Its Been a While

Yikes, I checked my blog after many days away and realized I haven’t posted since the first of December.  So, this is just a quick one to check in and say hi.  It has been a rough start to the month for me. I  have mentioned before I deal with chronic migraine and it has been a constant battle these past couple of weeks.

I thought this humorous picture by Natalya Lobanova described what I deal with quite well. Sometimes it feels like I am constantly explaining or apologizing for being unable to keep a commitment or come to a scheduled appointment. Just today I cancelled a dental appointment (which I hate to do on such short notice as it causes gaps in their schedule) as well as a coffee date I was looking forward to with a friend (Sorry Kristi!)  I have another coffee date tomorrow morning and am crossing my fingers I will feel well enough to keep that one.

Chronic illnesses are very often invisible to others. Because of this, we never truly know what the person next to us in line at the store, walking down the street, or maybe driving in the lane up ahead of us, is really experiencing and it is important to remember that and treat each other with compassion and patience.   Additionally,  people living with chronic illness need to extend that same compassion to oneself. It takes an incredible amount of patience to live with something like this. I am so fortunate to have a great support system made up of family and friends.

Anyway, this is just my way of letting you know I am down for the count but once this cycle breaks, should be back on track.  Hopefully sooner rather than later. I have done very little sewing except for some custom orders for my Etsy customers.  Also I am in the midst of making a cute tree skirt for our Christmas tree and should be sharing that soon.

Now to put a positive spin on this post, I will share the Santa figure made by my husband when he was about 8 years old or so.  My mother-in-law brought it to me several months ago and I LOVE it. Made of toilet paper rolls and red tissue paper, this guy makes me smile each time I walk by.  I am so glad my MIL saved it and passed the treasure on to me. 🙂

See you soon!

35 thoughts on “Its Been a While

  1. Judy Hamilton

    Migraine do suck! Hope you are feeling better…I am sure everyone tells you things you should try and I will be another…However, a friend with migraines has had good results with an herb called butter burr. I can get more information, if you wish.

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  2. Ann

    I have suffered from migraines my entire life and certainly understand how difficult it is to try to get through even normal days. I recently had my first Botox treatment and have had great relief with far fewer headache days and even less severe headache days. I hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Good morning Ann,
      I have had two rounds of Botox so far but I can’t say it has been all that effective. I have another round coming up the first week of January. Crossing my fingers it helps.
      I am happy for you that it gives you relief. Stay well and thank you for the support.
      –Bernie

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  3. Colleen

    I am so sorry you have to deal with that kind of pain and the unpredictability of it. I have had just a small “taste” of what you experience having had only 2 in my over 60 years. I do hope you are able to take a medication to reduce the pain and perhaps forget how painful they are.
    You are so wonderful to remind us to be kind and considerate to others as we have no idea of their circumstances and be kind to yourself….it’s not like you asked to have this illness.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Beth. It definitely makes it difficult for me to stay in a positive frame of mind on some days. I appreciate the note. Hope all is well with you. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Well, the coffee date is rescheduled to Friday. Hoping to be up for it then. I am really grateful for the patience and help of my husband, kids and family. It would be so much harder without them. Take care Yvonne. 🙂

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  4. Kristi

    Hope you are feeling better Bernie! I’m so glad I get to call you my Friend! I’m glad you’ve been able to do a bit of sewing, I hope that is therapeutic. I LOVE the tissue Santa Clause! What a special treasure and so amazing its in such good shape after all these years! I have some special ornaments that my husband owned as a child, we hang them proudly on our tree every year…somehow it honors and brings the past to the future. Hugs!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      For the first time, this year we got two smaller trees instead of one big one. We put all of the homemade ornaments and ornaments bought while traveling on one tree and the more generic, purchased ornaments on the other. It is really cute to see all of those that bring up fun memories. Hope to get together soon Kristi!

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  5. Kaholly

    I’ve probably already said this, but I’ve been a migraine sufferer for 51 years. Wish I could offer some advice, but I’ve tried everything, too, to little avail. Unfortunately, my daughter got that gene, too. Hang in there!

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  6. Linda

    Hugs and prayers to you Bernie. My mother had them, and I’ve had my share, so I relate to your misery. For some reason I no longer even get a headache, so maybe you can look forward to being 69, like I am – lol!

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  7. Mari

    So sorry you’ve been down, Bernie. Hope it gets progressively better. Don’t worry too much about the blog, just take care of yourself. The Santa is adorable. What a great mother in law you have! I have a bunch of these things that my kids made, too, so I should definitely gift them to their families. Hope you get back to having some Christmas fun soon.

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  8. Rosemary B

    Oh Bernie. I am so sorry you are going through that. It is horrible.
    I know every one gets something horrible, If it is not this, it is something else…. the list is long.
    Thanks for sharing your burden. I will pray for you
    The good thing is you can type.
    I hope you enjoy some fun days with friends.
    Your hubbys Santa is cute. A treasure from the days of olden

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Yes Rosemary, if not this then something else. I try really hard to be thankful it isn’t something worse. It certainly could be wayyyy worse than this
      I have missed hearing from you. Hope all is well with you. Are you enjoying time with your sweet grand child this holiday season?

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  9. Preeti

    I am so sorry, Bernie. I do understand. My mom suffers from migraines. I have experienced a couple myself. Kudos to your MIL for saving that cute Santa for a few decades. Hope you are soon good as new. Hugs.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Preeti. Sorry to hear your mom also deals with this. No fun at all.
      Glad you enjoyed Ray’s 40+ year old Santa sculpture!! He was clearly an artist from the very beginning. 🙂

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  10. Kate

    I’m sorry to hear you have been having such a bad spell with your migraine, they are such horrible things. I hope your bad spell is now over and you start feeling more like yourself again, just remember to be kind to yourself and not expect too much. I will think of you in my loving kindness meditation.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Kate: What a sweet note. Thanks so much for thinking of me. I know you have had some crazy times lately as well and I hope life is a bit calmer now. Enjoy your day!

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  11. Kristie Cook

    I certainly understand the feeling & love the drawing representing it! I’ve never had migraines but since I’ve lost my thyroid I have my good days & bad days. My body has aches & pains like I’m 90 some days & it just affects everything. I hope you’re on the upswing soon! 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Kristie, This is exactly what I was trying to say in the post. We each have our things to deal with. It is just a good thing to remember and to extend a kindness to those we come in contact with. I hope you are feeling good today! Also, thank you for the great review you left on my shop. That was so sweet of you.
      B.

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  12. Penny G

    I do not have migraines, but I do have trigeminal neuralgia which if it decides to act up is very painful. My neurologist gives me advice that works for me and may work for you. Watch the weather – changes in weather can affect your health so try to adjust activity during big fronts and give up nonessential things so the body can deal with the changes. Watch your diet – again big changes … Activity – keep you level up so there are no sudden peaks to stress your body. The key to my living well is trying to keep things level and plan for changes when possible.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Penny. I appreciate your suggestions. So sorry to hear you struggle with a chronic issue. It becomes tiresome. Hopefully you are feeling well today!

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