What Do You Say... When You Feel There Is Nothing Else TO Say???

I did have a post up about this... but I decided to hold it in draft mode for a little while. I don't think I am finished with it, and I want to get the point across so I will wait...

Speaking of Medications... and Gabapetin & Thoughts...

Morning All... May I say Good Sunday Morning All... Well, for now it is good because I could get up out of bed, but I am not sure just how I truly "feel" yet. I am kind of in that foggy wave of whatever it is... the Gabapentin, or if it is the brain fog it self today... we have got rain and have had all weekend! For that we are blessed! I hope everyone is waking up and getting their bearings for the day. I know my husband did not sleep well, so he maybe sleeping in. My stomach seems to be acting up, so I am not sure what is about. But I do know I am having hell typing this morning.. I can't spell anything correctly, and I keep putting sentences together wrong, so I have to see what is going on with me. Everything I type is either misspelled or not in the right order. I still believe it is the Neurotin or whichever you want to call it messing with me... it is driving me crazy though. It happens more in the early am when I first wake up. Everything is "off" kilter. This morning it is certainly bad. I have had to go back and retype every sentence in here two or three times before I can even think about posting this or anything else for that matter. But the stuff does not bother me right after I take it, like in the few hours after taking one of the pills. It takes overnight for me to notice all of these odd symptoms going on. But what is sad about it, is that I think it maybe helping a portion of the pain... It seems it could be... I don't want to shout to the roof tops too soon...

Same Answers - Makes I guess NO Sense When You "Feel" your Life Disrputed...

More "NO" News of course....

Well, I get the same basic answers from every doctor. It is "Lupus" , yet it is more than likely Lupus mixed in with MS, RA, Sjogren's, Raynauds, probably FM or CFS to boot...IN other words THEY HAVE RAN OUT OF DIAGNOSIS on me!!! this doctor wants to order another CT Scan and I just had one in March! I know as well as him and the other doctors, a CT scan is useless as far as the brain, MS lesions, or any type of disorder of the muscles and so forth. ONLY a MRI can give them what they need maybe (some do not help at all, yet the people have MS etc) So, it is a waste of time and MONEY Those suckers cost me 200.00 EVERY time! And right now I need one on my hips, which will help with that problem. He says he thinks I have some type of "muscle" disease going on... but it is separate from the memory loss, etc... thus the CT, and then he wanted a carotid artery sonogram, which I had one about a year ago, thus I see my heart doctor Monday so I will ask her. She did the last one, and I bet she says it is not necessary. And even though I just had a entire mountain of blood work done, he wanted another test! I asked about Myasthenia Gravis and there is a blood test for it. But that means a trip to our hospital and probably another co-pay there. I am ready to call it Done, DONE DONE... I "might" have them all and guess what I am ON THE VERY MEDICATION they would use for them anyway!!! So, why the hell am I getting worse??? Again The Lupus!!!! Right now I am utterly pissed at the Wolf"!!!!!!

Taking Care of Your "Own Business" First!

Lots on my mind this morning, from going to the Neurologist this afternoon, and wondering what I will find out from him, if anything. I have only seen this doctor one time. He seemed "thorough" and he does not like to run tests that have already been ran recently, thank goodness. I went to him when the double vision thing began. He thought at that time I had myasthenia gravis. But, I have developed new symptoms since seeing him, all of which seem to me to point more in the direction of MS as I said before. Then there is our class reunion coming up. I am trying to make up my mind whether to go or not. I know I will probably kick myself if I don't. I missed the last one because no one had my contact information. I am just self conscious about all of my surgeries, the illnesses and how they have changed me... so I am a bit feeling like I may not want to go due to those things. Then I still have Mom and some things to deal with. Nothing that is difficult, but just a few things that need to be done and I just need to make a list, and go do them. She also wanted to go to the Casino before the Winter weather sets in, and we truly need to go to Mesquite and see her sister that has the cancer. She is on oxygen constantly now, and I know we could get a call anytime, that she has passed away. I fear both Mom and I would feel badly if we don't get up there to see here before something happens... Last time we went to visit, we went early, stayed just a little while, then went onto the Casino. It worked out well for us... so that is what we might do this time also. I also have my own list of "home to-do's" ... things like cleaning out closets and dressings, getting our warmer clothes out where we can get to them, cleaning all of the rooms in the house, one by one, thoroughly from floor to ceiling... I did finally shampoo my rugs yesterday in the living room and office. OMG, I only got to go over them once, and I could not believe the filth that comes out of them. We have this "gray dust like matter" that settles everywhere here. It is like a very, very fine, almost powder, but it covers everything. I don't care how tightly you have your house sealed etc... that stuff is horrible. I am constantly dusting it off of everything, and before you clean it off one thing, it settles on something else... it is nerve racking for sure.  I need to work on my book, and my "voice" seems to not be with me right now... which sucks. I hope as the Fall sets in, I will find my voice again, and be able to write for the book. I also made what I call an "executive" decision a couple of days ago. I am definitely going to put myself as "number one" and try and work on me first! If I can't feel better, and more well, and be happier with my life, then I can't help anyone else, not the way I should. The only way I am going to truly feel better especially mentally is take care of me first. I always felt like that is so selfish and self righteous yet, if I don't then I feel I maybe either finding my health faltering worse, the chronic illnesses getting worse, the pain being worse, and I am going to feel more like a failure than ever. So, I am going to make a list of things that are just for "me". Whatever those are, I want to attain them big or small. Then I can be a wife, daughter, Mom etc. I know everyone has tried to "beat that into my head" but I am a natural "care taker". I always have been. It is my nature to help others, no matter what state my own life and health is in. So, I am going to have to learn to say no at times, and decide what is best for me. I find inspiration here quite often on FB from the friends and groups I have here. Sometimes it maybe just a post on a certain web site or article. Sometimes it is a post directly for me, that lifts me up. Other times it is me reading others FB's stories and so forth, that give me a way to look inward, from seeing others outward. I gain a great deal of my passion here at times, that helps me find things to write about, or to add to my book. So, I have all of that going also. I am also in a "bad" spot about this nation and our world. It is a dangerous hell hole, is what it is. Even right here, when a wife and Mom takes the lives of her 3 children, her husband, and then herself... within less than 10 miles from me... you know those types of things can lead to a "copy cat" from others that are depressed or already considering harming themselves or others. I realize she may have been severally abused by her husband, of which I can see getting to the place you cannot deal with it anymore, but to take your life and your kids lives... I truly wished everyone around her could have seen the problems and helped her get out... or wished she would have asked someone to help her. That is just one of the issues, there are so many. I am not sure about this Obama Care... some things sound good, but it has been "hacked" up so much, that many of the good things have been taken out and what we don't need left in... thanks to Congress and their "magic scissors" that they use often to cut up the "bills" that are "for the people".... and then glue them together to benefit their own needs. The business overseas in Africa, with the Mall incident, could happen in any Mall here at any moment. Everyone thinks oh I can't happen here, Oh YES it can! If they want to harm us, they will find a way to do it, and that's for sure. And with the entire Middle East in constant turmoil with their own country, and with other nations, that is where the "great" battle will take place. Just look at all the of "unrest" in every Middle Eastern Nation, and the unrest in Israel. All of that portion of the world are insane. And they like to reek havoc with any "Western" country, especially those that are "allies" of America. Face it, many of them hate us, and don't mind hurting us if they get the chance. Yet look at our own "inner" wars here... at Chicago, and all of the rage, hatred and violence. But there are many more cities across the nation that are doing the exact same thing... No matter where you turn, or what you see or hear, radio, newspaper, online news, magazines, Television, any of it, the news is usually bleak if not just sickening... I fear even watching it, for the reason of wondering when an attack on us will be right here on our own soil. These are just a few things that are swirling around in my mind... sometimes my mind expands, and other times it shrinks so badly that I barely know who I am!



More from FB

honestly what is so incredibly sad about this, is that I feel just about the time things kind of look "upward" in my life, I get kicked right in the teeth again... I don't know which way to turn or even what to say, not say, do, or not do. I can't think, I can't even put a sentence together it feels like... and then I began that all of that "movement" mess again last week. It began with a little bit of vertigo, and the next thing I know, I am "moving" again... I feel it when I close my eyes, and I guess it has to be the hardest thing to explain. Until I experienced here in about 2006, when it happened the very first time, we went to the ER, thinking a was having a stroke or seizures of some kind... they gave me an injection of Valium, calmed me down, and told me to see my doctor that week. Well, I was put on Valium, and then I take Meclazine daily and usually this stuff stays in check. I think all of the overwhelming amount of stress has just made it explode again. And there are things that have taken place just in the past week over and above any I have talked about that have just also added an extremely higher amount of stress than I need. It is just all nuts... I have been trying my hardest to even get to church on Sundays, and the last 3 Sundays, I get up feeling like someone ran over me twice... it makes it difficult to get up and get dressed. and then try and enjoy being a church when you are hurting, and dizzy, and just all of the symptoms that are going on with me now... Again I appreciate your concern.

Fullness Arising...

Been awhile since I got inspiration for a poem... and the full moon usually gives me just that... so here is a new poem.... Rhia


Fullness Arising...

The wax and wane of a Full Moon rising,
In a circle forever, bringing feelings so enticing!
Some say the risen full moons even hazy..
Makes many people act "off" as if they were crazy.

The "pull" of tides, the realms are often unknown...
Yet, the heavens more and more almost call us home.
Life is a constant revolution...
In a Full Moon will be find a solution?

About how man's soul can be so pure...
And how much drama can one person endure?
Do we "hear" the cry coming from the moon?
Will we move on beyond and leave this Earth soon?

So many questions that go unanswered,
Even "good" could lead to certain hazard.
Breaking down in the pure high pitched glow,
Tell me the truth, do we reap what we sow?

We are the ones that can bring happy endings...
And also there are those only with drama rendering,
Only in the black ink darkness can it shine,
Many darkened souls, now not so divine.

They lead us to where we think we should go,
But do you follow in the full moon's glow?
Or it that a place that should be forevermore protected?
Will we all be not good enough, and all be rejected?

Can we take our natural good from within...
To leave behind the pain of all sin.
Will be finally come to rest in that place,
Where love abounds, and we shall stand in grace?

When I see the glow under a Full moon tonight...
I almost see that heavenly place in the sky...
Where soon no sorrow, no hatred, no sickness will be...
As all the bad melts away; to leave us peace for you and for me.

It Just Keeps Coming.... and Coming, and Coming.. like the Ever Ready Bunny

I am posting some of the things I did not get to post over the past couple of days.... more insanity... from doctors, from the government, from everywhere you look, more insanity in this land of and home of the brave and "free"???

This was Monday...
Well, I spent 4 hours at the doctors office today to learn ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! I truly believe this doctor has lost his freaking mind. He tried to BLAME all of my "symptoms" on my HEART MEDICATION that I have been on for FOUR YEARS OR MORE! He in fact tried to blame all of my stuff, even my toes moving by themselves on my medications. Now don't get me wrong I do believe many of us are on some medications that can cause lots of horrible side effects. BUT, this man was a totally idiot! There is NO way all of the things that are going on with me are due to medication that I have been on for ever. I am truly ready to find another doctor. Dammit, I waited for 45 minutes before I went into the "little room". Then I waited another AT LEAST 50 for him... then I get this stupid shit about meds and their side effects, and how I am a "complicated" patient, blah, blah, blah... same crap I have hear, just a different day.... and then when I tried to question him about the incident with Jim, I got this long speech about how He asked the "Lab" for the right test. Well the LAB was wrong!! He did not offer to have it checked out... hell it may not even have been Jim's blood! Nor did he apologize for all of the freaking grief he has put myself, Jim and everyone through now for weeks... insanity....GREED!!! He wants more and more, so he uses us for his stepping stone... got the "full" and overfull schedule now, so to hell with us as patients... he is filling his pockets full... I was so hurt, disappointed, pissed, a little of it all when I left there... and guess what>>>??? I still DO NOT KNOW what it WRONG WITH ME!!! They all suck...

more on Tuesday....
Time to fire the doctor! This just sucks so bad because he "started out" as a wonderful asset to our community. I would have highly recommended him to anyone back just a year ago. He has just "went south" as far as I am concerned about 10 months ago. I began to see changes, like him not staying in the room long enough with patients, making us wait for him for a very unreasonable time, and never "apologizing" or explaining it. And then I began to notice rather than "treat" me as he did in the beginning, he wants to pawn me off to another "specialist"... and then he can't remember who he sent me to, or what he has even done... he used to remember or at least refresh himself before he came into the room... so he knew exactly what was your issues. Now he flies in and starts asking questions about crap that had nothing to do with the entire LIST OF STUFF I gave the nurse I needed to address. Literally, my appt was supposed to be at 11:45 am.... I FINALLY got in the room about 45 minutes later. At 1:00 pm he came "flying" into the room, and after me telling him a bit about my symptoms, he began all this crap about my medications and side effects. Then he talked about this illness called "polymyalgia rheumatica".. and that my "symptoms" could be that, "because he had another patient kind of with the same thing"... BULL, I am ME, not some "other patient".... well I got home and I kept thinking this "condition" sounded familiar... well HELL YES... this was the mess I went through with the idiot that did the temporal artery biopsy, and then made such a scene in front of me in the OR when I was waking up, that he is under investigation, but what makes it worse, I already went through ALL THE TESTING FOR THIS, and I DON"T have it... plus my "symptoms" do not FIT at all... even these "side effects" he was talking about from meds I have been on for years, "do not fit" my symptoms! YES, I do know that medications, especially as many as I am on, and the kinds, can cause all kinds of issues, I have many of them... but I know the difference I feel between a "side effect" and a "new" symptom for the most part. I am sick and tired of having to "diagnose myself" then go in and tell them what is wrong!!!! He is too busy being a greedy, money hungry jerk, and he is a coward on top of everything, he spends more time over at the hospital trying to win them over for a "position" rather than treating his patients as he should. He is not going to last very long here, if he continues acting like he does. We have several very new PCP here that would be happy to have a new patient. I think we may have at least 4 new ones, and several who are fairly new in the past 3 years or so... so he may think he is "wonder-doc" but I have news for him, patients can GO, faster than we came... I am just still so pissed off at him... I want to send HIM a BILL, for my time he wasted.... he ruined an entire day for me... by the time I got home, it was late in the afternoon, and I was totally wiped out....

more on Monday and Tuesday...
You know after he pulled the stunt with Jim and all of that happened, we thought the same thing. Maybe that is why he is "getting rid" of his "pain patients"... not because they are doing anything, but because he fears his own issues getting caught... he "seems" to have this "never ending" energy... so he is either going to burn out quickly, or he does have issues with something that keeps him going and going, about the like ever ready bunny, Betty. I feel lately like all I do is bitch about doctors, or something going on in my life. Hell, it seems everywhere I turn either a doctor, hospital, pharmacy, or someone is NOT doing their job, and I either have to do it, or fix it... or call, or write, or go to another doctor, or have this, that and the other test... and on and on and on... It is nuts that I feel I spend more of MY time "doing" others crap than taking care of my own stuff. People in general just don't give a damned anymore... just like this horrid situation down right here within 10 miles of me in Rice TX. Here this man kills his wife and three little kids (all below 10) and then himself... and people seem to almost be "complacent"... we see and hear about all of this so much, it seems just think of it as "normal"... well hell if it is! NONE of these shootings, killings, and night mare issues by those who choose to harm others is normal! From overseas to right here on my own "home turf' this stuff is insanity. I just cannot see how we as the human race can go on much longer with this kind of attitude towards one another. Yes, luckily we still have "a few great people" left, but more and more we see, corruption, greed, drugs, corporations taking everything we have, the government allowing this crap to go on, now they are allowing "guns" in schools??? Yet they are thinking about NOT teaching "cursive writing"??? What kind of crap is that??? Kids will not know how to "sign their name" anymore??? As much as I love computers, they are ruining our kids. They do many wonderful things, and help with so much, but they are also the downfall of this nation and this world IN MANY ways! They have caused people to lose jobs, due to taking the place of humans... they are becoming almost "too smart" as far as I am concerned... we see the "thriller horrors" where computers "take over" and kill humans off.. well that is not so much a fantasy or sci-fi anymore... they are getting to where they almost can "think" like a human... it is just scary as hell.... Now I know why so many times I fear leaving my home, and would rather be here. When things like this Mall Mass Murder overseas happens, and of course people think "oh well that is over "there"... oh well hell they WANT US, AS WESTERNERS DEAD! So they can come here and do the exact same thing! I would not be surprised at all for us to get another attack from those insane idiots. They certainly hate us enough to try again for sure. We keep trying "diplomacy", and as much as I wished it worked, it is to the place you cannot reason with someone who is nuts! But, I also do not think we should be over there fighting either... we have a definite damned if you do, or damned if you don't situation... yet we have allowed it to come to this... and then I look at things in "daily life" and it is the same, just on a smaller level... we "fight" for every thing we are entitled to... if we don't we are cheated out of it, even our own doctor's visits! I want to ask when will it end... but I should already know that answer....
 and yet more this morning...

And TX SUCKS when it comes to any kind of help for the disabled!!! I have to beg, borrow, and bleed to get what little bit of help I do get. Then I get looked at like I am a damned "thief" when I do use the assistance I get. They DO pay for my "part B", but I have to pay for my "Medicare Advantage Plan", which the cost went up almost 10.00 for next year dammit! Plus this year all I did was argue with them and doctors to get my bills paid right or paid at all. They screwed up every claim I think that was turned in. It has just been a freaking nightmare. But, it is the GOVERNMENT! You are right! WE PAID IN FOR YEARS WHILE WE WORKED, so this is OUR money. Yet, now it is not there for us??? What the hell kind of government "democracy" is that? Where you do NOT take care of your own PEOPLE??? It is total bull crap is what it is. Those money hungry, old goats, greedy, fat, lazy, incompetent asses in Congress ALL need to be FIRED! We need a total wipe out and clean up of them all, and get everyone fresh and new in there. Some of them have been there so long and do nothing but claim their paycheck every time it comes in. It is just like I said about them getting "paid" even if the "close down the government" and our Social Security checks are delayed, dammit they sure as hell have made it definite the GET PAID NO MATTER WHAT!!! Greed is the abomination and the ruination and downfall of this nation! We are headed for a great fall due to those that have abused power, abused people, abused money, and just abused, hurt, stepped on, and crushed their fellow man to get up the all might ladder of success. It is total crap! And lies, lies, lies and more lies... I do not believe anything they (the government) says and I do not believe most of what the news media puts out. They are just as deceitful about everything as those officials in Washington D.C. are. Every time I think about just how shitty we are treated as every day people I get boiling pissed off! Whether it be at the doctors, where we"wait" hours on them and that is okay, but let us be late or cancel at the last minute and see what happens... they can charge us anyway for not showing up and not calling 24 hours in advance, and if we came and had to leave, what do you think they would do??? But I have already been in a room waiting, and them come and tell me the doctor had to leave and they need to reschedule, or I can sit and wait for no telling how long till he gets back!!!! We should CHARGE THEM for the hours we wait. As I have said, why is THEIR TIME, MORE PRECIOUS THAN OURS??? Our time is just as important, so they should PAY US, when we have to wait like that for them. DO NOT book too many appointments like they do stacked on one another, if you can't handle them! But again, more money, and those dollar signs in their sight... Same way with the government, to hell with us, all they care about is lining their own pockets and sitting pretty for the rest of their lives! To hell with all of us who worked to pay their salaries!!! We don't count. They see us like a bunch of ants, more of a nuisance that anything. I have another appointment for tomorrow at a Neurologist I saw several months back about the double vision. He is the one that make the remark about me having myasthenia gravis. Now since I have all of these "new symptoms" crop up, I want to see what he says. I want to ask him if he thinks it could be MS? I certainly GOT NOTHING out of my PCP, but a bunch of gibberish about my "heart medication"??? What the hell that was all about I have no clue. Plus he did not answer about half of my complaints. Even one the paper they send home with you, those other things I questioned are just "blank"??? As I said I think he is having a nervous breakdown. Nothing he said made any kind of sense at all. He kind of avoided the whole reason I was there, a follow up on my Lupus etc... and talked about crap that I was not even there for.... crazy. It would not surprise me for it to be said that he is either leaving, or something. Something is "rotten in Denmark" as the saying goes... Well, (I wished I would get well)... other than that I guess we did not blow up the Earth last night, because we are still here... or at least my house and block art still here.... and I have internet connection, so I gather for most of us we are okay today... what one hell of a mess this world is in... I fear going to any Mall or large venue anymore... I already was very leery, and after this Kenya thing... I do not trust that they are not already here ready to cause issues at one or more of our Malls. People do not think it can "happen to them" and guess what??? It surely does....   Since this is rather long I shall write another post.... 

Sunday's Thoughts After So Many Emotions Arising The Past Week...

I think I frightened everyone off a couple of nights ago with my posts. I did not mean to offend anyone, and I don't expect anyone to "agree" or even "disagree" with me. Being a writer and true to my nature, most of my "real" writing comes from within. IT is what I am feeling, at that moment that is what I "need" to write. It may be offensive for some, but I never mean to be hurtful to anyone. I knew after writing it, I was going to sound like I was "bashing men". But, I think even most men would agree, when it comes to the "daily" part of living, for lots of men it comes easy. There is no hour of makeup and hair to do. There is no worrying what shoes match what outfit, and what earrings go with this necklace, and hoping everything matches, or wondering if you look too fat in this, or maybe it is too late in the Fall for regular white... and that list for women does go on and on. We are exhausted by the time we get dressed. After being ill, I learned that I get slower and slower at everything, from taking a shower to cleaning house. It takes me twice the time, sometimes 3 times the time it used to. Part age, part illness. So, If I am planning to go somewhere such as the Casino for a Sunday, or even for church on Sunday morning, etc... then I begin getting my things together the night before, or day before. I get my outfit and all of the accessories picked out, found and put where I don't have to hunt for them at the last moment, and already have in mind how I will do my hair and makeup etc. I try to have as much ready as possible, from having the dogs stuff ready if we are gong out for the entire day, plus I try and have the house straightened up, etc. There is nothing worse than coming in after a nice day at the Casino etc... and it is late, you are tired but had a great time... thus you open the door to a mess. I believe in having everything straight, bed made, dishes put up, all of the things that no one wants to see when you walk in your home after a long day being away. All we have to do, is get the dog settled, which already in itself takes a half hour, undress and put up that stuff... (other thing why does it take us 3 hours to get ready for one day out) and you come home for it to take a half day to put stuff up???? Men change their clothes and they are through. No "washing and cleaning" makeup off their faces, etc.. or hanging up their good dresses, putting up you jewelry, putting your wrap or sweater that you took and so forth... we spend almost as much time getting "undressed" as we do getting dressed. I really hate to say this, but it is true. Sometimes because it does take SO MUCH EFFORT to be ready, then to go, then to come home and get everything off and put up that it almost feels not worth it for church for an hour, or some things like that. Even the Casino... it seems like SO MUCH WORK, and entire day plus to get ready, 3 or 4 hours that morning before you leave, and making sure everyone has everything... then the hours it takes to get everything put up, taken off, and all settled that evening... that is why as someone chronically ill... when you do "see" us, we are probably already hurting, feeling exhausted and so forth, from just getting dressed enough to be there. A good example for me is my High School Reunion is coming up in October! I won't even say how many years, but anyway I have been so thrilled about it, until this past week. I really wanted something new to wear, but thinking about spending money on an outfit for just one evening seems stupid. Even a new top for Friday night at the game seems silly, unless it is something I can wear for other things... and then it is all the time preparing, getting ready, something like that we want to look our very, very best for... and when we do not "feel" all that great, it is difficult to "fake" it. Yet I don't want to go looking like death warmed over either. So, now I am hesitant about even going. As much as I want to, I worry after all these years what others will think... back then it was high school... now is so different, everyone has aged, changed, has grown kids and grand kids, hell maybe even great grand kids, been married many more than once, and so forth and so on... we all have our own lives we have led... we are all aging, and the wrinkles, gray hair, and lines of yesteryear after this many years are showing... Even though it feels like just a few short years ago, it is now 35 years later... wow that is just almost impossible to believe... so why do I worry, I am not wanting to be a cheerleader or play in the band anymore... funny how much of us changes, yet some things really never change.... so if I offended anyone, etc... it was not meant to do that, it was to "get out" for my own self some really crappy things that have been eating away at me for weeks and weeks... plus feeling so bad due to all of the medications really have taken their toll on me lately.... have a great Sunday, and by the way today is Jim's Birthday!!!

When You Are A Woman and Over The Hill... or Ill! You are not "attractive anymore"

Even though "here" is a good day... we are HAVING RAIN!!!!! and a good deal of it... we need it desperately... "I" am NOT having a good day at all... I feel "left out", and just everything is depressing to me... I feel like no one even "sees" me anymore. I guess that sounds a bit, ah, what is the word I am looking for... words seem to be difficult for me now days... I don't want to sound like I am "feeling" sorry for "me" or I am not wanting anyone else to feel sorry for me either. I just feel "left out" of life these days. Just when I thought things were maybe getting a bit better and maybe a little bit brighter here in my own personal space, I am hit with all kinds of doubts... I doubt my husband "wants" me anymore... I feel he will soon "move on" in his life... whatever that may be... and I am still to be "stuck" here in my own chronic illness and "less of a life" than I ever imagined just a few years ago... As he feels better, I feel worse... I am NOT who he married anymore... and if he left today, I wouldn't blame him... I am a boring, old, not very exciting person anymore... I just don't feel worth much these days to anyone....
I can't do this right now... I'll finish it later...


Okay, onto trying to explain my comment that began this earlier today. I have just gotten to this spot that I do not understand how some people can go through life, and even the most difficult things that are in life for them, seem to be "easy" for them to get through. I say this now because I will use "men" in general..... Actually my husband to be blunt. There have been some event over the past few months, that I just knew he would have a very hard time dealing with. I felt "we" would be in for the long haul of getting over some of it, but we would, as always. Yet, here he is, seeming like he is doing just fine with all of it. He is going to a meeting every night, making friends, etc... playing his guitar, writing songs, and "doing" what he wants to more in life... which don't get me wrong I am happy that he is finally doing some of that. BUT, for women it is totally different. Whether it is just about cooking a meal, getting dressed up to go somewhere nice, buying groceries, and having all of the lists, the coupons etc in order, or whether we are ill, have horrible symptoms, and must go to twenty doctors to still not know a damned thing, I can guarantee men in general always come out SMELLING LIKE A DAMNED ROSE! They never "deal" with crap the way we do as women. We have all of the "chronic illnesses and pain" for the most part, now I know men do also, so I am not talking about you guys, but then if they go to the store, they just go, they don't worry about a list, coupons, or if they pay bills, they paid them, they do not check for emails saying they are paid, they don't do all of the "paperwork" involved, not like we do. We want to make sure things are done correctly, and not that men don't, they want them done right, but they do not WORRY over it! If there is something for dinner, whatever, if not they will find something. For women, if we do not have a "dinner" plan we feel guilty, even if we are sick, been busy all day, have had a bad day, we feel it is out "duty" our "job" to make sure they are fed properly... and that the house is clean as it should be and that they have clean underwear and clothes.. And we are the ones that take down curtains and launder them. We make sure the floors are mopped, the toliet is scrubbed, the shower doors are squeaky clean... and come to being sick... men seem to fly through that. Tests?? Okay have them done... no worries, Probably nothing, and they do not worry about it... usually they come home, with a quick script, and are up on their feet in a day or two. Women??? Hell no, we go through months of tests, blood work, every doctor in the county, hell in the state, and yet we are STILL SICK... WE ARE DEPRESSED, WE GET FAT... guys don't worry about "fat"... if they want to lose 10 pounds they just eat salads for a week, or cut back for a few days and voila' weight gone! Not us, it takes 6 months to be able to get off 3 extra pounds, that we ate fat free yogurt and still gained! Everything seems to come easy... You know if what happened lately at my house, had been the "shoe" on the other foot... I truly believe right now I would be hated, not trusted, and I think he may have left me... there would have been no excuses, no apologies, nothing... and even if I had "shown" changes, I think he would not have stayed around... now I am NOT saying THIS IS WHAT HE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR SURE!!! But, this is HOW I FEEL about all of it. Men can run over and get a tattoo, get drunk, borrow money and no body questions their actions, but allow a woman to go out and do anything the least bit "shady" and we are forevermore cured as being horrible, dirty, disgusting, and unforgiven... now I understand the term
"The Unforgiven"... yet we usually "forgive" them... they say I am sorry, 1 time, 5 times, whatever, and we "forgive" and guess what we usually "forget" also... yet you think our men forgive and forget?? I can bet they never "forget".... that is my feelings about it all... I feel right now like I am totally "left out" of life... of our lives together, I feel abandoned, and like I don't "fit in" his life anymore. I feel disgusted even looking at myself in the mirror, so I am sure I must disgust him, when he looks at me... he now has "new friends" and new things suddenly to do... what do I do? The same shit I have done for years... SIT ON MY ASS, WATCH TV AND KEEP THE DOGS COMPANY!!! I am just in a spiral that I hate, WHY CAN'T I GET WELL LIKE HIM? WHY CAN'T I HAVE FRIENDS AND A PLACE TO GO??? WHY!!!??? I WISHED I freaking knew the answers... he is sick of me... I feel it... even though he does not say it, I can feel it....

The World Has Lost IT Totally!

I am so dumbfounded by once again the rampant violence that rages through our nation that I almost turned off the news this evening. Another, yes, ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING! Right here on our own "home" land, by one of our OWN! One that is supposed to be "protecting" us, not KILLING US!!! As they "named" off just how many of these types of killings in our country there have been just in the past couple of years, it made me nauseous. How can we sit by and just not even care anymore? We have to have just become completely complacent in our own feelings and emotions for human life or we would be raising hell to strong enough to get the guns laws changed and changed for the better! Ridding us of weapons in those hands that do not belong. No automatic weapons at all. Now I know exactly what the "gun lovers" of this world are thinking. He had a"right" to have a gun. He was in the "Army Reserves"...OH NO he did not! He was NOT on a battle field. HE was No place that a gun even needed to be. In the first place, how can someone that has shown a state of anger management issues in his past, along with a couple of incidents with guns get a gun in his hands in the Army Reserves at all? Or for his personal use? If the job of thorough and proper background checks were in place and used, plus put in a data base where ALL could check, this man would have never been even allowed in the Reserves! It is evident he has past issues that show he should not be in any situation that he could come into a violent issue. He did not have the reasoning to be able to handle a situation such as that. Yet, there he was, not only spent years right here in Ft. Worth TX working in the Air Force Base with the reserves, and then all of a sudden he is in Washington D.C. within a place that most would consider one of the most secure spots as far as people and checks, plus checks, plus more checks to get into your job each day. Yet, just like the others, somehow he was able to get by those check spots with a gun or guns and use them to kill a DOZEN, another dozen innocent lives have been lost needlessly, senselessly, for nothing. This shall effect lives, and more lives forever. This shall effect spouses, children, grand children, friends... the rest of their lives... and over nothing. Because he was upset over a job? Many of us lose jobs, many of us have been between work, or even out of work for months, perhaps a year or more now, yet we are not out murdering innocent people over it. We cannot put "blame" on one person usually when a job is lost now days. It is the entire society, it is our own financial world, globally and the GREED THAT EXISTS that is what is ruining our jobs. Those that just can't get enough... they want MORE AND WANT TO DO LESS TO GET IT! Those are the ones that are to be blamed for much of our situation.
Then on top of that, we hear again that Boulder CO and many small towns around it have continued to be literally obliterated by so much rushing water, many of the communities have not even been gotten to yet. Lots of people are somewhere out there, without anyone that has been able to look for them due to the constant rain and storms. Can we afford to sit around and wonder why? Well look around you... Mother Nature's "wrath" is because of our own making. We have constantly, put filth in our lands, air, and water. We have polluted with chemicals, poisons, pouring out things in our air that makes me wonder how any of us breathe. Our water so filthy that ours in my home town smells like bleach due to them trying to clean it up enough for us to drink it. Our animals full of "growth hormones", and our crops filled with all kinds of chemicals to make them grow more, produce quicker, same with with all of our animals... chickens that grow breasts 4 times the size of a "normal chicken" in a matter of weeks. Why? Because we have literally overfilled our world so full of people and then concrete, taking our precious land, and building all of the buildings so we do not have even a place to grow food, and produce proper animals to eat. It is nuts... it is insanity... All of it... I usually do not say much about "the End", about the "coming of our time"... about "getting our lives in order" because Someone is coming... and Coming soon... Whomever you call your own "HigherPower" look around you... at the greed, the lust, the anger, the lies, all of the hatred, the violence, and all of the crap we do to cause more and more catastrophic weather events... just count the ones this year already.... and all of us... better have our hearts and souls where they need to be because, my Own "HigherPower"... is coming. I know it as well as I know my own name... I feel it, I see it all around... He is coming soon... when, the day, the moment, none of us know that... but soon.....

"Running On Empty"

 Even this morning, before reading a post for the group I am with on FB, about "Running on Empty", my thoughts were already there. I "want" to do so much, yet there is only "so much" strength you can muster up to do the things you want to do. All of us, as I said below face the dilemma of not enough time, not enough hours in the day, and so forth, well or ill. Being ill, chronically ill, takes so much more of those precious hours, days, hell weeks away from you. Time already seems to go by too fast. I will find myself doing some thing, and within what seems like the blink of an eye, or within a breath's space, time has flown by, I am yet to be through with one thing, till it's time to do something else. This morning was a great example.. I am waiting, waiting, for it to get light enough to water my plants outside and walk. I have gotten used to being out there at 5:30am. Now the days are "shorter" so it does not get light now until after 6:30am, So I feel as if I am "running behind". I am out there in a rush to do the watering and my walking, then I know I need to be in the house, either feeding dogs, cleaning up their paper, making the bed, or like this morning, laundering the sheets because I ran out of energy and time yesterday. After doing one huge load of laundry, and a smaller load of my own hand washables, then making my monthly dash for the big bill of groceries at the market, I exhausted. I still needed to do those sheets, hang up the dry clothes, I have like 20 house plants outside that need to be repotted before time to bring them in. And they are huge, or some of them are. So, it will take a while to get all of them cleaned up and potted into a new larger pot. Just handling those after 2 or 3 with the soil being heavy, and cleaning them up, is a chore. Now that most of them are not "small" anymore they have turned into a major ordeal in themselves. But, before they come in, many of them really need to be in larger pots, or have new soil... or at the very least be cleaned up and ready for the winter inside. 
Then of all things, life is so incredibly busy, and time is so short, I almost forgot my husbands birthday! If it were not for my own calendar and reminders, I may have forgotten it all together.. There I go again, I have to have notes, for my notes, and a calendar, for the calendar, that goes along with the reminders. One must laugh about it, or I would find myself crying over it all the time. Crying never solved one thing. Yet, these last couple of months, I would love to cry, I just do not even have the time or energy for tears either. 
I can't even find time, if I wanted to, to write. I just knew I would really be pumped up by this time of the year, thinking about how quickly my "personal deadline" to have the book finished is coming up. Yet, honestly, I don't have a clue even how I really want to behind it. I have written, the first chapter no telling how many times. I begin, it sounds good, then all of a sudden I don't like it at all, and I quit. Let's just say at the rate I am going, I'll be lucky to have it completed by the first of 2015... if that. I know if I could just "find that first chapter, those first words, the first paragraph, something that will truly get me started I would probably get it written quickly. I have yet to find those words that I need in order for my "voice" to kick in. 
Just a few short weeks ago, I had almost decided NOT to write anymore. I think that is still the issue. I am "just not" there... I can't find the very essence of what I want to say. I maybe able to post in FB, or on my blog, as I am now. I just don't have the capacity brain wish, or the ability to find enough to say that all matches for an "entire book"... I have various "chapters" in my life, that can be FULL for sure. Yet, for me to have "enough" of a pattern, the "road" for the book, something that puts all of the chapters together, to hold them and have them make sense, I'm not sure of. 
Lately, my pattern of writing has changed so much. I don't write as I used to. That is not necessarily a bad thing. I am sure many of us "writers" find a different flow of words as our lives change. We never remain the same, as a river winding. Lives flow one way, and then they wind around a bend, only to almost flow in the opposite direction.
With chronic illness, you must be ready for a huge change at any moment. You maybe as well as can be. Within hours you could be as ill, as you ever been. Or you may spend years on one medication, for it to completely stop working, and you must get used to something different. Even different doctors, more tests, everything can change. I realize "life" in general is that way. We all face change over time. But, with chronic illness the pattern of life can often be a conflict that is very hard to understand. I feel that is why we often lose out in relationships, friends, family, jobs, even our own selves. Those huge changes, that often come without notice, can alter what we know is "life" forever. 
I continue to "hunt" for the right diagnosis.



Sunday early morning... seems as if time is continuing to fly by, and I feel as if I've missed doing so many things I want or need to do. I just finished writing something on a group I belong to about a "subject' I actually describe in some of my writing. It came from a famous song, (back in the 70's I think), titled "Running On Empty", by Jackson Browne. I am not sure they were exactly "famous". I believe they were more like one of those "one hit" wonders. There one album with that song on it was great. But, I am not sure I remember anything after it. The title, as well as the lyrics of that song remind me of life for many of us. Especially those with a chronic illness or chronic pain issues. Life is already busy continually as it is. Nothing anymore is simple, yet all seems complicated. Then we you add chronically being ill with something you know you must live with the rest of your life, things tend to seem even more "draining" than those that do not have to deal with sickness. When you are chronically ill, it is like the "spoon theory", that many of us know about. You only have so many "spoons" daily to give. You could call it anything, filled glasses of energy etc. And trying to muster up "more" takes enough energy when you are well, but you usually can. But, when you are "ill", and you deal with it already "emptying" you out in itself.. that drained, I can't take another step, or give another drop, or speak another word... that place of total emptiness... unless you can "fill it up" there is no way you will get through the next moment, the next day. So, you must find ways to not allow life to "drain" you to the place of empty. Just like a car, you have to have "fuel" to survive or you are just stuck in one spot, until that fuel is put back in. Plus you must learn to "budget" your life, whether it be physically, emotionally, or mentally, everything can be draining to the soul, and to your "aura". Whether it is a conversation with someone who seems to take all of your "energy", or being somewhere that burns up your emotional state, or making the mistake of doing too much at one time physically, all of it is a drain on the body and the soul. The part that is so bad, it how do we "budget" our time? How do we budget our emotional and mental state? That is the huge one. We maybe able to say okay I am or I am NOT doing, this, that or the other physically in a day, etc. When it comes to your emotional place and your mental place, you never know when that "drain" will come. You maybe in a spot where you are finally feeling "filled" and your glass maybe almost running over the brim for one moment, then something or someone comes along, a moment in time, and within the blink of an eye, all has been totally depleted from you. How do we "allocate" ourselves in all realms when we know there is only a certain amount of "our strength" left? We must make a decision at to what is most important. It is that draining conversation with someone, or baking a cake for the weekend? It is being online, and writing here, or emailing friends etc... or doing house work, or going out to the market? When can you find "time" for you? To me that is the "key" to it all. That key is not so easy to come by, and when you find it, it does not always fit in the door of your life so you can turn to either open or shut the depletion from your own self. Whether we turn the "hose" on of life full blast and lose ourselves quickly, like a weekend trip that takes days to recover from, or use a small trickle of ourselves through some simple housework, and a small bill of groceries from the local market. What empty's your glass? What consumes you? What makes you feel full again? All such great questions. Not always so easy to answer. So, rather than look for those answers, we find ourselves, "Running on Empty" all too often.
Thanks Clarissa for the "idea". I did not mean to take it from you at all. It just really hit me last night when I read it, so I wanted to elaborate here on my page too. I give you the credit though for bringing it to mind.

Flares... Flares... Flares... Do We Realize When The First Begin for Us?

I just read an article posted by a friend on the issues of an RA Flare. In general, when the word "flare" is mentioned, I think more on the lines of Lupus and a Lupus Flare. In fact, up until recently, I was kind of wondering why they call an "attack" of FM a "flare". I was thinking that FM, and CFS more came on and were "there" with you all the time. I was not really thinking of them as an illness that "waxes and wanes" as a flare does.
I have definitely got a grasp on a Lupus Flare. I am not sure if I have thought back after one gets so bad that I must go in for medication, how it first "began", how long it took to get bad enough to see my doctor and get medications, then how long it takes with meds to get over it and feel like yourself again.
The article talked about those first stages, of just feeling "off". You can't put your finger on it, but you just do not feel like yourself. You feel like you really don't want to exercise, all of a sudden, it seems like a monumental task. You feel twinges of pain off and on, then it becomes more of an ache in the joints and in the muscles also, In fact your body "aches" all over. I often with a Lupus flare, have what I call a "Lupus Migraine". NO amount of regular pain medication will get rid of it. The only thing that will is a strong dose of Solu-Medrol, and then the step down days of Prednisone. I have found that out over the years of suffering with these. It is totally different than my old regular Migraines were and are. Actually for some odd reason, I don't have my regular migraines as much anymore, not like I do the ones from a Lupus Flare. Yet, it does make sense because I have enough regular pain medication with the pain pump, that I think it takes care of the chronic migraine type of headaches. That is how I almost know for 100 percent sure, it is coming from the Lupus. Because pain meds won't touch it. But, if it were a regular migraine, then the prednisone probably would not do much to top it. So, they are definitely much different in nature. I then just develop more of a feeling of not any well being. I lose my energy to the point I just can't and don't feel like doing anything, not baking, not being on the computer, my stomach gets upset badly, I hurt all over, I can't sleep, I am "cranky", and get upset easily over every little thing. Anything as I said from taking a shower to making the bed is a monumental task. I just cannot muster up enough energy to "feel" like doing anything. I don't want to go out in public. I prefer not seeing anyone, or even talking to anyone... all of it a part of these illnesses and what they do to your body, your mind and your spirit. They just knock you on your ass, and you must be prepared to stay there, no matter what the time frame might be. You may feel this way only a few days, and then again you may feel this way for days, weeks, hell even months... nothing really "helps"... you must just try and deal with all of it, one moment at a time... one foot in front of the other, taking one task at a time, and finishing it before your bit of energy for that day is gone. I have been dealing with either a horrible flare, or flares... plus side effects from new medications and upping one of my medications... and believe me, I don't think I'll ever get better. Every morning I wake up thinking okay today I will feel better... only to be disappointed that all of those crappy feelings are still here. I wrote this below that goes with this on FB this morning, so I will post it for you also...

Below is my FB post that goes with the above information.....

The article was good. Actually kind of gave me a perspective of what I go through but i just don't think about it. Especially during the "initial start" of a flare. I think for me, and Anthony I think you are the same, and many of us, we have "dual" or more illnesses. I have RA, and Lupus, and Sjogren's, Raynaud's .... and so forth. Now I have developed the other symptoms that go along with MS. I have not even went to try and really get it diagnosed, because honestly I am not sure for one it will do any good. For the 2nd, I am really not sure who to go to. I realize that Neurologist's usually deal with MS, even though it is an AI illness. And Dr. Q. already kind of was in "agreement" with me, that it did sound like it was a good possibility that I have MS on top of everything else. In fact, when he told me he was not actually as "up" on MS, and a Neurologist, maybe better, I was kind of shocked. I felt like since it is an AI illness he would have some answers for me. Yet, he is really more leaning to be an expert in RA. In fact we rarely even discuss the Lupus, etc. My regular MD has always taken care of the Lupus flares, etc... and I go see the Rheumy for the RA. Of course many of the treatments are the same for all of them, thus I am on what I need for Lupus and RA. But, recently I wonder if I don't need more for the MS if I do actually have it, I am having massive issues, with weakness in my arms and legs. They feel like they weigh a hundred pounds each. Even when I first get up, I have a hard time sitting here trying to type. Also, with that, I have seemingly more "brain fog".. almost a bit different from the Lupus side of it. And this business about constantly dropping things, tripping, almost falling, is nuts. I have been doing that now for about 4 months or so. When I think back about "symptoms"... I had thought well I don't have any "bladder" issues. But, YES, I DID... I already had Bladder repair surgery... that we felt like I did not need, after I went through it. That specialist should have tried medication BEFORE putting me through the horrible surgery! That was the worst I have ever had I think. The recovery from bladder surgery is awful and it takes weeks and weeks, or more like months and months. Then, even after I had "gotten well", it really felt like it was all for nothing. I still had some of the same problems I had before the surgery! It took over a year for me to finally "see" a bit of difference. Then that surgery left me with some other side effects that suck. I always said if someone asked me about bladder repair surgery, I would say HELL NO! NOT until you have 2 different opinions and have tried everything else... there are several medications first, and I would have several opinions and do lots of research if I had to do it again. I was not thinking when I had it done. I just "took that doctors word" and went along, rather than really questioning it, and making sure it was the right thing for me first. What really was bad, AFTER THE SURGERY, and I was still having issues, THEN he wanted to try MEDICATION!!! What the hell??? I just was so mad at myself, for not doing the usual, and "listening" to my own body and mind. I decided after that unless I really have more than one opinion and I have researched and asked plenty of questions, and found out all I need to, I won't have anything like that done again... Anyway this article does kind of allow you to look "down" on yourself before the "flare" really gets bad and see what happens in the beginning...  I will give you the URL where this article is. They have some good information there about different realms of RA, and other AI illnesses, along with FM...

http://www.roadback.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/studies.display/display_id/90.html

Maybe this will also help you to gain perspective on how a flare begins for you...

 

Fixing The World??!!

I can't believe it is Friday! This has been another one of those mess up weeks for me. Between going for the infusion, and feeling like I lost a day there, then everything else going on, plus feeling like hell physically, I just do not know where the time goes any longer. It seems each day passes by faster than the last. I know I get to where I wished I would not even listen to the news anymore. I rarely read much of it in the mornings now. It is so terribly upsetting to see all of the hateful, greedy, wrathful, rumors of war, people harming their own people, Mother Nature's destruction one after the other, and our leaders have NO CLUE how to handle what they need to do in order to put this country back together again!, that it just makes me sick to my stomach to see or hear about it. You have to ask yourself "WHY"? Of course many of us already know that answer... it is because of the greed, lying, stealing, vengeful, hateful, and that list continues of those who could care less about the fellow human, and are all for themselves. Whether one person or a huge corporation, GREED has taken this world OVER. From the Middle East, to the USA GREED is ruling us! If you don't believe it, read, really READ or listen to the news. I can guarantee your conclusion will be much like mine... people (not all we still have some good ones left) but as a whole... as a society in all do not give a damned about their neighbor. Hell they do not care about their own relatives! Until we get out of this "me", all for "me" kind of mentality, nothing is going to change. All we shall see is the destruction of everything that has been built up over the past couple of hundred years. Technology cannot save us, the moon and stars cannot save us, having big homes, luxury cars, and lots of money in the bank shall not save us, fighting war against others will not fix us... ONLY WE, as human beings can FIX what is wrong. Until the "mental" part of humanization changes, NOTHING will get resolved. Yes, I guess that is my wrath for today... that is not what I came to say, but it is what came forth as I typed. so I shall allow it to remain.... Have a good weekend... Rhia


After reading a post from a friend that posted on FB, this is my new post for Saturday morning in regard to hers...

Thank you so much Carole! I appreciate your candid take on what the heck is going on with the nation and the world. It is frightening when you fear even taking a look at the headlines of the paper, or opening the internet front page of your favorite online place to read the news. Gosh, speaking of, Wow, what a blow to the East Coast again!!! To believe that the iconic Seaside Park there in NJ took another hit, this time with fire. I was just staring in disbelief when we started to watch the news yesterday evening. Those people have been through so much! On the other hand you look at Colorado, Boulder and so many towns around it, and their they are, have 70 plus people missing with flood waters that appear to look like raging rivers, where only a trickle was flowing just a couple of days ago. I have just been really concerned for one word to use, over "Mother Nature" and her "wrath".... from the wildfires that are burning up what seems to be half the West, and portions of the Rockies and Mountain Time states, to the severe droughts like this one in  TX, that has almost the entire state in an emergent place. We are literally burning up everything around. In my small town, where trees that are over 100 years old stand, they are almost bare of leaves. I look at my beautiful crepe myrtles, that are usually in a wondrous bloom of hot pink, and they barely bloomed this year. In fact they were so barren of leaves, we got to see more birds nests and baby birds than ever this Summer. But the sad part is, because the trees have such thinning of their leaves, that it is so easy to spot the nests. That is frightening. We have already lost a HUGE pecan tree on our back "40" as we call our big lot behind our house. It was probably 50 years old or older, and half of it was dead at the beginning of Spring. Now the entire tree looks like a dry huge mass of sticks. It has just lost every green piece that was on it. Then our Hackberry trees that everyone plant's here because they can withstand these conditions and they grow so quickly, all of a sudden look "diseased". They already are not the prettiest trees because they have a "knot" that forms on their leaves, that makes them look funny, but now, every one even in our neighbor's yards appear like they are so sick they also might just die. I thought they were covered in web worms, but when I looked closer, I think it is just disease from the drought. I fear spraying them due to the terrible condition they are in for fear they may not withstand any type of poison on them like that. It just breaks my heart to drive through town, and see how many iconic trees we have lost, or are going to lose if we do not get rain quickly. That does not include all of the flowers, shrubs, bushes, that everyone has been taking care of and had them looking so good. Things are are the most hardy for TX, that should withstand anything are withering away in the dry, rainless heat. That in itself is scary enough. Then the state of everything else around the globe from more hurricanes, tornado's, huge ice storms, more and more places with either drought conditions of more flooding, or fires. It seems every where you turn there is some type of disaster happening. I just even despise getting started on the state of our nation and the world. I never remember being this concerned about just what state our country is in morally, mentally, emotionally, financially... it is not just the fact that we are a nation that used to be the leader, and now we are "broke"... but the moral and mental dilemma that so many are in. More and More people are turning into depressed individuals that are desperate for jobs, for money to take care of their families, for educating our kids, for getting out of the wars and staying at peace for a change... none of us want war... I feel everyone would greatly settle for peace for a change. Yet, our government continues to put us in a place of war everywhere we turn. I do realize the hatred we have seen abroad, with the killing of many, many innocent lives should NOT be tolerated. Yet, we can't even get our own nation in order, why and how do we expect to get another country "fixed" when we ourselves are broke, still at war elsewhere, and have enough violence we need to end here first. I do agree that whomever is using chemical weapons on anyone needs to be stopped and punished in some way, and we should never allow them to "get by" with such horrendous actions. Yet, we are allowing some of almost the same kinds of behavior here. MORE guns??? Hell we need to "disarm" America first! I can't believe in towns where mass murders with guns have happened that they want "more guns"... schools do not need more guns.... more is NOT the answer... taking up the weapons that only belong in a war zone, the battlefield, or possibly some in the police hands and getting them out of the hands of citizens is the first thing that shall help to stop these insidious crimes against humans. Allowing hundreds of bullets of almost totally automatic weapons like used in war being on our streets is certainly never a good spot to be in. If we had NONE of those as some countries have done, ban all of them. We would not have the issue of them falling into the wrong hands of killers, and those that mentally are insane. Why we cannot find a way to agree on that one is beside me...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and more information from research...

http://simmaronresearch.com/2013/09/foremost-virus-hunter-finds-biomarkers-few-viruses-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/


I thought it was odd, I had always read that the Epstein Barr virus was one of the huge markers of this illness. Yes, you are correct though. They are just now touching the very tip of the iceberg as to the cause of these illnesses. I still think that FM and CFS, run hand in hand with autoimmune illnesses such as Lupus, RA, and so forth. They have so many similar things as one another, and it just seems they are too close not to all be inter related to "the autoimmune system" and its response to what happens when it is compromised in one way or the other. When we have "too much" of our immune system fighting our bodies, that is not a good thing. Then our own bodies are fighting against themselves, which is was Lupus, RA, and so forth are doing. Then you take other AI illnesses such as diabetes 1 and many others and either the AI system is not making enough of something, or not making it at all, or the body for some reason is unable to process what it needs to so the body can respond properly. I feel in the near future we are going to make headway in the fact that many of our illnesses have to do with the AI system, and the way our bodies react to what is happening. Even cancer has some unique properties much like many of the AI diseases. Either it grows out of itself and becomes over powering of the body, or the body shuts down and does not make a certain thing we need thus the AI system again is involved. It is like the response of "inflammation". They are seeing an inflammatory response out of so many illnesses. That response is one of the keys to diagnosing just about every illness out there that is chronic in nature. Inflammation has a huge involvement in CFS, FM, ME, Lupus, RA, osteoarthritis, look at allergic responses, you have a sudden inflammatory process that causes all of the problems from an allergic reaction. Research is getting better, and showing more progress in all of these chronic illnesses, yet we still need so much more. If we are ever going to finally get the "final" blow in and stop them from harming us, we have to have those researchers, the people that go in and volunteer, the companies making the medications to make clinical trials with, our scientists and doctors out there using their own genius minds to begin to uncover all that happens when these illnesses take over, and I feel headstrong that we will finally have the answers, and maybe not a cure soon, but at least a way to stop these before they become so horribly chronic and do so much damage. The main issue is DIAGNOSING THEM EARLY!! This bull about it taking YEARS AND YEARS to finally know what is wrong is just BULL!!! We have to get someone to find a way to absolutely know what you have, and find out very quickly so treatment can begin early in life. NOT after these have just taken over your life. Then the medical system takes a stab in the dark, throws tests and medications at you, and sees if something "sticks"... well that is NOT going to get us well! We need more specific tests, and ways to get through and know for sure very, very quickly, such as we do with many cancers, so we can treat immediately... I so wished I was a bit younger, and had stayed away from marriage for awhile and went on to be a nurse, and possibly onto being a research doctor. If I had only known of course what I do today, I would definitely be someone in this field of medicine, getting into the heart of these chronic illnesses and how to diagnose, treat, and hopefully cure them... some day maybe my own great grand kids maybe involved... we never know...

In Honor, and Giving Those Lost All of the Glory... 9/11

As I pause for a brief moment, after another day of "junk" in life, I think about the men, women and children we lost on 9/11/11. Honestly, I feel there are no words that can truly describe that horrendous act upon our people, and it has effected each and every one of us, and for the rest of our lives, we shall think back to that fateful day. I find myself often looking over my shoulder, or turning my head to look around my surroundings when it is in a huge venue. However it "hit" you, I am sure you are very much the same. Of course the "danger" of that day has never ending. Those lives were taken for no good reason, on a "regular" day for the nation, people going to work, kids to school, and doing all of the things we expect to do on a sunny normal day in September. Yet, today, those thousands are not here to look at the leaves turning. They are not here to see the Fall colors that shall be here soon, or the excitement of football season and watching the games to cheer their teams on. They are not here to go to music or dance lessons, or practice their cheers for cheer leading. They will never again study for a chemistry test, or fill out applications for college. Each and every one of those special lives shall not get to allow "freedom to ring" in their own hearts again. We put a beautiful place there to remember them by, and it is incredible. We can put flowers out by there names, and give our honor, and those lost the glory, as the fire fighters and police men, charged in knowing they may never return, along with the every day men and women that stayed to help, rather than run from the dirty breath sucking rolls of all kinds of stuff in the air... So, WE united as ONE NATION, need to take a very GOOD LOOK back at that fateful day. We need to stop our BICKERING (meaning our government) and start taking CARE OF EACH OTHER AS A WHOLE!!! It should have been a very big lesson, one that cost more than money could ever buy... that it is time to get our stuff together, and unite our nation, and then ONLY can we unite the world!!!!

My "Mind" Runneth Over.. While My "Body" Runneth on Empty

Second Infusion of Rituxan behind me now. Seems like a day that took forever and a day. I have my post that I wrote for FB, and am posting it below. Before I do that though, I want to say some things here. First of all, I appreciate those who come here and view my blog. I realize I don't have a great deal of traffic. I wished I did. For this blog, is going to and is already a HUGE piece of my writing for my 3rd book. It is a very intimate look at my life now, with all of its down, outs, and highs... and will be some of the "glue" that shall hold my "old" life in with my "new" life as I tell my story through as I called it earlier, the "muck and mire" of illness, abuse, living, loving, hurting, crying, screaming, climbing, falling and crawling my way back up on the mountain top over and over again. I used to pour my heart out in poetry. Daily, sometimes several poems a day... but it seemed at least one a day for years... I wrote "short essays" novelettes, thoughts, however you want to name them, but I never had began to try and put everything into a "book". I knew I would someday. I have had it inside of me for many, many years. But, up until reaching the "middle" part of my own life, and being able to look back at the things I have been through, where I have gained, wisdom, power, weakness, and humility, am I able to really "tell" my own story. I want to be able to take my own self... within and without... and give it to the reader. My hopes are that those who read it, will be able to identify, understand, and find a renewal of their own hope and faith through it. I hope to touch others hearts, yet never "feel sorry' for me. I never have wanted anyone to feel sorry for me. I am thrilled with the prayers and concerns, and the love all give, but sorrow, I have enough of myself, and the "negative" is what I am trying to lose... so the positive will shine through. What I "have" to do, is put my mind, heart and soul... right here in front of this computer daily, and just WRITE! Forget all of the crap of daily living,
Of course I still have to make the bed, dress, feed the dogs, and so forth, BUT rather than get too caught up in other time consuming things, my thoughts need to be here. On the "blank page", thinking only about the sounds of my nails on these keys, and the thoughts of what I want to say through my heart, to my readers. Then and only then, shall I be able to really pour out, what I want to say to you.... below is my FB post from this morning... it talks more about yesterday... more to come ....


Facebook post below from earlier this am....

Well, (NO I am not well), but I guess that is the way we often start a sentence... ;) I am home. It seemed like it took FOREVER yesterday for the infusion. We had to be at the University Hospital by 8:30 am, and of course even though we left extra early both I45 and I 35 were in a snail's crawl and I thought we were going to be late. In fact I even called the infusion clinic to let them know we were on our way.. We did arrive only a few moments late thank goodness, and got our car "valet parked" (they do it for everyone that does not want to have to park about 10 blocks away, then ride their van service back and forth). But all of the doctors will validate your parking so it costs you $5.00 to park, and a tip for the guys if you care to leave one. So, for us it is worth the 5 bucks not to have to carry handfuls of stuff with us and go back and forth on the van. Anyway, they got me checked in quickly, but I could tell they must have been having an "off" day. Even the girls at the check in area did not seem like themselves, as they did two weeks ago. I sat about 5 minutes or a little longer, and they called me back. Well, I noticed even before I got in my room, the entire "staff" seemed "off". They were in a hurry, there were not explaining things as usual, never asked us if we wanted to order lunch, and so forth. In fact the nurse came in, said she would be "taking care" of me and she was the supervisor for that day also, so she may be pulled out of my room if there was something one of the other nurses needed... anyway, I could just tell, they were not being "friendly", they seemed just generally "out of it" when it came to really taking care of my needs. Nothing like my first trip. My first trip was incredible. The nurses were extremely attentive, and this bunch barely spoke the entire time I was there. It was just not as pleasant as my first experience at all. In fact the nurse handed me my two pre-meds, but nothing to drink with them. The last time they even asked me what I wanted to drink them with, and offered coffee, water, juice and so forth.... so I had to ask my husband to please go down and get me some water, and some coffee (of which clumsy me again, spilled part of it in the floor and all over my dress that I had on and I love that dress. I hope it is not stained)... it keeps happening more and more frequently. This constant dropping, spilling, tripping to the point I almost fell at least twice yesterday if not more. I can't hold onto anything. I get to where it seems I either spill something, or make a mess some how, or just am so clumsy about so many things... between my brain seeming not to work correctly at times, and this constant dropping, spilling and tripping, I am really concerned about the MS, truly being a new issue. I am just not sure how I want to handle or even who to go see. I have already seen several neurologists, and also my Rheumatologist thought it was possibly I have MS... but he of cours is not the "nerve" expert, thus trying to decide whether to see the neurologist here I went to before, or someone else... I am just not sure... I feel I may need some type of medication for this... yet then I am already on so many meds... some very similar in nature to the Lupus and RA meds... I fear anything else may just make things worse... just an entire battery of crap to consider... I am not sure which way to turn. I USED to trust my PCP but now I am not sure about him... rather than try and help me, I am sure the first thing he will do it try to pawn me off to another doctor again... he always does that, then that doctor NEVER takes my insurance... so I have to find a doctor on my own anyway... just a vicious cycle of crap to go through... So, I got all of the pre-meds done, and my doctor as far as I know did not change anything. If he did the nurse acted like she did not know... the only thing he probably did was up the Solu-Medrol, but honestly she was not in the mood to look, so I just said I would deal with the "side effects" this time with the doctor and call immediately if I have them again this time... From there it was hook up to the main thing, the Rituxan and start that 5 hour process. This time it seemed it took FOREVER!! I think they dripped it more slowly the first part of the drip than before... then as they saw my blood pressure not dropping any lower, they increased it quite a bit... but it was after 2 pm before we were out and getting the car... and it felt like I had been there for days,, rather than hours. I was just totally exhausted. My stomach has just been giving me heck for 2 weeks now, and yesterday was no different. So, we ate on the way going yesterday but even at lunch time I did not want anything really. I ate some graham crackers, while Jim ate lunch, and I noticed when I started to the car, I was extremely dizzy and weak... partial meds I figure and partial just sitting there so many hours... Anyway, thank goodness we got out of there before rush hour, so traffic was not bad coming home... but I was so totally exhausted. Even though I did not do a thing but sit there, I just felt so drained...Of course though we got home to my flowers outside drooping (it was so early and dark I did not get to water them yesterday before we left) and even though it was supposedly "Cooler" they were not happy. So, we got in, got the poor dogs settled down. I hate having to put them in the kitchen and lock them in. But they have gotten so bad with being left alone and both have anxiety issues, that they sometimes pee in the floor. So, we have just gotten to the point we have to lock them up in the kitchen if we are both gone. Neither of them ever used to do that at all. Then about a year ago we began to have issues with them about every once in a while peeing in the floor... we know they both have separation anxiety... and cry when we leave for a little while... even with the radio on, their favorite blankets with them, food, water, extra paper and so forth... they just hate it when either of us are gone, but worse when neither of us are home. We both got them settled, got things put away, changed clothes, and so forth and so on... then I got a glass of tea and was headed for the sofa and or course it dawned on me that I had to water my flowers! So, I tried to stay out of the sun, while I got them watered down enough until morning, and finally got in to sit and watch a movie. By then it was time for dinner, and neither of us were hungry. So, I wound up having some frozen yogurt, and cool whip with the puppies, and Jim was still full from a late lunch. He had a meeting at 8 pm. I was on the sofa still tired, and did not even get up to write last night. I gave myself a reprieve and did not fuss at myself too much. It was just an exhausting day... and I was just out of it, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Of course I wake up this morning, with an upset stomach, and still dizzy and feeling almost drunk. I took my stomach meds, and some of my medications for the vertigo... and here I am... my mind racing a million miles an hour... what I need to go, not do, go, fix, clean, buy, not buy.... do for Mom, for us, need to do my huge monthly market trip... re-pot many of my plants before I bring them in for the Winter... and I mean many. Gosh several of them are so huge, it may take an 18 inch or larger pot for them to fit in. They have all went nuts this Summer. And I used the "Osmacoat" fertilizer my daughter suggested and everything has went nuts, and blooming like crazy!!! I also FINALLY HAVE HUMMYS!!! this past about 10 days they finally came in and they are just something else... we have been having a blast watching them... LOL, they sometimes will fly right up to us and look at us like, what the hell are you looking at"... but I love watching them. 2 at least are "babies" and must have been born earlier in the Spring. The others are at least 3 or 4 "couples". This year we have seen more than the others, which I am so happy about. As you can tell by my post, my mind is moving quickly, but I do not think my body is going to follow very well. I am thinking after this morning until later this evening, I may have this burst of energy, then the time will hit for the other shitty symptoms. I hoped I would not have those as badly, but I just feel it in my bones, that I will have to deal with those also. Just getting a quick talk with one of the nurses yesterday, and she re-affirmed the "strength" of this medication and what it does to your body, makes total sense as to why my side effects are as they are and what even my mind goes through. This is a chemo-therapy drug they use for a couple of kinds of Leukemia. I believe I said that before in another post. So, I can definitely expect some of these effects since this is so much more of a stronger medication than even some of the other biologics out there on the market for RA. I will try my best to wade through them as they come, and try to remember they are just "temporary" and will leave after a few days. And I pray that after those subside, it is known that people may feel better after only 2 weeks from the 2nd infusion!!! That would be heaven as far as the RA goes for me... :) Okay enough blabbing... will post more on other things... I am still so totally "off" I am not able to really "write"... I just pray that also changes... or at least I am not writing the things I want to write about... and am just having to put up with "garbage" writing as I call it, until my brain cells kick in again... I hope... I truly still want to get my book out about my own journey through the muck and mire of illness, abuse, and looking for the light to the way back... and if God willing, I shall find that in me to put on paper.... Hugs, Rhia

2nd Infusion of Rituxan Today...

Morning All,

I'll be out today for a good while as I am taking my 2nd round of Rituxan by infusion today. I don't mind the infusion itself. Everything went well two weeks ago. I just dread the side effects that began about two days after the infusion. I did let my doctor know so I hope there is something in the "pre-med" like upping the Solu-Medrol or something he can prescribe beforehand that will help to lower those side effects. They really suck. If I could get over the "hump" of those that last about 3 days, it would be okay. Of course I have not noticed a difference yet as far as lesser pain. In fact this morning, the humidity is horrible here. I knew it before my feet the hit floor. My wrists, thumbs, heels and feet are just "hella" hurting and aching, which hits when we have a weather change coming (I think we are having a Cool Front come through in a few days) or rain, and high humidity will do it also.
Anyway, I will keep everyone posted as to what type of effects I have or not... and if I see a difference in the pain and other symptoms or not. I really had a good feeling about this medication, so I hope my hopes are right on, and it will be of lots of help with the pain, and also to help curb the damage. I already have enough joints that need replacement that I am putting off... it would be awesome to not have to have any more.... Rhia

Invisible Illness and Chronic Pain Awareness... more information... and the dilemma caused by some




I just get fighting mad when I read these kind of articles, as well as know the horrid things we, as chronic true pain patients go through to be able to have a better quality of life. Dammit, yes I must take pain medication that is very strong. Yet, without it, I honestly believe I would die. Why?? Because there would be absolutely no way I could withstand the horrid intractable burning, stabbing, unrelenting type of pain I go through without something to help it not be so bad. Yes, and I did say "not be so bad"... NO amount of any kind of pain medication is going to take away "all of the pain". I "live" with a learned amount. All of us do. I don't care if you take aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, or one of the various narcotic pain medications, it only stops so much of the pain, the rest is what you have to learn to deal with daily. I have SO MANY various chronic illnesses there is NO WAY I can be totally without pain daily. From RA, Lupus, Degenerative Joint and Disc Disease, Migraines, Osteoporosis, Osteo-arthritis, MS, and all of the multiple joints I have either had to have replaced already, or the ones that are getting to that place, like my thumbs, elbows and hips... that are going to be there soon, even "fixing" those still does not rid you of it all. BUT, YOU CAN HAVE A LIFE, and you can WITHSTAND IT, IF you can HAVE RELIEF FROM YOUR PAIN MEDICATIONS!! They along with my other types of medications, those that I am able to take (I have had 2 heart attacks, and other physical issues that do not allow me to take some medications), I am able for the most part to try and live a half way "normal" life. Notice I said "half way" normal. There are days, weeks, .... I live with the pain being bad again. Not that anyone really knows why. Even with every test available to the medical profession at times can tell you or your doctor exactly why something hurts as badly as it does. But, when you have "bone on bone" with things like RA, Osteo-arthritis, DDD, DJD, you are going to be in pain. When "parts" of your body wear out, when blood cells are not right, when your bones are not as they should be, when nerves begin to not be coated with myelin, and again the list is endless you HURT! Hell, if it were at all possible, I would throw ALL of my medications, pain and all in the trash and never look back. For the majority of us we hate having to take the meds we do. They cause their own set of issues, due to side effects we endure. But, we must make a choice, to have surgery and get out of some of the pain, to take medications that may cause side effects, but the control from pain outweighs those side effects, or even though you feel it is a total waste of money, you have expensive, needless tests just so you can give your doctors something they have to go on about your medical conditions. It is AN EXTREMELY SAD DAY when DOCTORS who have spent YEARS IN MEDICAL SCHOOL and take an OATH to HELP PEOPLE, are TOLD BY EVERYONE ELSE WHAT THEY CAN AND CANNOT DO, PRESCRIBE AND SO FORTH. There are TOO many FINGERS IN THE PIE, when that can take place. I cannot fathom a "pharmacist" telling a doctor what he can give a patient. Now, if the patient did not mention an "allergy" to something, then those issues are different. But, just to "make a decision" based on their own judgemental, sizing up of someone by the way the look etc.. is purely wrong!!! That is no different than "profiling", which most of us hate when it happens. But, for someone such as a pharmacist, or someone in a business office at a doctors, etc. to jump to some decision about a patient due to the way they look, act or etc... at the office is ridiculous for the most part. Hell many people are "nervous" at a doctors office. It is usually no place you really want to be, thus that is enough to make you nervous. If you have to sit and wait for an hour or more in a little room by yourself, half naked, yes you are nervous... some people hate having book taken and it upsets them... so this business about the staff "sizing up" patients by the way they act in a waiting room is bull. Now, if someone comes in and is aggressive, rude, apparently "high" and so forth that is different. But, just because they seen "nervous" means nothing. I read a great article a couple of days ago about people that are chronically ill, women for the most part, will not "dress up", put makeup on, etc... if they are going somewhere that they feel they need to "show" that they are sick... what crap is that??? but, you know what? I catch my own self doing it. Again, that "but you do not look ill" stuff. Just because we may "hide" the dark circles, or put on our decent clothing, or say and and half way make conversation with someone does not mean we feel on top of the world!! I try my best and "hide" the pain when I am in public. Yet, I catch myself in fear of "looking" nice also. I sometimes will not go to the store, or a doctors office, or the bank "with makeup" on and dressed nicely in fear someone will think "well she does not appear all that sick"... why should I feel that kind of crap! It's totally unfair, but we do it. I know I am not the only one... I get to where I don't know what to say to those who genuinely know me here in town locally, "how are you feeling"? I hate saying like hell... all the time... it sounds crappy for me to "complain", yet I also fear saying "Hey okay today"... thinking now they think I am not really ill at all. There are times when I may be going for the day and taking my Mom a couple of hours away to the Casino for a Mom/Daughter outing for the day. Something for us to "bond" together doing, that gets us away from everything... bills, stress, worry, illness and so forth. Yet, I almost fear telling anyone "good" like this, and have them thinking, "well she is not that sick, she can go to the Casino"... Hey I can't count on both hands how many mornings at the last moment we have had to cancel the trip because I am not well. It happens all the time, with many things. For instance, I have been in pain and have been dealing with several bad side effects or what think are side effects from the new infusion and two others meds, one new, the other the dosage was upped... so I had not been out of the house for over a week. Due to that I had not been able to even run to the store... or clean the house like I wanted... or bathe the dogs... etc... I feel too bad to even cook, or bake... and even the thing I love being outside early in the morning to water my flowers and watch the "hummy's", I barely had the energy to do. So, I never know when I must cancel something we planned. I wanted to go to one of the churches today and still am hoping to. But my stomach is upset, the humidity is giving my thumbs, hands and feet a fit with pain, and I am not sure until later in the morning whether I will get to go to church or not. I won't go if I feel this badly then. I cannot enjoy it at all, and I fear getting sick there at the church, etc. So, there are times you cancel last moment plans, and disappoint those you love the most due to these illnesses and sometimes the pain of all of them. The guilt is there so much of the time. You often feel responsible for being sick. I am always "apologizing" to my husband or my family because I am ill... which is stupid... it is NOT something I have wished for at all... But, you do feel it is "your" fault, when something happens and because you are ill no one goes to something just because of you... So, having your correct medications, whether they are for diabetes, anxiety, high blood pressure, your heart, or for CHRONIC pain!!!, they are a necessary part of your life. They "help" you life whatever part of normalcy is available for those of us suffering... when we suffer, our loved ones and family suffer with us... I am beyond pissed about the entire thing... and it has hit my family of which I never thought it would... and I never thought my "great" MD, would be one of those who somehow, for some reason, still unknown by me or others I guess, why he has suddenly done some of the things he has done and why he is NOT doing things he was doing,.. I feel that an explanation at the very least is necessary... to all of us...
http://americannewsreport.com/nationalpainreport/living-pain-lies-damned-lies-medical-research-8821457.html


This National Pain Report.com is full of great information ... Their main URL is:

http://americannewsreport.com/nationalpainreport/