Monday, February 11, 2008


Not a word I was ready to hear. Fibromyalgia is a word that had crossed my mind a few months ago, but I decided not to ask my doctor about it for fear of it becoming a familiar word. Fibromyalgia is a word that is now a part of me.

When I first heard this word last Friday my mind went nuts. I don’t get it, how, why? What’s going on? After learning more and finding out that there is a drug that can help me with it I felt better.

I started to read the materials my doc gave me and learned a lot more and learned that I definitely had this illness, no doubt. So now I work with a new name, new drugs and a new challenge. How to overcome Lupus & Fibromyalgia. I know I can do this with God’s help.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Another week

Well another week has gone by and this one was a whopper. I spent most of Monday night & early Tuesday morning tossing and turning. I was sick to my stomach and feverish. I spent Tuesday at home, just laying on the couch.

I have been dealing with severe pain in my chest. It’s not the normal pleurisy (inflammation of the lining of the lungs). I just hurt. It seemed to focus under my arms. On Wednesday, the pain seemed to be shooting into my neck so I broke down and called the nurse. I didn’t get a run call from her but from the receptionist insisting that I come in right away. Oh boy, this wasn’t good. I made the appointment for first thing Thursday morning.

When the nurse touch my chest I thought I was going to smack her. The pain that shot through me was so intense. I had never had anyone push on my sternum like that so it took me by complete surprise. She did it again and she was also shocked. She named my problem with some long Latin name and said “Do you know what that is?” I gave her a dumbfounded look and responded “No, just don’t touch me again”. Apparently, the cartilage in my chest is inflamed. She put me on a prescription strength dose of anti-inflammatory, so now we just wait. And wait. And wait.

I spent early this morning laying in bed trying to breathe without moving my chest. Haha- I don’t think it’s possible. I’m not suppose to lift anything for a week, we will see how that works.