Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I am the wrong person to be living in a tri-level home.
I have one flight of stairs that are 10 steps high.
10 very narrow steep steps...in my opinion.
While carrying a basket of laundry, on one journey down,
my feet voluntarily slipped out from under me.
I tumbled flopped and crunched right down on my right ankle.
I heard this little "pop" that in turn matched a strange tug.
And my ankle turned into a giant purple grapefruit right before my eyes.

And "yes" I cried a little, pounded the floor with my fist,
said, "crap!" and then crawled to the nearest phone.
"Yes" I immediately applied ice and swiftly elevated it above my heart.
And, "yes" I went to the doctor's and had an x-ray
that told me it was not broken, but could not explain the "pop!"
I am supposed to stay off my feet, keeping my foot elevated,
while the sun is shinning outside.

For a full 2 weeks I had been power walking
and doing quite well, I might add.
My new medicine has been doing wonders and so was I,
...until this :(
I am angry at those stairs and myself for being clumsy
because now I am back on this couch feeling like
all my hard earned energy is going to waste

Friday, January 23, 2009

tethered to life and some good health

Yes, I have been tethered to life and learning how to cope with some new added energy and strength. I quickly scanned back to see if I have told you all about this new medication I have been on for the last two months named LYRICA, and I couldn't find any references to it, so regardless of all the negative side effects I have read here and there over the Internet, I am having some great successes with taking it.

I began the slow gradual introduction around last thanksgiving and I must say that it has worked wonders for me. It's been a challenge as to what to do with the gift of energy that I now enjoy in the afternoons. Enrolling into a woman's bible study was my first choice. I have greatly missed that fellowship. Exercising is now a routine with some serious walking accompanied by my puppies. Don't let their size fool you, they give me a run for my money, especially walking them both at the same time.

I am planning a couple of trips; San Francisco in February and San Diego in March, to visit with my baby sister Denise, Carsten and baby Cedar. I am thrilled with great anticipation for them both. Family noticing the newness of health I am experiencing will be wonderful. Maybe even a little of the old me is back, or should I say, the new and improved.

I encourage anyone who had suffered from Lupus, Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to talk to their primary care physicians about prescription Lyrica. It is not an anti-depression medicine, which often seems to be the "go to" drug for these debilitating autoimmune disorders. What have we got to loose...or should I say gain :)

No, it is not a cure, but the difference it is making in my life is astounding. Pass this information on and feel free to send any loved ones my email address for any questions or concerns.

My very own live in Cheerleaders!...too cute!
Miss Ellie Mae and the one and only Baxter Binx

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

no reservations ~ no resolutions

I don't generally make resolutions
the time lines
being put into a box, such
reminders that you aren't in sync with the plan.

I rather make w i d e ~ s w e e p i n g
declarations something like,
"in 2008, I'm going to become gluten free."
and slowly over a years time, I am gluten free :)
I made it happen, it was very hard, but I did it.

The key...
"a very realistic expectation"
I gave myself an entire year to make one change.
This year, I'm making a new w i d e ~ s w e e p i n g declaration.
"in 2009, I'm going to swim as much as I can."
No, I don't have a pool, or current access to a warmly heated one
that is covered from the sun,
but that doesn't discourage me. I feel very strongly
that this is what I am supposed to do.
He will make it happen, I have no doubt.

***The key to my drastic food change was simple...it was not a diet, it was just me loving me through nutrition.
The same will be with the swimming...I will not be exorcising, I will be moving around, in warm caressing water and loving it.

So, I guess what I am saying is that I kept it simple. Broke it down into an ~action~ that will more deeply love on me.

and in turn...I simply happen to find more love in others through the process.

I hope you find some delight today :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

hello 2009

I know this was a cheep way to celebrate...but after Christmas, I'm broke :)