Thursday, December 30, 2010

Coping through Acceptance and a Positive Attitude

Hello Everyone,

I have learned to cope through acceptance and a positive attitude. We all know the fatigue of FM is much more than being tired. It is an all-encompassing exhaustion that interferes with even the simplest daily activities. It feels like every drop of energy has been drained from the body, which at times is accompanied with pain leaving you with a limited ability to function both mentally and physically.

Our attitude about life and our situation and our illness definitely shapes our perception and the way we experience things on a day-to-day basis. The way we deal and think about the pain, fatigue, physical deterioration, emotional lows, crises, grief and other challenges has a tremendous impact on our health.

Through meditation you can learn to relax and become more aware of your thoughts and feelings. As you become more in tune with your body and mind, you start to set appropriate limits on your physical activities and make healthy eating choices. Focus on something positive each day and remind yourself of the things you are able to accomplish.

Share your experiences with others, be positive about yourself, eat healthy, sleep, move, take your medications and consider alternative therapies.

Together we can figure out how to effectively fight back and survive the daily challenges of living with any health challenge.

I hope and pray everyone has a pain and fatigue free day.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How to Prevent Depression Relapse written by Guest; Abby Nelson

How to Prevent Depression Relapse

Those who have never seen it or experienced it don’t really accept it as a disease, but if you’re been around anyone with depression or gone through it yourself, you’ll know that it’s a deadly illness, one that affects you physically and mentally. It’s bad enough being affected by it once and having to fight your way back to good health; what’s worse is suffering a relapse and sinking back into the same black hole you just escaped. The possibility of a depression relapse is very real, and unless you’re aware of this fact and take the necessary precautions to avoid it, much more than your mental wellbeing is at stake.

• Surround yourself with people who genuinely care for you and spend more time in their company. They will help uplift your mood and prevent blue moods from taking over.

• Stay busy, but don’t take on too much because this leads to stress when you’re overwhelmed at your responsibilities and your inability to take care of all them as you promised.

• Exercise regularly – it helps you look and feel great in the short and long run and prevents physical and mental diseases.

• Watch your diet – while comfort foods help soothe you temporarily, they hurt your cause in the long run. Don’t succumb to binge eating; it only makes you feel worse once you’re done.

• Follow your doctor’s orders and take your medication as prescribed even though you think you’re feeling better and would benefit from a reduced dosage – don’t change your medication without consulting your medical practitioner.

• Do things that make you feel good about yourself, as long as they’re not destructive or illegal.

• Don’t spend your days in isolation – solitude may be bliss for a while, but getting over a depression requires the company of loved ones.

• Get out of any abusive and otherwise unhealthy relationships that damage your emotional health and wellbeing.

• If you’re undergoing therapy, don’t discontinue it even though you’re feeling better until your therapist says you don’t need any further sessions.

• Don’t resort to alcohol and drugs when you feel down – they affect your nervous system and also react badly with antidepressant drugs.

• Avoid stressful situations as much as you can.

• Don’t obsess over people or events that you have no control over – it only makes your emotions more tumultuous and torments your mind.

• And finally, don’t expect miraculous results overnight or in a few days – it takes time to get over a depression, and if you stress out that you’re not getting better sooner, you could slip further back into the disease. Take each day as it comes, and focus on getting better slowly and steadily.


This guest post is contributed by Abby Nelson, she writes on the topic of Masters in Counseling . She welcomes your comments at her email id: abby.85nelson<@>gmail<.>com.

Thanks to Abby for writing this post and please feel free to provide feedback on the topic and Abby's written work.

Wishing everyone a fatigue and pain free day! Viv

Friday, October 29, 2010

Attitude makes a difference

Hello Everyone,

It has been awhile since I have visited my Grandchildren and I miss them! There has been little to no time to spend with my twin girls and their birthday is coming up soon, October 31st.

The wedding is over and I am trying to catch up on my daily chores while maintaining a positive attitude. I am worried about Jerry and find myself in denial about the seriousness of his health and the path it is leading to. I am the one who will most likely be making medical and financial decisions. Deciding about what type of treatment is available and what I might do to assist him without draining my energy and health. Caring for my spouse who suffers from a major chronic illness allows me to test my strength. Will I be able to demonstrate my ability to step up and support the man I love?

I hope to learn to be kinder to myself because at times, especially since I am the primary caregiver, I will be exhausted to the bone and feel raw and exposed. On these days, I must learn to reach out to other family and friends and allow them to support me while I am trying to support my spouse.

I want to do the right thing by being strong and kind while expressing my love during this difficult time. I find myself slowing down and taking easy while Jerry is in the hospital. My body and mind requires time to rest and relax.

Dealing with a spouse who is facing a major health challenge is one of the most challenging, frustrating, heartbreaking experience however, my love for this individual grows daily. While I face fatigue and pain it seems like nothing next to Jerry's daily challenge of breathing. I still rely on Jerry for emotional, spiritual and financial support.

I believe a good attitude is important for our own health, and it makes it easier for others to be around us. I have learned that I need to rely on God for every aspect of my life. Our attitude should be one of acceptance realizing that nobody is strong in every area of life. We have to be able to admit weakness in some areas and accept it.

One way to keep a good attitude is to break the habit of dwelling on what you've lost. Now, it's okay to go through a period of mourning for all that you've lost. Just as I have lost the ability to remain full of energy and strong. I have stayed close to God through our health challenges and asked Him to bring us out of it in good time. I do not want to become a bitter person, one who dwells on our health challenges, but I try to look for positive things to dwell on. There are many things to be thankful for and on my list of things for which to be thankful are my grandchildren.

My goal is to take time out of my daily life to spend with my grandchildren. They are God's blessing and they bring joy to our lives. I look forward to what tomorrow brings and hope that I can offer quality time to all of my family members.

Meanwhile, make your own list of things to be thankful for and make the most of it. I pray and hope you have a pain and fatigue free day full of love and happiness.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Consequence of eating certain foods

Hello Everyone,

One of the many challenges I deal with is IBS. I have successfully kept it under control and not suffered from IBS symptoms. When I started to eliminate foods, beef was something I eliminated. I am not fond of it, except for a small hamburger (little meat) with everything but onions.

On Thursday I decided to try some brisket, what a mistake! I had one piece of bread with two pieces of brisket for lunch and loved it. So what happened? I decided to have yet another half sandwich for dinner. My husband was amazed because he knows I do not like beef. However, we both forgot my body cannot handle beef.

I have been dealing with abdominal cramps and unbearable pain. I have spent most of the past two days in bed! I am trying Maalox, Zantac, baking soda and water and still hurting. I will never eat brisket again, never say never! Apparently, my memory failed me and I ate it. Nobody else is suffering from cramps or abdominal pain, so I know the brisket I purchased was good. No food poisoning, just my less than cooperative body!

Just wanted to report my latest experience with beef.I think I am starting to experience a flare because not only am I suffering from abdominal issues, I am experiencing a higher level of pain and fatigue. My ears are still very sensitive, I have headaches, muscle pain, sleep problems, and much more. The fatigue and pain is making me cranky. Thank goodness I am smart enough to warn my family when I am starting to feel cranky. I usually stay away from people when I am cranky. It isn't their fault I feel badly, so I just stay away to prevent further issues.

Enough of my complaints! I am going to bed and tomorrow will be a better day. I just know it will improve. Wish me luck.

Meanwhile, I hope and pray everyone is having a fatigue and pain free day.

How do we find others?

Hello Everyone,

How do we find others with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue? The Internet, doctor's office, church, friends, family, and a number of other places. I would like to add more sites to my page. Do me a favor and send me a comment about your site, your experience, how you deal, anything you want to write. I will add your site to my blog page.

I hope to hear from current and new Internet sites!

Meanwhile, I hope and pray everyone has had a fatigue and pain free day!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dealing with Sounds

Hello Everyone,

How is your hearing? Mine? I have been experiencing some sensitivity to certain sounds and noise. Although my hearing has deteriorated, I do experience sound amplification. Sometimes my ears are very sensitive to sound and noise making it difficult to dine at certain restaurants or go to the theater. My answer to that problem is earplugs. Earplugs are always available at home and I carry a set in my purse. The light, touch, and sound sensitivities are a nuisance. I need to journal when I experience various sensitivity issues to help me figure out what triggers them.

Do you have any thoughts or ideas on the topic? I would love to hear if, when, and how you deal with light, touch, and sound sensitivities. Here are my tips on dealing with these challenges:

When you cannot handle light:

- Dim the lights in your bedroom and spend some time meditating
- Wear lightly tinted sunglasses when necessary
- Close the drapes

When you cannot handle touch:

- Let your family know your body is extremely sensitive to touch (sometimes the slightest touch hurts)
- Take a nice warm to hot bath
- Give yourself a soft massage

When you cannot handle sound:

- Let your family know you are experiencing amplified sound
- Turn down the radio or television
- Wear earplugs

Lastly, remember you have the gift of hearing!

Meanwhile, I hope and pray you have a fatigue and pain free day.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Being Real

Hello Everyone,

Today I would like to share my thoughts on life and the many things we experience. Being real is one of the most important, yet difficult, things to do at certain times in our lives.

When I was first diagnosed, I felt relief that it wasn't all in my head. The thought of knowing and becoming aware of what was happening to me mentally and physically was somewhat comforting. I was feeling more confident that my illness was simply an experience or some type of process my body had to experience. The process of experiencing a variety of symptoms such as fatigue and pain without loosing hope and faith in God. The experience opens up your mind and heart.

It has been a way of discovering my inner thoughts and emotions. What I see and what happens and how I feel emotionally can be controlled by my inner thoughts. I know I have the power to give, share, be kind, compassionate, provide, love, and protect myself, family, and friends emotionally. It is a choice. We are not perfect, but we have the power to be real and honest.

Things happen that don't make sense, but does that mean we loose hope and faith in God? Ourselves? Our loved ones? No. Our experiences make us stronger and hopefully guide us to a better place emotionally. The key is to remain real and honest. I believe the key to experiencing the best of life is a matter of perception.

Accept your journey in life, even if you don't understand how or why. You do not have to be religious to have faith. Who we are and what we feel comes from the heart and our heart confirms what is true. Be real to yourself.

One last note, blame no one for anything, forgive everyone and everything. Meanwhile, what can you do with your pain? This is what I do: Every moment I breathe, I give my breath to God, and with this I feel an open heart. This is my opportunity to find out what is truly important in life and allow the trivial to pass understanding my pain is no different or stronger than other individuals dealing with a chronic illness. Sometimes I get lost in a pool of pity however, God stands by to listen and eventually leads or guides me towards rethinking about my circumstances , then I open up my heart and eyes responding in a different way. As I recognize my weaknesses I change my attitude and try to remain real to myself.

What about you? Want to share your thoughts?

I hope and pray you are experiencing a day without fatigue or pain.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Feeling Stronger Everyday

Hello Everyone!

How are you feeling today? These days I am feeling like I have the necessary emotional qualities to deal with stress, risk, and other physical and emotional difficulties. Spending time with family and friends leads to feeling tolerant of my fatigue and pain. One of the many ways of dealing with an illness is to get lost in the fantasy of our hopes and dreams by taking risks, allowing yourself to remain flexible and open to new adventures, and finding balance in your life.

Do yourself a favor and try something new, do something different, go out and have some fun. Allow yourself time to enjoy life and the people around you. The people in our lives are blessings God has given us. Spend some quality time with your family and friends. Time away from the reality of our daily tasks, chores, and responsibilities initiates a release of mental and physical tension and stress. Allow yourself to be freed from prejudice and receptive to new ideas. There are many ways of dealing with stress and daily responsibilities. Every now and then, we deserve a break. Take one today!

I hope and pray you had a pain and fatigue free day!

Where did I place that item?

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is feeling great today! I met a nice woman yesterday that shared a story about lost items. When I cannot find my eyeglasses, I ask my hubby for help. We run around looking for them like chickens with their heads cut off. Then I eventually reach for the top of head and find them! Funny! The woman I met has me beat, here is her story:

(Real name withheld to protect the innocent).
Mel was looking frantically searching for her cell phone and decided to retrace her steps. She had gone to the grocery store, the drug store, and her last destination was her daughter’s home. She proceeded to call the grocery store, drug store, and finally called her daughter. She asked her daughter to look around the living room and dining area, her daughter's response "Mom, you are calling me from your cell phone number." This is too funny.

The next time you feel silly for misplacing an item, remember Mel’s cell phone incident! I hope this story brought a smile to your face

Meanwhile, I hope and pray you had a fatigue and pain free day.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Multiple Sclerosis

Hello Everyone,

Do you or anyone in your life suffer from Multiple Sclerosis? I have a special friend living in Arizona who deals with Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms. Managing the symptoms can be very difficult but can greatly improve the quality of life. The fatigue, spasticity, weakness, pain, along with various other symptoms can be overwhelming.

One of the most disabling symptoms is fatigue. Living with chronic fatigue is tiring and the lack of energy affects the muscles making it difficult to feel rested. Neuromuscular fatigue is one of many types of fatigue an individual with MS experiences. Lassitude is a type of fatigue that in essence means an individual feels exhausted, slow to move, and lethargic. Acknowledging the different types of fatigue caused by the disease and the need for help and treatment involves learning how to deal with one of many symptoms experienced on a daily basis.

I have a deep sense of admiration for people dealing with MS. These patients must learn to use practical coping techniques so they can accept and manage changes and adjustments experienced within employment status, increased independence along with physical challenges and condition.

Clinical trials have shown that proper exercise can increase fitness and reduce fatigue. A Physical Therapist or a Physician can develop the proper Multiple Sclerosis Exercise. However, just like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patients, exercising to the point of pain means fatigue and increased weakness! Patients must PACE themselves and follow the proper type, duration, frequency, and intensity as prescribed by a physsicical therapist or physician.

As to following a specific Multiple Sclerosis Diet, there are no conclusive scientific studies proving any kind of nutritional therapy affects the course of MS. You can find information about multiple sclerosis on Multiple Sclerosis News at The site offers information about basic nutrition, symptoms, practicing a healthy lifestyle, and individual and family challenges encountered on a daily basis.

I hope and pray God continues to give anyone suffering from MS the patience and strength required to live with MS.

Praying and wishing everyone a fatigue and pain free day!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thanks Everyone

Hi Everyone,
I would like to thank everyone for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read my posts. I enjoy stopping by other sites, researching, reviewing and reading other sites. There is always something new to learn.

On another note, I have been exercising with my younger sister. It is my humble opinion that any exercise activity beyond stretching softly, easy yoga moves and a small amount of quick steps is the extent of exercise acceptable for any individual with my health challenges. I do not feel better or stronger after extreme or harsh exercises. I have to pace, complete soft stretches, yoga, and only work on completing short step exercises. For those individuals that believe additional exercise will strengthen chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia patients.....they are crazy!

I do feel better after I have completed soft stretches,  simple yoga moves, and a few step exercise routines. If I overdo, forget it! The rest of my week is ruined. As a child and teenager I could not complete long harsh exercises because I felt worse. I was a band member in high school and always exhausted after practice. I could not figure out why some people felt better than I did or why I hated physical activity. It was because it was exhausting.

Anyway, I am trying to loose a few pounds and enjoying my time with my younger sis. We are not overdoing. She would have to carry me to the car and drive me home after our routine exercise program!

Tip of the day: Only complete soft stretching, easy and slow yoga moves and pace yourself. I hope and pray you had a pain and fatigue free day.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gaining Strength One Day at a Time!

Hello Everyone!

I am sorry I have not posted since July! I am getting stronger and feeling better.  I was able to check out a couple of stores today, Steinmart, Kohls, and Walmart. I was beat after Walmart because the last stop was actual grocery shopping. No fun. Grocery shopping is not my cup of tea.

I started of at Steinmart finding the coolest ring (pearl and silver bead shaker. ring), two pairs of sandals (7.94 a pair- on clearance!), and a blouse. The shaker ring is silly, cheap, and fun. Allow yourself silly thoughts, buys, finds, keeps you smiling:) Jerry found five blouses at Kohls (they cost anywhere from $4.00 to 8.00). Three of them were nicely decorated t-shirts and two were dressy blouses. They were having a 70% off sale! This is my kind of shopping.

My oldest son gifted money with rules: (I listened and enjoyed!)

Do not use the money on bills,
Spend the money on yourself and buy something that makes you smile,
Be kind to yourself and enjoy spending the money on yourself.

My birthday is tomorrow  and I am already having a great Friday the13th! I love having birthday's on Friday the 13th because they tend to turn out great.

After my shopping spree I came home and took a nice long nap. Tomorrow I am scheduled to visit my PCP. I think I have thyroid problems based on the symptoms I am experiencing. I will keep everyone updated. Please do not ignore any new symptoms you may be experiencing.

Today's lesson includes taking time out for yourself, splurging on occasion, pacing, resting, and paying attention to new symptoms.

I hope and pray you enjoy your day, pace yourself, rest, listen to your body, and splurge or do something goofy! Do whatever it takes to laugh, smile, love, and share your heart and experience with someone. Write to me and let me know what you are up to. I would love to hear about your day!

Soft hugs and warm wishes from Viv:)

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Making it One Day at a Time

Hello Everyone,

It seems these days I feel like I am making it one day at a time. It is a constant struggle to stay motivated with the extreme fatigue I am experiencing. I lost my purse and that seemed to get me down. I am simply concerned about my medication and the possibility of someone else using it.

I believe I am having some thyroid issues therefore, I have requested an appointment with my PCP.I am also scheduled to visit my pain management doctor.

The house chores are weighing me down. Cooking and cleaning seems harder these days and it is taking longer to complete chores. This gets overwhelming and depressing.

I think it is time to go visit my beautiful grandchildren. The twins are so happy, full of love and enjoy life. When you are a child and have wonderful parents who love and nurture you, it is easy to enjoy life and make others around you feel loved. They remind you to smile, laugh, love, and share positive emotions.

Anyway, my plan is to remind myself of the following to help me get motivated and continue on my daily journey of living life to the fullest:

* Discovering your inner peace - is the process of creative goals and visions, making them a reality.

* Realizing what, when, and where, then determine the steps required to start managing and achieving those step at a time.

* Keep an open mind and be receptive to new ideas.

* Be realistic and let yourself feel joy.

As I meditate, I must clear my mind, breathe deeply, give myself a break, accept my shortcomings, pace myself, and remain receptive to new ideas on how to complete simple chores one day at a time. Wish me luck!

I hope and pray my daily experiences encourage you to accept yourself, pace yourself, and set realistic goals. Spend time with people that encourage love, laughter, and joy.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Invisible Illness CFIDS/FMS: Alternative Pain Management

Invisible Illness CFIDS/FMS: Alternative Pain Management

Alternative Pain Management

Hello Everybody,

What is a TENS UNIT? A T.E.N. unit stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. During my rehabilitation the physical therapist introduced the use of a tens unit. The unit works to alleviate pain by sending mild electrical pulse through the skin to stimulate the nerves beneath. The unit is lightweight and easy to carry. I was able to attach the unit to my belt or place it within a front pocket of a sweater, jacket, or pants. These portable units are very convenient and an effective way of managing pain. The units are battery operated and rechargeable.

These units are not a permanent solution for chronic pain. The muscle stimulator is for customized muscle rehabilitation and chronic and acute radiating pain relief. The tens units are used in parallel with physical therapy and not a substitute for regimented physical rehabilitation therapy. The tens units ease pain and sometimes result in less use of drugs.

The tens unit is prescribed by the pain management doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist. The nurse or physical/occupational therapist explains the proper use of the tens unit. Continual use of the unit will require extra electrode pads, electrode conductive preparation spray (can use alcohol wipes), and battery and battery charger. Units and accessories are available via the Internet or at a medical supply retail store. Quality electrode pads contain gels with non-irritating gels that are sticky providing comfort, reusability, and performance. You can find a unit, the LG-TEC Dual Combo TENS Unit and Muscle Stimulator.

Talk to your doctor about obtaining a TENS UNIT. Using the unit does enable you to decrease the use of medication. It is an alternative, safe, non-addictive, and effective treatment for chronic pain.

I hope and pray you are able to control your fatigue and pain.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Allergic Asthma and Non-allergic Asthma

Hi Everyone,

It sounds like there are a number of people suffering from allergies and asthma these days. I know, nothing new however, I am concerned about my family and friends, so here goes:

There are two broad categories of this disease—allergic asthma and non-allergic asthma and the symptoms are the same for both. With allergic asthma, allergens like animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches, mold, pollen, smoke, and certain foods can trigger an attack. Non-allergic asthma is prompted by things like anxiety, stress, exercise, cold air, dry air, hyperventilation, viruses and other irritants. Common food triggers for asthma include milk and wheat.

There are other causes of inflammation, symptoms can range from mild to severe and can present in different ways. Sometimes patients have shortness of breath, chest tightness, and some people just have coughs. One thing that all types of asthma have in common is chronic inflammation. Inflammation can be triggered by chronic bacterial and/or viral infections, heavy metal overload or a hyper-permeable intestinal lining. Some people suffer from a combination of these problems. Ask your doctor to test for bacterial and viral infections. He may end up prescribing antibiotics and anti-virals.

The doctor can test for heavy metal contamination and some people possess a genetic vulnerability that renders them unable to process the onslaught of modern-day toxins. So what happens? Metals build up in the body and cause inflammation. If you have been exposed to mercury and lead, your immune system is thrown off and skewed towards chronic inflammation, allergies and asthma. While some people may not have the heavy metal toxicity, but rather are lead or mercury burdened. Keep in mind that even lower levels affect function.

It is important to address the underlying inflammation by decreasing environmental exposures to allergens, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, bacteria and viruses in the body that lead to chronic inflammation. In addition, patients must assess for food allergies and alter their diet accordingly. Some doctors believe in nutritional supplementation because many asthma patients are deficient in certain vitamins, such as A, D, and B6. Some patients are lacking minerals, particularly magnesium, zinc, selenium and chromium. Other supplements include amino acids and essential fatty acids. Probiotics can be extremely helpful in restoring the immune system to its proper balance.

Detoxification is an important element and medication is the final component in treating asthma. The key is to address food allergies, modify your diet accordingly, then take supplements that would improve your overall nutrition. Building up the immune system and healing your gut will improve your health.

When I was taking Liquidity, I felt much better. I have noticed an overall difference in my health. I am on a quest to find another product that offers the proper supplements without the bad taste or high cost. Maintaining my diet is not enough, I need to get back on my supplements and I need to encourage Jerry to follow in my footsteps.

Meanwhile, think about what I have written and please consult with your physician. I hope and pray this information has helped someone today. Together we can work at taking control our health!

God Bless and I am sending everyone soft hugs:)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our Body Communicates Possible Health Risks

Hi Everyone,

Prior to Jerry's release from the hospital his allergies were acting up. My allergies were also affecting my asthma. Each time I stepped outside of the house my nose would start itching, eyes burning, and I felt fatigued. Unfortunately, Jerry's asthma was out of control, hence his hospitalization.

I went to visit my Mom on her birthday and she was miserable, fatigued, and using her nebulizer to get her asthma under control. Austin is not the place to live if you suffer from allergies. I wonder how many allergy medications are sold in this city alone.

This season will pass and we will forget about our allergies, congestion, and fatigue while ignoring possible health risks.

Jerry was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea. When there is a blockage to the air coming into your body, it restricts the proper amount of oxygen needed to get into the lungs. The obstruction can be one of many things - a tongue, tonsils, extra fatty throat tissue, relaxed throat muscles or the uvula (the small piece of flesh that hangs down in the back of your throat). This not only causes sleep disruptions, OSA has been associated with an increased risk of hypertension, heart failure, stroke, atrial fibrillation, diabetes and other conditions. It is important to properly identify and treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Jerry suffers from a past head injury with symptoms related to that injury that are common to other health challenges.The symptoms are not only snoring loud, they include daytime drowsiness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. . When sleep apnea is present there are some common symptoms, being overweight, large tonsils or adenoids, large neck size (greater than 17" in men and 16" in women), nasal congestion or blockage from colds, sinusitus, allergies, smoking, and when the throat muscles or tongue relax more than normal during sleep. Jerry has suffered from nasal congestion, allergies, and sinus problems for over twenty years.
When you have other problems it is sometimes difficult to diagnose new health issues. Jerry is blessed to have a Pulmonary specialist that is interested in his overall health and continually communicates with other specialist's or doctor's regarding new symptoms.

If your body is sending you signals, physical signs and symptoms, take the time to pay attention and don't just pop a pill to suppress those imbalances because something maybe amiss. There are some common conditions with underlying frequent symptoms that can give us a clue, such as:

If you have headaches, migraines, fatigue, weight gain, intense cravings for sweet or salty foods, inability to focus,  irritability, you may be drinking too much diet soda.

If you suffer from chapped lips, headaches, infrequent urination, dark or smelly urine, dry skin, you maybe dehydrated.

If you have itchy ears, throat or mucus membranes,mood swings, fatigue, weak immune system, weight gain, frequent yeast infections, you may have candida overgrowth.

If you are not getting enough fiber you might suffer from frequent hunger pangs, energy slumps, digestive trouble, skin problems, inflammatory conditions, and constipation.

If you have a vitamin B deficiency, you may have cracks in the corner of your mouth, anemia, low energy, fatigue, skin problems, and dark circles under your eyes.

If you are drinking too much caffeine you may experience fatigue, jitters, agitation, insomnia, heartbeat irregularities, and frequent urination.

Low on stomach acid? Gastric reflux, weak immune system, cracked fingernails, chronic infections, gas, burping and indigestion are signs of low stomach acid.

When we listen to our body we can help identify health risks, make healthy changes, and prevent chronic disease.

I hope and pray you are having a pain and fatigue free day.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Do you suffer from back pain?

Hello Everyone,

Today I want to discuss back pain, almost everyone experiences back pain, some experience chronic back pain. Completing simple tasks, lifting, and simple movements is extremely difficult and painful if you suffer from chronic back pain. Individuals that have never suffered from back pain have no idea how blessed they are taking life for granted and forgetting about people with mobility challenges. I would like to take a pro-active approach towards raising awareness on the topic of different levels of pain, specifically back pain.

My neighbor suffers from muscle spasms that contribute to her back pain. Our back bears most of the weight of the body therefore any strained muscles and prolonged pressure on the joints and ligaments often causes pain in this part of the body. Back pain can occur due to stress, kidney stones, muscle spasms, bones fractures, and many other reasons. The intense pain in the back spreading down the legs causing tingling and numbness on other parts of the body can be crippling.

The general health and physical function of patients with chronic back pain makes it difficult to live an active lifestyle. People suffering from back pain experience different levels of pain depending on the type of injury that occurred. Once you learn and understand the underlying cause of back pain, you can seek the proper treatment. There are many types of problems that can cause back pain consider grabbing a copy of the back pain book, and learn about different ways of dealing with back pain. The best way to help yourself and others is by seeking knowledge and discovering alternative treatments for the cause of pain, whether it is physical or mental.

I hope and pray you have a pain and fatigue free day.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Moving Slowly and Lacking Motivation

Hello Everyone,

It must have been about 3:30 A.M. when I last glanced at the clock in the bedroom. I could not stop thinking about Jerry (my hubby). I called him before I retired to bed and he sounded horrible. Poor baby is having such a difficult time with his breathing.

I have been trying to complete my laundry chores for three days! I cannot get motivated to complete this chore. My washer and dryer are located in the garage:( I need to catch up on filing bills and medical receipts, no fun. I need to clean out my bedroom closet, not motivated. I need a good kick in the bottom!

I am slowly catching up on e-mails and reading my favorite blog sites. My eyes have been giving me lots of trouble and I know I need to make an eye appointment. I don't want to visit another doctor! I have been taking Jerry to his appointments and seem to be getting burned out. Do you ever have days like that? Today, I am dragging, dragging, dragging.

Do you ever feel drained out? I think I am experiencing that drained out feeling today. It is time to step back, take a deep breath, clear my mind, and get a jump start. Lets see, what is stopping me from moving forward? My darn body and fatigue! Pacing is not the problem.

Stress drags me down, so I need to go escape and unwind. A good long bath, meditation, and positive self=talk will get me back on track before it gets out of hands. I am in control of my thoughts and emotions and must work on keeping things in perspective. This time will pass, I will allow myself to relax, enjoy the day and people around me. After all, if I don't take care of myself, what good am I to Jerry? Time for a plan.

Here is my plan:

1). Take a long hot bath, meditate and work on diminishing my anxiety
3). Eat healthy, complete some simple stretching exercises
4). Instead of reading, I think I will listen to some upbeat music that will get me moving, energized, and smiling. I am going to work on releasing some endorphins.
5). Catch up on television series with my son, Sean.
6). Get plenty of rest.

Wish me luck!

I hope and pray you are not experiencing fatigue, stress, anxiety, or pain.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

A Small Prayer for Jerry

Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to ask a favor, please say a prayer for my hubby. He has been dealing with his C.O.P.D. and this mold count has been hard on him. I ended up having to take him to the hospital. Poor Baby, his second home is the hospital.

I am feeling kinda weak today. Stress tends to leave me fatigued. I plan on taking a short nap now that I have visited some blog sites. I received a kind award and plan on passing it forward soon. I
simply need to rest for now.

I hope and pray you have a stress, fatigue, and pain free day.

Just Reflecting On Life, Change, and New Developments

Hello Everyone,

Today I wanted to post about Life, how we feel about it, whether we are less-than-satisfied with the life we are living, and what we can do to improve different areas of our life.

Our illness has lead to changes in our life and it is up to us to make the best of life. We are developing and acquiring knowledge or skills based on what we are experiencing. There are positive and important lessons learned through our journey. We realize there are areas of our life that must be complete so that we can live our best life.

While I have always been a person with a vision, my vision has changed. Please remember that the first step to living our best life is to develop a powerful, motivating vision for our life. We must understand life’s purpose and embrace our own greatness as we change and have to reframe our inner views. Do you or have you reinvented yourself in areas where you might have been blocking your own progress? Think about it, many of us were engrossed in our careers and perhaps not living a balanced life.

People have always been of interest to me and I have enjoyed the diverse beautiful individuals who have crossed my path. In many ways, I am still achieving my goals. I am passionately committed to living and focusing on the people in my life who enrich my soul. To achieve the personal and emotional success I crave, I observe, study, and embrace people. God has empowered me by helping me determine and nurture my personal vision and purpose.

I have used life’s challenges as stepping-stones to my dreams. I have dreamed of connecting with diverse individuals in deeper, broader, and more meaningful ways by expressing my thoughts and emotions. It is okay to share your thoughts and emotions, seek out friendships, and discover the benefit of other individual strengths, passions, skills, values and uniqueness. We were brought to this world to do something special and to make a difference.

Reading and learning about how people deal with their misfortunes, illnesses, and the strength they have to overcome their weaknesses has given me strength and faith I continue to have in God. I thank all of my reader’s for taking time out of their day to read my posts and comment online or via email. God wills that we share with others the joy of his boundless love and I pray that I may be generous enough to share the trials, tribulations, and joy of life with others. I may have written a whole lot of nothing, but it sure feels good to share.

I hope and pray everyone has a pain and fatigue free day.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Good Night!

Hi Evieryone!

I just wanted to say Good Night. I will try to post tomorrow. I have to take Jerry to a couple of appointments, so it may not happen.

Sweet dreams and may tomorrow be full of wonderful new experiences!

With Love,


Sunday, July 04, 2010

How have you been SLEEPING?

Hello Everyone!

I would like to start by wishing everyone a great Fourth of July! I have been taking it easy today. A lazy day indeed:0

There have been studies that implied the symptoms of fibromyalgia could be due to night after night of disturbed sleep, but scientists were unable to show how poor sleep contributed to the pain of fibromyalgia.

Remember I mentioned taking care of my twin granddaughters (2.5 years old)? The first night Alessandra was suffering from nasal drip and virtually had no sleep. It was a rough night for both of us. The next morning I was able to stay awake, cook, play, and complete simple chores. I was experiencing a lot of pain and moving like a turtle. Thank goodness, my girls are on a schedule and take daily naps. I was able to rest during their nap and that evening I went to bed when they did, 8:30 P.M. I was able to fall asleep without any sleep aids.

The next morning I actually woke-up before my hubby and girls! Deep sleep made a difference in my case. I was alert and able to play with my girls. My pain level had decreased and I was mentally alert. Jerry normally has to wake me up, give me my medication, and I slowly become coherent. Personally, I believe God helps me find the strength to take care of my grandchildren and spending time with them simply makes the pain tolerable.

The next evening I ended up staying up late with my husband and had trouble sleeping. The next day my pain had increased, I moved like a turtle, and had to increase my pain medication. Once the pain medication took affect, I was back to normal (my normal).

I wish I could experience deep sleep on a daily basis. The second night was the only time I was able to go into deep sleep. It took one night of sleep deprivation followed by an active day to set my body, mind, and spirit to sleep. Sometimes I cannot shut down my mind, thoughts, or body. I must be synchronized. I mention spirit because while I am asleep I am able to hear people around me. It is a weird feeling.

Do you have trouble sleeping? At bedtime, my body is fatigued, different parts of my body start to fall asleep, but my mind will not shut down. Each morning I find myself trying to open my eyes and rise, but my body does not want to cooperate. I can feel myself trying to raise my head and open eyes the feeling is horrible.

This morning my mind woke up and I could hear Jerry while he was shaving. He had the water running constantly! It was driving me crazy but I could not open my eyes or lift my head. So what happened? I went back to sleep, actually had a dream, and later found myself trying to wake up again! I heard him come into the bedroom. I knew what he was doing; he was moving the laundry basket out of the bathroom. I wanted to open my eyes and speak. If only he would shake me and wake me, up. Unfortunately, he had decided to let me sleep in. Once he left the room, I ended up going back to sleep. He came back in to take a breathing treatment and I was finally able to let out words..."Please give me my medications". Once the medication took affect, I was able to rise and shine! He had trouble understanding what I was saying, but knew what to do. I am so grateful he is starting to understand gibberish.

I must sound weird to all of you. Anyway, please let me know about your sleeping patterns and experience. I hope it is not anything like mine, if so, may God Bless us forever and ever!

My body is yelling at me so I have to stop writing. I probably am not making any sense whatsoever. I am too tired to edit this post, I hope it makes sense tomorrow.

I hope and pray you can achieve deep sleep. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. May God give all of us the strength we need to achieve our dreams, literally, our dreams!

Fibro Viv

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Keeping Busy

Hello Everyone!

I am sorry I have not posted lately. I have been to my nephew's wedding, and spending lots of time with my grandchildren. The twin girls! They live a little outside of Austin, in Kyle, Texas. My son had some out of town business for a week and my daughter-in-law had a wonderful opportunity mentoring teacher's, so my Hubby and I were more than happy to help out. Those two little girls are so loving and energetic.

Anyway, just checking in with everyone and wanted to say hello!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Stress Management Basics and Tips

Hello Everyone,

I hope I am not repeating myself on various topics. I am all about enriching our lives and finding ways to recognize, cope, promote, and encourage strategies for remaining resilient amidst the relentless demands of life, work, unending personal responsibilities and unexpected setbacks. If stress seems to be causing such problems for you, it's a good idea to learn how to reduce these symptoms before they get worse.

Stress is a normal part of life that we can't escape and we are all well acquainted with stress. Maybe you are late for an appointment, pushing to meet a deadline, putting off reading the mail or pile of bills, or stuck in the wrong line at the bank or grocery store, it will all work out.

Sometimes we encounter a greater degree of stress, when we have to cope with emotionally fraught events like divorce, the loss of a job, chronic illness, or the death of someone dear to us. Believe it or not stress accompanies even the happiest occasions in life, like getting married or having a baby.

We experience stress as physical and emotional tension, and each of us experiences stress differently. Too much tension can be unhealthy, resulting in everything from occasional tension headaches to high blood pressure and heart disease. These symptoms are the body's way of letting us know that something needs to change.

Of course, it's impossible to eliminate stress from our lives completely. But we can find better ways to deal with it. These techniques can help minimize stress and make it more manageable:

* Planning for major changes ( I know our body and mind don't always cooperate)
* Eliminating wasted time
* Setting attainable short- and long-term goals
* Allowing yourself time to adapt to change
* Making good nutrition and regular exercise part of your daily routine

People with chronic illnesses have to find ways to deal with unexpected changes and new demands. I know that planning doesn't always work because our mind and body doesn't always want to cooperate! Therefore, it is a good idea to have some sort of release strategies that work for you. I believe in repeating a phrase or quote to assist me with relaxing. A hot bath is very soothing, listening to music, reading, or taking advantage of quiet time can make a big difference. Just know that you are in control of your emotions and can work at reducing the physical and emotional effects of stress in your life.

Mental Strategies:
Start with getting your emotions under control. Start thinking about ways to avoid stressful situations. Try to find a good time to shop or bank, during odd hours and not on a payday! What a mistake. I went to the grocery store on the 15th, bad idea. If you need assistance completing your tasks, don't be afraid to ask. Gratitude, admiration, and generously go a long way. Be honest and express your appreciation, there are many ways to reciprocate.

Try writing everything down.
I am a big advocate of writing things down. I know it takes a bit of energy and time however, the end result is great. My memory isn't what it used to be, so what? I am still enjoying life. Stimulate your brain and broaden your horizons by investing time on hobbies and even continued education. I know that sounds crazy, but taking a class in something that interest you will keep you mentally charged. Keeping a good sense of humor is a great stress reliever.

Physical Strategies: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. I have had to switch to very light weight clothes, shoes, purses. I have even changed the pots and pans I use. Meditate, try simple yoga moves, gentle stretches, and posture scans. Move, don't sit or stand for long periods of time. Rotate your head, shoulders, arms, and legs. Just be silly and wiggle around. It releases tensions, circulates the blood and ultimately improves your health.

Drink plenty of water, increase your intake of fruit, vegetables, and grains.

Did you know that physical contact with the people you care about helps to relieve stress? Soft hugs, pats on the shoulder, and if your lucky enough a massage goes a long way. A good diet, movement, and personal contact are simple ways to handle your stress.

Planning simplifies my life, making short and long-term realistic goals and forgiving myself for missing a planned task, chore, or event relieves my stress. Don't overdo, keep it simple.

The first step in dealing with stress is acceptance. Keeping a sense of humor, adapting to change, learning how to cope, and focusing on the positive promotes our overall health and well-being.

I hope and pray you have a fatigue and pain free day and continue to focus on the positive aspects of your life.

Advice & Tips on Dealing with Anxiety

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to share a few tips on dealing with anxiety. People deal with all types of anxiety, some people do not want to admit they suffer from anxiety. Personally, I believe it relieves stress when you are able to accept and deal with any anxiety issues you may be experiencing.

Whether anxiety rarely rears its ugly head in your life or is a frequent, unwelcome visitor, you can benefit from the following suggestions for overcoming or relieving stress, anxiety and worry. Choose the strategies you think will work for you, and give them a shot! Remember, there is no one "cure" for anxiety, but the more coping skills you have, the better you will be able to eliminate its impact on your life.

Special Note from Fibro Viv:

Of course, these cannot replace the help of a qualified therapist - if you feel you are unable to deal with your anxiety on your own, take that important step and give one a call.

With Yourself

* Get to the real root of your feelings. If you feel extremely anxious about work, for example, chances are thin that your stress will simply disappear on its own. You may have to dig deep to find what is bothering you - could it be a fear of failure, unhappiness in your current position, or too much pressure? Once you find the cause of the problem, you can take constructive steps to alleviate it.

* Practice positive self-talk. Anxiety is often a vicious circle and eliminating (or at least cutting down) the negative thoughts that start the chain is sometimes enough to get you out of the trap.

* Keep things in perspective. Think back to other times that you felt this anxious - did they always warrant such a strong reaction? This is not to beat yourself up about the past, but to realize that you have and can again survive situations that you thought were too much too handle.

* Reminder: Worrying does not change anything. Only constructive action can bring about results. And there are some things we just can't control. Remember the old mantra, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"? Whether you believe in an almighty maker or not, this little prayer carries a powerful message and a worthy goal.

* Be in tune with yourself. Know when you are beginning to feel anxious and have strategies to avoid a full-blown attack.

* Evaluate your self-confidence. Anxiety can often stem from feelings of inadequacy. If you discover you could boost your self-esteem, take active steps to do so - there are some great books on the subject.

* Forgive yourself. Anxious does not equal weak. Everyone gets stressed, and it's not your fault if you can't handle it sometimes. It is, however, your responsibility to take steps to change. Believe that things CAN get better. Because they can!

* Take small steps. If, for example, you are anxious at the mere thought of speaking in front of a group and you have to do a presentation, try practicing first in front of the mirror, then with one friend/family member, and work your way up to a larger group of friends. During the entire process, visualize yourself doing it in front of a larger group. Build your way up.Sometimes just being around a big crowd of people can be overwhelming for people that suffer from chronic illnesses. You can and will be able to improve any personal bubble you might be experiencing.

* Talk to a professional. Don't be afraid to seek help from a medical doctor or a therapist (look in your local phone book for a list of therapists in your area who may help you).

* Talk to a loved one, a close friend, and share your experience. You will find you are not alone!

* Educate yourself.

When you are with Others

* Get it out. Talk to friends, family or someone you know is a good listener. If you aren't close enough to anyone, consider joining a support group or even a hobby club to meet like-minded people.

* Give someone the squeeze. Physical affection and touch are great stress-relievers. If you don't have a partner, friend or family member that you feel comfortable touching, even a pet can do the trick.

* Learn to put your foot down. Sometimes you just have to say no, for your own sake. It may surprise people at first, but being pulled in a million directions is a major contributor to stress.

* Ask for help. That may mean asking your kids to help in the house, or a friend to support you in stressful situations.

Day-to-Day Habits

* Keep a journal. Use it to vent your feelings, but don't leave it at that - write the positive side of every experience (even if the only thing you can find is "developing inner strength"), and brainstorm ways you can work towards eliminating some of the stresses you feel.

* Shake that body! Exercise is a great stress reliever, whether it's smashing a tennis ball, bowling or doing stretching exercises at home. The body and mind are strongly connected, and neglecting either will have negative consequences. You may want to take up yoga or meditation. Listen to music, it is uplifting!

* Eat your veggies. Take a look at your diet - are you getting all the essential minerals and vitamins? Make sure you keep your blood sugar level stable and cut down on nasty habits (smoking, over-eating); you may think that they are comforting you and helping you deal with stress, but it's actually the opposite.

* Let go and laugh. When you feel stress building, seek out the things that make you laugh - a funny movie, a joke, a favorite website, a goofy friend.

* Pamper yourself - you're worth it. Make a list of things that relax you and make you feel good - a bubble bath, a movie, a magazine, playing a game, going for a walk, a certain CD, comfy clothes, watching a certain sport. Keep the list handy for the next time you feel the stress building. Don't use these activities to avoid difficult situations, but they may calm you enough to be able to handle them better.

* Connect with nature. Whether it's taking a stroll in the park and looking at the trees or going on a weekend hike in the mountains, getting out in the great outdoors can be calming and strengthening at the same time.

* Avoid anxiety triggers. If there are unhealthy people or places in your life, consider decreasing their role. If however, you are anxious about situations that are not damaging and are in fact useful/necessary (ie. talking to your boss about a new idea, or traveling in a car), you should form a solid plan to deal with these feelings.

* Create comfort zones/times. To avoid stress from building up, have scheduled times for you to unwind (before bed is a good time, so your mind is at rest and you can get a good night's sleep). The comforting activity should be something you enjoy; something you know will make you feel good. The comfort zone is a place where you can escape and unwind - it could be a corner of your living room or a spot in the park.

I hope and pray everyone has a fatigue and pain free day. God Bless

Monday, June 14, 2010

Visions and Goals, Stay Focused

Yesterday I decided to step back and clear my mind of any worries or concerns. I know my body reacts to the stress I place on myself, so I must listen to my inner voice. How? I take a deep breath, clear my mind, accept, and explore the people, world, and miracles of life.

Ultimately, I am in control of my emotions, thoughts, and actions, whether I have health issues or not, I am in control of my destiny and responsible for my actions. Once I assume responsibility for my actions, remind myself of my limitations, remain open and receptive to new ideas then I can manage and achieve reasonable goals.

The key is to know what, how, when, where, and why I desire certain goals and visions. By re-evaluating my life, I can be open to working towards attaining my goals and dreams. I can work toward figuring out different ways to manage my life and health instead of being a victim to circumstances or health challenges. Our mind-set leads the way, creates a path, and ultimately sets a pattern or direction. We can make it positive or negative, succeed, or fail depending on our attitude. I want to take time to enjoy life’s pleasures, experience new things, love, support my family, friends, and others, and remind myself that anything is possible.

Let me share an example, I have been stressing about my fatigue and my inability to get tasks, chores, and goals achieved. Who is going to take care of my family? I cannot afford to rest or get sick. I have wasted precious time and emotions worrying about my fatigue. I should have identified and w confronted the challenges that kept me going in circles or at a stand still because of my fatigue. Based on my own experience, I know it helps me to write down my thoughts and emotions’, figuring out what is stopping me from moving forward. Once I release those emotions I have been internalizing, I am able to ask questions and find logical ways of handling my challenges.

Identifying the underlying causes that hold me back, brainstorming practical solutions to specific issues, and dealing with my desires and emotions will encourage motivation. A “can-do” attitude goes a long way. Maintaining a realistic frame of mind, interacting with a diverse group of people, and setting limits creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

My first goal is to fight fatigue, not complete a chore or task! One day at time, one-step at a time, taking breaks and setting realistic time limits. This day forward I plan to take one day at time, take small steps, accept myself, and thank God for giving me the power to discover my inner peace. Here are thoughts on fighting fatigue:

Drink lots of liquids, no caffeinated coffee, soda, etc.
Eat a well-balanced diet, do not skip meals, and avoid junk food.
Stick to a regular sleep schedule and try resting or taking a nap during the day.
Stretch daily and complete posture scans.
Take time to meditate
Practice simple yoga move
Balance your personal time, work, family, and friends
Take a multivitamin
Do not smoke or consume alcohol
Be charitable
Listen to others, encourage, and do not judge others
Do not loose hope and keep your faith in God and people.

Thank you for reading my blog post and I hope my experience serves a purpose.

I hope and pray you have a fatigue and pain free day.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Energy....Someone Give Me a Dose

Hi Everyone!

Well, today I feel stronger but still lack energy. When I review my past blog posts I am reminded that I am getting stronger. I guess I am just a bit disappointed in my lack of energy. There are so many chores and tasks I want to complete. My body and mind are not connecting. Sounds crazy, but it is true.

The early mornings seem to be such a struggle for me. I don't want to drive anymore. Jerry can no longer drive, so it is up to me. I always wanted to do the driving and now I dread having to drive.

My daily chores are stacking up on me and I can't get motivated. My fatigue is draining me physically and mentally. Perhaps sharing this information will get me motivated. Please send some energy my way and I will try to hang in there. (Just doesn't sound like me, does it?)

I do have some good more neck pain!

God Bless and I hope and pray you are having a pain and fatigue free day.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Hello Everyone

I wanted to stop by and say hello to my Internet friends. I have been busy with life in general. I am feeling much stronger and keeping my spirits up. I hope everyone is feeling great physically and emotionally.

One of my nephew's was married this past Saturday to a beautiful young lady named Grace. I attended the wedding and it was beautiful. All of my family attended and my Mother looked absolutely beautiful. Everyone looked beautiful! When people are happy and smiling they look beautiful. I was unable to attend the reception because I was worn out and these days I am unable to be around crowds. My hearing is amplified and I cannot handle too much activity.

My eyes have been giving me a bit of trouble especially when I am fatigued. I want to go get an eye exam, but I am afraid I will end up with the wrong strength. It is frustrating when your eyes start getting weaker. It could be worse, I could be blind! I am grateful for my sight even though I am having some difficulty reading at times.

Otherwise, I am busy trying to keep Jerry out of the hospital, visiting my family, and spending as much time as I can with my twin Grand-daughters. I feel so blessed. It is truly amazing how children can make your pain and troubles slip away, if only for a few hours.

I hope and pray everyone is feeling better and enjoying life to the fullest.

God Bless,

Fibro Viv

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March 10, 2010 - My Journey

After reviewing my notes from the past, I know I am feeling better and in a better place. I remember the days I could not get out of bed, the fatigue, and pain I felt every moment of my life. While my pain and fatigue has decreased, I am experiencing some of those unpleasant symptoms again.

I do not stick to a schedule unless I have scheduled appointments or plans. I think it would be best to set a waking and bedtime schedule to follow on a daily basis. When you have no work or school schedule, you tend to be more relaxed and maybe even lazy. I am speaking from personal experience, perhaps nobody else falls under this category. I plan to start tomorrow, letting my hubby know when to give me my wake-up medication. I am just not sure I want to commit to it. I have to get motivated.

Today, Jerry gave me my medication (Concerta ER 54 MG) and pain medication at 8:30 AM, so I could wake up, bathe, get dressed, and take him to his doctor’s appointment at 11:30 AM. While I was in bed, I completed stretching exercises by slowly moving my arms, legs, hands, fingers, and toes. This gave me time to gain enough strength to get out of bed and bathe. It seems after a long hot bath my body tends to feel a bit more energized. Prior to the appointment, I took time for meditation and prayer. It cleared my mind from any negativity.

My planned activities were stretching, prayer time, driving Jerry to his appointment, updating my blog, washing a load of clothes, and cooking dinner. I was successful and completed my planned activities. I feel fatigued and unable to relax when I lie down to rest. I will have to figure out a way to relax.

I ate small meals throughout the day, watched television, and snacked on popcorn (my favorite). I can make a meal out of popcorn. Try to remember that during meals you should reduce the amount of fluid you drink (prevents the dilution of stomach acids). Drink water throughout the day (I did) and eat small meals, snacking on something before and after lunch to help stabilize stomach acids. I am eating very small meals because I do not have an appetite. I need to build up my strength.

I practiced stress relief by breathing deeply from my abdomen, not my chest. I also took time out to stretch throughout the day. I still feel fatigued. I am still struggling with headaches, stiffness of the neck, nausea, and dizziness. That might be the reason I cannot relax, the pain in my neck is uncomfortable. I may end up having to call my doctor prior to March.

I am experiencing pain on the bottom of my feet, neck, and ribcage. My concentration is off because my neck feels so uncomfortable. Hence, the reason I can't figure out how to post my daily journal creation! I have tried exercises, a heating pad, and massage. My head feels fuzzy, my nose feels stuffy, my ears are ringing, and I cannot relax. This process of recording my activities, pain and fatigue may help me identify problems. It is a struggle, but I want to keep it up. Wish me luck.

Meanwhile, I hope and pray you did not experience pain and fatigue.

My Daily Journal

Hello Everyone,

I felt the need to create a daily journal to assist me on my journey. I would like to attach it to this post, just don't know how. If I copy and paste, I loose my design elements. I will have to think about this. Sorry for the delay.

Meanwhile, I am working on updating my journal and schedule. I hope to share it soon.

I pray and hope you do not have pain and fatigue today.

Our Journey to Wellness

Hello Everyone,

I invite anyone burdened by this illness to join me in working towards restoring his or her health. Allowing God in our life to heal us, touch our soul with compassion for others, and touch our hearts with his courage and infinite love for all. We can reach our goals by remaining positive in our mind with the wisdom and spirit God shares with us on a daily basis. Listening, requesting, and giving guidance to those in need during this journey leading us to acknowledging the life style changes we have to make in our lives and maintaining that level of awareness for everlasting results.

The most loving Heart of Jesus who brings us the strength will guide us in making the right decisions, plan our wellness program, and follow it on a daily basis. With the proper support, nutrition, and gentle exercise program, we can create a path to wellness.

You can choose to join me on my journey by creating your own wellness program. I recommend maintaining a journal. Write down your symptoms, thoughts and find a way to measure your pain. After a few weeks, once you re-examine your symptoms, thoughts and pain level, you will find you have made great progress. Please remember to focus on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of your life.

I will share my journey with you by posting my wellness program, journal, and progress. Read my next post:

I hope and pray you have experienced a day without pain and fatigue.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Comment Moderation/ Update on Health

Hello Everyone,

There has been some inappropriate information or comments left on my site and I would like to apologize for those individuals who felt the need to leave those comments. All future comments are subject to moderation.

Jerry convinced me to schedule an appointment with my PCP. Turns out, I have a sinus infection explaining my recent symptoms and fatigue. My experience with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue lead me to attribute symptoms to my disorder. Previously, my ears were clear and there were no indications of sinus problems, simply fibromyalgia symptoms, hence, my reasoning for not visiting my doctor. There lies proof one can never ignore symptoms. The doctor prescribed antibiotics for my sinus infection that should alleviate some of my symptoms. The script called for two pills on the first day and one pill daily for four days. I took my last pill today and continue to have symptoms. Maybe things will improve in the next day or so. I have a follow-up visit scheduled in a month.

Fibromyalgia includes tender neck or armpit lymph nodes, sore throat, headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity, shortness of breath, sensitivity to temperature changes, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, numbness or tingling sensations, sleep disturbances, recurrent low-grade fever, sensitivity to light and much more. It seems next to impossible to find a method of determining whether to ignore the symptoms or schedule appointments with your doctor. It has been awhile since I have felt well; I want to avoid becoming a hypochondriac. These days I feel like I am regressing back to the onset of my illness, not good.

I have a plan. I am going to try to get some much-needed sleep tonight; tomorrow I will drink plenty of liquids, complete my stretching exercises, watch a movie, and force myself to rest more often during the day. I will feel better tomorrow. I refuse to let this health challenge get me down. I will remain focused on taking control of my health.

I hope and pray you have experienced a day without pain and fatigue.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Share your thoughts with me

Hello Everyone,

There are so many good people in this world willing to share their experience and knowledge. I want to thank all of my fellow Internet friends for taking time out of their precious day, reading, and commenting on my posts.

I am feeling stronger and have been thinking about how blessed I am to have family and friends that bring such joy to my life. There have been so many different activities in my life demanding my attention along with everyday challenges piling up. Those chores and tasks can wait. I enjoy spending time with my family doing simple things, like playing board games or watching a television series or movie. Visiting with my Mom and spending time listening to her life experiences brings joy and sorrow to my life, the joy of learning from her experience and the sorrow of hearing about what a tough life she had as an orphan. I am forever delighted with her strength, love, compassion, hope, and faith. Her sense of humor is dry and sometimes unexpected, especially during challenging times in her life. Do you have someone special in your life?

When I lost my ability to work for a living I felt short changed. By the grace of God and with the assistance of my family, I have come to appreciate my blessings and accept myself. These difficult emotions pass with time and patience. They do creep up every now and then.

Has anyone ever had problems with acceptance when change occurs? How have you dealt with it? I would love to hear about your experiences, please share.

I hope and pray everyone has a blessed day filled with hope and faith.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I am alive and breathing!

Hello Everyone,

I recently heard from a kind blogger friend of mine, the Bluesman and agree with his suggestion. I am posting a short note to let everyone know I am alive and breathing!

I have experienced many emotions and challenges since December 22, 2009. I was able to spend time with my family at Christmas and continue to feel blessed. Jerry and I were able to spend a week and a half with our grandchildren, enriching our lives with young energetic twin girls. I still cannot believe God has blessed us with these beautiful grandchildren.

As usual I have not followed my own advice and paced myself. Between spending quality time with my grandchildren, driving Jerry to his doctor appointments, daily chores, and driving to my Mom's house to visit. One of the hardest lesson for me to learn is pacing. When I feel great and energetic I tend to over do. I am going to post little notes to remind me not to over do.

I have been trying to get back on track and it has been a bit difficult because of the rain and cold weather.

How do I feel? I am slowly gaining back my strength and managing my pain. I am able to check out different sites for a short period of time and want to start posting again. I feel blessed to have such wonderful blogger friends willing to take time out of their day to say hello and ask about my health. I love people and have proof that people do care. These people are absolute proof that our society is filled with loving, caring, beautiful souls.

I hope my post is making sense because my fibro fog has been right in line with my fatigue! However, I am finding my way thru the fog:)

I hope and pray everyone is feeling stronger and experiences no pain or fatigue.

God Bless,

Fibro Viv