Wildfire Anxiety

Monday, June 20, 2011

This week has been really hard for me, not because I need to get serious about getting healthy, but because the neighboring mountain is on fire. I can't go outside to exercise unless I want to have an asthma attack from the smoke. I haven't been following my low-carb diet at all. I have been eating sporatically big meals and surfing the web for information about the Monument Wildfire. That is all I can think about. My friends and co-workers are being evacuated and my work closed down until further notice. I tell myself this is the perfect time to jump start on SparkPeople. I need to step back and think about my health. Anxiety is not good for a person. So tomorrow I will walk my dog with my mask if I have to, try to eat better, and call my doctor about my lab results. If I try to make healthy choices, maybe I will feel better.
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    Good luck with your efforts to build your resilience, it will help you to cope with what could turn out to be a long term stressor. From my experience the low carb thing will really support your calmness, no sugar ups and downs and more sustained energy. Here's hoping the fire will continue to be controlled and you will stay safe. My home town is suffering sustained earthquakes since last September and I know how hard it can be to have something so worrisome going on in your life. Keep going with taking care of yourself so you can be there for others. Kia kaha (be strong) as we kiwi chicks say here in NZ.
    2555 days ago
    I am feeling better today. I did call the doctor and all my tests were normal. The smoke wasn't too bad today, so I was able to take my dog for a walk. I ate okay and drank all my water. Best of all my friends and co-workers are evacuated, but doing fine. Tomorrow my work will allow us to come in. Three days off is enough, but I think the fire will be around for awhile. It was better today and the firefighters made good progress on the fire line. I'm very glad I don't live in the evacuation zone. Just knowing people who do is extremely upsetting.

    Thank you for all you kind words. I didn't expect such a response from ladies I haven't met. I am truly grateful. Prayers and thoughts are welcomed.

    2559 days ago
    Smoke and asthma - does not co-exist well. Take very good care. So sorry that you are going through this - my neice down here is Texas is worrying about a wildfire that seems to want to cross the road. Very scary. Praying for both of you. Yes, maybe a concerted effort with SP will help take your mind off of this and get you going again. And volunteering is always a great way to get through many situations that are stressful - for others and ourselves.

    2561 days ago
    Wildfires are a scary thing and your doing the right thing by keeping up with what is happening on the fire ground. You ARM YOURSELF with valuable information. Where it is, direction it is headed, where are you in relationship with the fire spread, how fast it is spreading, and what to do should you have to evacuate. Make a list of emergency supplies you need(Red Cross is a good place to look on line), and a list of things you can't live without. For me it would be my family, pets and pictures. After that things that would fit in your car. Having prepared at least this much should put your mind at rest.

    If you are lucky and in an area not likely to need to evacuate you might check with red cross and see how you can help those who do have to. You are doing the right thing by staying well informed. I was a firefighter for ten years before a fall from a fire engine that left me paralyzed. Their first priority is to keep people safe and to evacuate with enough notice to gather some of your treasured treasured items. Their first priority, will always be lives. It is something to take seriously so planning ahead and keeping informed is something we hope everyone does. You ate doing that so I say good for you!!
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    2561 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/20/2011 3:16:12 AM
    You are taking some great steps to get yourself going, and starting off in the right direction.

    You can do this, you can absolutely BLOW yourself away when you discover what you can achieve.

    Anxiety is something awful to live with, been there done that got the bloody T shirt....


    rk is full of wonderful people offering support and there is always someone there when you need them!

    Rock on, Spark hard....


    2561 days ago
    I feel for you. I have flood anxiety. Once you've been through one, every time (EVERY TIME!) it rains heavily, things can be stressful. It can be difficult to focus on other things, even more productive things, with that much going on in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I also pray you're not to the point where you need to be evacuated.

    The only thing I can think of is to try to do some things your truly enjoy, and mix that in with a to-do list of things you need to get done.
    2561 days ago
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