3 more days…

Until December! It’s my favorite month besides July (summer and Birthday gifts, nothing can beat that!), I love the festive lights, the snow, candy cane hot chocolate , cinnamon, peppermint, holly and the smell of a fresh christmas tree!

I decorated my blog before I decorated the apartment. I couldn’t help it. I was looking for some inspiration and found this free theme and I love it! I figured I couldn’t have done better myself right now so why bother. Plus it features an adorable snowman. I love snowmen! I also added a math captcha, I was tired of sorting through the spam akismet stopped for the occasional legit comments that it caught.

I’m heading home to Mom and Dad’s tomorrow. I would have left today, since I have a 4 day weekend (Thursday,  Friday,  Saturday and Sunday) but I have to do a sleep test tonight and bring the thing back tomorrow morning. I’ve always had issues sleeping but since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia my Doctor(s) have been concerned with my sleep and the fact I wake up as tired as when I go to bed. So I’m leaving tomorrow. [...]  READ MORE

I need a vacation

You would think that after months of off work due to health reasons and only being back about 2 weeks full-time that vacation would be the last thing on my mind… but its not! Everyone at work is going on vacation this month and early next and its made me realize in 16 years of working the only official vacation I took was 2 weeks about 3 years ago!

It’s been a rough couple of weeks but they pretty much have everything sorted out. I do not have [glossary slug=”multiple-sclerosis-ms”]MS[/glossary], which is really good news. The bad news is: I have [glossary slug=”fibromyalgia”]Fibromyalgia[/glossary] and [glossary slug=”diabetes”]Diabetes[/glossary]. Between the two of them they account for almost all of my symptoms and a few I had that I never even really thought of until I was told by other people symptoms they had. For example. I have had “floaters” or black or dark grey spots in my vision for a while. I always assumed it was just part of getting older. Never thought much about it. But apparently they can happen because your sugars get high, the numbness I started experiencing can be from either/or [Fibro or Diabetes].

The verdict is still out on [glossary slug=”superior-canal-dehiscence-scd”]Superior Canal Dehiscence (SCD)[/glossary]. Since the test indicate it I still need to get a CT and MRI to rule it out. So I may have a 3rd thing that is totally unrelated but would account for the rest of the “missing” symptoms from above. [...]  READ MORE

A blast from the past?

My doctor brought up a very valid point today. 4 years ago this time I was coming home from Kandahar, Afghanistan. I was over there in a military support role (not in the military just a civilian support position with a contractor). In May while I was there I was bitten by a spider. Unfortunately I do not know and likely never will know what kind.

A friend of mine saw the spider crawling on me, it had apparently climbed up the back of my camp chair and down my hair onto my face. I swatted at it and it bit me on the right side of my forehead. I screamed and my friend looked over, panicked and swatted it off of me. It hit the ground and took off running. We could not get it to kill it as we were told to do when bitten by anything potentially poisonous.

We started out to find someone with a vehicle to take me to the hospital. About 5-10 minutes later I felt the side of my face start to go numb from the bite area radiating downwards and outwards. I remember not feeling well but can not remember the exact symptoms beyond the numbness initially.  [...]  READ MORE

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