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    Hump Day *****4/23/2014 *****
    dollbug posted:
    Happy Hump Day *****MiMi in NC where I woke up again this early morning around 2 am. I had to get some more sleep though as I am taking care of my GS today. So I just stayed in the recliner and eventually got a bit more sleep. And I think I was afraid I would oversleep. It is either one thing or yet another. It is what it is.

    My GS and I had fun yesterday. I took him outside and put him in his swing...He has to wear hat and sunglasses as he can not get out in the sunshine without it. (medicine) so we were doing fine until he decided he was hot (I guess) and wanted to take off both. Well, I snapped him into the swing and had no idea how to undo them. OMG...I almost got into a *panic mode* with this. He wanted out and did not understand what the problem was. Finally I got it. OMG...I told my DIL about this and she said when she got to school she thought about it and told my son that perhaps he needed to call me and explain how to undo it. Well, I learned a lesson. Sometimes I wonder about how on earth things get like this. So complex and complicated. soapbox for today.

    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 hope you can enjoy some sunshine. I think it is going to be a nice day here. We did have showers yesterday late.

    Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. Take a look around our community and be sure and check out all of the info under *Tips* and *Resources* and be sure and read the *Member Toolbox* I am sure you will find lots of good *tools* that perhaps you have not thought of and something just might make a difference in the way you feel. You never know what might help until you have tried it. It normally takes a combination of tools which really make a difference.

    Again I want to encourage those of you who have NOT gotten your Vitamin D level checked to speak to your doctor about doing this.....low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for some people and it can also affect other illnesses as well.

    Have a good day and remember to pace, pace and pace even more. (your body will thank you for doing so).

    Enjoy the sunshine if you can. It makes the body feel better.



    katmandulou responded:
    Happy Hump Day to you, Mimi - it's been a trying week here, and more days to get through!

    It's cool here, 50? and raining. The rain should stop around non, and I hope it does. I see the counselor at noon (I'm doing better, Dad's death really put me in a tailspin) and I'm thinking I can get in a walk this afternoon.

    The demolition guy came by yesterday. He wanted to start the kitchen today! I said we needed a few days to get out, and I'm hoping we can stall them til Monday. Yesterday afternoon was spent moving computer files to my laptop, checking prices for hotels, and finally getting a key to the front door. 25 years here, and we've never had one! I'm getting anxious about the whole thing- demo of the kitchen, replacing of the wood that's moldy, and the rebuild. I can't wait to see it new!!

    Mimi, I saw your post "My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy" and I totally agree. I was raised in House Beautiful, Mom was always vacuuming, dusting, doing laundry, etc. She was never dull, but there were five of us, 2 girls and 3 boys, so there was never s dull moment!!!

    I'll sign off here - the dog wants out. I wish you the best day you can possibly have!
    rudyandirmouse responded:
    Good Wednesday. I hope that this finds each of you in a good place and not dealing with fibro issues or pain.

    It's a lovely day here today. Cooler than yesterday but eye candy spring. My trees finally have leaves meaning winter's cold, ice and snow are really not coming back. And Yay that!

    Not a lot to post about today. Another slow news day, thankfully. I've had enough ' news ' lately and not having the phone ringing off the hook with calls from worried family members is nice. I am sure my Friday will be busy with more medical updates, most of it hasn't sunk in yet, and being able to have a day or two in between, that is a good thing for me.

    DH and I are heading up to Bowling Green, KY tomorrow to visit the Corvet Museum. We have said for years we wanted to go there and have passed it a dozen times. Think it will be a nice day trip as the weather will be good and we should miss traffic both ways.

    Lou, .having been away from Roll Call so often these past weeks I just read about your father's passing. Please accept my deepest and most heart felt condolences on your loss.
    I am also really sorry to read about the trying days and stress you are under with the kitchen demolition and temporary relocation while the work is being done. I do hope that it smooths over and that you are able to catch your breath and take it easy.

    MiMi, sorry you woke up early again, but glad you were able to get a bit more sleep,. And as for those tricky little snaps on the belts of the swings, ugh, have been there and done that. Frustrating to say the least and more so when the little one wants out and you can't get the snap to open. Know your today with the little one will be wonderful with no swing belting issues.

    Cory, you take a great picture and me being from the west coast I love the desert, visited it often, and you captured it's wonder and beauty beautifully.

    To everyone, have a great day.
    Gentle hugs, Linda R

    fibroinsd responded:
    hello...a late hello at that..

    been a long day...I did my little three hour job...and it was fine..then came home and made arrangements to tour another assisted living place for mom and dad. This place was older and not too fancy...but I actually liked it fairly well...I was glad we went out there..still have a few more to see...They didn't have any openings right now anyway..but the price was better than some too..

    Then to the health club for my walking on the treadmill ...and now phone calls of things wrong with mom and dad..(dad lost the credit card...and the car wouldn't start but then did...and the main caregiver has been off the last few day...luckily she will be back tomorrow..)... and notice that we are going to go for a meeting tomorrow with some people that are basically tax people that tell you about how to afford retirement...I am not sure that is even possible !

    Next Monday, I start another part time job at another school, helping a student one on one for three hours..only six or seven more weeks of the extra money will be good, but I don't know how I will do it...

    Let's put the fun back in dysfunctional !- Mary Englebright
    dollbug replied to fibroinsd's response:
    Hello cece....sounds like you are quite busy these days. I know just how much time it takes to try to be a caregiver and get what needs to be done too. I do hope things will get easier for you. I know just how tough it was when I took care of my dear aunt and my dad. I look back now and wonder how in the world I did this. I worked a full time job and a part time job as well. Some days I think this is what pulled me down so that I got blessed or cursed with the wrath of the dragon. Not taking time to pace, pace and pace even more. I use to tell people that I sometimes felt like I was passing myself on the way to another place. Funny just how that goes.

    Hang in there and please remember to take time for you.

    So a tax person actually knows how to tell you about what you need to do to afford retirement. Really? I remember that when my DH was sick and I had no idea what I was going to do with trying to keep up with the bills. I went in and talked to someone and was told that I would have to file for bankruptcy....that I had no other choice. I thanked him for his time and walked out. By the way, I did NOT follow his advice.

    It was really tough for a while but some way some how we pulled through. I still wonder just how though. I am not sure that anyone has all of the answers for any thing these days. We have to figure it out ourselves.

    I thought for sure that I had planned things as good as I could. I had good benefits and I even paid for extra disability if I ever needed it. Well, things did NOT work out like I had planned and again I was put in a tough position. So here I go again.

    I know how bad I felt when I was unable to contribute to the expenses. It takes a lot to live these days....just to keep up with every day expenses. I file for my disability and got denied. Well, I continued to fight, since I did not have any other choice in the matter.

    I read recently that there are a lot of people who have not saved enough for retirement...or perhaps they did save and due to the economy they lost most of it. So I think there are a lot of people who are going to retire who are not ready to do so.

    DH tells me he is going to work until they no longer want him to. So I guess we will see how this turns out. It is always something to figure out. I guess I will be doing this when my days finally come to an end....I am the type of person who worries a lot anyway, even though I know there is little I can do about most of it.

    This too will pass....we all have to take it one day at a time.....and hope it gets better.

    Take care. I hope things work out with your other part time job.


    bette_kaffitz responded:
    Thank goodness the weatherman was wrong. We did not get snow today. At least not here. But it was cold. Every year we forget how bad the previous Spring was, and complain about this year's version. We're so anxious for warm, sunny days.

    MiMi, there must be a reason why Bill and I aren't grandparents. I think your tale of the new age swing told it all. I would have gone into panic mode the first moment I couldn't get the child out. And as for lifting him into the swing, well, we won't go into that.

    We had an interesting experience our family physician's office today. DH had a bramble thorn imbedded in the back of his hand. He thought he had it out, but obviously didn't. The area grew into this bump that was quarter-sized at the base and raised up about 1/2 inch. He did his antibiotic course, and today was the day to remove the thing.

    Excising the mass took about 5 minutes. Sewing everything back together took at least another 60. We stopped counting a little after the blood vessels had been taken care of, but there were a lot of stitches. My estimate was 50-60. DH says I underestimated. That thing was closed from ever conceivable angle at least twice. I was amazed at the attention to detail. But the kicker was that this was our regular, country family physician who did all that delicate work, not a surgeon. His nurse said that they schedule these things for the last patient of the day on their "half day." (We got out of there at 2 p.m.)

    Sometimes, those of us who are battling fibromyalgia get more than a little frustrated with our doctors. We think they just don't know what they are talking about. We rush off to specialists to find some special treatment or magic cure. I know I did. (There aren't any.) And somehow we forget that our own family physician is a highly trained professional who does read his or her literature, who does take advanced courses every year, and who is quite qualified to handle almost anything that comes through the office door.

    We have a debilitating chronic illness. Our doctors are not in any way responsible for this fact. They know that the things they have to offer us are far short of ideal. They lay awake at night thinking about what they can do next to help us. It is so hard for us to realize this from our position in the flimsy paper gown on the hard examining table.

    We just happen to have an illness that is newly recognized by the medical profession. For something that didn't have either a name or a diagnostic critereia until 1990, fibromyalgia has come a long way. I fully believe that, in the NEXT 24 years, we will have a much better idea of the causes of FM, there will be treatments (and I think some of them will be surgical) to effectively treat the condition, and there may even be a cure. We just have to wait it out. (And remember, I'm 70 and have been dealing with FM since 1972.) I expect to see all of these advances. Really.

    Towards much better days,


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