7 Quick Takes — Brought to You by Fibromyalgia Grumping

7 Quick Takes

I haven’t gotten half decent sleep since… yeah, it’s been that long but it’s been especially bad this week which means that my fibromyalgia is flaring up. This means that I’m in a boatload of pain and in an extra cranky mood. Jon had to be in the office and doing visits today but his day off is tomorrow and that means I get to sleep in guilt-free. (OK… so I also slept in on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but that had to do with having problems sleeping and having to be more than semi-comatose to take care of Daniel.)

— 1 —

I still have remnants of the mutant death cold from Thanksgiving. I still have random coughing spasms that wake me up and keep me up at night. I was almost coughing to the point of vomiting on Tuesday night and my dad ended up bringing a couple packages of Ricola to the guestroom — I guess I was waking him up and keeping him up. I don’t know what specifically is irritated and causing it — it’s not asthma-related so my inhaler and nebulizer are useless against it.

— 2 —

I see that the Rose Parade is being held on Monday. The joke is that it (almost) never rains on the Rose Parade because the organizers have a deal with God: they don’t hold it on Sunday and God gives them good weather. It illustrates the fallacy of prayer making God into the Cosmic Vending Machine but it is curious that they usually have amazing weather even though it falls during the rainy season.

— 3 —

There’s a new season of The Biggest Loser starting. The only problem is that it’s on at the same time as NCIS:Los Angeles. I missed pretty much all of last season — I only caught the Thanksgiving show where they showed who kept the weight off. I think I’m going to have to pick a night to watch it online or something.

— 4 —

My resolution for 2012: be more active. Fibro can be a catch-22. It helps to be active and get moderate exercise but… the pain makes doing so difficult, especially with me because I’m also under a huge amount of stress and that exacerbates things. I think I’m going to have to be super intentional about taking the time out to go for a walk, do playground stuff with Daniel, or just… DO SOMETHING.

— 5 —

I’m getting a ton of political fundraising emails. Apparently, there’s a huge FEC deadline on December 31, 2011 and all the political stuff I support are hitting me up for money. Can I honestly say that I’m really not looking forward to all the politics and media crud that will be coming soon?

— 6 —

I had to put down The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It was interesting in the beginning but it seems like Grossman took the whole Harry Potter thing and twisted into this dark and fatalist thing. It did sort of keep my attention but it was also depressing how hopeless the characters attitudes were. I still haven’t used up my whole gift certificate from my birthday and I have an additional one from my sister-in-law that she gave me for Christmas so I think it’s time that I invested in some stuff that I do want to read. I also finally figured out how to “close” books on my Nook. Go me!

— 7 —

I did the Saint’s Name Generator again this year. For 2011, I had St. Gianna Beretta Molla which was good because I did need to get to know her better, especially as she also had a killer pregnancy (which unlike me, did eventually kill her). My saint for 2012 is St. Luke which should be interesting. I think this will be a year of reading his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. As a Lutheran, we don’t revere saints in the same way as Catholics or Orthodox do — for us, it’s more of “this is a person we should emulate”. I think I’ll be pondering some of these things internally for awhile.

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7 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes — Brought to You by Fibromyalgia Grumping

  1. Sorry you’re under the weather. I’ve had Death Cold this week, probably from the recycled airplane air, and I can’t imagine it hanging on for a month. I’ll pray for you to start the New Year happy and healthy!

    I love the Rose Parade! One of these years, I want to actually go see the floats.

    I drew Bl. Angela of Foligno, who I’d never heard of before. She was called “The Mistress of Theologians,” so I look forward to learning more about her. I wonder if it’s better to draw a well-known saint or an obscure one?

  2. Sorry you’re feeling bad. I had a similar cold and was starting to wonder if it was something more, but now it’s ebbing away. I feel a bit more normal knowing other people have the same sort of thing.
    If you’re interested in St. Luke there are two fiction books about him and his Gospel. One is Dear and Glorious Physician. It can be a bit wordy sometimes with a lot of description, but much of it is good. The one I like better is Theophilus. Both interesting reads.

  3. I have a hard time finding time to watch the Biggest Loser as well but I always watch the finale. I love seeing how much weight they’ve lost. I’m actually helping a friend with his application to be on the show. If he gets on I will definitely make time to watch it. 🙂

    St. Gianna Beretta Molla is a great saint. I’m glad you her as your patron for 2011. As she was a mother and physician I often find myself asking for her intercession. Hope St. Luke treats you well and maybe help you out with this death cold. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  4. “Mutant death cold” – love the name you gave it! I had it. My mom had it. Elise had it. That never ending cough is BRUTAL! I hope you kick it soon, and I hope the fibro settles down.

  5. Sorry you’re feeling so miserable! Perhaps you have pertussis??? Don’t know if you have it in your budget but I’ve enjoyed having a gym membership with the kids club. They have water aerobics which might be easier to do??

  6. Well, I had a long-ish thoughtful comment all typed up and hit a key–and poof! SO instead, here’s a short, but no less thoughtful one.
    1. Mucinex is my friend when the lingering wracking cough hits.
    2. Love St. Gianna. I am drawn to the saints that lived in modern times. Oh and also the really really old ones…Sts. Augustine, Monica, Lucy…as a convert I really appreciate all the companionship and support the Saints offer.
    3. I used to work in a pain clinic, and remember the sufferers of fibromyalgia. You will have my prayers.

    Blessings and Peace!

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