Eric- here's that smile Your pep talk was great, as usual!!
Actually, I went on a few errands with my daughter this evening, including the supermarket, and I realized when I came out of the supermarket that I had not had any anxiety the whole time I was in there (over an hour!) Then we came home and made dinner and dessert and played a board game with my husband and son- had some good laughs! I am thankful for the time tonight that I felt a little better.
Tomorrow our local newspaper has "mega jobs" section, so I am hoping that my husband and I find some ads to respond to (have seen nothing on monster and careerbuilder lately).
Anyway, my husband was put on gabapentin for nerve pain. He fell and broke his back about 15 years ago and still has pain from that. He also has bulging discs and arthritis in his spine, with pain that radiates down his leg. Unfortunately, he has put on some weight since he has been out of work and I'm sure this is causing extra abdominal strain- but I wouldn't dare bring that up to him now. The pain management doc and the acupuncturist both suggested gabapentin- I don't know how much it actually helps him, but it does seem to keep him out of severe pain. He also takes tylenol a couple of times a day, but I want him to talk to the doc about that- I know too much can cause liver damage.
Well, hoping you got some good rest and are feeling better!!!