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Bleed Out


Blue October is my favorite band. I listen to their music almost every day. Today, on my way home from work, I was listening to them and the song Bleed Out came up. All their music strikes deep, that’s why I love it so much, but there are times that some songs hit me in a mood that just really syncs up. Today, that’s this song. The music video for the Read the rest of this entry

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Awake at 0400 because I’m having severe left lower quadrant abdominal pain. Been a while since I had this. I have no idea what I did to piss off my abdomen. Would be nice to know so I could avoid doing it again. Been mostly sitting here and gazing in the distance.

I’m going back to bed…

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I feel kinda like crud. I have this headache that is clawing at the back of my neck and digging up into the sides of my head. Throbbing and bleeding. Closing the eyes to shut out the light, but nothing changes the pain of it. There is something searing and gnawing at the bridge of my nose. Maybe that is the pressure point from which it will crack and the entire thing will come undone. Falling apart like blades of grass Read the rest of this entry

Joy and Pain


Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale. ― Stephenie Meyer, The Host

I think that pain really is the reason that we can feel joy so strongly. These polar opposites is what makes the other end more real and vibrate. While we are suffering pain, we are recalling the brighter times. This can either offer us comfort or lead us into a deeper state of despair. But part of the pain is in the knowing that it could have been different. Feeling joy is much the same way. For those that have suffered deeply, joy comes in a faltering and shy way, but when it arrives it soars higher. That height is achieved because it had to come from the depths before it could see the light. Life is fleeting and changes completely from one breath to the next. Wait and the tide will come in. Enjoy the waters while the are on your shore, because the tide will go out again.

Courage


Writing Prompt # 132 | Today, You Will Write.

It is too much to get up today
The pain completely overwhelms me
There is nothing left
My cup is empty

But, I must get up
I must face the pain
If there is no courage
There will be nothing

My cup is empty
But filling it requires Courage

Dark and Magical World


Dark and Magical World by Alex Stoddard – Fubiz™.

I think these are really interesting images and I think each suggests a story. So, I decided to take the first picture and try to tell its story. There are plenty others, I’d love to see what stories you guys come up with for these!

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Cluster headache


Cluster headaches occur in cyclical patterns or clusters, which gives the condition its name. Cluster headache is one of the most painful types of headache.

Cluster headache commonly awakens you in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head.

Bouts of frequent attacks, known as cluster periods, may last from weeks to months, usually followed by remission periods when the headache attacks stop completely. During remission, no headaches occur for months and sometimes even years.

Fortunately, cluster headache is rare and not life-threatening. Treatments can help make cluster headache attacks shorter and less severe. In addition, medications can help reduce the number of cluster headaches. Read the rest of this entry

Alzheimer’s disease: Anticipating end-of-life needs


As an Alzheimer’s caregiver, you may be your loved one’s most powerful voice. Make decisions for your loved one that ensure respect, dignity and comfort until the end of life.

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, you may focus on keeping your loved one safe and comfortable. As the disease progresses, however, you may face difficult end-of-life questions. When is it time to choose comfort care over lifesaving care? When does medical care merely prolong a person’s dying? Here’s help considering these and other end-of-life questions. Read the rest of this entry

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So, I’ve had myself another medical adventure. I got carted off from working by an ambulance. I’ve got 2 things to say about that (before I tell you what all happened): 1. It’s embarrassing. Not the way that I’d like my co-workers to see me. 2. I am thankful that my co-workers took care of the situation quickly and professionally. Because they got me off to the hospital so quickly, things turned out very well. I didn’t even need to be admitted to the hospital.

Apparently my potassium levels were very low which led to atrial flutter, which led to hypoxia, which led to a seizure… So, I went over to the ER and they used some meds to get my heart back into a normal rhythm, bring my heart rate down and to help keep me from having any further seizure activity. Needless to say, I have no intention of that ever being a repeated event. It sucked. I am still feeling the effects of the meds and I ache all over. Not to mention I missed 1.5 nights of work.

Sigh.

It just seems like there is always some kind of medical bull shit in my life.

Fibromyalgia


Definition

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help. Read the rest of this entry

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