Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fibro and noise -- It's more than just an annoyance

I have a love/hate relationship with summer. Actually, I think I prefer winter. There. I said it. I know my views on this are not popular. And let me specify -- I do not like winter sports, so it's not about the skiing. I don't even like being cold. But I hate being hot. Hate it.

While I love the flowers, the songbirds, and being able to be outside to read and write and drink my coffee, there are two things I simply do not like about summer. I've already mentioned the first one -- the heat. The second one is the noise. Good lord, summer is noisy!

Not only do I prefer quiet, my body craves it. An excess amount of noise actually makes me sick. Even the laughter of my grandchildren, if it gets too loud and goes on for too long, will start causing me pain. Really. There is plenty of research to back this up, but it took years of suffering for me to discover it. I already knew my sensitivity to chemicals could trigger a flare up. But, until recently, I never realized the effect noise had on my condition. 

Summer noise -- multiple lawnmowers going at once, loud music, children playing in their yards, dogs barking (that one is the worst). I wish I could put into words what those things do to me. Thank God for air conditioning. At least I have the option of closing the doors and windows and shutting out some of the sounds.

According to Sarah Borien in her article, Fibromyalgia and Noise Sensitivity, "Noise has a big impact on a lot of fibromyalgia patients. We experience heightened sensitivity to touch, light, smells, temperature and noise. Noise can increase our pain, cause headaches and leave us feeling exhausted."

She continues, "There are some noises that will be painful to your ears, whether you have fibromyalgia or not. That ambulance siren, the pneumatic drill in the pavement, the screaming baby in the waiting room -- anyone who can hear is likely to flinch at these sounds. But fibromyalgia patients are likely to do more than flinch.

Not only is the sound likely to cause us physical pain, but they take their toll on our mental state as well. Our bodies tense at these sharp sounds and we struggle to remain calm or relaxed around heightened noise.

We're also exhausted; fibro fatigue means we're less able to remain strong and deal with these noises rationally. We don't have the physical strength or the mental strength to ignore the sounds like our non-fibro friends might."

Thank you, Sarah, for explaining what my body has known for years. It's not all in my head. There actually is a physiological thing happening here. 

So when I retreat from the noise, or I tense at the barking of a neighbor's dog, or I ask my husband (most likely in a not-so-nice way) to turn down the music, there is a reason... a pretty darned good reason. 

Back to my original point: I have a love/hate relationship with summer. And I've finally come to terms with why I love winter -- it's all about the quiet.

Today, I'm honoring my body by having the windows closed tight and the AC running. No, it's not the most eco-friendly thing I can do. But sometimes, I simply have to pay attention to my body's needs. Right now, it needs an extra dose of silence.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Freshly Picked Moccasins Giveaway!

Okay, I admit it. I'm particularly fond of this giveaway. After all, who can resist these adorable moccasins? I mean... really?!


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Friday, June 17, 2016

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Reflecting on the tragedy in Orlando -- What would Jesus do?

Image courtesy of George Hodan

It's been hard to shake the feelings of horror that we all felt this past Sunday as we learned the news about Orlando. There are so many whys, countless what ifs. And, of course, so much sadness.

Our pastor started off the service on Sunday praying for everyone affected by this tragedy. There are parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins, friends, co-workers, neighbors. A multitude of people united by this senseless event. Personally, I didn't know any of the victims in Orlando. But I'm heartbroken nonetheless. I'm heartbroken for those who lost their lives and for those who experienced the horror and lived to tell about it. I can't imagine their nightmares, their monsters-under-the-bed. And I cannot for the life of me fathom the cruelty of those who judge.

Going back to the popular question of not too long ago: What would Jesus do? Judge? Oh no. He covered it all at the cross. And He calls us to be His hands and feet. He calls upon us to spread His Good News. But far too many are spreading hate instead and that, my friends, is perhaps an even greater tragedy. 

My understanding of the Savior paints a picture of compassion and love. What would Jesus do? I believe he'd be there in the midst, embracing and weeping with those around Him. That's the Jesus I know and love. That's the Jesus who gave up His life for you and me and every one of the victims who died at the hands of hate. 

I am brokenhearted. And Jesus is right here beside me, holding me as I weep. 


 I welcome your thoughts below.

First Alert Carbon Monoxide Detector Giveaway!

Several years ago, my husband worked with someone who lost his sister and niece due to carbon monoxide poisoning. She'd parked the van in the garage and somehow forgot to turn it off. Her son was found dead on the couch and she was at the bottom of the basement steps, apparently trying to get out to the garage. It was too late. A carbon monoxide detector could have saved their lives.

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