31 May 2013

End of May photo a day

  1. Can't live without : Music it's one thing I am passionate  about and will constantly have music playing I believe it can help any situation and bring back memories and feelings from any occasion.
  2. What you're doing now : this was taken after a full day at work so I had just got cosy in my pj's and resting my body.
  3. Kiss : cute puppy and lipstick doesn't need anymore words !
  4. Tool : I guess make up brushes count as tools, the best way to fool the world into thinking I'm not sick!
I thought I'd round up May's photo a day before starting June's tomorrow. My weekly update will be up as usual on Sunday with the start of June's photo's 

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30 May 2013

June Photo a day challenge.

Since I decided I enjoyed May's photo challenge from Fat Mum Slim's blog I got a little bit excited when she posted up June's photo challenge a few days ago.

I'll be posting my photo's daily on my Facebook support page , twitter account and my Tumblr too! Also I will be carrying on doing a weekly summary of all the photo's on here too!

All the links to Fat mum slim's pages here!
If you take part in this photo challenge leave your links below, I'd love to take a look. 
Take care, Jayne xx
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27 May 2013

Weekly Summary - FMSphotoaday week 4

  1. Light - My SAD Lamp : Although it's apparently Spring I still feel the need to have this lamp on nearly all the time to keep my mood and vitamin D levels topped up
  2. I care about this : My dog's, by now you'll probably know that these two play a huge part in my life and look after me on my worst days.
  3. Change : Finally getting round to organizing all the pennies I've collected over the years.
  4. Pj's - the cutest nightwear ever (well in my opinion) 
  5. Go - Away cold! I've been battling with a cold all week and have been drinking these like there's no tomorrow
  6. Us : My grandparents came round and brought us all fish and chips, it was a lovely warm day so we had lunch in the garden together
  7.  Fave thing to do on Sunday : Sunbathing and having a picnic by the water. Was such a lovely afternoon with the Boyfriend relaxing and making the most of the sun. 
This week I had an early morning shift at the nursery at the beginning of the week which despite having to get up a 6:45am I loved it. It was only a 4 hour shift but that is more than enough for my body. Plus I've been asked to do that shift weekly now for the next month and a bit! My week from then on went down hill health wise I've picked up a cold/flu from somewhere. This means me and my bed have become best friends this week. In case you missed it I wrote a blog post mid week with tip's on how to fight off a cold/flu. Although I still managed to go and watch my boyfriend perform in a production of Treasure Island which was fantastic! Also I had another lunch time shift at the local school but I swear every time I cover it is raining I'm some kind of jinx I think. Then yesterday spend time with the family and my grandparents which was really nice , they came round to watch the rugby though by the time it was kickoff I was back in bed trying to recover! Hopefully this cold will get the idea soon and will go away!

Hope you all had good weeks and I can't believe this month is nearly over!
Take care, Jayne xx
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22 May 2013

Fighting against cold/flu with chronic pain

So I woke up this morning with a blocked up nose, headache, and my throat feeling like it had been cut by a thousand knives, all on top of worsened Fibromyalgia aches and pains and fatigue. Every person with a chronic illness or pain knows that having a 'normal' person illness makes everything flare up and is a hundred times worse than anyone getting it.

I thought I would do a short post showing how I try and deal and fight against my body when I am faced against the flu or my just when my immune system failing me.

  • First off I make sure my Vitamin C intake is topped up to give my immune system that little boost.
  • This MSM with Glucosamine creme is amazing for aching muscles and joints. I have been struggling with aching in my upper arms whist I have this illness and it helps so much to ease the pain. I use this creme all the time with general Fibromyalgia pain so it's a good investment.
  • Olbas oil is a must for stuffy, blocked up noses, it always helps to clear my sinuses out and it's a bonus that I like the scent too (not that I can smell it at the moment!)
  • This throat spray is my go too for sore throats. My Fibromyalgia was caused by a extreme throat virus so I have tested and used most throat sweets and treatments and this spray has to be the most effective . It simply just numbs the throat and eases the pain. Makes eating a lot easier.
  • Lip balm is also a must because when I am ill no matter how much I drink my lips crack and split so having a lip balm on hand is a life saver.
  • And last is an antibacterial hand gel , it makes it so much easier when you are stuck in bed and blowing your nose and coughing all the time because there is no way I have the energy in me to get up to the bathroom to wash my hands. 

Next is two drinks that I am constantly drinking when I am ill in order to keep myself hydrated and help the recovery a little bit
  • Lemsip or the cheaper verson, I am lucky and I can take this along side my regular Fibromyalgia medication (it's best to check with your GP first). I have not found a cold/flu medication that works as well as these. I think you can take them every four hours and unliek most people I actually like the taste so it's not too bad.
  • Green tea is a regular drink when I've got a cold/flu, but when I am ill I have green tea strong with some honey to help soothe my throat too.
Also I recommend a lot of bed rest, drinking lots of fluids and just taking it easy, and going to your doctor if the illness lasts longer than 5 days in case it is a virus that needs medication.
If you have any tips leave them below as I am desperate to get rid of this cold/flu :-)

Take care, Jayne xx
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19 May 2013

Weekly Summary : FMSphotoaday Week 3

  1.  Sunrise/sunset : Monday was a horrible dull cloudy day but I was lucky in the evening to catch a little bit of colour in the sky
  2. Need : I am desperate for some warmer weather and I need all this rain and clouds to go away and give us a decent spring
  3. 7 O'clock - I missed 7 am because I was asleep but spent this evening watching Les Miserable's with the boyfriend and celebrating his new job with Pizza 
  4. Mail Box - This book arrived today and I very excited to read it as I have heard some great things about it
  5. Season - another example of the lack of spring weather even though all the blossom is out and flowers are the only proof that is meant to be spring.
  6. Want - Not my photo but I really want to get back into doing yoga, it has so many benefits but I am lacking motivation
  7. My favorite View - Brighton Pier , it's been a while since I've been here but I have so much love for the town and hope to visit again soon. 
 This week again has a bit boring, I did another few shifts at the local primary school as a Lunch time assistant which was nice and always hear some strange things little kids say! I am fighting against really bad fatigue this week and I am hoping it passes soon or I will be spending all my life asleep!
I have spent a lot of time with Ben (the boyfriend) this week and as always that makes me really happy. In case you hadn't already guessed I am longing for warmer more spring time weather, my mood and body really doesn't deal with the dull rainy days.

Hopefully this next week will be batter and I have a few things lined up to keep me active and I am starting to enjoy getting out the house more :-)

Take care, Jayne xx
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13 May 2013

Weekly Summary : FMSphotoaday Week 2

This post was meant to go up yesterday but I was so busy with Fibromyalgia awareness day that I just didn't have the time. I hope you all had a brilliant awareness day and I think we did ourselves proud and well done to everyone!

a lot of purple was worn yesterday !

Now onto last weeks photo's and about my week.

  1. Broken - Headphones breaking is the bane of my life, I can't afford to splurge out on a good pair at the moment so I keep buying cheap ones but they keep breaking cause I use them so much
  2. Something begining with F - Freckles , since the sun has been out a little bit more my freckles are starting to come out again and I love them.
  3. Shape - I brought this star from Lincoln christmas market and it smells of orange and cinnamon and all things christmasy, nice to keep by my bed to make it cosy.
  4.  A Snack - With my medication my appetite is through the roof and I find myself constantly snacking and reaching for these.
  5. I missed this next day which was star's whoops.
  6. A smile - this photo was taken just after I had a bath and was all relaxed and ready for bed (it's a good job the webcam does justice to my tired face!)
  7. Mother - it was mothers day in America on Sunday and even though it wasn't here in the UK I will never pass up a chance to show off my amazing mother 
Last week has been a bit hit and miss we had some beautiful weather at the beginning of the week which lifted my mood a lot and I was pretty happy just getting through the days. Towards the end of the week I did a couple of shifts at the local primary school  as a lunch time supervisor which was nice, it makes a change to being stuck at home, and it's a little bit more money to keep me going. At the weekend I went to the Northampton Scouts gangshow with my Boyfriend which was fantastic and again it was nice to be out the house enjoying myself (thank you body for playing nice for a few hours) and then before I know it, it was Fibromyalgia awareness day, which although I wasn't well enough to get out there and raise awareness I spent a lot of time on my facebook support page, twitter, on here and on tumblr spreading the word and telling people what it's really like to live with Fibromyalgia.

Take care, Jayne xx
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12 May 2013

My fibromyalgia : personal symptoms

Today is Fibromyalgia awareness day and as requested I am going to list and write a little about my personal symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

As Fibromyalgia varies from person to person and there are a lot of symptoms (up to 60) that you could have, if you think that you have Fibromyalgia please see a doctor and see what symptoms you have and get a medical professionals opinion.

My Symptoms:

I will try and group some symptoms together or we will be here all day :-)

Physical symptoms:
  • I have 12-14 out of 18 active trigger/tender points
  • Knees - I have restless leg syndrome and my knees cause me some of the worst pain, my knees swell up , ache, stabbing and shooting pain and can give way when I stand for too long. This is the main reason I walk with a walking stick
  • Back and Shoulders are nearly as bad as the knee's. I get shooting pains and aches in my lower back and I have spasms in my shoulders and they will give way too.
  • The rest of my joints all ache, swell, and spasm on a regular basis
  • I have sensitive skin, it gets really dry and I have Eczema patches all over my body.
  • Flu like symptoms and chronic sore throat , imagine waking up every day feeling like you have the flu or a really bad cold. that is how I feel every single day.
  • I have crippling fatigue, days where I have no energy to even stand, I end up having to take 2 or 3 hour naps even when I've had a full night's sleep before
  • I have sensitivity to weather, smell, noise light and heat. If any of these are too strong or loud it makes me feel really ill and can give me headaches and migraines.
  • My Period pains are crippling, When it is my time of the month I am usually bed bound most of the time because I feel faint and the cramps are 10 times worse than a normal person will feel.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, my body does not process certain foods and my insides are very sensitive.
Psychological symptoms:
  • Sleep disruptions. I suffer from insomnia (worsened during a flare up) and my body is incapable of deep sleep meaning I can not access REM sleep. As a result I never feel like I have had a restful sleep. Imagine facing everyday feeling like you've had 2 hours sleep when really you've actually had 10!
  • Anxiety and depression - I've grouped these together because it is always hard to tell if they are a symptom or if they are caused by of all the other symptoms. Either way I suffer from both of these and they are very disabling they stop me from going out and enjoying things in life that I should making me very isolated from everyone else.
  • Cognitive defects/memory loss known as fibro or brain fog. Basically this means I can forget what I did yesterday or 5 minutes ago. My brain feels heavy and foggy meaning I can not think straight or even string sentences together (can you tell I'm suffering with it right now ha)
I think I have got the majority of my symptoms down in this list, I have probably missed one or two but I hope this gives you a good idea of what I am going through.

Please leave me some comment's below :-)

Take care, Jayne xx
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5 May 2013

Weekly summary : FMSphotoaday week one

If you saw this post or you follow my Facebook Page, Twitter or Tumblr you will have seen that I am doing the Fat Mum Slim photo a day for the entirety of May. I thought I would do a sum up every Sunday of the weeks photo's on here :-)

  1. I brought this - Hugh Laurie's new album which was released this week and has pretty much been on repeat since it arrived too
  2. Morning ritual - I always start the day with a cup of tea, my medication, a filling breakfast and also take some time to read through a magazine or book
  3. This is really good - I took my brother to see Iron Man 3 this week and it was really good, if you've seen the other two you should definitely go, you will not be disappointed!
  4. In my cup - I pretty much only ever drink tea throughout the day and at the moment I am loving this citrus fruit tea, it's really refreshing and perfect for spring time.
  5. Paper - Recently I have been getting back into buying magazines and spending time reading them. It's a nice treat to relax away from things and take some time out to read.
This week has been a bit of a blur , with working and being busy weeks before I felt a bit lost because of not really having anything to do. I can tell now that doing this challenge is going to help to keep me on the ball a bit and challenge me to look around more and also help me to blog at least weekly (hopefully more).

Take care, Jayne xx
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1 May 2013

May Photo A Day: A challenge that will change your life

I have decided to attempt to take part in Chantelle's (Fat mum slim) a photo a day challenge for the entirety of May. I will be posting the photo's on my twitter account .

All the links to Fat mum slim's pages here!

Let me know if you are taking part in this months challenge and  link me to where you're posting your photo's 

Take care, Jayne xx
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