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   Posted 3/26/2010 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I work for the University of California and Wednesday and Thursday were campus closure days: mandatory time off without pay for employees.  Today is a holiday.  I was so happy to have time off!!! It was really really nice not to have to commute 2.5 - 3 hours and sit in an office without windows.  I love my job, but I also love the sunshine and had some cabin fever!  There are a lot of things we need to do in the yard to get ready for summer.  
Yesterday I prepared our garden shed for painting by removing the hose reel, scraping loose paint, and cutting back some small invasive trees that grew around it.  I used those large tree clipper thingies.  The branch was too large, but I was able to fanagle it.  I also pulled a bunch of weeds in the front yard.  We have a little circular driveway with a big half circle of flowers in the middle.  The road workers (15 years ago) bulldozed road base up into our property.  Now that area is like soft cement in the rain and crumbly hard cement when it is dry.  I have been trying for years to find something that will grow in it.  Foxtails and dandelions do great!  I craweled around on my hands and knees and got half of the weeds pulled and filled up a huge wheelbarrow.  The wheelbarrow has flat tires, so it is hard to push - but I didn't realize til it was full!  
Then our wonderful new grandbaby (4 weeks old) came over.  I am the designated poopy diaper changer and bath giver because no one wants to change poopy diapers and it gives me chance to be with baby.  She hates it, so I tell everyone I must hold and comfort her after so she doesn't associate me with only mean things!  I held her a lot because everyone else was busy.  I usually don't get to hold her cuz everyone else wants to.
Today I am in so much pain, I am in tears.  But I try not to cry because it makes it worse.  I took a half a percodet at 7:30 and put ice on my neck and rested til 10:30, but that didn't help.  So now I got up and drank coffee and ate something and took another percocet.  I think this is the myofascial pain which, if not managed well, becomes a horrible migraine.  I want to pull the other half of the weeds, but I probably cannot do it. 
These are times that makes me so mad.   I even paced myself yesterday and came inside and rested a few times.  Hubby prayed for me and said, "you just don't learn; it is not fair"  he wants me to be able to do the things I love, like pulling weeds.  (I know I am a dork.  I coulda named myself weed geek if statgeek was not taken!).  I called him and asked him to pray again.  I am now going to go out and pull a few weeds to maybe get the kinks out. 
Family is coming tomorrow to see baby.  So I have to be better.  Hopefully, maybe. 
Sue (aka weed and stat geek)

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   Posted 3/26/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sue, I must be a dork too, I love to pull weeds, and putter in the yard. My husband
gets upset when I go out and do yard work because he sees me suffer, In the past he
always took care of the lawn and I did the shrubs and flower garden. I did it last year
and hope to do it this year. Pacing is getting trickier for me, even though I take many

I'm sure your little grandaughter melts your heart! It is easy to want to hold them as
long as you can.

Take it easy Sue, you don't want to feel any worse than you do. Enjoy your visit and
get some needed rest. Sending gentle hugs!

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 3/26/2010 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Why do some fibromites never learn from their mistakes??? I am guilty too when I'm feeling good Sue and over it do it every time and regret it. Anything new that my body is not use to doing everyday causes me pain even holding a newborn. I got use to picking my dogs up as they grew so that doesn't bother me but my 25 lb great grandson that I don't pick up everyday or even every week makes me sore every time I am around him but I can't help myself.
Hope tomorrow is better for all the company.
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   Posted 3/26/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Add me to the bunch of 'no learners'. <hanging head> But darn it anyway, we are just doing what we used to or what other people do...aren't we? Ya, but if we insist then we pay and we know it. Somehow when we get these spurts of energy we don't feel the pain. But when it's over and especially the next morning...OM Gosh! We pay way more than we deserve..ever! I seem to do it several times a week. Once the weather starts to get better I seem to 'forget' my lessens even easier.

Sue, we're all out there with ya digging and pulling weeds...I love it too...and we're in here in tears also. Last night my arms hurt so bad that even with pain meds I couldn't sleep. Then I got into a round of gory nightmares that wouldn't stop and I didn't want to sleep. So today I'm dragging my caboose. Good think I cooked enough last night for dinner tonight also. No way I can stand over a stove. have lots of company if it's any comfort. I do hope you get some relief and you don't get migraines out of the deal. You certainly do not deserve it! I too love holding those tiny grandbabies. We have one who's 9 days old. We saw him last Sunday and it was so nice to just hold and rock him. My arms were screaming but I kept my mouth shut. ;-)

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