Yes, absolutely, the WOE makes life worth living -- and so many, many other things -- like the support of folks on this Forum!!!Stuff in general:
Yesterday I did something I haven't done since I moved back to the Bay Area 5 years ago - I worked in my garden for over an hour. I wasn't like digging ditches, just planting flowers and plants that I bought in prepared containers. My gardener (bless him he is so wonderful) cleared several out for me and I get to plant them, yay. I was completely incredulous that I could do this at all, but especially as a storm is brewing here.
The storm brewing angle is that my brand of fibro is very much effected by weather, mostly by weather systems that are setting up. I have had a theory that as the barometric pressure changes - starts going down from the 30 range into the 29 range my fibro spikes hugely and it does on the way up as well.
Until the WOE, I was always in flare at about an 8 to 9 on the pain level scale during the winter and probably a 6 to 7 during the heat of summer. Now I am usually around 5 no matter what, until the weather starts changing up - like fog or a storm coming up. That will spike my flare right up to a 9 fast and put me in bed for sure, regardless of exercise, drugs, or diet - there is no getting around weather for me, YET. I still have hope though
If, I had my own weather station (and I do but it's still packed in a storage unit miles from my house) it would be easy to figure out if this drop from 30 inches to 29 inches in baro pressure is a real correlation with the fibro activity. But yesterday, completely coincidentally, I realized that Weather Underground online utilizes local weather stations and posts all the data from those.
How cool is it that one of those weather stations in my area is the Firestation at the end of my street. That is where the nice and very handsome Firemen, who took care of me the day of my not a heart attack incident, hang out!
Anyway, I have always surmised that it's the actual going down and coming up of barometric pressure that makes the fibro exponentially harder for me. So, yesterday I wanted to know just how long I could stay out and garden - as a test of how well the WOE is treating me. So, I checked the clock and went outside at 2:10 PM and came in at 3:15 PM. By 3:15 the fibro was beginning to scream - I don't ignore that ever. Well, more like I can't ignore it
Last night I was checking Weather Underground to see where the barometric pressure was going, as I wasn't getting a break. As I expected, it was going up and down all over the place and that would be consistent with my pain level. What I did not expect was that between 2 and 3 PM yesterday it completely flatlined at around 29 inches. As long as it isn't going up or down I am OK and because it was stable I was able to be out and doing! this is a new revelation for me!
So the whole time I was out feeling pretty good, the barometer wasn't moving at all. So this long ramble is just that I have proved my theory and will watch this a bit to make sure I know for certain. And even better I know something new - if the movement stops, I have windows where I can rush out and get stuff done for a change!
I hope I can get an ap for my phone that links to stations so when I am out - I'll know when it's time to head to the barn. Often I get caught out when I go into a spike now. Before the WOE this didn't ever happen because I was in too much pain to even be out at all because driving/sitting gets too hard at the higher level of pain.
Really, this is HUGE for me to be in my garden and out in the world. Well, not today the barometer is plunging and I don't need to check that. The Siamese Twins (felines) and I are in bed, with the laptop and about thirteen gardening books. If I get tired of those I have found a bunch of FREE videos
These are from "The Vegetarian Society of Hawaii"
and many of our favorite Docs and even at least one Star McDougaller - Mike Teehan have given talks there (his talk is great and you just have to love this guy - he is like the most sincere person on the planet - I swear). I am pretty sure Dr. McD has given lectures there too!Here's the link:http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q ... 0.2.1l13l0Life is good indeed blue