Yesterday I ended my post by saying I was going on a "light" shopping trip with my hubby, and that with my walker, I can go anywhere. Well.....not quite. I did go on the shopping trip, but I did something I thought I would never do. When my mom was alive, I would never let her take the motorized cart around in stores except one time, right after she had her knee replacement and we went to Walmart. I remember she was going too fast and knocked over a display of L'eggs nylons! But yesterday, my legs were so bad, I couldn't even use my walker, so I had my hubby go and get the cart for me to zip around Walmart in. I'm very disappointed in myself because I had to use that and not the walker. I need to walk, but I just couldn't yesterday. I guess I'll use my relaxation method to calm myself down!! We DID go do a lot of stores, though, that by the time we hit Walmart, I was just exhausted and it was 102 degrees out. Yikes!!
OK....another relaxation method I use with thinking about previous happy memories is deep breathing. You've probably already heard or done this, but it really does work. I use it when I am working through a very difficult time. I take a nice big breath in through my mouth slowly, then exhale through my nose slowly. Do this as often as you need to. It really does help calm you down and your pain may even seem less. It does for me. I just did it a few minutes ago and the sharp pain in my left thigh is dulled. I kid you not!!!
My life has changed so much in the last two years and I've learned so much in such a little amount of time. My in-laws have been very patient and helpful to both hubby and me and have been excellent teachers. See, when my mother was alive, she was "queen" of the castle, so to speak and she ruled the show. My dad would rebel a lot and they would fight a lot. Frankie would have no say at all, because he was the "outsider" that came into our tight threesome family. I think my mom and dad resented that and were afraid that Frankie would "take me" away from them. I kept reassuring them that wouldn't happen, but they never quite believed me.
I'll be honest-it was incredibly hard those ten years that Frankie and I lived with them to help them out. It was easier to pool our money together than to have to pay for two apartments, electricity, water, ect. We did have some fun times, too. I have lots of happy memories of that time, like when the four of us when to the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, CA. I'll show you some of the photos my dad and I took. They are amazing!
ALWAYS wear shorts, but here I am in jeans and my mom is in shorts...she always wears shorts, too. Just one of life's stupid mysteries!! LOL....
I hope you enjoyed my lil' photo show. I love pictures and I have so many I want to share, but I don't want to bore you, either. So I think this strikes a happy medium!!
My life has changed in so many ways, I would never have believed it if someone had told me three years ago of what is to come. My mom dying was the absolute WORST thing to happen to me to date. And now my dad is living in Michigan and I haven't seen him in over a year now. My grandma, whom mom and I saw almost everyday, lives in Texas with her son and daughter-in-law and I haven't seen her in two years. But she will be coming to Phoenix for three weeks in December!!! I'm so excited, I put a little ticker widget on the blog that counts down when she comes!! I can't wait!!
I also got a letter from Amazon telling me I have been an "associate" for a few months now and have not sold anything yet. Some associate!! So, PLEASE, if you buy anything from Amazon, I have a recommendation by me widget on the blog of some products I personally use and they really do wonders. So check it out! I'd greatly appreciate it!!
Alrighty, that will do for this post. I hope you all are happy and well. Enjoy your Sunday!!
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