Now that I'm trying to get back into some kind of routine, I'm having a hard time remembering how I found time to shower, cook, and do all of the little errands that need doing every day. It'll come to me, I'm sure, but I'm still feeling random and haphazard. Of course, this first week there was a lot of catching up to do. I find that when people know you're coming back, those who were sort of taking over for you tend to slack waaaay back on doing your end of things. Consequently, there was a boatload of backlogged stuff in my mailbox to trudge through. New rules and programs to figure out. And hmmmm... everyone was too busy to answer many questions, so I had to slug it out pretty much on my own. That's ok - more hours for me, and that's always a good thing.
A couple of weeks ago I had a little (felt big, but it was really kind of little) flareup with my arthritis. My knee swelled up and that always scares me. I tried to keep it under control with exercise, but finally had to pump up the steroids to make it go away. So I'm slowly coming back down again. That, coupled with the excess of infections I've had this past year finally made me realize that I need to find some new ideas. Some better solutions.
One thing that came to mind (actually it hit me from several angles and different people all at the same time) was essential oils. A friend of mine has used them with great success controlling her chronic illness. I talked to a couple of friends who were also swearing by them, and then I was invited to a morning class to learn more about what they were and what they can do. It would take too long to go into it here, but if you're interested, visit this website and read more about them.
I placed an order, and could hardly wait for everything to arrive. FINALLY yesterday it all came. Last night our room smelled like a spa, because I was rubbing in a pretty healthy combination of all kinds of oils, from peppermint, to geranium, to frankincense, to oregano, to lemon, and lavender. And oh yes, there are so many more... Normally, I take my "big gun" meds like the Enbrel and prednisone regularly, and I've still needed to take 3 Advil and 1 Excedrin twice a day just to fend of swelling and aches. Last night I rubbed a drop or two of each type of oil recommended for RA (yes, there is a reference book available that includes just about any ailment or complaint you can think of) on each of my problematic areas: left wrist, left pointer finger, left knee, right ankle. Now, normally I wake up stiff and sore and achey anyway, and I just have to take the morning dose of Advil and Excedrin to make it fade away. But last night I didn't take Advil or Excedrin, fully expecting to wake up about 3am in pain. But I didn't. I slept a FULL 6 HOURS without waking once, (yes, I also used a combination of oils that promote sweet sleep and relaxation) and when I did wake up I was NOT sore or achey in the slightest. And I haven't had any Advil or Excedrin all day again.
This is huge. If these oils work this well all the time, I could conceivably cut way back on the prednisone too. Who knows - maybe even the Enbrel eventually. The sky's the limit, I say. I'm super stoked. The only drawback that I could see was that while I did all of that great sleeping I had a really vivid dream about an old college boyfriend who (in my dream) invited me to a dance, and I was super excited and really looked great, but then he told me he was marrying this girl named Tiffany. I just KNEW he still had feelings for me, but he was marrying Tiffany, and he showed me her picture in a yearbook that had holograms on each page that were interactive. It was a really cool yearbook, but I was so sad that he was marrying Tiffany. I woke up and felt like I'd just cheated on my husband. I have no idea what this dream means. I will see if I have weird dreams again while using my relaxing oils. Because if they cause me to have wild dreams, maybe they're not so relaxing. But I'm sure it was a fluke. I mean, I wasn't disappointed to wake up and see my husband there next to me, so I'm sure everything is fine. Right? Never mind... forget I said anything...
In other news, the weather has turned cooler the past couple of days. At night when we've been out cycling, you can feel the chill in the air. It feels like Autumn, and pumpkins, and baking. Never mind that tomorrow is supposed to ratchet back up into the 90s. Eventually it has to cool off. It just does it slowly in California. In another week, I'll be bugging L to get out the Halloween paraphernalia and get to the decorating. I seem to remember him promising to put up the lighted spooky arch this year, and I'm going to hold him to it.
Oh, and I know I mentioned our CleanScreenMagic.com website on my post, but I'd jumped the gun a bit. The shopping cart wasn't functional at that time. But it's working now!! The mister successfully bought something from himself the other night. Can you imagine our excitement to see our money going from PayPal into our CleanScreen account? It's heady, I tell you. Now it will be really exciting to see other people's money doing the same thing. If you like us on Facebook, there's even a discount coupon you can use. And I think you don't even have to like us - you can just use the coupon. You're welcome. We like to sweeten the pot.
It's been a good day. It's been a good first week back to work. Routine is good - at least it is for me. I think I've run wild in the summer sun just long enough to welcome a bit of discipline back into my life. And I'm definitely welcoming back that paycheck.