Sunday, January 08, 2012
I played in a team pool (billiards) tournament this weekend with my husband and oldest son and a couple of other young men that made up our team. It was a joy.
It is something that I used to do quite often; but that was over a decade ago. I just starting playing again a little over a year ago.
It sure brings back the old competiveness in me.
It was quite a challenge since I am still experiencing shakiness in my body & other symptoms like getting soooo cold while everyone else is hot & still some headaches & sore throat just lately again; but they both only last hours now instead of the weeks & months that they used to. I cannot express how much I look forward to when this stage of my healing if done. I feel like I am getting really close. From what I understand, the brain & nervous system are the last to heal. Almost everyday now, I am free of the joint and muscle pain that has plagued me so steadily & brutally. Just now lately my fatigue has started to come in much shorter spells that I can work through easier. Awesome!
Regardless, of my challenges; we still finished 7th-8th out of the 35 teams in our division. Of course, we wanted better & felt we were capable of it, just narrowly missing our chance to move on; but I consider what we did, a success anyway.
Friday night we played until well after midnight and had to be back before 8:30 am Saturday morning. Figure in driving, showering, packing food... I got 4 hours of sleep. Saturday night we did not get done playing until well after midnight again. If we had won our last match, we would have needed to be back to play in the finals this morning before 8 am. It was best for me that we lost, so I could finally sleep at least 8 hours; but I would have gladly toughed it out to be in the finals.
I do feel like quite the 'health nerd' doing what I have to do to keep going. It takes extra planning, but I would not last very long at all if I did not do this.
I have enough food packed in a cooler out in our vehicle; to get me through the long days of competition & I head outside in between our matches to eat & rest in a heated seat. I also had a hot thermos of organic green tea to help warm me up.
I carry nuts & protein bars in my purse in case I get caught having to stay inside for a long stretch; so I never get too low on energy as that will just exaggerate all my symptoms. I drink water, water, water. It's hard to understand how the 'normal' people can function drinking all of that pop and alcohol. I have a hard enough time walking and talking with just water. Someday, when I am healthier I might indulge in a beer or two again; but I really don't miss that anymore either.
I am a little jealous of the carefree-ness of these people that don't need to be so careful & conscious about every little thing they put in their bodies; but I am definitely not jealous of what they are putting in their bodies. Mostly the smell of it, is enough to turn me off.
I always have wondered, even back in my "other life"... even then I used to sneak granola bars & baby carrots into the tournaments, so I wouldn't have to resort to eating something that would 'weigh me down' mentally & physically...
Why don't these places offer other more healthy food as well?. Would it be so hard to have some bananas & oranges & some mixed raw veggies available for purchase? Would it be so hard to have some unbreaded meat without msg & other things added to it? Am I really the only one that would eat it?
I think others would appreciate it as well; but it is just not as important for them.
Anyway, I need to move on and get back to my normal life now and catch up on laundry and dishes.
If you made it this far, thanks for listening to me
& have a great Spark Week everyone!
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Friday afternoon around 4; while I was still at work, we had a storm go through our area.
At work we only had wind and rain.
By home, it was much worse.
My husband was out baling and did not have a vehicle when this storm was rolling in. A couple friends came out to get him. It got so dark & visibility almost zero, like a bad blizzard -- you couldn't see anything, so they had to stay put... 3 men in a single cab pickup. The wind was rocking the pickup, something hit the windshield & then another something hit the grill. Each time they tried to scoot down a little more. Through the dark they could see some darker shapes going through the dark air. Come to find out later that one of them was the neighbor's machine shed. It just picked it right up off of all the things inside it & it landed about a mile away from it's foundation.
As the storm eased they started their way toward home; which would normally pass through the small town in SD that we live near. There was so much tin, downed trees & power lines that it was quite an accomplishment to find a way around it all.
Once home he could see that our silo was no longer there; but it did not hit the barn on the way down - it just sort of collapsed all along the side. It picked up our 2 grain bins and threw one across the highway to the East and the other in the corn field to the West. It bent up the corner of the machine shed and damaged many trees. My little flowering crab in the front yard was snapped off at the base. It was about 15 years old and about 15 feet tall. The house has shingle damage but that is it, even through the hydrangeas & clematis trellis on the west side were beat up and bent, there was no soffit damage or anything. The vegetable garden and flower garden basically made it through 'untouched'.
At our other farm 2 miles down the road where our son lives, it uprooted and chewed up many trees in his yard and the shelterbelt. We worked all day Saturday with 3 chainsaws and 9 extra helpers and still there is more to do. By the time we get down there won't be much left for trees in his yard. There is fence to replace as well & one of the trees will need to be taken down be a professional; as it is too close to the house for us to work on. Nothing fell on the house; but the next big wind that comes through, this one probably will now because of the damage so we need to get it out of there.
Throughout all of this we had no electricity of course because of all the downed lines and broken poles. For some reason our connection from the generator to our house was not working; so we went without that convenience until about noon Sunday. The freezers ended up just fine. If it had been any longer probably not though.
Sunday we started cleanup at our place & only worked on trees all day & evening. Only 1 chainsaw & 2 helpers today. We still have not started to get the tin from the grain bins out of the fields nor the silo picked up.
We worked more on trees the morning of the 4th & in the afternoon; instead of going to our family picnic, we all stayed home and slept for almost 3 hours. We all really needed it. In the evening the 4 of us piled in the car & drove around looking at all the damage. It it horrible just looking at it all; and we are so thankful and blessed to have escaped this storm with no one hurt and our homes intact.
No time to get pictures off my camera yet to show you.
Yesterday seemed almost normal as I went to work.
We are blessed & I am hanging in there. Of course awful tired. That's all for now.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
In a lifelong quest to quit trying to do everything the best I can...
(because there is not time to do everything the best I can; especially since I came down with CFS... chronic fatigue syndrome) nearly 10 years ago.
This past weeks and months my motto has been:
"Anything Is Better Than Nothing"
So if I don't get to exercise as much as I want to, I say it...
If I only get to ride a horse for 15 minutes, I say it...
If I only get part of the dishes or laundry done, I say it...
If the floor gets swept but not mopped, I say it....
When I only get to visit with a friend or see family for a short time...
and the list goes on.
I also said it when we finally planned a family vacation, our first. The boys are 21 and 22 and we had never had a family vacation before. It is hard to get a farmer to take a vacation because it takes so many people to fill his shoes. Well, I figured since we sold the milk cows a couple years ago; that the time would never get better, the boys will be busier and busier with their own lives... they need to have a "vacation" with us as a family, so they can have that to remember.
So, we decided on Alaska because of DH's relatives there that had told us many years ago that we needed to come visit and go halibut fishing. By the time you subtracted our traveling days for flying, we only had 4 and a half days in Alaska... which we were told that isn't much time for an Alaska trip...
But... my motto...
Anything is better than nothing... right???
And it was!!!!
We had a wonderful time. Everything was gorgeous and we caught our limit of 2 halibut each... the largest fish was 60 pounds, lots in the freezer now!
Of course, it took me down too far and I am suffering from it; but I wouldn't give the vacation back for anything. I just hope it doesn't take the rest of the summer for me to recover.
Last night I should have went straight to bed when I got home from work and slept until morning; but it was so nice out and what I really wanted to do was to garden and go for a horse ride. But there was nothing left of me...
So I laid on the couch and watched a couple episodes of "The Voice" that I had recorded.
Then, so I wouldn't get sad about the wasted evening; I went outside just before dark and rode Sammy bareback for about 15 minutes and did some groundwork turns and stretches with Lakota (his withers are real sore again, time for another chiro treatment for him).
Skip, I just talked to and gave her some treats... she was happy with that.
And I went to bed happier than I would have otherwise.
Anything is better than nothing... it can be applied to so much in our lives.
When I finally get the time to download the pictures I took, I will post some.
have a wonderful weekend spark buddies!
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