Monday, 24 September 2012
UPDATE:You can skip this part if you just want to read the fairy tale. Not a problem, dearies...
~~~~~~~~~~Where do I begin? One could always apologize for dropping off without a word, but we all know that sometimes life throws a challenge or two that makes you want to do more than that.So you take a quiet step back while you can gather your thoughts, your strength and energy, then you face it again with torch in your right hand, lighting the way, shield in the left, to ward off the negative, and a steely glint in your eyes to let the world know you will not be messed with and to get out of the way!!Fibromyalgia is not a fun thing to have in your life. When it's in remission, you are on top of the world and take advantage of every blessed day where there is no pain.I've been lucky enough to have that happen a time or two, but many of us don't have that luxury. Most of the time it's truly a day by day and sometimes, even an hour by hour challenge to make the simplest of things happen and that's pretty much been my week.~~~~~~~~~~The mosquito adventure was one thing, but by the time Wednesday arrived I noticed I was in a great deal of pain. Not just discomfort. Real live radiating full body pain. I don't think there was a spot that didn't ache. It hurt to sit, walk and trying to get comfortable lying down was impossible. Not a good thing when one is already dealing with sleep issues.I knew it was a full blown Fibro session and tried to figure out what in the heck had stressed my system out so bad when there wasn't anything going on in my life and couldn't come up with a darned thing.I finally gave up fighting through the pain and started back on the Hydrocodone. It took two 500MG tabs within two hours to get some relief, so I decided to take them as directed, but at the most extended time of 6 hours apart. That was the wrong decision, so I moved back to 4 hours and that made the pain tolerable. I'm still refusing to take them all the time since I have no wish to become addicted.At this point in time, I'm looking for a doctor that can re-certify me for using weed and hope to have that in place by the end of next week. Once certified, I can purchase product either to smoke (e-cigs) or ingest (brownies/candy), at which point I will be pain free once again.Yep... that stuff does the trick for me and both of my doctors have given the green light to use as needed.~~~~~~~~~~Sleep is still pretty much non-existent and by the time Thursday rolled around I was feeling about 90 and I really hate when that happens.Since it's date night, I kicked myself out of the apartment, had my hair styled (a lovely soft Farrah Fawcett do), then a manicure & oh so relaxing pedicure. By the time I left, I was feeling more myself even with the pain.Stopped by Wally World. What a mistake that was. At one point I ran into an aisle traffic jam. There were ' to the left of me , to the right' and I was stuck behind some little old lady in a go cart trying to make up her mind which direction to go! SO when all I wanted was to pick up a couple of items and be out of there.Arriving home with nerves on edge, I popped a pain med, had a glass of wine (I know, I know) and then proceeded to put on my face which I so rarely do these days. Believe me, without make up I'm pretty much a blank slate. By the time I was done I at least looked alive and was also feeling more relaxed.Michael arrived at 8, letting himself into the apartment. I heard the door open and as I came around the corner from the bedroom I watched his eyes light up, then he said a soft 'WOW' and that just made my evening.I know I was blushing 10 shades of red as he gathered me up and proceeded to hug the living daylights out of me, at one point stopping to kiss me soundly while dipping me backwards, which caused me to laugh. Yep... this man has charisma galore!!Then it was out the door for dinner at Black Angus. We are both very hands on people, so there was constant touching of some sort taking place the whole time we are together. Talk about happy endorphins running amok in the system!!The meal was absolutely awesome, service was great and the top shelf margaritas the best we've both had in a very long time. I think they were almost as good as the ones Michael makes for the two of us. LOL...We had a truly wonderful time except for a mood damping period when someone broke into a couple of vehicles in the parking lot. The lot was very dark and we were lucky enough to be parked right in front of the restaurant in a handicapped spot which was right under a light & in direct view of the reservation desk.The conversation during the drive back to the apartment was full of laughter and the remainder of our time together was more memories of the best kind. By the time he left, we were both delightfully relaxed. I stayed up until he sent a text to let me know he had arrived home (an hour + drive depending on traffic), then I crashed and actually got about 5 hours of fairly solid sleep.Spending time with Michael is always such a positive in my life and I know he feels the same. I just wish there could be more of it and perhaps there will be. Now that is a possible fairy tale.~~~~~~~~~~Friday it was off to the doctors for a follow up visit. After talking to her about my week, including the allergic reaction to bites, I found out they were probably the major trigger for the increase in Fibro pain. Go figure! Stats were GREAT - Blood pressure - 120/65... Heart rate - 45...She asked the questions she always does about the low heart rate and my answers are always the same - Yes, always slow... No, no problems with shortness of breath... Yes, some problems with energy levels, but no complaints.I understand the concerns, but prefer this to having to deal with the A-Fib sessions which seem to have been corrected with the increase in heart medication and a shortened period of time in the jacuzzi. I am back to swimming and have increased the walking.GO HEART!!Gall Bladder surgery is on hold since the change in diet has resolved the majority of the problems and I am asymptomatic at the moment. My records indicate surgery is recommended should the problems resurface and I'm good with that.Then it was off to the cardiologists with past medical records and a quick visit. He's happy with my progress and I will see him again in January.Add a quick stop at Wally World to do grocery shopping for the next month. I also bought a 500 count Egyptian sheet set in a gorgeous Teal Silk color and OMG! What can I say. They are heavier than the ones I normally buy, they have a beautiful sheen to them, they feel silky when they touch the skin and I'll just bet they will get more comfortable each time they are washed. I do believe I've been missing out. It's amazing how the little things can make one so very happy! LOL...This trip was a slam dunk except for it being way to hot outside. The AC in the store was great, but by the time I unloaded the groceries (95+ temp), making 4 trips up those damned stairs, I was exhausted and pain levels were at teeth gritting level.After everything was put away & I had taken my shower I was more than ready for the pain meds. I also treated myself to a lovely piece of white cake with a load of butter creme frosting on top and everything was right with the world.And yes... I pushed myself when I know better. But that's my personality. I hate having Fibro take charge of my life!!Most of the time...~~~~~~~~~~Saturday & Sunday were both pretty much relax days.I finally got my car washed, treated myself to Baskin Robbins and did laundry. Then it was reading, smooth jazz and several glasses of chilled wine.I've had a total of about 6 hours sleep since Friday, which aggravates the Fibro. It's a never ending cycle with this condition. It's believed to be caused by lack of sleep, yet you can't sleep because the pain makes it impossible to get comfortable.Sort of one of those type situations. *sigh...~~~~~~~~~~And that was a slice of Red's week, with a new one just ahead. It's also the last week of September and I have fingers crossed that our fall weather is just around the corner. I am, however, not holding my breath since temps through Oct 1st are expected to be high 80's to possible high-90's. Which is still very much summer as far as I'm concerned.~~~~~~~~~~FINALLY - The Fairy Tale...A man was dining alone in a fancy restaurant where there was a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table.He had been checking her out since he sat down, but lacked the nerve to talk with her.Suddenly she sneezed and her glass eye came flying out of its socket towards the man.He reflexively reached out, grabbed it out of the air, and handed it back.'Oh my, I am so sorry,' the woman said, as she popped her eye back in place. 'Let me buy you dinner to make it up to you.'They enjoyed a wonderful dinner together and afterwards they went to the theatre, followed by drinks. They talked, they laughed, she shared her deepest dreams and he shared his. She listened to him with interest.After paying for everything, she asked him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast. They had a wonderful, wonderful time.The next morning, she cooked a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy was amazed. Everything had been so incredible!!'You know,' he said, 'you are the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every guy you meet?''No,' she replies... ... ....>>>>>Wait for it.... .... ....>>>>>It's coming.... .... ....>>>>>>>The suspense is killing you, isn't it?.... .... ....>>>>>She said.... .... ....'You just happened to catch my eye!!'I hear you groaning over there but I bet you're laughing too.Now... Get out there and enjoy the start of your new week!!~~~~~~~~~~Thought for the day~~~~~~~~~~