Last night my brother, Joel and his friend, Jim came to finish the kitchen in the condo, and then we walked over to Jack Astor’s to have a late dinner (thanks little brother!) It was hilarious watching Joel walk by the furniture stores in our neighbourhood – he was ogling over this leather chair and was planning to call the store in the morning to find out the price, etc. Walking around our neighbourhood with a home designer gives you a much more difference perspective on the buildings and architecture after hearing his comments, and waiting for him as he stops to admire certain things. We had a great time chatting and having dinner together, then walked home, and of course witnessed some “entertaining” individuals outside of the Tim Horton’s across from our apartment. I giggled like a schoolgirl with my brother – there will be a LOT of that happening in the next three weeks when my older brother, Chris will be home from Japan! I can’t wait!
I woke up around 9AM this morning, and had a pretty decent sleep 🙂 I had plans to meet my friend Robb (who I met in 4th year university in 2006 and have remained friends with since) today so I jumped in the shower and he picked me up. We ran an errand of his together, grabbed a Starbucks coffee (mmm, thanks Robb!), went back to his place (which is a 10 minute drive from our apartment), had indian food for lunch (it was SO good), and played a couple board games (Settler’s of Catan, and a new one called “A ticket to ride”, which I now want to buy!) It was a great day spending time with him, and when I got home I was mentally and physically wiped! I’m an introvert, so I need some “downtime” after my brain has been engaged all day, so I relaxed until the boyfriend got home from work.
The area in my neck / back where the epidural was inserted yesterday is still rather sore (more of a stinging feeling now), and I’m hoping in a couple of days I’ll notice a bit of pain reduction (cross my fingers).
I will post more details by Monday, but I plan on following a strict protocol I found from a few doctors who specialize in fibro and chronic fatigue – they all suggest similar treatment plans. Until then, I want to leave you with a short list of AMAZING books to check out:
I first read this book four years ago, and it’s a good start to understanding why you are feeling so fatigued and in pain. Dr. Teitelbaum follows the SHINE protocol which I’ll discuss in a future post.
2. “Adrenal Fatigue – the 21st Century Stress Syndrome” by James L. Wilson
It is my belief that the majority of those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue have adrenal fatigue, and this book goes into detail about treating it, and getting your adrenals back to a healthy level. A naturopath did a few adrenal tests on me and basically told me they were working at less than a 1 out of 10 – not good!
3. “The Autoimmune Solution” by Amy Myers
I read this book more recently during my switch to the Paleo diet, and will begin following more of her suggestions in the very near future.
4. “Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia” by Dr. Rodger Murphree
I have an appointment with Dr. Murphree next week to discuss treating my fibro and chronic fatigue. On top of diet, he focuses on a buildup of toxins in your system, yeast issues, hormonal issues, and the list goes on. He hopes to get your body back to a functional level, and maintain that for the rest of your life. I’m hoping that in the near future there will be doctors like this in Canada who will follow a similar treatment plan, because doctors like this cost over $5000 out of pocket, not to mention travel and housing costs. As many of you know, money is already an issue for those of us in this type of health situation, so this isn’t something I can really afford at the moment. If a doctor in Canada could help me this way, most would be covered by our health system that is paid for by tax payers (aka myself).
5. “Paleo Cleanse” by Camilla Carboni and Melissa Van Dover
I followed this book when I began my new Paleo diet – it was very helpful! A step by step guide on cutting out the foods you shouldn’t eat, certain meal plans, grocery lists, etc.
That’s all for today – as per the usual I’m in a fair bit of pain and need to rest! Sitting at a computer is one of the worst things for chronic back pain!