The weather's (finally) changing, the barometer is all-the-heck all over the place, i can't get warm, my kid seems to weigh 80 lbs and my body aches like I've got the same flu that gave me Fibro in the first place. But I'm not sick, oh no... I'm just heading into a Flare.
The mindset that goes with it is nearly always the same: I feel like i want to cry. My brain says I'm a huge disappointment for letting *IT* win again. Last night, I barely managed to cook dinner... tonight, my husband will come home and have to take over for me... again. He'll be nurse to me and caretaker to our child, as well as chef and maid while I lay alone in our bed. (I almost feel like I'm the second child with how badly I need to be taken care of right now.) Depression is creeping up on me like Count Dracula himself, sucking the life out of me.
Given the strength and repetitive nature of these negative feelings, I began to believe that I am no longer coping with having Fibro and CFS as well as I was a few months ago. Frankly, being sick is starting to bug me again. It's infuriating, because I felt at peace with myself only a few months ago. In the search to figure out how this happened, I realized that the Terms of Agreement for having Fibro that I set for myself have slipped completely out of my mind.
These Terms were meant to be my roadmap on this painful journey, and a way to keep my spirit in one piece and at peace. Somehow I lost that map... and my emotions went straight back to the beginning. I'm hoping that by "reevaluating" how I'm meeting these terms i may figure out where I'm falling off the Happy Wagon. Therefore I begin again, hoping to identify where I got lost last time.
My Terms of Agreement "Self-Evaluation"
- I will take all medications and supplements that may help me (and that I can afford.) I will take them as scheduled. - I've been pretty bad about this one. I have to eat to take my pills, and since I usually forget to eat, I usually forget to take my AM pills at the least. So I guess I need to commit myself to eating... and eating healthy.
- I will not be a martyr. If I need to sit, I will sit. If I need to go home and go to bed, I will go home and go to bed. If I need a pain pill, I will take it - I've gotten much better at resting, but not taking the needed pain pills. I started feeling like a donkey's rear for taking so much medication and I stopped taking the pain ones. Stopping my pain medication hasn't helped me at all, I just feel worse.
- I will pace myself, even if it takes a week to clean one room of the house. If I overdo it, I will accept the consequences and allow my body time to heal. - Getting better at this one.... slowly....
- If I can't do something I am asked to do, I will say “no” without guilt. - The without guilt part is still hard.
- I will be grateful for what I can do, and not lament what I cannot. - I have to say I've gotten a heck of a lot better at this one. There's always room for improvement, but I am making progress in this area.
- I will not invest myself in the hope that the next thing I try will be a cure. I will not focus on a cure until there is one; instead I will focus on managing my symptoms. - I'm feeling jaded lately, and no longer believe in a cure. When my rheumy told me that the HCG therapy could cause me as much nausea as pregnancy did, it went on the "not feasible" shelf along with going to the Fibro and Fatigue Center.
- I will not be ashamed of having Fibromyalgia OR taking any necessary medications. I will not let ignorance cause me additional pain and stress. Instead, I will take every opportunity I am given to spread awareness and erase ignorance. - Oops. By not taking my pain pills I've really blown this one.
- If I can't make myself feel better, I will put my energy into helping someone else feel better. I may not be able to help their pain any more than I can help mine... but I can try to help them smile and cope. - Running the SLOF page and group helps me keep on track with this goal.
- I will not waste my time or energy on things that I cannot change, whether they are related to my illness or just a part of life. If I can't change something, then it is not worth fretting over. - That's why I'm writing this blog, and recommitting to these Terms. I only seem to fret when I'm not focused on them.
- And most importantly: I WILL find the Silver Lining to having Fibromyalgia. I will no longer make pain the focus of my thoughts, heart, and soul. - Hey, maybe I'm doing better than I thought, because I do pretty good at this one when I'm not flaring.
Here it goes.......!