Category Archives: healthy

Healthy Poll, please answer – Tessa

As most of you know I have many health issues. At the moment the mental issues are outweighing the physical pain.

My 2 biggest concerns are Diabetes and Bipolar.

I have created a poll to help me find out what every one thinks is the health plan I should start with. I can’t do more than one at a time. It simply overwhelms me.

Give me your best ideas to get started.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

Sick…haven’t been sick in years.

How convenient I got sick in time for my dr appointment and so I got an antibiotic without making a trip back in a few days when it would be worse. Ears, throat and sinuses infected.

My A1c dropped from 10.4 to 8.4. I had to stop the Metformin and am now taking Glipizide and Januvia.

It has been many years since I was sick and it usually hits me hard when it does hit. So hopefully catching it early will help.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

Fibromyalgia pain and bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium and potassium helps with pain.

Bananas also help with a surge of energy when Fibromyalgia has worn you down.


Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems


A great article about Self Pride!

All About Healthy Choices

motivational-wallpaper-self-esteem-1080x608It starts the same way for all of us. We are born as infants fully reliant on our parents or caregivers to supply our every need. We slowly begin to develop both physically and mentally and begin to integrate our existence with the lives of others. We develop these skills as a result of nurturing or the innate will for instinctive survival.

At some point during this developmental phase we approach a fork in the road. Some follow the fork that leads to new opportunities for growth and personal development; others maintain the only path they have ever known, the path of simple survival.


As we traverse these two paths, the experiences we encounter lead to the development of our CHARACTER. This, in essence, is the integration of all our experiences resulting in the principles we follow to live our lives. These experiences shape our morals, and ethics providing…

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Diabetes and Insomnia…

Yesterday’s experiment with lunch and treat was probably high sugars, but I didn’t check. I repeated the experiment today (I mean the day before) and yesterday. It is 5:30 AM now and technically the next day. This time I checked my blood sugars afterwards. It was 3 hours so they had already started on their way down and it was 364, not good at all.

I went to bed last night at 10 PM and actually slept fitfully, but made myself stay in bed until I fell back asleep. I woke up at 5 AM and had to eat. So I checked my blood sugar and it was 118 and then had a breakfast bowl with my diabetic meds. I have to take my thyroid meds later on when my stomach is empty. I know freshly cooked is better, but not ready for that yet. One change at a time.

Now if I could eliminate the nasty dreams I would probably sleep better. They wake me up, but the anti-psychotic I just stopped taking that cause the extra insomnia is starting to leave my system. I will be staying on the old one I have been taking all along and nothing else until she comes back from vacation in mid-August. That will get it out of my system before starting a new one. Whatever that may be. Running out of meds to try.

I have been binge watching CSI:Miami. I have a crush on David Caruso. I could watch him for hours. Another married man. I need to find a man around here that is not married and wants a relationship. We talked about relationships in therapy yesterday. I am a little afraid of starting over again. I have had nothing, but bad luck with men ever since the disastrous marriage. Never  had good luck. So my David Caruso fantasies will have to work for now. Even I know a man is not going to drop in through the ceiling so I have to leave the house to find one. One step at a time. Healthy life first. I choose to be well now. I can’t wait to see how far I get.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems


Doctor listened to my diabetes woes…

He listened and even acknowledged he should have been following this more carefully and been more aggressive In treatment.

I am now on an increased does of my Glipizide and he added 2 500 mg tablets of Metformin. Now we wait to see if it helps.

I need to take my sugar count every day and take my list or meter into the doctor in my next appointment in a month. I have been taking it everyday anyhow.

I am so glad he listened and treated me this time. He said we might have to consider an endocrinologist if his treatment doesn’t work. I told him about my numbers and the insulin in the hospital and he seemed happy that maybe I would just go on insulin. If the increased treatment doesn’t work I may have to go on it, like it or not, but not ready for that yet.

Went to the store and got fresh fruit and Veggies plus protein to add to diet each meal. And protein just before bed from what I remember.

The plus, thank the Lord, is my diabetes meds are free through the stores program where I get my medications refilled. I can’t complain about that.


5 Ways to Manage Fibromyalgia

Things You Should Do Every Day with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A lot of people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have days where we can’t do anything, whether it’s because we literally don’t have the energy to move, or whether activity causes searing pain that breaks us down physically and mentally. We never know when this might happen.

On these days, we need to limit ourselves to the basics of survival without setting ourselves up for more days like this. How’s that possible? There are some things that I have to do every day or else I pay the price with more days in bed.

The first three are things we should all do, every day, no matter what.

#1 – Take Your Medications & Supplements (if prescribed)

Many of the medications we’re prescribed have to be maintained at certain levels to be effective. If you take them erratically, you’re not going to get the full benefit. During a flare is the absolute worst time to make your meds less effective!

#2 — Eat Something Healthy (or drink at the very least)

If you’re like me, “cooking” is a bad word even on a good day. On my worst? Forget it! Some days, it may seem like too much just to lift the food to your mouth.

If you’re often alone most days, it can help to keep nutrient-packed drinks like Ensure on hand. At least you’re putting important things in your body to fuel important processes. Keep a handful of almonds, a few slices of cheese, or some yogurt handy. I also know that I feel better when I eat more fruits and vegetables.

Of course, I can’t eat a perfect diet every day – it takes far too much work. By keeping healthy foods available as much as I can, I give myself a better chance of at least eating something that’s good for me every day.

#3 — Get Plenty of Serious Rest.

This is by far the most important thing. On active days, your body probably tells you when it’s had enough. On down days, you might think all you’re doing is resting. Make sure you take time to turn off the electronics, close your eyes, and really rest. If you end up asleep, that’s even better!

#4 – Light Exercise if Possible

Our doctors tend to recommend exercise – yoga, walking (just a few minutes a day to start) or stretching if possible.

As always, start slowly and do the bare minimum for a while, then increase your time slowly and carefully as you’re able. If it makes your pain worse than STOP!

#5 — Laugh

Laughter is good medicine. You don’t want to overdo it! Not only does laughter pick up your mood, it changes your brain chemistry. They say it actually has effects that are similar to exercise, only with less exertion.

Taking Baby Steps – Start Everything Slowly

Remember, these are things to do every day to give you the best possible chance of making improvements. And yes, these are things that I do every day, with very rare exception. They’re part of the self-care that can make the difference between getting better and staying the same.

Every time you adopt a good habit or change a bad habit, you’re taking a step forward in your illness management which is important as you work toward your goal of feeling better.