Helping women with chronic illnesses

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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1 SonjaNo Gravatar { 01.22.10 at 11:28 pm }

Yes, take care of yourself!!
.-= Sonja´s last blog ..Sweet Nothings =-.

2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.23.10 at 2:02 am }


Thank you! Same to you!


3 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 01.23.10 at 8:46 am }

I wish I could shrink you down to a 12 lb baby and just hold you in my arms, so you wouldn’t have to worry about a single thing. But since I can’t, just imagine it, okay??

.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..“Yes – Kids Sure Do Say The Darndest Things” Part 2 =-.

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.23.10 at 5:47 pm }


You always make me laugh… which is exactly what I need right now. Thank you for making me laugh often.


5 YayaNo Gravatar { 01.24.10 at 9:01 pm }

I am very familiar about how outside stressors add up when physical health is lacking. It’s like we can’t process anything when our health is not doing well.
I hope you balance out soon!!!
.-= Yaya´s last blog ..Orange You Glad It’s Saturday?! =-.

6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.25.10 at 2:02 am }


Exactly. When your coping skills are maxxed out on the chronic illnesses/pain, it leaves little to deal with “everyday stress”. I’m hanging in there. Thanks!! 😉


7 Susie CollinsNo Gravatar { 01.27.10 at 6:25 am }

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.
.-= Susie Collins´s last blog ..Poster for fragrance-free hospital care =-.

8 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.27.10 at 3:17 pm }


Or as my dear husband would say, “Jeanne, you’re spinning your wheels”. 😉


9 jinlgeNo Gravatar { 01.29.10 at 12:48 pm }

You seem so cool everywhere I see you,
what’s bothering you?
do you think that staying worried will help things get better?

Thank you for the beautiful comments in my blog,
wishing you the most relaxing day ahead,
.-= jinlge´s last blog ..You Can Make A Difference =-.

10 JeanneNo Gravatar { 02.03.10 at 11:05 am }


What was on my mind was exactly what I wrote about in the post at the time. No, I don’t think worrying helps matters any. That’s why I try not to spend time worrying. In fact, part of why I wrote this very post was to get some things off my mind and not worry about them. Thanks for stopping by.


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