"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”"
Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Talked to another woman customer in the Great Clips haircut place today.
She: “I need to move closer so I can hear you. I usually wear hearing aids, but I didn’t wear them here since I’m getting my hair cut. I have a condition with my ears.”
Me: “Is it Meniere’s Disease?”
She: (Huge look of surprise on her face) “Yes, how did you know?”
Me: “I know a little bit about every co-morbid condition of Fibromyalgia, unfortunately.”
I found out useful info - the fluttering in my ears and how sounds are painfully loud could be Meniere’s warning signs. She said controlling sodium is very important in Meniere’s Disease.
I have an eight hour shift today. I cannot afford to call out.
And yet I barely slept on account of being woken several times by pain so bad it actually got through to my brain while I was unconscious. I’m a chronic pain patient, I’m a pro at sleeping through pain. I had to take ibuprofen at 4am…
I have incorporated the pain into my dreams before. Like my brain was inventing an explanation for the pain so I could keep sleeping.
just found out from my doctor that i probably have fibro.
now to do what i can to balance all the work and all the school and taking care of myself.
i guess it’s nice to finally feel validated and not be just told that i’m being lazy or not trying.
now, off to attempt to make up a billion hours of work.
Oh no, don’t try to work too hard to “catch up.” It usually leads to crashing and burning…body reacts & you end up being even further behind. Look up “pacing techniques” and be gentle with yourself. Pacing is alternating a sedentary task with a physical one. It has helped me a lot.
I got this insurance BECAUSE the prescription benefit was supposed to cover the medications I take.
WTF am I supposed to do?! And how do you notify me (and the pharmacy) when I’m there, to pick it up?! I’m expecting a $15 copay like it has been since 2011 (up from $5 in the spring of 2011) and…
See http://modestneeds.org , contact your doctor for free med samples or maybe they have a voucher/coupon..Some food banks also help with prescriptions.
I absolutely hate how my mom thinks taking things like Advil will dramatically reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. Advil can’t even do anything for my headaches. Do you really think it’s going to significantly help chronic pain?
Neither Advil/ibuprofen or Tylenol touch my pain. Plus, I have tinnitus that I think is due to sensitivity to ibuprofen. Everything else has been ruled out and ibuprofen can cause ringing ears for some people.