Hi Maz...I just want to tell you how impressed and astounded I am that you are able to teach when I look at all the disorders you are suffering from. (I know...never end a sentence with a preposition!) You are an inspiration to all of us who don't know how we are going to get through the day. I am sorry you are in so much pain and if I could offer you more than sympathy and positive thoughts, I would. Fibro plus anxiety can equal agony...I hope this flare passes quickly for you.
I wonder what the feeling swollen thing is all about? I feel like the flesh uner my arms (arm flab) weighs about five pounds but it looks the same. Don't know.
Maz, so sorry you are having so much pain. I went thru the fog yesterday, everything I wrote here had to be corrected, most I caught, some I didn't catch. I even wrote a post, only to hit the wrong button and lose it somewhere in time. I just didn't have the energy or 'brain' left to redo.
I had the same problem w/ my arms, couldn't hold them up too long, my shoulders would burn. I also used the idea 'lost' mentioned, have the children come up to the board and write out what is necessary. The overhead projector is an excellent idea, also.
I also get that bruised and beaten feeling all over my body. There are times I have to ask my DH not to touch my arms or head, the sensation is unbearable. Normally, I love it, he has such a gentle touch. He understands, but I still hate saying, Don't Touch.
Maggi, I love the idea of the T-shirt w/ trigger points, but I think we may need full body suits to keep ppl away from all our sore spots.
Donna, I used to worry about grammar, now I try to spend most of my time OCDing on spelling. Some days I am just happy if someone understands what I'm trying to say, cause I get lost in my thoughts or lack of them. Look out, brain on fire.
God bless. Alice.
Wow, you guys are awesome! Thankyou all fore kind words and advice!
Yes I am a high school teacher, and its not your average school- its a welfare "last stop before juvenile detention" school with many angry and emotionally agressive teens. its like walking a tight rope. They can be very hostile, but i have formed good relationships with the majority as I have been there for 4 years and know the teens and their problems well. I sit as much as possible, its freezing cold winter here but I have a heater next to my desk which helps. My kids know a bit about Fibro (the seniors) and they help me out wherever possible. they lift boxes of books, tidy up the room etc- they are great like that. I promise to never ever judge your spelling, grammar or punctuation! Even though Im an english teacher, im a sloppy typer and make many mistakes myself. You can be sure your posts are safe with me! lol. Actually the students are curious as to why a 29yr old suffers from something that they consider to be like arthritis- then again, they are curious to talk about anything that will stop them having to learn! Also someone asked about meds? Im on prescription painkillers and anti inflammatories and I get steroidal injections. To be honest, all that barely takes the edge off the pain.
Thankyou ALL. I only work by the grace of God. I get home and I totally collapse. Weekends are my only real reprieve.
Philly- i have been using the OHP like a crazed woman. that way i save my strength and the kids can still take notes.