When you have an autoimmune disorder, you pretty much are at its mercy. Some days are very good days, where much is accomplished. Others, the only thing you want to do is huddle under your favorite blanket and sleep.
Thankfully, lately, I've had more good than bad days. I try to make them as productive as possible. I don't force myself out of bed in the mornings as I did for over forty years when I had a real job. Instead, I slowly wake up, think of what needs doing--with the least amount of steps and energy--, do some stretches, deep breathing, yoga, meditation...then, put my mind in a right place to face the day. Once a week I have physical therapy, every other week is the chiropractor, once a month I visit my awesome neurologist at the UIHC in Iowa City. Once every three months are visits to my GP and the rheumatologist.
My diet has changed dramatically in the past year, so I no longer do a huge calorie ridden breakfast. It's usually an assortment of berries and a banana. I've learned that I can have coffee, but need to limit how much I have per week. I love orange juice with the most pulp possible! On my doctor visit free days, while eating, I surf Facebook, emails, and attend to personal correspondence. After eating, it's time to get down to business.
I've several projects in the hopper...sequels to Protected by His Grace and Moonlight & Music, several other stand alone works in progress, a few new painting ideas, as well as a couple other major ideas for next year...so I work in 60 minute increments...meaning I type or paint or brainstorm for 60 minutes, then take a 10 minute break. When the 10 minutes is up, it's another hour of work before I break. You'd be surprised how much you can get done in 60 minutes.
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So, really, that's about it...oh, other than loving on sweet Bou, watching America's Got Talent (Go Darci, and that choir is incredible,) excited for the new shows CBS is offering--SEAL Team, Wisdom of the Crowd, S.W.A.T, the reboot of Dynasty, as well as other programs on other networks, like WILL & GRACE! I'll be tuning into Dancing with the Stars, too. I'm really NOT a TV junkie, just have certain programs I enjoy...maybe one an evening.
It's September, there's a chill in the air, and some of the sugar maples have already turned into a blaze of orange and red. Get out and enjoy some of the early Fall festivals in your area...have mug of hot cider, take in a local football game. Be thankful for your surroundings and be a part of them.
Please pray for Mother Earth... For the victims of Hurricane Harvey, for the potential of more devastation from Hurricane Irma, and for the countless acres of land, livestock, wild animals, and structures lost to wildfires. Pray also for the emergency personnel helping those in need.
A special thank you to the Coast Guard, Firefighters, National Guard, Local and State police officers whose efforts are tireless in the face of this national travesty.