Sunday Fun Day

I am thrilled to report that today was a GOOD day.  Yes, it was completely necessary and appropriate to capitalize every letter in the word “good” and use bold font, because (as my fellow spoonies will understand) days like this can be few and far between.

I woke up to my alarm clock at 9:00 am, which I reluctantly set on a Sunday, because I knew I had plans for the day and without an alarm, I inevitably sleep until well after 12:00 pm and sometimes all day long.

I started my daily routine, beginning with my morning meds and drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes (I know, I know … I am trying to quit and will hopefully succeed soon) while waiting for them to kick in and the worst A.M. pain levels to subside.  Luckily that happened relatively quickly.

Billy and I watched Sunday Morning and Face The Nation and then I took a shower and got ready to go visit my Mom.  Unfortunately, my Dad had to work all weekend (again) but even though I missed spending time with him, I enjoyed spending time with my Mom and was glad to keep her company, as she often gets lonely on the weekends that Dad has to work. Continue reading

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Bon Voyage Mom & Dad!!!

Carnival Freedom

Today has been bitter-sweet as my parents arrived in Galveston, TX to sail away on the Carnival Freedom cruise ship for a well-deserved vacation.

Mom

Mom

Dad

Dad

I am so grateful that they arrived safely, because they were involved in a minor accident on the drive south near Houston, TX.  Apparently a truck driving in front of them was carrying a large box containing a water heater, which fell off into the highway.  Mom tried to swerve but couldn’t because there were vehicles in the lanes on either side of her car.  They collided with the water heater, which damaged her almost new, beautiful car but thankfully the damage was mostly cosmetic and there were no injuries.

As I’ve likely mentioned before, traveling is one of my passions and going on cruises with my parents have been the best days of my life.  We have been on 3 together and I cherish those memories like no others. Continue reading

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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