Updated: Mar 27
Dear purple butterflies,
Myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) have been in my family for generations. Around the same time that I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I discovered that I have high blood pressure. To be completely honest with you, I wasn't exactly shocked. Anyone dealing with intense pain would have high blood pressure too. On top of all of this, I've suffered from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) since high school.
Because of my family and my own medical history, I have no choice but to take my health very seriously. A few weeks ago, the medicine I regularly choose to stop my flareups and RLS stopped working. It's keeping me from having a decent night's sleep. This is super annoying since I usually have a lot of things to do the following day. I've been nauseated more frequently, and that is very concerning. I have wondered if I am just not eating enough.
It's tough-tackling the symptoms from Fibromyalgia and my hypoglycemia. There have been times I have felt as though I was in hell. I was so sick because I needed to eat. However, I was in such excruciating pain I couldn't move. After laying on the bed for what seems like a lifetime playing devil's advocate with myself, my hunger always wins. Now we have a mini-fridge in our master bedroom. It's great for those times that I need a snack and I can't make it to the kitchen. Ours is large enough to hold decent sized bottles of water, juice, etc. as well as bread, cheese slices, and other snacks. It is a Godsend!
As far as keeping my general health in check, our general practitioner has me come in every three months. During that visit we talk about all the medicine I'm on, check my blood pressure, and have my blood drawn to make sure the medication I'm taking isn't affecting my kidney or my liver. Because of the type of medicine I'm on for pain, my pain management doctor required me to come in every three months for a quick chat before he renews another script. At the end of March, I see my Neurologist. I plan to speak with both my pain management as well as my Neurologist about my new symptoms.
I've always known we're not immortal. We need to take advantage of every day that we are still here. In my heart I feel it's crucial for us to take care of ourselves and each other. So that one day, when we're older, we will have lots of beautiful memories to hold onto. I recently saw this picture online and loved it so much I wanted to share it with all of you.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend! Dale and I are staying in and skipping past all the hustle and bustle. We've ordered some delicious chocolate-covered strawberries. I cannot wait to try them!
Have fun everyone! Till next time!