It has been a long time since we have talked. I have been so busy at work, it was our year end and I had been straight out, until now.
I have been reading many of the post online and have written when I have had a minute, but not much. It took a lot for me to keep the stress down during this extremely busy time at work. I usually get so stressed that my Fibro goes crazy. This year I did much better, in fact, I am still doing well. I have stayed on my gluten free diet as much as possible. I have learned that some foods with gluten do not bother me and others do. I am working hard keep a record of foods, not to eat. Even though I have cheated, a little, I have managed to keep the pain down real well. I did cheat once and I paid for it dearly. I won't eat that food again! I am working on milk products, they seem to effect my asthma. I have so many things going on, but it works keeping track of everything. I had to separate all my symptoms and work on them one at a time to see what works.
For the first time in almost 10 years, I can sit at my desk and my legs have very little, if no pain at all. I can't remember them not paining me. They used to hurt so much I would be in tears at my desk.
Swimming extensively this summer made a huge difference with my Fibro. It was such a hot summer and the pool was so warm I was able to swim daily. This helped loosen up my hip that has been so tight for years. Although it does still bother me, I can tolerate it so much better.
In addition, you and I talked about my mother's estate. I will update you on what has been going on. I did get the lawyer involved. Things got worse as we both knew it would. My younger brother Scott was mad. My older brother Bruce does support me and my efforts, so that has been good. Scott did not talk to me for awhile, he was very hostile, but has softened a bit, but is not back to the relationship we had before. Let's face it, it will NEVER be like before. He wants his girlfriend to move in and he wants the cats too. I and my brother have told him, the girlfriend is okay, the cats will never happen. Then he decided he wanted to get rid of some of my mother's furniture, he said he was sick of looking at it. This is the same furniture he said he loved! In fact, he didn't want to split the house up before, so my brother and I let him keep things as they were since he is the only one living there. Well, now things just have to go! That is fine with me because I have a place for a lot of it. I LOVE the things my mother had. We both decorated our houses all in the country style. It took her 30 years to get her house the way she wanted it. I have a living room that needs redecorating and now I will have the things I want. So...I told him, no problem, Bruce and I will be happy to take the things off your hands. It seems his girlfriend has her own ideas. Which is fine with me. In fact, he doesn't want any of the Christmas stuff either. I said, GREAT, I will have a ball with that stuff too! So, I am very happy.
The other problem is, he told me he understands about paying the money into the house account, however, he has not been able to pay more than $300.00 a month! He told me to sell the house and he could go live with his girlfriend for basically nothing. So...I told him, go live with her anyway, because I am not selling the house, the market isn't good right now, although, I'm sure where we live we would get our price, but my older brother would like to move back. So....I told Scott I would rent it. That took him off guard. He said, you wouldn't, I said I would! Believe me I would! I have no problem in doing so. My son would rent it, but I wouldn't tell him who was interested. Just let him know that other people are interested in what he has and they can pay! That in itself gave him a reality check. Okay, enough for you to read right now.
I've managed to keep my Fibro under control throughout this whole situation with my brother. I am proud of myself!