no point really, just need a brain dump

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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 6/27/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not working right now.  But I'm trying not to just shrink away from life.  I try to stay involved in things I love. 
 
I got an opportunity a couple of months ago that I just couldn't pass up.  But it's really coming to a head this week and I'm just exhausted.  Tonight is the big show - and the end of my commitment.  I'm excited the big day is here, and sad that it's almost over, and dreading having to do this feeling as awful as I do right now, and really happy that I've been able to be a part of the experience... all at the same time.
 
So here's the deal.  A local organization is putting on a big outdoor production - free to the public and expecting thousands - tonight.  I have been blessed to be a part of the choir.  We've been in rehearsals for a couple of months.  But this week we've been having dress rehearsals on location, which means in a city park.  The event is called "Celebrate Ameria" and we are doing a "Singing Flag".  We have a 24' tall American flag structure that the 68 choir members stand inside of (you can just see our heads in the red stripes) and we have a 2 hour program of patriotic songs with a huge cast performing a variety of talents on stage in front of us.  It's really a lot of fun...  but....
 
  1. My spot in the flag is the second row from the TOP.  That means fibro-climbing the steep ladder/stairs almost to the top.  And even worse, climbing DOWN after the show. 
  2. Once in place in the flag, you're pretty much stuck.  You're standing on the wooden platform in the very narrow aisle between the "stripes" of the flag - can't sit, can't leave to go potty - stuck.
  3. We're having a heat wave.  It is forecast to be 105 degrees tonight at showtime. 
  4. We've had four 3-hour long rehearsals this week in these conditions.
  5. Yesterday, besides dress rehearsal in the evening, we were up very early in the morning for a TV appearance on a local morning info-tainment show.

Of course I had a fibro-fog brain fart and screwed up my part just as the TV camera was zoomed right in on me, so I feel awful that did not represent the choir well to the large Sacramento viewing area.

By the time I get to my spot in the flag my legs are already screaming, and then I have to pretty much stand still for a couple of hours.  I have a small rug to stand on to make it a tiny bit easier on my feet and legs, but it doesn't help much.

And oh!  Talk about SWEATING!  smhair   It pours out of me faster than I can scarff down my electrolyte-enhanced water.  I'm concerned that the heat will keep people away and we won't have the turn-out we expected.  It would be such a shame to go through all this and not have anyone show up for the festival!

Oh well, I really didn't mean to write a book, sorry for the long post.  Just needed to do a brain dump, I guess - trying to get psyched up to go do this thing tonight.  It will be wonderful and terrible at the same time.   smilewinkgrin

 


Donna


crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 6/27/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Me again. Thought I'd show you a bit of what I'm talking about. Moderators, if this is against a rule please do edit me! There are pics of the flag structure here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/celebrateamerica/
Donna


boo32
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   Posted 6/27/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
hey donna,
It'll be worth it and you'll be fine. Just enjoy it while it lasts. Push yourself through it and you can collapse after it, that's what i always do.
I laughed a lot at your ''fibro fog brain fart'', i never realised the extent of it till i came on here. I genuinely tthought i was just really thick and stupid. Alas, i know i'm not.
Good luck and enjoy.
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most!
Fibro and spinal arthritis, trying to mange it with diet, exercise and accepting my limits, as i'm allergic to EVERYTHING!
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boo32
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   Posted 6/27/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
hi,
Just saw your pics, it looks mad, can't say i envy you but it looks like heaps of fun
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most!
Fibro and spinal arthritis, trying to mange it with diet, exercise and accepting my limits, as i'm allergic to EVERYTHING!
TTC NO1 since Jan08


Sherrine
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   Posted 6/27/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
This looks like soooo much fun!  Before my hearing loss I sang in a church choir and a community choir.  My church choir used to do the singing Christmas Tree.  I looked forward to it sooo much, but I dreaded it, too.  The only thing I worry about for you is the heat.  I hope you sneak water...and lots of it...in the flag.  You can take swallows between songs.  No one would blame you a bit. 
 
I hope you have a wonderful time!  Let us know how things went.  By the way,  I loved the flag!  I wish I were singing with you.
 
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Lindaloo
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   Posted 6/27/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
It looks great. Let us know how it all went. I hope you do ok with the fibro and the heat. I'll be sending good thoughts your way. God bless.

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   Posted 6/28/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope all went well last night Donna. That flag is huge!!!! The heat would have been a factor for me, well that and the fact that I can't carry a tune in a bucket.
 
It finally cooled off here after a line of bad storms went through last night. I may actually be able to get out and do something today.
 
luv and hugs
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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 6/30/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow. Three days later and I'm still wiped out. The show really went great. They estimated 10,000 in attendance, which is a pretty good turn out considering the heat. My handkies from Vermont Country Store got quite a workout! (Thanks again, Bella Scarlett!) I felt pretty okay during the show - I guess the performance adrenaline kept the aches and pains at bay. It really hit me Sunday morning though. My legs were so stiff and sore I could hardly walk. I spent most of the day napping. Monday wasn't much better but I did manage to get out for groceries Monday evening - very slowly!

There definitely was a physical price to pay, but I'm so glad I got the chance to be a part of this. Thank you all, for your encouragement.
Donna

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