Category: fibromyalgia


Service Dog


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It suddenly occurred to me today how I can help Kali not be left at home alone. She has separation anxiety and will tear up the place if left alone. That was why her MamaLaura (my daughter) had to giver Kali to me. She had to go to work and leave the poor pup alone. We are retired so there is almost always someone here so she is never alone. But should I need to go to the city (an hour and a half away) on the senior bus it might be that she wouldn’t be happy. But there might be a time when I need to go to the doctors or something.

So I was looking at this page: United States Service Dog. Has anyone done this? It says I don’t need a doctor’s note though I could probably find my doctors who put me on disability ages ago. She does help me feel better just by being so cute! She’s been well trained as far as simple commands. I think she’d do well on the bus just sitting with me and giving me the pain distractions I need to get through the rough part of the trip.

It is very beautiful (scenic) to see but the road itself is so full of potholes and my tailbone usually hurts so bad by the time we get to town that I can barely walk. After a full day, coming home is even worse, especially if it is dark and I have nothing to distract me from the pain that is so unbearable that I have to sit straight up and not lean back. Then it starts hurting my whole back. Once I am home I feel crippled for a week. It sets off huge fibro flares that make me worthless to do anything but sleep.

Look, I know that having the dog with me won’t prevent a lot of that pain, but it may make it a little easier to deal with. Does that make sense?

Now I just need to figure out how to afford it. I’d love her to have the vest and all, but even the basic (just a certificate and ID card) is $69. Is this a good idea or am I on another wild goose chase that wouldn’t help either of us and money out for nothing????? Are there things I need to think about that maybe others have gone through? It seems like a win-win idea but maybe I am being naïve?

Ugh! Weather!


Just to make a blog about it–I’m not blogging today. The weather is hurting me. I’m going to curl up in that corner over there—–> and sleep and knit until I feel better. That’ll bring me to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. I expect a deluge!


The Just Jot It January 26th prompt, brought to you by Kelli of Forty, c’est Fantastique! is: “Extraordinary.” Use it any way you’re inspired to. And make sure you stop by and say hi to Kelli as well! Here’s her blog:  https://fortyandfantastique.wordpress.com/ .

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Extraordinary

 The only thing I can say is that life is extraordinary! I can’t believe how fast a day goes nowadays. How can that be when I am just at home not doing more than knitting (loom), hitting FaceBook, taking the dog out, doing dishes. You know, those ordinary things.

Okay, yesterday and today I felt the need to play a game or two. They’re those hidden objects games, Return to Ravenhearst and Love Story: A Beach Cottage. Every now and then I feel the need to change it up. I let time lapse between playing so I don’t get used to the games and they stay the challenge. I know, I don’t do the shoot ’em ups. Never could quite figure those out. My kids love them: EQ etc.

But I only played yesterday and today. These are the only time wasters I feel I have in my life. I do have the TV on. I do that so that I have something to distract me from my fibro. And it gives me background noise for the knitting. I need no meds if I can be distracted enough. I think that is better for me than any of the drugs the doctors have put me through.

The snow is melting. The sun was shining. That made today extraordinary. I actually stepped off the porch and walked a few feet with the dog and didn’t feel I was going to slip or soak my only-in-crocs feet. That was special. That and doing a Goggle Hang-0ut with a special friend.

Well, though I did do my Spanish for the day. I need to at least put in a few minutes on German before I go to bed. Hubby is already asleep. Vicodin is doing its job. Night, everyone, I hope your life is extraordinary, too!

Thank you, Linda G Hill for this fun blogging experience and all the help and encouragement along the way!

Just Jot It Jan 19 – Rubbish


This IS Rubbish!

So, twice a month or so we have the opportunity to ride the senior bus to the nearest city and hour and a half away. We do the bulk of our grocery shopping and hubby does doctors appointments. I don’t go anymore because the seats hurt me and the cold hurts me. Every time I went those pains would set of the fibro and I’d be down for a week to two weeks. Knowing that was why I felt we could take on the separation-anxiety-dog. I’d always be home for her. And that part has worked out marvelously.

WELL… the city trip was this morning. Hubby got up and got ready to go. At 6ish he walked out to meet the ride. Because of last night’s rain, our snow was ice. I bet you can see where that is going. Yep, he fell and messed up his shoulder pretty bad. So now the trip for him wasn’t to get groceries but to go to the doctors. He has to go again tomorrow for x-rays. Doc didn’t know if it is broken but put him in a sling and sent him home.

Meanwhile, my brother has caught the cold/cough/flu from hell so he can’t go to work or do much more than sleep hoping to get better.

I am the world’s worst nurse. My hubby is way better at it than me. When I am flaring he takes very good care of me. But now it is my turn to play nurse around here. This is– I am rubbish at this!

As anyone who has ever had a broken or sprained limb knows, everything is a challenge. Luckily it is his left shoulder. Even still getting into and out of bed leaves him, and me, exhausted as he tried to not hurt and move around and of course moving makes it all hurt. We had to laugh as it seemed he was a turtle on his back trying to get up. I offer my hand but I can’t pull him up. No amount of wiggling worked to get him in a better position to escape the bed. Finally, we rigged up a belt system he could grab the belt that was tied to a nearby chair and that did it. I just hope he doesn’t have to get up in the middle of the night. And tomorrow he has to go back to town all over again. And for these two trips, there will be no groceries. Because he just won’t have the energy or time to do it. That will have to wait til next week.

I take comfort in the fact that about 4 in the morning it is supposed to snow. If that’s the case walking out to the bus at 6 might be a little easier if it is deep enough to cover the ice. If not there will be a lot more to this story tomorrow. Stay tuned…

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Thanks very much to Wendy for today’s prompt, “rubbish.” Please visit her post for today and say hi! You can find it here: https://waffle-with-wendy.blogspot.ca/2017/01/jusjojan-day-19-rubbish.html

And don’t forget, even if you haven’t been participating in Just Jot It January up ’til now, it’s not too late to start! Click here for details and to read the other amazing posts: https://lindaghill.com/2017/01/19/jusjojan-daily-prompt-jan-19th17/

And, again, thank you, Linda G Hill, our fearless leader!


Source: SEEKING EQUILIBRIUM: PAIN AND MUSIC THERAPY

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