Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Catch Up and a Bit of This and a Bit of That
I'm still in the midst of a CFS and Fibro Crash but I am feeling better than I was. Today I have gone backwards a bit, but I pushed myself too hard yesterday and the weather has changed to being stormy and that always affects me. My sweet hubby brought me some ibuprofen and water to me in bed this morning because my head hurt so badly and my body was aching. That allowed me to go back to sleep for another 2 hours, which was desperately needed.
Speaking of CFS and Fibromyalgia, I have been doing more research and am adjusting my diet, trying to reduce stress in my life and I ordered some other supplements that have been shown to help some people with these two conditions. I'm back on good probiotics and am hoping that helps get the Chronic Yeast Overgrowth back under control again.
As for the stress level, the extended family drama reared it's ugly head yet again over the weekend and early this week. What surprised me was my reaction to it all though. Instead of getting majorly worked up about it since other family members had been hurt and one of the stunts was also designed to hurt us, I found myself feeling bad that the others had been hurt but as for me, I just didn't care anymore. I've only reached this point a few other times in my life where someone who used to mean so much to me has hurt me to the point where I just want nothing to do with them and write them off. It takes a lot to get me there since I am a person who gives you chance after chance. It's sad that it has come to this but it honestly came as a huge relief to know that I am finally to the point where I can walk away without feeling any "obligation" or guilt.
My March Grocery Challenge to myself went really well. 😊 I managed to keep us at about $170 for the month and that was with stocking up on coffee when we found it at a fantastic price. I'm trying again this month to keep things low if at all possible. Given that the salad greens have been really expensive and not of good quality at the stores for the past few weeks, we have cut that out of our budget for now saving us about $30. I can't wait to be growing salad greens here at home again. I am going to try and get some started here in a pot this weekend since if is too early to start them out in the garden which still needed to be weeded and turned over anyway. Jeff went through our pantry and we purged big time. Some things had to be tossed out and other things, that we will not eat are being given to friends and family that will or donated to a food bank. I now know where things are and it is better organized that it had been.
Our son Chris called me this morning and was excited to tell me that he got to scratch something off his "bucket list" early this morning. Chris is a police officer and is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT who is well trained. He has been able to help save lives multiple times and this morning, he got to help bring a new baby boy into the world. The mom was in active labor and he helped deliver the baby, catching him as he made his grand entrance into the world. I could hear the excitement and passion for this in my son's voice and I am so happy that he had this experience. Chris is a father of two sons who were delivered by c-section so this was a whole new experience for him. I am so proud of him! 😊
Yesterday I stopped by Jaysn and Rachel's after I left my work with the MOPS program. Rachel's sister Michelle came up on her Spring Break (she is a teacher) to help get the nursery ready for baby Steven. The girls were busy getting ready to paint the bedroom a really pretty sky blue color when I arrived. They had me "supervise" while they painted. 😉 They are so cute and protective of me and knew I was still "flaring". We had a great visit and got some things figured out for the baby shower in 1 1/2 weeks. My oldest son Jaysn got home from work and we had a short visit before I had to leave. He is putting in lots of overtime trying to get money socked away since Rachel will be home to get ready to have the baby and will be staying home after that until she can find a part time job where she and Jaysn will do what Jeff and I did working different hours so that someone can be home with the kids and not in daycare full time. I looked at my son who was clearly tired but determined and who was out changing the lightbulb in his car's headlight (something that his father has always done for him in the past) and was filled with such love and pride for this soon to be daddy.
We also have had some wonderful visits via phone and SKYPE with our son Josh who is quickly becoming the liaison between his new Air Force flight squad and the Army. building relationships there so they can do some joint exercises together. He did some exercises with the Army the other day learning more about what they are doing and their emergency tactics. He loved being able to fly over the Capitol in the Blackhawks again seeing the beauty of all the cherry trees in bloom at the National Plaza from a completely different view. I am so happy that he is getting those experiences and further building more connections with other people who have chosen to serve our country as he has. Proud Air Force mom here. 😊
Jeff and I have been looking at our calendar as it quickly fills up for the next few months. To be perfectly honest, most of our weekends are getting booked up and I think we need to sit down and decided what we can cut out. I know that I will be overwhelmed with so much activity and Jeff will not get enough rest. I want us to be able to enjoy life and our kids and grandkids and not be torn in too many directions, even by good things. Time to start saying "No" to good things as well as bad. That is not an easy thing for me to do but it is one that needs to be done for both our sakes. Yes, I am learning, albeit slowly.