Salt pills are a dicey thing, especially in an elderly person. They do dry you up so you don't have to 'go' as often, but they also mess with your electrolytes. In a healthy, athletic person they're fine for occasional use.
I was on them for 6 months ion 2003-2004 after a car crash, and the doc thought they'd get rid of the abundance of fluid in my right ear. They never helped dry out the ear, but they did make me feel unbalanced. But since that was the event that triggered the FM, maybe not. Anyway, I didn't pee as often as normal, and when I did it was yellow-orange. Since salt pills keep the 'bad stuff's your system, I'm sure your Dad will be great by Monday!
It's a sunny day here, 44 right now, supposed to go to 50. The Boston Red Sox' home opener will start with the ring ceremony, did you know that they are 2013 Word Series Champs? Not that I love baseball or anything"026 ok, I really do. LOL
The end of another week of waiting to hear about my mold/kitchen problem. The insurance co is sending a hygienist to inspect on Monday. I hope this person will see that there's a problem that they should cover.You pay a boatload of $$ to an insurance company, they tell you you're covered, then they say you're not. Tuesday they'll be removing the asbestos on the pipes AND my kitchen floor (old linoleum has asbestos in it). Stay tuned!
I finished knitting DH's sweater, and sewed inn the "Hand Knit" tag, the other day. He's so excited, and it fits to a tee. His business trip to Israel was a disappointment; he worked the entire time and didn't get to see anything. He said he'll make sure he has an extra day for sightseeing next time. (Next time, I hope to be with him!) There's lots more knitting to be done, so a slow warm up will suit me!
I'm going out to get my "D" and some lunch in a couple of hours. I hope the weather stays nice, gets warm and stay warm. I wish you all the best day - and the best weekend - you can possibly have! LouiseView Thread
I think we've all wondered about exercising with FM. Did you stop running because of the pain? Let me tell you what works for me, and note that it might not work for you.
I find walking is helpful for me, it gets me moving without the large joint pain. You can start out slow and speed up to however fast works for you. In crummy weather I go to the mall (3 laps = 1 mile), Target or Walmart (they are open late).
I also do yoga once a week (lately) or twice a week (when I can manage it). My instructor has developed a practice for people who have some limitations, like recovering from injury or surgery, or having issues like FM and arthritis. She says that a good 'down dog' is what WE can do, and if that's standing and facing a wall with our hands on the wall at our waist, then it's good.
I'm sure you've seen resources in the right-hand column. Also check out http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/ . It has good tips for us, and you have to check out The Spoon Theory - it will help you explain to people what it's like to be in your body.
Have your doc check you for Vitamin D deficiency. Sounds simple, but we who live in the northern hemisphere are usually lacking in D.
Have the best day you can possibly have, LouView Thread
Auburn: Perhaps you can tell this guy that you don't have Easter Bunny Disease or Santa's Claws. I have a friends whose wife (a doctor) told him the same thing. He has seen me on bad days, and we all know it's not pretty!
FM IS a real illness, and invite him to live with you for a day. Tell him where it hurts, what the pain is on a scale from 0 to 10.
I don't want to sound harsh, but we all have to stand up for ourselves. You are among friends here, FMily we call ourselves, and know what you're going through. LouView Thread
When my doc first mentioned FM (15 months before my diagnosis) my DH went on-line and did a bunch of research. When the dx came, he sent me a ton of links for me to read. It helped me tremendously, I could see what I was up against and had some really good talks with my doc and his PA. I wish I could find that email...
I had (have) a lot of relatives who didn't believe "anything is wrong with (me)". HA! Have your wife check out http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/ . It has good tips for us, especially The Spoon Theory - it will help her explain to people what it's like to be in her body. Some days I think my DH thought I was making it up. It's been nine years since I boarded this nasty little train, and I'd love to get off at the next stop.
Does she have a good relationship with her doc? Sometimes you don't, and if the doc doesn't listen what's the point? Mine has a PA, and my visits alternate between the two. They talk about each patient, and it keeps their message consistent.
Have her ask her doc to check for a Vitamin D deficiency. Sounds simple, but we who live in the northern hemisphere are usually lacking in D.
I wish you both the best day you can possibly have, LouView Thread
It's starting to warm up here, in the 50s for 2 days. Little bits of fresh green plants coming up. YAY!
There's so much going on here in the northeast. Today is the funeral for one of the firefighters who died last week. I watched the processions to the church, and the funeral is still going on. Ronan Tynan, the great tenor, called the BFD and offered to sing. What a gift! Firefighters from across the country, by the tens of thousands are in the state; the second funeral is tomorrow.
Yesterday was our Town election, and we elected an 18-year old high school senior to a selectman's seat. If we want new, fresh ideas we've got to elect new, fresh people. I hope he brings something valuable to our town. It was a long day to be sitting in a chilly gymnasium on a folding chair.
So I'm sore and tired today, but I'm going out this afternoon. I have to get in a walk before it gets too cold.
Keeping it short today, it's almost lunchtime, and in spite of the volume of food yesterday (they feed us!), I'm hungry. Have the best day you can possibly have! LouView Thread
COLD again in southeastern New England, hovering in the low to mid 30s. I went to my parents' accountant this morning, so that chore is done. On the way there and home I saw rain, sleet, and snow.
No new news about my mold. Someone from the insurance company is supposed to call, and I'm not holding my breath! If this works, the private adjuster is earning his fee!
Mimi, I think there's little worse than waking too early. It's one thing if you know you have to get up at some ungodly hour, but waking before you're rested - UGH! I'm not a morning person either, but I'm living in a 9-to-5 world. Again - UGH! I hope you can take a nap or two before dinnertime!
Linda, I started think ing about flowers this weekend. A store in town is selling roll out plants - I think it's a grass with dirt that has seeds embedded. I might try it, I could use a little spring! My snowdrops appeared a little late, but I can see crocuses on the other side of the muddy backyard, and there are tulip leaves outside my office window.
I wish you all the best day you can possibly have! LouView Thread
Warm-ish here today, up to 57 by 3pm. We're expecting rain, but we could get showered with frogs for all I care - DH IS HOME!
I've become invisible to Yuki, but she's his dog and is happy to see him too. I'm glad to be able to share what's going on here now that he's nearby. We've already had breakfast at Friendly's (I get a BOGO FREE coupon this week), he's doing a little laundry and looking for things like his coffeemaker which is in a box on the porch. There are FOUR coffeemakers so he'll have to choose. LOL
I'm healing nicely, but the bruising is getting brighter. He said we should go out to a nice dinner (no coupon LOL), but I said we should wait until I can at least cover the wounds.
Short check in today, I wish you all the best day - and the best weekend - you can possibly have! LouView Thread
I tripped over a downspout extender, fell on my hands (bruised), left knee (skinned) and my face (scraped from chin to the bridge of my nose)! I feel like a total klutz. I have read that is could be from the FM, but it could also be me - laziness, not paying attention, moving too fast, etc.
Please let me know the name of the book, it sounds interesting. LouView Thread
For the past few weeks I have become a bull in a china shop. I fell again last night while putting out the trash. Is this an FM thing or have I lost all balance? I'm thinking I should call my doc, but I'd like to see if it's me or the FM. LouView Thread