So, the doctor and I are chatting in the doctor's office. I'm here to check him or her out--to inspect the practice, to find out whether I'm comfortable with the way this doctor treats patients. (This is Part 3 of my series on "shopping for a doctor." If you're looking for part 1, click here.… Continue reading Choosing a doctor: inspect the merchandise
My weekly day off, you'll find me cooking up a storm. To keep the weekend relaxing, I've learned to prepare ahead so that my day of rest doesn't feel hectic and rushed. Last week I posted what I did to prepare ahead for this meal, to make the complicated fiesta--Falafel with whole wheat pita (everything from… Continue reading Weekend Falafel
Dream. Believe. Lead. Even if you are not personally interested in becoming a skilled leader/advocate, please take just one minute to pass this on right now to everyone you think might be interested. Those of us who suffer from pain NEED leaders now, to help us achieve our dream of a better future for everyone who has fibromyalgia… Continue reading Leaders, we need YOU!
When I shop for a doctor, I dress for the occasion--it’s a job interview. I’m the interviewer, and I want the interviewee to want the job. I’m offering an opportunity to be my personal health care consultant. (This is part 2 of a 3-part blog on choosing a doctor. You can read part one by… Continue reading Choosing a doctor: visit the shop
I’ve learned to listen to the weather report daily. I’ve also learned to consult my priorities frequently. I have to know what is, and what is not absolutely essential for living a good life. I have to always ask, whether this thing I'm doing or planning to do is essential. When I involve myself in the inessentials, it turns… Continue reading Weather and Seasons are Changeable, so are Priorities
This is part 1 of a 3-part blog-post on how to shop for a doctor. I am not a doctor. I'm not a professional advice-giver, or anyone who has any business telling you what to do or how to live your life. This is only my own opinion. The reason my opinion might mean something… Continue reading Choosing a doctor: window shop for one
You’ve been wondering where I’ve been. It’s difficult keeping up with the my rapidly-changing world so I took a hiatus. I had life reasons, nothing dreadful, but you (especially if you have chronic health issues) know how life goes. The biggest reason I didn’t blog for a month, however, is because I forgot why I’m… Continue reading I needed a hiatus from blogging
You're going to have to take your clothes off for your doctor. Hello! Choose someone you really like, okay? I’m really good at choosing doctors. I've managed, no matter where I have lived, to find a terrific primary care giver, and when I've needed a specialist (oh, about sixteen bazillion times in my life), I've… Continue reading Choosing a Doctor: it’s personal
I’m starting a whole new blogging chapter. Let me start by saying that I cook WAY more often, and make a lot more variety of foods than I’ve been posting on my blog. Yesterday for example, I baked a vegetable pie with whole-wheat crust, stuffed with grated onion, zucchini, carrots, potatoes, mozzarella, romano & italian… Continue reading Is blogging just another cherry-berry pie-in-the-sky?
The Appalachian Trail, a hiking path from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, over two-thousand miles long, is like chronic pain. They both go on and on until they become grueling. Strangely, oodles of people have chosen, of their own free will, to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Their stories inspire thousands… Continue reading If Chronic Pain is a Journey, then Hope must be North