It seems that many of us who suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are perfectionists. I know that I am.
One of fibromyalgia’s harder lessons has been pacing myself and adjusting to changing (but always lower than before) energy levels and concentration. I know I’m not the only one who isn’t as considerate of myself as I am of others.
I’ve fallen into the perfectionist trap again here, with the podcast. I’ve had a hard time posting unless I feel I have something “important” to say, or to release a new episode of the podcast that isn’t a certain length. I’ve been using things like the length of my partner’s podcast episodes as a standard for myself. We have different abilities and audiences, and his standards aren’t appropriate for me.
Expect an episode soon, in a new format.
There are times when having so many interests is, well, of questionable value. (Not that I’m about to give any of them up.)
When I’m stitching I feel guilty because I haven’t done a podcast in a while. Sam is having a fit with some sort of weird noise just appearing in the recordings, though, and I don’t have the patience he has for re-recording over and over again to get a full podcast done acceptably.
So I stitch, but I should also be doing some web work or blogging, or house work. And I know I must owe someone correspondence. At least most of those people know why I’m taking a bit of a break.
Luckily, gaming and stitching go well together, although somehow, very little work gets done during the very intense sessions.
Then there are the cats. Shelley has decided that she doesn’t care what her past training has been. She wants to be held when she wants to be held, and at 17 years old, she takes precedence over any WIP. The kitten is still learning—no, I’m still trying vainly to teach the kitten not to chase my thread. It’s up to me to always remember to put WIPs away so that he can’t nest on them.
At least it’s a full life, rather than an empty one.
We’re having some problems with our recording equipment, but we’re working to overcome them and get a new podcast out soon!
This time we discussed dealing with hospitalizations, continued our series on delegation, and wrapped up by considering how we can add more beauty to our lives.
The worksheets I’ve created for you are here:
Print out the Acrobat files using the free viewer from Adobe, fill in your own details, and keep copies with you at all times. If you have Microsoft Excel, you might want to use the Excel version instead, so that you can update your spreadsheet as things change and print out new versions more easily.
I mentioned the donationware program Pop-Up Wisdom as well as the Motivational and Inspirational Quotes Calendar and WebShots. If you join Webshots, you can list me as a friend! I don’t have many pictures uploaded there, but our family’s user name is technozoo.
If you have any technical questions about how we got the pretty pictures server to work with the television, please feel free to ask them here. My partner or I will be happy to answer them.
Music for the show was “Morning on Haleakala Highway” by Kimo Watanabe from the Podsafe Music Network.
I do apologize, but my recovery has been slower than I expected and I’ve had another trip to the emergency room. This one was due to not taking good enough care of myself, as I got dehydrated and my blood pressure got way too low as a result. The podcast has been recorded, though, and will be up as soon as the editing is finished!
I looked out the kitchen window this morning to find my day brightened by a gift from nature. There are beautiful tiger lilies blooming aroud the back stoop! We certainly didn’t plant them, so they were a total suprise. I adore flowers, and felt like the universe had sent me my very own bouquet.
I’ve just posted the second episode of the Fibrant Living podcast, with much help from Sam.
This week we talked about distractions, delegating, and defining yourself.
I recommended Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn as a good introduction to mindfulness, especially as a way to deal with chronic illness.
I also referenced Dr. Irene Tracy’s study on the value of distraction to change the perception of pain, which is summarized in Imaging how attention modulates pain in humans using functional MRI.
Next week, we’ll continue the series on delegating, learn about creating Wellness Recovery Action Plans, and more.
This week’s music was provided by the Podsafe Music Network. The song was “Morning on Haleakala Hwy” by Kimo Watanabe.
Please share your favorite distractions and how you define yourself.
You are cordially invited to visit the grand opening of Fibrant Living, the only podcast to focus on living a full, joyous life despite fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or other chronic illnesses.
You can find Fibrant Living and its companion blog at http://fibrantliving.com/ . The feed is at http://feeds.feedburner.com/FibrantLiving , or available on LJ as fibrantliving.
Fibrant Living is produced by Sam Chupp of the Bear’s Grove, DragonKin and Bardic Circle podcasts.
In honor of FMS/CFS Awareness Day 2006, here’s the very first Fibrant Living podcast!
Fibrant Living Podcast #1
This is my first episode, and here are some links you may want to follow after listening to the show.
This week’s music was provided by the Podsafe Music Network. The song was “Good Day” by the Natives of the New Dawn.