Fibromyalgia

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I’m melting… I’m melting… and loving it!

Published July 1, 2012 by minilophop

I hated how I looked so much that I would make goofy faces for the camera if I couldn’t avoid them all together.

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In 2010 I hit my highest recorded weight of 339. There are very few pictures of my from the past several years. I was too ashamed and embarrassed by how I looked to want to have any pictures. My pain levels were constantly high and I didn’t like to exercise. The more active I was the more pain I had, what fun is that? I can see in my face in the picture below that even just giving the cat a bath wore me out.

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I was in Paris for work for a week. Only one picture of me to prove I was there.

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Visiting Collin on his first birthday when he had back surgery.

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Joshua had a chess tournament in the city.

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Working on bonding Cinderella and Rebecca.

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The last Cephalon Christmas party, 2011.

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I started the process to have gastric bypass in November 2011. I weighed in at 322.

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Flower show 2012.

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Therapy rabbit visits 2012.

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I had gastric bypass on March 28, 2012. Five little marks that changed my life. After three weeks of an all liquid diet I weighed 295. The surgery went well and I was up walking the same day. I spent two nights at the hospital before I could safely drink liquids and go home. It was three weeks of recovery before I went back to work. I spent my days healing and starting to exercise again. I had to start off walking just 100 yards at a time then getting a little longer each day. I slowly built up my activity levels.

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Here I am setting up the new turtle tank in April. Joshua put all the rocks and dirt in because I couldn’t lift them yet.

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By May, I was able to walk around the park with the rabbits. Activity became so much easier as my pain levels went down. I was shocked that surgery didn’t create a fibromyalgia flare. Instead, I started to lose weight and was able to move joyfully. I expanded into water aerobics and strength training. I began walking during my lunch break since I didn’t feel like sitting around talking and shoveling food into my mouth. Now if I don’t get my mid-day walk I get irritable and can’t sit still. I still don’t feel like I”m a big exercise fan, but more of a person who enjoys activities.

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The fog has settled

Published January 19, 2012 by minilophop

Have you ever had a day that was super productive and everything was flowing? That was yesterday, I was ON! There was a lot to do so the adrenalin was flowing and my mind was swift. I accomplished so much, worked until midnight to get a project out to Europe on time.

Today I hit the wall and the fibro fog has settled in. I wanted to cry when the alarm clock went off. I managed to get to work with a little detour to WaWa for the best coffee ever. On a morning like this a little hazelnut coffee is a cup of heaven. I shouldn’t be drinking caffeine anymore with surgery coming up, but I’m working on weaning off the magical juice.

I still have much to get done, but my mind is so very slow. It’s hard to put sentences together let alone figure out what to do next on complex projects. I think today will be a day of doing basic tasks that I don’t have to think too hard about. That’s one of the best parts of my job, the variety. I have some very complex tasks that keep me engaged and enjoying my work. I also have some brain-dead zombie action that just has to get done. It’s flexible, within reason, when the tasks are done so I can plan according to my fibro symptoms.

At least I have some good music to listen to. Katy Perry may be a bit silly, but it is up beat and it helps me keep pushing forward. Ok, “I kissed a girl, and I liked it…….” starts to sing and gets back to work…..