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Friday, October 29, 2010

emoticon I hope everyone is avoiding the candy monster! I don't think the little trick or treat-ers will be thrilled at my place. No candy, just popcorn and pretzels! I just knew having the candy here would be too difficult of a temptation for me to handle. Sorry kids!

It's hard to believe we are already at the end of the year holidays! These next few months will fly by...but oh! the temptations that await us! I vow to stay in charge of my stomach through the New Year celebration!!!

I've been having a very difficult time in my life right now. I thought if I write about it maybe it will help me to deal with it. Since my 20's I have been dealing with hypothyroidism, thalaciemia minor (an anemia disorder) and osteoarthritis. Three years ago I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalga but only recently accepted this diagnoses. In the last few months my pain and exhaustion has become almost unbearable to the point of me crying while I drive home from work. I went to my doctor to see what she could do for me. I told her my hair, face and ears don't hurt, but everything else does! She sent me for a blood work up and discovered I now have Parvovirus. Also known as the "fifth disease". Usually children get it and very few adults. It has more serious effects in adults and can take up to a year to get well. Oh, great! One of the effects is muscle and joint pain! So, needless to say, besides going to work (I'm not contagious) I am doing little else. I'm too tired and can barely walk till my day is done. I'm taking lots of meds to help with symptoms but they add to me feeling a bit spacey and tired. In spite of it all, I am trying to stay positive. It's not fatal, I don't have young children to take care of after work, I have a supportive husband and family and I have love. This will pass and I will get more energy. In the meantime, I read SP posts, blogs and articles everyday. I keep track of my eating and don't lose sight of the journey I am on. Please accept my apologies if I haven't checked in with my friends in a while. I may not write but I think of all of you often and look forward to keeping up with you on your pages. Thanks for listening. It really helps me to feel better....
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    I was just re-reading everyone's comments and Couldn't remember if I said THANK YOU.....THANK YOU!!!! I love my Spark people family! emoticon
    3556 days ago
    Wow! You certainly have your hands full. Here is something to consider... Would it be worth getting a consultation with a physician that has training in both western and eastern medicine? I am talking about an M.D. - but one who doesn't just look to medications to deal with the source and symptoms of disease - but your whole picture (nutrition, environment, etc.) I recently had a consultation with an MD who is trained in Ayurverda (sp?). She recommended that I add several supplements to my diet...(vitamin D3, Selenium, Taurine and I-Methionine.) Part of what I went to see this doctor for was joint pain. My husband noticed just the other day that I seem to be complaining less about joint pain...At one point last week I had told him that every joint in my body hurts...just this week he pointed out that it is only my knee that is hurting...I don't know if it is the over-the-counter supplements that is making the difference...but it might be.
    I would NOT, however, recommend that you go on supplements unless you see a doctor who tells you what kind and the dosage...
    Hope you feel better...and keep blogging...Yes - it really does help.

    3645 days ago

    I am keeping you in prayer, Kathy ! Know that this shall
    become better if you have patience, my friend ! Know that
    I will be thinking of you each day ! emoticon
    3645 days ago
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    Take care of you first. The rest will take care of itself.

    3646 days ago
    My heart goes out to you my dear friend. It is such a painful condition to have as you have said. I am keeping you in my prayers daily and soon hope the pain will be less of a burden for you.
    An old wives remedy is to drink tea with fresh ginger root, it helps with the swelling and pain. Of course get your doctors permission and ask the pharmacist if it will affect any of your medication.
    Hugs and Prayers sent your way. Sandy
    3647 days ago
    Thank you Sheryl,
    You just did!
    3647 days ago
    Praying for you to have strength, patience and ultimately healing. I can't even imagine going through the day with such endless pain and lack of energy! Keep hanging in there and know your SP friends are in your corner rooting for you! Let me know if I can help in any way.

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    3647 days ago
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