Do you still play?

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   Posted 5/13/2010 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I find that I need to get together with friends to have fun time. It sure helps getting my
mind off pain and always lifts my spirits. My husband and I get together with friends
to play cards and in the warmer weather we play yard games. Laughing is so very
important. It is one of the best medicines.
When we are hurting I think it can become easy to isolate ourselves from others. I
push myself to do things with my friends and in the end I'm happier for it.
Do you still play?
Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 5/13/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
My hubby and I consciously make an effort to play, even when I'm really not feeling up to it. All of our good friends know about my health struggles, so whether we go out to their houses, or they come here, I'm free to drift off for a nap if needed and I don't feel like an idiot for missing anything. Often we watch movies, sometimes we play Wii games. I participate when I can and watch when I can't and it's all good for me. I've truly been blessed with understanding friends and my husband is an absolute Saint about taking care of me.

I agree with you...laughter is huge in making us feel better, so I make it a point to find things to laugh about every day. Something else that helps me personally is to snuggle a baby, and I"m fortunate in that many of my friends have wee ones so I have lots of opportunities. I can feel my body relaxing when I'm rocking a's amazing!

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   Posted 5/13/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Play - an interesting question. I guess when I just let myself do whatever I feel like and don't try to keep to a schedule of what I "should" be doing, that's when I feel I'm playing. Feeling no pressure. Doesn't happen often enough! Sure is something to keep in mind - thanks, Robin!
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   Posted 5/13/2010 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely! It is a necessity for sanity

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   Posted 5/14/2010 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Playing games is a good idea. I think we might get a Wii, sounds like fun.
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.

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   Posted 5/14/2010 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I get together with friends and play everything from Yahtzee to Uno.  We gab and laugh about the stupidest things but it helps me alot.  Laughter is great medicine!

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   Posted 5/15/2010 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I play with my established friends & family. Then I went through a period of having lots of superficial friends, whom I would try to hide my FM from. I did not form any permanent bonds with them, nor did they with me. Covering up the issue made it harder to be real with my family and old friends, so I had to choose to be real to my family and friends first.

I am starting to chat with people I meet. But honestly, it is terrifying for me to talk to someone who is not accounted for by another close friend or family member. For so long, I would only make small talk with these people: lots of meaningless, impersonal, shallow talk. Or, I would only talk with people if I needed something from them (in work & school.) Right now, it feels really weird talking with people for the sake of talking and nothing else--and actually diving into personal subjects. I guess I felt that I would be judged, taken advantage of, or that the world would stop if I was REAL with an acquaintance. This is SOOO not the case.

I encourage playing...but make sure you're real at the same time. I'm shell shocked from this kind of socialization at the moment, but I'm taking baby steps everyday.

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   Posted 5/15/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
ziplocked, I think the best thing we can do for ourselves is just be real. It took me along
time to accept my illness, so I realize it may take others to get used to it. I tend to be more
open and speak my mind. I read somewhere that judging others really defines ourselves.
I know at times I am judgemental and can sometimes say things that might hurt others,
that is not my intention. I have found peace within myself because of my illness.

I believe life is about living, being happy, laughing even if you have pain. It is possible.
We are all human and we all have the same basic needs, love is the most important and
it took me a long time to love myself with my illnesses.

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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