Sunday, July 31, 2011

One Hour At A Time

It's been over a month since my last post. What a full month I have had. In the process, I'm in one of the worst flares I have had. However, the memories I have, are priceless. I have felt miserable for almost a week and have this weekend to rest as much as possible. I sure hope tomorrow brings a better day.

When I over exert my body, multiple things happen....I sweat excessively, my Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) kicks into full gear, my stomach gets sick, muscles cramp; become weak and my headache worsens. I suppose that is enough to list for now! To help ease symptoms, I must be in a reclined position, either in a recliner chair or bed. I take one-half of a Dramamine. Dramamine is an OTC medication for motion sickness and helps my upset tummy and Vertigo. If I take a whole tablet, I go to sleep. Sleep helps, but I can sleep without the additional medication.

I had a week off from my State Park duties. I played with my Granddaughter, Lyla, who is 2 1/2 years old. I spent Monday with Heather, traveling to Vancouver, Washington. It was a nice "Mommy and Me" day. We stayed with Adam, Carrie and Lyla for a couple of nights before picking Patrick up at the airport upon his return from visiting his Uncles, Seth and Steve in Chicago for two weeks. One more night all together, then we kidnapped Lyla for four days. While Lyla busied us all, we celebrated Grandson Josh's 13th birthday. By the time these activities were complete, I was a goner or maybe a groaner!! I've always said that it would be all worth the pain if I am able to participate. After this weekend, I may change my mind! For now, it's one hour at a time.

YOU CAN .... have humor when your body is betraying you.

YOU CAN .... accomplish a chore on the way to the bathroom.


  1. I am glad you had a great time, sorry about the flare!!! This month has flown a bit by. I can't believe we are actually looking at August tomorrow. I hope tomorrow is a much better day for you!!!!!!!


  2. Debbie I am glad you can get past the pain and miserable symptoms to enjoy those special times with your family. Take care. B

  3. I don't know the article you were referring to, but I just wanted to comment on the fact that I know what you're going through in relation to hypermobility. I have Ehler's-Danlos Syndrome, which basically means I dislocate ALL my joints just by moving the "wrong" way. I also have Chondromalacia Patella in both knees and have had six surgeries, including a complete reconstruction of my right knee.

  4. The pain started in my neck. I tried everything. New pillows, ice, heat. Then it spread across my shoulders and into my upper back. I have had pain other places too, but those are the main areas of concern. Although the pain has lessened over time, and I have returned to work, the insomnia is very problematic right now. I let a doctor talk me into taking an antipsychotic. As it turns out, the drug robbed me of personality and made me gain lots of weight.

  5. Hello Deb......
    Thanks for the post...I have been dealing with this condition for some years now....just recently started a blog similar to yours to help me to deal with all that my body is going through as well as educate others and find others dealing with it and learn how they are coping.....when you get a chance check out my blog....its very new though. I just wante to find an outlet let and feel like this is a good place....

  6. I'm sorry to hear about the overexertion! When this happens, do you ever put on a relaxing nature sounds tape or take an Epsom salt bath? It's something a lot of my patients do and it tends to help them.

    This is a blog post about finding emotional comfort during hard days and flair ups. If you do any of these things or have any other recommendations, I would really like to hear about them.

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