Captain Awkward is amazing! The advice the Captain provides for people is valuable and essential because we too often are not socialized with healthy personal boundaries. Both as a giver and as a receiver. My mom is not good with boundaries, she wants to hug, and “mother” everyone and people are often too nice to say something. *I* don’t want to be hugged all the time either, but growing up my consent was ignored, and I had to give/receive hugs whether I wanted them or not.
Yes, I’m going to call it terrorism, the point was to terrify the victims and to then destroy them. To become infamous. The shooter wanted attention, he was angry, he’s a product of a toxic culture both close to him, and in our society.
We are creating these people because hate and anger in our culture are encouraged; homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, fear, toxic masculinity, and hatred of non-christian beliefs or lack of religion. Men are still men even if they cry at a movie, like pink or purple, can cook and do other domestic tasks. Aggression is lauded as a masculine trait, well folks, look what that does. It kills. It destroys lives.
Today is a day to celebrate the love in our lives. If you don’t have a romantic Valentine, that’s okay! If you have romantic partner, great! Tell them you love them. If you have multiple romantic partners, awesome! Tell them you love and appreciate them. And do not forget your friends! I feel like we put too much emphasis on romantic relationships and we pass over how important friendships are. I take V-Day to always celebrate my friends as well.
This year my valentine is Tsuki, who has plastered herself to me for the past 4 hours. I love my cats, they are the reason I get up in the morning.
I was also gifted a plushie Porg (I ❤ Porgs) and a lovely card as well. ^_^ I will get to snuggling the other kitties soon, but today has been a lousy flare day. My back, fibro, IBS, and sinuses are all in a snit, so it’s been fluids, meds, and heating pads for me.
Ah, medications. I’m thankful they exist to help me, and others, to improve our quality of life and be able to function as best we are able.
Currently, my AM medications are on the light side, I was kicked off my health insurance for a few months in 2017 and had to cut down to the very minimum that I needed to function.
- Ranitidine – GERD
- Progesterone – Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Previously I also took Synthroid for hypothyroidism; I ought to get back on that. It helped with my symptoms.
My evening medications consist of
- Ranitidine – GERD
- Sertraline aka Zoloft – Depression, PTSD, PMDD, OCD
- Cetirizine aka Zyrtec – Allergies
- Azo – IC
- Hydroxyzine – Anxiety and insomnia
Finding relief is quite the task, especially when a person has more than one condition that causes pain or uncomfortable symptoms. I possess multiple chronic diseases, and some of them conflict with one another regarding care. For example, my Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and my Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have semi conflicting diets.
The first thing I do it try to prevent flares from happening by eating right, stretching, and taking my medications as directed. Prevention helps the need for relief, but this doesn’t always work. I am mindful of my pain and overall health, sometimes it can be all consuming, but I do my best not to let it take over, which is why I feel preventative pain and health care are essential.
This is a list of things that I do to help with pain and discomfort:
- Cat cuddles – warm kitty purrs and cuddles improve my mind and body
- Human cuddles – are comforting and affirming, many chronically ill people have tumultuous relationships
- Tens unit – helps with fibro and muscle spasms
- Heating pad, throw – helps with IC, muscle spasms, and cold intolerance
- Stretching and moving – helps with tension and muscle aches
- Prelief and Azo – Prelief helps take acidity out of food which can prevent IC flares, Azo is a dye that acts as an analgesic for the bladder
- OTC pain medication – Tylenol and Alieve help with some of the pain I feel
- THC/CBD – I live in a state that allows both recreational marijuana and medical, I’m grateful as it has helped me be able to sleep and alleviate some of the pain
- Antinausea – OTC meds help when I’m having nausea
- Hobbies – a distraction from pain and discomfort after health has been addressed
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