Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Today is our last day of cleaning campsites. I'm so relieved. Tomorrow being the first of June, our duties change. Yesterday there was only Dwain and I to cleaning 129 campsites. Once we found out that there was only two reservations for that night, we left the rest for today, in addition today's sites. We worked seven hours and my body is screaming at me!

We find things that people leave behind, besides dirty campsites. Today I found a blow gun dart. I found out that there are blow guns that shoot small animals. I can't think of any small animal that should to be shot with a sharp dart. :-(

We were busy over the weekend visiting with friends from out of town. I did not catch up my home chores. Now it is all staring at me. I'm hoping tomorrow I can accomplishing something in my house. :-D

My pain level increased this week. I know I've overworked my body. I regret it because of the increased pain. I've tried so hard to have the park be perfect when campers come in and I have not accomplished my goal. Therefore, I find myself working more than my required four hours a day. In a way, I feel I've failed at this volunteer job and I've also failed keeping my house tidy. I'm afraid my Type A personality is to blame for this failure.

Tomorrow, Dwain will take Josh to his ball game. I'm going with Heather to an academic dinner and program. Patrick will receive an academic award, but we don't know for what class. Their Dad will miss both as his job will take him out of town. I hate missing Josh's game, but sometimes I must chose.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Have You Ever?

Have you ever ....

Heard of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Had to ask a loved one not to hug you?

Slept an hour and a half, then awake the rest of the night?

Had to get out of bed because you were so stiff and sore?

Been so physically exhausted that you couldn't be on your feet long enough to shower?

Had your head throbbing and aching all day long?

Had excessive migraines headaches?

Felt like your neck was in pain could no longer hold up your head?

Had your arms and legs tingle and loose feeling?

Had your body ache continuously?

Felt like you had a sunburn on your skin .... but you don't?

Had shooting pains??

Experienced Irritable Bowel Syndrome or constipation as an ongoing issue?

Had an Irritable Bladder?

Stumbled or fell because you couldn't pick your leg up from total exhaustion?

Fallen upon rising from a sitting position or passed out?

Experienced Restless Leg Syndrome?

Felt like you had bugs crawling on you ... commonly called "The Creepy Crawlies?"

Had such a dry mouth that you couldn't get your tongue off the roof of your mouth to form your words?

Had such dry lips that they hurt?

Tried to swallow food and have it stick in your throat?

Had muscles that feel like ropes in your body?

Had excess mucus in your throat?

Been out of control with your cognitive function?

Had depression or an anxiety attack?

I hope not!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New Symptom?

I have a new symptom with my body. I'm not sure if it is a Fibromyalgia symptom or just something my body is going to do. You know how you get "sleepy seeds" in the inside corner of your eye while you sleep? Periodically over the last couple of weeks, I've gotten the matter during the day. I don't realize it is there, rub my eye and the matter is spread under my eye. It then becomes brittle and flakes. It doesn't hurt or feel odd, just is different than I've experienced in my nearly 60 years. Maybe it's an "old age" thing?

A second day in a row I have woke to sunshine. I believe it is SPRING! It sure raises my spirit to have the sun shinning on my world. When the summer weather is hot, I feel worse. I move slower and think at a slower pace. Most with Fibromyalgia have less pain and fatigue during the warmer season. I feel best between 65 and 72. Dwain said if he could put me in a weather controlled living space, the temp would be 70. :-D

I hope everyone has a nice weekend. We are off to Josh's double-header baseball games. An fun time. :-D

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Springtime Sunday

It's been two weeks since I've posted. I had a hard time making the time to write, mostly to tired and then our modem died. Just back up and running and my battery cord died. Then....

We got our call to move up to Wallowa Lake State Park to begin our park hosting duties. We enjoy being in this park. It is beautiful. By coming the month of May, the park is coming out from under the snow. We spend our work days raking sites and picking up blown down tree limbs. Combine the physical work and the stress of Dwain and I not communicating well during the week, equals a Fibromyalgia High Alert!!! Oh and grandson Josh's 2 to 3 baseball games a week! Needless to say my favorite part of last week were Josh's ball games.

Gave Lucy a haircut yesterday and a bath this morning. She is a fun little dog and I'm so glad we have her. I found her a sweatshirt and coat last week at a local farm store. They were on sale, which made me happy. Now she doesn't look like she had outgrown her clothes (which she had).

One other thing I enjoy is blogging and keeping up with Fibromyalgia Friends on Facebook. The comments I receive from both are encouraging and helpful. We are a community of friends brought together as a family and we all truly understand what the other is describing.

My newest symptom are my Achilles Tendons on both feet. It has bothered me for about three months. I've tried exercises and that is not relieving the soreness. Although, the more I'm on my feet the less it hurts. However, when I do sit to rest my body then get up....it is much worse. Can't win!!!

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday. Spring is showing up at Wallowa Lake. The fishing boats can now be on the Lake, little flowers are carpeting the landscape. Children are playing in the park, but probably the biggest sign of spring is that we have a bear in camp. He tends to come into camp at night and tries to raid the dumpsters. I hope the sun is shining where you live. Being springtime, it rains one day and sunshines the next in NE Oregon. Today it has been raining. At least it is not snowing like on Mother's Day!