What’s been going on and what to look forward to

It’s been a long while since I blogged. This Spring semester was my final semester of school for my associated degree. To fulfill all my credits, I had to take five classes, instead of the usual four for full time status. Online classes are no joke, and no less work, in fact often more work than in person classes. After taking classes in person for four semesters, and then two semesters of online classes, I can say that I much prefer in person classes.

I survived, and I owned it all. I graduated Phi Theta Kappa, with honors. I am so humbly grateful. College has been a wonderful experience. I have intentions to continue my college education, but am taking a semester off.

As far as blogging goes, I have lots of topics and ideas. I just need to sit down and start putting them down and together to share. Of course, there will be food blogs, some stuff about college text books, places, and crafts. Recently I am on a crafting kick. There are some projects I have been wanting to get to, but haven’t had the time. So, I am crafting and documenting so I can blog about that as well.

My husband and I are also working on preparing our house and lives for the summer time we get to spend with our little ones….who are really not so little anymore. Our girl is 12, and our boy is going to be 10 in August. We have some fun plans and intend on making their time with us quality time. It’s possible I will come up with blogs about a thing or two while they are here with us as well.

It’s been a nice little rest since graduation and I really enjoyed getting to spend time with my daughters and granddaughter and other family. Once we got back home I needed some recovery time and could take it. Now I am happily enjoying exploring where life takes me for a little bit.

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful spring and planning a great summer. Keep checking in, I will be blogging again.

Blessings, Peace and Love to all!

Words

Words                                                                                                 5/11/16

Words- All these words floating around in my head

Words that are wanting to be said

Words that have meaning in one way or another

Some beautifully combine as if writing themselves in my mind

If only they would come out as they appear in my head

Write themselves on the paper so neat and so clear

Oh the things I have written in my mind over the years

Words of peace, love, frustration and hate

Words that describe, explain, or define all that’s going on—all that’s went on in this life of mine

Words that may be lost—oh how I hope they aren’t

While I discover the best ways to bring the words from my mind to life

Words said and unsaid—helping make sense, make peace, or share experience

Words running through my head

I am having a rough day today

I have fibromyalgia and a host of other diagnosis that go along with it, most came before my fibro diagnosis. Today it is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) that is giving me a hard time. I know, some of you are thinking that it’s a taboo topic, or ewe TMI. But seriously, it has much more to it than the obvious bowel issues. Yes it does mean more trips to the bathroom (also causes some to pee more frequently) and feeling a bit flu like, but stay with me if you dare while I explain how it affects me.

When my IBS acts up I have headaches and my body aches are amped up. Sometimes the nerves in my body kick in and it feels like I have lightning shooting through my body. Muscle cramping is multiplied and I feel overly tired. I often don’t feel like eating much, which only makes the whole thing continue longer. Did I mention the headaches? And then there is a fog that covers my brain, my thought are slower and jumbled and my words are sometimes, too. This strange tingling happens in my hands, and sometimes travels up my arms.

Sometimes it would seem that nothing triggered it, others I have some clues. Lack of sleep, stress, too much activity, too much dairy, something I have ate, or not eating enough are all noted triggers. It might even be tied to one of my other diagnoses, diverticulosis. The reason never matters much when I am going through it, I just make note and try to subdue it.

There are medication that the doctors prescribe, as they have for many other things…. There have been times when I depended on them, although that hasn’t been the case for years. Pepto-Bismol will do the trick. Rest, hydration, and eating what I can… bland foods are usually best.

The increased pain I feel is in my head, feet, hands, joints and lower back. It means I have to eat something to take some Tylenol or ibuprofen, because the life of pain I live has taught me that taking them on an empty stomach only increases the likelihood of developing another ulcer.

This isn’t a side of me that I allow others to see or know much about. I don’t write this to complain or for sympathy, only to bring awareness and to share some of my story. It’s not at all that I am ashamed or wish to hide my diagnoses, it’s just that I chose to live my life and not let them define me.