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I feel like my stress management skills have been totally exhausted. I go from needing to do a bunch of stuff, multiple phone calls, getting tests to then just nothing, sitting and waiting. And the whole - go out and do something - doesn't work so well when already pretty sick which has then been made worse with worry, not being able to eat normally and not being able to sleep normally.
 

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Hugs, chemgal. This, too, will eventually pass.

In the meantime, we offer, virtually: a chair, with a comfy afghan and your choice of pillows, a non-allergenic cat or dog for comfort if that soothes you, a good book or a Netflix binge, some completely de-caloried snacks/goodies, the hot or cold drink of your preference, our shoulders.
 

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OMG. I am dog sitting grand dog tonight, Junior and Gf are at his work christmas party. After being very nervous and barking to go out twice to check that they are really gone, he snoozed a bit with me in the living room and then disappeared into the spare bedroom. Can you see his snout? The cat is watching him from the ironing board. He loves to be “ undercover”.
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One should always have a nose up for god knows what ... unstrung muppets? They too lie about in stories ...
 

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I feel like my stress management skills have been totally exhausted. I go from needing to do a bunch of stuff, multiple phone calls, getting tests to then just nothing, sitting and waiting. And the whole - go out and do something - doesn't work so well when already pretty sick which has then been made worse with worry, not being able to eat normally and not being able to sleep normally.
It's awful that so much is required of you while you are already overwhelmed. I wish there was more support for you @ChemGal
 

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At least for now I don't think there is much to do, I'm in the waiting phase.
Tuesday I am a bit annoyed at having to have 2 IVs - the one that Chemguy and I will do before they place one 'just in case' (mine is a needle based one, so I can't move around with it, there's will be the type where the needle is just used for insertion and the tubing stays in place). After that though it is all them until I get home to recover and suspect I will need more of my HAE meds. The plan is for Chemguy and I to stay at home, no leaving for anything for at least a few days. My Mom will come up, so she can pick up anything we need - hopefully all during daylight.

And great timing with my med students :rolleyes: May be meeting with them next week. It's supposed to be home visits though, so that's where it will be happening this time. I also said I would message them a day beforehand to decide whether or not it's actually on - will base on how I'm feeling then.
 

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Ugh got a call, they need more bloodwork. Might seem minor but with the way my veins have been behaving it's really not when I expect attacks this week.
They could have seen online what was ordered and did they really have to wait for less than 24 hours to inform me? I had planned to do a few things at home to prepare too. Not impressed at all.
 

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At least the person who did it for me on Thursday took pity on me and let me skip the ridiculous wait today. I have never seen it so full there! 1 stick and no bruising with her last time, 1 stick this time and hopefully no bruising again!
 

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I have been up and about too much lately. Got some symptoms that are telling me I need to slow down, meaning to avoid too much gravity so tissue can heal. So Junior put up the tree, brought out the garbage, did some laundry yesterday and today a friend came over to clean up my kitchen and have a tea with me.
I have the problem that I have energy , but I am not allowed to use it.
 

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It's December, which means the Christmas holidays. My favorite time of year. Also, one of the most difficult for me. Tree isn't up yet, we're running a little late on that. It's a family affair when it does go up. Family by choice. Anyone in our circle of friends gets an invite to help decorate it. It's always a fun day. Admittedly, we have waaaay too many ornaments, mostly Hallmark, and a lot of them Disney. And lights. My wife loves lights, so we put on as many as we can manage. We have lights year round, in fact, strung up in the bedroom and the living room. It's a very colorful home.
 

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I think I mentioned this in another thread, but I am waffling on getting the tree out. We are away for a week over the holidays and busy for the rest so it feels like a lot of work for something that we won't get to enjoy much. Will decide by the weekend I guess.

@Mrs.Anteater That's a problem I sometimes wish I had. I have lot of things to use energy on but don't seem to have a lot of it.
 

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Sweet Jesus, it was only in August that I removed the bin lid of ornaments from the coffee table. This Christmas crap can turn into an all year affair if you let it. I ignore it to the extent possible, easier now that one child is on the other side of the country, the other firmly attached to a boy whose family 'does' Christmas.

My energy problems lie in the fluctuations. I'm either "full speed ahead" or "stopped" and I don't always have much control over which.
 

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I have no idea how Christmas will play out this year. Our kids vetoed gifts a few years ago (except for children) and it is starting to feel like they are vetoing all the enjoyment I used to get from this time of year. One kid with family isn't leaving home (they have a dementia patient to deal with). One has claimed the pleasure of making the meal - but not until the 26th. One kid isn't available until the 26th. One has a severe brain injury and traditionally hasn't been a ray of sunshine at family gatherings. Looks like hubby and I will be at home alone for Christmas. He asked me tonight if I remembered reading about older people having no family around at Christmastime? Of course I do - I feel like one of those abandoned older people!
 

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A few years ago a congregation I serve started a tradition of a pot luck Christmas dinner on Christmas day for anyone who wanted to come, but especially for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day (and didn't want to be). Maybe there is such a church in your area doing something like this? I'm aware that the Roman Catholic church in the town I serve rents the community center each year to host such a dinner
 

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A few years ago a congregation I serve started a tradition of a pot luck Christmas dinner on Christmas day for anyone who wanted to come, but especially for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day (and didn't want to be). Maybe there is such a church in your area doing something like this? I'm aware that the Roman Catholic church in the town I serve rents the community center each year to host such a dinner
We have a community dinner like that here. And its free. The funds come from a Christmas concert held in Advent asking for donations. If I ever not go to my friends house on Christmas, I would volunteer at that dinner.
 

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I have no idea how Christmas will play out this year. Our kids vetoed gifts a few years ago (except for children) and it is starting to feel like they are vetoing all the enjoyment I used to get from this time of year. One kid with family isn't leaving home (they have a dementia patient to deal with). One has claimed the pleasure of making the meal - but not until the 26th. One kid isn't available until the 26th. One has a severe brain injury and traditionally hasn't been a ray of sunshine at family gatherings. Looks like hubby and I will be at home alone for Christmas. He asked me tonight if I remembered reading about older people having no family around at Christmastime? Of course I do - I feel like one of those abandoned older people!
I'm going to start a thread on this if you don't mind.
 

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I have been up and about too much lately. Got some symptoms that are telling me I need to slow down, meaning to avoid too much gravity so tissue can heal. So Junior put up the tree, brought out the garbage, did some laundry yesterday and today a friend came over to clean up my kitchen and have a tea with me.
I have the problem that I have energy , but I am not allowed to use it.
Sorry to hear you've been doing a bit too much, but I'm glad you have Junior and your friend to help.
 

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My physical spouse gets all excited at Christmas ... I find it drains me of good cheer bring on sapience ... the wisdom that there has to be a better way! The adventure goes on ... even if some deny and exorcise learning as we think about it as process essence! Goosed spirits ... dark loose gap ... or Gloscap in English! Barely cognizant due to multitudes of alternation ... like what Ur coming down ... Hiawatha?
 
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