My head is not working right at the moment. I was totally prepared for this and had a number of pre-prepared posts (…and here’s one I prepared earlier) ready to publish. I even had one for today BUT this wasn’t it.
One of the doctors in the hospital (who didn’t know me from a bar of soap) said that my blog was a sign of maladaptive behaviour. Firstly, I am not exactly sure what this is but it sounds bad. Next, he wants me to change my anti-depressant by going to a new psychiatrist. He also wants me to see a new psychologist (despite the fact that I have been happy with the one I have had for 5 years now; and that I thought I was doing pretty well and hadn’t been to see her in quite a while (ok, I have no idea how long it has been!)) I won’t be seeing a new psychologist, although I think I will drop in to see my ‘old’ one to check on this maladaptive behaviour.
So back to that…this had me thinking and I started to go back and read some of my old posts. I came across ‘Waking Up with Debbie Downer’ (written in May of this year) which I am re-blogging because it sort of sums up my mood right now:
Guess what? I woke up this morning – that’s all I can say without getting negative; and even that can be taken in a negative light. I was going to write wonderful, positive things about home treatment but my mean-spirited voice kept adding in asides.
As such, on the left is the post I was intending to write (when I went to sleep last night) and on the right is the Debbie Downer digressions. Do NOT read the right-hand side if you’re feeling horrible!
Although fibromyalgia is a
chronic condition, there is
much you can do to relieve
and control your symptoms. Yeah, right!
Taking control and becoming
involved in your own
treatment is the most
important part of treating
fibromyalgia. There are many
things you can do:
♥ Exercise regularly. Of all Regularly? Does that
the treatments for mean when I’m
fibromyalgia, cardio- regularly feeling well?
vascular (aerobic) Or when I’m feeling
exercise may have the like I regularly do?
most benefit in reducing (which means I really
pain and other symptoms don’t feel like
and in improving your exercising!)
overall condition. Work And who is going to
with a physical therapist provide the money for
or other professional this professional help?
who has expertise with
fibromyalgia to build an
exercise program that
works for you.
And then stay with it.
♥ Improve sleep. Sleep Oh, really? Because I
disturbances seem to haven’t been trying to
both cause and result do that already?
from some of the other Because I really enjoy
symptoms of FM, waking up feeling this
such as pain. Learn good bad? Because I love
sleep habits. And try to feeling this tired all
get enough sleep each the time?
♥ Relieve pain. Heat therapy, Anyone got a
massage, gentle exercise, battery operated heat
and short-term use of non- suit?
prescription pain relievers My chemist already
may be helpful. believes that I am
running some kind of
lab from the basement
of my house!
♥ Reduce stress. Have you been in my
♥ Learn about fibromyalgia. Control is merely a
The more you know, the figment of the
more control you will imagination!
have over your symptoms. Even at my most
People who feel more in positive, I know that I
control also tend to be am just running
more active and report (figuratively) from FM.
less pain and other
♥ Learn ways to manage If I could do that, I
your memory problems. wouldn’t have memory
Feeling as though you problems!
are not thinking clearly
increases stress and can
make memory problems
worse. Simple things like But where did I put
writing yourself notes that note? And what
can help you feel more did I mean when I
in control. wrote SHARE?
♥ Adopt a good-health Even I’m speechless
attitude, along with these for this one (and I
other healthy habits. It’s wrote the stupid
hard to stay positive when sentence)!
you don’t feel well. But a
good attitude helps you
focus less on your
challenges and feel more
The best results occur when No-one can say that I
you take an active, committed haven’t been taking
role in your own treatment. an active, committed
You may need to adjust your role in my own
lifestyle to fit home treatment, treatment – and this is
especially regular exercise, the BEST I can come up
into your daily routine. It may with? I’m going back
take time to find an approach to bed!
that works for you. Try to be
patient. And keep in mind that
consistent home treatment
usually can help relieve or
control symptoms of
All expletives (and there were many) have been erased!
Hmmm, which way are you leaning today?
***Maybe I should make that appointment with my psychologist on Monday!