Sunday, July 19, 2009
Cheaters Can Prosper
Living on Earth isn't easy when you have housework to do along with a full-time job. There are also a ton of other things that keep us busy like grocery shopping, getting the kids to soccer practice, and walking the dog. These types of day to day errands and chores can reek havoc on our stress levels when we are doing them, but for the most part, they can get done with little to no help. When someone who suffers from fibromyalgia, however, these tasks can be down right impossible without help. And that can make a chronic pain sufferer feel very dependent on others.
We all have to ask for help sometimes, but most of the time, we don't because we fibromites find ways to "cheat" through our day with special devices or tools. The devices or tools may vary from person to person in order to fit one's needs. I tend to use quite a few on a daily basis and they are pretty common household items.
This particular blog entry will discuss one of the valuable items I used with my youngest, Olivia. It made things a little easier for me when I fed her and held her. This item can be purchased in many department stores and is a well-known aid for feeding babies. I liked it very much, more so, than the other leading aides for feeding babies.
It was a good choice for me, but just because I like it, does not mean it is the greatest thing since sliced bread for you. As with anything I say, research it for yourself (and your doctor if need be) to see if it will work for you. I'll be doing a few blogs geared towards products that work well for me so that each of you can see if it will work for you too.
The product I'd like to discuss further today is the feeding pillow called My Brest Friend (TM). This pillow made it a lot easier for me to distribute Olivia's weight to the pillow while eliminating pressure from my shoulders, neck, and lower back. The added security of the pillow being able to wrap around my body so it wouldn't go anywhere, eased my mind from the fear of it, and the baby, falling from my arms. I also liked how the wrap around back had ample material to relieve back pain, a pain that is all too familiar to new moms, and to fibro sufferers.
We Mom's always like to take pride in our super human capabilities and we tend to shrug off the fact that we are tired. We also have a tendency NOT to even say how tired we are to our husband and girlfriends too because we've come to except that silly stereotype that Moms can do anything, anytime, and anywhere. We know that's far from the truth, because if there was any truth to it, we wouldn't have to sleep-- ever, and of course, we do. But still, we feel we MUST carry on, no matter what, because after all, if our own Mother was there, she'd be able to do it.
I used this pillow to help achieve super human strength every time I held Olivia at home for the first several of months. It was a God send for me on those days when human help was not possible at the time. The distribution of weight helped me hold her even when my muscles were very fatigued and this allowed me to cheat my way to prosperity.
Now, I'm not saying that tools and aids like these are going to be the answer to all of your life's questions. And I'm not saying these will be the magic pill or cure all for your day to day battle with this chronic beast. But finding the right kinds of tools and aids that help you and fit your lifestyle can make your life (and peace of mind) a little easier.
I also must make one other thing clear, I'm not endorsing anything I discuss because I'm not working for the company and I'm not getting any kickbacks either. The products I will discuss are ones that have worked for me and my lifestyle. That's all. There's nothing super special about them and they aren't any different than anything else out there, except for the simple fact that they worked for me. In my book, that makes them worth talking about.
I hope these entries will help, I'll be doing them from time to time. If you have any you'd like me to research or discuss-- let me know.
Love and friendship,