A Story About A Girl

How fibromyalgia affects other illnesses and injuries

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Fibromyalgia & Oseoarthritis

One thing I have noticed over the years since being diagnosed in my early 20’s with fibromyalgia is that it tends to intensify everything else that is going on. Whether it is a psych issue such as anxiety or depression, a physical issue such as osteoarthritis or a disease such as type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia seems to make dealing with them so much harder. I have learned a lot over the years about my chronic illnesses but there are times when they still take me by surprise and times when I wish things could go back to the days before any of this started affecting me. If there ever really was such days. Honestly, I can’t really remember a time that I didn’t get sick easily or injured easily. Even as a child I had strep throat and ear infections constantly. I caught everything going around from rubella as a baby to chickenpox to scarlet fever mumps, measles, and hand, foot, and mouth among others. I’m surprised I didn’t have the plague to be absolutely honest.

I am very prone to injury. I am not sure if this is just because I am clumsy or if it is more related to the fact that people with fibromyalgia seem to be more prone to falls. One study mentioned on WebMD suggests that this is because people with fibromyalgia tend to have balance issues. We apparently score worse on balance tests than people who don’t have fibromyalgia. It also mentions that the number of medications had no relationship with the scores but as we take more medications typically it can’t be ruled out. Not sure how they came up with that one… [...]  READ MORE

Taking control back

Some days I really feel like a miserable failure at controlling my diabetes! Being sick the last few weeks with a bad infection and having to go on antibiotics, steroids and anti-inflammatories have really taken a toll on my blood sugar. Before all this, I was starting to get some control back. I was doing good enough that I was down to 10 units of long-acting insulin at night after starting Glumetza. I was told at that point that if I could get down to 10 units and maintain an A1C within range of 5.6 to 6 then I could come off the insulin altogether and I did it! [...]  READ MORE

Point Prim Lighthouse

Tonight Eddie and I went over to my parents for supper. We cooked hot dogs, hamburgers and bratwurst around the firepit. We had to pack up a little early as it was starting to rain a little. Mom decided she wanted to go into Digby for ice cream at Recardo’s. Ever since I was a kid I have loved Farmer’s bubble gum ice cream and their cotton candy ice cream. Tonight I got a scoop of each. It’s not something we do often because it puts my blood sugar up. After this, we went for a drive and we ended up at Point Prim Lighthouse. It ended up not really raining, just a few drops so we deviceded to get out and walk around a little.

The current lighthouse is the 4th lighthouse built at Point Prim since 1804. It was built somewhere around 1964 as far as I can tell based on the information I looked up on it. The first lighthouse built in 1804 and lasted only 4 years before burning in 1808. The second lighthouse also burned down about 52 years after it was built in 1817. The third lighthouse was built in 1874 and was pushed over the cliff with a bulldozer in 1964. I’m not sure the story there. It doesn’t really say. Just old maybe. [...]  READ MORE