Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Soggy Times

The weather here has been dreadful and I just haven't felt like posting lately. Anytime we are overcast and rainy like this past week, I just want to loll around like a slug....and pretty much have been.  Easter has come and gone and although it was extremely nice to hang out with some of the family again, it still provided its own type of stress for me - ugh!

Our area is going through major flooding of historic proportions and who knows what tomorrow will bring. My kids are on a count down to school being out for the summer, hubby is working 60+ weekly and me, well....I'm still broken but I think I'm on the mending side of broken right now :)

A few months ago I decided I was going to try to "fix" me. I have started by ditching all of my prescription medications. I now take only herbal supplements; "D", Calcium, B-12, Flax Seed (occasionally) and I also have added a Water Pill to my daily intake.This, so far, has been a prudent move on my part as I don't feel "dependent" and I seem to be acclimating to the new routine quite well.

I also began a program, ran by a dear friend, called "Healthy Living." This is a program designed for healthy weight loss via worship and support. It isn't drastic as far as food goes either. It is more about monitoring your intake - period. You watch the amounts of sugars, carbs, proteins, sodium, etc. Not just one or the other, you watch it all - it makes a real difference.

To date I've lost about 12 lbs. Not much in the overall scheme of things but a great start and just the boost I needed to keep going. I still haven't checked out the local doctor - it's on my "to do" list but right now I need to handle things this way as opposed to that way. lol!

Currently, the majority of my problems come from stress and that stress is centered around personal relationships. However, I'm hoping come May 9th - all will be set right again. I'd love to elaborate as to why that particular date but right now, it is simply a theory I have going and I wouldn't want to "jinx" it! lol!

So, here's to staying dry and afloat, medicine free, unstressed and eating healthy!!!!

Until next time!

Until next time!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ankles Away

I have found that the description for Fibro is a bit misleading - well, kinda's often described as "overall body pain" and that is true but also a tad bit deceptive. For me anyway, I do have pain from head to toe but not all at once. I have lovely little twinges I call, "hot spots!"

For example; right now, my "hot spot" is my ankle. Out of the clear blue it started aching and swelled up. I have an ankle brace because it has been known to be one of my spots. It flares, sometimes for a day, sometimes for a week and then it clears up...that's what all of my "hot spots" do.

Nope, anti-inflammatory medicines do not help with these either, for me anyway. Generally, I have to treat the ankle just like a sprang in every other way though. I brace, elevate and ice until I feel like I can walk normally again. It is a total pain in the rump but it's just how it is.

Last week it was my hands, elbows and shoulders. Out of the blue, my fingers swelled to the size of sausages and I even had a hard time removing my wedding band.  This, fortunately, is almost always temporary - as in, hours if not minutes.  However, it doesn't keep it from being both strange and annoying :)

Because I'm on a new health conscious "quest" I have taken a stance this week - I have decided to eliminate what prescription pills I can and replace them with herbal supplements. I have altered my food intake and have pushed very hard along the lines of physical activity. Yes, that could all have something to do with my phantom ankle pain but I am determined to not allow it to shut me down completely.

I have a route I've been walking which is about 1 mile and when the weather turns, (as it has lately,) I use my indoor stepper. I want to get into a shape other than "round" - actually, I'm more of a "pear" shape and, as I've stated many times, I don't like it! So, I push on!

Let's just face it - with emotional issues, weather, toxins and whatever other stuff out there that can cause us spoonies to flare, just waiting on us - we have to take a stance somewhere. There will be consequences to my actions but there are whether I do anything or not, right?

So, with my ankle firmly braced, elevated and iced, I bid you all "ta-ta", until next time!