Hi Lou---I'm in the Northwest corner of CT. The whole state is supposed to get 1-2 feet of snow.
Husband told me not to waste my time on the computer all day. Guess what he did as soon as I started painting part of the living room! He's been on the computer all day. Now five hours later I'm finally back on for a minute. I'm feeling stiff from all the painting so I'm going to take a good hot shower and curl up in my scruffy clothes. I'll get the second coat on tomorrow. View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi! Oh, this weather---we're due for 12 to 25 inches of snow by tomorrow morning. The Fibro is quiet this morning, for a wonder; but every bone I've ever broken is singing loudly. I loaded up on the Aleve and am hoping that will settle things down.
Husband is still nursing his sore hip...Why are men such babies when they hurt? He said this morning that he wouldn't be able to help me with the shoveling because he was hurting too much. The same for dishes and housework..."I'm going to rest this weekend so my hip can get better. I won't be able to help you shovel." Poor baby (NOT). If I say I'm taking it easy because I hurt too much, he gets all bent out of shape.
Grumbling aside, I really do want to get some more painting done today. The Aleve is kicking in now; and I'm going to put a heat patch on my neck and a pain patch on my head. That should knock out the worst of the pain. Then maybe I can get something done. View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi! I am finally hurting less this morning, for the first time in over a week! Hope it stays that way for a while.
We are preparing for a whopper of a storm. They are saying we'll get two feet with the potential for three feet. We haven't had a storm like that since 1978! I am going through the usual preparations (filling water jugs, rounding up towels and buckets, getting what's left of our valuables off the floor upstairs). The cracked roof is a concern because of the snow's weight; but what I dislike most is the aftermath of the storm when the snow melts. The water fills the upstairs and comes down through our kitchen ceiling. We can't do anything about it except mop it up. I'm not looking forward to that.
I won't be stocking up for this storm either---we had a budget "oops" yesterday. Husband had emailed our church treasurer, asking him not to deposit all our checks at once (they had four). But the treasurer missed the email, and they all went in. Now our account has a whopping $8.09 in it, and Husband doesn't get paid until next Thursday. I am saying a lot of prayers, lol. I would feel better if I could get some food in, but there's nothing I can do at this moment. So I'll make a huge pot of soup and load it up with beans and rice and say thank you for what we do have. The alternative is just too stressful and I don't need any more stress.
Not much else to say...I need to get busy with storm preparations. Hope everyone has a good day! View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi! It has been a really tough week...the flare has settled in and made itself at home and I've really been dragging. I'm a little better this morning, but tired and hung over from the extra meds I took to function yesterday. All I feel like doing is sitting and staring at the wall.
But this too will pass...this flare is compounded by the stress of having my aunt in the hospital and a dear friend in a nursing home. Plus Husband hurt his back and hip a few days ago...Although he's a little better he says he "hurts too much" to do anything; so I'VE been doing it all, even with the flare. I have probably pushed myself more than I should, but I'm determined to get this place looking like somebody actually lives here. I hate resting too much because I feel like I'm wasting the day.
The weather hasn't helped either. This is the first time in almost a week that the sun has been out; and it won't be out for long. It is already getting cloudy again, in fact. We have had snow every night since Sunday; and they are now calling for (possibly) up to TWO FEET of snow on Friday. My ankle has been hurting nonstop with the cold, and the rest of my body isn't far behind. I'm tired of gray weather and even more tired of winter!
This morning my brain is saying get up and do something productive...my body is saying yeah right. All I want to do is go back to bed, pull the covers over my head, and stay there until April. I've been crying a lot because of my aunt; and I'm sure that doesn't help the Fibro either. I need to do something to get my head turned around so I don't get stuck in a hole. It is too easy to get depressed this time of year and I am dangerously close to it. I need to distract myself with one of my many projects.
Enough rambling for now---I'm going to curl up with my journal for a while. Maybe after a good writing session I'll feel like doing something. Hope everyone has a good day!View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi! I am finally feeling somewhat human this morning, after three days of hard flaring and a migraine. My usual "visitor" had been looming since Friday and my body went into total revolt. Things finally started last night, thank goodness. Today I am exhausted but hurting less; the migraine is finally gone and the flare is starting to moderate. I am very glad the worst is over!
But oh, what a day yesterday was! I had the flare and migraine; and Husband was dealing with back and hip pain. We were both creeping around like we were in our 90s. Nothing I did would settle things down, and I was finally reduced to lying down and staying perfectly still. It helped a little, but I was just miserable.
Then the bad news came...Mom called late in the afternoon to tell me my aunt was in the ICU with congestive heart failure. She went in by ambulance four days ago. She is on a respirator; her kidneys are failing; half her heart is enlarged; and her entire body is full of fluid. They have tried weaning her off the respirator several times, but her CO2 levels get too high. My cousin (her daughter) said yesterday that even if they wean her off the respirator, they still don't know how much time she has left. She is in really tough shape.
It's a little scary---my aunt is in her late 50s. A lot of folks on dad's side have died early due to heart problems. (I have a heart murmur and a damaged valve myself.) But my aunt, perhaps due to mental issues, never took care of herself, ate poorly and smoked like a chimney. She never once visited a doctor or a dentist, and most of her teeth had rotted away. I eat well and don't smoke or drink.
I guess her ankles swelled up months ago but she ignored it. From what I heard over the years, she refused to leave the house for any reason. When they finally took her in four days ago her entire body was swelled up and she could no longer breathe on her own. She still can't, and the long-term prognosis isn't good. I will be taking mom to see her tomorrow.
Although I haven't seen her in years, I'm still feeling sad. She represents a lot of unfinished history, in my life as well as with the family's. I saw her all the time as a child until she abruptly cut off all contact and refused to allow her daughter to see any of us. She supposedly never said why; but given the family's long abusive history, I suspect she caught someone with her daughter. Her daughter and I were close then, and I missed her terribly. I'm glad we were able to reconnect as adults; but a huge chunk of both our lives was lost as a result of her mom's actions. Those are years we can never get back.
Well---before I deteriorate into moaning about what might have been, I'm going to shut up, lol. I'm overdue for breakfast and need to make something to eat. Hope everyone has a good day! View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi---I hope you feel better soon too!
Husband and I are a pair this morning---he hurt his hip and lower back and he can barely walk; I've got the "visitor" (early!!), a migraine and a flare. He isn't walking well enough to go to church; and I hurt at the thought of going out into the cold to clear snow off the van. So no church for us.
One of the choir members called. She was all perky and bubbly despite having RA and going through radiation; and she was checking to make sure I'd be there. When I said I wasn't coming, she expressed her disapproval in an understated way ("We were kind of counting on you to be there so we would sound even better."). I didn't bother telling her I wasn't feeling well. I just said Husband wasn't and I left it at that. There is no sense trying to explain myself and no reason why I should have to. I'm taking care of me today, and if she doesn't like it, tough beans..
That said, I'm lying down for a while. Husband is parked on a heating pad, and I'm going to stuff my banging head under a pillow. Hope everyone has a good day! View Thread
I'm wondering if the laws have changed in CT too...when my dentist prescribed the Percs for my jaw, she said the the law only allows her to give ONE PRESCRIPTION per patient. Percocet is the only thing that works for me---I take half a pill at night when I need one so I can sleep through the Neuropathy. I am rationing this prescription like crazy because it's all I have. My regular MD won't give me any because he doesn't want me to become addicted. But for pete's sake---half a pill maybe 2-3 times per week? How can I get addicted from that? I just want a good night's sleep once in a while.View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi! Short post this morning---I have errands to do. I ended up spending most of my day in the bathroom yesterday, so I didn't accomplish much. I seem to be over the worst of it now (fingers crossed).
The wind was terrible last night. We had gusts over 65mph. Most of the ancient paper was torn loose from the outside of the house and it's hanging in ribbons this morning. I'll be pulling the worst bits off on my way out. All that's left in some spots is bare wood, and it looks like we live in a shanty. Not that it didn't look that way before, lol. It just looks even more so now.
The temperature is already starting to drop outside. It was 57 when I woke up, and it's down to 49. The wind is still howling and it's supposed to blow all day. By tonight it will be back in the 20s, with wind chills in the single digits; and tomorrow we're getting some snow. I want to get my errands done so I don't have to worry about them later. I'd rather be back in by the time it gets really cold.
Hope everyone has a good day---I want to get moving before my body decides it doesn't want to. View Thread