Monday, March 11, 2013

OMG! I have the flu!

Since I wrote the blog post a few days ago my world has been rocked...but not too bad!  I think I have the flu!!  I know I have a snotty nose, sore throat, little bit of a cough, headache, and I go from hot to cold in a nanosecond, I ache all over, and my joints are actually hurting tonight...sound familiar?  I didn't take the flu shot this year because several blogs and medical sources I have read say that people with neurological issues should because it might exacerbate their problems.  I didn't take one last year either and didn't have the flu! says

Flu symptoms include:
  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
I told my daughter that the aches and pains I have right now are no different then any other day in my life except for the snotty nose, sore throat, and cough!  I can handle the aches and pains cause my brain is trained to do so but...this snotty nose is driving me nuts.  I bought some Zyrtec D and have been taking that and I was hoping that a little Ibuprofen would help the joint and leg pains cause I don't normally have those issues.  I don't know about you guys but I have problems with stabilizing my temperature and vital signs.  I have orthostatic hypotension...I get dizzy when I bend over or go from lying to sitting or standing.  I sometimes don't have to do anything and I topple on my face.  my dear daughter shoved my falling butt on a display table at local retail store when I started weaving and trying to fall...I truly love this disorder cause people look at you so strangely when you sit among the Christmas decorations!

Some tips on what to do if you get the flu...or something like it. 
  • Drink lots of fluids.  Keep hydrated cause it helps to flush the toxins out and you will feel better for it.  I drink a Wellness tea from Celestial Seasonings Tea Co. that has echinacea in that is suppose to support and help your immune system.  I swear by it as does the rest of my friends and family and quite a few think it has helped them get better faster.
  • Watch your urine output.  If it goes from pale yellow (like butter) to a darker yellow you aren't drinking enough.
  • Eat lighter meals but stay away from heavy foods.  Chicken soup does have healing properties cause it is protein and water...try crackers, cheese, fruit etc.   I get absolutely nauseous thinking about eating beef or heavier sauced foods when I am sick.
  • Get plenty of rest
  • I take an Ibuprofen or Tylenol when my temp goes over 101degees...not before.  Don't knock out your bodies defense system.  I take a decongestant for the snotty nose and eat cough drops for the sore throat and cough.
  • If my symptoms persist I guarantee you I will go see a doctor.  
Okay I am off to bed again.  I have been up and down for several days but I think I am getting a handle on it.  I was up longer this time!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Another busy month!

I have been having mixed emotions as to when to post on this blog and when not to.  I don't want to come across as a wimp and a whiner and for the past month I have not been feeling well and haven't posted to keep from griping and complaining.   I am sorry.  Got an email from a "fan" who read me a riot act about how we are support for one another and told me I should share the good with the bad.  OKAY!  Here goes...

I started the month with a lot of pain and problems.  I am not sleeping well still so I am up most nights and sleep way into the day.  I feel depressed that my house is all torn up and messed up and I just don't feel like doing anything to straighten it up.  There are literally days I get out of bed, take a shower, go back to bed.  I spend time in front of the computer web surfing and reading emails but that is about it.  I don't have what it takes to do all that I want to do.  If you have FM or CFS you know what I am talking about!  That bone weariness that just won't leave you alone.  I am much better off then a lot of people I know and my heart goes out to them.

I read a post today from Pain Medicine News.  Impaired functioning of the brain’s ability to process pain stimuli may negatively affect how people with fibromyalgia experience pain.  The article titled "Opioid Receptors Impaired in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Shows."    The study shows that parts of the brain is malfunctioning in FM patients and can prove it with MRI/tomography.  Read the article....its good read!
I plan on being more involved with FM awareness this year.  I figure being a health care professional with the darn disorder it will bring more weight to the claims made regarding pain and pain control.  Pain meds don't work for me for the FM pain so I don't even bother to take them.  Some times when I have arthritic pain or a bad headache a hydrocodone pill works...but not usually.  I don't think I can become addicted or tolerant to something when it has no effect...what do you think?

I went to the doctor last month and saw the nurse practitioner.  I guess it all went well but her words were "you seem to be okay so just keep doing whatever it is you are doing" cause she couldn't offer me anything different!  I guess I should be proud I am doing so good!  I am going to make an appointment with the rheumatologist to get tests updated soon.  I just hate going in to the doctors!

I have quit most sugar, all artificial sweeteners and use stevia and honey only when possible.  Sometimes when you buy prepared you have to take the good with the bad.  My gluten free course continues on track for the most part.  Forgot the other night that I didn't do gluten anymore and ate a couple of regular saltines before my husband noticed.  Fibro Fog is what I blame that on.  It was a foggy head achy day.  Hope those go away as the weather is warmer and I can get out and about more!

I tried the Betty Crocker yellow gluten free cake mix and made funfetti cup cakes the other day.  I couldn't help myself and put purple funfetti frosting on them.  I love purple!!  I also mixed some of the candy bits in the batter.  Did you know that those candy bits are mostly sugar and cornstarch?  
Doesn't this cut open cake look yummy?  Very festive too!
The mix only makes about 15-18 cup cakes but that is enough to share!

Another thing I decided to make this month was gluten free corn dog bites.  I made them up for a Super Bowl party we were going to.  I got a headache and stayed home but Chuck said everyone loved them!
Check the previous post for the recipe.  These are good enough for a soup and sandwich meal.  Watch out for the calories though!

Thats it for today.  PROMISE and cross my heart to post more!