Monthly Archives: May 2016

A Big Bang Theory-Style Review of My Week

I thought I would share a few highlights from the past week.  I had a ton of fun writing my last Big Bang Theory-style post in December, so I wanted to write another one.  Here ya go!

The Fitbit Miscalculation:

I’ve been using a Fitbit most days for several months.  (I’ve been asked why I don’t wear it on days I’m using my wheelchair, and that’s because it counts wheeling as steps.)  I love this thing.  I’ve been able to track my sleep and set step goals.  Well, one day the count seemed abnormally high by my usual standards.  Like, more than double my normal average.  I got an email notification saying I’d earned a badge, and I could not figure out what was going on.  After practicing piano, I figured it out:  The fitbit was tracking the wrist movements of piano and cello playing!  Huzzah for killer finger workouts!

The Abominable Misjudgment:

The hubs and I have been LOVING “Sherlock.”  I even knitted a Sherlock doll once, because give me one good reason why Benedict Cumberbatch shouldn’t be immortalized in yarn!  The most recent episode is set in Victorian England, just like the original books, and it’s called “The Abominable Bride.”  It was amazingly well done!  However, agreeing to watch it after dark proved to be an abominable misjudgment on my part, let me tell you!  I am so ridiculously jumpy.  You’d think I would have learned my lesson after watching the 25th anniversary Albertville Hall production of “Phantom of the Opera” alone on a stormy night in October, but apparently not!

The Sal-Gar Recollection:

I went in for a dental exam a few months ago, and it was suggested that I use this prescription mouthwash stuff.  (My fibro and fibro meds make my mouth drier than the movie “Doctor Zhivago”.)  Between work stuff, health stuff, and ranting about corrupt politicians, I completely forgot about ordering the mouthwash.  I couldn’t for the life of me remember the name of it, but I remembered that it had the name “sal” in it.  I wracked my brain and decided that “sal-gar” sounded about right, so I gave the dental office a call.  “Sal-gar” sounded familiar, but I couldn’t remember where I heard it.  After I called them and got it sorted out, it hit me that “sal-gar” was the combination of salt and sugar that Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poeler) put on her pasta in “Parks and Recreation.”  Turns out I was pretty close.  It’s called Nutrisal which is probably better for teeth than coating them in salt and sugar.  (Side note #1: if you haven’t seen “Parks and Recreation”, you need to.  Side note #2:  I want a mini horse.  If you’ve seen “Parks and Recreation”, you will get that reference.  If you haven’t seen it, watch it pronto so then you will get the reference and also want a mini horse!)




Long Overdue Update

Things have been rough on my end over the past several weeks.  I had the worse flare-up I’ve ever had since I’ve been diagnosed with fibro, and that made my mental health go down the toilet.  I used to kick myself whenever I shared anything that was less than positive, but then I decided that if sharing the truth will help even one person feel a little less alone in their own suffering, then it’s worth it.

The reason things got so bad was because the temperatures have been all over the place.  There was a 45-degree drop in temperature awhile ago, I don’t even remember when.  Up till that point, I was doing alright and seldom needed my narcotics.  I had managed to stretch out the bottle and it had lasted me over a year.  Then I ran out right before the 45-degree drop, which was so stressful on my body that I passed out and had non-epileptic seizures from the pain several times.  I finally got a new prescription and the drug bust commenced.  (As in, busting open the bottle and popping the much-needed drugs!)

I was extremely hesitant to share this with anyone, partly because of the stigma against narcotics and also partly because I am still recovering from being in a church community where some people were extremely opposed to all forms of western medicine.  When I have a flare-up, I still wrack my brain trying to figure out what I could have possibly done to bring it on, which does wonders for my mental health as you might imagine.  I’m learning the hard way that that kind of mental and spiritual damage does not go away overnight.

As for happier news, some of you may already know that I had been in the process of applying for a mobility service dog since last fall.  Well, I finally got it finished and my application has been accepted!  The next step is a home interview with a trainer in the next couple months.  I will share more about all this when there is more to share!

Okay, the brain fog is kicking my butt so I’m going to stop here.  Hope you’re all doing well!