I hope you continue to recover well and your pain isn't too bad. Are you using a heating pad when you get sore? I had an abdominal hysterectomy when I was 22 and applying heat on the incision helped sometimes. The women in my family are 'genetically predisposed' to cervical/uterine cancer, so it wasn't unexpected.
Yes, you absolutely do have a responsibility to yourself. Would it be possible to change how you teach your class? Sitting on a stool or tall chair with a small, higher desk? One of the teachers in the school where I work does this. In the end, you may need to find a different job. I used to do direct support for adults with severe developmental disabilities. I absolutely loved my job, but once I had back surgery I couldn't do it anymore. Don't give up quite yet. There may be ways to work around your needs.
Good morning It's a cool & cloudy morning here in BC. The mountains are beautiful. Lots of clouds and the humidity is still up, but the rain is taking a break until early next week.
I look in from time to time, but usually get interrupted so often when I start a post I forget what I'm writing MiMi, I am so glad you are keeping up with the roll call! When you first start to look into the FMonster you can feel awfully alone, even if you find forums. With the way most of us end up unable to get out and meet people, this becomes a way to connect with others who are going through the same thing.
I started seeing a new doctor recently. We are upping one med to see if I can reduce (or stop) another one. I've been feeling much worse all week, but I'm not sure which symptoms are from the FMonster and which are from the med changes. The weather (high humidity, changes in pressure, and lots of rain) and stress (school and having 2 teens) are enough to have upset the balance. The not-quite-a-migraine headache is finally easing. Maybe I can get a lot of work done today? I've got a term paper and a report to complete in the next few weeks and the headache has kept me from being able to use a computer for very long. Now I just need to get my skin pain under control...
The kids are off to school and DH is at work. Time to make tea and tackle a few research databases.
Good luck, Mary! I'm in school also and am nearing the end of my program. I am still waiting to hear whether I'll have to change programs. (Two very important courses require things I can no longer do).
MiMi - I hope you can sleep better tonight and the cold front isn't too bad.
It's been raining just about every day for at least the past week, and will continue the rest of this week. I managed pretty well until two evenings ago. So I took my strongest pain med yesterday...which means I was up way too much last night.
I'm being seen by a sleep apnea doctor today to go over test results. If I don't have it, I hope he will have suggestions. I was hit so hard with fatigue the past couple of days I could barely make it upstairs to lay down.
Time to run. Kids are getting ready for school and I haven't had my first cup of tea yet. I've been awake for over two hours, so you'd think I'd have made it that far at least
~air hugs~ I hope you're all staying warm and dry! JessiView Thread
It seems a little strange that most of the US is under ice and snow (or will be soon), while where I live (BC) it's just windy and raining. I've been telling my relatives I have better weather here in Canada than they do in Kansas lol I hope none of you have to go out today and your power doesn't go out. It's far too cold to have to deal with that. I remember my truck being coated with ice an inch thick and having so much ice trees and power lines were all down. I couldn't even drive down my street since there was a tree across the road. The trunk had to have been at least two feet across.
My back is partway out again. Yesterday, I alternated heat & ice to get it loose enough I could work. Today is an early dismissal day at the school where I work. We were told we could come in if we wanted to, but it wasn't mandatory (I keep an eye on kids during lunch so teachers can have their lunch break). I haven't decided what I want to do. Getting paid for the day is great, but the rain and my back are taking a number on me.
I have decided to go ahead and save for a dog. Even the animal shelters here charge several hundred dollars. I think most charge around $400 - the SPCA charges $300-500, depending on size and age.
Yesterday was a bad fibro-fog day. I was constantly forgetting things or dropping things and then forgetting to pick them back up. I've lost track of time again this morning, so I have a feeling it will be another foggy day. I'm less than halfway through my tea and I haven't eaten breakfast when I should be finished with both and on my desktop by now.
I hope you're all staying warm, dry, and safe! ~air hugs~ JessiView Thread
I hope everyone's doing well this week. Time to bundle up again, as it looks like it will be another cold one for a lot of people. We had snow yesterday morning, but it turned into freezing rain in the afternoon. Our highs will be in the low- to mid-forties all week, with plenty of rain. I was incredibly lucky Monday - the weather set off a flare, but I didn't have to leave the house. Yesterday was Family Day, so all the schools were closed.
My plan for the next year is going pretty well so far. I'm cutting back on the sugar I add to my tea. I used my Kitchenaid dutch oven to make a side dish I can have in place of less-than-healthy foods. It was made with brown rice, carrots, broccoli, onions, and herbs. Sunday, I made my birthday cake/cupcakes with applesauce in place of the oil. I ate two cupcakes and gave the rest to my guys.
The kids are off to school, so it's time for me to make my breakfast (can't fix or eat it while the kids are here - still too many interruptions and they are 13 & 16!). Stay warm and dry!
I hope everyone's healthy and doing well. There are so many illnesses being spread around it can be hard to stay healthy. I've got two sick kids, one with a chest cold and one with a bad headache & upset stomach. I am a little worried that DS13 may start having migraines. I had them all through my teens and most of my 20s. DS16 started having them when he was about 12, but he seems to have outgrown them. DS16 may be sharing his cold with me as I now have a sore throat. But if it wasn't him, it could have been any of the kids where I work.
I overdid it yesterday and paid for it last night (and I probably will be for the next few days). I had made whole wheat pasta dough a couple of days ago and refrigerated it until I had time to make it. I used my attachments for my stand mixer last night and turned it all into fettuccine. Then I made pizza dough with garlic & herbs (also using my mixer - it's starting to (finally) not feel like cheating to use it instead of doing it all by hand), did dishes, and something else I can't think of just now. Between the hour I spent walking at work and all I did the past two days, I am not feeling so great today. It took a long time to fall asleep, even though I took an additional pain med. I was up off and on during the night and gave up on sleep around 5:00.
Tomorrow is my birthday. I have to make some significant changes in my life so I won't be in this position (needing to lose roughly half my body weight, among other things) by my next birthday. My biggest problem is willpower - I know exactly what I need to do, but I allow excuses to get in the way. This time I'm going to make an organized list of goals. I will start with one goal tomorrow and add another after a set time. The further along I go, the bigger/more time-consuming the goal(s) will be. This next year will be hard but I want to have something to truly celebrate by this time next year.
I hope you're all having a fantastic day with lots of sunshine.
I was up far too early this morning, too. I think I slept from about midnight to sometime before 5. My back and hip are still complaining and I have yet to figure out what I've done that I shouldn't have. I've been alternating heat and ice, so I'm hoping it will sort itself out soon. At least it's cold & dry instead of cold and raining!
Rowan, of course you're part of the family Welcome to the group.
MiMi and Lou, I hope you both feel better soon. Weather can wreak havoc with our symptoms.
I need to go find something for breakfast and then try some stretches and PT exercises. After that, it's homework and work for the rest of the day.
I was getting ready to head upstairs when I remembered I hadn't checked in yet today. My morning wasn't too bad, but I can't say the same for my afternoon and evening. I must have done something I shouldn't have last night. When my back hurts, it always starts on the same side (right). It's bad it now hurts from my low back to my hip and down to my ankle. The place where the doctor poked me is acting up, too. I've been trying very hard to not be grouchy today. I only snapped at someone once, so I'm fairly proud of my accomplishment lol
Lots of schoolwork to keep me busy and it's freezing outside - literally. I'm missing the 50* days we've had lately. But since I live in Canada I guess I can't complain *too* much...
Wishing you all a good night's sleep and a low pain day tomorrow!
No, spinal stenosis and scoliosis are not directly related to FM. But I have seen that people who have FM frequently have other conditions along with it. I had surgery for spinal stenosis and herniated discs in the low lumbar region six years ago. The stenosis came from my dad, the FMonster came from my mom's mom.