A little update

I am so glad that blogging daily was not on my list of new years resolutions. That would have been a fail right off the bat! No posts in 15 days. I did not even reply to any comments. It’s not like I was too busy. I just sometimes can not get up the energy to turn on the computer after spending 8-10 hours a day on it at work. I know in this day in age most of us work daily on computers. But sometimes I just want a break. So I took one, without even really thinking about it.

Not much has gone on in the last 2 weeks anyways. We now have snow on the ground that does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. I have now realized how incredibly stupid it is not to have snow tires on my car. No I did not have an accident. But I feel like I might as well be in a tobaggan (like those olympic style ones) rather then a car. I am getting used to it and don’t mind driving on ice or hard packed snow but slushy snow scares the crap out of me and I hold my breath whenever Cory has the car. He is a good driver, so I really don’t need to be, he has only ever had one accident but he also is inexperienced compared to me.

Works going okay. I am working overtime this week. Just an extra hour a day but it is an odd shift, it was 11:15 am to 7:15 pm. I took an extra hour before so 10:15 am to 7:15 pm. I even went to the gym yesterday with Kristy (sister-in-law). Tomorrow is Friday and I am happy I have made it to the end of the week with some energy to spare. I plan on going skating at the Oval downtown which is an outdoor oval rink that was made for winter games a few years ago. I went last weekend and Erin and I went around twice. Doesn’t seem like much but it was 1 more time then the week before which was our first time going. My skates are old (15 years or so) but since they were hardly warn they are not that bad. Only problem with them is I (or someone else maybe…) put them away wet and the blade has some rust. I am going to look into a new pair next year or new blades. This year I just had them sharpened and hoped for the best. I made it around without falling. Then again I used to figure skate for over 12 years so it’s like getting back on a bike…right?

I find I am having issues with my balance again (not counting when I am on skates lol) and am getting dizzy spells and restless legs and pain in my back, legs and arms again. I am sleeping okay because of my new mattress and box spring and my medication but I am not getting as good quality of sleep as I should. Waking up a lot. I think I am going to talk to my doctor and see if there is a Fibromyalgia specialist or Rheumatologist that I can be referred to. I want to get back into physio and see if I can rely a bit less on medication. Getting pregnant while on Amitrypteline is probably not recommended though my doctor did not say anything when I said I want to try.

This post is so random and so scattered lol. Sorry.

A little update…

Two posts, one day… I decided to post a bit of an update about me health-wise. As some of you might know I have been struggling with Fibromyalgia, previously un-diagnosed, for some years now. Since I was about 17 actually. I was finally diagnosed last March with it and with Pre-Diabetes at the same time. I have had issues with vertigo which I am still unsure if this is something on its own or part of the Fibro diagnosis.

I have been on amitriptyline for more then 12 months now, 6 of which I have been at 30 mg, which is a fairly low dose. However, this along with physical and vestibular physical therapy has helped a great deal. I have mostly gotten the pain, vertigo and other symptoms under control. I still have the “Fibro Fog” and cognitive issues, however amitriptyline is know for causing the same symptoms so it is likely compounded from that. I can still function for the most part, I just have to work harder and remove distractions and make sure that I get a really good nights rest.

Overall I am doing really well and am really pleased with my progress find out here.  I am happy that I am able to do all this with only one medication. Previously I was on 6-10 different meds and the side effects were unmanageable.

My next step I have already started, which is to reverse the pre-diabetes if I can and become healthier and loose some weight. I am going to the gym 2-3 times a week still, every night was just too much for my body to handle. I was doing really well with food and healthy eating, however I have slipped a little. When we get paid tomorrow and get the car we are going to go shopping and I am going to make sure I have lots of unprocessed healthy foods, mixed in with the less healthy stuff.

I quit counting calories.  It drove me nuts. I was hungry all the time. I think if I control portions, add lots of healthy fruits, vegetables and whole grains and cut the processed and fast food as well as the sugary drinks down quite a bit that I will still loose weight. I’m not sure about that one. My best friend (a nutritionist and big suppliment and 100% unproccessed fan) disagree on that one. I am sure I should probably listen to her, she knows what she is talking about, however my mind has not yet accepted the reality of it all I think. I am certain I can get there though, somehow.

Fibromyalgia, sleep, diabetes and weight loss

I am finally using my gym membership! In the last 14 days I have been to the Canada Games Centre gym 7 times for 1 1/2 – 2 hours each time, gone on 5 long walks on the other days and had 2 days “off” (went camping 4 days out of the 14). I am really loving the exercise.

My boyfriends sister has been going with me. From here on out we plan on going 2 days in a row and taking the 3rd “off”. In still plan on doing something on those days, a walk maybe. I’ve been walking on the treadmill and am working my speed up to a jog. Doesn’t sound like much, but to someone who spends the evenings and weekends on the couch its a good start.

My family doctor said loosing weight would be helpful for my fibromyalgia.  So did the specialist. I’m 191 lbs (86.6 kg), my goal is 125 lbs (56.7 kg). I have not really set a time frame though. I’m hoping it will lower my blood sugar as well as help with the sleep and pain issues associated with the fibromyalgia.

I’m also really hoping that it’ll make getting pregnant easier. We’ve sort of stopped trying or doing anything right now. To many health problems for the both of us. I was getting frustrated and he was just loosing interest altogether, something else we’ve got to deal with at some point I guess… but that’s something I don’t wan’t to think about or get into at the moment.

I just need to keep myself motivated!