So the past couple weeks I’ve been in a major “Fibro Funk.” I generally like to keep my blogs a little more up-beat, but I’m in a funk and I’m rolling with it. I just told a friend last night to say what’s on her mind, maybe she would feel better. I’m heeding my own advice.

It’s been raining for about 2 weeks, we’ve got another week of rain ahead of us and it feels like it’s never going to end. Even as I write this we have yet another tornado watch. We’ve had some crazy storms and I’ve had pain in places I don’t usually have pain, like my feet.

I also got to suffer through a sinus infection last week and missed my regular workouts (which always makes me a grump). I take back any complaining I did before fibro when I was sick. Getting sick now is a whole new, miserable, experience. I have a battle with myself every time I get really sick. I HAVE to rest, but when I lay down for too long everything starts to hurt from not moving. So I move around trying to loosen my neck or my hips, which does nothing but wear me out and I’m right back to laying down, and more than likely I’m also nauseated because I’m sensitive to every medicine I try to take. *sheesh*

I missed work Monday and added yet ANOTHER sick day. This is one of those areas that make me really angry (yes anger has been part of the fibro funk). I wish more people knew about fibromyalgia, and that its symptoms were taken a little more seriously. There doesn’t seem to be a happy medium. You either have to be down enough to need to file for disability or you work and risk the sick days. You either don’t work, or you have to explain to your boss that it’s not just coincidence you call in the same times every year because that’s when allergies attack, or that’s when the most thunderstorms roll in. You either don’t work, or you get to take the slack from your co-workers who think you’re always gone from work, or you’re ALWAYS taking sick days. Believe me, if I were going to play hooky from work it wouldn’t be a day when I couldn’t breathe from a sinus infection, couldn’t move from a thunderstorm, and couldn’t think straight because of a combination of the two.

I think I need some sunshine and a vacation….preferably both at the same time!

Before I get that lovely vacation, however, I temporarily tried to cheer myself up on my own. I went online thinking I would find some jokes to put into this blog to lighten up my grumpy writing so I googled “fibromyalgia jokes.” Holy crap, was that a mistake!!! These “jokes” are not funny to me and got me even more fibro-funked up(yep. I’m making up my own fibro words…and I just realized that kinda sounded like a bad rap song) more than I was in the first place. These are the “jokes” I ran across…

 -Why did the fibro sufferer cross the road…To get to the pain clinic on the other side.

I’m probably over-reacting to this one just a little bit because I’m already fired up, but seriously? The answer to this question couldn’t be “To get to Yoga” “To do Pilates” or “to spend a lovely afternoon with their husband” or(to be really over-dramatic) “To get to work because this fibro sufferer works really hard to make it to work every day!” Do people read this and think the only time we get off our butts is to go to the pain clinic?

*Ok. Breathe Jennifer. You’re just getting started*

Next “joke” -How many fibro sufferers does it take to get through one day? -13- 12 for two hours each, and 1 to wear all of the necessary medical equipment from the muscle strain it causes.

I know there are fibro sufferer’s out there who are bed bound, or in wheelchairs who struggle every day. I understand I’m lucky to not have a case of fibro that bad. If you are one of the sufferers who CAN only do activity for two hours a day, would you find this funny? I highly doubt it, in fact, to me it just comes across as really insulting.

When I typed in “fibromyalgia jokes” I got more sites that said “Fibromyalgia is a joke” than sites that had actual funny ha-ha jokes. It even led me to a page that said it was fibro-funnies and instead it took me to something called “People with Fibro should be shot”

Yikes! And I thought I was being over dramatic!

So I’m giving up my search and instead send many wishes and hope for understanding and a cure!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Margo
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 20:14:25

    Oh Jen I feel your pain! Literally :-)… When we get constant rain everything hurts. The back of my neck feels like someone has been whipping it… Sometimes venting helps you feel better – I hope that happens for you. Hopefully this rainy april will bring lots of may flowers and little rain…


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