I learned this week from Noom is if you feel overwhelmed by your To Do list, sit down and think of all the things you have done and make a DONE list. List all of things you did today or yesterday or this week. They asked for a list of ten things. Ten things on your list leaves you feeling good at your successes.
Here is my list from a few days ago.
I went to my dialysis treatments all three days.
I stayed my entire 6 hour treatment time.
I cooked three good meals this week.
I gave up eating French Fries during lunch.
I have added more green foods into my diet.
I made a list of all the red foods I have been eating.
I went to bed a little earlier each night.
I did laundry this morning. (Remind me to get clothes out of the dryer.)
I have written on my second novel this week.
I talked to a friend over the phone for an hour.
Do this every now and then to give yourself a good pick me up!
I have an official diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. My all over body pain has a reason to exist now. I am on an nerve med to help calm them down and lessen the pain. I hope it works.
The fistula in my arm needs to be looked at. The dialysis center cannot run an access flow on me. I saw Nurse L. She arranged an ultrasound for me on the 12th at 5:15 in the evening. I am hoping it is all okay.
I am on antibiotics for a kidney infection.
My blood pressure is staying up. That is good. Dialysis is a lot easier without 100 blood pressures taken over my time there. we are all keeping an eagle eye on it. Kaiser had me in for a high blood pressure check one day a few weeks ago.
I am still writing and making art pieces. Life is an adventure. I do see it ahead.
I was reading an article that said to start your day with a positive attitude. I agree and have been trying this since January. For a while my mind was “No!” “Don’t want to get up.” “No.” I had to change it to “I am awake.” to getting up with a “Yes” attitude. I would say I have been positive getting up about half the time since January.
Pain is a large part of the negative attitude towards waking up. It hurts to move when I get up. It affects the brain and the way I react. I understand why people with chronic illness with pain sleep a lot. I have decided to try three things each morning.
Put pain relieving cream on the sore spots.
According to how I feel after that, take pain meds.
Move around a little. Stretch a little to get the blood moving.
I hope this new routine will help the pain and help me to have a more positive attitude.
I do manage to lose myself in my writing and art work during the day. The pain is kept at bay as long as I am working on something. When I finish working, I am hit with pain. I take a heavy duty pain killer. Even then, it is not gone all the way.
Due to being on dialysis the options for pain meds are limited. I tried CBD oil. It did nothing for me. The roll on pain reliever helped a little when rubbed on the skin.
It is an interesting way to live. I am trying to do things and keep moving. It’s hard.