Happy and Grateful – Day 82

As March begins I continue with my goal to find happiness and gratitude every day.  There is at least some small thing that can bring a smile and give you a moment to be grateful for.  Please join me in looking for the good moments of the day … it would be great if you would share them in the comments or on your own blog.  Be aware of the little wonders of the day!

Today was a regroup and recharge day.  I have been going since Monday and it caught up with me.  Some of you may have noticed my H&G post was a little late for yesterday.  I had it all written but fell asleep with my laptop open before I could post it.  The fatigue won again!  But I took it easy today and feel pretty good tonight.  I still have stress… always stress and fatigue, but I am moving forward instead of standing still.

My happiness for the day had to be some words of encouragement from my therapist.  He reminded me of the power I do have over my own decisions and it is ok to trust them.  Now if I could just figure out what my decisions are!  But I am grateful it was once again nice enough to walk that block there to the clinic.  Some areas of the state had thunderstorms this afternoon but it only rumbled a little here.  Now if the grass would just green up and the trees would fill with some leaves maybe I would have something to look at on the walk there.  …it’s coming, slowly but surely I know it is!  Hope you all rest well…*yawn* time to read a little and wind down for the night!

Happy and Grateful – Day 70

As March begins I continue with my goal to find happiness and gratitude every day.  There is at least some small thing that can bring a smile and give you a moment to be grateful for.  Please join me in looking for the good moments of the day … it would be great if you would share them in the comments or on your own blog.  Be aware of the little wonders of the day!

Sorry, I am a few hours late with this.  It was a really high fatigue day.  Took a couple of unplanned naps and fell asleep with my laptop open, kicked back in my recliner.  I guess it all comes out the same.  Hope you’ll forgive me!

The day was spent watching more of the basketball playoffs (and Iowa State won the Big 12 tournament – Yea!!!), reading a little and trying to catch up on my email and posts here.  The snow that happened over night melted away to get ready for the next batch coming through Sunday night.  It was a very laid back day.

The high point of the day would be a call from a friend of mine.  Just checking in to see how I was doing.  It is always good to know someone is thinking of you from time to time.  It made me happy to hear from them. I am grateful for all my friends who understand me and care.  Life would be pretty dull without them.  I cherish every one of them.  I hope you are grateful for your friends and have many that care for you as you care for them.

 

Happy and Grateful – Day 52

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

It looks like we have one nice day coming tomorrow and we are done with our warm spell.  I should have known snow would return soon.  In Iowa when the high school teams gather for the state basketball championships we almost always seem to get snow some where during the tournaments and the boys started playing this week I think.  SO I need to pull up some energy and get to a park tomorrow because I just didn’t have the energy today.

It has been a tough day.  Took Dad to the doctor and once again hit a brick wall on why he keeps getting dizzy.  So there are two more tests to take next week.  Does not seem to end.  And he is so frustrated with the doctors turning him in circles and passing the blame back and forth to different specialist… it gets old fast.  Add that frustration with another flare of my fibro and I was glad to see the sunset.

The nice thing about a bad day is that it will end… even many in a row will eventually end.  For that fact I am happy.  I am always grateful to work through the pain of the day, fight the fatigue,  and trudge through the fibro fog.  The term they use on some of the websites it a fibro warrior, some days it does feel like a battle.  But minute by minute I will win. Now on to that warm day tomorrow!

Happy and Grateful – Day 40

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

The fatigue got the best of me for the first half of the day.  I was so exhausted I talked to my therapist about it today and he mentioned a few things I had and some I hadn’t heard before to combat “normal” tiredness.  He did tell me he thought with the long week I have had my body was just needing some extra sleep to recover a little.

First thing is move.  I have heard that before and it works fine on those days the stiffness and pain from the fibro isn’t too bad.  Next is get some light… natural light being the best.  And he said to try cold… put a wash cloth with cold water on it on the back of my neck.  I have also heard a glass of cold water is more effective than a cup of coffee.  Or a nice crisp apple to eat first thing will wake you up.  I guess it gives me more options of things to try when I am just absolutely wiped out.  I am grateful he took the time to talk about my sleep with me.  I am happy I have such a good doctor that does not stay with a strict plan to follow each time I am there and we can talk about anything.  Do you know about any “tricks” to stay awake when all your body wants to do is sleep?

Happy and Grateful – Day 28

I have undertaken a challenge this year.  I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel.  No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment.  Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day.  Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog.  Let’s find some fun!

I woke up today in a full fibromyalgia flare.  I was just out of 7 hours of sleep and I felt like I had been awake for three days straight.  Add in the head to toe pain and body aches… it was not looking to be a great day.

I did what I had to do to take care of me.  I took a couple of naps today and dug out my pain pills… I hate to take them very often because I don’t want them to lose their effectiveness.  I used my heating pad and put off the laundry one day.  I am hoping to get to sleep earlier tonight and with any luck the fatigue wont be as bad tomorrow.  It doesn’t always work that way though.  If it is still bad I will nap some more and adjust what I need to.

I am happy I have some things that can help ease the pain when I am hurting, I have the freedom to nap when the fatigue is bad and chance to rearrange things I don’t have the energy to do.  I am grateful there is always a chance tomorrow will be better… that is a hope I have to hang onto.

Happy and Grateful – Day 21

I have undertaken a challenge this year.  I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel.  No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment.  Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day.  Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog.  Let’s find some fun!

I stayed in bed today… probably for too long.  I just was so tired.  I fought the fatigue and didn’t go back to sleep, but I didn’t get the energy to move for quite a while.  I hate when days start off like this.  It makes it seem like I am fighting from behind to catch up all day.  Add in the fatigue and I never get ahead or even break even.  So I am trying to learn to just accept my limitations on these kinds of days.  But acceptance is not easy.

I limited what I did today down to the necessities, no extras.  I postponed a trip to the store for a day with more energy.  I hate the way fibromyalgia robs me of so much energy but I am getting better at recognizing it and adjusting.  At least the pain level was not higher along with the fatigue this flare.

I can be happy in the way I am learning to deal with my illness even if I hate it.  I am grateful that I have medicine that helps and the ability to work things around my flares.  I hope this is a short one and I am back on a more positive day tomorrow.

Happy and Grateful – Day 5

I have undertaken a challenge this year.  I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel.  No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment.  Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day.  Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog.  Let’s find some fun!

Day 5 was when 3 and 4 caught up with me.  I did still have to take my Dad to a doctor’s appointment, but for the evening I was pretty much a zombie.  That is ok.  My body gets to a point where it is very convincing and I have learned to listen to it.  My boyfriend is great when the fatigue gets the best of me. The only trouble is I get behind on my writing.  I should not even be writing this now, but my friends I am supposed to meet for lunch know I tend to run a little late.  LOL  So I was happy last night to have an evening of rest and recovery.  Grateful that there was nothing I had to do to interfere with my recovery.

Happy and Grateful – Day 2

I have undertaken a challenge this year.  I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel.  No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment.  Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day.  Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog.  Let’s find some fun!

Today was a day of catch-up still.  I must have slipped by Father Time one too many times as I am not as resilient after staying up late (well honestly it was all night) like I did New Years Eve.  The fatigue had me caught off guard again today twice with naps I didn’t plan.  But that is ok.  I just started the day over and got three mornings instead of one!  I figure each time I awakened was a chance to start fresh instead of another mistake from the evil fatigue monster.  There is always a plus to a negative and today was no different.  I am glad for the opportunity to quench the fatigue and find a little gratitude in the process.  What are you grateful for today?

Day 94 – 100 Days of Happiness

I am starting to bounce back a little from the anxiety, depression and fatigue of the last few days.  The first half of the day was slow going but I did make some progress tonight.  I emptied the dishwasher, worked on Christmas cards and ran to both the pharmacy and my Dad’s house.  The weather tried to drag me down, but I just took it slow and made sure rush hour was well over with before I ventured out and about.  So I am feeling a little accomplished and sometimes that is half of the battle when you have no energy or enthusiasm.  So today turned out ok… and I can be happy with just ok.

100 Days of Happiness

After seeing Rent and fixing Thanksgiving dinner, my body revolted and I have been fighting some major fatigue.  Forgive me for another late double day post.

Day 77 – Wow… today was a case of sticker shock.  I took my car into the repair shop after the woman backed into me in the clinic parking lot.  I was prepared for the estimate I thought, wrong.  He got to the bottom line number to only have a door repaired and after he said, “One thousand…” I kind of blanked out before he added six hundred and sixteen. From that moment on I spent the rest of the day so happy I had car insurance to cover it!

Day 78 – This was a tough day.  With the change in temperature outside and the level of activity recently I am fighting the pain today.  But better than a heating pad is a cat that likes to cuddle and today my cat was feeling friendly.  I think maybe she was feeling the increased cold in the air too.  No matter why she was on my lap doesn’t matter, her warmth and love made me feel happy.