Late at night on April 26th I was carted off to hospital with a pretty bad infection. No, not COVID, although I had to go into the COVID A&E side to play safe, but with an e-coli infection in the blood (sepsis). I was given IV antibiotics, sent home after 10 days. Five days later, and rushed back again. Another course of IV antibiotics, then sent home. Seven days later, and rushed back in again. Started with IV antibiotics, then on to oral antibiotics so that I could be on them for 4 weeks. Now back home. (Utterly steamrollered by the system! I'd give you the details, but it's just the same old story.) They discovered one 2.5cm "cyst" on my liver, and a number of smaller ones. These could be infected: I had an MRI scan, but they aren't completely sure. They thought that perhaps I had an e-coli infection on the heart that was seeding it, but couldn't find one with ultrasound. They suspected bladder/kidney problems, but tests were fine. So now I wait for the antibiotics to run out and wonder whether it will strike again. I know Ian Lipkin was talking about the problems of a leaky gut and possible leakage of gram negative bacteria (such as e-coli). I also know that most of the doctors I saw just regard ME as a fatigue problem: one even suggested I saw a physiotherapist and tried graded exercise – he regretted that pretty quickly. I've tried a trawl, but my brain is battered and will take a while to get back to its usual gormless self, so does anyone have a suitably academic link for me to give the one doctor dealing with me who actually has a friend with ME? Muchly gratitudelinesses.