• Health Care

    The Right Kind of Patient

    I’ve recently have found myself struggling with how I present myself as a patient. Are there right and wrong behaviors for the chronically ill? Do doctors treat patients differently based on how they interact in office visits? I’ve had a Fibromyalgia diagnosis for 11 years, and have been living with chronic migraine for at least that long. So I have been a patient for a long time and have met with maybe a dozen doctors. All of who I have tried to explain just how much these conditions affect me. Coming to a realization that maybe I’m going about it the wrong way was a little startling. Until recently I…

  • Daily Routine,  Mental Health,  Self Care

    2019: And now for something completely different

    It’s already February and 2019 is turning out quite different. I haven’t been up for too much writing, but I wanted to say a few things about the New Year, and how things are going. Over the last year I’ve been experiencing more frequent and intense chronic migraine. 2018 was filled with cancelled plans and dark rooms. I put my craft business on hiatus, and did a lot of reading. So as 2018 came to a close I wasn’t quite sure what the new year was going to look like. I’m not a fan of ambiguity. I like there to be a plan. I’m not big into being organized, but…

  • Daily Routine,  Migraine

    Monday Musings: Dec 10

    It’s December 10th. 2 weeks until Christmas Eve. I missed Friday Feelings last week as I have been dealing with an intense migraine. I have a lot of things I want to write about today, but I have nothing that is ready to be posted on this Monday morning. My first thought this morning (after a shower and coffee) was if I was going to write a Friday Feelings post. I came down on the side of skipping Friday Feelings if I am not capable of writing on a particular Friday. I started this project/blog to help people and provide an outlet for some of my thoughts, I do not…

  • Daily Routine,  Reproductive Choices,  Self Care

    Big and Small Decisions with Chronic Illness

    Decisions get made every day. Big life altering decisions are often considered over long periods of time, while smaller decisions may be made impulsively. Over the years I’ve made decisions that were not so great, like getting bangs in college. I’ve also made some amazingly awesome decisions, marrying Ryan is probably the smartest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve always considered myself a person who makes her choices and sticks with it. I’m always certain about my food order before our order is taken. I cruise through multiple choice tests, either confident I know the answers, or admitting I’m clueless and just guessing. However, recently I was worried about a decision…

  • Daily Routine

    Friday Feelings: Love

    There are not many things that are better than holding a baby. This weekend I am in Cincinnati visiting family and meeting my nephew. He’s less than a month old and he’s tiny and adorable. I’ve mostly watched him sleep so far, and he squawked through a bath before bedtime. I love being an aunt and this is my 3rd go at it. My niece was born when I was just 13 and we got to spend a lot of time together during her first few years. She is now 23, and a senior at Penn State University. My nephew was born not long after I started dating Ryan which…