Consideration for ourselves, changes in podcast format

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.

Stitching, gaming and everything else

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.

Peaceful Sea from Amaryllis ArtworksLuck­i­ly, 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.

Episode 3

Episode 3

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.

Podcast coming, serendipity

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.

Episode 2

Episode 2

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.

Your Turn

Please share your favorite dis­trac­tions and how you define your­self.

Announcement: New Podcast and Blog, Fibrant Living

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 . The feed is at , or avail­able on LJ as fibrantliv­ing.

Fibrant Liv­ing is pro­duced by Sam Chupp of the Bear’s Grove, Drag­onKin and Bardic Cir­cle pod­casts.


Fibrant Living Podcast #1

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.