Happy and Grateful – Days 138 and 139

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

Have I mentioned before how I hate fatigue and fibro?  It hit me last night and has stuck with me all day.  I ache and an exhausted even though I have napped multiple times today.  We had a cold front move in and with it a bone chilling mist and wind… feels more like fall than spring.  So once again I find myself posting two days together and asking for forgiveness.  If I could have it any other way I would!

Yesterday I had to take my Dad into the doctor.  One of his x-rays came back with indications of maybe an enlarged heart.  So back to the cardiologist.  He was not convinced of the fact, but gave Dad a prescription to try to ease his shortness of breath.  It is very frustrating for him having had this problem for quite a while now and getting shuffled from one doctor to the next never getting anywhere with a reason.

But we got the appointment done and I ran a quick errand and then came home to nap a bit.  I took an anxiety pill and made it to the nights Al-anon meeting to try to grab a little peace of mind.  So I was happy to work the meeting into my night and grateful there were no major problems according to the doctor.

Today has been such a tired day.  The only thing I accomplished was loading the dishwasher and taking a check in for the electric bill.  I then went to the garage to see if they could fix my car, since the check engine light was on.  They hooked it up and reset things for me saying it may only be a little dust around the air filter.  Surprisingly enough there was no charge for that and I went on my way.  Time will tell now if it worked or not.

In spite of the fibro I still found some joy.  I was happy not to have to have any repairs done today.  And grateful I had the time to rest through my flair.  I hope tomorrow finds a little less pain and fatigue as my daughter has plans to take me somewhere for the afternoon, but it is a surprise where.  …now it is time to sleep again!  Yawn!

Happy and Grateful – Day 131 and 132

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

The last two days were beautiful as far as the weather goes.  I was able to walk to my doctor’s appointment and sit in my chair next to the sliding glass door and hear the birds chirping.  The landscape crew here at the apartment was out laying new mulch around the bushes though so it wasn’t all peace and quiet.

Today was Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and I feel I was fully aware today.  This week with my boyfriend off of work has caught up to me.  The late nights playing cards, watching some shows on demand, and just running a lot more errands was fun but fibro definitely wanted to remind me it was still here.  I napped both days and just felt like I had half power levels almost all day today.

But there are always good things among the bad, always something to make me smile.  Yesterday it had to be the butterfly I saw on the way to the doctor’s appointment.  Only caught a glimpse of him, but he was flying around some flowers there at the clinic.  And today it was seeing an old friend I used to work with when we stopped to indulge at the local Dairy Queen.  Her little girl is now 3 years old and she had just found out she was pregnant the last I knew… time sure flies.

I was happy to see the wonders of nature and grateful to be reunited with a familiar face.  There is always something worthwhile in the day someplace or another.  Don’t forget to look for it!

Happy and Grateful – Day 129

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

I have survived today without too much trouble brought on from yesterday.  I (as usual) was stiff and sore this morning, but it wasn’t really a lot more than normal… as the day went on the aches grew a little but nothing I needed to break out the pain pills for thankfully.

My daughter was over for a while today.  She needed to change both her brake light and headlight in her car and my boyfriend helped her.  I am glad he is willing to help her out, they seem to get along pretty well.

I am really tired tonight so I will keep this short.  I am always happy to see my daughter and I am so grateful today was not a big payback day for yesterday.  Now rain is moving in tomorrow and that usually brings more pain with it… here’s hoping tomorrow is not too bad.

Happy and Grateful – Day 78

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 an ok day… no naps and only moderate pain after a trip to the store.  I sometimes think that is a small victory.  I know there are days I can’t go to the store from pain and fatigue, so that makes today ok.  Fibro  tries to rob me of so much… I take the little victories when I can get them.

So I was happy to have a little energy today.  And grateful to make it through the store without needing help getting back to my car… of course I do tend to use the cart as a “walker” at times.  No doubt about it, fibro sucks!  But as long as there are still good days I will enjoy them!

Happy and Grateful – Day 63

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 about the same again with my fibro… although I did have nerve pain in my left hand for a majority of the day.  Usually it only lasts a while in the morning.  Another lovely gift from fibro!  But the pain level overall was down a little so I was able to go to my Dad’s to help him get some dinner.  It was only a heat and eat, but I couldn’t do much more than that.

After dinner he had me cut both of us a piece of pie to eat.  It was nice to just sit and talk with him a while tonight.  A lot of times I am rushed as I either have to get back home for our dinner or it is late and I am tired and want to get home and relax.  But tonight my boyfriend was napping so I went over a little early.  We had a nice talk and shared a yummy turtle pie.

I am happy to have some quiet moments with my Dad still.  I am grateful I recognize how few and precious those times are while I can still have them.  I missed out on some of that time with my mom as I didn’t think she would leave us when she did.  Take each special moment you can with your parents while you can.

Happy and Grateful – Day 59

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!

As February draws to a close I am hoping this fibro flare I have been dealing with will lessen.  I have been in pain and so fatigued.  But I keep moving forward and do as much as my body will let me.

Today I did push things a little far and am really paying tonight, but I feel accomplished because I was able to both take my Dad to the doctor and get a load of laundry done today.  I treated myself to one of my favorite movies after dinner to wind down with… Chicago.  Great music in that movie.  So as the day comes to an end I am happy I got things done I needed to and grateful for some down time to relax afterwards.  Now bring on March and all the good things it can bring with it!

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?