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   Posted 3/26/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Well let me tell you about my week so far.
It started last Monday when I took my MIL shopping for a outfit for a wedding after several jpousrs and numerous dress shops she found something she liked but wanted to go home and think about it before she brought it. Guess what yesterday I was doing something down in that area of our local town The outfit she wanted has all sold out. I told her it would happen but did she listen NO.
Now on to Tuesday well my daughter and her boyfriend have moved home which is not a problem, but I choose to do the washing [I love to do the washing one thing I can still do with the fibro] so I washed most of the day Tuesday. Because of where we live I put all the clothes on the line outside. Great just a LOT of washing as they had only just moved home.
Wednesday well Wednesday morning our youngest son rang Can you help me muster[round up] cattle to0 sell today, so out I go to help again something I love I grew up on a cattle station and we had about 1,000 head of cattle. So out we go he is late arriving so my DH and I start to get them in. Fine until one decides tyo run away, we had no horses or cattle dogs with us as they are quite cattle [Sure] After about and hours and walking miles we get them in with the help of my toy dog who thinks she is a lot bigger.
So then we go to the sale to see them sold, great we run into friends. My week has been fine yes I am stiff and in a little pain.
Thursday morning we get up at dawn ready to leave at 7am to go on a all day bus trip [free because of where we volenteer]
It was great friends also others from places newarby that are also in the same type of thing, but the getting in and out of the bus was not so great but we saw a lot off different things. We had wonderful meals all free, drinks, ice cream even some of the group went on go carts. By trhis time I was very sore and tired so no thanks for me. We even went to a animal hospital where they treat native animals that get injured [you may off heard of Steve Irwin the croc hunter] so that was really informative had nothing to do with what we do but still nice. Then back to let peope off and go home we arrived back where we started at 7pm. EXHUSTED.
Friday morning up to get ready for our church group we help run, then off to see my Dad and home again by 5pm.
So far you get what my wek has been like but it still isn't finished yet.
Saturday Well I am at work now we only do this twice a month Saturdays at the Woodworks Miuseum and information centre.
Tonight after work we go home have a shower then off to our oldest sons engagment party until he hopes around 1am.
Sunday morning its off to church at 8am, home to get changed then out to sell some more cattle whils cattle prices are so high. Then off we go to our daughters birthday BBQ then home for some much needed sleep.
Then next week will start, not so very long ago just thinking about this would off had me in tears but all I am is stiff and sore yes the pain gets bad well bad for what I am suffering now. My DD tells me I am 1,000 percent better then I was 4 years ago when I never left the house and the family never saw me.
I  understand how bad it gets and how much it hurts but too see the expression on my DS's face when I show up to help, or how much my DH enjoys having me with when he does things makes all the pain and tiredness worth it all.
Kathy from the land down unbder where the weather is perfect, the days are mild and the nights cool. Winter is on its way.
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   Posted 3/26/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't know how you do it.... You go girl!
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   Posted 3/27/2010 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
WOW Kathy!! You are amazing. But to me the key to your entire story is in the last couple of lines. When we sit and don't participate, don't move and also emotionally get down then our pain is so much worse. It's hard to tell someone who is in pain to get moving...I don't mean fast and furious but to not sit for long periods and never 'take to bed' because of fibro pain. We are so much better off to keep involved.

Now I don't necessarily mean we all have to go round up cattle for the but do something. If others don't work or have some outside interests you are wonderful proof of how good it is for you. I personally think that the mental benefits are almost better than the physical ones.

You are an amazing example of what someone with fibro should do ...LIVE LIFE to the fullest!

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, but Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."

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   Posted 3/27/2010 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to sit and do nothing well almost just sit at home never feel like going anywhere, I was missing out on so much. My husband used to sk me to go with him just for little things. Now I ask if he needs a hand and he is pleased that I do this.y daughter told me the other day I was 1,000 percent better then I was. Now I go out to dinner dancing enjoying life. Do I HURT YES, but I also have my friends around me I am HAPPY for the first time in years. Do I still sit home and want to hide out? Of course getting out there and doing things takes energy some days I jst do not have it. I am going to look for a BALL dress on Monday afternoon we are going to the social event of the YEAR here in Gympie Queensland. The show ball, do I really want to go? NO I TRIED TO GET OUT OFF IT, but it will make my husband happy our daughter our friends and in the long run ME HAPPY.
So even if it hurts to think get out there even if it is just going outside to look at the sky. I know not everyone is a lucky as Iam I live on 5 acres in Rural Queensland where we have great weather.[no snow] I look at the birds or the trees anything when I am having a bad day just remember we are not the illness and we only have to give it as much off us as we allow. And I HAVE GIVEN IT MY WHOLE LIFE, BUT NOW I AM TAKING MY LIFE BACK.


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   Posted 3/27/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
That is great Kathy but where do you get the energy??? I can't imagine doing all that you did this week no matter how much I wanted to energy wise. I have some things coming up that I'm looking forward to so it's not that I don't want to do these things and I can usually ignore the pain but the fatigue won't be ignored.
While reading your post I kept waiting to read the secret to how you did all that in one week. smilewinkgrin I had about 4 mos of feeling pretty good from Sept-Dec and then went right back to feeling like my body was fighting something. I try to do as much as I can everyday and I have a never ending list of things I want to do but that doesn't mean the body will cooperate with the mind.
I've very happy you are sooooo much better.
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   Posted 3/27/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Kathy you are so right about... we are not our ilness. It is so important to stay socially
connected, that is what helps me more than anything. Getting together with friends
and laughing helps me feel alive. Doing volunteer work gives me a sense of purpose.
Yes, I have cut back on my activities but I still need to live a fulfilling life and have fun!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 3/29/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kathy, Sounds like you live in my kind of place!!!  After a week like that I need a day of down time.  By down time I mean, do something around the house and then take a little break (read t5he board tongue ) then do something else and take a break, and so on......... 
Some of your life sounds like mine LOL;
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
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   Posted 3/29/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in the middle of very busy and exhausting week but I feel better than I have in a while!  All the activity and exercise really does help with fibro.
Yes, I agree.  You are amazing!  Just keep enjoying your life.  It can be done with fibro!
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