Published on Jan 23, 2013
"Mind the Abyss: Part 1 - Prodrome" is a personal history of my first six months experience with the disease known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. Part 1, however, mentions neither "M.E." nor the more general and inaccurate term "chronic fatigue syndrome" ("CFS"), since neither designation was in use in the U.S. when I became ill in 1983. The film also does not use the term "fatigue," which grossly trivializes the nature of the multiple impairments caused by M.E.
My experience with M.E. may not be precisely identical to that of anyone else in terms of the sequence, nature and severity of the events -- however, I believe it will be familiar to many people. Although my symptoms were "severe," many with M.E. experience an intensity of impairment that is considerably worse. I would hardly have thought that possible at the time I became ill.
This is Part I of what I hope will be a series of films. Hopefully, I will complete Part II more quickly. This first segment took nearly a year.
"Attack on Muron" -- Braveheart -- James Horner
"Probe 7, Over and Out" -- The Twilight Zone -- Rod Serling
"The Taking of Pelham 123" -- David Shire
"Living Waters" -- Anima Mundi -- Philip Glass
"Elegia" -- Low Life -- New Order
"Saturn" -- The Planets -- Gustav Holst
Taijiro Iimori, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra
Related work: http://tinyurl.com/ahdqa43
[Note: Youtube has incorrectly identified the song "Eleanor, It's Raining Now" as being contained in this video and is now advertising that song here. This has also made the video unavailable to mobile devices. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a way to correct this.]