Monday, January 17, 2011

Mirror, Mirror over the window

One of my obsessions is mirrors, it's not that I like to look at myself, I just love the lovely lines of the frames and this goes for picture frames too. I have to talk myself out of buying more when I see one I love. I really like the look of a mirror hung in front of a window, and I've found a fabulous one to hang in my new kitchen window.
Speaking of the new kitchen, I'm sure some of you have thought I forgot about it, well I haven't, but I tell you I have never painted so much in my life. Because the cabinets were unfinished oak I needed put 2 coats of primer then sand, then another coat of primer and then two coats of finish paint, then sand and final coat of finish paint. 6 coats is enough to make anyone not ever want to paint again. I still have some sewing to do and other accessory projects to finish, so I promise I'll show it to you soon, but I must say I absolutely love it. Here are some great ideas for hanging a mirror over a window.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Relief from Fibromyalgia

It's hard to believe I haven't posted anything lately and today I want to share with you something other that decorating. I don't usually like to get into medical issues on a decorating blog, but if this post can help just one person I'll be happy. I've dealt with pain for the past 8+ years after being diagnosed with seronegative spondyloarthropathy, this is the name given to a group of chronic or long lasting diseases also called Spondyloarthritis (SpA), (spon-dyl-oh-arthritis) or spondyloarthropathy (spon-d-low-are-throp-ah-thee) and Seronegative" refers to the fact that these diseases are negative for rheumatoid factor, the symptoms are
inflammatory back pain, inflammation where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone, peripheral arthritis, arthritis of the small joints, heel pain, fatigue and iritis.

None of the medications my rheumatologist had me try helped at all, and each year it was getting more and more difficult to accomplish just the every day tasks of life. Just working a full time office job became a challenge, let alone trying to do a normal activity like shopping. If I was on my feet for more than 30 minutes I was in extreme pain.

Now onto the reason why I'm telling you all this, I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia also, and after reading the symptoms list, I had every symptom listed, I was the typical fibro patient. Just when I was getting used to the fact that I wouldn't have a normal life or be able to function like a normal person my doctor prescribed CYMBALTA. The FDA just recently approved it for fibromyalgia patients and I can't begin to tell you how much this drug has helped me have a normal life again, the pain is gone, I can bend over and pick things up, I can walk for hours and not hurt, I can do anything I want to do.

Everyday I'm still amazed how my life and body did a 180 pretty much overnight. I starting feeling relief in just a few days and so far I haven't experienced any side effects. I still have issues with my arthritis, but nothing I can't deal with and I know not every medication works for everyone, so if you know someone suffering from Fibromyaligia or you yourself have this condition and feel like there is no hope of feeling good again, I urge you to talk to your doctor about CYMBALTA. Sorry, I realize I sound just like a commercial and I certainly don't want too, but I just had to share my experience with you. Like I said, if this post can only help one person feel good again it was worth sharing.