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   Posted 10/1/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea, so, I dont know about you guys but whenever I get sick my Fibro goes into OVERDRIVE. That is to say the very least. shocked
The seasons are changing and its starting to cool off a bit here...which also means flu season is coming up. I woke up Monday with a sore throat, but thats not uncommon for me...but by my 4th class I was freezing and had a migraine. When I made it to my last class, which is a small room with just me and a teacher, I laid in the floor covered up shaking the whole class period. When I got home I put 2 layers of everything on and got a bunch of blankets and pillows and curled up in the recliner. My head hurt so bad I couldnt move it. I couldnt open my eyes. Nothing. The worst I've ever experienced. I couldnt see straight nor could I stand up. MY Fibro went full force at me and I hurt all over. I was SO stiff and hurt so bad that I involuntarily cried. cry
I was a little better yesterday, still had a sore throat, hurting all over, I have no voice, but my head felt a bit better. Only, I was so incredibly hot yesterday. I was like hot from the inside out so I couldnt get comfortable. Im still quite weak and havent eaten much in 3 days and Im trying to regain my voice but it isnt working that great!
So, what does this time of year(and whats to come) mean for your health and how you feel/will feel??
I have already experienced it and hope that I can stay well this winter. It doesnt help that I go to school where most kids are totally not sanitary! (dont tell anybody, but I keep germ-x in my pocket! Im OCD!) tongue   But, I wish everyone the best and hope that you guys dont get sick! (and if you do, I hope you feel better REALLY fast!!!) 
Just thought I would throw this out there! Take care! turn

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"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
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   Posted 10/1/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
First of all, I have an appointment Saturday morning for my annual flu shot.  That helps me a lot in staying healthy.  I also keep Zicam nasal swabs handy and at the first hint of a cold I start using them.  They can stop the cold flat if you use them right away.  If not, they lessen the duration of the cold. 
Lastly but very importantly, I wash my hands a lot in the winter.  With so many adults and children sick, the germs can be all over the carts, door knobs, railings, etc. so I wash my hands when I get home.  I carry antibacterial hand lotion and use that when I'm in a restaurant.  I'm not a germ freak but I feel you need to take extra precautions because many people don't wash their hands and then spread the germs.
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   Posted 10/1/2008 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
hope you feel better soon

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   Posted 10/1/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I am buying two of the largest heating pads that I can find.

Tennis, I am so sorry that you feel that way. Gee, you are terribly young. Many days I have curled up under blankets, hidden my head from the world, and felt lots of pain.

I will get my flu shot next month I guess. My doctor prpbably has not gotten them yet.

Anti bacterial lotion? I did not know it existed. Usually the stuff dries out my skin.

I swim everyday so I had better take my vitamins. Fortunately, the amount of exercise I do increases my immunity to colds. However, many a runny nosed child has come in for swimming lessons. Fortunately, they are not there when I am.

My MD is sending me to a pain doctor and I might not receive much help for pain relief anymore. In WA the GPs are no longer writing the prescriptions so I do not know how I will even swim next month.

Oh well, this is stressing me out.

Take care sweetie, I have a class tomorrow night and on Saturday. Fun.


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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope you are feeling better soon... Maybe some nice chicken soup to help... I feel so badly for you. Dumb viruses!

Read a thing in the Scientific American that said that Flu viruses thrive better in cold, dry weather and that's why it's flu season. This goes contrary to the original belief that closed windows and closed quarters were the reason. Apparently if we humidify our homes & work places and keep our mucus membranes moist we will be more resistant to flu. The study showed that the viruses need small, dryish droplets spread from sneezing by persons with dried out mucus membranes to travel farther and the cold weather actually helps them survive longer.

So, hydrating our bodies more, increasing the humidity in our homes and workplaces and washing our hands (door knobs and shopping carts are the worst offenders!) will cut down on the contact. Hope this helps.
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   Posted 10/2/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely! Im such a germophobic person! =] Im feeling better actually. Alot of times I dont even take medicine, I let my body fight my itself...but I gave in a took a few things so maybe that helped. But, Im still having troubles with my voice...I always do in the winter time when its cold and dry...I have no idea why, but I ALWAYS lose my voice for a while in the winter!! =] Im still coughing and feeling hot natured(which is 100% opposite of my cold-natured-ness!) But, good news is I am getting better! Now I have realized how much I have to get done though...

That hasnt helped me feel any better... =[ I am behind in class partly because I missed a day, and partly because I just cant seem to find any pleasure in doing my German work... I dont like it being on a daily schedule, I cant keep up! =[ I have to be able to do things when Im in the mood and feeling like it....(that sounds a bit selfish I think, but thats not how I mean it)

So, I hope you guys dont get sick! And if you do/are I wish you a very speedy recovery! =]

"Healing is an energy phenomenon. Hope is another word for Healing.
"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
"Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect, act like its all a dream, and pretend its not hurting me."

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   Posted 10/2/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Christi,

I am sorry that you got sick. Like Jeannie said, dumb viruses.

I get my flu shot a week from Friday. So hopefully I can stay away from it until then.

You are right, this is the time of year for the flu virus. Take care, and chicken soup sounds good. Sorry Chutz. LOL...

Stay comfy.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 10/2/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tennis! So sorry you're not feeling good.....hope you get better reall soon. I'm a firm believer in those flu shots.......I got one last year but my wife and daughter didn't. You guessed it.....they got very sick for weeks from the flu and other fun things it opened the door to. Other than one or two light cold/sinus episodes, I made it through untouched even while spending weeks surrounded by germs. I'm getting my shot soon and I think they were convinced to do the same this year!

Gentlest of hugs,
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Several meds too numerous to list or remember!

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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry Christi, I hope your all better soon. You know there is something in chicken soup that does help but I can't remember what. turn
You said you have frequent sore throats. I have been having a lot of sore throats for the past oh maybe month now, you know how my mind fails me. Doc thought it was allergies and changed my med but it got worse so I went back to the old one. I'm ready to go to a ENT and have it checked out.
I carry Purell in my purse all the time and when I come in from shopping or anything I wash my hands very well before I do anything. I'm finally getting DH to do the same thing. I also keep my hands away from my face when I'm out shopping or whatever.
I think if I was you I would check into getting a flu shot.
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   Posted 10/3/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
My favorite Alabama friend. wink  Is this what I have to look forward to when I get back to SC?  I can already feel the weather out here bothering me, so I am dreading what's gonna happen when I hit the dirty south. sad
You know what might make you feel better?  Writing your most immature friend-you know, the one that makes you laugh? tongue  Seriously (really), I hope you feel better.  And remember, you may have physically lost your voice, but I hope you'll remember that you can do great things with your voice-as soon as you find it.  Speak your mind, little one. yeah

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   Posted 10/5/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
lol Hey Kelly, I decided I should write you on here...

Im still sick. Well, sort of..let me explain. I got really really sick last Monday. It felt like the flu to me but I figured the fibro was making a simple "sore throat and headache virus(thats going around)" worse than it would be for someone without fibro. I missed school Tuesday. My migraine went away so I just dealt with the sore throat. And my pain all over is down to where I tough it out. I have been taking an OTC med sore coughing and congestion...I didnt take anything yesterday....

Okay, so on Saturday's I usually watch the college football games on the couch. I lay down and since starting my new med, I fall asleep SO easily... I love to sleep...but once I fall asleep, waking up is hard. I actually sleep through the noise in my house and the sound of my cell phone at my head!!! (Im not complaining!) =]

So, since I slept ALL day yesterday, and Im still coughing(dry cough), and since I cant mom seems to think I am still very sick... however, I dont feel that bad.

Let me add that Im the MOST STUBBORN person ever...(I get that from my Grandma!) and so my mom gets mad because she thinks Im so sick, but Im not worried about taking medicine for it...

So, Im being stubborn right? But, I dont feel that bad. I lose my voice EVERY winter(for 4 years now actually).. But, I havent been on here much and thats why.

BTW, Kelly, I did get your email a few days ago I believe...I just havent had time to write back. I will soon though! Im so behind in class and my medicine has actually worked too good, it has made me almost not care, like I dont feel worried about the work. But, at the same time I know I need to get it done, but its like this HUGE wall is blocking me from over-worrying about it! haha So, Im trying to catch up on things, and clean my horribly messy Hope everyone is having a good weekend! =]

"Healing is an energy phenomenon. Hope is another word for Healing.
"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
"Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect, act like its all a dream, and pretend its not hurting me."

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