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!

 

Hummingbird Vital Motion

I was given the opportunity to try the Hummingbird device in exchange for writing this review.

What is it?

The Hummingbird is a medical therapeutic device manufactured in the United States by Vital Motion. It is small and light making it easy to transport and the instructions could not be any simpler. You simply sit in a chair placing the heels of your feet on the floor and rest the front of both feet on the Hummingbird.

Tap the Start button to activate the stimulation time. “It can be used while performing other activities such as eating, reading a newspaper or book, watching television or working at your desk. It’s size allows it to be conveniently used under a desk, table, in front of your favorite chair, or in the passenger seat of a car.”

The Hummingbird operates by using low amplitude, low-frequency physical massage therapy causing muscles in each calf to pump blood and fluid from the lower leg back to the heart. This improves circulation of the blood throughout the body and to the brain.

My Experience

I was told that it would alleviate the muscle aches, pain, fatigue, and related symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and other chronic health conditions.

I have been using the Hummingbird for over a month and I have been very surprised at the results. I found it very easy to use. The convenience of not having to remove either my shoes or socks is great for using in locations other than my living room. I initially started using the device twice a day for 10 minute sessions. After a few days, I increased the sessions to 30 minutes and the stimulation level to 40.

I experience nightly leg pain that wakes me several times a night causing me to apply either an ice pack. The first thing I noticed after a few weeks was the reduction in nightly leg pain. I found myself not having to use the ice packs as often. Waking less often gives my body the opportunity to rest more leading to feeling less fatigued. It is my hope that continued use of the Hummingbird will lead to what others who have used it have discovered. Others who have used the device has said, “The Hummingbird has improved my sleep, energy and mental clarity. A device as easy to use as the Hummingbird that offers the chance to decrease my “brain fog” is worth continuing to use.

READ the Label

You need to have an Android or Apple smartphone to control the stimulation time and stimulation level. They are working on a remote control for the Hummingbird but it is not available yet.

As with any medical device you need to read the label. It is not recommended that people high blood pressure or a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) use the Hummingbird. In addition, anyone who has undergone any surgery in the last 3 months, has implants, pacemaker, or is pregnant should consult their physician prior to using the Hummingbird.

Give it a Try!

Hummingbird offers a risk-free 30 day trial period. Use code “Fibrowarriors” and you will receive free shipping. Please visit Vital Motion for more information.