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About Tessa

Teresa (Tessa) Smeigh is now in her 60's and still going strong despite her disabilities affecting both physical and mental abilities. She has bipolar disorder (mental), Fibromyalgia (nerves), degenerative disc disease (spine), and arthritis (joints). Despite that she is active in Mental Health Advocating, writing for (volunteer for non-profit) and has 5 blog posts already published by them. She is also working on 2 fiction books (mysteries). She keeps her blog filled with useful content, daily devotionals (She is a Christian), stories and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. She has also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. She has 3 blogs so far and and She is from Deptford, NJ. Her family and blogs keep her busy.

Share the Link Of Your Favorite Blogger!

Help your favorite blogger get seen.

Dream Big, Dream Often

share_logoTom Slatin sent me a great idea via Twitter and I am going to do something a little different while on vacation. Here is the basic idea for this link share post:

  • I want you to leave a link to the blog which you love the most (not your own page!)
  • Reblog this post to help spread the love.
  • Leave a brief description of the page you love and why you love it!

This should be a ton of fun and is a great way to selflessly help another blogger.

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Silver Sneakers part of my medical plan.

I had silver sneakers with my other plan, but never used it. I intend to start using it. I can join more than one because they all have different amenities available for silver sneakers and some slap on a per class fee whereas the gym itself is free.

As my son the personal trainer says, “if I want to be in a wheelchair continue what I am doing now.”

Mental and physical problems aside I don’t want to be in a wheelchair. I may be lazy, but not that lazy. And my health depends on better physical fitness. I can get rid of some of this medicine with exercise and losing weight.

I start a new anti-depressant tonight. Remeron with my mood stabilizer staying the same.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems


Sick again and another ER visit.

Every time I eat I get sick from both ends. Trying to eat the least upsetting food for my stomach. I was dehydrated and had to go to ER. They couldn’t tell if it was from the new meds (started right after) or a bug. Either way it has been over a week now and I still am sick after eating.

Mentally I am sick as well. Between the two I am in bed all the time and sleeping.  I sleep at least 16 hours every day. Went to psyche nurse today and she is adding an older anti-depressant to my cocktail. Though I have to wait since what she ordered doesn’t come in that size and they have to order it anyhow.

I am so sick and tired of this. I am suffering physically and mentally and still having trouble with my cognizance. Typing is a real trial and can’t spell anymore.

Please excuse my ins and outs. I will be here when I can tolerate it.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

Garlic, TENS unit and Cupping for Fibro pain.

Garlic Therapy

Yet another excellent natural herb that possesses bacteria-fighting traits, garlic has proved that it can help manage the pain of fibromyalgia. This is largely due to its content of selenium. According to J.O. Ban, chief author for a 2009 study published in Arthritis Research and Therapy, thiacremonone, one of the sulfur compounds found in garlic, helps to prevent inflammation in the body, making it easy to treat inflammation.

Garlic also contains antioxidants that contribute to reduce inflammation and pain. Garlic not only helps with the pain of fibromyalgia but also with fatigue.

To start your garlic therapy, eat 2 to 3 clove of raw and fresh garlic every morning. You can add into your salad, soup or sandwich. Garlic can also be taken as a supplement.

Trigger Point Therapy for Fibromyalgia Pain

Here is an article on trigger point therapy:

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

Rough time between Bipolar and Fibromyalgia and Diabetes

I am having reactions to diabetes meds and last one landed me in the hospital ER for dehydration, low magnesium and diarrhea and vomiting. Having a rough time lately.

All I do is sleep now that I stopped the antidepressant Paxil. It wouldn’t let me sleep.

Sugars are high again. Back to my old medicine and trying to clean this weekly injection out of my system. It sent me to the ER. I had 2 bottles of liquid and a bottle of magnesium.

Almost threw up in the ER 3 times. Holding it down was unpleasant, but throwing up is even nastier.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

New diabetes pen has sugars all over…

It is called Tanzeum. I was wrong with the name the other day. They decreased my oral meds and said it will take a couple of weeks to settle down. I was only 74 the other day than today it was 159. Crazy.

Got my new diabetic shoes. Took forever. The smallest pair is too big for my feet. She had to rig them to fit.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems