Saturday, January 14, 2012

It's Been a Rough New Year

My fibro pain has finally gone back to it's normal level four or five. It's been a great blessing to not be in as much pain as I had been having.

Things were going pretty well until Tuesday this week.  That when my pain jumped up to a level ten. But it wasn't fibro pain.  It was some of the most severe chest and stomach pain I've ever had.  I tried to ignore it.  I tried to find a position where I got some relief. Nothing worked so I ended up calling Mr. Supportive to take me to the ER.

That visit was a nightmare.  You know how those of us with chronic pain get labeled as drug seekers?  I feel sure that I was labeled as soon as I got there.  You know how sometimes when the pain is so bad that you can't breathe normally and you breathe through your mouth very quickly?  The nurse told me I was having an anxiety attack and if I would stop breathing so fast the dizziness would go away.

Read about my "wonderful" adventures in the ER here.

I'm going to be away from the computer for a few days playing grandma.  Here's hoping I report back good things pain wise!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hello January 5!  It's January 5 and I've not posted since January 1 so I've already broken one of my life changes for 2012.  It's been a rough couple of weeks since Christmas.  You can read about it over at Rambling Thoughts of a Southern Lady.  My plan is to post different information on each of my blogs but for now, I'll be linking them up to Rambling Thoughts.

My pain level has been pretty steady at Level 5 or 6. I've been grateful for that but really wish it was a Level 4 or 5. You may remember that last month,  my pain management specialist, Mr. Supportive and I made the decision to cut my pain meds back a little. (You'll find that post here.)I've definitely have clearer thought and Mr. Supportive said last night that I've snapped at him only once.  I'm glad that cutting back the meds has accomplished what we set out to do. The down side is that my pain has been in the Level 5 or 6 range for the last three weeks.  I'm really hoping it's because of this nasty weather we've been having and that when the temperature stays constant and it quits raining it will come back down to a Level 4 at least some of the time.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Don't forget to go and read about my latest trials and tribulations over at Rambling Thoughts of a Southern Lady.

"See" you tomorrow!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year, A New Start

It's 2012!  Hard to believe isn't it.  My fibro pain (Level 6 or 7) messed up our New Years eve plans.  As if the pain and fatigue wasn't enough, I had a horrible cold and a 101.4 fever.

Our plans had been to have "Christmas" with our godchildren and their parents.  I hated having to cancel but I knew I was in no shape to go anywhere and have a good time.  I was also concerned about passing on what ever I had in case it wasn't just a cold.  Our oldest goddaughter is recovering from surgery and because of that she doesn't have many days that she can miss school  Her sister turns 2 next week and their mom is expecting our third godchild in June.  With all that they have going on, I didn't want to add to it.

I'm still in at a Level 5 or 6 pain wise but I am much better than I was this time yesterday.  I am very grateful for that improvement.  

I'm going to "cheat" a little on this post and send you over to my blog, Rambling Thoughts of a Southern Lady for my first post of 2012.  I'm not making resolutions this year.  I'm making life changes.  I'd love to hear what your plans for the New Year are!

Here's one that I recommend we all take on:

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