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    Thursday ****12/5/2013****weird weather here ***
    dollbug posted:
    Morning FMily. MiMi in NC where it is supposed to be 68* today...can you believe this and in the 70*s tomorrow...but then the temps are going to turn around. They were talking about a 40 degree difference out west and I guess this is headed our way. What weird weather. So much going on around the country.

    Here is hoping each of you had a good night's rest and I hope today will be a good day for us all, with little to no pain.

    I have some errands to do today so I hope I can get them done. There are so many times that I attempt to do things and have to back down due to the energy level that I have. Not a good thing at all for the mind or the body as well.

    Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that you will find some good info here. Please check under *tips* and *resources* and be sure to review the *member toolbox* as you will find some good *tools* that just might make a difference in your level of pain. What works for one may or may not help you though since we are all different. You will never know what might help until you try things. Normally it takes a *combination of tools* which can make a difference.

    I hope each of you will be able to enjoy some sunshine today as well.

    That's all. Remember to pace, pace and pace even more.


    booch007 responded:
    Good morning Fmily and Mimi,

    It is warmer here too ( Thank you SOUTH) and it will last only one day and then Canada sends us frigid air. Brrr.

    I have gotten so much done this week that I was off. I have also gotten comfortable with less is more. So the minimal decorations are fine with me now. See how acceptence can creep in without realizing it!

    So the baking is done, the house is so much straighter and I threw out alot of crap I came across (I could be a hoarder so easily) !

    Today I feel like the barometer we say we are, with the storms approaching I have a wicked headache and I had a BIG stretch need before getting out of bed to move better. Hard to say what is age and what is our friend here.....

    The tools I use are the same and mingle it all together. No matter the cause the tool is the same as I see it to feel better.
    So the toolbox is out and repair is underway.

    The GC made fun of my chubbiness again....Hmm. I have to do better with this. I could just scream that all the weight found me again. I lost 50lbs and did well for over 2 years.....then i got tipped and the slippery slope got the best of me. I craved everything.....and everything is available. Gluten free foods are also so high in calories to exchange the loss of gluten that makes things soft.

    OK, well I am hopeful for the "JUST DO IT" mode. The "IF IT IS GOING TO BE IT IS UP TO ME" mode........I need to get on the trampoline good focused....C R A P

    It was embarassing to hear hear the GC say the things they did. It was said in innocence....they don't know how hard it hit. I just said"I.m LIKE SANTA" a bowl full of jelly.....( ).

    Well, today is a down day of tying up loose ends. The restaurant is done and the cookies made, trays to be done on Saturday. On a rainy day...Ironing and purging crap is a good thing to do. I don't want to go out as I seem to spend money when i leave the house! It is like a magnet right now and the gifts are plenty.....then you see something at a good price and say...OH...They could use that....

    OK, enough chatter from me. My best to all the fmily. Try and carve out the day and make it special. If in a quiet, small, a blanket and heating pad....hope it breaks and you are better soon.

    I found if I slept, so often I woke up again at square one in pain and needed to do the whole morning mantra all over again. This is the dangest disease. Wish they get it figured out!

    Nancy B
    meg_k replied to booch007's response:
    Nancy and MiMi and all,

    Hello from MN where it's 7 degrees, -12 windchill, and we have about 5 inches of beautiful new white, glistening snow. Cory's end of the state got dumped on with snow -- about 4 x what we have here in the city. I hope he will check in as the roads are slippery/impassible up there.

    I have really good news to share today. I continue to feel better, and I know why because I had my vit d checked again. I am up to 51 (from 27 this summer)!!!! This is so exciting. Endocrinologist said my thyroid bloodwork looked great, and I don't need to see him for 2 years my hypo is so well managed at this point! So, even with all the down days, I feel like some improvement has happened. I need to remember this when things aren't so rosy. There can always be better days ahead.

    So, MiMi, I am a case example of your advice on vitamin D working!

    Thanks to all of you for endless support & understanding. Soft hugs to all.

    Meg from MN
    meg_k replied to meg_k's response:

    I forgot to add my sympathies to your GC comments about your weight. That hurt my heart when I heard that! Kids don't mean any harm, of course, but it does hurt all the same.

    For what it's worth, depending on their ages, I think it would be ok to talk to them, and let them know that although you know they mean their comments sweetly that they should remember that "some people" are sensitive to having their weight problems pointed out, just so they know!

    Or, it's ok to talk to their parents and say, "Hey, you guys, I am struggling with this, and I know the kids don't mean any harm, but it does bother me. Can we work with them on it?" Little "paper cut" comments can add up to a lot of pain over time. We don't need more any pain in our lives, thank you very much!

    I was cringing when I went to the endocrinologist this week myself bc I knew I would have to weigh in and I knew it would not be good news. And he is one to lecture me about it. I know he does it bc he wants me to be healthy, but sometimes I feel like no matter what specialist I go to they are always on my case about somethign, and it gets tiresome. The endo about my weight, PT about not doing my exercises enough, the dentist about flossing, the violin teacher about my daughter not practicing enough,and on and on. Sheesh, lay off it guilt, people! Enough already.

    Anyway, you are beautiful no matter what!

    Take care,
    dollbug replied to meg_k's response:
    Hello Meg and thanks a million for letting others know that Vitamin D can and did make a difference for you too. Way back when I first posted about Vitamin D....I know some of the FMers here thought I had lost it....but I know what a difference it made for me. My level was 12 when the doctor finally checked mine. My daughter's was 2. She had chronic pain at the time after having a bad automobile accident which resulted in major foot pain for her. She was having all sorts of problems in trying to deal with this. I am sure the very low level of Vitamin D did not help her either.

    I continue to include just how important Vitamin D is....hoping that the new members will see my post and decide to have their Vitamin D level checked. I think that Dr. P probably makes sure he now checks his patients Vitamin D level. (I sure miss him being here)....I think that he was also surprised that Vitamin D could indeed make a difference.

    It is good to know that you have shared this with others. I can only hope that someone will see your post and decide to have theirs checked as well. I wish that I had a way to *tell the world, especially those who have any sort of chronic have the Vitamin D level checked. I had hoped that insurance companies would eventually *catch on* to this and include it in the *normal bloodwork that the doctors do* but I do not think this has happened (yet).

    Take care. I hope you will continue to feel better.


    rudyandirmouse responded:
    Good Thursday one and all. I hope that this day has been a good one for you and that you were able to do all the things you wanted to do and without fibro issues or pain getting into the way.

    It's over cast and rainy. We're being told to enjoy this 60 something, over cast and all, because the winter blast is coming towards us. Well maybe. We seem to be on the eastern edge of the storm line and western TN seems to be the target zone and we are, it looks, tend to be on the rainy, maybe some sleet, no ice side of it. I hope.

    DH is out side adding more lights to the front yard. He does this each year. Sigh. Me I'm done and done. what's up is up and what's out is out. Not that I don't have the Ho Ho Ho this year it's just that the IBS has made me so tired out. I'm on the other side of it, but until I get well I will be dragging. And I know what kicked it in the IBS, it was a double serving of Bob Evans Mac N Cheese for Thanksgiving. Shoulda known it was a no No food, but ate it anyway and now I'm paying for it. with meds and eating the right foods I should be okay by Christmas and our family trip to DisneyWorld. Yay that.

    Nancy, I too have a ' Santa tummy" and I blame myself cause I know better. But you are right Gluten free foods are high in sugars and try as I might to balance them with veggies I eat people foods ( like I did last week ) and pay for it, so I go back to gluten free and I add pounds. I am always trying to cover the extra tummy weight with a blouse or sweater. When I went for my GYN yearly they checked my BMI and it was 24. I said how is that possible look at this tummy and my dr said" It's called you got older my dear." So I know it's hard row to hoe and I try to eat better and most of all I try not to beat myself over it.

    Mother Nature is playing such a mean trick on us because Wicked weather this way cometh. They say it will be bad over the next day and night. I don't think we'll get it that bad, but west, north and east of us may have an ice rink to deal with on their drive to work..I hope everyone stays safe thru it. And it's such a shame after two wonderfully warm days that were more like March than December.

    I'm heading out the door to KOHLS to get DH socks and breaths. I have a ten dollar gift card and a 20% off coupon, in phone, so figure might as well get it done tonight rather than in the bad weather, if we get it, tomorrow.

    So I guess I should close this here.. wishing each of you a good day..

    Gentle hugs, Linda R

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