Hello all. Wish I could do more than just say Hi. New lap top won't connect to Either net card so am waiting for new Hot Spot device. Am using my phone so can't post much more than wishing each of you a pain free day. Gentle hugs, Linda RView Thread
Good Thursday MiMi and to all that follow, Yay, last Thursday of February. Happy that! I hope it's warm where you are. I hope you have sunshine and warm temps. Here, not at all.
The sun is out but it's 15 degrees. May get up to 30 but no snow or ice so am happy for that. We get a bit of a break this weekend, 55 and 56, but cold after that. I had hoped that as the first week of March comes in so would spring like temps and weather. NOPE. Not happening. I am really begin to hate winter!
MiMi and Cory, thank you for your condolences. It's hard to have someone who has been with you your whole life leave.. He was like a big brother to me growing up and even though the years and miles kept us apart. He always came to see me when he could and I he. Talked to him last August and it was hard knowing he would forget the whole conversation when he hung up the phone. He had dementia for the last 6 years of his life, but he never forgot me. Happy that and I will never forget him.
DH brought home more flowers yesterday for the back porch when the weather is warm enough for them to be out of doors.( He brought home pansies last week that he put in the flower boxes in the windows ) And I'm just dying to put them out so I can see them from the kitchen window. I have them sitting on the kitchen window sill and they look so nice. He brought 6 wonderful plants from Los Angels that I'd never find here so that's a treat. He is so thoughtful and he knows I am a flower person. My grandmother had a lovely garden ( In the English tradition ) with all kinds of lovely and sweet smelling roses and flowers and I guess I just take after her. Happy that.
DH is home today and we have a few things to do out side of the house, but mostly things to do out of doors in the back yard. DH wants to put in " cobble stone " walk ways and he has to dig the path way to set the forms up to do that. ( you can buy the forms at LOWES of Home Depot.) That will eat away at our day. DD and SIL have done that in their back yard to extended their back porch, so DH wants to make new walk ways in our back yard by using the ' cobble stone ' ones. One can tell it's spring at our house by the yard upgrades going on.
Got my neck appointment out of the way. Gotta say it does feel better afterwards. The SFN really has a hold on my shoulders and neck and the traction seems to help. I sure wish there was a ' silver bullet ' to make that area less painful and a trigger point for painful neck and head issues.
Not a whole lot to post about. The IBS medication seems to be working. Each day, so far day 5, I see a difference for the better. And I'm eating trigger foods to see what happens and I'm not hurting, so happy that. I have my fingers crossed that this stuff works well in the long run for me. @ 84 dollars a month it better. ( I was beyond surprised to see it wasn't/ isn't covered by Medicare part D ) And also I hate taking medications, just hate it, but if this stuff keeps me out of the ER I'll take it.
Okay, wishing each of you a wonderful fibro issue and pain free day. Gentle hugs, Linda RView Thread
Good middle of the week,last Wed of February,everyone. I am so ready for March and the better weather it most times brings.
It's cold here, NO snow even though the news predicted some, so that's a good thing. They really did expect it and salted the main roads. But the ground is dry, the sun is out so yay for that.
MiMi, I am beyond ready for March and April. I can't wait for the time to go up one hour and to see flowers come back, and lawns and leaves. I miss color so bring on March and everything it brings with it.
I read about the medical problems in Cali. Not sure how their gonna treat it or stop it. Wonder where it has come from and what triggered it.
I think over all I'm mentally getting up because I know spring is just weeks away and then the world comes alive again and I will to, I so hate winter. I got so down and depressed no matter how much I try to stay positive and up it still gets me. I am from California ( Cali ) and I am never going to get used to grey cold winters. Never ever. And if I can spend more time in Los Angels next January and February it will be what helps me stay positive and up for next winter. I need all the help I can get.. sunny Cali would do that for me. Going to Cali for any reason brings me up. In fact DH is making air reservations back to Cali tonight for next May. My grand niece is graduating from Norte Dame High School and we will be there to see her.
But oddly enough as I'm saying that it's Cali that makes me feel better, the fact is that I am feeling physically much better this week, fibro and IBS symptoms wise. The new IBS med seems to be doing it's job, the doctor said by 2 weeks I would be IBS symptom free, and the neck traction to. I think perhaps I have been able to get my ducks in a row treatment wise and am seeing the results in feeling well. I see the ne PCP next week and will get my Vit. D3 level checked as well as the B's. I do hope he is a nice doctor. I have made changes with PCP's 3 times over 5 years... I'd like to finally get one who I believe listens to me and does what is best for my good health.
My uncle passed away. I knew it would be before the end of the month. He was so frail and not eating. He enjoyed his last days sitting out on the lanai of the rented house there in Hawaii watching the sun set. He will be missed as he was an amazing man who did so many great things. Pretty terrific person, even more, he was a wonderful uncle.
Okay, I do need to get my day going here so should close this post with best wishes for all for a wonderful day.. one that I hope is fibro issue and pain free. Gentle hugs to all, Linda RView Thread
Good Tuesday MiMi, Lou and to those that will follow. Hoping that each of you has good day going and that it's one that is not filled with fibro's aches and pain.
MiMi, I'm with you spring can't come soon enough. Just when I think I can put some of the heavy coats and sweaters away another cold spell hits. I am beginning to hate the term Polar Vortex.
Speaking of the Never Ending Winter: It's sunny here, but cold. They say snow tonight, lets see. If it does snow it won't stick and won't be anything to write home about. The 10 day outlook here is still winter. No 70's like last weekend. But perhaps it's better to have a little more cold so the hot air doesn't cause storms here.
DH went back to work today after his days off for his brother's funeral. Losing a loved one hits each person differently. I cried for weeks after losing my BIL. DH was strong as a rock. He did very well at the service, so I was told. Yet yesterday he was all tears and sadness. Today he seemed like his old self and I am hoping being busy at work will help him. I wish I could do more to ease his pain but he must work it out himself and he knows he has me and a whole village to turn to and talk to. Thank goodness for large families like his. He's the baby out of 13 and 2 adopted. He's already lost 2 older brothers and 2 sisters.. but he has 7 sisters and a younger brother. He's holding up okay but is emotional some days and not on others. I feel so bad for them all.
Well I got my neck traction done and I feel better. I got a reevaluation yesterday and I will have 2 visits a week for 2 months and hope by that time I can wean down to one visit a week, then be done. I will do anything and everything it takes to keep the migraines away. I'm being told they are due solely to fibro. They come from the shoulder/ neck area up and over the top of my head to the front of my head. It's SFN/ fibro driven. And although I hate um, the shots that block the nerves coming from neck, they hurt so bad, but I'd rather have them than a migraine and be hauled off to the ER. That's an UGH.
Lou, DH bought me a new lap top because the ACER I had was many years old, but it did worked well, just slow. And it was always disconnecting me. So I get this new one, I get online and then I have the same darn modem issues. I take the Ethernet card/ usb port connection to Sprint and it's bad. Had to order a new one. So we bought the new lap to for NOTHING. The old one was fine. UGH. I hate when things like this happen. But I am keeping the new one, it's nice. Has Widows 8 and can run any program and boots up in a nano second. Still learning how to navigate it. But all in all it's a pretty nice addition to my tech life.
Not a lot going onto today. Back adjustment in the late p.m. No doctor appointments until next week. Yay that. I often wonder if I'd be seeing doctors at all right now if it weren't for the fact that I have SFN and PN? I'm thinking not.
Anyway, I got so much done yesterday with DH that's there's not too much left. I do need to stop a Whole Foods, my market of choice, tonight for some candied Ginger. The doctor at the Northridge Hospital mentioned Ginger Root for mild stomach upset, rather than meds or over the counter.
So thought why not try it. I bought some the day I got out of the hospital and gotta tell ya the raw ginger root takes a lot of getting used to, but darn if it didn't work in just minutes. So I was taking some each a.m. and p.m. but then I found the candied version. It's pretty good. I have been putting small pieces of ginger root in my morning tea and gosh my stomach feels so good afterwards. And its also helping me that I have the news IBS medication. It too seems to be working. It would be HEAVEN not to have IBS issues over every darn thing I eat.
Okay, sending well wishes to all. Have a wonderful day.
Hi Cory, glad your work day went well and that everything was ready and ready to go.
I am sorry it's cold there again. Going to be cold here, not your kind of cold tho, but cold to us, again too. This winter has been so out of the ordinary cold it's hard to call when winter will be over.. But having said that the trees and plants here are budding and blooming. They know something I don't perhaps? I hope so.
Rudy and I were out yesterday and you notice that all the trees are coming back from winter by putting on small new branches and have buds on them. Sure signs that spring is but a few weeks away. Gosh I hope so.. and I hope there are signs of spring where you are too. Spring just dose a body good.
Okay, will close this here, well wishes for you and hope the cold isn't as cold as predicted.
Good Monday MiMi and to those that will follow. I hope your today is going well and that you have not having to deal with fibro's issues or pain.
After the storm Friday night it was a lovely warm weekend. Felt like spring here Saturday and Sunday and I will just hate to see the cold come back in this week. The days will not be so bad but goodness it will be cold again at night. We did take the plants out for a few days and they just perked up with the warm and sun.
Still waiting for the phone call from my cousins. My uncle is holding his own but each day gets him closer to his journey on. I have tried to think of what I'd say to him without saying goodbye.. Isn't easy putting together words that express thanks for a life time of memories. He was a really good uncle in his own way and I'm gonna miss him. Expecting that phone call is hard on the heart. Wish I were as lucky as DH who was able to say his goodbyes and help his brother to his final resting place Friday. He will be able to move on. Me not so much yet.
DH got home late Saturday and we went to church service that evening with DD, SIL and GS. Very nice. They had a young boy there who was abandoned, a crack baby and because of the mother's crack habit he is blind and autistic. He didn't talk until he was 7. But to everyone surprise he can sing, and he sings like an angel. God has blessed this child. He sang three songs about love and blessings and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. He got an standing ovation and I felt so blessed to have been able to hear him.
Took GS home yesterday afternoon. His father had tickets for them to go see the new Lego movie. It was fun to have him here as I know that as he gets older these weekend visits will become less and less. He's going on 12 and it's not such a big deal to come and visit. So I try to make each one special.
It will be sunny today, in the 50's and again tomorrow, but Wed it gets cold and perhaps snow, again. UGH So looking forward to spring. Sure wish it would hurry up and get here.
Have my first neck traction of the year today. Had to wait until I had met my Medicare deductible before going back. But now I am only having to go once a week. Which they think will keep the migraines at bay. I hope so to. And the shots, which hurt like nothing I've ever had hurt, are doing their job. I hope to wean my shot treatment(s) down from once every 3 months to 6 then 9 then once a year. I've been told that once there I should be migraine free all year. Yay that!
Okay, not much news here. 2 medical appoints today, my neck and my back adjustment. Then I'm appointment free until next week when I see my lung doctor and my new PCP. I do hope they new doctor is nice. I hear he's the best around and I do hope that's true. My old PCP missed the mark ( and downplayed ) with me and the peripheral neuropathy and that was NOT a good thing. So hoping this new guy is going to have my back and make sure if I have a symptom he believes me and checks it out.
Okay of post here. EVERYONE have a good day fibro pain free day. Gentle hugs, Linda RView Thread
Hi Laura and Welcome. Sorry you have the fibro DX and have been suffering with "IT's" many medical symptoms. I'm glad you've found this site and have been with us in the background for awhile. Posting is nice, some of us don't post, don't post often, or post every day. Either way we get information by reading what others post here. It's a good place to be. Everyone does care deeply about how everyone is doing and is so helpful with information. The family here supports and understands. You don't feel alone with your fibro when you come here because everyone "gets" what the others are going thru because we all have the same fibro aches, pain and medical issues.
I wonder has your doctor tested you lately for Lupus? If you feel it's moved up from fibro to Lupus you really should have him/ her retest you for it. Do you have a rheumatologists or is a PCP treating you? It makes a world of difference if it's a Rheumatologist. Have you been tested for low vitamin levels? As MiMi always mentions, low vitamin levels can really make the fibro issues and pain worse. So having them up to in the normal range really changes the aches and pain levels.
Okay, just wanted to welcome you and hope that you post here as often as you like. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Also hope your weather gets more spring like. Gentle hugs, Linda RView Thread
cece, jealous as all get out. I need a beach, badly. Glad you have been able to relax and enjoy your time off of work. Rudy's in LA today and not sure if he got a chance to even see the ocean as he made his way into the Valley. I so envy you your beach. Rudy and I plan to go back out to LA the week of May 20TH and we have San Diego on our radar. If we make it I hope we can meet up and have a cup of coffee with you and your DH.
Cory, Oh My Goodness, we've got a 6 points of connection going on here! If your're company ever sends you to Nashville let me know and Rudy and I will meet up and have a cup of coffee downtown. Plan on it.
And the storms over my head weren't so bad. Lots of noise and lightening, but not a lot of rain and not a lot of wind. Whew on that one. But like things here in the SE it was just a sample of the kind of weather coming at us over the next few weeks. UGH and sigh
Sorry about your weather. OMG 3 feet of snow? And when it melts that's what? a foot and a half a water, or there about? I really hope you have a slow thaw so it all has a chance to go nicely into creeks and rivers and there's no flooding. This winter has been beyond wacky and the areas it's hit are going thru so much and looking like so much more. I do hope that your area is able to absorb the snow and that you don't have any issues.
I was out yesterday picking up small tree limbs that had come down in the wind and the group under my feet felt like a sponge. I can't even imagine what the ground under your feet will feel like once the cold leaves and the snow starts to melt. I know one thing here the ground just can't take much more water. Thank goodness the weather people are saying we'll have a few days to dry out.
Okay my best to both of you.. Gentle hugs, Linda RView Thread
Good Thursday MiMi and to all that follow. I hope today is a fibro issue and pain free day for all of you.
MiMi, I have used ADVIL in the past and it has helped me sleep. So glad that it was able to help you as well. : ) As for the lottery.. we didn't have a single number on our one ticket. I hope the winner spends my 2 dollars well. LOL
It's over cast and storm ugly here. Warm though and that's going be a problem later this evening. They're saying, the weather people, that Nashville is in the bows eye of the approaching line of storms and we may be in for it. UGH. We have a system here that calls out phones to let us know to take shelter ASAP because of tornados, flooding or lightening. Nice to have but it gives you just minutes to get to a safe place. Hard when your rounding up pets to take them to the shelter. So I'm in for a busy night.
I worked on the new lap top, which is nice, for most of the day getting it online and putting programs in it from the old computer. And am beyond mad that the thumb nail isn't backing up the photos and music like it should. But counting my blessing that I got the sprint programing into this and it's working now. Would have been so much simpler if the thumb nail had worked right.
Anyway didn't get a single thing done yesterday so will have to get them done today. Put off phone calls and errands all in the attempt to get this lap top DH ready when he got home. And it was!
Am picking up my GS tomorrow and want to have my stuff done so I can just kick back and enjoy my time with him. He's going to be with me tomorrow evening and Saturday and DH and I will take him home late Saturday evening.
Guess I should get up and get a move on. Wish you all a wonderful day. Gentle hugs, Linda RView Thread