyDog@gmail.com with the name/age/country details.
The picture will then be added to Twitter and Facebook for everyone to oooh and ahhhh over!

Foggy can't wait to see your pictures!!

Doggy snogs xxxx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Pause the silliness for a moment.....

Hi,

I'm hijacking Foggy's page while he's in London to remind you all of the reason I have created this fun upbeat globetrotting campaign.

M.E. is a massively misunderstood, under researched, increasingly common debillitating illness. I'm 'lucky' in that I 'only' have mild M.E. Fortunately, this means I am still able to work full time though with difficulty some days. 

My symptoms are:
Extreme tiredness
Muscle fatigue
Unable to control my temperature (extreme hot/extreme cold)
Brain fog
Memory issues
Inability to concentrate for more than 20 minutes at a time
Unrefreshing sleep/insomnia/erratic sleep 
Sensitivity to light (sunlight and indoor lighting)
Delicate immune system - swollen glands when I am run down
Flu-like symptoms
'dead legs'
Occasionally unable to feel arms and legs (when I am particularly wiped out)
Unable to switch my brain off.....always in overdrive
Depression - probably because I am too tired or ill to do as many things as I would like.

There are probably a few more but .... I can't remember!

As all M.E. sufferers know, when I say extreme tiredness I don't mean slightly sleepy. Think of the most tired you have ever been in your whole life, times that by 2 and experience that 4 times a week....that's what I mean by extreme tiredness. I can feel this tired at any time of the day, not just at bed time or after a hard day. I reach the point where I can't function.

When I am feeling good I, stupidly, push myself and make the most of the extra energy I have. Feels great at the time - makes you feel alive! BUT....2 days later I am numb and wiped out...my battery is flat.

There is no medicine for M.E. The best the medical profession offer is therapy. I have had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Pacing Therapy; didn't really work for me. I'll talk about that more in a future blog.

My own personal theory about M.E. is - Some human bodies simply can't cope with the speed and stress of modern life (dodgy gene maybe?). These people have had such stressful/overworked lives that their body gets burnt out and shuts down. In a way M.E. is telling me to slow down and take care of myself. When was the last time you spent an hour with NO stimulation. No TV, radio, book, computer game, music, conversation or simply doing something. When did you last just sit and be aware of your surroundings? White noise is great!  I have to force myself to take myself off somewhere quiet and recharge. My fish pond is my favourite place to just sit. Stimulation requires energy...energy i just don't have.

To my M.E. suffering followers - I hope today is a good day for YOU.

Sally x


Friday, 25 July 2014

So far.....

Hello!

Well, I am a week into my travel adventures and thought I'd give my followers a mini update. You've hopefully all been looking at my photos on Facebook and Twitter....I was pulling my best 'strike a pose' face...hope you could tell!

So far the Just Giving total is £145; I'm happy with that. All of my time in a hot jiffy bag this week was worth it. Sally is thinking up some fundraising things for me to do while I am out and about globetrotting. If you have any fundraising ideas that include me, please let Sally know and she will juggle my itinerary to fit you in.

By the end of this weekend I will have travelled 840 miles (ish) in total. Not bad! Sally is squeezing in a trip to New Zealand between now and when I climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Cerianne in September. It's going to be a tight squeeze with time but hey...this is supposed to be a challenge...right?! After that it's a doggy mind boggling mix of Oregon, San Francisco, Florida and British Columbia. I wont see Sally for ages :(  but I'm sure I will be having lots of adventures :) Sally and I are going to spend a quality time weekend in the New Forest this Bank Holiday weekend before I go off galavanting. Lots of playtime ahead!

Sally has allowed me to go skydiving but I'm only allowed to go with a human attached to me. If any of you would love to feel sick and faint with me please do volunteer! Sally has been quoted a reduced sky dive price and can give more details if you contact her direct on mefoggydog@gmail.com.

I'm in London with Mr G and his family at the moment; I'm having a great time and can't wait to get out and about this weekend. You can see photos on Monday of my hellraising at the CBeebies Prom! I'm also going on a train.....I love trains.....always means I am going somewhere really good.

Doggy snogs,

Foggy xxx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Damp..........pardon?!


This week there have been a number of tweets wondering why M.E. affected bodies seem to get worse during damp weather.

I have a little story to tell...you can either take some of it on board or take it with a pinch of salt...up to you.

Sally went to see an Acupuncturist about a non M.E. related health issue. On this particular day it was very rainy and Sally complained that she felt dreadful and her M.E. was worse than usual. In her assessment the Acupuncturist asked if she could see Sally's tongue (strange....). So, much tongue sticking out lead to the Acupuncturist saying she was 'damp'. Excuse me???!!!!! (some kind of slimy mould on her tongue...yuck!)

The Acupuncturist explained that when it is damp outside the damp inside her body is aggravated and makes symptoms worse (see link below for more info).

Sally already has intolerances to some foods but the Acupuncturist advised an even more restricted diet excluding:
Caffeine (already sensitive/intolerant)
Peanuts
Avocado
Sugar
Citrus
Pork  (beloved bacon sandwiches....gone!!!!)
Wheat (already gluten intolerant)
Yeast
Bananas
Dairy (already intolerant)

So, Sally went away and stuck to this diet religiously for a few months as an experiment to see for herself if what she had been told could be plausible. Guess what?.......

Her M.E. improved....slightly......but improved none the less. When it rained she didn't feel like her body was imploding and the foggy brain didn't completely wipe her out. That was 2 years ago and she doesn't strictly follow the diet anymore and has reintroduced peanuts, stupidly has the occasional coffee and indulges in some sugars. Nowadays she notices her M.E. worsens when she has eaten pork or had a sugary drink.

Some people are wary about chinese medicine but I think there may be some truth in this 'damp' issue.

Just a thought....might help some people!

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/chinese/traditional-chinese-medicine-causes-of-illness4.htm

Doggy snogs,

love Foggy xxx


Friday, 18 July 2014

Mount Kilimanjaro in September!!

Hardcore fundraising alert!!

In September 2014 a lovely young woman called Cerianne will allow Foggy to piggyback his way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. I don't think his stumpy little legs would get him to the top so thank you Cerianne. Picture of Foggy on top of the world coming up!

Cerianne is doing the climb for her own chosen charity Practical Action. She is letting Foggy join her for the climb so we make lots of money for the ME Association. Please support their joint efforts by donating to www.justgiving/MEFoggyDog




'The roof of the continent' is at 19,336 ft .......this climb is definitely a challenge and something an ME sufferer couldn't even contemplate doing.

http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/kili.html

Please donate generously and support Foggy and Cerianne in this adventure.

Thanks x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

World Tour 2014-2015 is officially launched!

Hello!

Well.....let the fundraising begin.
Foggy has just had his launch event at the Southsea Coffee Company in Southsea, UK. He and Sally were able to enlighten people about the horrible-ness that is M.E.
A lovely cake was made for the occasion and was delicious...went down a treat!
Foggy now has a few more destinations on his places to go list. The lovely people who attended tonight have volunteered to take him to India, Spain, France, Vietnam and Italy. His calendar will have to be micro-managed but hopefully most of these places can be squeezed in over the next 12 months!
Foggy will no longer be abseiling from the Orbit in London due to a dates clash but will now be abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth some time next year instead - thanks Cerianne! See the attached pics of tonight's launch!

MEFoggyDog will soon also be available on Instagram as this will make photo upload a lot quicker and easier for those people who use Instagram. Panic not though - the photos will automatically load onto Twitter/Facebook too. It's just another way to spread the M.E. fundraising word and make MEFoggyDog as accessible as possible.

There have been a few issues with MEFoggyDog being registered as a personal account on Facebook (Sally's name had to be used instead of Foggy's); there have been a number of people who have been unable to find the campaign. BOOOOOOOO! So, the existing account will be deleted tomorrow morning and a new organisation/business account will be created instead. This should make searching for MEFoggyDog easier. So if you are currently a 'friend' on Facebook can you please follow us again in a couple of days once everything has been deleted/restarted. Thanks!








Saturday, 12 July 2014

ME Fundraiser - Day one!

My name is Foggy the Dog and I want to raise lots of money for the M.E. Association. 

The aim of this year long campaign is for me to travel one million miles (that's a LONG way!) and raise at least £10k for the ME Association.

My best friend Patch's favourite human Sally has M.E. and when she is really poorly he looks after her and does what he can to cheer her up i.e. lots of cuddles.
I want to raise money to fund research into why so many people are getting M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - much easier to say!!) and see whether there is a way to manage or treat it successfully.

It's a social media campaign so you can follow me on Twitter (@MEFoggyDog) and Facebook (Me Foggy Dog). I will be writing a blog a couple of times a week to keep you updated on my exploits as I travel around the world, and I will post the blog entries on Twitter and Facebook.

How the campaign/fundraising will work 

My Twitter and Facebook followers around the globe can volunteer to 'Foggy- sit' and I will come and stay with you for a couple of days (via jiffy bag, stamp and plane). 

                                     (Me in my favourite place......the park!)


Take me somewhere interesting, weird or wonderful and take photos to be put on Twitter/Facebook. Hopefully lots of lovely people out there will like seeing what I am getting up to. Can you just make sure that I don't go walkies anywhere on my own and that I come back home in one piece.

Please support my campaign by donating money on my Just Giving page:

http://www.justgiving.com/MEFoggyDog

If you would like to 'dog sit' then contact Sally and she will arrange my travel. She's like my PA and is very good at her job! Either contact her via Twitter or Facebook or send her an email on MEFoggyDog@gmail.com.

So far, in the next 2 months, I am heading for Malaysia, Portugal, USA x3, Australia and New Zealand. I think I am going to be a little bit tired and in need of lots of snuggles. I have the whole year to go globe trotting so I'm sure I can find time to come and visit anyone who wants me.

I'm off to chase some squirrels,

Bye for now xxxx