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Hopegirl
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   Posted 10/17/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I Have gone from someone who looks forward to my daily showers with all my liquid soap choices, to not even taking a shower now as much, sometimes everyother day, sometimes a little more.... Just don't feel like it....

bayoub2
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   Posted 10/17/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
it is "normal" with people with depression...not everyone, but some lack any energy to tend to personal hygiene issues. When I was living in my bed, I would not shower as much. It just took too much energy.

Now, I like showering because it feels good on old sore muscles and lifts my spirit, at least for a little while.

Are you more depressed than usual?

Take care
Maggie

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   Posted 10/17/2011 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I went through that and still do. I always feel better after I shower, but it takes such an effort at times to get in there. Often it is hard to hold my arms up to wash my hair. My lady who does my hair is just up the street. I have often thought about having her shampoo it. I just have to find out how much it costs.

When you are less depressed, that will all come back to you, self nuturing. But try to get yourself in there. You will feel better afterwards, and during. It feels good to be clean.

Hope that you have more energy soon. Keep trying. Don't give up.

Hugs, Karen
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Hopegirl
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   Posted 10/18/2011 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Maggie- yes, I am much more depressed than normal. I came out of my job as of sept 1, for my fibro and chronic fatigue, I got denied, so I am appealing my claim. It brought me back to anxiety, heart palpitations, and depression. I am seeing my psyciotrist, he put me on cymbalta, which seems to help the pain alot. But not the depression. I see my dr on Friday, hoping he will help with that part.
Thank You for responding.

Karen- that is it in a nutshell, no makeup, not doing anything withhold my hair. After I pressed forward and got a shower last night... It feels wonderful. But the energy. I also did a little cleaning and now my arms hurt so bad I want to cry.

Hopegirl
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   Posted 10/18/2011 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Karen- thank You too, you have no idea how it feels to know others care, and that you know exactly where i am. I am fighting it. But I hope my doctor can help
Hopegirl (aka)
-Monica
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   Posted 10/18/2011 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I take norco for the pain. Plus antidepressants for the depression. But I believe that they help somewhat with the pain too. Like today, I have done absolutely nothing. But I allow myself that. If I feel guilty about it, I will be worse tomorrow. I try to take it one day at a time. Somedays, I can do quite a bit, never what I use to be able to do, but enough to feel good about it. Some days, I can't do anything. We have had a cold spell and it has really gotten to me. Today it is sunny but cold. Yesterday it was really windy and the day before it was cold, wind and rain. So I hope that we are getting back to normal again. Whatever that is for this time of year. At least 60 would feel better. But the cold really effects me. I don't like feeling cold when I get out of the shower so I got a little heater for the bathroom. That really helps. I don't like our tub either, though we are talking about getting a nice shower stall, it is an old clawfoot tub that is hard to get in and out of. So I think when we get the shower, it will be better. It will be warmer because it is enclosed more.

Just remember, the more self nurturing you do, the better you will feel about yourself. Sometimes I don't think we feel worthy of it. Sometimes we just don't have the energy. Other times, we just plain forget. I do. It isn't a ritual for me like it use to be. Shaving my legs is even worse. I have taken to using a rechargable razor because it is faster and easier. But it leaves nubs. I don't like that. But I haven't used shaving gel and a regular razor in ages. I use to put lotions and oils on. Shower every morning and take a bath every night. I felt so good about myself back then. I quit smoking and was really healthy. But thqat was many years ago. Now I do what I can. I sometimes wear make up but it seems like when I do, I forget and rub my eye or something stupid like that. lol...

We will get there. One day at a time. Keep trying. But do allow yourself to take a day of rest here and there. Don't feel guilty over it either.

Hugs, Karen
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bayoub2
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   Posted 10/18/2011 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I always rub my eyes when I wear makeup too-lol. They have little chairs you can put in shower-I can't stand on one leg anymore. Your tub sounds cool but step in shower is good for us fibromites. Hubby put a bench seat in there with a hand held shower thingy so I can sit-it's wonderful.

There are days tho, that all that stuff is too much...I'm glad to hear that someone else does nothing some days...I used to feel guilty but now I realize there are going to be those days, and make sure I have express salad and pizza for dinner-lol.

You will have better days...promise...but if you really stay in a funk, talk to your doc.

Maggie
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