That was Then…This is Now Life with Fibromyalgia

Alarm rings at 5 a.m. I jump out of bed to start making fresh blueberry muffins and the evening’s crock-pot dinner. Out the door by 6 a.m. for a full day (up to 10 hours) of work followed by whatever after school activity my kiddo had for the night.

The night ends making sure our daughter’s homework is done, bath & bed, leaving me a few hours to pick up the house, play on the computer and watch TV before going to sleep (roughly 10:30 p.m.)

Flash forward 8 years…

Alarm rings at 6 a.m. Slowly, I get out of bed to get my morning medicine. I lie back down in bed hitting snooze until 6:30 a.m. The next 30 minutes I get dressed and apply my makeup. Again, I return to bed until the last alarm goes off at 7:15 a.m. I grab my bag and ease my way down the stairs to head off to a 7 hour work day. After a short drive I am home, changed into my pajamas and laying down on the couch for a nap.

I can’t recall the last time I made blueberry muffins so a week ago I decided I would bake for my family. The blueberry mix packages sat on the kitchen counter for 8 days. I finally had enough energy to make them today. It isn’t as if it takes a lot of energy to open 2 packages, add milk, stir and bake. Unfortunately, that is still more than I can do nowadays.

Then … I would religiously decorate the house the first of each month for whatever holiday was that month.

Now … It happens when it happens. It is November 12th and although my Halloween decorations have been put away, my Thanksgiving decorations have been in a tote sitting at the bottom of my stairs for a week. All I need to do is ask to have it carried upstairs. I hate asking. After all these years, I continue to struggle with asking for assistance.

Then …  I planned ahead. At the beginning of each month I would plan out and go shopping for the entire month of meals. We would seldom run out of grocery items and when we did I did the shopping and the majority of the cooking.

Now … There is no plan. I simply do not have the energy to think or create meals. For the past 4 years I have relied on my husband to do the majority of all cooking. We run out of everything often. Thankfully, our daughter is old enough to drive and will stop and pick up groceries whenever we need them.

I have spent a lot of time looking back at what I used to do and what I am not able to do any longer. My comparison list between then and now could go on and on. Socrates wrote, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on the fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Yes, it is important to be realistic about what you can do but it is equally important to not limit yourself to what you have done in the past. Instead of continuing to look at the past I plan on looking toward the future. Push myself, just a little and give myself credit when credit is do.

After all. I am a Fibro Warrior ~ Living Life!


Quell ~ Wearable pain relief ~ 100% drug free

What does the word Quell mean? According to Quell means “to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: to vanquish; subdue.”
To me Quell means reduced pain and improved sleep.
  “I was given Quell as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

The Quell is an FDA-approved wearable device that Velcros around the upper calf and uses electrical stimulation.

How does it work?
Once it is attached the device is synced using a Bluetooth mobile app. The app based controls are easy to understand and easy to adjust the intensity. First, you need to calibrate to determine the intensity level needed.

Each therapy session lasts 60 minutes. It is recommended that you use your Quell for at least two to three full hour therapy sessions per day. During therapy, the stimulation feels like a strong but comfortable tingling sensation.

My thoughts…..

I decided to use it 24/7.  After about a week of using I began experiencing less pain and was amazed to find that I was able to sleep through the night without my leg pain waking me.

The battery lasts for approximately 4 to 7 days and is quick to charge. The 3rd week of use when the battery ran low I forgot to charge it. Several days went by and I again began experiencing my nightly leg & back pain. I hadn’t planned on stopping using it I simply kept forgetting to charge it.

I have used many pain relief products including tens units. I have had some success but I hated not being able to put it on myself. I’ve also experienced the intensity level shooting up so high I jumped out of my seat, literally. Thankfully, not only have I had pain relief but Quell has solved both of those problems.

How much?

A Quell starter kit costs $250, and includes a one-month supply of electrodes. Replacement electrodes are available at $90 for a three-month supply. The electrodes need to be replaced after 2 weeks of use. The device isn’t covered by insurance, but is reimbursable through a flexible spending account.

Quell will refund your money within 60 days if you try it and find it doesn’t help you.

“I will continue to use Quell.  It has offered me both pain relief and improved sleep.”

Melissa a.k.a.  Fibro Warriors ~ Living Life