Good Morning. It is coffee time and blog time. Today I am thinking about self care. When there is chronic pain involved and someone says self care, its like, yeah, it hurts!! However, we still have to take care of ourselves both physically and emotionally. I am thinking about this because its time to shave my legs. Let me tell you when you have back issues, shaving the legs is not a fun task. So while in the shower this morning I made an executive decision. The legs are not getting shaved!! LOL.. Oh well,, tomorrow is another day. Does this mean I am not working on self care,, no,, it just means that I am not facing that pain today. Tomorrow maybe!
Emotional self care is a bit different. Chronic Pain can wear on you and by that I mean wear on you mentally. That nasty little critic in my head says,,, you are worthless,,, you are no good for anything,, etc,,, it goes on and on and on. I made the decision several years ago that I am not going to listen to that critter! My nasty little critic is put into a basket and only when I have really hard days do I let it talk. Even then I don't listen,, just put it back in the basket and keep telling myself its ok,, I am allowed to have a bad day! I have also found that on those bad days as well as the good ones that I just need to take time out to journal. That is a huge emotional release for me. I can let it all out on that paper,, even if I just write today sucks over and over. Of course I also write about all the good days too. Have you tried it?
I hope you all take care of yourselves and don't let that little critic run your life. There is so much more to life that would not be possible if you don't take time to self care. I am off to do some much needed art today. Whatever you do don't forget to have fun,, that's what life is all about!!
Good Wednesday Morning Everyone,
Yup,, I am still here as well as the pain. I really want to be able to keep up with this blog as well as some of my series of videos on You Tube. Unfortunately, my focus was expanding to so many projects that I had to rein myself in. I need to step back,, reevaluate my priorities and go with them. With that being said,, I am going to refocus on myself. I know that sounds selfish doesn't it? Well I am ok with that. My focus is to begin by taking more time out for pain management, time to get my diet as healthy as possible and time for art for me. Do you know what I mean? It has been a long time since I have just did some art,, any old art just for me. Not for a story,, not for a prompt,, not for any reason other than I want to play in paint and paper. I don't mean the random journal page here and there,, I mean playing,, just playing,, not worrying about needing to "finish it" for a video. Sure I will continue with some projects,, but I will also be focusing on me! Does anyone out there get it? Tell me.. Most of all even tho we live in pain,,, have fun,, that's what life is all about! Chat soon!!
Good Monday Morning!
Wow.. it is a snowy, windy, cold morning outside. I look out the window and am blessed that I don't have to get all bundled up like an Eskimo and go out into that nasty! I am chilling out in my art studio with my pellet stove keeping me nice and warm. My thoughts today are about the price I pay when I want to play. Let me clarify that a bit. When I want to go out and about.,, maybe some shopping or a movie, or just out to dinner, there is always a price. Heck even on days when I just want to hang out in my art studio and create there seems to be a price to pay. I am not complaining by any means.. I totally get it!! I now understand that living with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia will never be easy! It's ok tho!!! Even tho the price I pay is in the form of pain,, I am ok with that. I have come to understand that it's ok to have a pain day,, it's ok to have a day of chilling on the couch binge watching Netflix! My body will tell me what I need and when I need it. The key to this whole paying to play is listening!!! I have to listen when my body speaks or life can be pure hell! So the next time your body starts talking to you,, stop and listen. You will find that if you listen to your body that you can work with it, instead of against it, and your life can be so much easier! Whatever you do today,, just remember to have fun!! That's what life is all about!!
Can you say AWESOME!!! Gina Ahrens and I are attending the CHA! We are here as Design Team Members with Canvas Corp Brands. We have been playing with a new line of products that are being shown here at CHA. Needless to say we are having fun! I have met and taken pictures with many of my favorite artists! Now I have to tell you that all of this fun is not coming without pain and lots of it.
When I made the decision to come to the show I knew there would be a price. That price being more pain. I have been doing everything I can to work within my pain tolerance. I have my pain patches, my tens unit, ice, lots of ice and my painkillers. I am listening to my body and I am trying to keep my pain under control. There has been quite a bit of walking and I have to do it slowly! It is all good because I know my body has limits.
So my whole point to this post is don't let your pain get in the way of your living your life and having fun. Prepare the best you can and know what your limits are. That is the only way to go and enjoy yourself. Best of all Have fun!! That's what life is all about!!
Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all have made it thru these holidays as pain free as possible. I know I tend to overdue when it comes to family gatherings, dinners, and celebrations. What I have learned from this is I need to prepare for these days. When I know I have outings coming up I will tend to wind down my daily activiies and rest up for those days. So for example on Friday I have a get together with my family. I know there will be time in a vehicle,, as well as time on my feet, and sitting on furniture I am not accustomed to. So the day before I will rest up, stay off my feet as much as possible,, and do very little walking! This way I know I won't compound the pain and make it even more than it has to be. On the day of the activity I will make sure I have my tens unit, a pain patch, and my pain killers with me. Sometimes I will also take my ice machine with me as I travel,, knowing it wil help as well.
Chronic Pain is something that you can live with. By accepting that you will learn to make changes in your routines and activities and do only what your body will let you.
I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forwMost of all,, Don't forget to have fun! That's what life is all about!!!
WOW,.. I have really neglected this page!!! I am sorry! One of my goals in the new year is to make sure I post to my Chronic Pain blog! There are so many people out there that live in this life or pain. Sometimes its eh,, ok,, we can deal with it,, but then there are the times that we live in hell. I hope to inspire you to take those days of hell,, and just be with it,, Its ok!! We all have them. Even people that don't live in the world of chronic pain have off days. We should be no different. When that day comes,, be ok with it,, binge watch netflix,, or take a coloring book and some colored pencils and hit the couch and chill. It helps me to say,, ok,,, today is a bad one,, I will have some selfcare,,another word for couch time,, and tomorrow has to be better.
Recently I shared on my you tube channel a video about a deck of journaling cards I made for my Chronic pain days. You can check it out here:
You can expect more from me this coming year,, in the creation of art as well as being more and more open about chronic pain. Make sure you subscribe to my Chronic Pain Blog so you get all the updates. Most of all,, Don't forget to Have fun,, That is what life is all about!!!
Hey,, hey,, On July 3rd I had a really busy day. We went up to my N-laws camp on Skaneateles Lake for our annual BBQ. We had family and friends to share the day with us. My highlight was both of my granddaughters were there. I have one that is almost 7 years old and one that is 11 months. You know what that meant,, I had to have snuggles and kisses n hugs... So much fun.
Now with all that I bet you can't guess what my chronic back pain did,,,, yup,,, went from bad to worse... By the time I left I was barely able to walk,, so I figured yesterday was going to be excruciating. After a really rough night of not much sleep,, I hobbled out to the couch with my coffee.
Recently I have received a new machine to help me with the pain. It is a Polar Care Kodiak and let me say,, OMG<,, I am sooo happy I have this machine! It is like a mini cooler,, my hubs fills it up with ice and water. The water then circulates around in the pad that goes on my back via a tube. By using this machine I was able to get my pain to back off a bit!!! Even tho I thought it was going to be a rough day,, it was a pretty ok one. Hubs and I rewatched the new Star Wars movie,, and just relaxed around the house for the day.
I hope you all have a great week!! As always.. Have fun,, that's what life is all about!!
Good Thursday Morning Everyone,
Today I am going to talk about another chronic pain issue called fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed about a year ago with this on top of the chronic pain I already deal with in my back. The best way I can describe the pain is I feel like I have been beat up with a baseball bat. My flares as they call them come across the back of my neck and shoulders to about my bra line and completely around my entire torso. It is actually very painful to touch. I have also had it appear in my ankles and wrists. The flares come completely unexpected and stay as long as they like. I do have to tell you tho that I found a product (Thanks to my mom n law) called Blu-Emu.
I picked it up at Walmart. Its in a white jar with the arthritis creams. I was having quite a flare and had my hubs gently rub this stuff into my flare area. I have to say,, OMG it worked,, It didn't take the pain completely away,, but it definitely made a huge difference. So the point to my story is.... don't give up. Keep trying different things until you find something that works with your body. If someone recommends something try it. You never know what will surprise you. I hope you all have a beautiful day,, and don't forget to have fun! That's what life is all about.
Chapter 1 looks at what my life was like prior to my accident. I was a very busy on the go gal! Check it out in the video below!
Hi. I was a "normal" gal just living, working and playing until "IT" happened. The accident that changed my entire life as I knew it. This is my story. I hope you follow along and somewhere along this journey find inspiration to accept where you are in life and work within those bounds. Most of all,, Have Fun,, That's what life is all about!!