Anna being cute:
Friday, June 26, 2009
Anna being cute:
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Well, one picture anyhow. As you can see we ended up doing hand prints, but we framed them so that they are ready to hang on the wall. Grandparents got the same, but in red. It was fun for Anna and everyone loved them. Best part is....I only had to spring for the frames. We have paint on hand all the time and we always have paper. It was fun and now I will be thinking of next years. It needs to be good!! :-) Have a great day.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
UPDATE: Well, after shopping nearly all day and striking out everywhere, we finally made some decisions!! Sorry, I can't show them till after Father's Day, but I think they will like them!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
LOL!! Anna thought she would draw a picture of Daddy for Father's Day next week and when she brought it to me I died laughing and said to show daddy now. It was too cute!! OK daddy, that's your hint....your playing the Sims WAY too much!! LOL
Monday, June 15, 2009
I almost had a change of schooling thought to public school over the weekend, but decided that we are still doing what is best for our daughter. Our good homeschooling friends have decided to put their kids in public school next year, so they are less stressed and the kids are happier. But, as a result I was torn. We will need to make new friends that are homeschooling so we can have play days and such. I went looking yesterday for the local public school she would attend and looked online at the public school website. I also looked at the Christian school I wanted her to go to yet again. That one seemed more right to me that the public school, but we are doing really well homeschooling and I would be working to put my daughter through school if we went that route. I think I just got temporarily scared. Something very drastic would have to happen to have me put Anna in public school at this age. VERY drastic!! It hasn't happened yet, so we will continue to homeschool. If she ever does need to attend a school, it will be the Christian school I looked at and I will go back full-time to pay for it. That's that. I need to not worry so much about her schooling and just go with it. She is learning and she is thriving with the one-on-one time with me. I am sure we will know for sure when things change. Now, its time for some play time with homeschool friends. We will have to schedule some time with E and B so she can play and then we will have to get to know some other people to help her have more play time.
If you read that whole bit today, thank you!! It was a lot for me to go through and I needed to write it down. Have a good week. Take care.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Goofy Face when done:
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
What Is Fibromyalgia?
There are some days when it almost "hurts too bad to move," or when you wake up from a full night's sleep "too tired to think straight."
For those who suffer from Fibromyalgia Syndrome, days like these happen on a regular basis. This throbbing, "aching all over" feeling often seems worse in the morning. And that makes it even more difficult to bear when you've just spent a seemingly endless night tossing and turning because restful sleep hasn't been seen in your bedroom for a long time. Fibromyalgia is also usually cyclical, with different symptoms from day to day, and changes in energy levels and pain. Sometimes everything may get worse for a while, and then there will be days where the patient feels nearly normal and symptom free. As the syndrome progresses, cycles of pain and fatigue may become longer and more severe.
Fibromyalgia ( FM ) is a chronic musculoskeletal condition causing widespread pain, fatigue and muscle stiffness throughout the body. One of the most difficult things about the disorder is that the symptoms mimic at least 46 other conditions. It is characterized by physical over sensitivity and pain responses to a wide range of triggers, sometimes seemingly without cause. With its wide variety of symptoms and its undeserved reputation as a "catch-all" diagnosis, fibromyalgia is a frustrating condition to manage.
One of the reasons is because those with fibromyalgia don't appear sick, even though they know something is very wrong. There's no swelling, no spots, no fever, nothing obvious, but.. They are in chronic pain. They don't sleep. They're tired. And quite often they are a little over weight because it simply hurts too much to move, or they find that exercise makes them tired. When they do finally seek medical advice, the typical blood tests come back normal. Because there is no blood test to detect FM, doctors often can't diagnose the problem until all similar disorders that CAN be detected by blood tests are first ruled out.
It can take up over 4 years for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to be made, often while the patient gets worse and worse. Friends, family members, and even doctors may tell them that it's "all in your head," or that they just don't want to feel good. They may be accused of making it up, even though this condition has been documented in largely ignored medical literature for well over a century. The years that often pass until a proper diagnosis are often spent bouncing from doctor to doctor, trying to find someone familiar with fibromyalgia symptoms who won't ignore them.
Fibromyalgia affects as much as 4 percent of the U.S. adult population, making it the second most common rheumatological illness after osteoarthritis. It affects women more often than men by as much as a 10 to 1 ratio. The average age of a fibromyalgia sufferer is between 30 and 55.
It is a syndrome, not a disease, because it does not cause degeneration of body organs or tissues, nor does it deform. But the stress of living with a chronic, painful condition can be devastating ... to the patient, the family, work or social life.
The most common signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia are: widespread muscle pain, morning stiffness, non restorative sleep and daytime fatigue. Cold, damp weather and and physical activity can severely aggravate conditions.
Other common symptoms often found in fibromyalgia patients include irritable bowel syndrome, myalgia ( muscle pain ), arthralgia ( joint pain ), generalized muscle weakness, stiffness, numbness, swelling, tingling, lightheadedness when standing, migraine and tension headaches.
Cognitive problems such as not being able to "think straight" or remember things are also frequently linked to FM. These 'forgetful' episodes of short term memory or concentration impairment are referred to as 'fibrofog.' It's a frustrating, often scary, situation when you find yourself unable to remember things you've known 'forever,' like your own phone number or even your children's names.
And it's certainly not hard to see why depression and anxiety are often common problems for those with fibromyalgia. Chronic pain and loss of sleep can cause even the most cheerful person to experience these feelings. And because it's often hard to diagnose, the frustration and feelings of isolation that follow remarks like 'this is all in your head' or 'would you like the name of a psychiatrist' often intensifies feelings of depression and anxiety. In fact, neurotransmitter deficiencies and imbalances are a common part of fibromyalgia. These may have something to do with the prevalence of mood disorders, but also sleep and digestive problems.
So, there you have it. Other good news is that it didn't take 4 years to diagnose. And the swelling in my hands is from the arthritis. I will be starting on a medication for this very soon that is supposed to help. I will let you all know how it makes me feel. I am sorry I can't give you any other info on this condition. All I know about it is what I have read (not much)and what medication he wants to put me on. Any websites and hints will be of much help to me. I start on the medication soon and follow up on September 11. Thanks again for all the prayers. I really appreciate them. God Bless!!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Splashing in the water:
Grinning at me:
(she had just gone under and come back up)
As you can see, she had a great time. I took pictures and that was about all. Glad we could enjoy the night and have fun at such a successful celebration.