How to Survive the Summer Heat with Fibromyalgia


How to Survive the Summer Heat with Fibromyalgia

The sun on my skin feels as if it is burning/cooking me. I avoid the sun as much as possible and that includes the heat itself. I don’t have to be in direct sunlight to feel like I am burning.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Healthier dinner


Ok so dinner was closer to healthy than normal.  Also low carbohydrate and high protein.

I had dark meat chicken (rotisserie), raw broccoli with just a little Italian dressing to dip into and cheese.

My day is later than normal people so that was technically meal # 2. Still have one to go.

I just had an hour consult with a nurse from my insurance company. Learned some new stuff about insulin and taking it. These consults are free. We also talked about mental health and my medications and treatment.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

How to Find a Good Pain Clinic for Fibromyalgia


How to Find a Good Pain Clinic for Fibromyalgia

If you are looking for narcotic pain relief you need to find a reputable pain specialist. Most regular doctors no longer prescribe opioids at all. It used to be you could go to your primary doctor with a backache and receive painkillers. This no longer happens and hospitals no longer just automatically prescribe opioids if you are in the emergency room for pain.

I am taking psychiatric medications that won’t allow me to have narcotics. I did have a pain specialist years ago though.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

My fridge is lower carbohydrate now and more healthy


I have fresh vegetables including broccoli (Danny Ray is saying “I told you so LOL”). Meats, high in protein (good for diabetics) and no carbs.

One of my problems with the insulin is that my meals must be more regulated. No eating, munching whenever I feel like it. Will be good in the long run and may even lose weight, but driving me crazy right now.

My fitbit announced at 2PM that I had hit my walking goal for the day. My goal is still low. It is just under 2000 steps per day right now. May be time to raise it.

My antidepressant is still working except for the mood swings (manic right now, or maybe hypo-manic) and I am sleeping too much still. Appointment tomorrow. She might lower it or raise the mood stabilizer. This has been the best one so far aside from the initial reaction to the Cymbalta which lasted 8 months.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

6 Acupoint Massages You Can D.I.Y to Help You Sleep Better


6 Acupoint Massages You Can D.I.Y to Help You Sleep Better

Give these a look-see. They just might help. I haven’t tried them so can’t vouch for effectiveness of them.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Broccoli, no way!…YES way!


I am 60 years old and have hated broccoli all of my life. I would try it occasionally, but never changed my mind.

A few months ago we were at a party and they had a pasta salad. I took a spoonful and as I was eating it I noticed there was a small piece of broccoli. I said to the table “ew broccoli!” They all looked at me and said to just eat it. I mentioned that I didn’t like it and they ignored me.

So I decided to try it again. I mentioned I was going to eat it and did and was shocked to find out I liked it. It was raw and had Italian salad dressing on it. Guess I never tried it raw before.

So my fridge now contains broccoli.

My fasting sugar was 156 this morning. I am using only insulin now. Fast acting and a daily slow acting one. Still messing up occasionally, but getting better. My belly is bruised though from the injections. Not everyone bruises, but enough do.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Diabetes food suggestions wanted, easy no-cook preferred.


My dietition says we can work around my hatred of cooking. So if you have an idea or a website that might help me find easy to make diabetic meals I would appreciate it. All suggestions welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com