Helping women with chronic illnesses

Category — Raynaud’s

Stressful Week

It is too late. I already am. Late. It seems like I’m late on everything both online and in real life. It is maddening. I feel like I can’t ever catch up. It’s always just a matter of how far behind I am on things.

I won’t bore you with the long list of things I’m late on in my real life. My to-do list has reached nauseating proportions. I’m going to need to take some drastic measures to make significant progress.

As far as online matters are concerned, I’m late moderating comments. I’m late answering Facebook messages. I’m late blogging. (This is my first post since Monday. I don’t usually have gaps like that between posts). I’m really late on responding to email.

So, if you are one of the people wondering why I am so slow responding to a comment or an email… please accept this as my apology. It has been a stressful week.

Why? Why am I so stressed out?

I don’t have any big, dramatic news that explains why I am so stressed out. So, I found myself actually asking, “why am I so stressed out? I concluded that a large number of little things or moderately problematic issues have just culminated into one big pile of stress and that stress is on top of “medical stress” (meaning stress associated with all things medical, a type of stress I’ve had plenty of this week too).

So, I’ve had some significant “medical stress” this week but I can honestly say that this – what prompted this post – is other stress on top of that. Does that make sense? Anyone who is chronically ill knows that medical issues certainly cause plenty of stress. Obviously, the illnesses are probably the biggest stressor I have in general.

(Do me a favor and pretend that is a pile of stress. Oddly, I was unable to find a picture of one. I named this “stresswood”)

So, I think what I’m trying to say is that I am stressed by lots of non-medical issues that have popped up throughout the week on top of “medical stress”.

There are many reasons this week has been a stressful one. I won’t belabor the point with an exhaustive list of the many things that have stressed me out this week.

However, since this is a blog about chronic conditions, I will name the conditions that have been flaring up in some way this past week: fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, and Raynaud’s. I am too tired to hyperlink all of those conditions. So, if you are interested in reading about any of them, check my “categories” or “search this blog” options in the right sidebar… as most of the conditions I have mentioned have been written about on this blog before.

Needless to say, many of the above conditions trigger others listed above. So I’ve been dealing with the chain reaction syndrome I am very used to by now. So, I just wanted to surface for air long enough to let you know that I am drowning in tasks to do, I am going as fast as I can to catch up, and it may be awhile before that happens.

I have had several wonderful friends remind me in the last few days to practice what I preach and remember to make self-care a priority. So, I am going to listen to my wise, thoughtful friends (too many to list, I’m afraid, but you know who you are!) and try to remember the basics such as relaxing, breathing, and taking breaks. I also want to thank the friends who have given me special support this week. Again, there are too many to list but you know who you are.

Have a wonderful weekend. Peace out.

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January 22, 2010   10 Comments

Winterize Your Body (VIDEO)

Well, I finally made another video. Hopefully nobody is passing out. I know it has been awhile since I made one! Some of you probably thought my video-making days were over.

HINT: Please scroll down just far enough to view the video. If you scroll too far down the post before watching the video, you will miss out on properly seeing my surprise.

If you’d like to see what Hubby got me for my birthday (that’s the surprise), click play:

My Raynaud’s and fibromyalgia can make winter weather an interesting adventure! Gone are the days of me wearing shorts on snowy days. No, my body cannot handle that anymore!

Here is a still shot of my birthday present. (By the way, if you are this far into the post and you didn’t already watch the video, you are officially cheating).

I have a feeling any blogger out there will appreciate this gift. I first saw this shirt on Lee’s blog Perpetual Burn. (Lee designed the layout of the site of Alicia – aka Yaya: Yaya Stuff ). I contacted Lee to find out where she got it and then I planted a seed in Hubby’s head. (He had been asking me for ideas for a birthday gift). Voilà! Now I’ve got a blogging shirt.

Please check out my YouTube channel. Just click on the red heart for YouTube in the top right sidebar to access my channel.

Ratings and comments on videos are welcome. My YouTube channel is defaulting to the wrong view and I haven’t figured out how to fix it. When you pull up my channel, the top right corner has two options, “switch to grid view” and “switch to player view”. To view the channel on what it used to default to and make it easier to see things, simply click on “switch to player view”.

I have yet to figure out why this is happening and have just been flipping it manually myself. If anyone has any tips on how to save the default channel setting to “player view”, please let me know. My channel has been acting up ever since YouTube updated the appearance of all the channels. Thank you.

By the way, please don’t feel shy about Stumbling any posts you like here either. Just click “Stumble It!” at the bottom of any post you’d like to recommend to others. There is even an option to write a review of a blog if you wish to take it a step further. I appreciate your support. Thank you!

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December 29, 2009   15 Comments