Warming Buddy

I ran across this cute little giraffe at Aldi today and wanted to share my new friend with everyone.  He is a warming buddy that you heat up in the microwave and use in place of a heating pad.

I know my Endo Sisters can relate to having the extra appendage of a heating pad.  I also use heat and/or ice during facial pain flare-ups.  I rarely leave home without a heating pad or ice pack.  I use them every day and carry them back and forth between work and home.

I thought this little cutie might bring a smile to my face when I’m struggling with pain and battling the inevitable flare-ups.

I probably wouldn’t have splurged by spending $9.99 for myself but since my Mom was with me and will do anything to make me smile, I got to bring him home.

I look forward to trying him out soon.  :mrgreen:

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Guilt & Small Victories

I have felt it on the horizon for days now and, without invitation, it’s here.  The excruciating Endometriosis flare-up that is becoming more and more frequent and is the one thing that I can count on to stop me in my tracks and bring my life to a stand-still for a 3 to 5 day stretch every 4 to 6 weeks.

Don’t get me wrong, the Endo monster is very much present on a daily basis, in one way or another.  However, flare-ups like this are a very different level of agony.

I am celebrating a small victory in the timing of this one, because it just so happened to start yesterday, which was Friday, at about 3:00 pm so it didn’t cause me to miss any work (yet).

At this point, I have made it 5 consecutive weeks without calling in sick.  That may not seem like much to a normal, healthy person but to those who work each day with severe chronic pain, debilitating fatigue, and a plethora of other unpleasant symptoms, making it through 5 weeks of work actually IS an accomplishment. 

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