• Daily Routine

    Friday Feelings

    I didn’t get much writing done this week. And what I did do is not ready to post yet. But I’ve been toying with the idea of a weekly post and today I settled on calling it Friday Feelings. Consider it a weekly emotional check in. Like friends sitting in the coffee shop. I’d love to know how you are feeling too. I experienced a variety of emotions this week. Happiness of course, I feel healthy both physically and mentally. I’m more capable to do the things I need and want to do. I’ve been sad and of course I’ve been a bit angry. One emotion has been present through…

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    Chronic Pain and Self Regulation: Wearing my Cranky Pants

    Since the beginning of the year I have been making a serious effort to stimulate myself intellectually. For many years the act of designing and making fiber arts has satisfied my need to use my brain. But as I get healthier I have become more restless and have required more thoughtful stimulation and conversation. During the first several weeks of 2018 I was making a good effort towards intellectually stimulating activities. I was writing regularly, participating in some Skill Share courses and enjoying the rigor of using my mind.  In February I had a 22-day migraine. By the end of these 22 days I was unable to string two sentences…

  • Daily Routine,  Mental Health,  Self Care

    Celebrate Small Victories

    Big things don’t happen everyday. A new job, a promotion, a baby, a marathon are once in awhile things for most people. But there is something to celebrate everyday, we just have to look for them. You might think “well that sounds positive and cheery Chrissy.” And it is, because I believe we should totally pat ourselves on the back. “But I haven’t done anything special in a long time.” I bet you have. On social media we often talk about the small things we do everyday under the guise of what some people call Adulting. Paying those bills, washing the clothes, or doing the dishes are all things worth…

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    New Symptom Anxiety: Think Before You Google

    I’ve lived a lifetime of stomach ailments, with a variety of symptoms. I’ve sat in waiting rooms with my mom as a preteen for diagnostic testing. I learned to adjust my meals to temper my pain and nausea as I got older. As an adult much of my issues came from stress, and the ibuprofen I was constantly taking for my chronic pain. I’ve run the gamut of of upper and lower digestion issues. I share a lot here about my health, but I don’t think it’s necessary to describe exactly what I mean. New Symptoms When it comes to new symptoms our first instinct is to reach for the…

  • Daily Routine,  Find Joy

    Find Joy in the Unexpected Moments

    Today is a big day for me. I will be receiving my first injection of the recently approved preventive migraine medicine Aimovig. I didn’t sleep well at all last night and my anxiety has been high. I had a therapy appointment scheduled this morning, which was fortunate. I was able to process some of what I was feeling about something that has the potential to be life changing. Both my therapist and my neurologist have offices in Gahanna, a suburb east of Columbus. I have spent little time in Gahanna except to attend these appointments and I found myself with a little bit of time this morning. I thought I…