One Year On

Fibronyalgia RibbonA year ago this week I started experiencing pain in my knees, by the end of the week the pain had spread to my entire body and I could barely move. A month later, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is best described as a widespread chronic pain disorder. It causes pain and weakness in the muscles, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. Nobody knows what causes it and there are few effective treatments for it. A year ago, I was working as a veterinary nurse. Two months later, I was forced to quit as my body just couldn’t handle the physical aspects of the job. I had to re-examine what to do with my life based on what my body was capable of. Needless to say, it was a tough period of my life.

I joined a couple of online support groups but I soon became tired of them as I felt that most members were trying to out do each other with how sick they were and how little they could do. I didn’t want to dwell on my condition and my limitations. I wanted to know what I could do, not what I couldn’t do. I stopped researching about fibro and quit going to my rheumatologist (he wasn’t much help anyway). I got my current job and tried to get on with my life. It worked to a certain degree. I gained back most of my mobility and learned to cope with the other crap that comes with fibro.

My life has changed dramatically from the life I had a year ago. I try not to dwell on the things I have lost but instead focus on what I have gained. I am debating going back to my rheumatologist to see if there is anything he can do for the persistent pain in my legs. If I can get that pain under control then maybe I can exercise more and be able to do more of the things I want to do.

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I didn’t plan this to happen

I am rather embarrassed to admit this, but the two Pay It Forward competitions I mentioned last week, well, I won them both. This means I have to have a kick ass Pay It Forward competition to make it up for it.  One of the things I won was my own domain name and a hosted wordpress blog for 6 months.  I think I will hold off holding my Pay It Forward competition until that is all set up.  That way I can launch my new blog with something very cool.  Until then I need to think of some unique prizes to give away in my competition.  Unfortunately I can’t afford to give away anything expensive like an iPod, but I am sure there must be some interesting not so pricey stuff that I can.  Any ideas will be welcomed – the geekier the better.

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Light Reading?

Besides doing two loads of laundry and taking the dogs for a walk, I have spent the remainder of the day on the couch reading.  Such a relaxing way to spend a Saturday.  I have read two books this afternoon, “A Child Called It” and “A Brother’s Journey”.  Both books are about surviving child abuse.  The authors are brothers and both tell their version of growing up in the same abusive household.  Not exactly light reading, but the books were ones I couldn’t put down.  It was amazing the extent of their abuse and yet nobody did anything until it was almost too late.  The older brother got pulled out of the house and put in foster care, but the younger brother was left there to survive as best he could.  Back in the 70s nobody talked about child abuse, what happened behind closed doors stayed behind closed doors.  Today there is much more awareness about it, but still not enough to save kids from abusive situations or to stop things before they get a chance to escalate to the point of abuse.  With women having kids to cash in on the baby bonus without any thought about how they can afford to care for the children, I can see the incidence of child abuse and neglect escalating in Australia.  Already the foster care system is at breaking point, it simply can not provide for the number of children needing care.  I am sure as hell the Howard government never thought about these kids when they decided to throw money at women, who have no business having kids, for them to breed and keep on breeding.  I wonder if the Rudd government has the balls to scrap this scheme and put the money towards providing paid maternity leave and a better foster care system.

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Earth Hour

Earth HourOn Saturday 29th Saturday at 8pm, the world is going to turn off its lights for one hour to help bring awareness to our environment and how we are damaging it by living beyond our world’s resources. Earth Hour last year was a Sydney only event, but this year it is going global. All you have to do to take part is to turn your lights off for one hour at 8pm. If you feel so inspired, you can make it a real event by holding a candlelight dinner for your family or friends or by having a night-time picnic in a park overlooking your city and just seeing what it looks like with all the lights turned off.

I really want to take part in Earth Hour, but like last year, I am going to be out. Last year I was seeing a production of “Sunday in the Park with George” and this year I will be at a Patty Griffin concert. I seem to always end up in a place that produces more greenhouse gases in one night than my house does in over a month.

Next year, I promise to actually take part in Earth Hour.

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Drip

For the past three days I have battled with a sinus infection.  I have mucus dripping down the back of the throat, my teeth on one side of the top of my mouth are sore and generally I just feel awful.  I have problems talking for long periods of time cause everything gets all blocked up, which made the two training sessions I had to run today bloody difficult.  Yeah, I feel like shit.  I have also had a really tough week at work, so I am looking forward to the weekend.

Tomorrow at work, our upper management are cooking the entire company breakfast.  Our CEO, marketing manager, CFO and Managing Director are putting on their chef hats and are whipping up a cooked breakfast for everyone.  This makes me kinda nervous.  CEOs don’t cook breakfast for everyone just because they feel like it.  I hope whatever news they are going to deliver tomorrow is good news.

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Calling All Passive-Aggressive People

Long term readers will know about the mystery at my workplace about who keeps dumping piles of toilet paper on the floor. I thought I had worked out who the culprit was after they took a couple of days off work and the floor remained free of toilet paper. But when they returned, the floor remained cleaned for a number of days. But things have gone back to their usual horrible state. I walked into the stall today and saw this.

toilet paper next to toilet

Yes, I did actually take a photo of the toilet paper on the floor next to the toilet. These are the lengths I will go to to bring you the events of my life. The fact I just described toilet paper on the bathroom floor as an event in my life disturbs me greatly.

Anyway, the time has finally come to write a passive-aggressive note to put on the back of the bathroom stall to see if I can curb this despicable behaviour. However, I am really bad at writing these kind of notes, so I am appealing to you, my readers, to compose a passive-aggressive note to go on the back of the bathroom stall to get this culprit to pick up the toilet paper they are dropping and to flush it away. It can as humorous or as aggressive as you like. Become one with your passive-aggressive streak and write the ultimate back of the bathroom door note.

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I’m Spartacus!

Because my day absolutely sucked, I thought instead of posting a rant about how much it sucked, I would instead post something that is guaranteed to make me (and hopefully you too) laugh.

These are a clip from the American version of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?”.Ffor those of you unfamiliar with this show, it is an improv show where actors are given a scene to do off the top of their heads. Ryan, one of the stable actors, does an amazing impersonation of Carol Channing….

In case it doesn’t come through the feed, click here

And another clip from the same show, this time the game “Scenes From A Hat”

Again, if not in the feed, it can be found here

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